Updates

Thursday 11th April, 2024

New Cubbyholes!

Over the Easter break, staff put together and installed our new cubbyholes to replace our coat pegs – which were becoming an issue in terms of keeping children’s bags/coats organised.
A big thank you to FOBCS – who raised the money that was used to purchase these!
Also, another big thanks to Mrs. Heath and Mrs, Godfrey for helping with putting the units together and to Miss Greenan, Mrs. Godfrey and Mrs. Robinson for helping paint the custom-made backs for the units!
Wednesday 10th April, 2024

Friends of Brown Clee School (FOBCS) meeting – 16/04/2024

The Friends of Brown Clee School (FOBCS) will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday 16th April at 5.30pm here in the school.

They are looking forward to discussing ideas for fund raising and what to spend this on in the summer term.  Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting.

Tuesday 9th April, 2024

No Celebration Assembly – Thursday – 11.04.24

Unfortunately, there will not be a celebration assembly this week.

 

Our first of this term will be next week (Thursday 18th April).

Monday 8th April, 2024

Corner Exotics – Simon Airey

This afternoon, Grasshoppers and Fireflies had a visit from Simon, from Corner Exotics. We all learnt so much about the world and the animals that live in it. In particular, those from Australia and those animals with similar adaptations.

A blue tongued skink, carpet python, boa constrictor, hedgehog, chinchilla, scorpion, giant spiny stick insect, tarantulas, Australian green tree frog, African bullfrog, leopard gecko and an East Australian bearded dragon.

We all had a great afternoon and the children were fearless!

 

Friday 22nd March, 2024

“Champ the Tiger” – FOBCS

Congratulations to Aubrey – who was the winner of the FOBCS Easter Tiger.

FOBCS raised £71.70 with this fundraiser!

 

The cubbyholes will hopefully be arriving, and staff will be installing them, over the Easter holidays for a return in the summer term.

Friday 22nd March, 2024

Mid-year reports

Children will be coming home with their mid-year reports today.

 

Reception children do not have mid-year reports and there’s will come at the end of the year – and, unfortunately, due to the current school structure, Scorpions reports will be coming home with children on the first week back after the Easter break.

 

Staff spend a considerable amount of time writing these reports, and we have also made a number of changes to their format this year to try and ensure the most useful information is present in a easy-to-find way (following feedback from previous years), and so we’d really appreciate some feedback on how useful and effective you find the different elements of the report format.

If you could fill in the following Microsoft Form after reading your child’s report, it would be hugely appreciated: https://forms.office.com/e/53qrHfVZNx

Friday 22nd March, 2024

Comic Relief – Red Nose Day

On Friday, the whole school had a great day fundraising for Comic Relief – where children came to school dressed in something red.

Just after lunch, we held a KS1 and KS2 joke competition – where 20 children’s jokes were shortlisted. These children then shared their joke with the rest school, and an eventual winner was chosen for each by means of the volume of applause.

 

In KS1, our winning pupil was Joey. KS2 was a little harder to judge with it first being impossible to choose between Ted, Libby, Will S and Edward . After a retelling of their jokes and a remeasure of their applause, Ted was chosen as our KS2 winning joke.

 

Our two winners of each key stage then went to head-to-head as the “whole-school best joke”. After a very close applause volume, Joey was declared the winner.

 

Check out the shortlisted jokes below:

Joey (whole-school and KS1 winner): “What’s the best present to receive?    ….   A broken drum… You just can’t beat it!”

Ted (KS2 winner): “Knock, knock.”    …   “Who’s there?”   …   “Boo”  …   “Boo who?”   …   “It’s only a joke. There’s no need to cry!”

Libby (KS2 finalist): “What do you call a flying monkey?   …   A hot-air baboon.”

Edward (KS2 finalist): “What’s the best thing about Switzerland?   …   I don’t know, but the flag’s a big plus!”

Will S (KS2 finalist): “Why couldn’t the pony sing?   …   Because it was a little horse!”

Penny: “What did one eye say to the other?   …   Something between us smells!”

Isabelle T: “What do you call a potato wearing glasses?   …   A spec-tata!”

Grace: “What do you call a witch at the beach?   …   A sand-witch!”

Robin: “How do apes open a door?   …   Using a mon-key!”

Jayden: “What did one plate say to another?   …   Dinner’s on me!”

Isabelle J: “Someone in this audience is a owl…”      ———     “Who?”

Sam R: “I’ve been practising woodwork for ages   …   I think I’ve finally nailed it!”

Jorge: “I have a joke about paper   …   I can’t share it though: it’s tearable!”

Harry A: “I phoned up to book a pizza   …  When I’d finished, I asked if it would be long   …  They said, “No, it’ll probably be round.”

Ellie: “Is your fridge running?”   …    “Yes”   …   “You better go catch it then!”

Abigail: “What do you call an elephant that doesn’t matter?   …   An irrelephant!”

Stan: “What do you call a dinosaur that’s asleep?   …   A dino-snore!”

Isabel Y: “What did the horse say when he tripped over?   …   Help! I’ve fallen over, and I can’t giddy up!”

Zac: “What time did the boy go to the dentist?   …   Tooth-hurty”

George B: “What the penguin get from the genie in the lamp?   …   Three fishes!”

Archie R: “There’s two cows in a field   …   One says to the other: “Have you heard about this mad cow’s disease that’s going around?”   …  The other replies: ” Yeah, I know. It makes me grateful that I’m a penguin!””

 

Well done to all of those that submitted jokes – including those that weren’t unfortunately shortlisted! And thank you for all your kind donations for Comic Relief – we raised £145.80 in total!

Friday 22nd March, 2024

Parent Governor Election

Following our nominations for the role of Parent Governor (https://browncleeschool.org.uk/parent-governor-election/) , we would like to confirm that Steph Boxall will be continuing with in her role as Parent Governor.

Thank you to Steph, and the rest of the Governing body, for giving up their time in the vital role they have in school.

Monday 18th March, 2024

Arthog 24-25 Update

Following the questionnaire sent out a couple of weeks ago regarding next year’s Y5/6 residential trip (https://browncleeschool.org.uk/arthog-2024-25/), we would like to confirm that we have booked our place at Arthog for next academic year (25.11.24 – 29.11.24)

 

The questionnaire unanimously voiced the importance of a residential (something which we whole-heartedly agree with). We understand the small number of concerns about the November date – as well as the cost. We did explore multiple different options – but found that, although there was availability in the Summer Term at other locations, Arthog still proved to be considerably cheaper – as well as providing a wider range of acivities and experiences.

 

Please rest assured that Arthog will have fully risk assessed all activities (and they run activities throughout the whole year – including the even colder months). It is likely that some of the more weather-dependent activities, such as surfing and sea-kayaking will not be possible (these activites are often not possible for all groups in the summer anyway); however, the bulk of the usual activites will still be the same (as well as the possibility of some activities that we have never done before!).

 

We will also continue exploring ways in which we can reduced the overall cost (including the additional transport costs).

 

So that you have a clear picture (especially with it being in the Autumn term of next year), here is an estimated timescale of things between now and the eventual trip:

  • Return from Arthog: 29/11/24
  • Leave for Arthog: 25/11/24
  • Final payments required: First week back of next academic year (approx. 06.09.24)
  • Deposit required: 25/05/24

 

We will share more information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, if anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate in getting in touch.

Friday 15th March, 2024

FOBCS – Easter Fundraising

FOBCS are currently raising funds for some new cubbyholes to replace our existing pegs – which, with a increase in numbers over the past few years, have become particularly unmanageable.

We currently have a “guess the name of the rabbit tiger” – which costs £1 per guess. The actual name of the tiger will be announced in Thursday’s well-done assembly – with the winner receiving the tiger and a small Easter egg.

We currently have 50 names remaining and will be opening this up for people to have a second guess from Tuesday.

Thursday 14th March, 2024

Potential Part-time Caretaker Position

We are currently exploring our options of taking on a part-time caretaker. Our initial plans with this would be on a (flexible – if needed) one-day-a-week basis.

 

If anyone with experience in interior and exterior maintenance/repairing that would be interested in this, the please get in touch (admin@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk), and we can discuss whether this could work.

Wednesday 13th March, 2024

Animal Man Visit – Grasshoppers and Fireflies

Grasshoppers and Fireflies are having a visitor on the first day back after Easter: the Animal Man.

 

As this may involve some direct interaction with the animals, could any parents/carers with children with allergies to any animals fill in the following form: https://forms.office.com/e/JDYdm3NjE9

 

Tuesday 12th March, 2024

School Uniform Alternative

Following from some feedback from several parents (and a lot of children), we have been looking at exploring some additional/alternative options with our current “jumpers”. The general consensus was that, whilst the current tops are suitable for spring/summer months, they are not particularly warm for the winter. We are therefore looking at adding a thicker hooded option as part of our school uniform (see images below). These would be provided by our same uniform provider (Lads and Lasses) – who have said these will cost £14.99 or £16.99 (if in an adult size).

 

Alongside widening our uniform options, we are also exploring ways in which we can further lessen the financial burden of uniform for those that it particularly impacts. One of these is that we are currently looking at ways in which FOBCS could run a second-hand uniform “shop” based from school. We will let you know of further details on this as soon as we can.

Tuesday 12th March, 2024

Shropshire Holiday Activities and Food Easter programme – what’s on?

Please find below a link to the Shropshire Holiday Activities provided by Shropshire Council and their partners over the Easter holidays. Children in receipt of Free School Meals can access these activities for free using the unique code which will be sent home today.

Many of these activities are also open to other children not in receipt of Free School Meals for a fee. The link gives details of how to book and whether the activity is open to all children.

Shropshire Holiday Activities and Food Programme Spring 2024_web-compressed

Monday 11th March, 2024

Easter Service

All parents, carers and others are invited to join the children for an Easter Service led by Reverend Joe Simons at St. John the Baptist Church, Ditton Priors next Monday (18th March).

 

The service will begin at 2pm.

 

We look forward to seeing any who can make it.

Friday 8th March, 2024

World Book Day 2024

Everyone enjoyed a day of celebrating reading and all the joys of stories. Children were mixed up into 5 new classes (with children from Reception all the way up to Year 6) and then spent around 45mins with each teacher completing different story-related tasks (from illustrating and character-creating to creating film trailers of their chosen stories to creating book covers and designing world within stories). Take a look below: