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17-11-17

Congratulations to Petra in year 6 who won a Diwali competition run by Hayes.   She won a selection of books and pens, chocolates for her class and £50 for school.  Petra and school council are going to decide what it will be spent on.  Thank you all for your comments and suggestions on the back of the questionnaire at Parents’ Evening, we have lots of new ideas coming in response to your ideas.  We will publish the results of the survey on the website as soon as they are ready.

10-10-17

We welcomed Brenda as a reading volunteer this week – thank you!  If anyone else feels they could spare an hour a week to hear some readers or help out in school please get in touch with us, we’d love to have you on board.  Mad science assembly was…. MAD.  The children loved it – if you’re interested in the club then send your envelope back in as soon as you can.  Well done to all the children and parents for your beautiful remembrance poppies – you can see the display in the entrance hall.

3-10-17

I hope everyone had a great half term.  We had a very informative training day at various schools around Sandwell and Birmingham – many thanks to the teachers who hosted us.  Very useful moderation of English work at Causeway Green Primary School yesterday too.  Don’t forget to sign up for Parents’ Evening.

20-10-17

What a busy two weeks!  We have had our Full Governing Body meeting, Safeguarding level 3 training and a visit from our School Improvement Advisor.  We hope you enjoyed the new Praise Assemblies, it was lovely to see so many parents in school to say well done to all the children who received an award.  Please don’t forget that applications for Y7 school places need to be in by 31st October.  Come in to school if you need some help with it.

6-10-17

Thanks to Brandhall Library for their assembly this week, we are lucky to have such a good resource on our doorstep, if you haven’t already go and sign up, they have some lovely books.  Enrichment clubs are being enjoyed by all, All About Swing are our dance teachers and children are learning the Charleston – Strictly comes to Brandhall!!

29-09-17

Thank you all for your great response to the Macmillan coffee morning you helped to raise nearly £300 for a great cause.  We hope to get the community room up and running in the very near future so if you want somewhere to meet as a group let us know and we can book you in.  Look out for workshops and coffee mornings coming soon.

22-9-17

This week we have had our Year 6 trip to Holdenby House where they studied WW2 – you can read all about it on Brandhall Beat!  The Year 6 parents’ meeting was very well attended thank you and the local authority were there to support the application for secondary schools – don’t forget they need to be in by 31st October – if you need any help please come in and see Mr Moore or Miss Summers.  We also met with our Full Governing Body this week to set up the committees and meetings for the year so a BIG thank you to them.  Have a great weekend.

15-9-17

Welcome back.  I hope that the holidays were all that you needed them to be despite the sun not making much of an appearance.  It is great to see everyone back and we extend a warm welcome to everyone who joins us this year.  We know you will make lots of good friends and settle quickly.  We started work straight away and Year 5 have already had the ‘Roman Man’ in to kick start their topic.  Lots more trips coming up.  Look out for the ‘Brandhall Beat’ which is our new weekly newsletter with reports from the children about their learning and experiences as well as the essential dates and things.

 

21-7-17

What a busy end to the year!  We have all had a tear in our eyes as we say goodbye to our beautiful Year 6s.  They are absolutely ready to fly the Brandhall nest but we will miss them greatly; they have been a wonderful group and forged some strong friendships which I know will go on for a long time.  Year 6 prom was a lovely night and they scrubbed up well to celebrate seven years of friendship and learning.  I really can’t believe how they have all grown into such compassionate and respectful young adults.  We are very proud of each and every one.  We also had our ice-cream party attendance prize for the winning classes – well done 2CP and 6LH.

Also in the last few weeks we had our full governors meeting and I would like to thank them for their challenge and support this year.  All our governors are volunteers and we have such a high attendance at meetings so a huge thank you to them for giving so freely of their time.

Best wishes for a lovely summer holiday, thank you all for your support and kind wishes this year.  May the sun shine brightly for six weeks!

7-7-17

Year 6 have been busy this week; transition days at their new secondary schools, practice for their summer production and organising the summer fayre.  They will be exhausted this weekend.  Thank you all for attending our fayre, we had a great time and the weather held out for us.  It was lovely to finish the week with smiling, ice-cream covered faces (and that was just the staff!).  Have a lovely weekend.

