What a strange last few weeks of term this has ended up being, bringing us to the end of a very strange year at school. Nobody could have predicted what schools were going to have to go through, or how this last couple of weeks would have turned out, and I just want to say again how grateful I am to the whole school community for rising to the many challenges and working together to make the year a success. We have so many things to be proud of.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Summer Holiday, enjoying some wonderful family time, and hopefully a little warm weather! I wish all of our Year 6 children, and anyone else who is leaving us, the best of luck as they move on to the next stage of their educational journey. I am looking forward to welcoming everyone else back to school in September. Let’s hope next year will be much more settled!
PARENT SURVEY - a message from Brian Swan (Chair of Governors)
Thank you so much to all those parents who responded to the Parent Survey, which was sent out by the Governors earlier this term; we received a record 277 responses altogether providing us with some valuable feedback and a useful insight into your views of the school. The Governors will be fully evaluating the responses next term, but for now we would like to share the results with you.
Firstly, we are pleased to be able to share that the overwhelming majority of you are very happy with Bosmere and would recommend the school to others. Here is the breakdown of the percentage of parents who would strongly agree or agree with the following statements:
My child is happy at Bosmere – 96% (Don’t know 1%)
My child feels safe at Bosmere – 99% (Don’t know 0%)
Bosmere makes sure its pupils are well-behaved – 96% (Don’t know 1%)
Bosmere deals with bullying quickly and effectively – 73% (Don’t know 22%)
Bosmere makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year – 91% (Don’t know 1%)
When I have raised concerns with Bosmere, they have been dealt with properly – 92% (Don’t know 5%)
Bosmere gives my child the support they need to succeed – 98% (Don’t know 0%)
Bosmere has high expectations for my child – 95% (Don’t know 3%)
My child does well at Bosmere – 99% (Don’t know 0%)
Bosmere lets me know how my child is doing – 97% (Don’t know 1%)
There is a good range of subjects available to my child at Bosmere – 96% (Don’t know 2%)
Bosmere supports my child’s wider personal development – 94% (Don’t know 4%)
I am aware of Bosmere’s GROW IT and HEARTS values and how these are used to support personal development – 98% (Don’t know 1%)
Bosmere provided good quality remote learning during lockdown – 91% (Don’t know 4%)
Bosmere engaged well with parents during lockdown – 95% (Don’t know 1%)
I would recommend Bosmere to another parent – 97% (Don’t know 1%)
The detailed comments provided by some of you as part of your response also paint a very positive picture and we would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who took the time to write some very supportive words. These have been shared with the staff.
Any comments which included further suggestions for improvement will now be discussed with the Governors and the Senior Leadership Team.
There were, of course, other comments pertaining to individual concerns, which really need to be discussed personally with the Headteacher. Please could we offer an invitation to any of you who feel you would like to discuss anything further to contact Mrs Robinson directly through the school office. The school really does have an open door policy and Mrs Robinson would genuinely be very happy to listen to any concerns or further suggestions for improvement and to talk through possible solutions with parents. It is only by working together that we can ensure your children make the most of their time at Bosmere.
Finally, thank you for your ongoing support in making Bosmere the wonderful school it is.
I am so pleased that we managed to hold our year group sports days and whole school (socially distanced) race morning this year. It was wonderful to see the children enjoying themselves and cheering on their house teams. It was disappointing not to be able to invite parents to share in this event, but hopefully we will be able to do this next year. Well done to all of the children for the great sportsmanship they showed in taking part, and congratulations to EXETER for winning the overall trophy!
YEAR 3 NEWS
Earlier this month, Year 3 had a brilliant living history Celtic Day. It was a lot of fun, especially the Celtic face painting, which was Mrs Smith's personal favourite, but the day also helped the children have a better understanding of what the life of a Celtic child might have been like 3,000 years ago and it seems many of our children would have coped wonderfully as Celts. Their costumes were authentic, thank you lovely parents, and special congratulations must go to the 3S ‘ladies’ who won the inter-class Haka competition with their very loud and very scary traditional dance!
Signora Baker arranged a tasty Spanish tapas session that the children enjoyed and helped them understand Spanish traditions and culture first hand. Year 3 did not get a chance to practice their Flamenco Strictly Come Dancing, but maybe next week..... Now there is another challenge for the homebound Year 3s!
