Mrs Webb, our School Business Manager retired at the end of the Spring Term. She has worked at Badgerbrook in different roles for 25 years! We said ‘Goodbye’ in the whole school assembly at the end of term and wish her all the best in her new chapter. Happy Retirement Mrs Webb!
Our new Business Manager, Mrs Horne, will be starting after the Easter break.
Year 1 Church Visit and performance
Year 1 enjoyed a wonderful trip to Springwell Baptist Church on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. We asked the Minister, Simon, lots of questions about Christianity and the church which he brilliantly answered in lots of detail. We also had lots of fun learning a new song with lots of actions and being able to see a baptism bath. We also held our Easter performance in the church on Wednesday 6th April and our parents were able to come and watch us at the church.
Hidden Treasure Hunt
From 17th March – 14th April, we are participating in Waste week’s ‘Hidden Treasure Hunt’. Parents and staff are encouraged to take items to be recycled at Currys and you will receive a ‘case for trash’ £5 voucher that can be redeemed in store on purchases over £25. Anything electrical can be recycled including cables, remotes, irons etc. It doesn’t matter if you donate 1 or 10 items. The most important part is to register your donation on hiddentreasurehunt.org and use the code kettle15.
Anyone can join in!
The school with the most people registering their recycling will wing £5,000 of Microsoft tech. There are also Microsoft vouchers of £2,000, £1,000 and £500.
Don’t forget to register your recycling on the Hidden Treasure Website from 17th March by entering our unique code (kettle15), your email address, the date you donated the items and the store location.
We’re currently in second place, so please see if you can find anything electrical to recycle! £5,000 would be amazing for us…think tablets and better computers!
Badgerbrook PTFA members are busy organising lots of events and fund-raising activities. Please follow them on Facebook (Badgerbrook PTFA) for all the up to date news.
Dia de Los Muertos
Year 5 have had a Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration day today. We started our day with mini-churros and hot chocolate, and have enjoyed learning all about the special Mexican celebration throughout the day.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day was celebrated on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at Badgerbrook Primary School. We were all very busy across the school carrying out different activities based on this year’s theme called ‘All fun and games, exploring respect and relationships online’. This theme allowed the children to celebrate their role in creating and understanding how we can make a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming, creating content or interacting with our friends and family. For example, in EYFS and KS1 we read the story book called ‘Digiduck and the Magic Castle’. Foundation had lots of fun role playing the story using character masks. They worked in small groups to act out different scenes from the story and explore the main topics within it and thought about what they would do online in those situations. In addition, Year 5 carried out a brilliant debate on the best and worst things about interacting and gaming online and made suggestions on how to make it better and safer.
This month South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership Newsletter is focusing on mental health – emotional, psychological and social wellbeing.
Children’s mental health week is from 7th-13th February 2022
The chairs are on strike!
2AS had a bit of a shock when they arrived at school on Wednesday morning. Their chairs had disappeared! Ms Toon arrived with a letter from the post which explained they had gone on strike. They were tired of being rocked and trumped on all day long! The children have spent the past two days planning and writing their response letters. We wonder if they’ll ever come back…
South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership have sent us their Health & Wellbeing January Newsletter.
Happy New Year
Happy New Year & welcome back to the Spring Term. We hope everyone has had a good few days settling back into school routine, this week sure has flown by!
Inspiring us to read
We think our new library tree is ‘Tree-mendous’ A huge thank you to Hannah and Madi for giving your time and talent to creating a wonderful focal point for our library. We’re sure that it will inspire lots of children. Have a look at our Facebook page for a time lapse video. Can you spot all of the book characters?
Holiday Activities and Food Programme – Winter 2021
Free places are available for primary and secondary school aged children and young people eligible for benefits-related free school meals over the Christmas holiday period. The sessions include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. The programme is co-ordinated by Leicestershire County Council.
See information about the providers who will be running schemes and how to enrol:
Badgerbrook’s new PTFA
Badgerbrook PTFA is the newly formed Parents, Teachers and Friends Association. The Committee Members were elected at the first AGM meeting on 4th November.
We are really looking forward to organising lots of fun events and activities for the children and raising money each year to buy some additional resources for the school. Each class have written
their wish list. There were some great ideas (sports equipment, playground chill out area, more library books) and some rather optimistic ones (swimming pool, playground sweet shop)!!
