Governor Day – 18 July 2016

Monday 18th July saw the full Bernards Heath Governing Body arrive in school for the second Governor Day of the school year. Governors are regular visitors to school, but with all our meetings taking place in the evenings we don’t always get to experience the school full of children going about a normal school day. The main aim for the day is for Governors to immerse ourselves in the school and have the opportunity to see in practice some of the things that we hear and talk about in our meetings. Mrs Rimmer and Miss Wolfson had devised individual timetables for each Governor which allowed us to spend some time concentrating on our allocated Governor roles (SEN, Pupil Premium, SMSC etc) and to spend time in classes, observing lessons and meeting children and staff. Governors saw initiatives like Smart Moves and WellComm in action,  joined in with Five-a-Day, took part in Outdoor Learning, hunted for mini-beasts in the new Wild Garden and walked the perimeter with Mr Desborough. They also discussed pupil progress with members of the Senior Leadership Team and observed a year group handover meeting with teaching staff. As a Full Governing Body we also got time together to review progress on this year’s School Development Plan and talk about future plans. For Governors one of the highlights of the day is always joining the children in the hall for lunch. As on previous visits, we were all very impressed at the quality of the food served by Mrs Banahan and really enjoyed our apple crumble and ice cream. As we sat with the children they once again blew us away with their questions all about who we were...

LIV Choir Visit – a governor perspective

Having heard lots about the LIV Choir visit to Bernards Heath I was delighted to be given the opportunity to come into school on the Friday morning to see the choir perform to the whole school, and wow, what an experience it was! As the children filled the hall there was a real sense of anticipation, helped by the African music that was playing at the time. The choir walked in and you could hear the buzz as the children all noticed their bright and colourful traditional African dress, and most intriguingly the wellies that all the boys in the choir were wearing on their feet. As soon as the choir started tapping out a beat on their wellies and then singing the children all became absolutely spellbound by what was being performed. Never before have I seen over 300 children so quiet or still! Even all the staff were transfixed. After performing two songs the choir returned to the hall and performed one of the songs again, but this time whilst teaching us all how to do the accompanying dance. The children’s enthusiasm (and all that practice they get from five-a-day) was infectious and it wasn’t long before the whole school was clapping, swaying and tapping our feet. It honestly felt like a real priviledge to be involved in such a performance and the bringing together of the two cultures in the school hall was magical. Miss Passey’s passion in bringing together the two schools has to be commended as the whole LIV choir visit has given the children such a fantastic opportunity to learn about a contrasting culture. As I...

Welcome to the Governors’ Blog

Ever wondered what the Governors at Bernards Heath Infant and Nursery School actually do? As school leaders we provide strategic leadership, challenge the school and support the work of the Senior Leadership Team as well as the whole school staff. This new blog will give you an insight into the role we play in school development, work done behind the scenes as well as giving the Governors’ perspective on some of the events that happen at the school. If you see anything in the blog that you would like to know more about, please feel free to contact one of the Governors in person (a number of Governors are parents) or through the Governors’ e-mail governors@bernardsheath.herts.sch.uk. For more general information about the Governing body, please visit the school website....

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