Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 228

Friday 28th April 2017

Welcome back! I do hope you all enjoyed a break and managed to make the most of the sunshine during the Easter holidays.

The challenge of balancing our children’s safety against keeping our school accessible and friendly is sometimes a difficult one. But, with the safety of our children being the highest priority we need to ensure that anyone visiting our school is either vetted or closely monitored. To this end, we are tightening up on the security around school. For example, we are asking parents not to come up through the playground in the mornings and enter the school building, but to go round the outside to the office. Visitors to the front door will be asked to wait in the porch until a member of staff is able to meet them and let them in – they will now not be ‘buzzed in’ and asked to wait on the sofa, even if they are known to Mrs Smith. Visitors will also be challenged by staff if they are unknown to them. I would appreciate your cooperation in all of these matters and would ask for your understanding if and when a member of staff approaches you or denies you access to the school at any stage.

And now some great news about our friends at Life Works; their hard work paid off and they won the area People’s Projects award, earning themselves some significant funding. They have asked me to pass on their sincerest thanks to everyone who voted them!

The transition from the old uniform supplier to the new is complete. Please click the link to view items that are available with the new supplier, Stevensons:

http://www.stevensons.co.uk/Schools/buckholme-towers-school/372

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club through Whitsun half term and the summer holidays. The appropriate booking forms are available to download on the school website.

There are still spaces in the Board Games Club on a Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This is for Yr 3 upwards and includes classic games such as Ludo, Uno, Snakes & Ladders, Draughts, Dominoes, Connect 4!

We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for sports equipment.

Please also note that there is now a ‘Keeping Children Safe’ page on the school website dedicated to providing information for parents about safeguarding.

Please can I once again remind parents not to park on the yellow zig zags outside school, or even pull up on them; not only is it illegal, but it puts all of our children in danger. Please also do not park in front of the neighbours’ driveways as we value our generally happy relationship with them.

It is now a year since we received your completed Parent Questionnaires, so I thought I would update you on where we are with some of the key findings from that survey. Around 60% of our families returned a questionnaire.

 

You said: Improve the school lunches

We responded by: Taking on a new lunch provider.

 

You said: Improve/develop the outside space          

We responded by: Improving storage facilities, providing planters for each class and providing an enclosed astroturf playing surface. We also provided new playtime equipment with a programme for replacement in place.

 

You said: Push the council for a crossing for Commercial Road

We responded by: Getting it done. Completion imminent.

 

You said: Improve Communication

We responded by: Producing a new website, giving more and up to date information. Developing our social media presence. Using email and texting service.

 

You said: Add teacher information to website

We responded by: Information is now available, photos to follow.

 

You said: Provide more activities

We responded by: Adding Tae Kwon Do, Chess, Ice Skating, Cookery, Acro, Dancing.

 

You said: Provide more information around Safeguarding

We responded by: Adding a Keeping Children Safe page to the school website

                                                     

You said: Provide more dedicated 11+ prep

We responded by: Offering optional 11+ sessions during the school week and the holidays. The next step is to offer an after school 11+ club.

 

A priority for us, going forward, is to develop and improve the way we share information with parents regarding pupil progress and achievement and details of the curriculum.

 

Dates for your diary  

Sunday 14th May - PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole Park

Friday 19th May - PTFA Quiz Night

Monday 22nd May - PTFA Meeting (all welcome)

Monday 5th June - School Open Event and ‘Meet the New Head’

Friday 16th June - PTFA Summer Fayre (NB Harry Potter theme!)

Friday 23rd June - 2.00pm Sports Day EDLTCC

Thursday 6th July - End of year show, The Blue Crystal

Friday 14th July - Speech Day, Hamworthy Club 10.30am-12.00

 

Finally, Easy Jet have just released their flights for next winter, so if you are coming on the ski trip and want to bag the cheapest flights, the dates are 4-10 March 2018, flying from Bournemouth to Geneva, 12.00 noon flight out and 10.25am flight back. Further details in the ‘useful forms’ section of the website.

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Contacts:  

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead: Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor): Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL: Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator: Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar: Deborah Townsend - dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care: Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator: Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

 

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please see the Parents section of the school website.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 227

Friday 31st March 2017

Huge thanks go to the ladies of the PTFA and those parents who helped create the Mother’s Day gifts last Friday; in particular, Lucy Mains, Ruth Webster, Penny Penman, Helen Hill and her mother! It made the whole process so much easier having the extra hands on board.

Our friends at Life Works are up for a significant lottery Fund award, but they need our votes!

The Life Works chaps, from the Parkstone United Reform Church, have helped us with a number of projects around school, like the cladding of the container and the construction of the planters, so let’s give them the best possible chance of winning by clicking on the link below and casting our votes in their favour!

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/life-works

Here’s a little taste of some of the things that have been going on in school this week (beware, seriousness cuteness alert)..…

Buckholme Towers School puppy visit
Buckholme Towers School puppy visit 2

The transition from the old uniform supplier to the new is underway. Please click the link to view items that are available with the new supplier, Stevensons:

http://www.stevensons.co.uk/Schools/buckholme-towers-school/372

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website. Some days are now full!

We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for sports equipment.

Please also note that there is now a ‘Keeping Children Safe’ page on the school website dedicated to providing information for parents about safeguarding.

Please can I once again remind parents not to park on the yellow zig zags outside school; not only is it illegal, but it puts all of our children in danger. Please also do not park in front of the neighbours’ driveways as we value our generally happy relationship with them.

Dechox for The British Heart Foundation

Mrs Odhams and Mr Barham have now completed the ‘dechox’ challenge for the British Heart Foundation. Mrs Hussey guessed the exact number of sweets in the staff jar (inside job?!) and William in Y4 won the school jar, and shared them with his friends. Mrs O and Mr B raised over £100, thank you to all those who supported!

