What a year!

My second year as Head Teacher has taught me so much, mostly that every day there is a new way the children at Bernards Heath can make me proud! The ethos at school is one where expectations are high, it is the norm to hear staff and children talk about ‘doing their best’ and ‘feeling proud’ of their achievements. Effort is encouraged and we are always glad to hear about new learning at school, at home and in after school clubs; it is particularly impressive when children play their instruments and sing in assembly and this year we have been treated to ukulele, cello and guitar to name a few! The opportunities in clubs have met a wide variety of interests and have taught children new skills and built confidence and self esteem. A big thank you to the staff who run these clubs and give up their time. One of our main focus points on the School Development Plan has been to raise the percentage of Year 1 children meeting the expectation in the statutory Phonics Screening. There has been a huge amount of work done by the entire staff and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support, energy and commitment to giving our children the best learning experiences. I am proud that our 81% target has been exceeded and 88% of our Year 1 cohort reached the expectation this year – our highest ever! In meeting this whole school objective we have not lost the ‘love of reading.’  The love of reading will continue over the summer; look at the ‘Learning Together’ page on our website for ideas about how you can continue to support reading and sign up to take part in the library reading challenge. The...

Eddie the Penguin Saves the World…

No less than three times in one week!   We have been treated to three fabulous performances of the Year 2 play this week. In a change to the traditional Leavers Assembly the whole cohort worked together to tell the story of Eddie, a penguin who goes on a mission to save the world from global warming! The change of plan came about when the children were asked what they wanted to do for their Leavers Assembly they talked about how much they had enjoyed the Christmas production, singing, acting and playing instruments. After checking with teachers and parents it was a done deal and the decision was made. Audiences were wowed by confident performers who sung, danced and narrated their story to a very high standard. We were so proud of the way the children introduced their characters, played their instruments, worked together and so obviously enjoyed themselves every time they got on the stage. Feedback from parents was great, they told us how proud they felt of how far the children had come since they first performed with us in their Christmas play back in 2014. They also said: “It was good to go out on a high!” the performance was “Uplifting” and “A good opportunity for the children to show what they can do.” There were lots of comments about how well the children worked together and helped and supported each other. A big round of applause for our professional performers who did not let a technical hitch with the music or a costume malfunction spoil the show. A big thank you to staff who directed the play, made...

Usain who???

Sports Day was a massive success! Thank you to all the staff who worked hard to organise such great events and to parents for making the time to come and watch. The real stars of the day were of course the children… Clarence and Verulam started the events with  an egg and spoon race where Verulam Class’ eggs looked like they may have been glued into place (Mr Wilson and Mrs Randall have assured us they weren’t!) Following that was an impressive obstacle race which involved getting a cup of water from one end of the field to the other, climbing over stepping stones and crawling under tables! Next up were Heath and Heartwood, they exchanged the baton with skill and gave each other a well rehearsed high five during the hurdles. They too tackled the daring obstacle race with the winning team collecting 900ml of water between them. All in attendance could not fail to notice the sheer joy on the faces on the children as they did their best in each event. When it came to the skipping race we saw a wide variety of techniques as the smiles turned to looks of pure concentration and determination. The crowd of spectators did a great job of encouraging and applauding our youngest athletes. The afternoon involved a change of venue as we moved to the Heath. Year 1 and 2 had the opportunity to really gather speed as they sprinted from one cone to the other. Parents cheered whilst some got comfy on chairs and blankets. The expectations were raised for Year 1 and 2 and the afternoon finished with competitive sprints where 1st, 2nd and 3rd badges were...

Vision Statement

Over the 2016/2017 academic year we have been reviewing our school vision, values and aims. These are published at the front of our Parent and Staff Handbooks and were written with the aim of ensuring all stakeholders know what we are striving for at Bernards Heath. The process of updating this has been led by the Governing Body. They have worked with staff and children to find the right words to accurately describe the vision at Bernards Heath. We have also discussed whether this is more of an ethos statement as it is not necessarily something we are working towards in the long term but describes what we strive for every day. It is what influences the way we speak, to and about children, to each other and also embodies our expectations for our whole school community. We wanted to ensure the statement was not too long, wordy or too easy to forget. These are the words that shape our education and curriculum and we want everyone to be able to easily recall what we believe and what we value. Please read on; as always, your feedback is welcome… At Bernards Heath Infant and Nursery School we share our days with children who are just starting to find their place in the world. Our school is a happy, safe learning environment that actively promotes curiosity, challenge and creativity. We are proud of our school and the strong relationships we have with our families. We celebrate kindness, respect and individuality as we strive to be the best versions of ourselves. Our children develop enquiring minds and the skills needed for lifelong learning through an active and...

Alban Day

The school hall was awash with blue and yellow during our weekly ‘Proud Assembly’ today. The children were asked to wear blue and yellow and bring a £1.00 donation to support the education centre at the museum. We are looking forward to using the museum when it opens and learning more about the city we live in. The event corresponded with ‘Alban Day’ and Miss Poole talked about this in assembly. There is an Alban Pilgrimage in town on Saturday which starts at 11.00am which is part of the Alban...

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