Parent Governor Election

This morning voting closed for the Parent Governor Election. School Councillors from Year 1 and 2 helped Mrs Rimmer open all the envelopes. Ms Pearlman and Mrs Carr our Chair and Deputy Chair of Governors were in attendance and sorted the ballot papers ready to count. Mrs Rimmer talked to the children about how to effectively count the ballot papers and it was decided a good idea was to group them into piles of 10. The vote was close and our successful candidate won by 2 votes. The children talked about why it was important to double check the counting to make sure the person with the most votes was elected. The children are familiar with the process of electing School Council members and understood that parents were voting for the person they wanted to help Mrs Rimmer and the rest of the Governors lead our school. Congratulations to Sarah Pike our new Parent Governor! Thank you to School Council for helping with the big count.      Opening the envelopes being very careful not to put any ballot papers in the rubbish bin. Counting the ballot papers into piles of...

So long, farewell to the Bernards Heath chicks!

On Friday we said goodbye to the Bernards Heath chicks. We felt a bit sad because we have all enjoyed watching them hatch and grow. The short process has taught us lots and Year 1 have become chick experts. Their instructions for how to care for the chicks were of excellent quality because they used their first hand knowledge and experience of what the chicks really needed. Friday afternoon was spent making a run for the chicks who had really outgrown their brooding box. It was great to see how much their wings had grown and how big and strong their legs had become. Cheep, the appropriately named first hatched, led the way as the chicks stretched their legs in a run created with big bricks by Churchill Class. We wish the chicks every happiness in their new home and look forward to hearing about how they are getting on!...

It may be pouring with rain outside but spring has sprung in Churchill Class!

The chicks had a lovely sleepover at Miss Passey’s house at the weekend and have come back to school bigger and fluffier than they were when they left on Friday. They have moved from the incubator to the brooding box and have been keeping warm under their special light. The chicks have had lots of visitors and have enjoyed the warmth of snuggling up in small and careful hands. The children have shown us how safe they can be and have been thinking about what the chicks might need next… perhaps somewhere to get some...

How very EGG-CITING!

There has been a lot of excitement at school over the last 24 hours and visitors to Churchill Class have reached record numbers! The reason? There is something wonderful happening! 12 brown eggs were sitting in an incubator on Tuesday afternoon and within 24 hours we said ‘Hello’ to a small grey/brown friend who has since become a fluffy yellow chick! There are now 7 chicks occupying the incubator and lots and lots of cheeping! The children have been inspired and have painted pictures of our visitors, are writing information texts about how to take care of them and are talking about where they have come from and where they are going next. Churchill Class have managed to continue with their letters and sounds lessons and have had to ‘be like dog’ and manage this brilliant distraction. Well done them! Come back to the blog next week and we will update you on what has been...

Governors and the School Council

As part of Governors’ Day on Wednesday this week two of us met with school councillors to talk to them about road safety and parking around our school. It is a subject that we know many grown-ups have concerns about locally and we wanted to get the children’s input into how to address the issue best.   The current School Council at Bernards Heath is made up of a mix of children who walk, scoot and drive to school. Over half of the children also had an older sibling at the Junior School and we talked about how their brothers and sisters are dropped off there before their grown-ups bring them to school.   All children were aware of the dangers of busy roads, like Sandridge Road, and also spoke about how it is necessary to find somewhere safe to cross a road and to always do so with a grown-up. Some of the children talked about how it can sometimes be difficult to cross either Seymour Road, or the roads leading to our Upper Culver Road gate, due to cars being parked where they want to cross. They suggested that there should be more double yellow lines, or zigzags, to tell grown-ups not to park there.   Around our school are various posters drawn by children telling grown-ups to park considerably and to help us keep our children safe. The children felt that some grown-ups who park and drive near our school think that what the posters say is “not true” and that they ignore them. One of them suggested that they might talk to their grown up...

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