Parkstone United Reform Church are, once again, asking for donations of Easter Eggs to go to the needy in Poole. If you’d like to donate, then please drop your eggs into the school office next week (mornings only).

Dates for your diary  

Friday 19th May – PTFA Quiz Night

Sunday 14th May - PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole Park (Note date change!)

Monday 22nd May – PTFA Meeting (all welcome)

Friday 16th June – PTFA Summer Fayre (NB Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme!)

Have a very Happy Easter and see you on 26th April!

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Contacts:  

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Robert - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 226

Friday 24th March 2017

Reception assembly was all about Mums. With Mother’s Day on Sunday, they were keen to tell us about all the things they loved about their mums and the fantastic cuddles they gave them. There was poetry and song and there were wonderful paintings of all the mums on show, and considering that for a number of them it was their first assembly, they spoke out beautifully. Well done Reception Class, Mrs Hussey and Miss Farley!

Great to see so many children wearing red for Red Nose Day. We have raised £104, so thank you for your support.

You may have noticed that there was no Headmaster’s Newsletter last week and that was because I was away on the school ski trip. Once again, it was a fantastic trip with great snow, excellent service from Interski and the sun shone brightly and warmly on us all day – I certainly didn’t need to buy a red nose for today’s celebration! If you are a skier or keen to try skiing I urge you to consider the school ski trip for next year (leaving March 4th 2018) as, having run and been involved in many ski trips I can say that the Buckholme trips are great fun and unbeatable value.

Well done and thank you to all our cellists who performed for us on Monday morning. Libbie, Elsie, Charlie, Jack and Hugo all demonstrated that with some hard work and determination you can make great progress, have fun and provide the whole school with a very enjoyable start to their week. Thank you to Mrs Keats and Mr Svedberg for their support.

Buckholme Towers School cellists

The transition from the old uniform supplier to the new has begun. The majority of uniform is still available through John Lewis, but because of sourcing issues there are a few new items and these will very shortly be available on the Stevenson’s website. They are a new pinafore, new blouse (to replace the striped summer blouse) and new skirt. If you are thinking of purchasing any of these new items, then you may like to wait until they are available from Stevenson’s. I will keep you posted.

Last Monday, on a beautifully warm and sunny day, Mr Barham and Mrs Hook met 8 very excited Year 6 pupils at Parkstone Station at 8.30am. Seren, Ella, Maddie F, Maddie H, Edward, Rocco, Harry and Lukas had all written the best stories in the class in the BBC 2 500 word competition. Their prize? A day in London to attend the prestigious Commonwealth Observance Day Service at Westminster Abbey. We arrived at Waterloo just before 11am and took our time to make our way to Downing Street, admiring the London Eye, The Palace of Westminster and other famous buildings and monuments on the way. We had a 12pm appointment to enter Downing Street, courtesy of Mrs Hook’s younger son. At the appointed time, we had to go through security checks, much like an airport, and then we were able to stand right in front of Nos 10 and 11! The policeman outside took our photographs and answered our many questions, mostly about Larry the cat! He even gave us a “signed” photo of Larry complete with pawprint!! How smug we felt when we walked back up and out of the gate with lots of people watching and wondering how we managed to get in!  

After that we had our lunch in the park just behind the Palace of Westminster and enjoyed running about to get rid of some of our energy.

At around 2pm we walked the sort distance to Westminster Abbey and joined an enormous queue to get in. Again we had to go through security checks but, by about 2.30 we were in our seats – 4 rows from the front with terrific views. Whilst waiting for the service to begin, we were entertained by a choir and orchestra. The dignitaries and 52 flag-bearers starting coming in around 2.45. The Queen and other Royal Family members were the last ones to arrive. We were so close we felt we could almost reach out and touch them. When they were in their places, the service began. The theme this year was “Peace”. There were contributions from many people: speeches, songs, poetry, community hymns. The time went by in a flash.

We queued again to get out and made our way to The Strand where we found a Pizza Hut. Everyone was ravenous and had plenty to eat and drink!

We then made our way to the station, made some last minute purchases in W H Smith, jumped on a train, only to find it was the wrong one. We jumped off again, ran to the barrier where we were let out, then ran on to another platform, jumped on another train. The doors closed and we were off. Well done Mr B for spotting the error! It all added to the excitement of the day!!!

Buckholme Towers School No. 10 Downing Street

We arrived back in Parkstone around 9.50, very tired but still excited after a wonderful day.

On Wednesday, Year 3 visited the Dorset County Museum to explore their Stone Age to Iron Age exhibition. They quickly became archaeological detectives and were sent to investigate how the Stone Age people lived, farmed and defended themselves for battle! A great day was had by all.

Buckholme Towers School visits Dorset County Museum

U11s Netball vs BCS and Park School

This Wednesday all the Years 5 and 6 girls took part in a 3-way competition with BCS and Park School at The Sir David English Sports Centre.

They played the games of the season, with confident, generally quick and slick passing, determined and steely defence and some really impressive attacks on goal.

Everybody had the game of their season, bringing this year's netball season to a fitting high end. However, special mention must be made of Alexa's shooting and goal scoring. 

She scored four superb and relatively long range goals. Fantastic! And the great news is that Alexa has also been selected by Poole Netball to be in their ‘A’ team, Saphires, for four national netball matches, including trips to Nottingham and Milton Keynes. Very well done, Alexa! Additionally, Ella, Maddie H and Jenna have all also been invited to play for Poole Netball over the coming outdoor Bournemouth and Poole netball season. Exciting! Good luck to you all! And finally, A Big Thank You to all the girls in Years 5 and 6 for a fun, fabulous and ever-improving netball season! Well done, girls!!

U9s Netball VS Park School

All the Years 3 and 4 girls played Park School at the Sir David English Sports Centre this week. The passing and marking were really sharp, the girls having worked hard this term on their basic skills. Both games were very close, the “A”s losing 2-0 and the “B”s drawing 1-1. Well done, girls. You’ve played fantastically well this term. We look forward to the summer term with some sunny rounders games!

