The beginning of a new school year is always a busy time – this year even more than ever! After such an unsettling year last year, it has been wonderful to welcome all of our pupils back to school and to be able to operate as a whole school once more! It is a particular pleasure to have been able to welcome our new children, all of whom have settled in so well. It has been great to see the enthusiastic way all of our pupils have approached their learning this week and have adapted seamlessly to any new routines.
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Most of our newsletters and other written communications are emailed out via ParentMail. Paper copies are only sent home if we do not have an email address for a parent. If you are set up with ParentMail, the email will come through your ParentMail account and you will receive a notification. This letter, the ‘Bosmere News’ is one of the most important letters as it contains lots of important dates and information. Please make sure you take the time to read it!Newsletters are sent out each month. If you think you may have missed one and therefore possibly missed important information, the previous newsletters are available on the school website, www.bosmere.hants.sch.uk. If you need help setting up ParentMail, please speak to a member of our office team.
PARENT / TEACHER CONTACT
You should already have received an email earlier this week providing email contact details for teachers. Please could I remind parents to be mindful of the fact that teachers will only be able to respond to emails during working hours and therefore an immediate response should not be expected.
Next Friday you will also be receiving an important introductory year group email, which will provide you with important information about routines and expectations in the class and about homework and other ways you can support your child at home. Please look out for this email.
We are also very pleased that, now restrictions have been lifted, we will once more be able to welcome parents back into school to share in their child’s learning. The first opportunity for this will be our drop in session on Wednesday 22nd September. Parents will be able to pop in at the end of the school day to meet the class teacher and to ask any questions you may have. The small green gate on South Street will be opened for parents attending the drop in. We ask that you meet your child on the playground first, then re-enter the school via this gate, with your child, to access the classrooms. This will hopefully stop any confusion of children not being able to find parents at the end of the day. We are looking forward to seeing you on this date.
NEW MEMBERS OF STAFF
We welcome to the school five new members of staff this term. We have three new teachers: Mr Kershaw in Year 5, Miss Rankin in Year 4 and Miss Dawes in Year 3. I know they will all make a very strong addition to the team. We also have two new members of the lunchtime staff team – Miss Bath and Mrs Terry. They have all settled in extremely well this week, quickly becoming part of the team.
Please look out for our clubs letter, which should also have been sent out today. This will provide you with details of all of the before school / lunchtime / after school clubs we will be offering this term. There will be a form on ParentMail for you to complete if your child would like to join a club.
Thank you for your patience as we have dealt with late deliveries with some of our uniform items. I know some of you are still waiting, but hopefully the missing items will be with us soon.
Thank you to all parents who have made such an effort to send their children back to school looking incredibly smart for the start of the Autumn Term. The new PE Kits are looking fabulous!
There has been a little bit of confusion around trainers, so I would just like to clarify that when children are wearing their full school uniform, we expect black shoes (plain black trainers are acceptable for this). When they are wearing their games kits they MUST wear trainers but there is no stipulation regarding the colour.
Please do contact us if you have any questions or difficulties with any aspect of our school uniform. We have a large range of second hand uniform available, which can be purchased via the school office.
Thank you for your support in ensuring we maintain our high standards with school uniform. We really do believe that smart attitudes with uniform lead to smart attitudes with learning.
Children may bring in fruit/vegetable or a plain biscuit snack for break time if they wish. Please note that cereal bars / chocolate biscuits / fruit winder type snacks are not allowed.
It is so important that children bring in a water bottle every day in order to keep hydrated. Please could we ask that the following rules are followed when selecting a water bottle:
It needs to have a sports top, rather than a screw top, as screw tops often lead to water being spilt on work.
It needs to be clear / semi-opaque so that it is easy to check that it is water being brought into school.
We sell water bottles meeting this criteria through the school office for the very reasonable price of 60p. Please send in some money with your child if you would like them to purchase one.
WHAT TO BRING TO SCHOOL REMINDERS
Please make sure that your child comes to school each day with:
A water bottle (see above)
Their reading book and reading diary
A waterproof coat (if any hint that there could be rain!)
Their school jumper (in cold weather)
A sun hat (in hot weather)
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
On Friday 24th September we will be holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning in school. There will be 2 separate parts to this event:
We will be holding a cake sale at afternoon break time for the children. We ask parents to send in cake donations with their child. Cakes will then be sold in each year group priced between 20p and 50p. Your child will need to bring in some money to buy the goodies of their choice to eat with their friends out on the playground. This is usually a really popular event.
Mrs Robinson and Mrs Lever will be holding a coffee morning and chat session for parents in the hall. We will provide the coffee and the cake for this session and would love for as many parents as possible to pop along to join us for a chat!
In past years, Bosmere Junior School has been very well supported by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Unfortunately, our committee members slowly decreased over the past few years. We did manage an initial committee of 13 people last year, but again numbers dwindled as the year went on and many of the members had children who have now left the school.
It is important to the pupils at Bosmere that we keep the PTA active. The money raised at our Charity Events is used to purchase items which help enhance the children’s learning both inside the classroom and outside on the playground. We would therefore like to try to relaunch the PTA once again this year. We would also love to be able to appoint a new Chair Person and Secretary.
Our AGM this year will be on Wednesday 22ndSeptember at 5:45pm at school. It would be great to see as many parents there as possible, especially some new and enthusiastic faces! Please would you complete the form on ParentMail confirming if you will be attending the meeting. You can also use the form to indicate that you would be prepared to take over one of the committee roles. If joining the committee is not something you could consider, you can also indicate whether you can commit to helping the school at special events.
Please could we ask you to complete the form even if you are not interested in joining the PTA.
YEAR 3 NEWS
We have loved meeting our new Year 3 classes this week. The children are settling in beautifully and enjoying Bosmere life. Year 3 enjoyed a very warm PE session on Monday; thank you for remembering to send them in in their PE kits on day one (at least it was an excuse for an alternative back to school doorstep photo!). As much as we enjoyed the rainbow of colour on Monday, it was really lovely to see them all coming in wearing their full uniforms on Tuesday - they looked extremely smart and grown up.
The children have enjoyed a variety of activities, ranging from positivity cards in PSHE to skeletons in science, alongside some essential baseline testing. We have been delighted to see how hard they have worked; they have been determined to show off what they know and should be very proud of what they have already achieved in such a short time.
All three classes have wowed us with their behaviour and positive attitudes. Considering they have spent half of their time at school either at home or in small bubbles, they coped brilliantly with their first whole-school assembly and have adjusted quickly to normal playtimes.
By the end of the week, all of the children will have a reading book to share with you at home. Please do make time to read together - we look forward to seeing lots of coloured-in footprints and reading challenges on Monday.
The transition to Junior School is a significant, but exciting milestone. We have so much to look forward to this year and we are already confident that our newest members of Bosmere will rise to the new challenges and thoroughly enjoy the many opportunities on offer.
Welcome to Bosmere Year 3!
YEAR 4 NEWS
We were all very pleased to see the Year 4 children settling in this week in their new classrooms, looking very smartly dressed in their immaculate school uniforms. Thank you so much for your support with this.
We have hit the ground running and the children have not failed to impress us. They have knuckled down to their learning and we are getting back into the routine of life at school. The first homework was sent out on Wednesday and we do expect that the children do something most days as far as spellings, tables and reading goes.
We are getting very excited about our forthcoming trips to Havant Library and Fort Nelson as well 4F’s class assembly: more details will follow.
Finally, we would like to reiterate the recent ParentMail encouraging you to contact us via email. It really is the best way for us to communicate. Here are our email addresses, should you need them:
We look forward to meeting you all over the next few weeks.
YEAR 5 NEWS
Year 5 are settling in very well and the teachers are enjoying getting to know the children. We are looking forward to an exciting year. The children have settled in straight away to the routines of working and are impressing their teachers with their active learning. We are looking forward to a really exciting year!
