Covid-19 Update – 12 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are working hard to keep our families as informed as possible around the changing landscape of the Covid-19 virus.

With this in mind, but not wishing to cause unnecessary worry, we would like to make you aware of a local update so that the information you receive is as accurate and timely as possible.

We have become aware that some of the school community are self-isolating following advice from 111. Those concerned are in contact with NHS 111 for any health advice and progressing testing where needed. 

We have been in touch with Public Health England to ascertain next steps and have been reassured that there is currently no immediate risk to other children/ parents/ staff.

We have been reassured that no additional action is needed and that we should continue as normal, with staff and children coming in to school and a continued focus on good hand washing techniques.

We will keep you advised when we have more information.

Kind regards,

Miss S E Hunter

Headteacher

Coronavirus Update – 1 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
As I am sure you are aware from the news a member of staff from Willowbank Infant School has tested positive for the Coronavirus, Covid 19. The effected school has taken the appropriate steps in response to this and has temporarily closed the school. 
 
We have been in contact with Public Health England (PHE) to seek guidance on the matter and have taken their advice. At this time, we believe there is no immediate risk for Beechwood Primary School and we will be open as normal tomorrow. This also follows PHE guidance.
 
We have already been taking steps to encourage children to wash their hands regularly, but from tomorrow we will be taking additional steps and precautions. We will have a whole school assembly on hygiene and hand washing, actively encouraging children to catch their coughs and sneezes. 
We will continue to ensure there are plenty of soap and tissues in classes and toilet areas, as well as ensuring there is anti bacterial hand sanitiser in all classes. We will also be encouraging hand washing at regular intervals throughout the day. This will be supervised for our youngest children.
 
Advice and information about Corona virus can be found on the Public Health England pages of the Government website. You may also find the links below useful.
 
I have also reattached the Coronavirus poster sent home last week.
 
We are in regular contact with other schools across the borough, as well as Frays Academy Trust so we have the most up to date information about the situation.
 
If you feel you or your child has been in contact with an affected person, please let us know by phone or email as soon as possible.
 
Kind regards,
 
Miss S E Hunter
Headteacher

Beechwood PTA Quiz Night

We would like to invite you to our annual quiz night run by our Quiz Master, Philippa Allen on Friday 6th March 2020.

It is a great night, with great questions and some friendly competition.

Tickets can be purchased from the office from Monday 10th February – Friday 28th February.

We hope to see you there!

Beechwood PTA

 

Christmas Carol Concert

Dear Parents

We are pleased to inform you that our Christmas Carol Service will be held on Monday 16th December 2019 at St John’s Church, Church Road, Woodley. We do require parents to accompany us on the walk and to join us for the service. Your help would be much appreciated, please return the reply slip to school as soon as possible to the class teacher if you are able to help. Unfortunately, there may not be enough seating for all adults during the service. 

Use the link below to read the letter sent home.

PTA Childrens Christmas Party

Dear all,

Due to disappointing ticket sales for our Christmas Party we are going to cancel the second session.

However, to maximise everyone’s fun that has purchased a ticket, we are extending the first session by 30 minutes. Therefore, the party will now start at 6:30pm and finish at 8:00pm.

If you are one of the few that bought a ticket for the second party and you’re happy to attend the first party, then you don’t have to do anything. Just turn up in your best party clothes at 6:30pm.

If you can’t attend the first party, please ask for a refund from the office if you paid cash or email Pta.beech@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk if you paid online.

Tickets are still available to buy until this Friday so make sure you don’t miss out on a great night.

P.S. We still need a few more volunteers for the night so please let us know if you can help.

Thanks.

Beechwood PTA

Parentpay Launch

Good afternoon,

Please find attached information relating to the launch of our new ParentPay system. At present we are only using it for breakfast and Handy club but will be rolling it out for trips and clubs in the future. Activation letters will be coming out today. It is vital that EVERYONE activates their accounts in preparation for the launch of trips and clubs.

Breakfast/Handy club – Please book and pay for January’s sessions by Friday 6th December. As per our terms and conditions all bookings MUST be made 28 days in advance, and under the new system should payment not be made within 5 days of booking, all booked sessions will be cancelled automatically.

https://vimeo.com/336556633

Should you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me on 01189695976 or admin@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk and I will do my best to help.

Regards,

Mrs Hamer
Extended Day Leader

PTA Christmas Prep Evening

Christmas Party Prep Evening

Due to the low ticket sales for the Christmas Party we have decided to postpone the prep evening until Tuesday 10th December (at school at 7pm).

There is a risk that we might have to cancel the party, so we don’t want to spend time and waste money making up all of the goodies for the party.

Thanks for your understanding and don’t forget to buy your Christmas Party tickets!

At the end of the day, it is just a disco. If you just want to send your child, great. If you want to come as a family, that’s great too.

Thanks.

Beechwood PTA

Consultation on Admissions Policy 2021-2022

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached the proposed Admissions Policy 2021-2022 for Beechwood Primary School, which is part of the Frays Academy Trust.

This is a new admissions policy for the school, which joined the Frays Academy Trust on 1 September 2019.

The consultation period regarding the policy lasts for 6 weeks, beginning on Monday 25 November 2019 and finishing on Sunday 26 January 2020.

All comments on the proposed amendments should be submitted by the closing date. Please email comments to office@fraysacademytrust.org, or write to Mrs H Smith, Business Support Co-ordinator, Frays Academy Trust, Worcester Road, Cowley, Middlesex, UB8 3TH.

If any comments regarding the proposed amendments are received, the Admissions Committee for Beechwood Primary School will consider them prior to determining their Admission Arrangements by 28 February 2020. The Policy will be published by 15 March 2020.

Yours faithfully

Mr C Cole

Executive Headteacher / Chief Executive

Beechwood Admissions 2021-22 – Consultation

Curriculum News

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Following feedback from parents on Wednesday, I was in classes yesterday with Mr Cole to review the curriculum across the school and check on quality of learning. As a result of this, we have agreed to review the R.E. curriculum and to look into Frays as an organisation for a stronger curriculum framework for RE.

The next step will be to establish a clear policy for R.E. and once this has been established, we will put staff training in place and then we will monitor staff’s delivery and the impact on pupils learning. This is a typical way in which Frays as an organisation operates and of which Beechwood is adopting.

As part of a learning organisation we are always happy to receive feedback and will share learning from feedback to offer assurance that appropriate actions are taken.

Yours sincerely,

Miss S E Hunter

PTA Christmas Party

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our Christmas party is just over 3 weeks away and we need your help to get everything ready.

Instead of our normal monthly PTA meeting we are inviting you to join us in some Christmas Party prep on Monday 2nd December at school at 7pm.

We need your help to make the following:

  • Unicorn milkshake cones
  • Hot chocolate cones
  • Reindeer food
  • Sweet bags
  • Cookie bags
  • Make up the ‘poke the tree’ cups

We also need volunteers to make some Christmas cookies for the cookie bags (we have 1 volunteer already but could do with a couple more as we need 120 cookies!)

Please either message us on Facebook or email pta.beech@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk to let us know you can help.

We need volunteers to run the stalls at the Christmas Party so please sign up on PTA Events – https://www.pta-events.co.uk/beechwoodpta

Thanks.

Beechwood PTA

Reading FC Women Free Tickets

On Sunday 17th November, Reading FC Women take on Bristol City Women at Madejski Stadium, Reading.

The match falls during the inaugural FA Women’s Football Weekend, celebrating women’s football across the country.

It would be fantastic to get some support from the local community at the match to cheer on the Royals!

Reading FC Women v Bristol City Women | Madejski Stadium | November 17th | 2pm

HOW TO GET YOUR FREE TICKETS:

  1. Please visit our ticketing website: https://sales.webticketmanager.com/default.aspx?companyid=999
  2. Select the fixture `Reading FC Women v Bristol City Women’ from the dropdown menu on the left.
  3. Select number of tickets, then when prompted, use the Promo code RFCDC19 (make sure you put it in the Promo Code box) and fill your details in.
  4. Once you have done this you can click `Secure Checkout’ and it will bypass the payment.
  5. Print your ticket and bring it with you to the Madejski Stadium for the match on November 17th (Kick-off 2pm).

PTA Christmas Tree Trail 2019

We are pleased to confirm that our Christmas Tree Trail will be happening again this year and we hope you can all get involved. Woodley Pets and Woodley News will be selling our maps again. Theme Design will be designing our map.

We are looking for families and businesses to put up a Christmas Tree from Saturday 7th December to Saturday 4th January.

If you live within a half mile radius of Beechwood School and you want to get involved please complete the appropriate attached booking form and return it to the school office or email to PTA.beech@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk.

We want to make it bigger and better than last year but we need your help.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Cross-Country at Cantley Park

Thames Valley Cross Country League 

“On Thursday 3 October a small squad of 11 children went to the Thames Valley Schools cross-country race at Cantley Park in Wokingham. We had lower numbers than in previous races, however the children’s enthusiasm was enough to rival the other schools. 

The first race underway was the 3 / 4 girls. Evie was our sole runner, and she was out to make a good impression. She finished 34th overall which was amazing, especially as she was not only one of the youngest runners, but the smallest runner in the field! 

In the 3 / 4 boys race there were 6 boys taking part. Horia flew round the course and finished in a very impressive 4th place overall. He was followed up by William (15th), Max (26th) Owen (30th), Jack (114th) and Aaron (120th). 

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any 5 / 6 girls taking part on this occasion, however, we did have a team for the older boys. Harry was first home for Beechwood in 56th, followed by Noah (73rd), Ollie (87th) and Flynn (106th). 

It was a great afternoon and I am extremely proud of all the children for taking part. The next event is at Ludgrove on 29th November and all children (Yr3-6) will be invited to take part. A letter will be out with details soon. 

A big thank you to the parents who transported the children and who also helped marshal the course to keep the runners safe.”

Mrs Caswell 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Please come along to our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September in the hall at 9:45am, after class assembly.

Lots of cake donations are needed and can be taken straight to the hall after drop off on Friday. Please donate generously.

Cakes will also be sold after school in the playground for our first 50p Friday of the year.

We look forward to seeing you there, any questions please ask.
Regards
PTA