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WELCOME  

Welcome to the Headteacher's blog. It is used to share information and showcase the variety of learning that takes place here at Brunel.  Along with Facebook, Twitter and our newsletters, this blog will also be used for posting information on events happening in school.  I hope that you find it useful and will check back regularly.

Suzanne Cooper - Headteacher

 


Update 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are sure that like us, you have lots of questions following the Prime Minister's announcement last night.

At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance, so we will be continuing to operate as we have over the last few weeks. We will continue to provide essential child care for key worker families as well as vulnerable children.

The message remains that it is safer to stay at home.

We appreciate this is a confusing time. Once we have received further information and reviewed the guidance on how to manage a safe, phased return we will of course keep you informed.

Please stay safe and take care

Suzanne Cooper
Headteacher

 


Update 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all remaining safe and well.  The home learning grids have been uploaded to the class blogs and are updated weekly. Thank you for your feedback so far, we have taken note of your suggestions and have adapted the activities accordingly. As I've mentioned before, the work on the grids is not compulsory, so pick and choose the activities that inspire your children and suit your individual circumstances. If you require paper copies of anything they can be collected from the reception desk. Please phone ahead so that we can have packs ready for you. If you get the chance, it is always lovely to hear from the children or see photos of how they're spending their time. You can email or send messages via Facebook, Twitter or by post.

We have recently been making phone calls to everyone. This is not to check up on home learning but rather to catch up with how things are with you all and to see if you or your children need our help with anything. We are also enjoying talking with someone other than members of our small daily work teams!

We are in school every day so do not hesitate to call or email if you need  anything. You can also visit the Health and Well-being and  Community Links pages, under the Information tab on this website, for useful resources to support you if needed.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs S Cooper

 


 

Hello Everyone

I hope you and your families are all well and are getting used to your new routines. The weather has certainly helped to keep us cheerful at school but it is really strange without all your familiar faces. The staff and myself have created a special message for you which you can see below. You'll have to click on it to see it all. It was quite a challenge for us to put the message together as we're all in lots of different places so we really hope you enjoy looking at it!

Best wishes 
Mrs Cooper

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School Closure 20th March 2020 

Dear Children,

I am sorry that our school is closing for most of you today. This is to keep everyone safe and well.

Most of you will be staying at home with your families but if your parents or carers do certain jobs you may be coming back in to school on some days so that they can continue going to work.

You have all been given some ideas of work or activities to complete at home and we will be happy to hear about all the other things that you do as well.

While you’re at home or in our care classes at school, please remember the Brunel rule:

“Always be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.”

We know that you will behave and help out. It is a strange time for children and adults and we all need to look after each other, particularly at the beginning when we’re getting used to all the changes.

Hopefully, if everyone follows the rules, we will be able to welcome you all back later in the year but in the meantime please keep in touch by email or letter and take care of yourselves.

I will miss you all

Best wishes

Mrs Cooper

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 Documents

 


School Closure 

Dear Children,

I am sorry that our school is closing for most of you today. This is to keep everyone safe and well.

Most of you will be staying at home with your families but if your parents or carers do certain jobs you may be coming back in to school on some days so that they can continue going to work.

You have all been given some ideas of work or activities to complete at home and we will be happy to hear about all the other things that you do as well.

While you’re at home or in our care classes at school, please remember the Brunel rule:

“Always be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.”

We know that you will behave and help out. It is a strange time for children and adults and we all need to look after each other, particularly at the beginning when we’re getting used to all the changes.

Hopefully, if everyone follows the rules, we will be able to welcome you all back later in the year but in the meantime please keep in touch by email or letter and take care of yourselves.

I will miss you all

Best wishes

Mrs Cooper .

 


Safer Internet Day 

At Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy we see the internet and other digital technologies as powerful tools which open up new opportunities and enhance learning. We work with staff, pupils, parents and carers to encourage the responsible use of ICT throughout the curriculum and follow agreed policies to minimise potential online safety risks.

We follow appropriate online safety planning for all pupils from Reception to Year 6 that promote their safety by teaching pupils:

• to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly
• to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
• to identify a range of ways to report concerns or seek help about content

As part of this we take part in the worldwide Safer Internet Day. An annual theme is chosen that best suits the current landscape of online safety and the issues that young people may face online. This year pupils are encouraged to explore how they manage their online identity and think about how the internet shapes their view of themselves and others. Which parts of our identity should be kept safe and not shared online? How can we support each other online? Where can we go to for help?

Please visit the Online Safety page under the Keeping Safe tab for further information and advice.

 


Emergency Drills 

Earlier this term we had a fire drill to ensure that we can safely and quickly evacuate all the children and staff in the event of a fire and today we have had a lockdown drill. 
What's the difference? Essentially fire evacuations show how to get everyone out safely; lockdown keeps everyone in.
The fire alarm indicates a threat inside the school whereas the call for  a lockdown indicates a threat in the area around the school for example a possible intruder or a plume of gas from the Dockyard.
When the fire alarm sounds the children are led out of the building, through the fire doors, to the muster points on the playgrounds. In contrast, when a lockdown is called, the children move to an identified safe place within the classroom where they remain still and quiet. All the windows and doors are closed and locked and the curtains and blinds are drawn.
I am pleased to report that the children were amazing! When myself and Drew (our site manager) patrolled the buildings we couldn't hear or see anyone nor could we gain access to the inside of the school. It should be stated that the likelihood of a lockdown in reality is very slim however it's good to know that if we should ever need one then everyone knows what to do.
 

 


Bagpipe Club 

Bagpipe Club has proven to be very popular with over one hundred and twenty children applying to take part.

Mr Parry has managed to organise it so that everyone is able to attend two taster sessions to see if they are interested in pursuing it further.
 
The children are using practice 'chanters' which even the very top pipers (like Mr Parry  himself) learned to play on when they were beginners.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the two sponsors who have contributed to the purchase of twelve new junior chanters: the Brunel Friends Association and Car and Coach Electrics Garage in Plymouth. They have contributed £200 and £100 respectively. This will allow more children to attend the Club in the Summer Term.

If the interest continues Saltash may have a Pipe band in future!





 


Golden Ticket Winners 

Last week we gave out  Never Late Never Away certificates to 186 children who achieved 100% attendance last term.

Anyone who achieves 100% for the whole school year automatically wins a place on the Head’s
Big Day Out

However, don’t worry if your child was not a 100% attender, as they might win a
Golden Ticket……..

 
GOLDEN TICKETS are awarded for every week that a child is never late or never away. Here are the lucky winners pulled out of the golden box for last term they are now booked on our annual trip!

 


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