Lots of things have happened here at Brightwell School since our last newsletter. Helen O’Reilly was appointed as our new part-time School Secretary and took up her post in January. She has settled in very well and we wish her a happy and successful time with us.
The Life Education Bus, a mobile classroom aimed at developing our children’s understanding about healthy lifestyles, visited us over three days. On the second day we welcomed a few dignitaries from Berkshire where they are considering the use of the bus. It is a fantastic resource and we support its continued use wholeheartedly. Class Act Promotions supplemented this later in the term with a production of Top to Toe. The drama group presented a humorous tale to demonstrate the relationship between exercise, healthy eating and physical well-being.
Children also celebrated World Book Day (Picture Books theme) and Red Nose Day (Big Hair theme) in school with a series of fun activities.
Our School Council underscored their commitment to fund-raising for good causes when they collected £275 for the tsunami victims’ appeal. Our Eco Club, not to be outdone, held several cake sales to raise money for the bird feeders that now adorn our grounds. The Friends of the School financed the planting of two willow arbours. The children are eager for the willow to leaf so they can use them more effectively for imaginative play.
On the sporting front, the school has taken part in several events, with mixed success. We were runners up in netball and hockey tournaments at Wallingford School. However, the netball team went one better at Manor School in March when it retained the Small Schools Trophy (congratulations to the children and their coaches, Julie Botting and Sue Booth, on this great achievement). On the same day our football team, managed on the day by Nigel Forster in my absence, finished fourth in their tournament.
Sadly, we said goodbye to the Revd Janet Russell in a farewell assembly last month. The children presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a gift token. Janet led our Friday morning assemblies and, although we will miss her greatly, we wish her well in her new post.
We are all very proud and pleased to know that Celia Collett received the MBE in the New Years Honours list for her services to the community. As a former and long-standing member of our governing body, we benefited greatly from Celia’s hard work and unstinting loyal support.