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Brackenbury Primary School Locks Hill, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2LA


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Brackenbury Buzz

June 2014 Issue Title


Active Week


More sports news


Oops! And Community Events


So Long, Farewell!


Year 3 Oscar Award Night

Dear Parents and Carers, Welcome back to what is, for some, our last term together! This is the busiest term of the year and the teachers are all working hard in producing your child’s end of year report. Year 2 SATS have been completed, and the phonics screen check starts this week. This exciting term is not only giving the children the opportunity to learn about and experience the World Cup , but also to meet their new teachers during our transition. This will be a relatively brief issue of the Brackenbury Buzz, as we will be issuing a comprehensive transition Brackenbury Buzz on the 24th June.

Many thanks, Dawn Oliver—Headteacher.

Save the Date! Author Visit, Wednesday 18th June 2014 The Scottish Book Trust is very excited to bring the amazing children’s author Chae Strathie to our school! Mrs Langfield has already sent this information home. We are all very excited to have this wonderful opportunity.

Transition Move Up day across the Authority is Friday 4th July. Our current Year 2 children that are moving on to St. Nicolas will visit their new teachers on that morning.

Move up assembly, 10th & 11th July at Heroes Day, Friday 20th June 2014 9.15am Each year we support Children's Hospice Week We would like to invite you to this by raising funds for Chestnut Tree House. Please celebration of the children ending a stage in encourage your child to wear a hero’s outfit, their education. Expect to have a laugh and superhero t-shirt or mask and bring in a small possibly some tears! Please click here to 1 school office. donation for us to collect at the school gates. book a seat or see the

Sports afternoon, Thursday 17th July From 1.30pm until 2.30pm Parents / carers are invited to watch the children participate in some fun races on our school field. Summer Fair, 5th July from 11.00am to 2.00pm The Children have been busy designing the front cover of our Summer Fair programme and the PTFA are working hard to ensure it is a fun filled day for our community.

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June 2014

Active week On our last week of term the children will have a week of exciting activities. These will include:

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June 2014

More sports news Well done to Brackenbury Bullets! In their first official football match against St. Nicolas School, our Year 3 / Year 2 team came away with a 1-1 draw. What a brilliant achievement! Our next series of matches take place at Eastbrook Academy on Wednesday 18th June for Years 1, 2 and 3 after school. Please feel free to attend and support our proud players in their new kits!

Big Fun Run Brighton Here’s plenty of notice for you to practise and get fit for a fun run in Hove Park on Sunday 20th July at 11.00am, where hundreds of fun runners will take part in a run, jog, walk, or juggle whilst dressed up or even with a buggy—it’s entirely their choice! There's still time to enter by clicking here.

Gymnastics Club Sarah Dyson-Bottle, who has 20 years experience of running gymnastics sessions, would like to offer an after school club at the Knoll Business Centre along Old Shoreham Road. She will be offering the following: 

Collection straight after school, walking bus to the venue

General and acrobatic gymnastics sessions

Parents / carers collect from venue between 5.45pm and 6.00pm

Cost £8.00 per session, payable in 1/2 termly blocks

We would like to find out the level of interest if this was to start in the Autumn term. Please click here to register your interest.

Yoga Club—Autumn term Children’s yoga is a fun, imaginative way to support the emotional and physical growth of the whole child. When I mention yoga, many parents say to me that their child will not be able to stay still for an hour, to which I reply they won’t need to! Children’s sessions are a blend of activity and movement, with quiet times weaving in elements of mindfulness and meditation. Of course, the child just experiences the sessions as fun. We use stories, music, poses, breathing exercises and colourful prompts to exercise and nurture the whole child. Sessions generally follow a theme with group time at the beginning and end. Connecting with ourselves and each other children learn kindness, compassion and respect for each other through games and partner poses. This is being offered at an introductory rate of £5 per child per week. We would like to offer this as a club in our school but need to ensure there is enough demand for the club to be viable. Can you please complete the form available below if your child is interested in joining this club, specifying which day of the week would suit you best. Please click here to complete the form


