What a busy year it has been, with many positive developments and continued enthusiasm and hard work from pupils and staff alike.
There are less than 3 weeks left until the end of term but they are action packed ones with a myriad of different activities and events taking place: final assessments are made; reports are issued and many end of school year activities take place such as Sports Day, Graduation Day, Cinema Nights, remaining summer trips for the Foundation Stage etc.
We also have a Curriculum Meetings for parents of children in next year's 1, 2 & 3 (and 3/4DP) as well as a next year's Reception 'drop in' where you will meet your child's class teacher - it is ESSENTIAL someone from the family attends!
Curriculum meetings at the upper end of school will take place on the first Monday after the summer holidays.
Please take the time
to read this newsletter (of particular note is the very positive
report given to the school by Ofsted), digest the information and
make a note of the dates in the "Diary
Dates" zone so you don't miss anything!
I hope and trust you all have a wonderful summer and I shall look forward to working with the majority of you again next year.
the Year 6 parents I wish your children every success as they move
on to the next stage of their educational career, we will miss them
and they have been a credit to yourselves and the school.
The full report should be available on the Ofsted Website from last Friday, just enter the school's name to see it or you can use the link on our web site.
The key judgements were (and these are all lifted directly from the report):
Clearly a report for all associated with the school to be proud of.
As with any Ofsted Inspection there are some suggested next steps for improvement which reflect what the school had already identified as areas for development. These are:
The Ofsted cycle currently runs over a 3 year period so the school
is likely to have its next inspection in 2020 and has clearly a very
strong foundation of good practice to take it forward to the next
The responses were overwhelmingly positive about the school (the Inspector was impressed when compared to other schools) with positive comments regarding all school staff, the care services, the School Office staff etc being noted as being very strong assets to the school.
There were 57 responses and 55 free text entries - a very sizeable response in comparison to others too.
If it has had to be cancelled we will try for a re-run tomorrow (Tuesday) and failing that we will be in touch with another date.
Health & Sports Week
The children will have their Sports Day but will also have opportunities in different areas of the school to play 'Parachute games', meet and play with wheelchair basketball players, take part in football competitions, have healthy cooking lessons and have an archery experience.
It is an action packed week that has been expertly planned by our Sports leader, Ms Gorman.
In addition the Year 6 children will be presenting information on healthy lifestyles to the rest of the classes over the week.
Workington Football Cup
Our school, as current holders, have organised and planned this year's competition. It takes place on the 3G pitches outside the new Leisure Centre.
We have 2 teams in each category and the Key Stage 1 competition starts at 9.10am and is scheduled to finish around 11.30am.
The Year 3 & 4 competition starts at 11.30am and finishes around 1.30pm and the Year 5 & 6 one starts at 1.45pm and should finish by 4pm.
Parents are welcome to come and watch or drop in during the day.
The zone is packed with information about Sport at the school, match reports and stunning photos. It also details how the school's Sports Premium money has been allocated.
Workington Swimming Gala 2017
The trophy, which has been held by Beckstone for a number of years, was won by Ashfield Junior School.
We were very proud of our team and everyone put in 100% effort.
The Gala is organised by staff at the school and a big 'Thank You' goes to Mrs Vaughan and Mrs Rosser without whom the schools in Workington would not have a Gala.
Both teams represented the school well and one of the teams (pictured here) reached the semi-final and only missed the final by one point.
They did win some prize money for the school which is most welcome.
Thanks and congratulations to all who took part.
The main school will be organised as follows:
Given that all classes are full it will be impossible to move any children.
Reception Starters 'Drop In'
Curriculum Meetings & Reports
Curriculum meetings will be held on Monday 10th July for children
moving into Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 (including the Year 4's in Mrs
Potts' class) at the following times:
If you have no child care we will endeavour to look after the children in school.
After these meetings you will be able
to collect your child's report from the Dining Hall.
The timings will
be as follows:
Reports for children in Nursery and Reception will be handed to the adult who collects the child on the same Monday.
Summer Cinema Nights
The booking form went out on Friday and the cost is £5 including refreshments and care.
Please return booking slips as soon as possible. Spare forms are available from the School Office.
Please make a date in your diary for the following performances.
The film is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theatre.
The film includes more than 60 songs from famous artists and has had rave reviews.
Sponsored Aerobic Exercise
If you are still to hand in sponsor money then please can we ask that you do this soon.
Thank you on behalf of the 'Friends at Beckstone' for your support at this event.
The children so loved doing the circuits that we are introducing a circuits fitness day on the 4th Friday of every half term next school year.
The final one in the summer term will be sponsored again but the rest are designed to build fitness and stamina as well as provide sporting enjoyment.
Choir Charity Concert
A tremendous outcome and 3 of our choir members are pictured here when the cheque was presented towards the end of June.