U11s Netball vs Moyles Court and Talbot House Match Report

All the Years 5 and 6 girls travelled to Moyles Court this week to play against Moyles Court and Talbot House Schools. Our passing and marking improved during the game and we had several good attacks and shots at goal, with Alexa scoring from a fabulous shot in the last few minutes. Lara, Elsie and Maddie F defended particularly well and Alexa, Jenna, Ella, Mae, Maddie H and Seren moved forward into attack with more urgency and purpose. The games were close, losing to Moyles Court 3-0 and narrowly to Talbot House 2-1! Well done, girls, for a really improved season. I’m looking forward to next term and some sunny games of rounders!

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for sports equipment.

Please also note that there is now a ‘Keeping Children Safe’ page on the school website dedicated to providing information for parents about safeguarding.

Please can I once again remind parents not to park on the yellow zig zags outside school; not only is it illegal, but it puts all of our children in danger. Please also do not park in front of the neighbours’ driveways as we value our generally happy relationship with them.

Dechox for The British Heart Foundation

Mrs Odhams and Mr Barham are currently completing the ‘dechox’ challenge for the British Heart Foundation for the whole of the month of March. Instead of asking for sponsors, they will be having a ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’ competition. For those who would like to take part and donate, it will be two pounds for a guess and they will be able to do so after school in the lower playground on a Thursday and Friday. The winner at the end of the month of March will win the whole jar.

Parkstone United Reform Church are, once again, asking for donations of small Easter Eggs to go to the needy in Poole. If you’d like to donate, then please drop your eggs into the school office next week.

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Alexa in Year 6 for her consistently strong play on the netball court.

Dates for your diary  

Friday 24th March – PTFA Mother’s Day sale from 3.00pm in the hall

Monday 27th March – Parent-Teacher meetings week

Friday 19th May – PTFA Quiz Night

Sunday 21st May – PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole Park

Monday 22nd May – PTFA Meeting (all welcome)

Friday 16th June – PTFA Summer Fayre (NB Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme!)

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Contacts:  

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Robert - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.

 


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 225

Friday 10th March 2017

43 pupils from Years 3 – 6 (and one from Year 2!) entertained a packed church with singing, dancing, drama and puppetry at last night’s annual B Factor Charity Talent Show. It was an opportunity for friends and families to come together to enjoy and showcase their talents. And, to round off a fantastic evening, the retiring collection raised nearly £250 for Sudan Crisis Appeal. Well done and thank you to all those who performed and supported! Please see the school Facebook page for lots more photos.

Buckholme Towers School B Factor Charity Talent Show 1

I’d like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to those parents who have kindly given up their time to complete reviews of the school on Yell.com.

The fun and performances continued, this morning, when the brilliant Surya Arts brought their Surya’s Story to our Key Stage 2 pupils. It tells of a young girl in India who runs away from her job sewing footballs to join a march for children’s rights. Brilliantly told, with traditional music and dancing and plenty of opportunities for pupil participation. Once again, take a look at the videos on the school Facebook page!

Buckholme Towers School Surya's Story

 

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

After School Club will be in the Nursery classroom for the rest of term.

We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for sports equipment.

Please also note that there is now a ‘Keeping Children Safe’ page on the school website dedicated to providing information for parents about safeguarding.

Please can I once again remind parents not to park on the yellow zig zags outside school; not only is it illegal, but it puts all of our children in danger. Please also do not park in front of the neighbours’ driveways as we value our generally happy relationship with them.

With Easter just around the corner, the ladies from the church have been busy knitting chicks again! These are available to purchase, with all proceeds going to the church charities, at a cost of £1.00 each. Prefects will be selling them at lunchtimes from Tuesday!

Dechox for The British Heart Foundation

Mrs Odhams and Mr Barham are currently completing the ‘dechox’ challenge for the British Heart Foundation for the whole of the month of March. Instead of asking for sponsors, they will be having a ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’ competition. For those who would like to take part and donate, it will be two pounds for a guess and they will be able to do so after school in the lower playground on a Thursday and Friday. The winner at the end of the month of March will win the whole jar.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

  • Reception – Cameron and William
  • Year 1 – Edward and Larissa
  • Year 2 – Jenson
  • Year 3 – Jake
  • Year 4JL – Libbie
  • Year 4DK – Edward
  • Year 5 – James
  • Year 6 – Maddie H

Studland have taken the lead by just 3 merits in the House competition!

Our Special Award this week is for Improved Times Tables/Number work. The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

  • Nursery - Teddy
  • Reception – Lily
  • Year 1 –  Tilly
  • Year 2 - Connie
  • Year 3 – Bronte
  • Year 4JL - Zeki
  • Year 4DK – Charlie
  • Year 5 – Greta
  • Year 6 –  Izzy

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Esme in Year 2 for her significant improvement in tennis!

Dates for your diary  

Friday 24th March – PTFA Mother’s Day sale

Monday 27th March – Parent-Teacher meetings week

Friday 19th May – PTFA Quiz Night

Sunday 21st May - PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole Park

Monday 22nd May – PTFA Meeting (all welcome)

Friday 16th June – PTFA Summer Fayre (NB Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme!)

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - townsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 224

Friday 3rd March 2017

I am very happy to inform you that Mr Lloyd Bartlett will be taking over from Mrs Stocken as Head of Music, after Easter. A number of you will already know Mr Bartlett as he currently teaches brass and clarinet in school. He is a very experienced music teacher and will not only be taking on the class teaching, but is also keen to run the orchestra, choir and recorder club!