30-6-17

What a week!  Taking our children to Edgmond Hall has been the highlight for me.  Our children are an absolute credit to you and our school values.  They showed courage, compassion and belonging in bundles this week, encouraging each other, sharing and having a go at everything – even trying new foods!!!  Have a peek at some of the photos on twitter. Brandhall are the best!!

23-6-17

This week we welcomed parents of our new Reception class for September.  We hope you enjoyed your visit and it helped to reduce some of the worry we all feel when our little ones are starting school.  As one group prepare to start one group prepare to leave and we had our Year 6 leavers trip to Alton Towers yesterday which was enjoyed by all.  Also planned some lovely menus for September dinners – can’t wait.

16-6-17

Thank you everyone who came to Sports Day.  We had a great time with Questioners reigning triumphant and winning the overall prize.  I am not sure who out of parents and staff were the most competitive but thank you for getting stuck in and racing with us.  The children loved to see you all getting involved.  We have also said goodbye and good luck to Miss Paige who left last week to have her baby.  We will keep you informed of any exciting developments.  Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

9-6-17

We have had an uplifting week of positive messages following the terrible events in London and Manchester.  Our children have shown how they live and breathe our Brandhall and British values of compassion, tolerance and respect.  If you haven’t seen the messages of peace and love please come into reception and read a selection of peace doves on display.

26-5-17

Really pleased to be able to tell you that we have appointed a very experienced Senco to join our team.  Mr Pryer joins us in September from a Birmingham school and will ensure we continue to meet the needs of all of our children.  This week a large groups of staff and governors refreshed our safer recruitment training and BIG CONGRATULATIONS to 2KB and 4JT who won the attendance prize for the best half term attendance.

17-5-17

Curriculum enrichment clubs are going well this term and the children seem to be enjoying them.  There are lots of opportunities for KS2 to try something new, we have cookery, lots of sports, drama, lego and IT amongst many others.  If anyone has any brilliant ideas for different clubs or can offer a particular skill… let us know.

12-5-17

Congratulations to all of Year 6 who have worked so hard and finally finished their national SATs this week.  Thanks to parents who helped get them in early for breakfast and ready to learn in time for the tests.  We are proud of all of you for your hard work and effort.

28-4-17

Looking good after Easter – everyone is in uniform and there are even some summer dresses around.  Please remember to bring PE and Forest kits into school, PE kit should be available every day, especially in the summer when there is more opportunity to get outside and grab some exercise.  The play equipment next to KS2 has been removed over the holiday and we are looking to replace it with some gym equipment that is much longer lasting.  We are putting in a bid and will let you know  when this will happen.  Please come along and support our new gardening club on a Wednesday after school – £3 per family with funds going to support our project in conjunction with Warley Baptist and Kings Community churches.

7-4-17

Well done to 6JL and 1KE who won the attendance prizes this term with their excellent class attendance of over 98%.  We have enjoyed some mad science assemblies this week and taken part in an Easter fun day at Portway Leisure.  A HUGE well done to Year 3 and 4 for their Easter performances which brilliant and a great way to welcome the Easter holidays.  A big thank you also to all parents who attended those for being a marvellous audience and thanks to those who came to the guitar concert and choir/art exhibition on Thursday.  It always amazes me how talented our children are when we see all the art work displayed.  Have a relaxing, well deserved Easter break and we will see you, refreshed and ready for the summer term on April 24th.

31-3-17

WOW!!!  Your support for Comic Relief meant we raised over £700 – it is official ‘Brandhall loves cake!’. It has been busy this week with lots of meetings with potential Inclusion Managers, we are sure we will find someone who will work hard to support the needs of all our children.  Have a good weekend, I hope the sun shines.

23-3-17

Thank you all for your donations for our Comic Relief cake sale.  We will let you know next week how much we raised but as ever your generosity reflects the compassion and respect that we value at Brandhall.  Parents’ evenings were well attended, thank you.  Quite a few families have signed up for our family allotment club which will start after Easter.  If you think you have green fingers get in touch!  Have a lovely weekend.

