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Happy New Year Everyone. I hope you all managed to have a break over
PGL Meeting for
current Yr 4 pupils the school holidays and myself and all the staff wish you a very Happy
New Year. I don't know whether you managed to catch any of The Queens
The meeting, for
children who will be speech on Christmas Day but it was all about being inspired, which as you
Yr5 next year, is on know is the first part of our strapline 'Inspire, Challenge, Achieve'.
Wednesday 11th She looked back over the year gone and in particular talked about our Olympic heroes. She
January at 3:30p.m. in said 'Many of this year’s winners spoke of being inspired by athletes of previous generations.
the school hall. Inspiration fed their aspiration; and having discovered abilities they scarcely knew they had,
Please come along to these athletes are now inspiring others.' She also said, 'to be inspirational you don’t have to
find out about the PGL
save lives or win medals.' She draws strength 'from meeting ordinary people doing
extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung
9th October –
Wednesday 11th heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special.'
On the first day back I spoke about Epiphany and New Year
resolutions. I asked how we can inspire one another. What
extraordinary things can we do to make our school and home life
better? Please spend a bit of time talking to your children about how
they can contribute.
There is lots to look forward to this Spring term. Please keep a look
out in the bulletin for how you might like to help out in school and
keep informed. I hope to be setting up a Community Gardening
Group to give some of our spaces in school a new lease of life. If
you have any gardening skills then please get in touch. In the first
instance I am looking for a horticulturalist or someone with garden
design skills. Contact me on [email protected]
Enjoy the rest of the week,
Closure of School in bad weather
I think the weather is set to get colder. If I do have to close the school over the coming
The next parent months due to snow I will let you know by text as soon as a decision has been made
evenings will be between us and our two main feeder infant schools (Bilton Infant and Bawnmore Infant).
held on the 7th There will also be a notice on our website and an announcement will be made on Rugby FM 107.1,
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire 94.8FM and Free Radio 97 & 102.9 FM. Please do not ring the school
but listen to the radio.
Alternatively sign up for free school closure text alerts to your mobile phone – please
log on to:
Science Sponsorship - Primary Science Quality Mark
A separate letter will be coming out with more detail but just a heads up:
We are looking for sponsorship in order to fund The Primary Science Quality Mark as it requires a significant
financial investment and we were hoping that an interested local company might be able to help us. We would also be very
interested to hear from any local science based companies or organisations who would be willing to develop links with Bilton C of E
Junior School in order to support us with delivery of the curriculum and providing real life links. If you have any contacts or work in a
science based industry and feel you may be able to help we would be delighted to hear from you. Ms Davies, our Science Leader can
be contacted through the office on [email protected]. She is very excited at the prospect of leading the school through
PPF - Parent Partnership Forum Meetings
In coming weeks we are having our second Parent Partnership Meeting (PPF) If you have anything you
would like to send to your class representative for discussion then please contact them on their PPF email
address which is different for every class. If your child is in 4SV then the address
is [email protected] On the back of our last meeting, Staff at parents evening will have a
set proforma to give you a copy of so you are aware of your child's strengths and areas for development.
It is great to hear your comments on how we can make the school better :-)
Inspirational maths This Half term's Christian
Next week all pupils in school will be taking part in our week Value - Perseverance
of inspirational maths. The work is based on Jo Boaler’s
work at Stanford University about developing a growth Jesus frequently encouraged his
mindset in Maths. It is more common in this country for disciples to 'endure patiently' the
adults to be happy to admit they don’t like maths or can’t difficulties and obstacles they
do it when they wouldn’t say this about reading or writing. encountered and to persevere in
We want to prevent this from occurring with our pupils as the face of adversity. The first
they grow up and develop the idea that everyone can do Head Teacher I ever worked for
maths. Later next week ask your child about what it means described Patience as waiting with
to have a growth mindset in maths. a smile on your face...We will be
talking about strategies that we can use in life to keep us
The lessons all begin with a short video and the maths has
going. If you have any good ideas how to keep on keeping on
been chosen to inspire pupils through creative problem
then let us know.
solving to enable all pupils to see maths as a broad and
interesting subject that involves deep thinking. This week
links to this half term’s value of perseverance and the aim Lost Property
of the work is to help children feel more confident, try
harder all year and embrace mistakes and challenges. We have two large bags of
unnamed lost property left over from
If you want to find out more about the work of Jo Boaler
and some ideas to help your child with maths please visit the Autumn term and lots of empty
her website www.youcubed.org lunch boxes. Please call in to the office
if you have lost anything and you can
search the shelves and bags. If not
collected by next Friday then all
property will be recycled.
