After what has been an incredibly wet start to the New Year I believe we are now seeing signs of Spring in the school grounds. Our September gardening day is beginning to show fruit in the form of bulbs popping up all over the flowerbeds and hedgerows. The veg beds are being prepared and excitement is building – will the sunflowers this year beat the height from last? Who knows – we will have to wait and see!
I am delighted to introduce our new Finance Officer, Mrs Zoe Davis. Many of you will know Zoe as mum to Ben and Mollie. Zoe started her new role at the school in January and has already settled in as part of the team. We are very pleased to have appointed such a talented person to the role.
The upper key stage two children and staff had another wonderful day at the 02 Arena with the Young Voices team. Thankfully this time it was a Friday so the 11.30pm arrival back at school was balanced by a possible lie-in the next morning! The children sang and danced wonderfully and were an absolute pleasure to take along.
Over the spring term, Pippin, Bramley and Worcester classes are all studying Africa. They will be going to The Pitt Rivers Museum where the younger children will be studying masks and the year 4 and 5 children will be learning all about African music. These children will then be taking a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford to study the African animals and their habitat requirements. It will be interesting to understand how these animals who thrive naturally in the heat are coping with our wet winters here in England.
Discovery class, our oldest children, will be visiting the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Injury Management Unit to learn about first aid and taking care of themselves and others in accident situations. This is a skill we hope will remain with them all their lives and enable them to help others if the need should arise.
And finally…..as many of you may well now have heard, I will be moving on from Brightwell School at Easter to take up the Headship of Woodcote School. It has been an absolute pleasure to be custodian of such a wonderful school and to be able to lead it through such changes as we have had over the last 5 years. I shall miss the children and staff so very much but, for now, I am still here and working hard to ensure these children have the very best education that Brightwell can offer.
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