Australia Day

24th January 2020

We have been proud to support Harry in Year 6 who asked to lead an initiative to raise awareness of the Australian bushfires.  His knowledge and passion came out strongly in his address to our assembly on Wednesday, which was illustrated with some extraordinary photographs.  Harry showed us where the fires are burning, along Australia’s East Coast where many major population centres are located.  He talked about the impact they are having on people’s lives with over 6000 buildings having been destroyed and air quality worsening.  As their habitat has been swallowed up by the fires many animals have been affected especially koalas, as they are slow-moving, sedentary creatures.  As small fires have merged to create larger fires it has become harder and more dangerous for the firefighters to tackle them and, while Australia often experiences more limited blazes, this is bigger than anything experienced since 1974.  Thank you to our generous families for your donations, around £350 was raised and will be divided between the Australian Red Cross and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.  Thanks also to Harry for his enlightening talk and call to action which was brilliantly delivered.  This morning Charlie, Lachlan, Sienna, Harry and Anabel-Phoebe read a poem, My Country, in celebration of Australia Day which takes place this weekend.  Here he is making Anzac biscuits in Cookery Club, Miss Scorer has made some for us all to enjoy after lunch today. Bonza!

Arrangements for learning from 23 March

It is with regret that Broomfield House School will be partially closing from 3.30pm on Friday 20th March.  We have been open and providing our customary high quality education in school until this point but, following Government advice, we will now be fully supporting the children’s learning at home.  We have developed robust plans for this, working with our website provider and IT systems support and will be delivering age-appropriate teaching to our children and families.  We will be supporting many different ways of learning which will include text-based work, online lessons, video content and, with parental support, will be marking the children’s work and giving feedback to parents about it.  In Early Years we will also use the Tapestry system.

Developing these new ways of working and learning are exciting and we are confident that the innovations we are introducing to deal with these strange times will offer long term benefits to pupils, parents and staff alike.

We will continue to support the children of key workers at school to allow their parents to provide these critical services during the current situation.

We have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our school community.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone well and hope you all stay safe and healthy.

With all good wishes

Mrs Susie Byers