Please keep an eye out for information about our events and join our newly set up Facebook page (Badgerbrook PTFA)
We are starting this from scratch with a £0 bank balance and learning along the way. Please support us and the school by offering any help or skills that you have!!
Children in Need
Badgerbrook pupils and staff raised £495 by donating to wear sporty or dance clothes and to play football at break times. The events were arranged by the School Council.
As it says on the Children in Need website:
“A huge thank you to all our Primary schools for getting involved this year! The life-changing total you helped to raise is already on its way to fund crucial work supporting thousands of children in local communities across the UK!
Here are a few pictures from the Cross Country that took place at Vipers in October. There was a great turn out of Badgerbrook pupils.
Thanks to all the parents for making it possible for the children to attend.
#determination #perseverance #goodhumour
We are sadly saying goodbye to Mrs Madden, Teaching Assistant in Year 3. After many years at Badgerbrook she is leaving us. However, many of you will still see her around as she has taken up a position at the Badgerbrook Breakfast/Afterschool Club. We wish her all the best.
We have also welcomed three new members of staff: Mrs Ellis, who knows Badgerbrook well after working here for the past 12 months, has been appointed as Assistant SENDCo to support Mrs Toon who is now both our Deputy Headteacher and SENDCO. Mrs Keeling joins us as a Teaching Assistant in EYFS and Miss Griffin as a Cleaning Assistant.
Parent Teacher & Friends Association
Can you help make Badgerbrook a brighter school? Have a look at this poster to find out more:
Come along to the first AGM on Thursday 4th November at 6.30pm
Drumming in Year 3
In Year 3 we have been learning about ‘Where we live’ as part of our Big Question. We have enjoyed listening to a range of music from Leicester including the steel pan drums from the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. We were very excited to take part in a steel pan drumming workshop and enjoyed learning how to play the different drums and a range of chords. Sophia from 3SW/KW said “I liked it when we had to do the posture for playing the drums and it was very funny when Ivy got to be the teacher and shout the notes out.” Owen said “I liked playing the steel pan drums and when we were looking for the notes it was like a wordsearch.” Allana said “I enjoyed playing the Steel Pan Drums because it made me happy.”
South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership have sent us a copy of their October Newsletter. They are inviting staff, pupils and parents to take part in a virtual Marathon Month and have launched an Active Travel Month. Take a look at the Newsletter by following this link October Newsletter
We have a new adventure playground!
We are excited about our new adventure playground which was put in over the summer holiday.
The project means we have suitable and safe play equipment to provide enriching activities for pupils at Badgerbrook, for keeping fit and healthy, plus an all-weather area for learning outside of the classroom. This area is also being used for well-being activities as we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Thank you for all of your support with fundraising towards this project. It was greatly appreciated! In addition £4,000 came from a grant from Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme.
Thank you to Mrs Webb for making the successful application for us and thank you to Blaby District Council.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Schools have been awarded an extra days holiday in commemoration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This is in lieu of the official holiday which falls during the May half term break. The Local Authority has advised that we take Friday 8th July 2022 as our extra day, which is the last day of the summer term. Therefore school will finish on Thursday 7th July 2022.
Sports Day next week!
We are delighted to say that we are having sports days next week and we would love for parents and families to attend. Due to Covid restrictions in summer we were unable to have a sports day to which parents could attend, so for that reason we are holding them next week. Years 1,2,3 will be Thursday 2nd September at 9.30am and years 4,5,6 will be on Friday 3rd September at 9.30. We hope you will be able to join us!
At Badgerbrook, wellbeing of all our pupils continues to be a focus. We have continued to run ‘Relax Kids’ sessions with Laura Jarvis, from ‘Rainbow Learning and Wellbeing’, for all classes across the school. Each class will have a session on a Friday, once a fortnight.
‘Relax Kids’ is a 7 step system to take children from high to low energy and promote wellbeing and relaxation.
Ask your child all about it.
We have new staff at Badgerbrook
Mrs Wale and Miss Farbon have joined us as class teachers, Mrs Neal and Miss Thomas are Teaching Assistants in Year 2 & Foundation Stage.
Welcome to the team.