He was chosen as his creative attitude to all that he does in Nursery shines through from play to writing to drawing.
Beckstone's Got Talent
It will take place on the last day of term (Thursday 20th July).
Children are now applying for their slots and will get opportunities to rehearse at play and lunch times.
The variety show is for pupils only, sadly there is not enough room for parents and looks like it may take a sizeable part of the morning.
It promises to be entertaining and we are sure it will be enjoyed by those on stage as well as those watching.
Priya Sundar Visit
She worked with children from across the school and also trained some to dance in assembly, performed her dances for the school as well as getting the staff to dance too!
The children were enthralled at the dancing spectacle and it encouraged an understanding of other cultures, promoted community cohesion and tolerance and it linked well with our studies of Hinduism.
Give Blood - Help save a Life!
Mid-Day Supervisor Vacancy
If you are interested in such a position then please make yourself known to the School Office and they will give you an application pack.
The job has an hourly rate of £8.45 and is for 11/2 hours per day totalling 71/2 hours a week during term-time.
The post is subject to a DBS criminal record/safeguarding check. The job involves supervising children over lunchtime, working as part of a team and reporting back to the Senior Mid-Day supervisor.
The closing date is Wednesday 12th July.
Puberty Talks - Year 6
Healthwatch - Year 6
The responses to it will help HWC hear the voice of young people and this will shape the direction of work Young HWC will focus on.
This online survey can be accessed through this link; www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youngHW or by using the QR code on the poster.
The closing date will be Midnight on Sunday 1st October 2017.
Please could all Y6 families take note of this date and time.
All Year 6 pupils should have received a letter giving more details about this event and also a booking form for tickets (which are free).
The venue will be the School Sports Hall.
The children will perform a leaving show for the audience and will receive a 'Primary Diploma' from the Governors and a leaving gift from the PTA.
It promises to be an exciting but also an emotional evening!
Workington In Bloom Funding
The school has received £500 and we hope you are enjoying the additional flowers and vegetables that are being grown around the school at the moment.
Children are welcome to borrow them as long as they complete the signing out card and then sign them back in again.
We are hoping to instil a
love of reading so please encourage them to do this.
We will write 'Donated by ....' or any other message the donor would like to add inside the front cover.
Non Uniform Day
Thank you to all for the donations; it goes to a great cause, a charity that is devoted to ending cruelty to children and the sponsors of the Childline service.
The non-uniform day THIS month is FREE and coincides with the 'toy and games day' on Wednesday 19th July.
Parent & Toddler Club
There is no cost to join but a £1.50 levy is charged to cover costs (plus £1 if there is an extra child).
Please note that when baking takes place there is an additional cost of £1 per child.
Year 6 Leavers' Hoodies
The Governors have allowed them to wear the hoodie until the end of term.
If they have their names in then they can be returned to their rightful owners (this also helps if someone has taken home the wrong item of clothing).
We cannot stress enough how important it is to label all your child's clothing.
School Savings Account
Encourage your child to start saving towards Christmas 2017(!!) or a nest egg for something special they would like and make use of our school savings account facility.
Simply call in at the School Office to open an account if your child does not already have one.
There are rewards for regular savers! Again just ask at the School Office.
Any sort of clothing/textile or footwear can be donated and in any condition.
Just fill up a bag and deposit in the bank.
The school will benefit from profits made from this recycling opportunity so please don't throw out any clothes, just use the bank and help the children at the school!
The bank is open from early morning until the evening but is locked at night and weekends.
If you are bringing bags by car please come any time before 8.45am or after 9.15am (not at the end of the school day when there are children around) or in the evening up until 7pm.
Children in Reception and Nursery are entitled to free milk as are children who are eligible for free school meals and clothing vouchers (not the universal free meal for all FS & KS1 children).
Milk for the next half term is £8.80 and needs to be paid by Friday 8th September.
Due to the administrative burden of checking attendance and the inability to change the order daily unfortunately milk money cannot be refunded for absence.
Please support your children in achieving this by walking at least once a week.
Be Sun Wise
As the days get hotter (hopefully!!) it is important that thoughts go to protecting children from the sun.
The children at the school spend a lot of time outdoors during the school day and lunch times in particular are times when the sun is at its hottest.
We shall be holding assemblies stressing the need for protection against the sun.
Please ensure they have the minimum of skin showing and sun screen has been applied to potentially exposed areas e.g. arms, back of neck etc. provide them with a hat to wear outside to protect their heads .... remember
Wrap, Splat and Hat!
If your child has allergies to sun cream and you do not wish school to apply it please let your child's class teacher know.
The school reserves the right to share and receive
information from other agencies that may have had dealings with your
Callers can outline their concerns and the Safeguarding Hub will give advice (consultation) and if necessary undertake an assessment of need.
There is now also an adult NSPCC helpline where any concerned adult can seek advice if they are concerned about a child and would like advice on whether to make a referral.
The number to call is:
Just contact the School Office to get in touch with her.
Domestic violence is on the increase and causes terrible harm to
victims and the associated children.
We are working closely with the Police and the school will learn of any incidents in order to support any children whose lives are affected by any incidents.
The fund is donation based (for example the businesses advertising in this newsletter provide donations to this fund) and is used to fund the coaches for sporting events, buy many consumable items and fun activities for the pupils as well as many other things for school that enable us to provide services free of charge.
Please help if you can by donating to this fund. Any donation, however small, would be greatly appreciated!
Regular donations are greatly welcomed.
Summer Holiday Activities
We will place all such information in the Holiday Activity Zone of our web site so please do keep checking.
In addition recently you should have received a pack with holiday information and offers for summer holiday activities.
Kite Making in Harrington
The kite making workshops will be held locally - we will let you know where and put the information on our web site.
The workshops will be run by an expert kite maker, Alan Poxon, and they are completely free.
Alan will also talk to the children about kite safety whilst helping them make their own.
The Kite Festival itself is in partnership with a professional kite flying company, SmileFactor10, and there should be a spectacular display of kite flying at the Marina between 11am and 4pm on both days.
People can bring their own kites too!
Further details can be found at the web address on the poster or use this QR code.
This is a lovely initiative from the Council and should be a colourful and enjoyable mid-summer holiday event; we hope lots of families take part!
These sessions provide a great opportunity for your child to hone their skills in readiness for their tests next year.
The sign above the herbs (in front of Ms Ollett's class, to the left of the front door as you look at it) gives ideas as to how you can use them to add flavour to your cooking You only need little sprigs to add bags of flavour!
In addition they also help to keep the head cool.
They are of good quality and are priced at £4.50 and are available from the School Office.
As well as being useful at school they should also be very useful to wear on holiday and will provide added sun protection.
These can be bought through the School office at a cost of £12.50
These PE bags were provided by the school for the Reception children this year and will also be provided for Reception children next year.
They have proved to be very popular, are easily named and keep PE kits neatly in lockers for a half term so they are always to hand and then can be taken home in holidays to be washed.
Due to popular demand these can now be purchased for children further up the school and are priced at £3.00
Beckstone's Extended Services
the Breakfast Club (£3.50 from 7.30am, £3.00 from 8am);
Educare (our popular afternoon child care provision for morning Nursery children priced at £3.00 an hour (£4.20 however for the first hour including lunch - unfortunately we are unable to offer facilities for packed lunches) until 3.00pm;
and Beckstone Xtra
(again £3.00 an hour) from the end of the school day until 5.15pm.
Salterbeck Youth Club
New members are always welcome so please encourage your child to be active and join in at the club!
30 Hours Update
Additional Child Care Support
In addition for families with children from 0 to 15 there are also offers coming soon where the Government would meet up to 70% of childcare costs or 85% if claiming Universal Credit.
For further information on these developments which could greatly enhance household budgets see the poster below or visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you can register your interest and you will be emailed updates.
There is a link
to this site on our web site in the health area of our Parenting
Information & Guidance Zone. It really is worth a look.
These are placed within this newsletter at relevant points to give you quick access to websites mentioned.
All you have to do is 'Install a free QR code reader' to your phone/tablet, just search the App/Play store using 'QR', and simply scan the code.
Why not try downloading it and scan this code and see if it works.
It should take you directly to our school web site.
So, sit back with a cup of tea, your phone, this newsletter (or indeed if reading it online on our web site next to a pc) and scan around all the very useful web sites mentioned.
This is really simple to use and you can visit via our web site by clicking on the 'Shopping Gateway'.
Once on the page all you need to do is click on the logo for whatever shop/service you would like to visit.
The school will
receive commission from these firms at no extra cost to you; it is
just a gateway to access websites.
Teach Your Monster to Read
Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.
It has been designed in collaboration with academics from Roehampton University.
To use the site go to: www.teachyourmonstertoread.com and either use the log on details your child may have been given or register for home use.
Alternatively you can click on the link in the 'Help your Child to Read' zone on the school's web site.
N.B. The 'monster' is not your child but a character chosen by the child on the site!!
Computer Home Access
Free online Oxford Reading Tree audio books
The children can either read
the books online or have them read to them as an audio book!
Then simply click on the 'For Home' and register for FREE .... you need an email address and choose a password.
Once logged in your child can browse all titles or select their age appropriate titles.
There are notes for parents and additional online activities to engage your child that are connected with the book.
Simply click on the appropriate age range and choose from a vast array of activities across the whole curriculum.
