Welcome back everyone and a happy new year to you all. I hope that everyone has had a enjoyable Christmas spent with family and friends.
The staff (teachers, teaching assistants and office) have all asked me to thank you for the very generous gifts and lovely cards received on the run up to Christmas and I would like to add my thanks too. They were much appreciated.
We have held the first achievement assemblies of the year and it is clear that many children have come back raring to go, impressing their teachers in the first few days of term.
Thank you for your patience and prompt response yesterday. Although most of the children were delighted, we were well aware that it was extremely inconvenient for many of you. Fortunately it was nothing too serious and we had water again by the end of the afternoon. Everyone pulled together and it was actually a useful exercise in how well our emergency contact procedures worked. We will be following up any areas where there could be improvement. I would particularly like to thank the office staff, who were at the front line of dealing with both the problem in the first place and the messaging, phone calls and collection supervision that took place over the following hour.
I couldn't resist taking this photograph from my office window, of our Reception children having such a lovely time in the sun this morning. What a blessing our great facilities and beautiful surroundings are.
Tuesday - hot and sunny again today. We have had a wonderful day at the Laxey wheel and the wildlife park. Here are some of the children on the giant bouncy pillow.
Happy times on the beach.
For some reason my Parentmail is not working with the wi-if here. I will try later but in the meantime will continue to blog.
We have arrived safely, had a big dinner and are now off to the beach. Lots of smiling and excited children!
Mrs Martin 😀
Here we are on the ferry, phew! There were no more coach problems. All is fine and everyone is happy.
Happy birthday Bessie 😀🎈
We loved the assembly from Mrs. Cochrane's class this week. Biblical superheroes!
We are sad to see the end of Prayer Space week. What a fantastic project, inspiring some deep (and some not so deep) discussion about prayer and personal, community or world concerns. Well done to everyone who put this together and then supported the workshops, there were a superb number of volunteers. Thank you especially to Mrs Horner, Mr Cross and Mrs Banks, who worked tirelessly to give the children this superb opportunity.
Here are are some photographs. Don't miss the wonderful prayer from a reception child when asked to write a prayer for the world - one of the reasons why I love my job.
This week we are exploring praying in our Prayer Space activities. The level of discussion is fascinating.
Next week )25th to 28th April) we will be running Prayer Spaces in Schools. This is an exciting project which enables children of all faiths and none, to explore important life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Prayer Spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection.
Each class will visit the Prayer Spaces in turn and spend an hour visiting the five interactive prayer stations. They will be focussing on the three aspects of prayer - in, up and out.
Up - towards God
Out - towards others
In - reflective, towards the self
For more information please visit the website: www.prayerspacesinschools.com
Here is an update on the group of parents who did brilliantly in the team marathon in memory of Isaac. Well done to you all. (I am sure that we would all like to see a photo.)
Yr6 Mums running for Once Upon A Smile
The team of Mums who ran the Manchester Marathon Relay during the holidays in memory of Isaac Maley would like to pass on their heart-felt thanks to everyone who sponsored them or came out to support them on the day. With some fund-matching still to come in they will have raised well over £1000. If you’d like to make a donation then there is still time to visit their fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/4isaac
One of the things that I love about this school is the way that everyone gets behind our community work and giving. It has been so lovely to hear children talking about Isaac's Garden this morning , particularly the comment about how it will be a happy place because Isaac was such a happy boy. We have been inundated with cakes for the after school cake sale and they look delicious.
In addition Gill Edmundson, Helen Buckley and Heather Rothwell will also be running the marathon relay, to raise funds for the PTA to fund Isaac's garden. The link for their giving page is below\;
We all really enjoyed the class assembly from Y4T yesterday on Jamaica. What fantastic facts, acting, Jamaican accents and dancing from you all. It was a wonderful presentation, demonstrating many talents. Well done.
Great to see so many good dancers amongst the boys!
Well done to our Y6 Netball teams, as they played their first matches on our fabulous new court.
Y6 Quesadillas making. Yum! #cooking #foodtech
A great day at Tatton Park. Children behaved perfectly and really enjoyed learning about The Anglo-Saxon and Viking way of life. Photo shows our Anglo Saxon 'Warriors' in a wall of defence against a 'vicious' Viking!
Thank you to Mrs. Nosowska (grandparent) who is currently going through the archives of St. Mary's Church, Bowdon. She has found this copy of the Bowdon Church News for 1971, containing an article written about the dedication of the new school.
As our own dedication is to be carried out by Bishop Libby Lane, the Bishop of Stockport on March 3rd, this is a timely reminder of the great history of this school.
