OFSTED - February 2019

We finally had our long overdue OFSTED inspection on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of February 2019. Paper copies of the final report are available from the school office and from Monday 18th March the report is available to view and download from our homepage or by Googling 'OFSTED Reports' and typing in the school name.

Head Teacher's role update

On Monday 18th March the Governors took the decision to appoint Kerry Blunt as Acting Head Teacher from September. She has been a deputy at the school for a number of years and has worked closely with Mr Jones. Across the Summer Term there will be a gradual sharing of head teacher responsibilities so as to make the transition as seamless as is possible. As soon as a permanent appointment is made we will let you know. 

Safeguarding our children update

Can I remind parents that this is a primary school and we will not tolerate bad language on the part of parents or carers. If parents have a disagreement take it elsewhere or better still come round to the school office so we can try to find a positive outcome together.

Reason to be cheerful in these times of unrelenting challenge - Our Easdter bonnet and egg competitions

Year Group 1st Place 2nd Place
Nursery Jenson Grace
Reception Summer Emilee
YR 1 Amelia Daisy-mae
YR 2 Scarlett Lola
YR 3 Emily Olivia
YR 4 Rahil Junior
YR 5 Tia Mia
YR 6 Leoni Daisy

Well done to our Year 3 and 4 maths team children. They have qualified for the Dudley Maths Championship finals. 

Nursery build update

The indoor work required in Reception Hyde/Hickman will have been completed over the weekend of March 30th and 31st. Consequently Rec H will move back into their own classroom on monday 1st April. We are still on track for an Easter completion date and hope to move nursery children into the new build as soon as is possible after that. Once that takes place Year 6 will be returning to their proper classes.

What's On: Week beginnings Monday 29th April

Following on from lour recent Safer Internet Week in school can we remind parents and carers to limit screen time on phones, tablets and computers to one hour per night (and not direclty before bedtime). This is the medical advice we should all follow. 

Our fortnightly value for the weeks beginning April 29th and May 6th is 'thoughtfulness'. The focus within this is to listen to the points of view of other people. The short video below offers four simple tips in how to become a better listener. 

Our song for the week to support our resilience value is 'The Sound of Silence'. It's all about being resilient and bouncing back! 

Monday 29th April is the first day of the Summer Term.

Mondays - Performing arts in the school hall at breaktime.

Tuesday 30th June - Mr Wellings (our IT technician) has his last day in school before he starts work as an IT technician for RM across Dudley. 

Wednesday 1st May - Y5 are having an outdoor stunning starter to their Summer Term learning journey. 

Wednesday 1st May at 1:00 - Attendance clinic for selected families (see Mrs Stanton in the front office for details). 

Wednesday activity - 9:20 Adult learning classes (please see Mrs Stanton in the school office for details as it's not too late to sign-up now).

Wednesdays - Performing arts in the school hall at breaktime. 

Wednesdays - Our Reception classes have their Forest Schools learning (see Reception Team for details).

Wednesdays - Y4 cornets lessons (during the school day).

Thursday 2nd May - School IS OPEN. The Local Elections Polling Station will be in the Specialist Nursery.

Thursday 2nd May - Year 4 are at Weston Park to launch their Summer Term learning journey. 

Thursdays up to Easter - Year 5 gymnastics up to and including June 6th. After that Year 6 will have gymnastics for the rest of the term. From Thursday 9th May up to June 6th there will be an after school gymnastics club for 12 Y5 children chosen by the sports coach.  

Thursdays - Selected Y1 children have their after school phonics club. This is now for selected children who the staff feel, with an extra little push, would make the extra progress needed to close the gap.  

Friday 3rd May - 2L, 5W and Clent are allowed to wear MUFTI as a reward for best attendance and house Points score in Spring 2. We are looking to book at Sycamore trip for our Spring Term Shining Stars. 

Fridays - Reading Buddies. This desperately needs parent volunteers who are willing to spend half an hour from 9:00 to 9:30 listening to children read. If you're interested simply approach Mrs Lester in Year 2.

Fridays - Y5 drumming lessons! This is during the school day.

Friday homework - One of the many decisions made during our visioning day that took place in January was to change the way in which we set homework. The reason for this is we put an awful lot of effort into setting, collecting and marking homework for actually very little impact. Indeed the children who most need to do the homework are often those who are least likely to hand it in! So from now on children will be set weekly spellings to learn every Friday, a times table to practice and we actively encourage you to please listen to your child read at least three times a week, discussing the content with them. Guidance on how to help at home is in the 'Parent's pencil tab. Practicing these basic skills genuinely makes a difference. For those of you who don't YOU are holding your child back!

What's coming over the hill? Dates for your diary

Monday 6th May - school is closed for the May Day Bank Holiday.

Week beginning Monday 13th May is Year 6 SATs week.

Monday 20th May - Y4, 5 & 6 Pupil Premium indoor athletics 

Friday 24th May - We break up at normal times for the Whitsun half-term. Children return to school on Monday 3rd June.

Friday 7th June - CHarlotte's Web theatre production and workshops for Year 6 as a post SATs treat. 

Week beginning Monday 10th June - Year 6 careers week. Please speak to Mr Walters or Mrs Manning if you could contribute in terms of your working life. 

Week beginning Monday 10th June - Year 1 phonics screening across the week. Children in Year 2 who did not 'pass' in 2018 are required to resit the screening this year. 

Monday 17th June - School is closed for staff training (Pupil Progress).