17-3-17

Happy St Patrick’s Day.  We finished this week on a high with our Science Week celebration assembly.  Every class presented some of their science learning from the week and Severn Trent came out to teach us about what can be flushed down the toilet – lots of talk about the ‘three Ps’ – do ask your children if you need to!!  Have a lovely weekend.

10-3-17

Organising our Y2 residential to Edgmond Hall in Shropshire, lots of exciting (and hopefully tiring) activities planned.  The Animal Lady came to school today to start our Science Week activities so apologies if all the children came home wanting weird and wonderful pets – the favourite was the Honey Bear! Have a good weekend.

3-3-17

World Book Day!  Wow!  Thank you so much for your efforts with costumes and learning nursery rhymes.  The children did us proud and were caught reading and reciting rhymes all over the place.  We had a delicious story book dinner and trails through the forest. Hope you enjoy the book day vouchers – GET READING!

17-2-17

I can’t believe another half term has whizzed by!  It will soon be shorts and summer dress weather.  A big thank you to 2KB for their lovely Valentines Assembly yesterday and thanks to parents for attending and being a great audience; the children love putting on a performance.  We have a creative competition running over half term to design a cushion for the reception area based on one of our 6 values.  If children want to take part they will be bringing a design sheet home tonight with all instructions on. We look forward to seeing the results when we come back.  I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful holiday.

10-2-17

There has been lots of joined up working this week – we have visited some schools in Oldbury, moderating our assessments in English and Maths. We also welcomed 11 Oldbury Deputy Headteachers to our network meeting, they had a walk around school and were very impressed with the children’s learning behaviours and manners as they went.  Year 4 have had an exciting visit from the ‘Egyptian Man’ and were spotted practising their mummification skills.  Year 3 have spent today at Cadbury World and, I’ve heard, are very good at sharing!! 3SS performed an excellent assembly, taking us to Italy and sharing lots of facts, thank you for attending and making their performance one they will remember.  Looking forward to seeing parents of years 4, 5 and 6 at the reading workshop on Monday.  Have a lovely weekend.

3-2-17

We had a great Beat The Street launch, all the children, staff and some parents had a go at using the cards and beat boxes. There were some great moves too; some captured on photo! Thank you to everyone who supports our community shop every Friday.  The children work hard to organise this and all profits go into running our farm and feeding all the animals. Lots of parents attended the reading workshop – we hope you found it useful and look forward to the Year 4, 5 and 6 workshop on Monday 13th.  Have a great weekend.

27-1-17

Lots of planning this week for some lovely events coming up. Sandwell are launching the Oldbury ‘Beat The Street’ from our school on 2nd February so please come along and tap the beat boxes with your children.  If you want to get on the press photographs please complete a consent form.  You can register for Beat The Street on the day at school to make sure all your points count.  We have also been planning World Book Day and Comic Relief events, information about these will be out soon.  Well done and thank you to 4JT for a lovely assembly on Thursday.

20-1-17

We’re back!  It’s been a busy start to 2017 but it is good to see everyone working hard.  Our value this half term is ‘AMBITION’ and we are spotting it in lots of classrooms, homework books and ‘Star Outside School’ in praise assembly.  It was great to welcome the WBA players, Year 4 performed a superb assembly this week – looking forward to 4JT’s next week and Year 3 have been planting trees at Frank Chapman. Chippy Day was a great success, the catering team cooked 330 meals on Thursday which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Next week we have an EYFS workshop for maths so we look forward to seeing you there.  Have a good weekend.

30-9-16

Finishing off lesson observations this week plus a visit from our school improvement advisor to set targets and review our progress against Ofsted priorities.  We are making very good progress and teaching and learning is looking good around school.  We are working with Warley Wasps Triathlon club who will be using our grounds for their land training over the winter.  If you are interested in joining you can ‘Google’ them or pop in and find out a bit more.  Thanks to all who attended the Year 6 Parent Workshop, the hall was packed and I hope you found it helpful – there were lots of hints and tips for supporting children through Year 6 and SATs.

23-9-16

A busy week – we have been in classes this week monitoring teaching and learning (a few more to go next week).   We have had lots of positive comments about the planners – I am pleased to see them being used to share information about homework and learning in school – please give us your feedback, let us know what you think of them.  Choir started this week and I can’t wait to hear them at Christmas!!!  (Only 13 weeks to go…..)

