Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to meet so many parents at the first of our information sessions yesterday. Thank you to all those who attended, and for the very many positive and kind comments I have received. Please let me know what particular aspects of the school you feel you would like to understand a bit better, or to question, and we will make that the focus of future sessions.

I was asked an excellent question by one parent (forgive me, I didn’t get your name) - namely, that the message I was giving was clear and well received, but how will I know next summer if I have been successful? I spoke about the importance of there being great teaching everywhere and improved communication, two factors that are indeed vital, but I wanted to give this great question the better answer it deserves.

I will know I am successful when your children come home and talk excitedly about their learning, and say how they can’t wait to go to school the next day, because their lessons are challenging, interesting and fun, and their teachers are inspiring. They never repeat things they have learnt before (although they may well revise and recap).

You will be really clear about the curriculum your children are studying, you know what topics they are learning about and at what point in the year, and you are able, therefore, also to support them at home.

In the last few days of school, your children are still being taught great lessons, and you won’t ever think about taking them out a week early as they would miss out on some really important learning.

You will be telling your friends, “The school is great at communicating, staff get back to me the same day, and if things need to escalate to the principal she also responds immediately,” and in any case she is easily accessible and you have met with her on many occasions. You may not agree with everything she does but you understand why she does it and you know everything she does has the children’s best interests at heart.

You have received really clear, easy to understand reports about your child’s progress - detailed enough to be helpful but simple and concise without any jargon.

Your children know the principal; they say she is in their lessons very often, and talks to them a lot about their learning and their future hopes.

The site is looking clean and tidy, and you are kept well informed about larger projects that are in the pipeline. In fact you are kept well informed about everything that is coming up in the school.

Your child never, ever says they are bored.

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

On Friday 276th September we are holding a coffee morning for all parents, teachers and friends in memory of our former Principal Mrs Glynis Mitchell and our gardener Mr Andrew Beckett.

This will take place between 9.00am and 11.00am in front of the school by the main entrance.

Coffee and cakes will be provided and donations collected; the proceeds of which will be given to local cancer charities and other organisations. As a school we feel that these charities have had an extremely important role to play in the lives of not only our remembered colleagues but also current members of staff.

Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to joining as many parents as possible next Friday.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Beckett

Kind reminder - Parking Information

The car park will remain open from 8am to 9:30am. The car park will re-open at 3:30pm until the end of school activities.

Please note that on assembly days we will close the car park 15 minutes after the end of the assembly.