On Tuesday, amidst a pageant of flag waving and Union Jack bowler hat wearing, Year 6 had the chance to 'pancake-race' each other and the clients of Poole Day Care Centre.  Rules were strictly adhered to and the competitive spirit was high as they sprinted along, stopping at two intervals to flip their pancake no less than three times!  What good ambassadors of Buckholme Towers they were, we are very proud of them. 

It was great fun, but it was also a chance for Year 6 to mix with the elderly and spread a little of their youthful enthusiasm.  It is easy to overlook the impact that these kind of interactions have on our youth and also on our vulnerable elderly.  Mark, the Chaplain of PURC, was telling me a tale from a few years ago when an old man who had not walked or talked for some years, simply got up and talked to our children - incredible!

Buckholme Towers School caring for the elderly

Mr Barham organised a corker of a World Book celebration this year. The children had to complete as many of the home reading-related tasks as possible during the week, then dress up on the day as their favourite book character, bringing with them their favourite book to share with a child in another class. Here a just a few of the photos…

Buckholme Towers School World Book Day 1
Buckholme Towers School World Book Day 2

As part of their Roman topic, both year 4 classes visited Dorchester museum on Tuesday. In the morning, split into groups, the children explored the Roman section of the museum, observed, identified and handled Roman artefacts and studied and designed mosaics. After lunch, the children learned about Roman town houses.......... by going to one! Only a five minute walk from the museum, the foundations of a large townhouse are left unveiled and the children enjoyed studying and identifying what the rooms were used for. As always, the children were impeccably behaved and engaged in all the learning. Hugo even entertained us with some classical music on the grand piano during the lunch break! 

Buckholme Towers School Roman skeletons

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

After School Club will be in the Nursery classroom for the rest of term.

We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for sports equipment.

Please also note that there is now a ‘Keeping Children Safe’ page on the school website dedicated to providing information for parents about safeguarding.

With Easter just around the corner, the ladies from the church have been busy knitting chicks again! These are available to purchase, with all proceeds going to the church charities, at a cost of £1.00 each, or £1.50 if you require a larger chocolate egg inside, like me.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

  • Nursery – Peyton
  • Reception – Ozzy and Charlie
  • Year 1 – Alexander
  • Year 2 – Esme
  • Year 3 – Gracie and Jack
  • Year 4JL – Anna and Charlotte
  • Year 4DK – Conner
  • Year 5 – Lara
  • Year 6 – Alexa and Izzy

Studland and Branksome are tied in the House competition!

Our Special Award this week is for Improved Handwriting. The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

  • Reception – Isobel
  • Year 1 – Sasha
  • Year 2 – Ata
  • Year 3 – Charlie
  • Year 4JL – Oscar
  • Year 4DK – Aryan
  • Year 5 – Elsie
  • Year 6 – Maddie F

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Freya in Year 5 for her determination and skills in hockey.

Dates for your diary  

Monday 6th March – School Testing Week

Thursday 9th March – B Factor Talent Show at PURC (no after school activities)

Friday 24th March – PTFA Mother’s Day sale

Monday 27th March – Parent-Teacher meetings week

Friday 19th May – PTFA Quiz Night

Sunday 21st May - PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole Park

Monday 22nd May – PTFA Meeting (all welcome)

Friday 16th June – PTFA Summer Fayre (NB Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme!)

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - townsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 223

Friday 24th February 2017

This week we say goodbye to Mrs Buchanan. Monday will be her last day at Buckholme before she moves on to new opportunities and challenges. Mrs Buchanan has been with us for 3 years, working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant across the school. She will be missed by all the children and staff. We wish her the very best of luck in her new venture.

Someone else who is soon to be embarking on new ventures is Mrs Stocken. She is going to be leaving us at the end of this term, after 17 years at Buckholme! Music has been enjoyed by hundreds of Buckholme pupils over the years and remains at the core of school life. Term on term Mrs Stocken has proved herself to be creative, talented and ultimately able to get the very best from our children. She will be greatly missed, but, of course, we wish her the very best of luck.

Year 1 treated us to a wonderful assembly, this morning, all about animals. They began with a rap, in French (yes, in French!), all about pets that they owned. They gave out leaflets that they had each produced, about how to look after your pet, they recited poetry, displayed art work and told us all about their trip to The New Forest Wildlife Park. Year 1 had clearly learnt a huge amount and had great fun doing it. Well done to all the children and to Mrs Odhams and Miss Tolman!

Buckholme Towers School - French rap
Buckholme Towers School - French rap assembly image 2

Staff have been reviewing testing and reporting dates for this term and agreed that in order to have achieved maximum coverage of the curriculum, testing week will now begin Monday 6th March. Reports will then come out to parents on 23rd and 24th March and Parent-Teacher meetings will be during the final week of term, beginning 27th March.

U9 Netball vs Park School

All the years 3 and 4 girls travelled to the Sir David English Sports Centre to play Park School in two High 5 netball matches. The girls played really well, passing and catching confidently and moving into positions around the court with purpose and speed. Nadia and Caitlin played particularly well, scoring all the BTS goals! We played two exciting and fun games, winning the A game 4-3 and the B one 2-1! Well done, everybody. A fantastic afternoon’s netball!

U11 Netball vs Park School

We took all the Yrs 5 and 6 girls to the Sir David English Sports Centre this week to play two netball matches against Park School. The girls’ passing and catching has become more confident and slick with every fixture played and again the girls were very much up for the challenge! Marking and intercepting has definitely improved, particularly from Jenna in the “A”s. Lara and Eszter were particularly determined and troublesome in defence for the “B”s. Alexa, Maddie H and Seren were on fine shooting form. The matches were fast, fun and close all the way through, with the “A” s losing 9-5 and the “B”s losing in the last quarter 5-3. Well done, girls, a really well contested and close couple of games with some great teamwork and support for each other!

I took 16 Years 5 and 6 boys to St Thomas Garnet School for a Tag Rugby match on Wednesday. Our boys were confident and determined and in the first match the opposition didn’t get much of a look-in. The final score was 6-1 to Buckholme. In the second match, St Thomas Garnet pulled out all the stops, but it was the turn of speed of players such as Brendan and our new boy, Callum, which proved just too much for them. Final score, 3-2 to Buckholme. I was thoroughly pleased with all the boys’ performances, and in particular with the abundance of muddy knees and red faces!

Due to rising costs, Ashley Cross Community Association have said that they are unable to support the May Day Extravaganza, this year. As a result, the PTFA have decided to bring it in-house, as it always used to be. The evening of Friday 16th June is the date, with lots of great, fun things planned, including a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme. Save the date!

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

Please note that we are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for sports equipment.

With Easter just around the corner, the ladies from the church have been busy knitting chicks again! These are available to purchase, with all proceeds going to the church charities, at a cost of £1.00 each, or £1.50 if you require a larger chocolate egg inside, like me.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

  • Reception –  Max
  • Year 1 – Will T
  • Year 2 – Ben
  • Year 3 – Malachi
  • Year 4JL – Eddie
  • Year 4DK – Olivia
  • Year 5 – James
  • Year 6 – Mae

Studland are holding their lead in the House competition.

Our Special Award this week is for Improved Communication Skills. The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

  • Nursery – Bella
  • Reception – Theo
  • Year 1 –  Larissa
  • Year 2 - Esme
  • Year 3 –Charlie
  • Year 4JL - Libbie
  • Year 4DK – Mia
  • Year 5 – Bertie
  • Year 6 –  Maddie H

Our Sportspersons of the Week are Lara and Eszter in Year 5 for their determined defending in the netball match.

Dates for your diary  

Monday 27th February – 7.30pm PTFA Meeting, Patrick’s Restaurant, all welcome

Monday 6th March – School Testing Week

Monday 27th March – Parent-Teacher meetings week

Sunday 21st May - PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole park

Friday 16th June – PTFA Summer Extravaganza (NB Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme!)

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - townsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 222

Friday 10th February 2017

Great to see so many children supporting Barnardo’s Hat Day - we raised £90.00! Here are a few of the best…

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 Year 3 treated us to a wonderful assembly, this morning, all about ‘Love’. They produced collages showing all the things they loved, shared poems about ‘Love’ and finished by singing ‘All you need is love’.

Buckholme Towers School - Love assembly

On Wednesday afternoon, our Year 5 and 6 boys met their corresponding year groups from Bournemouth Collegiate School for some rugby matches. All boys from both schools played passionately and with good form. The Year 6 game finished 11-7 to Buckholme, leading from the start. The Year 5 game was a tussle with BCS in the lead 7-6 at half time, and a full time score of 13-11 to Buckholme. Tough games and well fought for results they should be proud of. Well done all!

Due to rising costs, Ashley Cross Community Association have said that they are unable to support the May Day Extravaganza, this year. As a result, the PTFA have decided to bring it in-house, as it always used to be. The evening of Friday 16th June is the date, with lots of great, fun things planned, including a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme. Save the date!

On the subject of PTFA events, one or two parents have been asking about the Sponsored Cycle. This event has been moved to the summer term so that we can (hopefully) ride in warmer weather – Sunday 21st May.

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club this coming half term, and through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

  • Reception – Lily
  • Year 1 – Sasha
  • Year 2 – Connie
  • Year 3 – Bronte
  • Year 4JL – Will W
  • Year 4DK – Edward
  • Year 5 – Zack
  • Year 6 – Maddie F

Studland are holding the lead in the House competition.

Our Special Award this week is for Keeping your desk and belongings tidy! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

  • Nursery – Adam
  • Reception – Max
  • Year 1 –  Freya
  • Year 2 - Ata
  • Year 3 –Jake
  • Year 4JL - Eddie
  • Year 4DK – William G
  • Year 5 – Pip
  • Year 6 –  Theo

Our Sportspersons of the Week are James, Humphrey and Zack in Year 5 for their outstanding performances in the rugby match.

Dates for your diary  

Monday 27th February – 7.30pm PTFA Meeting, Patrick’s Restaurant, all welcome

Sunday 21st May - PTFA Sponsored Cycle, Poole park

Friday 16th June – PTFA Summer Extravaganza (NB Harry Potter 20th Anniversary theme!)

Have a great half term!

I M Robertson - Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - townsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 221

Friday 3rd February 2017

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed some fantastic workshops with Perform Drama, earlier this week. The theme was Fairy Tales and as you can see from the photos, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Buckholme Towers School Fairy Tales themes

Years 1 and 2 also took part in a Design and Technology Challenge, to design and make a parachute. They were all tested (in the rain!) and achieved varying degrees of success. Very interesting was the discussion about how they would change and improve their designs, having witnessed a number of Compare Bears hitting the ground with some force!

Buckholme Towers School improving design project

Year 1 were extremely lucky to have dodged the rain at the New Forest Wildlife Park, yesterday. Clad in wellies and waterproofs they met all manner of British wildlife, the highlights being the owls and the otters. They were also able to investigate a variety of birds’ eggs, as well as meet some creatures which were previously extinct. A very exciting and, thankfully, dry day for Year 1!

Buckholme Towers School - a trip to the New Forest Wildlife Park

U11s Netball vs Talbot House and Moyles Court

All our Year 5 and 6 girls travelled to Moyles Court School this week to play a three-way friendly fixture with the host School and Talbot House. We played Talbot House first. Our passing and movement was much sharper than last week and we strung some elegant and exciting attacks together, resulting in two confident goals from Alexa and two very near off-the-rim misses from Seren. We won quite comfortably 2-0. We then played the hosts, who with three very tall and able midcourt players, moved the ball very accurately and confidently about the court. Maddie H, Jenna and Eszter blocked and defended particularly well, but we were outmanoeuvred and lost 3-0. Well done, girls. A very enjoyable and successful afternoon. We even managed to dodge the rain clouds!

