Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we thought about how important it is to have strong foundations  – and that how it is our values and goals that can really make a difference to how we live our lives, and to how well we succeed in life.   We talked about how primary school is where we learn the skills and knowledge that we need to help us achieve and succeed as we get older..it is where we learn to read, to understand, to use and apply mathematical skills, to find out about the world around us, as well as learning how to interact respectfully and work together successfully.  Without securing these skills at primary school – we will find things much more challenging as we get older.

And life is challenging!  I am still practising my computing and virtual assembly skills so that I can hopefully overcome the challenges of holding whole school assemblies using the laptops and big screens!  We all experience challenges….can you think of any challenges that you have had to deal with recently?  How did they make you feel?  How did you react to them?  Did you overcome your challenge?

Here is a video clip of a young girl with a challenge – see if you can spot what it is, and then come up with a word that describes how she overcame the challenge and succeeded…

Did you think of a word?  You might have thought of a word from our motto…..PERSEVERANCE….which means hat even when things get really hard for us, we don’t give up. A well-known saying is: When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

So as we go through this week, we will think more about the skill of perseverance, as even though it can be hard to do sometimes, it is an important skill that will help you to succeed and soar!

Prayer of the Day

Dear Lord,
sometimes it’s hard to keep trying.
It’s hard when things are tough
or when everything seems to be going wrong.
Please help us never to give up
but always to persevere.
Please help us to be people who encourage others to keep trying
as we all aim for different goals in life.
Thank you that you never give up on us.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Last week we had a think about our school motto…

….and we talked about the meaning of each word, and important it is to have a dream or a goal, to believe in yourself and to work hard if you want to succeed.  Sometimes our goals might be BIG long term ones – such as Ida’s dream of being a chef and Isabel’s of wanting to be a doctor!  But goals can also be smaller and shorter term.

This week my goal is to learn how to use technology better so that our ‘live’ Wednesday Whole School assembly works so that every class can hear me speak and hear and see any videos or presentations that I am using.  This will take practise, time and effort, as well as teamwork – but because whole school assemblies are important to me, and because I value the opportunity for us all to be together as a school, then it is important that I lay these foundations, that I put time and effort into learning how to use the technology effectively.

We are all different, and we all have different goals.  Our school motto neatly sums up what our goal is as a school; which is to teach and nurture everyone in the Brown Clee team (and that includes staff) to have dreams and aspirations, to be confident and believe in themselves, and to help you to work hard so that you can succeed and be the best you can be.  Your time at primary school is such an important part of your life as it lays the foundations for all your future goals – and we are all here to help you lay strong foundations.

Our worship time today is led by Andy Mason of Pace Trust, a Christian schools work charity established in 1994, that works with local churches in Dorset to provide excellent learning opportunities in schools so that every student can ask their biggest questions, explore the Christian faith and investigate the life and claims of Jesus.  Listen to these wise words about making Good Foundations….and at the time for prayer, if you wish to make the prayer your own, please join in with Amen.

Vacancy: Care Club Superviser

We are in need of some more Care Club Supervisers, as at the moment we only have Mrs Moreton, who is kindly covering all mornings and afternoon sessions at the moment – but this isn’t sustainable.

If you are interested in covering some mornings (7:45-8:45am) or afternoons (3:15-5:30pm) on a casual basis (£9.37 per hour), then please contact the School Office.  If we don’t get any interest, we might have to limit sessions after half term.

All school jobs are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS)

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good morning Brown Clee!

Our theme this week continues to be …

Learning about respect and how to be respectful is an important life skill – as it will make a big difference to how you live your life.  Here are some questions to reflect upon – think about all you have learnt about Respect so far and then discuss the questions…

Now can you describe how you show respect?  What words or actions are respectful?

Here is a story about dwarves, pixies and a dragon – as you watch – think about who is being respectful and who isn’t?

As you go through the day, have a think about how respectful you are to your teachers and friends…

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you that you value each one of us.
Please help us to treat others with respect.
Help us to embrace differences between us.
Help us to love others, even if they are very different from us.
Help us to see the value in each individual person.
Amen.

 

Reflection Time

Today we held our Wednesday ‘live’ assembly – where we use Microsoft Teams so that all classes can see each other and feel they are part of the school team!  The theme was a discussion around our school motto –

We tried to share a song that links the themes of having a dream (aspire), believing in yourself, working hard and being brave (persevering) which will lead to success – but technology let us down – so here is the song…

….and the lesson we have learnt, is if things don’t work, or when things go wrong, don’t worry about it – keep practising, and just smile!

