Campus parent/carer letter May half term 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach May half term, I wanted to write and share with you the fantastic achievements of our students and the range of opportunities they have experienced. I also wanted to thank you again for your continued support, especially during our recent Ofsted inspection. I was delighted that the report recognised your contributions to ParentView which were summarised in the following quote: “One parent’s comment summed up the sentiments of many. ‘This is a great school that is growing and getting stronger all the time.’”  You can find the full report on our website and it will be published within five working days from today on the Ofsted website at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk

I also wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to our dedicated PTA and other supportive parents for their fundraising efforts this half term. They held a successful Easter Bingo event on the 1st May and have held cake sales to generate funds to support learning and off site experiences. Special thanks also go to the Platt family who have been baking to raise money for the Art and Drama departments.

At 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: https://www.cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk/about-us/policies/attendance-policy/

I would also like to remind you about our uniform policy which can be found on our website: https://www.cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk/about-us/uniform/. It is essential that pupils wear the correct uniform every day, please see the below list which summarises the common issues we have had to remind pupils about this half term. If pupils do not attend in full uniform then they will be expected to wear Campus uniform and will receive an SBL.

  • plain black low-heeled shoes with black soles and black laces or Velcro
  • the correct tie for their phase
  • skirts or shorts that are knee length and grey that are worn with plain grey, black or white socks

It is essential that we hold correct up-to-date contact information about you on our system. This is a legal requirement as we may need to contact you in an emergency. If you are not sure that we have the correct contact details for you then please speak to the team in reception or contact them on reception@cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk or 01404 823293.

EYFS Update from Mrs Simpson – Early Years Phase Lead

Well that was a busy half term! As the weather has been improving it has been lovely to see the children out and about in our outdoor learning areas and further afield within our school grounds. We have seen some excellent progress being made in learning this last half term in all of our Early Years classes. Lots has been happening this half term with lots still to come-

  • There have been many new starters in Nursery this half term and some new children in Reception, all of whom have settled in well. During our recent Ofsted inspection it was noticed how happy and settled the children are in the Early Years Phase and I think this is something which is very apparent when walking around.
  • We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Mrs Barbara Morris, our Indigo class Teaching Assistant, at the end of this week. Mrs Morris has contributed so much to our children’s learning and we wish her lots of luck in her new job as a Nursery Early Years Practitioner.
  • Goodbyes often lead to hellos – and we are very pleased to welcome a new member of our team. Miss Erin Leach will be joining Indigo class as an Early Years Teaching Assistant on Monday 18th In the meantime, Mrs Cromwell will be supported in Indigo class by Holly (who many of you know from our FISH after school care) and myself
  • We have made huge progress with our outdoor learning areas this half term, and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the group of parents who came along on Friday last week to help clear and dig. It has made a massive difference and we are now ready to complete the work during half term ready for our children to enjoy using the mud kitchen, gardening, sand and water areas on their return to school.
  • Next half term will be a time for change for many of our children as they prepare to move to the next stage of their school life. Our transition programme for children joining our Reception classes will begin with the new parents’ meetings on Tuesday 5th June at 2pm and 6pm. If your child is starting in Reception with us in September and you have not yet returned the slip to confirm you are attending, please return this to your child’s Nursery teacher. Our current Reception children will be spending time with their new Year One teachers before the end of term.

Thank you once again for all your continued support this half term – have a lovely break in the sunshine and see you all soon!

Primary Update from Mr Pratt – Primary Phase Lead

What a half term that was! This half term started with jumpers and coats and ended with shorts and sunhats. This half term has seen our children venture out of the classroom that little bit further and into our outdoor spaces and next term promises even more! Your children have continued to make good progress and work as hard as they possibly can. Here’s a little flavour of what has been happening and what is yet to come:

  • We have welcomed some new families into the Primary Phase and have had many more future starters being shown around. It has been lovely to bring you in to the Cranbrook Education Campus community and we look forward to a long and happy partnership with you all
  • We have said goodbye to a few of our campus Meal Time Assistants and have had a few new faces join our team. Welcome to Donna Parsons and Emma Groves-Pyrke
  • We have begun to make a start on enhancing our outdoor areas and have been working with the children to create a Primary Phase Vegetable Garden. Lots of hard work, sweat and tears (Mr Pratt’s tears) have gone into digging some fairly unforgiving soil to create the raised bed planters and will be used by the children to grow, harvest and then cook their own food.
  • Next term should see the eqq-citing arrival of some chickens to our phase too! The coop will be situated by the vegetable patches and the children will have great fun caring for the chickens and cooking with their eggs. (Sorry for the poor joke, it’s in-eggs-cusable)
  • We have had lots of prize winners in the Primary Phase too with Laura from Emerald class having her artwork displayed at the train station and Amalie (Emerald) winning the top prize in the science park building naming competition.
  • The Ofsted inspection gave us the perfect opportunity to share the success of your children with the inspection team. Your children really did themselves and the Campus proud and as a staff team we all felt absolutely chuffed to bits to be able to show them off.
  • Next term we have several trips lined up including a Year 3 overnight stay at school, a Year 4 residential at Camp Escot and hopefully a Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 trip to The Bear Trail. More information will follow about these.
  • As we approach the end of Summer Term 1 attention naturally moves toward next year and class teachers. Please be assured that we will tell you as parents and the children as soon as we can and will communicate in due course.

Thank you once again for all your continued support this half term – have a lovely break in the sunshine and see you all soon!

Secondary Update from Miss Telford, Deputy Headteacher

  • Members of Robot Club from Year 7, 8 and 9, had the exciting task of working on the Vex Robotics Challenge with students from Isca College. The challenge encouraged students to bring their STEM skills to life by tasking them with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge!
  • On Sunday 15th May, a team of Year 8 students successfully complete the Exmoor Challenge. This involved an 18 mile walk across Dartmoor, using advanced map reading skills and team work. They are to be congratulated for coming 11th and 18th places respectively. Year 7 are now training for the Exe Valley Challenge competition and we look forward to seeing what the teams can achieve next term.
  • On Wednesday 9th May, the Year 9 Drama class went to see the Lyric and Filters version of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ at the Northcott Theatre. It was a raucous, belly-laugh filled performance with lots of unexpected twists and turns!
  • On the 20th of April, we hosted the ETA Devon Inter-Schools Trampoline Championships 2018. We entered an under 13 and under 15 team into the novice categories. They competed in two rounds of competition, performing routines that stretched and challenged them as athletes!
  • Year 9 Awards Evening was held on Thursday 17th May to celebrate the academic achievements and progress that the students had made throughout the year. We were joined by guest speaker Michael Borkowski, Business Development Director from Midas Construction. Next term we will celebrate the achievements of Year 8 on 14th June and Year 7 on 28th
  • Changes are being made to the secondary PE kit, coming into effect from September. The only compulsory item of new kit is the ‘CEC logo black and emerald sports polo shirt’. All other branded items of kit are optional. You will receive a separate letter about these changes and the uniform will be available to purchase from Your School Uniform from 9th June onwards.
  • A reminder that pupils will be sitting pre-public examinations (mocks) during the week beginning 25th These exams will take place in the drama hall to mimic real GCSE exams and give pupils an opportunity to experience the exams process. Please encourage your son/daughter to start revising at home.

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.

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.

I hope you all have a lovely half term break and the sun keeps shining so you get chance to explore the beautiful Devon countryside, beaches and attractions. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 4th June 2018. The important dates for the rest of the term are attached. – Important Dates and Information 2017-2018 CEC May Half Term

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Farmer
Head of Campus