VIEWS OF PARENTS AND VISITORS
This is what parents and visitors have said about our school . . .
We enjoy welcoming Grandparents into school every year, to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. We would like to thank those of you who came along this year in September and for your lovely comments about our school:
This Monday morning, I had the pleasure of attending Grandparents Day with several other grandparents.
We were welcomed into the school assembly where the children were talking about 'Green' issues and were learning how we can all help the environment, which of course is very topical at the moment. There was a lot of interest shown by the pupils on this subject and they all joined in with their suggestions and opinions.
We then attended classes with our grandchildren. I was in Mrs Russell's class where there were three separate year groups; no easy task you would imagine, but all the children were extremely well behaved and listened attentively to what was asked of them. We all enjoyed the first subject of WW1 where the children were asked to do some research on their laptops and, after morning break, they were seated in their relevant year groups for mathematics.
I would like to thank the school for welcoming us to a most impressive and enjoyable morning.
On Monday 7th October, I attended Grandparents’ Day at Beenham Primary School. Four grandparents of children in Mosi class attended. We started off in assembly, the topic of which was sustainability and how schools could make a difference. The four Colour Teams were sent to different corners of the school hall to discuss what were their favourite things that the school could do to help, eg, recycling, reducing carbon emissions by walking and cycling to school.
Next we all moved to our respective classes. Mosi class started with a discussion on World War 1 and each table was given a list of topics they could research on computers. When each pair had decided on a topic and made notes, all the notes were handed into Mrs Russell ready for her to list the information which will be handed back to the children so they can each write a story based on the information they (as a class) had researched.
After break it was a Maths lesson. It became obvious to me that resources and methods of teaching in modern schools are a lot different to those when I attended school. Methods and terminology are totally different. I do not know how one teacher can keep control and teach children of different ages and abilities but Mrs Russell certainly succeeded. I came to the conclusion that I would certainly learn a lot if I attended Mosi class regularly.
I would also like to thank the staff and teachers for the way they looked after us all.
"I love being Grandma to my grandchildren and was thrilled to be invited by Mollie to come in on Monday 7th October to see her school.
I brought my mother with me too.
We were made to feel most welcome and we sat with a group in Mai class during their literacy lesson. We were very impressed with the painted self-portraits entitled “This Is Me” and also their pictures of their summer holiday adventures.
The pupils seemed excited to have us as visitors too.
The bell rang and the children took us out to the playground where I was amazed at the wonderful playground facilities including the fort, the climbing and activity frame, the seating areas and vegetable garden.
The atmosphere in the school was calm and friendly. It was a heartwarming experience and so lovely to see how happy these little first term pupils were with Mrs Godfrey and her assistant, Mrs Bridger.
Thank you for having us."
Other comments from parents and visitors . . .
Thank you for welcoming me into your school this morning. I was really impressed with your year 6 pupils. Their focus and commitment is commendable.
All the very best to them, your staff and to you for the rest of this week.
To all the staff at Beenham school - I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping my son settle into your school. In my search for the right primary school, I have visited quite a few in the hope that I would find what I was looking for, but it wasn't until I visited yours that I knew I had found it!
Mrs Butcher - I don't quite know how you did it - but within a few minutes of talking to you, you intuitively identified what my son needed and immediately put everything in place for him so that the transition to your school was more or less stress free! Your teaching staff and teaching assistants have been nothing less than perfect in understanding his needs - and celebrating his strengths!
In short, at my son's last school, he was an anxious, nervous, unhappy little boy - now he is full of life, full of confidence and self-belief. It is not only me that has noticed this, but everyone around him says the same.
So thank you, thank you, thank you! You have changed his little world, and therefore you have also changed mine.
I just wanted to thank all of the staff at Beenham for being so dedicated. We are so lucky to have a village school in which our children can learn the important values needed for later life.
The staff at Beenham always put the learning and wellbeing of the children first and continue to deliver first class education.
I would not hesitate to recommend Beenham school to other prospective parents.
I hope you don't mind me e-mailing you so soon in the start of term but I already just want to say a huge thank you!
My child was nervous of moving class, worried they wouldn't be able to cope with the work but also definitely up for these new challenges.
I went off to work and thought about them all day and hoped for good news when I got home. My child's first words were, "class 4 is amazing, the teachers are brilliant and I love it" I was so pleased! So thank you very much for making class 4 such a fab transition for my child.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has happy children after a day with you!
I have to say I'm really impressed by Beenham over the past few months leading up to the end of term.
Many parents expressed how proud they were of the children at the school's performance of A TWIST IN TIME.
Parents have said . . .
It was a sophisticated performance that was well done. Just wanted to send a quick email to say how fantastic I thought the performance was tonight.
The children were amazing, a real credit to the school. I can't believe how many lines they learn, just amazing. The teachers work so hard and must be proud to see the children perform how they did.
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the school play this evening. Massive congratulations to all the children and staff.
My child has moved on enormously academically since attending Beenham, whilst also coming a long way out of their shell. My wife and I are so very pleased with what you have achieved. I shall always be grateful. The lines learnt by all the children is a true testament to the staff and children, amazing!
Sports day was fantastic, you should be so proud of the children. The teachers did a great job in organising the events. Well done.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for sports day. Both the parents and children seemed to have a really good time. There was a fantastic atmosphere.
I would like to say a great big well done and thank you for a fabulous Sports Day! I think both parents and children alike all really enjoyed the morning.
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the sports day this morning.
We wanted to thank both the class 4 teachers very much for all the support, guidance and motivation they have given our child in preparing for their SATS.
The teachers must have worked incredibly hard to ensure everyone was prepared and ready for this week. No mean feat with the changes in curriculum and new style tests.
We know that there has been a lot of uncertainty regarding the high levels of expectation set by the government, but we are confident, from discussions with other parents from different schools, that the time invested by the staff at Beenham, in preparing the children, far exceeds that of some other schools local to us.