16-9-16

We have won an award already – well done to the children and Miss Evans for their ‘Best School Effort’ in the Serco Big Spring Clean last year.  The children have been busy voting for their School Council representatives and eco-committee members, we welcome them to the leadership team and look forward to working with them this year.  We also welcomed our new singing teacher Mr Cockshott this week, he started well with some great songs and the children showed him exactly what they could do with a rousing rendition of 9-5.

9-9-16

Well they say time flies but it feels like yesterday that we waved you off for the summer holidays.  It is lovely to see everyone back with such great attitudes and looking so smart – it is also lovely to see the Year 7s coming back in their uniform to say hello and looking all grown up!  I am excited about the coming year, we have some great things happening this year and will be introducing the ‘Brandhall Planners’ over the next few weeks (I am sure the children will be able to tell you all about them already).  We welcome Miss Jones in Year One and Mrs Lee in Year 6, I am sure they will feel at home very soon.  Don’t forget to watch ‘Top Class’ starting on Monday 12th September on CBBC to see our very own Brandhall team!!!

21-7-16

A day of parties and celebrations today, staff are overwhelmed with gifts, it is very kind of you all.  We say goodbye to our amazing Year 6 pupils today, they are ready to fly the nest but it is still hard to watch them go.  We had a lovely presentation afternoon yesterday and I hope they all know how proud of them we are.  Thanks to everyone for your support – have a lovely summer holiday and I hope the sun stays shining!

15-7-16

SATs results were out last week and we have done well, reaching national averages and exceeding them in some area.  Well done to all pupils and parents who have worked so hard on homework and revision.  We are very proud of you all.  We have also had our termly local authority task group meeting and are making very good progress against all the priorities since the last inspection – what a great team – pupils/parents/staff!!  Year 6 enjoyed an amazing prom night yesterday – we have DVDs and photographs to prove it too!  They really do scrub up well!

8-7-16

The children have met their new teachers and transition morning went really well.  Miss Jones was in to meet Year One and spent a lovely day here getting to know everyone.  Mrs Lee will be in to meet Year 6 next week.  We said goodbye to Captain Ade from Christchurch, Quinton this week; he has worked with school supporting our Christmas and Easter performances and we have enjoyed his active assemblies.  He is off to Devon to start a new job – we wish him all the best.

1-7-16

Not as exciting a week this week!!  Too much rain led to a postponed Sports Day and a soggy Summer Fayre.  Thanks so much for supporting us, despite the weather the turnout was great and there were smiles all round.  Raffle prizes can be collected on Monday and we will let you know as soon we have counted it, how much money we raised.  Thanks again for your donations and time – have a great weekend.

24 -6-16

This week we have been holding our referendum for the consultation on changing the times of the school day.  The children were all given a ballot paper and took part in a secret ballot to cast their vote.  Votes are being counted by two unbiased year 3 pupils and we will have the results for you by the end of the consultation period.  A big thank you to all who helped support the Year 6 Penny Party – all the stalls and activities were thought up and managed by Year 6 to raise funds for their Prom and Alton Towers trip.  We think they did a great job.

17-6-16

No more rain!!!  Please!  At least the weekend looks dry, get out and have some fun while you can.  We had the moderators in this week moderating our judgements on Year 6 writing.  They complimented our pupils on their presentation and writing skills and agreed that our judgements are accurate – they particularly liked all the writing in the topic and science books, so a BIG UP to all of Year 6 and their teachers, who were off on their jollies to Warwick Castle today.  West Bromwich Albion Foundation organised a sports event this week which a group of our pupils attended – they had a great time and tried loads of new sports. Community shop were selling samosas for charity tonight, they went well and I’m sure were delicious – I didn’t get there in time!  We’ll advertise that one better next time.  As ever thank you for your support with community shop – the children work hard on it.  Have a lovely (dry??) weekend.

