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Harvest Festival

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A huge thank you for your family’s response to the Harvest Festival donation appeal. We managed to collect a large number of items which will be taken to the local food bank by our Rights Respecting Ambassadors in the coming days. Each class contributed either a poem, prayer or song and dance with several whole school songs as well. Reverend Simeon retold the story of the giant turnip and Mrs Boston, one of our hard-working governors, concluded by thanking the children and donating some books. The whole thing was quite special.

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Congratulations to the Boys’ and Girls’ football teams who represented the school this week in separate tournaments at Princes Park. Both squads performed well in their first outing of the year with a great deal of potential evident for the rest of the season.

The boys’ results were: Bean 2 -1, Bean 0-0, Bean 1 – 3, Bean 3-0
The girls’ results were: Bean 0-0, Bean 0-1, Bean 2-0, Bean 3-0.

Squad members: Jessica, Evie-Mai, Dolly, Lucy, Olivia, Ruby, Nevaeh and Ella - Vinnie, Isaac, James, Teddy, Ryan, Kayden, Ethan, Tyler, Daniel and Thomas.
Isaac achieved player of the tournament as a result of his ability and more importantly, his sportsmanship.

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Happy New Year

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This week the children considered the tradition of making new year’s resolutions. The tradition goes back
4000 years to the times of the Babylonians. In Roman times, people sought favour for the beginning of
the year from the God Janus, the two faced god who looked back in time and looked ahead.

As we look back on last year, one of the standout lessons was the tremendous resilience and positivity of
the children from Bean Primary School. This was demonstrated in many ways, notably the Nativity and
the Christmas Celebration. As staff, we consider ourselves fortunate to work with such individuals.

As we look ahead, we do so with a strong sense of optimism. There are, and inevitably will be more
hurdles and challenges along the way, but we are confident that, in partnership with parents and carers,
we will continue to give our pupils an excellent educational experience throughout this year.

My personal resolution is to reduce the amount of TV I consume so that I can be more productive with
my time. I wish you every success with yours.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

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A Busy Half-Term

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Going Greener

As you will know, children under 5 are entitled to free milk, and we encourage all parents to take advantage of this government funded offer. Parents with children aged 5 and above have the opportunity to order milk for their child at £7 per term. If your child is entitled to free school meals, then these children are entitled to the milk offer free of charge also.

We have previously been ordering the small milk cartons, resulting in a rather large amount of plastic waste each day. To help reduce this, we have decided to purchase long dated, fresh milk in 2 Lt containers which will be refrigerated and cups will be used and washed up. This will mean that your child will always have fresh, cold milk to drink from the fridge and we will be helping to reduce non-recyclable plastic waste; something the children are keen to do.


Rights Respecting Ambassadors

This week the R.R. Ambassadors visited the local foodbank to help distribute the many generous donations received for Harvest Festival. Their tasks involved helping to carry the items into the hall, organising items into food groups and date order and helping to serve the members of public visiting on that day. The children felt a real sense of responsibility as they helped serve and care for families that need a little extra support at this time.

If as a family you would benefit from similar support, please contact Mrs Osbourne, our Welfare Assistant, who will be happy to help.  


The Magic Crayon

This week has seen some amazing responses from the children as they have responded to our creative writing week. This was introduced in Monday’s assembly by Miss Chantry. The children were introduced to a magic crayon that produced some remarkable results from the teachers. Do ask your child to elaborate!


Getting back to Normal

This term has flown by and we seem to be settling into more conventional routines as a school. The children clearly enjoy being back and having a little more freedom to play and socialise. Coco, the school guinea pig, has also enjoyed seeing the children in Italy Class and being the centre of attention.



I trust you and your family have a restful break and I look forward to seeing the children refreshed and ready to learn on Monday 1st November.


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Opening Up Schools - 8th March

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I trust you and your family enjoyed the half term break and found time to relax. Many of you will have heard the news from the Prime Minister yesterday that pupils will be returning to schools from Monday 8th March. I am sure this will come as welcome news to parents and staff alike; I am confident the children will be pleased to hear it too.


No doubt there will be a great deal of guidance following this announcement around staggered start times, how parents order school dinners and how the classes / bubbles should function. This usually takes several days to filter down from the Department for Education to schools. As soon as this information is made public, I shall be sure to pass this on. We will be looking to start the Breakfast Club from 8am on the 8th March and this week we will be communicating with after school club providers to assess their availability. We will confirm these details as soon as we have ensured our practices align with our risk assessments to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all stakeholders.


Please continue to encourage your child to engage with their daily lessons, Team meetings and Friday assemblies as this will help them reintegrate into school routines and activities when they return.


As always, please contact a member of staff if you need support in any way. We know that families have experienced a great deal of challenge recently but despite this, adapted extremely well to the extraordinary circumstances.

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