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25th October 2019

What a week!

Black History Week: Wow!  What a week!  On Tuesday, all children experienced a West African Sinte dance workshop, with Key Stage 1 pupils participating in Sinte drumming too.  It was good to hear so much laughter and excitement coming from both school halls.  Our English and topic work were also based on the various Black History themes we explored.  These included: success and achievement (Reception and Year 1); immigration and culture (Year 2); discrimination and perseverance in sport (Year 3); doing the right thing even when it’s hard (Year 4); discrimination and perseverance in politics (Year 5); and, success and achievement in science (Year 6).  I’m sure your children have been talking about the week at home.  A special ‘thank you’ to Miss Atakora (our History subject leader) for planning the week so carefully.

Year 5 Kingswood Assembly: Year 5 children produced a thrilling assembly Wednesday morning in which they shared their experiences of their recent trip to Kingswood.  As a result of the trip, all the children visibly grew and become much more independent.  Again, special thanks go to Miss Maxwell, Miss Fox, Mrs Shelford and Mr Hau for organising and leading the journey.

Uniform: Thank you to FABS for organising the uniform sale Wednesday night after school.  All children are expected to return to school after the half term holiday in correct winter uniform.  If you are unsure as to what this looks like, please go to the Burleigh page on the M&S website at

Parents’ Book Look: In response to the Parents’ Strengths and Weaknesses Evening, this week saw teachers open their classroom doors at the end of the school day to give parents an opportunity to look at their child’s work in an unhurried environment.  Several parents commented on how beneficial they had found the whole process, and how they now knew which areas to support their child in.  Parents’ consultations are still being held at the start of next half term in addition to this.

Football Results: On Wednesday, Burleigh took part in the ESFA Football Tournament, and finished as runners up, losing in a nail-biting penalty shootout (3-2) to Goffs Oak Primary.  The children were fantastic ambassadors for the school and showed great sportsmanship throughout the competition.  Well done to all the players who took part, with a special ‘thank you’ to Mr Hau for organising the event.  We eagerly await the next football venture! Thank you to all the parents who helped transport their children. Onwards and upwards!


Our attendance at the moment is: 95.94%

This time last year it was: 96.51%

Our persistent absence rate is 11.54% which means that 48 children have an attendance rate below 90%

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School Uniform

The black school hoodie sold by M&S is becoming increasingly popular with pupils.  This is good, as it is for outside PE lessons during the winter and will keep the children warm.  However, only a purple Burleigh jumper or cardigan must be worn in class during the day.



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