All the Year 3 teachers (and especially Mrs Robinson and Mr Adam), want everyone to know how proud they are of all their youngest children. They didn't panic when they were all told they had to go home so suddenly last week, they all logged on to TEAMs and carried on with their learning at home as if nothing had happened, and they all looked after their parents beautifully - who were a bit shell-shocked and needed a bit of TLC from their resilient children! So well done to all of them!
It has been wonderful to have the children back this week for the final week of the school year. What a strange, challenging and dislocated year this has been, but this wonderful, resourceful and resilient cohort of Year 3 children has smashed COVID and shown just what happens when everyone cares about each other, works as a team and keeps learning, no matter what.
YEAR 4 NEWS
4NW and 4LW really enjoyed their recent visit to Dell Quay. The children behaved perfectly and they had a great time exploring the habitats on the beach, in the stream and in the meadow. Hopefully, 4S will be visiting soon. Since then, it has been a strange couple of weeks. We missed having the children in school but we were so impressed with the huge amount of effort they put into their home learning. We have enjoyed reading their interesting PowerPoints about Kings and Queens and their fact files. We were also proud of all the hard work which went into maths, English and science lessons. It has been wonderful having them back in school this week.
YEAR 5 NEWS
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Brent Lodge, where they learnt about different habitats and how we can help to preserve them. The highlight of the visit was definitely looking at different bugs and insects that Brent Lodge brought in and although there were some escapees; all creatures were found and returned! It was a very informative session. Brent Lodge were extremely grateful for all your donations.
We had a great afternoon on Tuesday, despite the weather. We managed a classroom picnic with the whole year group before we headed to Warblington. The children all loved the activities, there was orienteering, geographical knowledge, bunting making and cookie baking. We hope you got to see or hear about what the children had been up to. All the children who stayed for the open evening said they had a lovely time.
We also succeeded in filming our production!
YEAR 6 NEWS - End of Year 6
After a bright sunny day at Paultons Park on Friday 9th July, where Year 6 represented us brilliantly, we still have some other treats in store. It is such a shame that the last couple of weeks at Bosmere has not gone the way we would have planned it for these children, but they deserve to be so proud of the way they have tackled their home learning.
The leavers' party tomorrow, will be a wonderful chance for the children and adults to celebrate a productive year, and the end of an era. We wish our Year 6 children all the best as they take their next steps onto secondary school; we know that you will all be brilliant!
The 6-week summer holiday is nearly upon us! Here's hoping the weather is kind to us so we can make the most of the outdoors.
Please click here to download some handy hints and tips to help you through the holidays.
Remember... fun doesn't always mean expense.
E SAFETY TIP - IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOUR CHILD
As we prepare for the summer break, we would urge parents to remain vigilant and continue to monitor your children's online activity closely. While the children are at home for such an extended holiday they will undoubtedly spend more time online on phones, tablets, computers and consoles. With the children doing most of their communicating with friends online during the summer, there is a risk that messaging turns toxic which will have an impact on children's mental health, especially when they cannot come into school the following day to talk to school staff and fix friendships on the playground. Even more dangerous are the risks of online predators who are constantly finding new ways to exploit gaming platforms and social media apps to groom children. Despite our best efforts to educate children about the risks in messaging strangers online, there are still pupils who fail to understand the danger and cannot grasp that a person they meet online may not be who they say they are.
Please read the E Safety Advice we have posted on our website which includes a news story that can illustrate how quickly a child (even with a conscientious parent) can be groomed online and be exposed to networks of online predators:
MEET THE STAFF – Mrs Dunn
What role: Librarian & Website Manager
When: Since September 2015
What is it like working at Bosmere: Bosmere is a very special school. On top of the wonderful teaching and support provided to absolutely everyone, there are so many added extras such as Superstars, the amazing range of clubs, the Year 6 water fight … And we are all encouraged to join in. I love working here!
What do you like to do in your spare time: I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking, walking with my dog, Baz, and I make sculptures using recycled materials and flotsam & jetsam I find on the beach.
Quirky fact: Before becoming a school librarian, I worked for my PhD in a medical research lab at London University. So I am actually Dr Dunn but I will always be Mrs Library Dunn at Bosmere !
2nd & 3rd
Autumn Term begins
Year 4 visit to Havant Library
Autumn Clubs begin (look out for the email in September)
4S visit to Fort Nelson
Year 5 visit to Chichester Planetarium
Drop Ins for parents
4R visit to Fort Nelson
4F visit to Fort Nelson
Macmillan Coffee Morning for Parents and Cake Sale (in classes)