Lunch Time Top Table Every week Mrs. Punctuality
awards children for Roll over to next week
SERVICE RESPONSIBILITY demonstrating our
Amelia J - 4BY Tatum C - 5SM Christian values
during lunch time,
Sophie N - 4BY Martyna M -5SM the nominated Year 5 Sponsored Walk for Water Aid
Joe M - 5BG Mia H - 5SM children get an Thank you to the children, parents, friends and family of
invitation to join
Daniel H - 5SM Lizzie W - 5SM the top table on our Year 5 children who raised a massive £543.00 for
Edward M - 5SM Finlay R - 5SM the Friday of that Water Aid, what a fantastic amount raised!
Jasmine S - 4JE Michael E - 5SM Thank you
Ella D is an ex pupil at BJS and is currently raising money for a trip to India which, amongst other things, will involve teaching English to
Ella has organised a show called Performing Arts Showcase and has recruited other pupils and friends to take part. The show will
include singing, dancing, comedy and music. It is being held on 14th January 2017 at 7pm at the Collingwood Centre Hall, which is
located off Barby Road, Rugby. Refreshments are available, donations welcome.
Tickets are £6 each and are available from the BJS office.
Reminder for Parents – Leave Of Absence during Term Time
As you will all be aware, current attendance regulations stipulate a Head teacher may not grant
a leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own
It is for the Head Teacher to decide what he/she views as ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances
warrant the leave to be granted. If the leave is granted, the head teacher is able to determine the number of school days
a child can be absent for.
The school can only consider Leave of Absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’ parent.
Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on
the dates set out in the application. If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised
absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s).
All matters of unauthorised absence relating to a Leave of Absence will be referred to the Attendance, Compliance and
Enforcement Service of Warwickshire County Council
Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter
will be referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under S444
Education Act 1996.
Parents are asked to respect the new regulations under which the school must work and if there is a need to take a child
out of school during term-time, an application or request must be made in advance and make clear how the
circumstances are exceptional.
Inspire Challenge Achieve
School Uniform Reminder
We have a strict adherence to our school uniform policy
PTA NEWS (please view on the school website). There are a lot of PTA NEWS [email protected]
children coming in with jewellery, bangles, nail varnish etc
which are not uniform. Please ensure you help your child to
ensure they are conforming to the uniform policy. We hope you will support your PTA in the
following events, please pop them in the diary so
No nail varnish or Jewellery are permitted, with the exception of sleeper studs.
you don’t miss out on all the fun.
During P.E lessons earrings should be removed to ensure safety. Children must be th
Friday 27 January 2017 - School Disco
responsible for removing their own ear studs and for keeping them safe during P.E./ th
Friday 10 February 2017 - Quiz Night
Friday 31 March 2017— Family Bingo Night
Children who cannot remove earrings will be required to supply and apply their own th
Micro-Pore tape for safety reasons. Friday 12 May 2017—School Disco
Please ensure children have jumpers / cardigans in school! Friday 30 June 2017 -Summer BBQ/Talent
Donations Welcome Friday 14 July 2017—Leavers Disco
If you are having a ‘New Year Clear Out’
Any suggestions to the PTA can be emailed to
then we would be grateful of any books
that could be used in the school library, board
games and DVD’s that could be used in the lunch
time ‘wet play’ boxes.
The next PTA meeting is on Monday 9th January at 7pm, at
school—all welcome, hope to see you there!
School Information School—Diary Dates
School gates open at 8.40a.m Monday 20th February to Friday 24th
February 2017 —Half Term
School starts at 8.50a.m - Any child arriving after this time is late and will
Friday 7th April 2017—School closes 3.30pm for the
marked as such.
School finishes at 3.30p.m
Monday 24th April 2017—School opens
If your child is ill and going to be absent please either telephone us on Monday 1st May 2017—Bank Holiday—School
01788 810675 (you can leave a voice mail if the office is closed or busy) or closed
email us on [email protected]
Friday 26th May 2017—Teacher Training Day—
If you feel you need to meet with a teacher face to face please School closed
email [email protected] Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June—Half Term
If you need to talk with a teacher over the phone or have a general Thursday 20th July—School closes at 3.30pm
enquiry for them please email [email protected] Our
Friday 21st July—Teacher Training day
teachers are busy with your children in the classrooms all day however
they will get back to you as soon as possible. 2017/2018
If you would like to share concerns or contact Mrs Hodgson our Home/ Term starts Monday 4th September 2017
School Support worker, please call the office, pop into school or email her Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October
directly on hom[email protected] 2017—Half Term