Friday 10th February is Barnardo’s Hat Day!

Hat Day is about encouraging children to dream big and be whoever they want to be. Here’s how to get involved:

1.  Ask your children what they’d like to do, or who they’d like to be when they grow up.

2.  Find or make a hat that represents their dream. There are no rules, no limits, anything goes!

3.  Encourage them to wear their hat to school on Friday 10 February 2017.

4.  Make a voluntary donation of (at least!) £1 to help support Barnardo’s.

Maybe your child wants to be a doctor, a singer, a teacher or a racing driver. Or maybe they dream of being a skateboarder, a wizard or an astronaut. The options are endless, and your child can choose any idea they like. By joining Hat Day your child is playing a vital role in supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families. For 150 years, Barnardo’s has worked with children disadvantaged by a range of issues including poverty, disability and domestic violence. With your support, this could be a fun and worthwhile day.

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club this coming half term, and through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

We have now confirmed that Stevenson’s will be the new school uniform supplier. John Lewis have informed us that they are still carrying some stock and this is currently available to purchase on their website. We are hoping that the new contract with Stevenson’s will officially begin on March 1st. I will keep you posted.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

Reception –  William and Charlie

Year 1 – Larissa

Year 2 – Max

Year 3 – Jake

Year 4JL – Nadia

Year 4DK – Hugo

Year 5 – Greta

Year 6 – Edward

Studland are holding the lead in the House competition, by just two merits.

Our Special Award this week is for Working hard to improve in PE! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

Nursery – Chloe and Indi, for their wonderful dancing

Reception – Ozzy, for his enthusiastic dancing!

Year 1 – Pietas

Year 2 – Harriet

Year 3 – Caitlin

Year 4JL – Emily

Year 4DK – Mia

Year 5 – Elsie

Year 6 – Maddie H

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Jenna in Y6 for her excellent captaincy in the netball match.

Dates for your diary  

Friday 3rd February – PTFA Valentine’s Disco (Tickets now on sale!)

Friday 10th February – Hat Day!

Monday 13th February – Half Term

 

I M Robertson - Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - townsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 220

Friday 27th January 2017

Following the success enjoyed by some of our Year 6 pupils at the Bryanston School Maths Challenge, last week, six Year 4 pupils picked up the gauntlet last Friday afternoon. Again the competition was fierce, with around 30 schools taking part. Mr K said it was their calm but focussed approach to the challenge that led to such great results; 2nd (Vaughn and Emily), 7th (Edward and Anna) and 8th (Hugo and Nadia), with Buckholme coming 3rd overall. A fantastic effort, well done!

The Yr4 boys were over at Park school playing some tag rugby friendlies, this week. They showed determination and an excellent attitude, playing skilfully and as a team. They won both games, the first 7-5 and the second 4-1. Let's see more of that next week, year 4!

U11 Netball vs Talbot Heath

For their first game of the term, our u11 girls travelled to Talbot Heath. After a rather sleepy first quarter, our girls rallied well, defending, marking and moving the ball forwards with increasing confidence and skill. Ella, Jenna, Alexa and Maddie F all played a big part in the game, with Alexa scoring our only goal. We look forward to next week’s game against Moyles Court. A good team effort girls and a tasty tea!

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club this coming half term, and through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

We have now confirmed that Stevenson’s will be the new school uniform supplier. John Lewis have informed us that they are still carrying some stock and this is currently available to purchase on their website. We are hoping that the new contract with Stevenson’s will officially begin on March 1st. I will keep you posted.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

  • Reception –  Theo
  • Year 1 – Zara
  • Year 2 – Esme
  • Year 3 – Charlie
  • Year 4JL – Jack and Emily
  • Year 4DK – Connor
  • Year 5 – Freya
  • Year 6 – Ashley and Maddie F
  • Studland have taken the lead in the House competition.

Our Special Award this week is for Being polite and courteous without being prompted! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

  • Nursery – Isabella
  • Reception – Amelia
  • Year 1 –  Tilly
  • Year 2 - Max
  • Year 3 – Fleur
  • Year 4JL - Jack
  • Year 4DK – Vaughn
  • Year 5 – Charlie, Zack and Oscar
  • Year 6 –  Edward

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Max in Year 4 for his energy and determination on the rugby field.

 

Dates for your diary  

Friday 3rd February – PTFA Valentine’s Disco (Tickets now on sale!)

Monday 13th February – Half Term

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah Townsend - townsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 219

Friday 20th January 2017

Four intrepid Year 6 mathematicians journeyed to Bryanston school yesterday to take part in the inter-schools Maths Challenge. There were 27 schools in attendance, making it the largest event of its kind in the area. The challenges were organised in a fairly intense round-robin style, with everyone taking on each of the other schools.

Despite the pressure, Ramin and Lukas came in a very respectable 11th place, while Alexa and Mae were a little further down in 22nd. A fantastic first effort by all, well done!

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club this coming half term, and through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

We have new stock of the school cagoules in all the required sizes. Please see Mrs Smith in the school office if you would like to purchase one. She also has school hoodies and House caps.

We have now confirmed that Stevenson’s will be the new school uniform supplier. John Lewis have informed us that they are still carrying some stock and this is currently available to purchase on their website. We are hoping that the new contract with Stevenson’s will officially begin on March 1st. I will keep you posted.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

Reception –  Cameron

Year 1 – Vyana

Year 2 – Harriet

Year 3 – Gracie

Year 4JL – Max

Year 4DK – Connor

Year 5 – Freya

Year 6 – Ashley

Sandbanks have taken the lead in the House competition.

Our Special Award this week is for Being Creative! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

Nursery – Anoushka

Reception – Charlie

Year 1 –  William T.