10-6-16

Road safety assemblies, Olympic workshops, Year three jetting off to 4 different European countries (in the hall –  but it was amazing): there has been lots going on this week.  Mr Halls has been busy finding us funding for some more sports projects and the double glazing for KS1 classrooms is getting closer to reality – we have finalised some quotes today.  We have also had lots of visitors this week, it is a pleasure showing people round our school, we have had many comments about the children’s excellent behaviour, lovely manners and beautiful work in their books. Go Brandhall!!

27-5-16

I am struggling to describe the events of this week; we have just celebrated the bravery and kindness of everyone in our Brandhall family following the horrific coach incident on Monday, knowing that everyone is safe and well.  All our thanks and best wishes go to everyone who helped us and sent their kind thoughts.  Have a lovely half term, whatever you have planned – I hope the sun shines for us!

20-5-16

Been on safeguarding training this week with Mr Moore, we have a duty to keep our children safe and we work hard to do this in school.  There is an annual programme of training in place which enables all staff to work consistently as well as safer recruitment training for staff and governors involved in recruitment of new staff – It’s been a very interesting couple of days.  Governors meetings this week too and I attended a joint union meeting to discuss the governments plans to turn all schools into academies… Let me know your thoughts on this if you are concerned about the provision for your children.

11-05-16

Well this week has been busy!  Year 6 have been resilient, ploughing on through their SATs tests and working very hard.  Well done to everyone for keeping it together – I think the breakfast fun and games helped; they’ll be missing it next week!  We also had a great time today celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday at our own ‘street party’, thank you so much for making such an effort dressing up, we had some amazing costumes.  Enjoy your weekend.

06-05-16

A short week last week but we got lots done.  A great workshop for Nursery parents to support with writing and Y3 parents and pupils got to work on maths and our written methods for calculating.  If you missed the workshop there will be plenty more to come; if you want the notes from the session please see your child’s teacher.  And finally…..  a bit of Dolly Parton to play you out!

 

29-4-16

We hosted a golf tournament this week for children at Sandwell schools and everyone had a great time, the weather was kind to us (it didn’t snow, rain or hail). Brandhall came third so our golfers go home with bronze medals – well done!  All of the visiting schools commented on how sensible and well behaved our pupils were, they were out at lunchtime and observed all the activities and sports that our dinner supervisors organise; we know our children are amazing but it is lovely to hear other people say it too.  I am hoping to bring you a video soon of the whole school singing Dolly Parton (just because I can!!); it is a song they are learning in singing lessons and WOW they sing it well.  Watch this space and have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

15-4-16

Welcome back after the Easter holidays.  Everyone looks as though they had a lovely time, uniforms are out in force and the children look great again.  We have started a new behaviour reward scheme in classes so if the children come out and tell you they’re green this is a good thing – don’t reach for the sick bag!  We have all been busy action planning for the coming year and considering how we can move the school onwards and upwards; as ever, if you have an idea please do come and tell us or catch us on the playground.  We have organised some safety talks with our local PCSOs for next week and there are road safety assemblies coming soon.  You may have noticed some improvements in the tarmac to the path into school and the area just outside the drive; it looks much better now and I hope it is easier to get those buggies in and out!  We do have plans for the playground in KS1 and the start of a double glazing programme too.  Have a lovely weekend.

24-3-16

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope you have a lovely holiday, the children deserve a break, they have worked (and played) very hard this term and after a week of discos and Easter performances it is time for a rest.  Over the last few weeks we have been monitoring teaching and learning across school and working with our school improvement advisor and local authority on our OFSTED priorities; I am pleased to say we are making good progress and teaching and learning is good at Brandhall – big well done to everyone.  Please remember to send in your ‘WOW’ comments for the newsletter if your children do something brilliant over the holiday.   It has been a very busy and exciting first term for me and I hope an enjoyable one for the children, please stay safe over Easter – see you on Monday 11th April refreshed and ready for another term.

11-3-16

Thank you to everyone who came to Parents’ Evening and contributed to our Vision For Brandhall.  It was very well attended and we had lots of positive comments about school and some very good ideas to move forward.  If you are interested in joining our parent group to help develop our vision and values please call in and let the office or Miss Summers know; we will be meeting soon.  This week our senior leadership team and governors have been working hard to set the budget for next year and we have some exciting things planned for school and some not so exciting (but essential…. double glazing!!!) plans which will make a difference to the experience our children have at school.

