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Barnby Dun Primary Academy News

As always, Barnby Dun Primary is a very busy, vibrant and happy place to be- lots to do, lots to organise and lots to enjoy, for pupils and staff. The term seems to be whizzing by, November seems to have suddenly sneaked up on us bringing last week’s excitement of Bonfire Night. Now, the countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun!

We had an extremely busy end to last half term with our Autumn Fair. Once again we were very lucky with the weather and a good time was had by all. The dancing was great – Sharon Hayden’s dancers did a super job again. We were particularly pleased that the Community police were able to attend and bring one of their cars, that brought plenty of excitement. Thanks to everyone in the community who attended and made generous donations.

It was lovely at the weekend to attend church and see many of our current and ex-pupils representing local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at the Remembrance Service. It was a lovely and very moving service, conducted by Rev.Dee. and very nice to see so much support in the community.

We are extremely proud of our excellent attendance and the significant improvements we have made over recent years. Our whole school attendance for 2015/16 was sustained at an amazing 97.8%, which was the highest of all schools in our Local Authority for the third year running. This year we have made a great start to maintaining this exceptional standard. Our whole school figure for the first half term was 98.4% and our Owls’ class had the highest percentage for the first half term with a staggering 99.3%! Our Monday morning assembly has an attendance focus and we celebrate individual achievement and class totals for the previous week. Children and staff embrace this healthy competition and a bit of friendly rivalry between the classes spurs them on. Our two year 3 classes have not had a single child who has missed a single session for seven weeks now and they are both determined to do their utmost to sustain this for as long as possible!!

Our eldest children in particular had a most exciting start to the new school year. They recently went on a three day residential trip to the Kingswood centre at Conisborough. Staff at the centre complimented us on how polite and well behaved the children were and how they supported and encouraged each other. This makes us very proud as, ofcourse, that’s what our school is all about. Children were very brave and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, tackling activities such as abseiling, high ropes and raft building. They all returned safe, if a little bedraggled and in need of a shower, but with many funny anecdotes and happy memories.

Our youngest children enjoyed their Harvest Festival with Reverend Dee. The children were so excited and carried their tins and packets of food into the hall, then we all enjoyed their readings, poems, prayers and especially the singing. Dee was impressed how well behaved and attentive the children were. Since then, there’s been no time to rest in Reception/Key stage one. They have now begun rehearsing for their Christmas performance of ‘Hosanna Rocks’. Their first dress rehearsal, which the rest of school and children from Barnby Dun Pre-school attend, is not too far in the future.

We have started to do our class assemblies for parents again with the Year 5/6 Gazelles being the first class today. They showcased their recent work  including artwork, writing and drama based upon Greek Myths.

Staff and children are currently enjoying ‘International Arts Fortnight’ based on the topic of Europe. Reception classes are finding out about Great Britain and last week enjoyed a garden party with cucumber sandwiches and tea in ‘proper’ teapots. Today they are having fish, chips and bread and butter whilst watching Mary Poppins. KS1 and lower KS2 are studying Italy and upper KS2 are studying Spain. As I write this, year 4 are making traditional pizzas, Year 6 are learning the Paso Doble, Year 5 are learning about Gaudi’s architecture and year 3 are counting in Italian. We continue to plan frequent opportunities for ‘buddy learning’ where older and younger pupils pair up to learn together. Socially and academically, children gain a great deal from such opportunities. The children are producing some beautiful cross-curricular artwork for when we change our displays on the 1st of December and magically transform the school overnight ready for Christmas.

Our ‘Outdoor classroom/Barnbywoods’ along Catling Lane continues to evolve. It will be open to our community on the afternoons of 5th December and 7th January, please feel free to pop in and see the work we have done so far. Any suggestions are always gratefully received.

When we return after Christmas, we look forward to beginning a project to improve outdoor learning for Reception. We have already had installed a new fence and gate opening out onto the main playground so the children have a much bigger area to ride their trikes and scooters. We have ordered a 20 meter squared canopy for their outdoor area. This will provide shelter from the rain and shade from the sun so the area can be used all year round.

On behalf of all the staff and pupils at Barnby Dun Primary Academy, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Fulfilling New Year. Thank you for your continued support, appreciation and encouragement. It continues to be a pleasure to work in such a supportive community.

Kindest regards,  Miss Claire Robinson    Headteacher.

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