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8th February 2019


Bonkers boilers and other things

This week wasn’t quite the week we were expecting! It began at 6.35 Monday morning when Mr Chiddle (‘Ray’ to all the children) rang to let me know that the boiler in the KS2 building wasn’t working. It’s been on its last legs for a long time, and was due to be replaced this half term. Why it couldn’t last just two more weeks I’ll never know. However, it was clear that no matter what Mr Chiddle did, the boiler was not going to start. Therefore, at 7.20am parents were texted and asked to keep children home for the day. One day led to another, with a temporary boiler being fitted and up and running by 4.30pm Tuesday. Then, back we all came to school on Wednesday. After having had a 4-day weekend, the singing in assembly that morning was excellent. Everyone was wide awake. A huge thank you to all those parents who had to quickly change their normal routines to suddenly accommodate their children staying at home at very short notice. We are all very grateful to you. Thank you. Works to install new boilers will begin over the February half term. It’s quite a complicated job as radiators in all the classrooms also have to be changed. This will cause some disruption for a while, but will be well worth it in the end.

Meanwhile, school life has continued with a wide range of activities on offer. Just a snap-shot of what we have been doing: On Wednesday, Reception had a policeman visit as part of their ‘People who help us’ topic; Y5 had an amazing time at ‘Young Voices’ at the O2 Arena; and today we had three incredible science shows (with a ‘mad’ scientist) to launch the start of Science Week, which officially begins on Monday. Y3 and Y4 also had drumming workshops this morning too!


Keeping Children Safe

If you would like to learn more about protecting your children when they are both online and offline, you may find the following link useful:


Uniform and Carpark

Please ensure your child has the full new school uniform by the start of the next half term: 25th Feb.

To ensure your child is safe when coming to school, please use either the Infant or Junior footpaths. It is not safe to walk through the main carpark to the school. For the most part, cars are not coming in and out of it, but we cannot guarantee that this will always be the case. Thank you.

Charity Events

We will be holding a non-uniform day on 29th March to raise funds to support the charities chosen by two of our parents who are running the London Marathon. Mrs Dell has chosen to donate to BEARS: Basics Essex Accident Rescue Service, and Ms Ockenden has selected “Steph’s Wishes” – a charity which supports 18-25 year olds who have recurring or terminal cancer. Both are very worthwhile causes. As well as the non-uniform day, there will also be a quiz for all members of the Burleigh School Community in the school hall that night. If you would like to find out more about these charities, please go to: and Good luck to both mums. We’re all rooting for you.



Attendance figures from 1st September 2018 - 8th February 2019

Our attendance at the moment is: 95.5%.

This time last year it was: 94.6%

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Diary Dates

  • 11th February – Reception children visit to the Fire Station

  • 11th February – 13th February – Year 6 visit to Sainsbury’s depot

  • 18th February – 22nd February HALF TERM

  • 13th March – Class Photographs

  • 19th March – Year 5 Astrodome Roadshow

  • 22nd March – Year 3 Roman Workshop


Writers of the Week

Ruby Year 1

Sean Year 3

Readers of the Week

Kiera Year 2

Lawin Year 5

Mathematicians of the Week

Alex L Year 2

Sean Year 3


Working together for the good of the children