Year 6 leavers party

OFSTED - February 2019

We finally had our long overdue OFSTED inspection on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of February 2019. Paper copies of the final report are available from the school office and from Monday 18th March the report is available to view and download from our homepage or by Googling 'OFSTED Reports' and typing in the school name.

Safeguarding our children update

Can I remind parents that this is a primary school and we will not tolerate bad language on the part of parents or carers. If parents have a disagreement take it elsewhere or better still come round to the school office so we can try to find a positive outcome together.

What's On: Week beginning Monday 15th July

Following on from our recent Safer Internet Week in school can we remind parents and carers to limit screen time on phones, tablets and computers to one hour per night (and not direclty before bedtime). This is the medical advice we should all follow. 

Our final value that we are promoting in school in this academic year is to consider our legacy. To act in this the last week of the 2018-19 academic year in a way that we would like to be remembered by.      

Our song for the week to support our legacy work is an obvious one! It's 'So long, farewell' from The Sound of Music.    

There are no after school clubs in this our last week of the 2018-19 academic year. 

Monday 15th July - Our Transition Day so that children can be with their September teachers.  

Monday 15th July - Gardening club potato sale at the front of school fom 3:15.

Tuesday 16th July - Year 2 afternoon INSPIRE session for parents and carers from 2:00. 

Wednesday 17th July - Y6 leavers assembly from 9:00. Family members most welcome. For this reason Breakfast Club will be taking place in Miss Whitehouse's Year 5 classroom (please come in through the first wooden gate at the front of school).  

Wednesday 17th July - Year 2 afternoon canalside walk. 

Wednesday 17th July - Staff are available to discuss reports in their classrooms from the end of school up to 5:00.

Thursday 18th July - Nursery is closed so that staff can undertake home visits.

Thursday 18th July - Our end of year Shining Stars assembly from 9:00 (invitation only). Breakfast Club will again be in Miss Whitehouse's classroom.

Thursday 18th July - Year 6 leavers party from 6:00 to 9:00 and sleepover in school.

Friday 19th July - Nursery is again closed so staff can undertake home visits. 

Friday 19th July - Pyjama day in school for all children. This is free and thanks to an idea from our children's School Council. Children who do not want to wear pyjamas can of course come in school uniform. 

Friday 19th July - Reception children can be collected from 12:30 (children of working parents who cannot do so will be in the Nursery for the afternoon as nursery is closed).

Friday 19th July - The last day of the 2018-19 academic year. School closes at normal times for all children except Year 6 who can be collected at 1:10. It's also Mr Jones's last day with the children (although he will be working in school over the holiday period).

Friday homework - One of the many decisions made during our visioning day that took place in January was to change the way in which we set homework. The reason for this is we put an awful lot of effort into setting, collecting and marking homework for actually very little impact. Indeed the children who most need to do the homework are often those who are least likely to hand it in! So from now on children will be set weekly spellings to learn every Friday, a times table to practice and we actively encourage you to please listen to your child read at least three times a week, discussing the content with them. Guidance on how to help at home is in the 'Parent's pencil tab. Practicing these basic skills genuinely makes a difference. For those of you who don't YOU are holding your child back!

What's coming over the hill? Dates for your diary

Crestwood Secondary School are proposing changes to their school day. From September they are looking to open at 8:45 every day. On Monday through to Thursday they would close at 3:30. The longer days would then allow them to close at 1:45 on a Friday. If you want your say please follow the consultation link from their website homepage. 

Wednesday 4th September - School re-opens for children. Staff training is taking place on Monday and Tuesday but anxious children can pop in between 1:00 and 2:30 on Tuesday 3rd if it helps settle their nerves about the new school year. Our Pastoral Care Team will also be on hand to discuss any concerns parents or carers may have. 

Monday 9th September - Our first after school provision begins. It's open up to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Please see the office team for details. 

Monday 23rd September - School photos day (details to follow).

Friday 11th October - Governor Day in School.

Friday 18th October - School closed for staff training (Team Teach  - how to de-escalate conflict).

Thursday 24th October - Halloween disco (details to follow).

Wednesday 4th December - Our Christmas Fayre (details to follow). 

Tuesday 7th January, 2020 - Our school pantomime is 'Robin Hood'. Again we hope to offer this free to children and only a £1 for parents. 

What's On in Dudley - The Family Information Service website shares what's on in our town. Simply click on the link below.

