After consulting with the Parent Voice we will be introducing the following from Monday 26th June. Crisps and chocolates can be brought into school in their wrappers as long as they are in the children's lunchboxes. Children will not be allowed to take crisps, chocolates and other sweet and savoury snacks onto the playground at play times. Consequently if your child wants a break time snack it will need to be a healthier option. Please be aware KS1 children are offered milk and fruit during morning registration and a healthy options snack trolley is in operation every break time. This is a last ditch compromise we are offering to placate concerned parents and means that additional plastic containers are not required. If children bring crisps, chocolates etc out onto the playground they will be asked to return them to their bags. Can all parents please try to compromise as well by not loading children with sugary snacks as they leave school. This is one of the main causes of the awful littering that has been taking place. Should children and parents not meet us half-way on this then the next step will be a complete ban on unhealthy snacks in school. As a Health Promoting School we must act to reduce the development of obesity in our children and the appalling state of some of our children's teeth. We have consulted with other schools and many primaries do already have a complete ban on unhealthy foods. I'll will be offering a question and answer open house in the school hall at 3:25 on Tuesday 27th June so as to allow parents and children their say.

Places of Welcome: St John's Church have just become part of a growing network of 'Places of Welcome' that are run by local community groups who want to make sure everyone in our community has a place to go for conversation and a cup of tea if they want and need it. The drop-in is meant to be friendly and hospitable and the tea is free! It's a place where you can talk and be listened to. They take place on Saturdays between 10am and 12 noon at St John's Church, High Street, Brockmoor.

If you would like a paper copy of the information on our school website we can provide this free of charge. If you want to find out more about life at Brockmoor click on the 'Parents' pencil. The school prospectus in this section should tell you lots about life in school (including school times). If you're thinking of joining our rapidly growing school family please click on 'Parents' pencil then go to 'Policies' and you'll find information on admissions. If you need help at home there's guidance in the 'Parents' pencil as well.

Holidays in term time: School is still legally obliged to challenge all holidays in school time and will do so. We recently had a horrible experience where a child returned from a holiday to find their place in school had been taken. That child is still on a waiting list to return to Brockmoor. Can I also remind parents that 8:45 (except for Nursery at 8:30 and 12:30) is the time that children need to be going into classes not arriving at the school gates. Late arrival unsettles the child and disrupts the start of the day.

What's On: week beginning Monday 19th June

Learning theme of the week: We are looking at how we can understand others by listening to their point of view (empathy).

Website of the week: www.safesearchkids.com/ is a web search engine with filters to keep your children safe online. It also has really helpful hints about e-safety fro parents on the left hand side of the home page.

Music of the week: To celebrate Sunday's cricket 50 over Champions Trophy final between India & Pakistan we will be listening to music from the Indian sub-continent.

Across the week: Y6 will be having their Careers week with a range of speakers and presenters in school to help them develop an understanding of innovation and enterprise. From Tuesday to Friday afternoon Y6 will be swimming at Wordsley School.

Monday 26th June - Eid celebration day for our Muslim families. All children are expected back in school on Tuesday please. The Reception to Y1 parents meeting will still be taking place in the school hall at 2:40 (we will post the Powerpoint in the parents tab of our website). On the afternoon Y5 will be having their second of three visits to Wordsley School for Design and Technology.

Monday clubs - Mrs Goodship and Mrs Adams are running a KS2 drawing club (see Mrs Goodship in 5/6G or the office team for details).

Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th June - Y5 afternoon swimming refresher sessions at the Wordsley School. £6 is needed per child to cover all four sessions (this is heavily subsidised by PE Premium funding).

Tuesday 27th June - Reception children moving into Y1 transition for parents and children. Sessions take place from 9:00 to 10:00 and 2:00 to 3:00. Please see the Reception team if you're not sure which slot is yours.

Tuesday 27th June - Question and answer session in the school hall at 3:25 for parents to share any concerns around our new procedures regarding snacks in school.

Tuesday clubs - Choir meet in the Music Room at 12:10 (see Mrs Lester for details). KS2 lunchtime disco takes place outside Y3.

Wednesday 28th - Y1 are out at Arley Arboretum.

Wednesday 28th - The 'Eye-See' group will be working with Y3 children to develop their understanding of visual impairment.

Thursday clubs - At breaktime it's hula hoop disco for KS1 and KS2. Interest in the lunchtime reading club has wained due to the warmer weather so this will re-start in September.

Friday 30th June - Nursery sports day at 10:30 and 2:30.

Friday clubs - Mrs Mounsey is leading a KS2 Spanish club at lunchtimes in the IT suite. Children simply need to pop in (no slips required). Y4-6 football club runs after school to 4:15.

Saturday 1st July - Our Summer Fayre (doors open at 12:00). Please try to support us as every penny goes towards improving the lives of Brockmoor children.

Reason to be cheerful in these times of unrelenting challenge

We have some winners in the recent Dudley Sumdog online maths competition. Lacey in Y3 was overall Dudley champion! Ahsan in Y6 was second overall with Lauren in Y4 in 3rd place. Liam (Y6) and Tiffany (Y4) also finished in Dudley's top 10. Year 6 were daily winners on June 13th and came 4th on the year group leader board.

The school cricket team took part in the re-arranged tournament last week. They came up against a supremely talented team (who included county standard players) in their first match and came up short in their run chase. In the second match they completed a hard fought win.

What's coming over the hill? Important dates for your diary

Monday 3rd July - Last Y5 design and technology masterclass at The Wordsely School.

Monday 3rd July - Reception to Y1 transition - please ask the Reception team for details.

Wednesday 5th July - Nursery to Reception Stay and Play is cancelled due to staff commitments elsewhere.

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July - Book fair in the school hall (details to follow).

Friday 7th July - KS2 Sports from 9:05 to around 11:15.

Friday 7th July - Y2 canal trip (see the Y2 team for more details).

Monday 10th to Friday 14th July - Astley Burf residential week. This is £25 for FSM children and £50 for children who are not currently eligible for FSM.

Friday 14th July - end of year reports out to all children. You'll have the opportunity to come into school and discuss any concerns you may the following week.

Tuesday 18th July - Our end of year Shining Stars celebration for children whose effort and application have shone through 2016-17. This is invitation only.

Wednesday 19th July - Transition day where children get the opportunity to spend the day with their September teachers. Parents can drop in anytime between 3:15 and 5:15 to talk to teachers (both those you currently work with AND those who will be with your child in September). This is an ideal opportunity to share any concerns that you have and to let staff know of how best to meet your child's needs in September.

Thursday 20th July - Year 6 leavers assembly at 9:00. The Y6 leavers party takes place in the evening and the Y6 sleepover in school.

Friday 21st July - the last day of the school year at Brockmoor. School closes at normal times for all children bar those Y6 who have slept over. These children and any siblings can be collected from 1:15.

Reception slippers in school taster week. We're looking at the practicalities of trialing this in school. Details to follow.

Monday 4th September - staff training. School is open for children and parents to drop in and look at classrooms between 1:15 and 2:30 if they are fretful about the new school year.

Tuesday 5th September (Monday 4th is for staff training on Kinetic letters and Talk to Write) - children return to school at normal times. Nursery and Reception children have a 'staggered' start so that staff can settle children in more calmly.

We're a good school with many outstanding features in all areas, click below to read the July 2014 Ofsted report to find out why.

Our Aims

All children are valued as individuals and whilst in our care we aim to:

  • Create a secure, happy and caring environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Our mantra is that every child should be safe, happy and learning.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum within and beyond the current statutory requirements.
  • Create an atmosphere which promotes high standards of moral and social behaviour and which enables everyone to achieve their best.
  • Build character in our children so that they know the difference between right and wrong, they can empathise, understand and respect difference.
  • Encourage our pupils to strive for high academic standards and to be ambitious.
  • Encourage everyone to become interested and involved in the life of the school and the wider community.
  • Recognise everyone's efforts and achievements.
  • Encourage everyone to value and celebrate the religious, cultural and social diversity that exists within our community.
  • We believe that partnership between parents and school is very important and invite you to be involved in your child's education.

We look forward to working with you and developing a strong link between home and school. Working together in partnership we can ensure that your child enjoys their time at Brockmoor and reaches their full potential.

Term Dates - please check these before booking holidays!

2017 Summer Term
Term Starts: Monday 24th April
Half Term: Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June
Term Ends: Friday 21st July at normal times
2017 Autumn Term
Term Starts: Tuesday 5th September (Monday is staff training - Kinetic Letters and Talk to Write)
Half Term: Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October
Term Ends: Wednesday 20th December
2018 Spring Term
Term Starts: Tuesday 2nd January (may be Staff INSET)
Half Term: Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd February
Term Ends: Thursday 29th March
2018 Summer Term
Term Starts: Monday 16th April
Half Term: Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June
Term Ends: Friday 20th July
Year 6 SATs week 2018 Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May (Friday as back up date for missed tests)
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