Welcome everyone to the first of our Bosmere Newsletters for this new school year. As is always the case in September, it has been such a busy start to the year, but it has been wonderful to welcome all the children back to school and see them settle so quickly into the routines of their new classes, and to focus on their learning with such drive and enthusiasm.
We join the rest of the country in expressing our deepest sympathies at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The dedication she showed throughout her reign is unparalleled in all our lives. We held a special assembly in school on Friday to allow us all to mark this sad occasion together but primarily to celebrate her life and achievements. Please note that school will now be closed for the additional Bank Holiday on Monday 19th September for the day of the funeral.
As parents of pupils in 5W are already aware, Mr Wood will sadly be leaving us at the end of the term. An opportunity has presented itself for a change in career for him and he has made the decision to grasp this chance, although he will be sad to be leaving his class part way through the academic year. A job advert has already gone out for a replacement teacher for this class and we will hopefully be holding interviews later this half term.
We have welcomed several new members of staff this term. Mr Sherlock has joined our team of teachers in Year 4 and we have four new members of our lunchtime team: Miss Conway, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Treen and Mrs Vine. They have all settled into the school very quickly, already feeling like they have been part of the team forever!
In order for us to successfully stay in touch with you, PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE. If you have recently moved, or if there has been a change to home, work or mobile numbers or email address, please notify the school admin team as soon as possible. If you change your mobile number or email address you will need to change these details on ParentMail.
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 last 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.
Earlier this week, you will also have received 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 make sure you have read this email carefully.
PARENT DROP IN SESSION – Wednesday 21st September
We will also be holding a Parent Drop In Session on Wednesday 21st 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. We ask that you meet your child on the playground first, then re-enter the school via the main door, 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.
Children may bring in fresh fruit or vegetables as a snack for break time if they wish. Please note that ‘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. Following a couple of spillages last week, 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 these 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.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
On Friday 23rd 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 music / drama room. 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!
PRE-LOVED WINTER CLOTHING AND UNIFORM EVENT
With our Eco Schools status, the idea of recycling clothing fits in perfectly with Bosmere’s already extensive mission of saving energy and waste. Because of this, we will be holding a Pre-Loved Winter Clothing and Uniform Event here in school on Tuesday 4th October from 2:45pm onwards, and we are hoping to get our Eco Councillors involved in helping on the day.
The event is also an ideal opportunity to raise money for our PTA. If the event is a success, we are hoping we may be able to run similar events on a regular basis in the future.
Parents can help to support this event in 3 different ways…
Send donations of any unwanted winter clothing into school – we are happy for this to be child or adult clothing. We are also asking for donations of any unwanted uniform. All clothing needs to be washed and in good / new condition. (No underwear please!) We will be collecting donations from Monday 12th September.
If you have any spare time on the afternoon of 4th October (1:15pm onwards) we would really welcome the support of parents in setting out the clothing ready for the event. Please complete the form on ParentMail if you feel you are able to offer your support with this.
Come along to the event! No items of clothing will be priced, but we will have an honesty box by the door, where parents can make a voluntary contribution for any items they take. Any funds raised will go to the school’s PTA funds.
PTA FIRST MEETING AND AGM
In past years, Bosmere Junior School has been very well supported by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Unfortunately, our committee members have slowly decreased over the past few years, although we have still managed to receive lots of support from parents when running events. The money raised at our PTA 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, Secretary and Treasurer.
Our first meeting and AGM this year will be on Friday 30th September at 9am at school. It would be great to see as many parents there as possible, especially some new and enthusiastic faces! There will be a short AGM, followed by a meeting where we can talk about the organisation for the upcoming Halloween Disco and discuss further ideas for future events. 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.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Each year, we produce a summary of our School Improvement Plan for parents, providing a review of the previous year’s plan and the planned areas for focus in the coming year. Please click here to view this document.
YEAR 3 NEWS
Year 3 have made a wonderful start to their time at Bosmere and you can all be incredibly proud of your children as they have transitioned into junior school. We have loved seeing lots of smiley faces, smart uniforms, positive attitudes towards learning, and reports of children making new friends. Those children who found the first few days a little more daunting have come a long way and are certainly finding their feet with us now.
We have enjoyed starting our science topic, exploring different skeletons, our English unit, focusing on writing descriptive settings, and looking at where we are in the world in Geography. We also had lots of fun working together on our shape pictures and shape scavenger hunt during our team building morning on Tuesday.
All three classes have had the opportunity to visit the library and every child now has a library book to share with you at home. This is in addition to the fluency book that you will also find in their bag. Fluency books are matched to each child’s reading level and these are the books they should be reading aloud regularly with an adult. Library books are freely chosen, at any level, and can be enjoyed independently, or with an adult, perhaps as a bedtime story. Fluency books can be changed at any time by putting them in class book changing boxes, library books can be changed independently at break times.