Autumn Term Parents Meetings

We are planning ahead for our Autumn Term Parents Meetings where parents have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss how their child is progressing and settling back into school.  Due to the current pandemic, we will be unable to hold face-to-face sessions…however we feel that these meetings are really important, especially since a lot of children haven’t been in school since March!

Therefore we are planning on using Microsoft Teams, an application that allows virtual face-to-face meetings and can be used on desk tops or mobile devices.  We are planning on holding our Parent/Pupil Feedback sessions in the week beginning 16th November – and unlike our normal parent meetings, the 10 minute appointments will be spread out throughout the week.  Your child’s teacher will contact you nearer the time to book an appointment.

This message is to give you plenty of notice to download the Microsoft Teams application, which you can find at this link…

Microsoft Teams Download

We use Teams in school for ‘Live’ whole school assemblies, Governors meetings, and meetings with other organisations, and it is easy to use.  Once an appointment has been made, you will receive an email with a link – and all you have to do is click the link at the time of the appointment – you just need a web-cam or camera on your device.

More information will be shared nearer the time – this is just a heads up to download Microsoft Teams (which is also a useful application if we ever have to isolate a class!)

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

This week we are continuing to think about Respect, and the different types of Respect…

  • Respect for others
  • Respect for yourself
  • Respect for property and belongings

Yesterday we talked about Self Respect – and how it is important to be proud of who you are and be true to yourself – and I’d like to develop that further today.

Sometimes it can be difficult to be proud and happy with who you are – as other people might make fun of you, laugh at you for something you did, or they might say negative things that make you feel sad and down about yourself.  All of these behaviours are unkind and unthoughtful.

Sometimes we can all say or do things that might hurt other people’s feelings – often without any intention, but from lack of thought.  I wonder if you have ever stopped to think about the impact of your words or actions  on your friends feelings and on their confidence?  Have you ever laughed at a friend and made fun of them because they fell over?  Or they made a mistake?  How would you feel if someone laughed at you?

We are all human – and we all make mistakes – and we also all like to be liked and respected as this means that we have friends. The best way to make and keep friends is to say and do kind things to your friends – to treat them as you would wish to be treated.  Have a watch of this video and discuss it afterwards – what important lesson did the boy learn?

The boy didn’t seem to be particularly happy playing his computer game – there was lots of frowning and scowling.  He didn’t behave kindly and respectfully to the puppy and yet the puppy kept coming back to want to play.  I think dogs are much more forgiving than humans – as would you want to play with someone who was mean and disrespectful to you?

So as you go through the day, and the weeks ahead, think about your actions and words – try making sure that they are kind and respectful and see what the result is with your friends.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Please help me to be kind towards others.
Please help me to be helpful, considerate and sympathetic.
Even at difficult times, when I’m busy or tired, help me to respond to others in the way that I would like to be treated.
Help me to brighten up my friends’ day with a kind word or deed.
Amen.

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend and enjoyed the good weather!

This week we will be continuing with the theme of ‘Respect’ in our daily assemblies – as Respect is such an important concept, and by learning about the different types of respect and how to be respectful, make such a big difference to everyone’s day-to-day experience – it can make the difference between having a good or ‘not so good’ day, and can make a different with how you feel about yourself.

Today, I would like you to think about yourself – and how unique and special you are. Have a think about what makes you different to your friends?  Is it your hair colour?  Your height? The number of brothers and sisters? Your family structure? Now think about what makes us all the same? ……….

First and foremost we are all humans – people with feelings, hopes and dreams. And as humans we all have a right to be respected – to be treated kindly.  Have a watch of this video about a happy, dancing sheep who is full of beans and the love of life – until things changed…..as you watch, think about what messages you can learn from the story…

I don’t know about you – but this video made me smile!  I think the sheep learnt an important lesson thanks to the Jackaloupe…..what do you think the lesson is?  (and there might be more than one!)

I think the sheep learnt that it didn’t matter what it looked like – whether it had wool or not – what was important was how it lived it’s life.  By dancing and being happy and positive, the sheep brought joy and happiness to it’s friends!  As the Jackaloupe said…”Does it matter what colour,….sometimes you’re up, and sometimes you’re down, you’ve still got your body, and still got your feet!  Get your head in the right place and you’re complete!”.  Simply put – respect yourself, be proud of who you are and be positive in “this world of ups and downs”!

