The PTA 5p Challenge

A huge well done and thank you for taking part in the 5p Challenge run by the PTA, by the sounds of it, there was a bit of healthy competition with this one.

The results are in and we are thrilled to announce we raised £940.90.

With Wren’s raising the most with £158.45

  • Ladybirds: £42.65 (+30p in play money)
  • Butterflies: £55.90 (+1 dimes, 1p, 5 Aussie cent, 10 Singapore, 20 Polish, 10 Vetico
  • Robins: £136.25 (+2 dimes, 1/2 Frank)
  • Wrens: £158.45
  • Rabbits: £27.15 (+2 dimes 5 Polish)
  • Hedgehogs: £74.30 (+5 Dutch, 5 Gibraltar)
  • Badgers: £36.05 (sixpence, 10 cents)
  • Foxes: £36.35 (+1 dime)
  • Owls: £142.30
  • Woodpeckers: £54.40 (+ 10 Canadian cents)
  • Blackbirds: £65.10 (+5 Falklands, 5 Guernsey, 1 dime)
  • Hawks: £65.15 (+20p, 1 dime)
  • Kites: £50.95 (+1 dime, 10 cents, 20 Groszy)

Well done again,

Beechwood PTA

Christmas Raffle Tickets

Christmas raffle tickets will be coming home in book bags today or Monday.

Tickets are 50p and each child will receive a book containing 5 tickets.


Stubs and monies need to be returned to the office by Friday 7th December.


Additional tickets can be collected from the office and YES there will be lots of great prizes to be won.

Thanks.

Beechwood Primary PTA

IEB News Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We wanted to bring you an update on the Academy process as we know it is important to you. The decision on which Academy Trust will sponsor and support Beechwood is taken by the Headteacher Board of the Regional Schools Commissioner, which were due to meet on November 16th. As soon as we get any news we will, of course, let you know the outcome.

The whole school has been working hard together on a new behaviour policy that runs throughout the School. As Governors we had a great presentation from Mr Compton with details of Ready, Respect and Safe. Last week a copy of the presentation was emailed to parents/carers detailing how the behaviour scheme will work. The school will also send home additional information as behaviour is such a key element of successful learning.

As many of you are aware staffing continues to be a national problem and Beechwood is no different. Although there have already been some changes in staffing this year, this has been necessary to ensure that we have the right team in place to support the children. The IEB will continue to support the school in making sure staffing is a priority.

Work is well underway into forming a shadow governing body. We have met with potential staff, parent and community governors and hope to get this group up and running as soon as possible. This will ensure that we have a strong governance structure in place when Beechwood becomes an Academy.

Thank you for your continued support.
IEB Beechwood

Mrs Voisey appointed as Interim Deputy Headteacher

In order to support the leadership team during Mrs Minter’s absence we have employed Mrs ZoeVoisey to work at Beechwood on a temporary basis for 3 days per week. Mrs Voisey takes the title of Interim Deputy Headteacher.

Mrs Voisey comes to Beechwood with a long history of senior leadership experience and we are looking forward to working with her in order to continuously improve provision for the children at Beechwood.

Mrs Curtis

PTA 5p CLASS CHALLENGE

For the next 3 weeks we are running a challenge in each class to see who can collect the most 5p coins.

The winning class will receive a dress down day and a class treat for all to enjoy

A bottle has been placed in each class, pupils will be allowed time to add their 5p coins when they arrive each morning. A member of the PTA team will check the bottles each Thursday afternoon to give everyone an update on how the classes are doing and who might be in the lead.

It would be great if you could join us in this challenge and help us raise funds for the school.

Thanks

Beechwood Primary School PTA

School Uniform Prices

The PTA have reviewed the prices charged on uniform items and it has come to light that the PTA is currently subsidising money on selected items.

With that in mind, they have had to slightly increase the prices of various stocked items.

The new prices will come into effect on Monday 29th October 2018.

Please see the updated prices below:

  • Jumper £14.00 (£15.00 Age 12 Up)
  • Cardigan £14.00 (£15.00 Age 12 Up)
  • Tie £4.00
  • Book bag £6.00
  • Book bag & strap £6.50
  • Rucksack £8.00
  • PE Bag £5.00

As always, order forms will be available from the school office.

The PTA garage is open 3:00-3:30pm on Thursday afternoons and 8:35-8:50am on Friday mornings.

Order forms can be placed in the PTA post box located in the school office outside of these times and you will be contacted when your order is ready for collection.


The PTA would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delays with our suppliers currently; it is one of their busiest times of year.

Please be assured that we are chasing them for updates on stock orders every week and trying to keep everyone updated as much as possible.


Thank you for your understanding.

The PTA

PTA Update – Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is coming to Beechwood

The PTA has two opportunities for you to join us in the Christmas Celebrations.