You will (hopefully!) have been shown a purple homework book which also came home in your child’s bag. This contains their weekly spellings, tables and termly homework tasks. You will also find a list of logins for online resources. Please send homework books into school each day as the children may need to access these passwords at any time.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled first half term; please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
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 with their spellings, tables and reading.
We are getting very excited about our forthcoming trip to Fort Nelson as well as 4DS’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.
We look forward to meeting you all over the next few weeks.
YEAR 5 NEWS
Wow, what a brilliant start to the year the new Year 5 have made! All of the teachers have been so impressed with how quickly everyone has settled in and the brilliant work that has been produced already. In English, we have started our writing journey looking at describing tropical islands before we begin to read 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. We have also started learning about space in science, where there have been lots of questions and exciting experiments! Each class are also taking part in swimming assessments ready for the swimming lessons to start!
YEAR 6 NEWS
The children and Mrs Browne have settled in amazingly to the hectic and exciting world of Year 6. The teachers are trying to keep up with their enthusiasm!
As usual we will have a packed month including our Havant History Walk. This will be followed by our teambuilding evening with a fish and chip supper.
We also have trips to Dell Quay to look forward to. The other important event happening this month is the House Captain elections. Watch this space!
MEET THE STAFF – Mrs Sue Shore
What role: I am the maths manager, Lower school phase leader and a Year 4 teacher
Where do you find me?: Room 8
When: I started at Bosmere about 15 years ago
What do you like to do in your spare time?: I love swimming in the sea all year round, coastal walking, gardening ( growing fruit and vegetables) and playing with my gorgeous baby granddaughter.
Quirky fact: I used to run cricket and rugby teams
Following on from the amazing work put in by all our Eco Councillors led by Mrs Fisk and Mrs Reed last year, culminating in Bosmere being awarded the status of Eco School, we are keen to forge ahead with more green efforts this year. Now that Mrs Fisk has left Bosmere, Mrs (Library) Dunn has taken on the responsibility of leading the club and we are currently encouraging pupils to join our new Eco Committee. Our first meeting will be next Tuesday, so anyone interested in getting involved should come to see Mrs Dunn in the library.We have some exciting new challenges ahead ... watch this space!
Meanwhile, Bosmere's amazing giant collages of endangered animals, created as part of our Book Week activities earlier in the year, will be on display in the town as part of Havant Big Green Week. Between Saturday 24th September and Sunday 2nd October, a series of events are planned around the whole of Havant Borough. There will be Eco Fairs on 24th September, a Sustainable Fashion Show on 29th September, walks, talks, plant sales, films, coffee mornings and more. For all the details visit https://greatbiggreenweek.com/green-week-events/havant-borough-big-green-week/
E-SAFETY TIP – Social Media Update
There are several different social media platforms that your child might be on or wanting to join such as Instagram and Snapchat. Social Media platforms are used to share pictures and communicate with others. It is important to review each individual platform to see what age your child should be to access them and to set appropriate privacy settings. It is also important to talk to your child about information they should keep private.
Packed Lunches for School
Keep them fuller for longer
Base the main lunchbox item on foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Choose wholegrain where you can.
If your child does not like wholegrain bread, try making a sandwich from 1 slice of white bread and 1 slice of brown bread. Best of both is a good alternative too.
Don’t forget the veg…
Cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber, celery and peppers all count towards their 5-a-day. Adding a small pot of dips may help with getting kids to eat vegetables.
Try to add salad to sandwiches and wraps too – it all counts towards the 5-a-day!
Cheese can be high in fat and salt, so choose stronger-tasting ones – and use less of it or try reduced-fat varieties.
Cut down on crisps
If your child really likes crisps in their lunch box, try reducing the number of times you include them or only give them a few instead of the whole pack. Have you tried the baked crisps? Much lower in fat!
A smaller piece of fruit looks less daunting to eat than a very large one!
A small pot of fruit in juice (not syrup) is perfect for a lunchbox.
Dried fruit like raisins, sultanas and dried apricots are not only cheaper than processed fruit bars and snacks but are healthier too.
Buy low-fat and low-sugar yoghurts or fromage frais. Much better for little teeth.
Your child may feel very overwhelmed with the amount of food you put into their lunchbox. Think portion size. What looks small to an adult is perfect size for a child! A child’s portion should be the size of the child’s palm of the hand!
A typical child’s lunch should consist of:
Small portions of dairy (cheese/yoghurt)
Protein (lean meat, fish, eggs, pulses)
Fruit & Veg
Carbs (pasta, rice, bread)
When it comes to children’s lunch portions… size matters! Remember… palm of your child’s hand for each item of food.