The start of a new calendar year and the annual excitement about possible snow days. We will always try to keep our school open, but with local roads all on steep slopes and a school site that has lots of potentially dangerous external stairs, this will not always be possible. Watch our website, and the Bucks County Council School Closure website for official notices of any closures or changes to the school day.
Our Beechview Hub work continues to develop. We had a very exciting meeting with two of our partners, Marsh and Micklefield and Empower to Cook recently and enjoyed sitting in our newly refurbished kitchen. Fit and Fed have already been using it, as has our own Breakfast Club, and we agreed two weeks ago with another new partner, the Country Trust, to launch a new project with our Year 4 children and their families, this term. The Trust will be helping to run sessions in the kitchen, and in our raised beds and poly tunnel, to ensure that Year 4 get a real understanding of growing and eating food, and learn more about the countryside and healthy eating.
We were delighted to hear that no fewer than SEVEN of our children were national winners in a recent writing competition. The "what would you bring" competition sponsored by Strangely Magical Competitions, challenged the writer to imagine what they would take along with them if they suddenly had to go and live in a strange new country. Well done to all our children but special congratulations go to Nikki 5W, who was a grand prize winner for her story 'Lucy and the Necklace'. You can read all of the prize winners on their website: www.strangely magical.com/competitions.
Some recent comments from visitors to the Academy:
I have noticed a huge improvement in the school and it is a much happier place. - PARENT
I am really pleased with the help and support the school has given our family. - PARENT
What a great welcome to the school, I can see how much it has improved since I came here last. - BUCKS SOCIAL WORKER
Your school is like a Genie's lamp, not so good from the outside but magical on the inside! - PARENT
The school has got a totally different feel to it, much more positive and you can feel it throughout the school. - 6 to 7 Transfer Support
The school is moving in the right direction and we can see that the welfare and well-being of the children is being fully supported here. - School Nurse
The school is much more approachable than it used to be. - PARENT
I'm hearing very positive messages now from neighbours with children at the school - and good reports of the new Headteacher! - Local resident and ex Headteacher (Different LA)
My child is in Year 6, could they go back to year 3 and start again? - PARENT
Thank you, you have already implemented so much support for this family - Family Resiliance.
I was very impressed with the support already in place and the ideas you have to develop this further to support mental health among pupils.
Your wealth of knowledge, clear understanding of mental health needs and passion will go a long way to supporting the children in your School to learn and grow in a safe environment.
I feel the work you are doing is a great model that could be shared with other school as best practice. - CAHMS
The garden project is well under way,it would be great if there were any parents who were able to give up a little time to help us with this project. We have very limited tools to do this, so if you are able to donate any tools, we would really appreciate it!
Fantastic news, our outside classroom was installed last year and since then we have been making the most of the good weather and using it to it's full potential!