Newsletter Highlights

Summer Term 2018

Staff Survey

At this time of year staff also complete a survey.

It is very encouraging to see that the staff feel supported by school leaders and agree that teaching at the school is good or better. There is a strong agreement that behaviour is well managed and 100% agree or strongly agree that the school successfully meets the differing needs of individual pupils.

We were really pleased to see that 100% know what we are trying to achieve at the school and 100% think that the staff team works well together.

When asked to give examples of the strength of the school, the following examples were given:

  • A motivating and engaged learning environment
  • Impressive staff and SLT who understand the value of collaboration
  • Lots of opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Clear sense of values understood by staff and students
  • Robust sense of school community

100% of staff agreed or strongly agreed with the following statements:

  • The school uses work scrutiny effectively to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the school
  • The staff work well together
  • Pupils’ learning in my class has improved as a result of feedback from lesson observation and scrutiny
  • Children are happy at this school
  • Teaching at the school is good or better
  • Behaviour in the school is well-managed

What a fantastic group of staff and a brilliant school we have!

French Exchanges and Visit from the Mayor

On Thursday we had a very exciting visit. 45 children from Saint-Cloud in France, which is twinned with Maidenhead, came to visit us on their school trip. The children were split across each of our Key Stage 1 and 2 classes with their teachers. They were brave enough to do presentations for their class about their home town. The children had lots of fun playing together and making new friends. We had a shared lunch and a very exciting visit from the Mayor, who made a speech in two languages! The Maidenhead Advertiser were also there, so look out for some photographs this week.

A big thank you Miss McFetridge, our modern foreign languages coordinator, who sits on the RBWM twinning committee and who organised the trip. We hope to welcome the same school back again in the future, and have received an initiation to visit them too!

Sports Day 2018

Thank What a wonderful day we had on Friday! The children did a fantastic job with some speedy times and slick skills over a variety of events. We are sharing some of our photos here and hope you got some great ones too. Please remember not to post photos to social media unless you have permission from every parent who’s child appears in the shot.
Thank you to the children who listened so carefully during practices so that they looked like real athletes on the day and well done for their excellent behaviour and great sportsmanship. A big well done to Butterfly House who won the day by a narrow margin.

Thank you to the staff who worked so hard to prepare the event and run it on the day. Thank you to Little Me Pre-school for hosting, allowing us to use their facilities and for joining in. Thank you to our families who supported the event—every child had someone to watch them on the day and is was lovely to see so many people taking part in the family races at the end.

Thank you to the PTA for providing refreshments and organising orienteering in the afternoon. And finally thank you to the weather for being so kind to us! We can’t wait until next year!

Maths Champions!

Monday this week we went to the Holiday Inn to take part in a maths competition. When we got there we had biscuits and a grab bag. Then we started the maths competition. There were lots of other schools there—19 in total. They asked us maths questions and when we had an answer we had to run to the marker every time and get another question. The questions were quite easy but some of them were hard. There were about 40 questions and we got 36 points. Once everybody had finished they announced third place, second place and first place. We came second! We got our picture taken with the mayor and mayoress and we got a book voucher each for £15! We also got silver certificates.

Report by Andy, Daisy and Ariyan

What a huge achievement on our first ever outing to this competition! A big well done to the children and thank you to Miss Colebeck, Mrs Elstob and Ms Crouch for going along to support them – Mrs Donnelly

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Thank you to everyone who joined in our celebrations, we have great fun!

Well done to Amber and Bertie and Elen for these fab royal family trees!

Mini Marathon

Wowee!!! Anyone who says that British children are not fit enough have clearly never visited Braywick Court! We were totally blown away by the children’s stamina and determination and can’t believe how far everyone ran! Every single child did an amazing job and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

A huge thank you to all the family members and friends who came along to support the children, especially those who joined in with running.
This event is great fun and will hopefully become a Braywick Court tradition. It is also a great opportunity to raise some money for school. It is in no way compulsory to collect sponsorship, but any contributions are very gratefully received and will be used to buy more books for school. Many thanks to those families who have already returned theirs.