It is well worth a look!
This site allows children to work through learning modules as well as test their mental maths skills in 'live' competitions.
It is arranged into subjects and the children know it well from school.
The site needs a home user name and password.
home.espresso.co.uk (no www.)
To access 'Espresso' from home use the address below and log on using the info provided by school - if you log off you need to close and re-open your internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox) before you log in again.
Every child from year 1 upwards has a user name and password and has access.
It is packed full of mathematical
activities to help your child with Maths.
Indeed if your child worked through some of the fun activities in this zone it would really support them in their computing lessons next term or at Secondary school.
Finally the 'Help Your Child to Read' zone is also a very useful resource to support your child with reading over the Summer.
It has many useful links for you to enjoy with your child, to read together or reading activities for your child to get engrossed in.
Nursery into Reception Target
Please could parents of children this age ensure they train and support their children to do this over the Summer holiday if they can't do it already.
This will enable the maximum amount of time to be spent on PE next year.
The collection bin can be found near the door that leads into the front playground by the Reception classes.
There are around 600 families in the area that regularly have needed to use the Foodbank so any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Indeed over the summer holidays all children eligible for free school meals will receive holiday lunch packs.
A list of foods that would be welcomed is below and this
month they would very much welcome:
It will also available on our web site and is a handy reference to encourage your child to have school meals and also to help them with their choices.
Information about menus can be found at www.dolce.co.uk and there is also a School meals Zone on our web site.
They have managed to negotiate some efficiency savings to keep the meals at an excellent value and fully compliant with the new nutritional standards.
There is however pressure from rising food prices which may result in an increase from January 2018, we will keep you informed and will also strive to keep this to a minimum.
Our school meals are of a high quality with a fabulous array of
choices, served by an excellent and committed canteen staff.
In addition the school now benefits financially as a result of the number of children who have a school meal.
Free School Meals Application
We ask that ALL ELIGIBLE PARENTS OF PUPILS FROM NEXT YEAR'S RECEPTION UP TO YEAR 6 fill in the school meals registration form that is reproduced below. (Complete and return to the School Office).
This is important so that we can continue to register pupils who attract pupil premium, which is worth £1,300 a year per pupil for our school.
If you have any questions, please contact School.
Again if your child is in Key Stage 2 and you think you are entitled
to Free School Meals then complete the form and hand it in to the
School Office or alternatively you can apply online at
The club starts at 10.30am so make a date in your diaries.
Organisers: Ann Brown, Susan Janulis, Julie Topping and Fiona Woodward
High Harrington Community Centre
It is a very competitively priced and useful resource for all in the community to use.
To hire this facility for any event then please contact Marjorie Rae on 01946 831004.
The venue can be used for children or adult parties, meetings etc. and hire rates are very reasonable indeed.
If you do hire this venue please let Marjorie know you read about it in this newsletter.
Also please pass on the following details to anyone you think may be interested:
All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 who read at least 5 times a week at home go into a fortnightly draw where they can win a book of their choice and chocolates for the adults sharing reading with them at home.
All children across the school in every Key Stage should be reading daily!
Facebook & Moving Online!
If you are a Facebook user and would like to receive news feeds and updates about the school then don't forget to 'join' the group and select the "see first" button.
The Facebook page has open access and will also contain links to updates on our web site and messages from school - there is no facility to message school, please use other methods.
As a result any photos etc will only appear from our web site following clicking on a link. It is hoped this will dissuade children who are under 13 using Facebook but will allow adults to receive updates about the school.
Please note - no children should have Facebook accounts under the age of 13 and applications to join the group will be refused.
Indeed reading to your child at bed time for example is also extremely valuable.
The world of books will develop your child's imagination, vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. It is quite simply the key to learning!
If real effort was put into these then the children would be very well placed for the start of their studies next year.
Please do remember there are lots of resources on our web site to help you support your child's learning at home.
'Ready to Learn' Series - Preparing for Change
They are short reads designed to help parents. One edition is called 'Preparing for change at school'. It is reproduced below as this is a time of change for many.
The other titles are well worth a look too.
Do speak to your child about managing change too as the school's PSHE theme this term has been all about this.
Last Day of Term
Staff Changes & Weddings
She has been a wonderful teaching assistant in Reception and she will be sorely missed.
We wish her every success for the future.
She has been an enthusiastic and valuable member of staff and has been integral to our ongoing sporting success and developing the love of sport in the children.
Her happy personality and permanent smile will be missed by all.
Ms Ollett is getting married over the summer and will return to school as Mrs Trotter. We wish her and her partner Jamie a long, successful and happy marriage.
Mr Fleming is also getting married to Jenna Benson this summer.
Again we wish them both a long, happy and successful marriage.