It is now time to have a quiet moment and reflect – think about times when maybe you have been down, have lost your confidence, or felt sad…..what could you do yourself to help you ‘bounce back’ and put a smile on your face? (ps this is a very grown up skill and is called resilience!)

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,

We thank you for all the different skills and talents that you have given to us.

Help us always to make the best use of our skills and to be determined to think that we too can do good things

Help us to be the best person that we can be,

Amen.

Sad News – Mrs Harman is Leaving us!

Good afternoon everyone,

I am afraid that I have some very sad news – and that is that Mrs Harman is leaving Brown Clee at the end of this half term.  I know that she is going to be sorely missed as she is the ‘face’ of the school and has been a part of the team for many years!  I personally am really going to miss her too – as she is my ‘right-hand woman’ and ‘Oracle’!

She is still with us for the next 7 weeks and we have started the recruitment process so that we will continue to be able to serve our community as efficiently and effectively as always.  But I thought families would like to know, as I am sure that Mrs Harman has helped so many of you out over the years and will have appreciated her cheery guidance and assistance – I know I certainly have!!

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we started to think about what we mean by the word RESPECT.  I am sure each class had lots of different ideas – and we discussed how it could be as simple, as treating others as you would wish to be treated yourself.  I would like you to watch a short video about a bear and a moose, and a rabbit and a raccoon.  As you watch it think about who is showing respect and how, and who isn’t?  What happens when there is a lack of respect?

Which animals were respectful?  And how did they show respect?  How would you describe the Bear and Moose?  What happened to them as a result?

Respect can really make a difference – and often if you show others respect, they will tend to show you respect in return.  Maybe try it at playtime today – let your friend have a go, or choose the game – see what happens?  Maybe try holding a door open for someone?  Remembering to let adults through doorways first?  Give it a go and see what response you get – you might be pleasantly surprised!

Respect is a two way street – we need to treat people how we wish to be treated.  There is a story in the Bible in the Book of Matthew that shows how Jesus respected everyone, no matter who they are or what they had done….

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Help us to love everyone, whoever they are.
Help us to include everyone in the things that we do.
Help us to be thankful for the people who help us.
Help us always to treat people with respect.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We are now at the start of our full first week, and we are now getting used to all the new and different routines around school – and that goes for staff and parents too!  Today is also the first day that we have all our new reception children in school after their half day sessions last week. I do have to say how impressed I am with the confidence  of these new reception children as they all managed to enter school independently and quickly settled down into ‘big’ school!

Today I would like to introduce our Christian value of the half term – and it is the value that I think is one of the most important – as it kind of over-arches above all of the others – and that is RESPECT.

When we hold our normal assemblies I usually ask – what is respect?  So maybe you could have a think now and see what answers you come up with?  You might all have a different idea or description……

In the past I have had answers like…”Respect is being kind to people”, or “Respect is when you help your friends” – but the one answer that I think sums it up very simply, is “Respect is when you treat each other as you would wish to be treated yourself”.  So how would you like to be treated?  Would you like other people to help you if you have a problem?  To make you feel better if you are sad?  Would you like people to be careful with your belongings?  To be careful with you and play gently with you at playtimes, and respect your personal space?  Here is a short song about Respect which shares some examples at school…

Can you think of any other examples of how you can show respect in school?

So as you go through today, and the week’s ahead, try and think about how you can show respect – to your classmates, your teachers and your parents – and to yourself!

It is now Worship Time, where we pause and reflect – have a think about times when maybe you haven’t been as respectful as you could have been….or when someone wasnt respectful to you – how did it make you feel?  What could you do in future to ensure that you can be the best version of you that you possibly can be?

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you that you value each one of us.
Please help us to treat others with respect.
Help us to embrace differences between us.
Help us to love others, even if they are very different from us.
Help us to see the value in each individual person.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We would normally be holding our Well Done Assembly in the hall this morning, but sadly we are unable to do this at the moment.  However we intend, starting next Friday, to hold an online Well Done Assembly, where each class teacher will aware 2 certificates for achievements that week – so please check the school news next Friday to find out who will have earnt our first Well Done certificates of this new school year.

Today I thought we could have a short quiz about feelings!  I am sure that we have all (staff and parents included!) had a mix of feelings about the start of this new school year – you might have been worried, excited, happy or sad.  All feelings are important and all are ok to experience and feel – emotions are part of what make us human!   The important thing is that we learn to manage them so that we can work and play together in harmony.  But how can we manage feelings unless we can identify them?