Oak Class Trip to Wellington Country Park

National Testing

Like all schools, we have to test our children in line with government requirements.

Year 2 have completed their SATs testing as part of their normal days at school over the last 3 weeks. This is kept very low key—the children are not even told it is a test.

All the children have performed incredibly well and we are extremely proud of every single one of them.

A huge well done and thank you to Miss Colebeck and Mrs Elstob, who have been ably supported by Miss McFetridge and Mrs Bailie.
Year 1 will do a Phonics Screening Check after half term, but the same Braywick ethos will apply and the children will not even realise that is has happened.

Thank you to all our parents and families who have helped to support the children without piling on the pressure and evidence once again that this can lead to fantastic results all round.

Spring Term 2018 

Hasna’s Garden

WOW, what an incredible project, and completed in such a short amount of time! Many, many thanks to our amazing PTA who have done such a fantastic job of getting our Nature Garden ready for the children to use. Thank you to all those who have donated and helped to fundraise. And thank you to all those who gave up a wet and windy weekend to help make it look fabulous! The school opened on the premise that “It takes a village to raise a child”. This Nature Garden project really proves that to be the case.

This garden has been named after a very special person, Luqmaan and Hana’s sister Hasna. Last year Hasna passed away when she was less than one day old. When a tragedy like this happens it tests the strength of a community and our school community really shone through. We are really looking forward to using this as a place where special memories are created for the children of Braywick Court School. Where they can learn through fun, play and adventure.

A very special visitor for the garden opening! 

We were delighted to welcome Mrs Theresa May, Prime Minister  to open Hasna’s Garden on 26 January 2018. The children were very excited to speak to the PM, take photos and ask for her autograph. They showed her the various features of the garden which include a bug hotel!

Many thanks to Fiona Norman for taking these fantastic photographs. You can visit her website here.

Autumn 1 2017 

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who donated cakes, money and/or time for the Macmillan coffee morning. We raised almost £230. This is phenomenal!

Diwali Day

Many thanks to Priti, Emma and the PTA for organising and funding a Diwali celebration for the children. They all enjoyed decorating diva candles, dressing up and trying Indian food.

New behaviour incentives 

After October half term we will be introducing two new behaviour incentives for the children:
House Points
The children have been organised into three houses: butterfly, chick and spider. These will be announced after half term. Miss O’Connell has carefully allocated houses and siblings will be in the same house.
Children will collect house points for good behaviour, great effort in their work, being helpful and anything else they do which impresses us.
House points will be counted throughout the week in each class and the totals counted in Celebration Assembly each week.
The house cup will then be awarded to that house for the week and displayed in school.

Random Hero
Each week a name will be chosen at random to be that week’s ‘random hero’. Time will be given each week in class to this person being celebrated by their classmates. A sheet with all the compliments that child receives will be sent home to keep.
This is to celebrate all the good things that our children continually do every day, every week and to make sure they recognise how proud we are of each and every one of them.

PTA Highlights

Nature Garden

Have you seen our school Nature Garden? It is opposite the children’s centre entrance and was cleared over the summer thanks to some amazing volunteers from 3.
We are looking to improve this area further and have applied to Aviva for project funding. Our application goes live on 24rd October and we will be sending a link next half term for you to follow to vote.

Christmas 2017 Events

Our traditional Christmas fair is to be replaced by two different events this year. The first is a Christmas Shopping event on 17th November from 8-11pm. At the event we will be selling cards, wrapping paper, ribbons, decorations and small stocking fillers. There will be mulled wine, drinks and nibbles and we will also be drawing our Christmas Raffle and holding a silent auction.
Later, on the 16th December, we will be holding a Santa’s Grotto, where the kids can meet the man himself and also have a go on the Tombola and enjoy cake and a drink with friends. Look out for more information after half term.

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