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June 2014

Oops! Guitar Lessons Sorry, last month we forgot to include a link to express your interest in your child having guitar lessons. Below is the information and link! Children who attend the guitar lessons will learn how to play the guitar in small groups for weekly halfhour sessions. The children will learn chords, rhythms, songs and TAB. The sessions will be fun and suitable for beginners and children with some experience. Children will learn current and classic pop songs and practice playing together in groups. As well as a fun and affordable way to learn guitar, joining a guitar club will be a great way for children to learn more about working together and make new friends too. If you do not already have a guitar, you can buy a starter guitar for around £30 from Argos. The sessions will be £6 each and fees will be collated in half-termly chunks, so usually it will amount to no more than about £30 each half term. The guitar lessons will be run and organised at the school, so there will be nothing for you to do, apart from source a guitar for your child. The tutor will supply all other materials used and is aiming to begin the lessons in the Autumn term. If you are interested in your child having guitar lessons please click here

Community Events Spotlight UK performing arts charity On Fridays at South Portslade Community Centre the Spotlight UK theatre school are running a song, dance and acting club at a reasonably priced £3.50 per week. Children aged 5-7 years old can attend from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, and ages 8-16 years from 5.30 to 7.00pm.

Questions about Dyslexia? The Literacy Support Service are running a parents open evening on Thursday 3rd July with the following agenda: 

Dyslexia guidance talk from 7.00pm to 7.30pm

Primary Apps presentation from 7.30pm to 8.00pm

Secondary Apps presentation from 8.00pm to 8.30pm

This is an opportunity for you to meet the literacy support specialist teachers and get tips and strategies to support your child with literacy difficulties. There will also be stalls demonstrating: Dyslexia friendly books, IT software and games. Venue: Goldstone Primary, Laburnum Avenue, Hove, BN3 7JW. If you are interested in attending please call either Jackie or Kathy on 01273 292292 or email


The Brackenbury Buzz

June 2014

So Long, Farewell Having to say goodbye to talented members of staff is difficult. Our core values do not only apply to our children, so it is to be celebrated that the staff are embracing new challenges and exciting opportunities. I know that you will join us in wishing them all a fantastic future, and hope you will take the time to read their heartfelt farewell messages below. Our new and talented staffing structure will be shared with you in the transition issue of the Brackenbury Buzz, which will be sent out on Tuesday 24th June. After thoroughly enjoying and completing my NQT year at Brackenbury Primary School, I have decided to relocate closer to home. I have a new job at Bury Primary School in West Sussex where I will be the Reception and Year 1 teacher. I can’t thank everyone enough: the parents, carers, teachers and especially the children. I have learned so much through a shared learning journey with the children, and will never forget my first ever class and all their smiling faces. Miss Lauren White

After many happy years at Portslade Infant School and Brackenbury Primary, it is now time for me to move on to pastures new! Although it is sad to say goodbye to friends, colleagues and most of all the wonderful pupils, I am looking forward to a new challenge as Key Stage 1 Leader at Woodingdean Primary School. I will be part of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for co-ordinating, teaching and learning in Years 1 and 2. I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all the parents and carers and pupils, past and present, for their support and encouragement during my career. Mrs Natalie Woodford

My decision to leave Brackenbury Primary school this summer was not taken lightly. I have worked at the school nearly 18 years and it’s like my second home. It is a highly inspirational school where children are not just taught the National Curriculum but are also taught to become life-long learners, a priceless skill. However, I know it is time for me to throw off my comfy slippers and take a leap of faith into the next exciting challenge in my life. I also know I shall miss the children, staff and school community very much. God bless you all. Mrs Debbie Varney

I have worked at Portslade Infant School, now Brackenbury Primary, for many years and after much thought and deliberation I have made the difficult decision to move on. An opportunity has arisen for me to make a shift in my career and from September I am hoping to work in schools supporting groups with literacy and/or maths and also to tutor children privately after school in the Brighton and Hove area. I also plan to take a course in Interior Design which is my other main passion, aside from teaching, and something I have wanted to do for many years! I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone: parents, carers, governors, colleagues and most importantly the children past and present for making my time here so rewarding and such fun. There have been so many great moments, far too many to mention here! Mrs Sue Langfield

I am moving on from Brackenbury Primary School after 3 fantastic years. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given that have made me a better teacher and have allowed me to take the next step in my career. From September, I will be a member of senior management at Westdene Primary School. I have enjoyed working with all the amazing and entertaining children and have made some life-long friends in the staff. Miss Jo Brumby 5

June 2014  

Welcome to the June issue of the Brackenbury Buzz, the monthly newsletter from Brackenbury Primary School

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