4-3-16

World Book Day went very well and we had great fun, the children looked amazing, you did us proud!  Our visiting author Caroline Pitcher was very impressed with the quality of the writing she saw around school, she worked with Year 3 and Year 4 and they produced some excellent work.  We had lots of extreme reading photographs; winners are on the newsletter but please send us more photos for our display if you have some good ones planned!  Looking forward to parents’ evenings next week.  Please come to the hall to meet myself and our Deputy Head Miss Summers, we are going to be asking you about your visions and values for Brandhall so if you feel you can contribute and have some new ideas we’d love to see you.

26-2-16

Welcome back!  A busy week followed half term; I hope everyone had a lovely break the children seem refreshed and glad to be back at school and uniforms look great.  We had a visitor to assembly on Thursday who commented on the excellent behaviour of our children – it was great to see them all put their hands up when she asked “Who likes reading?”.  I have been given one photograph of extreme reading so far… one of our young men reading on a tractor!  Brilliant!!  Who can do better than that?  Everyone seems to be up for Beat the Street, all the children have received their fobs and parents should have had cards in the pack that came out with the map.  Lets get walking this weekend and beat all the other schools, no pressure! I’ve worked out my dog walking route!  Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget World Book Day on 3rd March… Who are you going to be?

7-2-16

Great news!  We have appointed our Family Support worker, Mr Tom Moore, and can’t wait for him to start. We will arrange an opportunity for everyone to meet him as soon as he is with us which will hopefully be before Easter.  In a busy few weeks before half term, Year Two loved their performance of Hansel and Gretel, Year Three enjoyed a mouth-watering trip to Cadbury World to support their topic and Thursday sees the first of our ‘Excellent Behaviour’ trips to Mad as a Hatter in Bearwood – I’m sure they’ll have a lovely time (and big thank you to Mad as a Hatter for helping us say thank you to our children).  Look out for the Newsletter with information about our events for Sport Relief and World Book Day…  ???Extreme Reading???…. Looking forward to some amazing photos.

31-1-16

Met with our dedicated team of governors this week; we discussed outcomes for our children and strategies we can employ to improve them even more.  BUG CLUB was brought up by a parent governor as a great way to get children reading – there is a display in the entrance area showing which class is winning the weekly log-ins and it’s getting competitive (with staff, not children!!) so GET READING!  We also have plans for some great raffle prizes at the end of the year when we tot up who has completed the most bug club quizzes.  Looking forward to next week and the interviews for our Family Support Worker.

24-1-16

Chippy day was brilliant!  Kate and the kitchen staff worked so hard and served approximately 350 meals on Thursday – children and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and children have requested other theme days (American Diner and more) so watch this space.  We have had lots of interest in our Family Support Worker position, by Tuesday next week I will have shown nearly 30 people round school so I am confident we will get someone amazing.  On Friday I was on a development day for new head teachers and met some lovely people – it was good to have conversations with other school leaders in Sandwell!  Looking forward to next week….

15-1-16

A busy week this week, we have been working with the kitchen; the menus for school dinners can be found on the website and the children should be getting a varied choice.  Next week is week three on the menu if you want to see what is on offer.  Watch this space for the ‘Spuddy Buddy’ which will hopefully be coming soon, meaning there will always be a hot baked potato available if children don’t like the hot dinner menu.   PREVENT training has taken place this week as part of the government’s drive to keep our children safe, staff and governors attended the training session.  We are also meeting people who are interested in our Family Support Worker post and trying to find the best person to work with us and support our families.  Superb attendance this week across the whole school – over 97%!  Enjoy the weekend, see you on Monday.

 8-1-16

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Christmas break; I am pleased to say that everyone has bounced back to school in high spirits, including myself, I am very excited about my new role as Head Teacher and hope to keep you updated here on all the things we are doing to ensure our school goes from strength to strength.  Thank you for sending the children back looking so smart in their uniform, our first assembly was a sea of burgundy, gold and blue and looked amazing.  I would also like to welcome Miss Summers as our new deputy head teacher, she is often on the playground in the morning so please stop and introduce yourself.  Have a great weekend.

 

 
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