The school was founded in 1553 as this extract from the will of Edward Janny of Manchester, Merchant shows:
"£4 yearly to be payd to a sffyeyent and honest schole mayster to kepe a ffre scole at Bawden to instruct youthe in vertue and lerninge."
The article goes on to describe the new school building (1970) as," the new Bowdon Church School splacious and lovely in her green playing fields in Grange Road. For many years that building was no longer spacious and now here we are in 2015-16 moved in a settled in our lovely new school. Who knows what will be written in the future when this building needs to be replaced ?
Wow! Another amazing pantomime assembly, this time from Y6W. We had so much fun in the ghost scene and loved the comedy of the ugly sisters. Note the 'Hairy Godmother' in the photos. Well done everyone I could hardly believe the amount of talent on show. Thank you to Mrs Sales for putting these assemblies together and for training the children so well. We know that it takes you hours.
We all enjoyed Y6M's pantomime assembly this week. What a lot of talented children we have in Y6. There were some great examples of perfect comic timing, wonderful acting skills and lots of enthusiasm. Thank you to Mrs. Sales who wrote the assembly (the children wrote the pantomime scenes in their drama lessons) and produced it. We are looking forward to one from Y6W next week. More photos are on the class page.
New Year Message from the Chair of Governors
A very happy New Year to all members of the Bowdon Church School community.
No one could deny that the year 2015 will, should its history ever come to be written, go down in the school annals as an exceptional one.
One incident, a double one in fact, is unique to BCS and will always remain so. In one year two of our Governors were required to resign! The first, Rev Libby Lane of St Peter's in Hale was appointed the first female bishop. The second, Rev Roger Preece, was appointed an archdeacon. The Governing Body is delighted that their contributions to their work has been recognised in such ways and we congratulate them both. Bishop Libby has agreed to officiate at the opening of your new school in March 2016. Both priests have played vital roles over the years as active members of the Governing Body and active members in school itself, where they were popular with staff and parents and particularly with the children. We shall miss their leadership and insight into all matters relating to school and we wish them every success in their new and important roles in their Christian ministries. They will be hard to replace.
Unlike the old school, which was not hard to replace. It leaked, it was past its sell-by date, but in austere times and despite the Governors continuing efforts, it looked doomed to be with us for the foreseeable future. But such was not to be the case. I really did find it difficult to believe this time last year that we should be safely ensconced in our new school for September 1st 2015. But as Building Committee meeting succeeded Building Committee meeting I began to dare think that it might happen as, of course, happen it has. I hope you will forgive me if I take this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to all of those who gave so unstintingly, always cheerfully and with good humour, and always so professionally to the work they undertook. First I must place on record my thanks to Trafford Authority. Trafford have worked so hard and at so many levels to see this project through to a satisfactory conclusion, and without their initial conception and their continued commitment it could have fallen at any number of hurdles. Thanks are also due to the Diocese at Chester for its support. The architects redrew their plans on many occasions without hesitation in response to local concerns, and the builders were flexible in their approach and willing to adapt as and when the occasion arose. Believe me, it often did! I thank parents at a number of levels too; their adaptability and legendary common sense (for the most part!) in the face of difficulties in delivering and collecting their children for example, and for the magnificent sums raised to enable the building of new sports facilities. I thank the staff for living through 2015 often in classroom chaos, and for their so willing response to the move into the new school which was far in excess of the call of duty. I have deliberately not mentioned names for obvious reasons. However, you would think it remiss of me (and so would she I suspect) if I did not save until last the work that Sharon Martin has committed to the project. It is no exaggeration to say that she has been virtually doing two jobs for the price of one. No one got away with anything, were they building site manager, chair of Governors, chief architect or humble electrician. She knew exactly what had to be done, where and when and she knew a good job when she saw one. She above all has a right to smile in some satisfaction at a job done well. For me, the most heartening physical sign of happy completion are the magnificent back-lit stained glass windows which adorn the new entrance (and thanks to the teachers who designed them!) and which, with the gothic cross on the wall, will be a constant proclamation of the ethos of BCS for many years to come.
The Governors' job remains as guardians of this ethos, maintaining a strategic eye to the future and overseeing school management. The DfE recommends that Governors 'publish an annual statement to parents'. In terms of attainment BCS easily maintains its position in the top 5% of all primary schools in the country, and performs outstandingly in extra curricular activities including in sport and music. Of course there are issues ahead; of succession and of finance in an expanding school in particular. But if any school can, BCS can be optimistic about the year ahead thanks to you all.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the crowd funding page organised by Mrs Davies. She raised a magnificent £800!!
Today we can announce that two ladies who donated on the site, have been selected at random to win one of two £250 vouchers to spend at her shop Black White Denim.
They are: Polly Clarke and Abbie Stewart! Congratulations to both of them. I am sure that they will enjoy their prize!