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
Brunel teachers had a very enjoyable time at yesterday's staff meeting being taught how to code BBC Micro:bits. A Micro:bit is an award-winning programmable device (mini computer) that allows pupils to become familiar with coding and digital making. These have been provided free of charge to schools (who registered an interest) with 'the ambition that they inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.' In a change to the usual classroom dynamics, Y4 Brunel pupils were the ones with the expertise, and they did a brilliant job of teaching the teachers!
This evening, the Brunel Choir are joining St
Nicholas and St Faith Church Choir for a carol concert amongst the trees of the
Christmas tree festival. There is no charge for entry and everyone is welcome
Have a lovely weekend.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for carol singing and the lantern parade at the weekend.
Brunel was very well represented as usual.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I'm aware that you have received multiple emails this week as we build up to Christmas so thought it would be useful to list all the dates and events
that we're looking forward to until the end of term.
Christmas at Brunel
5th December - First Tuesday Tour
5th December - Hunt the Issy - 4 - 6pm - your chance to admire
the Christmas decorations throughout the school and do some last minute
Christmas shopping at the BFA stalls in the KS2 hall. In order to make it even
more exciting there is a special competition for the children. Hidden amongst
the decorations in the various classrooms and corridors are 20 Issy Brunels.
Can you find them? All correct entries are put into a draw to win a special
Christmas prize. Refreshments(including cips, cheesy chips and sausage rolls)
are available in the canteen and the choir will be singing at 5.00 pm.
7th December - Christmas Tree festival visit. Y3,Y5,Y6 will be walking
to StNicholas and St Faith to admire the Brunel Christmas tree along with all
8th December - Christmas Tree festival visit R/Y1,Y2,Y4
11th December - It's A Baby! Reception/KS1 Christmas performance
2.00 pm - this performance will be in the KS2 hall
12th December - It's A Baby! Reception/KS1
Christmas performance 9.30 am - this performance will be in the KS2 hall
13th December - Christmas dinner -
children may wear Christmas jumpers if they wish. IMPORTANT -
please book by Monday 5th at the latest
13th December - KS2 Christingle at St Stephen's
18th December -The Nativity
Nursery Christmas performance 10.00 am (times may vary slightly)
19th December - The Nativity Nursery
Christmas performance 10.00 am (times may vary slightly)
19th December - Last day of term
20th December - 3rd January - Christmas
4th January - Back to school
It's been another busy week of sport at Brunel. All children have now
learnt the games Cat and Mouse and Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag. From next week we
will start playing them in the playground. The aim is to add more variety to
what the children play during their break and lunchtimes and of course, to
encourage them to be as active as possible.
All classes gathered together in the hall this morning for a special assembly.
Led by David Newman, chair of the Saltash and District Royal British Legion, Paul Newman and Richard Hall lowered the standards for a two minute silence.
Mr Parry piped a lament as the whole school stood still in reflection.
Our service concluded as the Y6 children read the famous lines from Robert Binyon's poem 'For the Fallen'
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week Tregantle and Lantic classes have been on an educational visit to Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe. Children often learn best through first hand experiences and it can increase their motivation to learn when investigating places and objects in real life. All the children were enthusiastic 'Have a Go Horses' and climbed the circular stairs to the top of the lighthouse. It was made all the more exciting by storm Agnes threatening to blow everyone out to sea!
BFA Disco We had great fun at the discos yesterday but I'm surprised the children have managed to get out of bed this morning - I've rarely seen so much energy in one room! Thank you to the BFA for organising and to the parents, carers and staff who helped with supervision and refreshments.
Royal Institution Visit We are delighted to announce that as a result of our successful bid to fund a Science Extravaganza, we are lucky to welcome The Royal Institution to Brunel on Thursday 5th October. They will be putting on a show for the children which promises to be both exciting and also hopefully inspiring to our scientists of the future. During the afternoon, from 1.30-2.30pm there will be a community show, to which you are invited. Tickets are free, but will be limited, due to fire regulations. If you would like to attend, tickets will be available from the Brunel school reception from Friday 29th September. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the show, it will not be suitable for children of pre-reception class age. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!
School dinners On Thursday 5th October we have a special menu organised to encourage children to try a school meal if they haven't already. The choices are cheese and tomato pizza with chips or tomato and vegetable pasta bake with ice cream or fruit for dessert. Please can you help us by ensuring you always book your child's school lunches via ParentPay by 8.30am at the latest. If you miss the deadline, please call the office and we will book it for you. Our cook, Jane, needs to know accurate numbers in order to provide the right amount of food and at the moment she is finding that there are too many children who are expecting a lunch but have not been booked in.
9th October Y2 swimming week. School photographer in.
10th October World Mental Health Day
20th October INSET day – school closed to children
23rd – 27th October – half term holiday
30th October – back to school
19th December – last day of Autumn term
20th December – 3rd January – Christmas holiday
4th January – start of Spring term
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