ONGOING INFORMATION

Please note that from Monday 19th November the Norwood Road gated entrance will not be opened until 8:20. Breakfast Club children will need to be brought in through the Belle Isle entrance to school. This is for safeguarding purposes.

Please note due to the building work on our new Nursery now starting both Reception classrooms will need to come in and go out of the entrance next to the library. We've tried to delay this for as long as is possible. 

Our Breakfast Club

Our breakfast club runs from 8:00 until the start of the school day. Each session costs £1.50. If you are interested in a place please pop in and ask for a booking form or speak to Mrs Gutteridge (our learning mentor).

Lunchtime arrangements

With growing pupil numbers and the building works that are taking place across school we have lost our Early Years outdoor area and a chunk of our KS1 playground. Consequently we're having to tweak lunchtime arrangements as follows: Reception lunch runs from 11:30 to 12:30, KS1 from 11:50 to 12:50, KS2 from 12:10 to 1:05. This is for every day of the week.

Keeping our children safe

Can we remind parents and carers that if you allow children in your care onto the adventure playgrounds before or after school their supervision and safety is your responsibility not ours. It is Parent/Carers responsibility to make sure the conditions are safe for use. Children should be in your line of sight at all times and are not allowed in the Forest Schools Area.

Nursery updates

The children who had 30 hours of 'wraparound care' have settled particularly well into our Reception classes. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you are entitled to this 30 hours of free nursery provision. Simply pop into the school office or speak to Mrs Holtham, our Nursery champion, for more information.

We raised £311 for the Poppy Appeal organised by Brierley Hill British Legion. This was the second largest amount raised in the Brierley Hill Township. The British Legion value our friendship so much that all of the slapband rulers they had were sent to Brockmoor!

Our School Choir sang at the Moor Centre on Friday 9th November as part of Brierley Hill's Remembrance weekend. Mrs Lester has said how proud she was of the children and that they were a credit to the school. As always thanks go out to Mrs Lester and Mrs Hickman for their passion for singing here at Brockmoor. 

A huge thank you to everyone who made a donation to our Harvest Festival. 10 crates and 24 large carrier bags of food have been passed to the needy of Brierley Hill through St John's Church thanks to your generosity.

Our analysis of the annual Parent Questionnaire is really positive. We had over 160 families respond and overall parents and carers view of the school is very positive. Whilst once again concerns around bullying are your biggest concern this has reduced from last year (and that was a reduction on the previous year). The full picture will be placed in the 'About Us' pencil tab of our website this week.

We are particularly proud of the way in which children were able to talk about how they want to support British Values at Brockmoor during our recent 'In your hands' theatre show and workshops. Children spoke passionately about freedom of speech, the rules we follow, respect and tolerance.

Brockmoor Primary School is committed to a 'FISH Philosophy'. Here are the four steps to a 'Fish Philosophy'.

1. 'Choose your Attitude' - however well or badly your day starts it's up to you to choose the right attitude. Other's won't know what's going on in your mind but they have a right to be treated with respect and dignity even if you're having a bad day. Parents often ask me why I'm so jolly and welcoming even on the gloomiest of days. The answer is simple, I choose to be!

2. 'Be Present' - This means that when someone's talking to you you put down the tablet or phone, turn away from the telly or computer and look and really listen. This improves communication no end and makes people feel valued. 

3. 'Make Their Day' - I always try to go out of my way to go the extra mile for people. You can't do it for everybody all of the time but if you share this around people feel valued. It's part of the reason why we are such a caring school. And why do we do it? If you have a 'Pay it Forwards' mentality it will make the world a better place for us all. 

4. 'Play' - All the research strongly shows that allowing yourself time to enjoy what you really like or just playing improves mood and increases productivity. Whenever I have the time I try to play dodgeball with the older children at the end of lunchtime. The children love it and so do I. It also puts a spring in my step for the afternoon and reminds me who I am really here to serve.  

For adults this is how you can use the 'Fish Philosphy'.

Having Your Say - Your comments, concerns and feedback

We have just added online feedback forms on our website for our Parent Voice group (in the Parents tab) and Governors (who have their own tab on the homepage). There is a simple online form that can be completed in seconds. This will be picked up by Mrs Manning who is clerk to both the governing body and our Parent Voice group. Ideally any concerns are best met by coming into school to discuss them but we recognise that there are times this may be difficult for parents and carers. Please be mindful this is not the vehicle to raise complaints about school or staff it's more to do with helping us improve our school.

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