  1. Christmas Tree Trail – We need families to volunteer to design and create a Christmas Tree to display at home for the public to find on the Christmas Tree trail. Further details of how to get involved are attached. View letter: Christmas Tree Trail 2018
  2. Beechwood Primary School PTA Homemade Christmas Fair – Bookings are now being taken for stall holders who wish to sell at the Christmas Fair. An early bird discount is available until Friday 2nd November. A booking form is attached. View letter: Christmas Fair – Booking Form 2018

Both booking forms can be completed online and emailed back to the PTA – pta.beech@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk

We home you can join us in either or both of these events and help us to raise funds for the school.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks as always – The PTA

Rivermead Primary School Fireworks Night

Rivermead Primary School Fireworks night – Friday 2nd November

Tickets are on sale from our school office until Thursday 1st November.

  • Family ticket – £15
  • Adult ticket – £6
  • Child ticket – £5

Buying through our school earns the PTA a bit of money 🙂

Please can all ticket requests be brought to the office in a named envelope.

Thanks the PTA

‘TikTok’ (formerly http://Musical.ly ) Online Safety Guide

TikTok is a global video community where users create, share and discover ‘funny and memorable moments’ via short video clips – typically about 15 seconds long. Currently one of the world’s most popular apps, TikTok was formerly known as Musical.ly, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company that acquired it in November 2017.

Below is a link to a free guide for parents & carers which what you need to know about the platform to help safeguard your children from potential online risks including; dangerous trends & challenges, oversharing, online payments, inappropriate content and more.

https://twitter.com/natonlinesaf…/status/1049971808852697089

IEB News Update

Dear Parents/Guardians.

We hope you are all well rested after a long hot summer and back in the full swing of the new School year. We wanted to wait until we had some confirmed news on the Academy process as we fully appreciate how important this is to you all.

Frays Academy are carrying out due diligence with the School and Wokingham Local Authority. The application still sits with the Headteachers Board and the final decision and timeline sits with the Regional Schools Commissioner. Whilst we had hoped to give you some news at the end of September, the relevant meeting was put back to October. In the meantime The School and IEB are working hard together to maintain the rapid improvement required by the Ofsted Report.

The IEB would still like formal applications to join the Shadow Governing Body this term, with the potential to become part of the Local Governing Body that will be required to challenge the School in the future. It is your chance as Parents and the Local Community to work with the School and an Academy Trust to make Beechwood a school you want.

If you are interested, please ask for an application form at the school office.
All shadow governors will receive training to be provided both by the local authority and through ‘on-the-job’ training in conjunction with the IEB. Currently, roles within the IEB include:

  • Safeguarding
  • Inclusion
  • Special education needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Staffing
  • Performance management
  • Statutory compliance
  • Communications
  • Health and safety and premises
  • Quality of teaching and learning, including early years provision
  • Finance

No prior experience is required, although we will look for a balance of skills when forming the local governing body.
Thank you for your continued support in the School.
Beechwood IEB

PTA Glow in the Dark Disco Update

Disco tickets aren’t selling very well at the moment and there is a risk we will have to cancel or combine the KS1 and KS2 discos.

Tickets are on sale from the school office. You will also be able to buy them from the main gate on Monday morning.

Tickets are £2 each which includes a glow stick.

It’s going to be a really good night so please don’t miss out.

Extra Curricular Clubs after Half Term

We are very pleased to announce that uSports will be delivering the following extra-curricular clubs (see letter below) at Beechwood School after October Half Term.

uSports are a local company that deliver after school provision too many local schools.

Your children will already be familiar with our coaches if they currently attend after school club as they have been sub contracted to Beechwood by Superstar sports over the last term. 

PTA Christmas Card Fundraiser

The PTA are delighted to be participating in the Christmas card fundraiser with IQ Cards. The funds raised through your purchases will be used to benefit the school. 

Your child will have brought home an order form with a blank design space on the back. IQ Cards will print this design onto high quality Greeting Cards, Postcards, Gift Wrap and Sticky Gift Labels. Also, new for 2018 fun and affordable gifts: Fridge Magnets & Coasters (See the leaflet that has also been sent home for visuals / product info.) 

Your child’s name will be printed onto all the products for that personal touch! 

For full details see the attached letter:

Thanks 

Beechwood Primary PTA 

Letter Box Burglaries

In the last couple of weeks Bracknell and Wokingham Local Policing Area has had a few reports of burglaries where the offenders got into the house through the letterbox. Burglars can gain entry by inserting a tool through the flap and then unlock the door from the inside. Another method is to use a tool to reach keys and valuables that have been left near the front door.

We would encourage everyone to ensure that their doors are double locked so that they can’t be opened  by pulling down the handle.  Additionally keys should not be left within sight of the front door.

Message Sent By
Rhys Crowley (Police, Admin Assistant, Loddon Valley)

Emergency Services Fun Day

Arborfield Green Community Centre

Sheerlands Road, Arborfield, RG2 9ND

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm