Campus parent/carer letter Easter 2018

Dear Parents and carers,

As we approach the Easter break, I wanted to write and share with you the fantastic achievements of our students, the range of opportunities they have experienced and thank you again for your continued support.

EYFS Update from Mrs Simpson – Early Years Phase Lead

  • This half term has provided lots of exciting opportunities for learning – including our very successful Messy Maths Day and our Science week. In Nursery we explored a real fish, created a wonderful under the sea environment and made the most amazing rainbow with Skittles sweets and water, amongst lots of other interesting activities. In Reception there was great excitement as we got to see the exploding rocket outside! The children all looked absolutely wonderful in their World Book Day costumes – thank you so much for all the effort you put in. With Easter bonnets everywhere this week our term is ending with a bright and colourful finale!
  • Many thanks to all of you who attended our Parent’s Evenings this week. It was lovely to see so many of you, and the new format in our Nursery hopefully allowed you to chat with the team whilst learning a bit more about how we encourage mark making and writing with our youngest children. If you were unable to attend, please do not hesitate to pop in and speak with your child’s teacher, or arrange another time to meet.
  • Next half term, when hopefully the weather finally becomes more seasonal, our learning will move more outdoors as we learn about gardens, mini-beasts and growing. We continue to welcome lots of new children into our Nursery and begin the transition process for our oldest Nursery children into Reception. If your child is due to start in Reception in September, once we have been given our confirmed list from Devon County Council we will contact you with details of our transition programme.
  • We always appreciate feedback and try to act on any ideas or suggestions from parents. Recently it has been brought to our attention that some parents would like more day to day communication and a greater insight of what their child has been doing. We have discussed this as a team and will be sending a letter home to parents at the beginning of next term outlining some changes which we hope you will find helpful.
  • A few gentle reminders:
    • If your child is unwell, please keep him/her at home until totally better – we have had some really nasty bugs around again this half term and children really do need to be snuggled up at home when they are poorly. Please also be aware of our 48 hour sickness policy, where children must not return to school until 48 hours after the last instance of diarrhoea or vomiting. If your child is unwell, please notify the school reception as soon as you can in the morning (this includes for our Nursery children) so teachers can be informed.
    • After the holidays, please can you ensure that your child has a coat in school every day, even if the sun is beginning to shine? We are often outside for extended periods of time and spring temperatures are often a bit chilly!
  • Can you help us? We are still looking for the following items to enhance our mud kitchen provision:
    • Metal pots and pans
    • A stainless steel teapot
    • Cutlery (especially spoons)
    • Wooden spoons
    • Colanders and sieves
    • Any stainless steel pouring jugs or containers
  • If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated! We are also collecting any unwanted children’s dressing up clothes and comics – please bring to Mrs Simpson.
  • Finally, thank you all for your continued support – we look forward to a busy and productive summer term! Have a lovely Easter break.

Primary Update from Mr Pratt – Primary Phase Lead

  • Wow! What a fun-filled and action packed half term! From making bouncy ball eggs in science week to completely covering the school in mud and grass during Messy Maths Week, it has certainly been a non-stop few weeks. On top of all of that we had the fun of the snow days too.
  • This half term, your children have become involved in so many of our activities and events and have really done themselves and the school proud. We were bowled over by the great costumes we saw on World Book Day and how engaged in reading the children were throughout that week. We have followed that up with our brilliant Alternative Easter Bonnet Parade which saw some very elaborate and extravagant designs being modelled down the catwalk! We had a fantastic turnout of 108 people attend the event to raise money for St. Martins School.
  • Another thank you to all of you who have attended Parent’s Evening this week and have taken the time to look through your children’s books and have a chat with their teacher about your child’s progress. It is a really valuable opportunity for us to share the work of your child and to celebrate their successes.
  • PE Kit – As we move into the summer term we will naturally be doing more and more of our PE outside and would therefore ask that all children from Y1 upward have a PE kit in school. We would ask that your child has a t shirt that matches the colour of their House (Otter-blue, Fox – red, Hare –Yellow & Badger – purple). The PE kit should all be named and consist of a t-shirt, shorts and some alternative footwear (trainers or plimsolls).
  • A big well done to all of our children that took part in the Science Park ‘Name our buildings’ competition. We might just have some exciting news about a competition winner coming up very soon!
  • Our Mathletics trial has been going very well and we have been keen to hear your feedback. If you haven’t done so yet there is still time and you can do so by following this link: https://bit.ly/2IW3hMD
  • Reward Event – congratulations to all of those children that were invited to our Primary Reward Event; playing board games was great fun!
  • Trips – please keep your eyes peeled for further information over the coming terms about school trips that we will be planning for all of our Primary Year Groups.

Can you help us?

