Newsletter 16.09.2022

16th September 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
To see what’s been happening at BGPS, please visit our website and Twitter feed
Open Event for Reception pupils for September 2023
Is your child due to start school in Reception in September 2023?  (Born between 1 September 2018 and 31st August 2019)  Do you know anyone else who has a child due to start?
We have two open sessions for parents to come and visit us to find out more about BGPS and Malala Class.  These are: Monday 10th October between 2pm and 3pm and Wednesday 9th November between 2pm and 3pm.  Please call the school office on 01638 507236 to book a visit.
Year 6 parents – secondary transition applications for 2023 are now open!
To make your application, you must log into the Citizen online portal.  Last year the majority of parents chose to make their applications for a school place online; this year there are no paper application forms.  You need to apply via your home local authority (where you pay your Council Tax) for transferring from Primary to Secondary school.  
This is the link to Suffolk Admissions
Applications must be submitted by Monday 31st October.
Piano lessons
Would you like your child to learn to play the piano?
Spaces are available for new pupils in Y2 or above to begin learning with Mrs Pumfrey. She has been teaching at BGPS for fifteen years, and has started lots of BG children on their musical journey! For further details please get in touch with Mrs Pumfrey,
Lunchtime Clubs at BGPS
There are lots of lunchtime clubs available to children this term at BG: library club, construction club, gardening club, Knit and Natter, TTRS club, Boardgames club and choir.  (Different clubs are for children in different year groups.)  The children have chosen which ones they wanted to join, and most clubs had their first meeting this week.  I have been very impressed by the aspiration and resilience of the new knitters!
 “Meet the Teachers” Evening
It was great to see so many of you on Wednesday evening.  The class teachers were able to share lots of information with you about learning in their class, clubs, our website etc.  I hope those of you who were able to come found it useful.  Teachers have/will post the presentations that they shared on ClassDojo or Tapestry for anyone who could not be there.
Upcoming Events
Please make sure you check our school calendar to stay up-to-date with information about future events, term dates, training days etc.  Important dates are added to the calendar long before being listed in the “coming up soon…” section of our weekly newsletter, so it is important to look at the calendar regularly to see what’s happening in the future.
Coming up soon … 
Monday 19th September – Bank holiday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Tuesday 20th September – Jeans for Genes
Help us to raise some money for this important charity, and embed our school value of kindness, by wearing jeans (or another trouser style if your child doesn’t like jeans) and making a donation.  There will be a bucket for donations at the door on Tuesday morning.
Thursday 22nd September 9:15am – Harvest Festival Service
Please come and join us in St Augustine’s church to celebrate the harvest.  We will be collecting for Jimmy’s Cambridge (as we usually do).  Donations can be brought to the lobby on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next week.  Jimmy’s are asking for donations of: pasta/cooking sauces, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, marmite, tinned veg, salt and pepper, herbs, stock cubes, ketchup, mayo, sugar, coffee, drinking chocolate, biscuits, chocolate bars, cooking oil, fruit, tuna/tinned meat, long-life milk, squash/soft drinks, cereal.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Friday 23rd September – Y5 and Y6 at Grafham Water Outdoor Activity Centre
Thank you so much to the PTA for supporting this by subsidising the travel costs.  To help the PTA to support more out of school activities for BGPS children, please get involved with fundraising!  The PTA AGM is on September 27th (details below).
Wednesday 28th September – Individual School Photos
Thursday 29th September – Abington Fun Run Y5 and Y6 Runners
Friday 30th September – Macmillan Coffee Morning
Come and join us to participate in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning!  Please see the poster attached to this email for more details.
Community News, Clubs and Events
The Community Noticeboard page on our website is updated weekly with local events, sporting and holiday clubs and general information for parents from the surrounding area. Click here to view.
Reminder: BGPS needs you! (Volunteering at BGPS)
Do you have any time during the school day which you could spend with us to read with children; support small groups with activities; or help with lunchtime or after-school clubs?  We are very keen to have parent volunteers in school this year.  If you are able to give the children some of your time, please contact Sara Hammond with your email address, full name and date of birth so that we can start the DBS checking process.  If you have any questions, just ask!  (Reminder: We have booked next year’s resus training session for Tuesday 7th March 2pm.  Please come!  If you are able to, please let the office know.)
Anna Hayesmore and the Burrough Green Team
PTA News 
We attach the Agenda for the AGM being held in school on Tuesday 27th September at 7.30pm and the Minutes from our last official meeting.
We will hope to be handing over to a new committee and it is an opportunity to come and have your say in event planning for the coming year and ideas to support our children at school. We look forward to seeing you there!
There is a collection planned for Friday 7th October. Donations of unwanted clothing and shoes, soft toys, soft furnishings and accessories are gratefully received in black bin liners. Please ensure that donations are at the drop off point near the Reading Room by 9am on the 7th. No business / school branded items or duvets / pillows please.