So enjoy the quiz – maybe your teacher can pause it at the end of each countdown and you could guess which feeling is being demonstrated!   I will give you a clue to the first one – it is how I felt yesterday when the school was full of children!

Did you guess them correctly?   Did you feel any of them before you came back to school yesterday?  Did these feelings change once you had arrived at school?

Did you spot how I felt yesterday?   Yes, I was happy – because the school was ‘alive’ again with the sound of happy children!  So as we go into the weekend, have a think about how you feel now that you are back at school – and think about what you can do to make it a happy place to be!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God

Thank you for our wonderful school.

Help us to be good learners.

Help us to look after each other.

Help us be respectful and kind and to make everyone welcome.

May our school be a happy, safe place where learning is fun.

Where we all work together to be the best we can be.

Amen

 

Self-Isolation Procedures

We thought it would be helpful to provide a simple summary of the steps you need to take if anyone in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus – which are:-

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

In simple terms, if you or anyone in your household develops these symptoms, you all need to self-isolate for 14 days and book a coronavirus test (as soon as possible).  It would also be important to keep us informed.

Here is a summary of the more detailed Self-Isolation Procedures as well as how to get a coronavirus test.  We are not the experts at all, but there is a lot of complicated information out there and wanted to help keep things as clear and simple as possible.

Self-Isolating Procedures – 03 Sep

End of Day Collection for Class 3 and 4

It would make the process of collecting children much easier if parents could please stand 2m distanced along the pavement that runs along the road at the Top Gate and not line up in the alley way through from Station Rd.

Also, can we please remind parents not to drive and park up this road and that you need to park off school site and walk to the collection point.

Many thanks for your help and co-operation.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Well what a great start to the new school year yesterday was!  It was just wonderful to see all the children arrive at school yesterday morning, and then to see and hear them through the day just put a massive smile on my face!

There is so much for children to learn at the start of any normal new school year, but at the moment there is almost double the amount with all the new routines and procedures.  Yet everyone was brilliant!  So I just want to say how proud I am of all the children with their positive and enthusiastic attitudes to being back in school!  Well done Brown Clee children.

Sadly, we don’t have all children in as some are self-isolating in order to protect the community – but we are looking forwards to welcoming them back next week.  I would also like a huge thank you to parents for their commitment to knowing the new ‘Start and End of Day Procedures’ as they aren’t exactly simple – your support and positivity is very much appreciated.  So please continue to bear with us as I am sure there will be tweaks and changes – but it has been an amazingly proud start to the new year – and I feel very proud and lucky to be headteacher at Brown Clee!

the words “Well Done” are said to reward and praise….they can be used to praise good work, a kind deed, an demonstration of determination and perseverance or for over-coming adversity. I’m sure you’ve all been told “Well Done” many times for many different things. How did it make you feel?…….happy? Warm and fuzzy inside? Buzzing? Confident?

So I thought a song entitled ” Well Done” might be good to listen to….listen and have a think of who you could say well done to today….and what for??  Then think that you will have made them feel “warm and fuzzy” and out a smile on their face!

Prayer of the Day

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.
Amen.

We’re back!!!

It has been so lovely welcoming all the children back into school – and it has been wonderful to see their happy, smiling faces and hear their lively chatter!

Care Club Booking

An email has gone out today reminding parents that there is a numbers limit and that parents should only book Care Club if absolutely necessary. We also ask that all bookings are made by Thursday at noon, a week in advance, to allow us to manage numbers safely.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee! (This is so not the same as welcoming everyone back in the hall in person, like normal – so here is a more ‘real time’ version!)

It is a shame that I cannot welcome everyone back like I normally would in the school hall – but we have to put safety first, and one of the safety measures we have to do is keep each class apart.  This is all to do with reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus and to keep vulnerable people safe – and your teachers will be teaching you more about the procedures that we need to follow as we go through the week.

One of the things I value most about Brown Clee School is the sense of team – and teamwork is so very important at the moment.  Being back together is something that we have really looked forwards to!

We need to look out for and care for each other – we need to work together to follow the new rules ( as well as the usual school and class rules!) – as rules are there to keep everyone safe and happy. And that is what we want school to be – a happy, safe place for everyone to learn and be the best person that they can be.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God

Thank you for our wonderful school.

Help us to be good learners.

Help us to look after each other.

Help us be respectful and kind and to make everyone welcome.

May our school be a happy, safe place where learning is fun.

Where we all work together to be the best we can be.

Amen