We are still looking for the following items to help keep our resources and your children neat and tidy

  • Plastic storage boxes
  • Old shirts for aprons

Secondary Update from Miss Telford, Deputy Headteacher

  • Students in the secondary phase have enjoyed another very busy term. We’ve been delighted by their commitment to extra-curricular activities and the progress they’ve been making in lessons.
  • Year 7 Parent’s Evening was attended by over 60% of parents/carers; thank you to those who did attend. Our Year 7 outcomes data predicts that they will achieve on average a whole grade above their government targets. This a testament to the hard work they are putting in across their subjects.
  • Secondary Rewards Event – To celebrate the excellent behaviour of secondary students, an Easter Rewards event took place on Tuesday 27th March. The students who were invited had a 100% behaviour ratio which means that they had earnt a large number of house points, had no On Calls and minimal SBL’s. They participated in an orienteering course, solving clues to create the anagram of chocolates and received Easter eggs as prizes. This was followed by an afternoon tea. The students also had the privilege of wearing non uniform for the whole day.
  • Mr Pepperell and Mr Bovey have been busy with Science week (which has turned into 3 weeks of Science!). Year 7’s have completed their Crest Award by designing and building tomato transport systems. Year 8’s have taken part in an Energy Quest workshop and Year 9’s attended the Men in White workshops at Exeter Medical School. Our budding scientists also opened the doors to their family and friends for a hands-on Science experience after school.
  • World Book Day – The Beast from the East wasn’t going to stop us celebrating World Book Day. Students and staff showed us their creativity with a range of amazing costumes. Check out the pictures on our website.
  • Force Cancer Charity Day – Miss Hawkins and a group of dedicated students held a sports charity day on behalf of the Cancer Charity Force. Students wore non-uniform and were able to purchase cakes. They raised over £500.
  • RAW Platform performance at the Northcott Theatre – A group of Year 8 students performed on the Northcott stage alongside other fantastic young performers across East Devon and Torbay. This was part of the RAW outreach project run by Doorstep Arts and supported by the University of Exeter and the Northcott theatre.
  • Poetry slam – Following two incredible workshops with poet Tim King, five finalists took part in the TWMAT Inter-School Poetry Slam at St James School. Each of the finalists had to write and perform an original piece of poetry in front of an audience of students, parents, teachers and judges; a daunting task for anyone. See the videos on our YouTube Channel.
  • Football Tournament – The girls were entered into 2 football tournaments this term; The Catherine Fraser Memorial Tournament and CHAMPS 2018. The girls performed excellently at both tournaments and are really beginning to work well and flourish as a team. They came 4th at The Catherine Fraser Memorial Tournament and 3rd at CHAMPS 2018. As a team they are edging closer to bringing home the first piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet. The boys were entered into the Year 8 category of the CHAMPS tournament, this was their first competitive fixture in over 6 months and first experience for the Year 7s to play competitively. The boys played some great football really focussing on keeping the ball on the floor, However they became stifled by treacherous conditions at St Luke’s and just need some fine tuning and to develop a ruthless streak to gain more success. We will begin to work on this after the Easter break. Well done to the boys and girls this half term who have worked tremendously hard this half term!
  • Exmoor Challenge – On the 22nd March, 7 Year-8 students participated in their first Exmoor Challenge training walk. The 8-mile route followed the river Otter and the South West coast path, challenging the groups developing navigational skills. The walk was the first in a series of training events aimed at preparing the group for the rigours of Exmoor Challenge, a 16 mile unsupported day walk for charity organised by the Exmoor Rotary Club. All participants acquitted themselves well, maintaining a good pace (possibly motivated by the thought of the ice cream that awaited them at Ladram Bay). Congratulations to all participants thus far.
  • The positive behaviour ratio for the Secondary phase is 94% overall with 49,000 house points awarded since August.

I also wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to our dedicated PTA and other supportive parents for their efforts this half term. The PTA have held cake sales to generate funds to support learning and off site experiences and Cheryl Platt has been baking to raise money for the Art and Drama departments. Special thanks go Emma Griffiths and Pippa Ansell for their help to make a new birthday cake for our Friday praise assembly, and to Matt Long for the Hot Cross Bun donation for our wonderful Alternative Easter Bonnet Parade. The PTA Easter Bingo is taking place Tuesday 1st May, it would be great to see many of you there.

Our Campus website is regularly updated to inform you of all the exciting things taking place. This feeds into our official Facebook and Twitter pages. Please keep an eye on the latest news feed to keep to date with all the opportunities and updates from the Campus.

At 94.95% our Campus attendance is good, but it could be much better! Our aim is for 100%. If your child is unwell then you need to call the school and inform us first thing in the morning. All absences are logged as unauthorised until you contact the school. Please ensure that non-urgent medical appointments are booked outside of school hours. If students are late to morning registration, they will receive a break time detention on the same day. Our attendance policy can be found on our website.

The majority of families and students walk, cycle or scoot to school which has proven beneficial to their physical and mental wellbeing. We will be entering the Big Pedal (https://bigpedal.org.uk/) again this year which runs from the 23rd April – 4th May. Last year we came 3rd nationally. This year we are aiming for 1st place!

Safeguarding our pupils is paramount to what we do. We have detailed information on our website highlighting how we keep students safe, which can be found here: https://www.cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk/keeping-child-safe/. If you are concerned about a student then please either contact us on safeguarding@cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk or contact MASH (0345 155 1071) or the police.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and the snow stays away so you get chance to explore the beautiful Devon countryside, beaches and attractions. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 16th April 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Farmer
Head of Campus