Saturday 29th June - Our Summer Fayre from 12:00 to 3:00.

Week beginning 8th July is our Astley Burf residential week. Places will be first offered to our Year 5 children with any spare places then offered to Year 4 children.

Monday 8th July - Y4, 5 & 6 indoor athletics tournament.

Thursday 18th July - Year 6 leavers party and sleepover in school.

Friday 19th July - The last day of the 2018-19 academic year. School closes at normal times for all children except Year 6 who can be collected at 1:00. It's also Mr Jones's last day with the children (although he will be working in school over the holiday period).

Tuesday 3rd September - School re-opens for children. Staff training is taking place on Monday but anxious children can pop in between 1:00 and 2:30 if it helps settle their nerves about the new school year. Our Pastoral Care Team will also be on hand to discuss any concerns parents or carers may have. 

Tuesday 7th January, 2020 - Our school pantomime is 'Robin Hood'. Again we hope to offer this free to children and only a £1 for parents. 

What's On in Dudley - The Family Information Service website shares what's on in our town. Simply click on the link below.

ONGOING INFORMATION

Please note that from Monday 19th November the Norwood Road gated entrance will not be opened until 8:20. Breakfast Club children will need to be brought in through the Belle Isle entrance to school. This is for safeguarding purposes.

Please note due to the building work on our new Nursery now starting both Reception classrooms will need to come in and go out of the entrance next to the library. We've tried to delay this for as long as is possible. 

Our Breakfast Club

Our breakfast club runs from 8:00 until the start of the school day. Each session costs £1.50. If you are interested in a place please pop in and ask for a booking form or speak to Mrs Gutteridge (our learning mentor).

Lunchtime arrangements

With growing pupil numbers and the building works that are taking place across school we have lost our Early Years outdoor area and a chunk of our KS1 playground. Consequently we're having to tweak lunchtime arrangements as follows: Reception lunch runs from 11:30 to 12:30, KS1 from 11:50 to 12:50, KS2 from 12:10 to 1:05. This is for every day of the week.

Keeping our children safe

Can we remind parents and carers that if you allow children in your care onto the adventure playgrounds before or after school their supervision and safety is your responsibility not ours. It is Parent/Carers responsibility to make sure the conditions are safe for use. Children should be in your line of sight at all times and are not allowed in the Forest Schools Area.

Nursery updates

The children who had 30 hours of 'wraparound care' have settled particularly well into our Reception classes. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you are entitled to this 30 hours of free nursery provision. Simply pop into the school office or speak to Mrs Holtham, our Nursery champion, for more information.

We raised £311 for the Poppy Appeal organised by Brierley Hill British Legion. This was the second largest amount raised in the Brierley Hill Township. The British Legion value our friendship so much that all of the slapband rulers they had were sent to Brockmoor!

Our School Choir sang at the Moor Centre on Friday 9th November as part of Brierley Hill's Remembrance weekend. Mrs Lester has said how proud she was of the children and that they were a credit to the school. As always thanks go out to Mrs Lester and Mrs Hickman for their passion for singing here at Brockmoor. 

A huge thank you to everyone who made a donation to our Harvest Festival. 10 crates and 24 large carrier bags of food have been passed to the needy of Brierley Hill through St John's Church thanks to your generosity.

Our analysis of the annual Parent Questionnaire is really positive. We had over 160 families respond and overall parents and carers view of the school is very positive. Whilst once again concerns around bullying are your biggest concern this has reduced from last year (and that was a reduction on the previous year). The full picture will be placed in the 'About Us' pencil tab of our website this week.

We are particularly proud of the way in which children were able to talk about how they want to support British Values at Brockmoor during our recent 'In your hands' theatre show and workshops. Children spoke passionately about freedom of speech, the rules we follow, respect and tolerance.

Brockmoor Primary School is committed to a 'FISH Philosophy'. Here are the four steps to a 'Fish Philosophy'.

1. 'Choose your Attitude' - however well or badly your day starts it's up to you to choose the right attitude. Other's won't know what's going on in your mind but they have a right to be treated with respect and dignity even if you're having a bad day. Parents often ask me why I'm so jolly and welcoming even on the gloomiest of days. The answer is simple, I choose to be!

2. 'Be Present' - This means that when someone's talking to you you put down the tablet or phone, turn away from the telly or computer and look and really listen. This improves communication no end and makes people feel valued. 

3. 'Make Their Day' - I always try to go out of my way to go the extra mile for people. You can't do it for everybody all of the time but if you share this around people feel valued. It's part of the reason why we are such a caring school. And why do we do it? If you have a 'Pay it Forwards' mentality it will make the world a better place for us all. 

4. 'Play' - All the research strongly shows that allowing yourself time to enjoy what you really like or just playing improves mood and increases productivity. Whenever I have the time I try to play dodgeball with the older children at the end of lunchtime. The children love it and so do I. It also puts a spring in my step for the afternoon and reminds me who I am really here to serve.  

For adults this is how you can use the 'Fish Philosphy'.

Having Your Say - Your comments, concerns and feedback

We have just added online feedback forms on our website for our Parent Voice group (in the Parents tab) and Governors (who have their own tab on the homepage). There is a simple online form that can be completed in seconds. This will be picked up by Mrs Manning who is clerk to both the governing body and our Parent Voice group. Ideally any concerns are best met by coming into school to discuss them but we recognise that there are times this may be difficult for parents and carers. Please be mindful this is not the vehicle to raise complaints about school or staff it's more to do with helping us improve our school.

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