Year 2 - Latika

Year 3 – Caitlin

Year 4JL - Charlotte

Year 4DK – Hugo

Year 5 – Lara

Year 6 –  Seren

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Theo in Reception for his creativity and determination in gymnastics and dance.

Dates for your diary  

Friday 27th January – PTFA Quiz Night (Get your team together!)

Friday 3rd February – PTFA Valentine’s Disco

Monday 13th February – Half Term

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah - Townsend dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 218   …Oh no it isn’t!! 

Friday 13th January 2017

Oh yes it is! 
The whole school enjoyed Treehouse Theatre’s production of Peter Pan, this afternoon. It was great fun, as always, with a number of children being given parts, costumes and props. A big Thank You goes out to the PTFA for funding this fantastic event, once again. 

Buckholme Towers School and Nursery Peter Pan play 1.
Buckholme Towers School and Nursery Peter Pan play 2

Please see the school Facebook page for more photos! 

Tom the drum teacher treated us to a very cool Drum assembly, this morning. The idea was not just to entertain, but to encourage more pupils to take it up. Right at the last minute Tom managed to persuade Rocco and William G to demonstrate their skills, which rounded off the assembly perfectly. 

Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club this coming half term, and through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website. 
We have new stock of the school cagoules, in all the required sizes. Please see Mrs Smith in the school office if you would like to purchase one. She also has school hoodies and House caps. 

Due to circumstances beyond our control, John Lewis are unable to continue supplying our school uniform. We are in the process of confirming a new supplier and will keep you posted over the next weeks. In the meantime, certain items of uniform may be difficult to source as JL wind down their stock, so please bear with us.  

On the subject of uniform, please note that trainers should only be black and/or white. 

The Mayor of Poole has been in touch to let us know about a photography competition she is running. The competition is part of the celebrations for European Maritime Day in May and is open to anyone under the age of 16..  
Details can be found at :  www.poolemaritimeball.com 

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are: 
Reception –  Cameron
Year 1 – Vyana
Year 2 – Grainne
Year 3 – Jake
Year 4JL – William C
Year 4DK – Connor
Year 5 – Bertie
Year 6 – Maddie F-B
Studland have taken an early lead in the House competition. 

Our Special Award this week is for Super Settling in! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:  
Nursery – Indi
Reception – Isobel
Year 1 –  Teddy
Year 2 - Jenson
Year 3 – Alana
Year 4JL - Anna
Year 4DK – Edward
Year 5 – Greta and Oscar
Year 6 –  Mae
Our Sportsperson of the Week is Max P in Reception for his determination to improve and his pleasing throwing and catching skills. 

Dates for your diary   

  • Friday 27th January – PTFA Quiz Night (Get your team together!) 
  • Friday 3rd February – PTFA Valentine’s Disco 
  • Monday 13th February – Half Term 

I M Robertson
Headmaster 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah - Townsend dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 217

Friday 6th January 2017

 Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are full of anticipation and excitement for 2017!

You should by now have received a copy of this term’s calendar via email, but if you would like a paper copy, please do tell Mrs Smith, so that she can print one for you. As always, we have a very busy term ahead!

 I sincerely hope you have had a chance to enjoy the wonderful paintings that are now on display in the playground. It was Mrs Odhams who hatched the idea to brighten up the playground by having an art competition and displaying the winning pictures on the fence, above the planters. Each class was given a well-known painting by a famous artist on the theme of ‘flowers’, and the children asked to paint their own version of it. Everyone then voted and the favourite in each class was photographed, printed and displayed. Our thanks go to the PTFA who have kindly agreed to finance the project.

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Just to remind you that Miss Starkey will, once again, be running Busy Buddies Holiday Club this coming half term, and through the Easter holidays. The appropriate forms are available to download on the school website.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, John Lewis are unable to continue supplying our school uniform. We are in the process of confirming a new supplier and will keep you posted over the next weeks. In the meantime, certain items of uniform may be difficult to source as JL wind down their stock, so please bear with us.

On the subject of uniform, please note that trainers should only be black and/or white.

Dates for your diary  

Monday 9th January – After School Activities begin.  7.30pm PTFA Meeting

Friday 13th January – Treehouse Theatre presents Peter Pan!

Friday 27th January – PTFA Quiz Night (Get your team together!)

Friday 3rd February – PTFA Valentine’s Disco

Monday 13th February – Half Term

 

I M Robertson

Headmaster

 

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah - Townsend dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 216

Friday 2nd December 2016

Christmas officially began yesterday when pupils from the junior school presented the Nativity. Recorder club opened the performance with their version of ‘Little Donkey’. It was narrated beautifully by members of Year 2, although all the children had key roles from the story, including our youngest nursery pupils, who were the ‘stars’ of the show.  All the children performed confidently and enthusiastically under the watchful and encouraging eye of Mrs Stocken. The retiring collection for the church charities raised £118.59, so thank you very much to all who contributed.

Buckholme Towers School Nativity group photo
Buckholme Towers School Nativity group photo 2
Buckholme Towers School Nativity group photo 3

Please note that the Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday, not Tuesday as posted on the school calendar.

If you are seriously thinking about joining us on the school ski trip in March, you should know that flights from Bournemouth to Geneva are particularly cheap at the moment – I just paid £105 in total for return flights, with a bag, for Grace and I.

Catherine from Poole United Reformed Church visited the nursery to tell them all about Christingle. They learned about the different parts of the Christingle and what they mean. They talked about our beautiful world and Jesus being born at Christmas to be The Light of The World. They all made a Christingle to take home. They lit them and were able to see how the beautiful light lit up the darkness of the classroom.

Buckholme Towers School And Nursery Christingle

 

Make sure you buy your Christmas Fayre raffle tickets, if only for the chance of winning Mrs Compston’s Gin House Experience for Two, worth £100!