YEAR 6 NEWS
Wow! What a fantastic start the children in Year 6 have made. They have been demonstrating their resilience, independence and many of the GROW IT and HEARTS values, as we have challenged them over the last few days. The positivity from the children is inspiring and we are all looking forward to seeing how the rest of the year goes - amazingly I suspect!
This year, we have decided to try to achieve ‘Eco-Schools’ status. Mrs Fisk delivered a training session to staff during our INSET day and we are all set to go for it. We are going to launch this to the children during Havant’s Big Green Week 20-24th September through 4F’s class assembly.
Our current Year 4 children all made a poster in July to publicise Big Green Week in Havant and the Mayor chose Olivia Hill-Burnett’s as first prize. Her design will be used in posters and publications and she was awarded a prize. Congratulations Olivia. Here is her winning design:
Mrs Fisk has also submitted an article for The News about Bosmere striving for the Eco-schools status and our involvement with Big Green Week, so keep your eyes peeled!
We hope to form our Eco-committee in the next few weeks and will keep you updated on our progress.
MEET THE STAFF – Mr Kershaw
What role: Year 5 teacher
Where: 5K - Room 6
When: I completed my PGCE placement at Bosmere in October 2020 and started full time September 2021.
What is it like working at Bosmere: I absolutely love working at Bosmere. It is a lovely school, with such friendly staff and pupils. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement here, meaning I was extremely excited once I knew I would be here full time.
What do you like to do in your spare time: My main passion is football however; I enjoy all sports and try to be involved in as many as I can. I also enjoy the time I get to go out with friends and family.
Quirky fact: I once scored in the FA cup - meaning I have more FA cup goals than Lionel Messi!
Do you worry about the amount of time that your child spends on devices? Are you concerned about what they are looking at or doing? Is it a constant battle to get them to put the device down?
There are many Parental Control Apps that can provide you with an easy way to monitor a child's use of a device and limit the number of hours they can spend online. The following link will take you to a review of various parental control apps. This article lists the best paid app as 'Net Nanny' and the best free app was 'Kaspersky Safe Kids' - for more details please use the link:
Grief is a natural response to loss and can affect us all. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss.
Whatever your loss, it is personal to you. Whatever the cause, there are many ways to cope and help you come to terms with your loss.
At Bosmere, we are here to support you. Do not be afraid to ask for advice or information on who and how you can be helped. Our door is always open.
Starting a conversation can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are worried that your child is having a hard time. It doesn’t matter what topic the conversation starts with – it’s about the opportunity it gives you both to talk about feelings and to provide comfort.
Let your child know you are concentrating on them; sit down with a cuppa with no gadgets or devices to distract you or them.
Start with small talk. Big things grow from little seeds.
Let them know you are listening, what is your body language telling them?
Sometimes conversations are difficult and by making full eye contact can make the child uncomfortable. If they want to look away that’s fine so long as they are engaged.
Do not be afraid of a silence. This will give the child time to re-focus and sort out in their mind what they would like to say next.
Always let your child know you are there to listen and help them.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Hampshire Music Service lessons start
Y6 Bikeability starts
Year 4 visit to Havant Library
Autumn Clubs begin
5JB visit to Chichester Planetarium
4S visit to Fort Nelson
5K visit to Chichester Planetarium
Drop Ins for parents
PTA AGM 5.45pm
4R visit to Fort Nelson
5LB visit to Chichester Planetarium
4F visit to Fort Nelson
Macmillan Coffee Morning for Parents and Cake Sale (in classes)
Year 6 Team Building Evening 5.30 – 9.30pm
Open Day for Year 2 parents
11th - 14th
SCARF PSHE Workshops
Year 5 Open Box Theatre event in school
Harvest Assembly – Lower School 9am, Upper School 10am (Parents invited)
25th - 29th
Whole School Remembrance Assembly with Canon Tom
Individual and Family photographs
Whole School Flu Vaccinations
Interim Progress Reports sent home
Parent Evening Consultation
Parent Day Consultations
Carol Service at St Faith's - Lower School at 1pm, Upper School at 2pm (Parents invited)