Head Teacher's Blog
I am proud to be the Head Teacher at Bernards Heath on a day to day basis but on Saturday I felt even prouder than ever!
To work amongst staff and parents who so willingly give up their time to provide amazing activities for the children who come to school here is fantastic. The fair was an absolute extravaganza! I thought last year couldn’t be beaten but I was wrong.
The buzz of excitement from the children last week was brilliant, so many children saying ‘are you going to the fair?’ they were so excited. In the lunch hall, on the playground and in classrooms children were talking about the money they had saved up and what they were going to spend it on. When Saturday morning finally arrived, what a choice they had! The games room with Olaf’s nose and hook a Christmas duck; the craft room with sparkly Christmas trees and glittering robins; the jam jars (with wildly varied contents!); craft stall with so many beautiful handmade gifts for Christmas; the wooden games, face paints, story tent, photo booth and secret present wrapping room! The adults weren’t disappointed either, the food stalls, BBQ and mulled wine kept them very happy.
On first count I was advised the total raised was an incredible £8,500… this is not the final total and I hope to publish this in Friday’s newsletter. We are currently in the process of updating our curriculum server and wireless capacity. Once this is completed we are planning to use the money you have raised to purchase new hardware to replace some of our older laptops. The children will really benefit from this new equipment and it will certainly impact positively on their learning at school.
A big thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, created, baked, counted, painted, organised, cooked, helped set up and clear away.
Your efforts are appreciated.
Verulamium park was such an exciting place to be on Sunday 12th June as lots of us got ready for the St Albans Fun Run! We were overwhelmed by the crowd of red t-shirts from Bernards Heath Infant and Junior School families. We met by our school flag and even duck came along to help us remember to keep going and not give up! After we had finished the Fun Run we got some exciting news that our school had won the Primary School Challenge for the largest number of runners!
In assembly Councillor Annie Brewster came to present us with our trophy and congratulate those who ran this year and ask who would like to run next year. We feel so proud of children and adults who tried their best and ran in the fun run, it’s great to be part of such a big team!
On a very sunny Wednesday last half term, we created an Outdoor Learning Day as lots of classes spent some time on the field with myself, Miss Freeman and Mrs Williams. We started by talking in assembly about how we would need to focus on our team work skills; sharing ideas and listening to each other. We looked at a big pile of sticks, logs and branches and thought about how these could help us with our learning outside. The children came up with lots of ideas for den building and were very keen to get started!
Here are just some of the ways the children worked together:
The creations included campsites, a spitfire, dens, a zip-wire and a double bed big enough for a sleepover in a tent! What a fantastic day of Outdoor Learning.
The sun was shining and an army of volunteers came to school on Saturday morning. Parents, staff, children and their families were digging, raking and planting all morning. Sally led the meadow turf laying; we are hoping this will attract the wildlife! Jane, our garden designer, directed the planting and Josie organised crafts, refreshments and the stumpery!
The garden is really taking shape thanks to everyone’s hard work; the Willow Dome, sponsored by Louise Saunders Estate Agents, has begun to sprout and the children have decorated some rocks to add a splash of colour! Some children got busy in the mud kitchen and produced mud burgers and mud rice pudding.
There was an amazing atmosphere as the team worked hard to complete the work and we are really looking forward to learning about our world down in the Wild Garden! Next time you are at school go down and take a look.
A huge thanks to all involved!
Thanks to all those who have taken part in the Big Pedal so far! We have been impressed with the number of families choosing to scoot or ride their bikes to school instead of bringing the car. Mr Desborough has made additional scooter parks on the main playground and at the back of the school, near to Mitchell and Spencer Class. Ms Dixon is coordinating the counting… we will let you know a grand total at the end of the week!
A big well done to all the children remembering to push their scooters in the playground before and after school.
It was Maths Week in school and the children learnt all about shops, coins, buying and selling.
A visit to Londis for Verulam class helped them with their market research. What types of ice lollies do they sell? How much do they cost? What should we put into our ice lollies? The grown-ups were invited in to buy their lollies and visit their class shop.
Heartwood Class worked in teams to create their own biscuit designs ready to sell to their customers, whilst Clarence Class were busy designing, making and selling jewellery! What a successful week jam packed with learning. Thank you for your donations; altogether Maths Week raised over £130 to spend on maths resources.
Heath Class have been very busy creating a class shop. They know all about customers and shop keepers; they know how to use their till and are learning all about coins and money.
The shop was full of customers as children sold their biscuits to their grown-ups. Thank you for your donations; Maths Week raised over £130 to spend on resources to support our learning.
Last Friday Oliver Dowden, the MP for Hertsmere, visited us. In our Proud Assembly he explained what an MP does and how he became an MP. He gave the children pointers as to the important things they had to learn if they wanted to be an MP too.
We need to remember to:
- speak clearly and loudly
- listen to people’s ideas and problems
- think of what we need to do to make our community an even better place.
Mr Dowden then led a School Council Meeting all about parking safely outside our school. The Councillors discussed the problems and suggested solutions which we voted on. The School Council will now meet with Mrs Rimmer to decide what to do next.
Thank you to Mr Dowden for a very interesting visit.