In order to keep children safe in the mornings before school, we ask parents to walk round to the school office, rather than through the playground. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Please remember that Speech Day Cups that were awarded in July are due back into school by the end of this term – the cabinet is looking very bare!

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

Reception –  Max

Year 1 – Alexander

Year 2 – Ata

Year 3 – Jake

Year 4JL - Emily

Year 4DK – Scarlet

Year 5 – Eszter

Year 6 – Alexa and Maddie H

Sandbanks have taken an early lead in the House competition (for next term).

Our Special Award this week is for being a Computing Wizard! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

Nursery – Chloe
Reception – Cameron

Year 1 –  William S

Year 2 - Ben

Year 3 – Alana

Year 4JL - Oscar

Year 4DK – Charles H

Year 5 – Elsie

Year 6 –  Edward

Our Sportspersons of the Week are Jack and Connor Houldsworth, for being picked to play cricket for Dorset – a fantastic achievement, boys, well done.

Dates for your diary  

Friday 9th December – Senior School Christmas Concert @ St Peter’s Church 11.00 and end of term for main school (12.00)

Wednesday 4th January – First day of the Lent Term

I M Robertson

Headmaster

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar - Deborah - Townsend dtownsend@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral care - Jennifer Hamblin - pastoral@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

eSafety Coordinator - Ian Roberts - iroberts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

For a full list of staff and their contact details, please click here.


Headmaster’s Newsletter No. 215

Friday 25th November 2016

Thank you to everyone who donated to Children in Need, we raised £137.48!

But, if you think that’s impressive, what about the £3100 that was raised at the PTFA Charity Ball?! Well done and thank you to our ‘main mums’ Mandy Johnson, Lana Bragg and Sam Upshall for putting on a fantastic evening. The feedback was excellent, once again, with everyone enjoying great food, great music and dancing and all with the satisfaction of knowing that the Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund were over £3000 better off!

A number of our pupils performed for the school in our Musicians’ Assembly, this morning. We had cellists, a ukulele and violinists, one of whom was only in Year 1! It was a wonderful display of talent, from across the age range and a range of experience. Well done to Charlie, Hugo, Elsie, Libbie, Lukas, Humphrey and Freya!

Buckholme Towers School Musicians Asssembly

 

With our Christmas Fair next Friday afternoon, 3.15-5.30pm, we are making that day a Mufti Day for all the children. They should dress Christmassy (elves/Christmas jumpers etc) and as a ‘fine’ bring chocolate for the tombola (N-Y3) or a bottle (Yrs4-6)

The Yr 5, 6 A and B football teams met Park in some friendlies on Tuesday afternoon. After some strong play in the first halves, scores being 3-1 to park in the A team and 2-0 to Park in the B team. However, Buckholme buckled, losing by full time, having played determinedly right to the end.

We took all the Years 3 and 4 girls to Chapel Gate Sports Centre this week to play Park School at 6-a-side hockey. The surface there is excellent and the girls dribbled the ball really well. We had a number of really strong attacks and we tackled like demons! The “Brilliant Bs” lost by 2 goals, and the “Amazing As” drew 1-1 in a nail-biting finale! Special mention must be made of Nadia and Emily in attack and of Bronte and Caitlin in defence. Well done, girls – a fun and exciting afternoon out in the Autumn sunshine!

We took all the Years 5 and 6 girls to Littledown Sports Centre this week to play 8-a-side hockey against Park School. Dribbling and ball control has really come on well this term, as has our determination and strength in tackling. All the girls played with great spirit and heart but Park were just a little stronger than us in attack, winning by two goals. Special mention must be made of Alexa and Maddie F in attack and of Seren, Jenna, Izzy and Ella in defence. Well done girls, we really enjoyed ourselves!

Two football teams faced Park School on Wednesday. The A team did us proud, playing really well as a team and winning 5-2. The B team were only 1 goal down at half time with some great defending from William and running from Aryan, but conceded more as tiredness and the cold got to them.

In order to keep children safe in the mornings before school, we ask parents to walk round to the school office, rather than through the playground. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Please remember that Speech Day Cups that were awarded in July are due back into school by the end of this term – the cabinet is looking very bare!

If you are seriously thinking about joining us on the school ski trip in March, you should know that flights from Bournemouth to Geneva are particularly cheap at the moment – I just paid £105 in total for return flights, with a bag, for Grace and I.

Well done to our Merit Winners this week! They are:

Reception –  Lily

Year 1 – Georgina

Year 2 – Latika and Harley

Year 3 – Jack

Year 4JL - Eddie

Year 4DK – Edward

Year 5 – Charlie

Year 6 – Seren, Alexa and Maddie H

Branksome House have pipped Studland to the post and will be enjoying a trip to Bowlplex on Tuesday, along with the highest merit earner from the other Houses in each class.

Our Special Award this week is for Excellent Manners! The following pupils are recognised as displaying these qualities:

Nursery – Milla
Reception – Isobel

Year 1 –  William T

Year 2 - Harriet

Year 3 – Bronte

Year 4JL - Max

Year 4DK - Mia

Year 5 – Charlie (Double Whammy!)

Year 6 –  Ella

Our Sportsperson of the Week is Maddie F, in Year 6, for her dedication and determination to improve.

Dates for your diary  

Thursday 1st December – Junior School (N – Y2) Christmas Concert @ PURC 9.15am

Friday 2nd December – PTFA Christmas Fayre

Friday 9th December – Senior School Christmas Concert @ St Peter’s Church 11.00

Wednesday 4th January – First day of the Lent Term

I M Robertson

Headmaster

Headmaster (Proprietor) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Iain Robertson - headteacher@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Finance Partner (Proprietor) - Eric Bosence - accounts@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Deputy Head and Deputy DSL - Judy Hook - jhook@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Office Administrator - Carole Smith - office@buckholme.dorset.sch.uk

Admissions Registrar -