We want to say a huge 'Thank You' to everyone who supported our Christmas Fayre today. It was a fabulous community event and was enjoyed by all who attended.
These events don't just happen - we are so grateful to all the parents and staff who worked hard to create the event, especially the PTA Committee, led by Kelly and Sharon. You are all stars!
Thanks also to everyone who came along and spent their money. We will let you know how much we raised as soon as we have a total.
The staff and and governors are pleased that Buckingham Park has been recognised as a good school by Ofsted inspectors in a report to be published next week. A copy of the report is now available to read on the school website (click here).
The report highlights the good and outstanding teaching, the good progress that children make from their starting points, and the good behaviour of children in lessons.
As a Church school, we are delighted that the inspection team recognised that the school's Christian values were central to the life of the school, and that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is developed well and intrinsic to all activities.
Overall, the inspectors found Buckingham Park to be a happy and welcoming school, with a calm and purposeful atmosphere, which has developed well since it opened.
An Ofsted inspection can be a daunting prospect for a school but we are pleased that inspection team have recognised many of the school's strengths as well as agreeing with the development areas that have already been identified by the school's leadership team.
Opening a new school and preparing for a first inspection is hard work and this good outcome is very much a team effort. Staff, parents, governors and pupils share a strong belief in the values of our new school and we speak highly of it - justifiably so.
On Wednesday and Thursday last week we were subject to an inspection by two inspectors from Ofsted.
During the course of the two days the inspectors observed lessons, scrutinised children’s work and teachers’ planning, spoke with governors, parents and pupils, and looked at the progress that children were making in our school.
I would like to thank all those parents who contributed to the inspection process by completing an online questionnaire through ‘Parent View’, or by speaking with the inspection team. The inspectors were very impressed with the support of the parents and we were thrilled that all those who responded to the questionnaire would recommend the school to another parent.
We believe that the inspection report will accurately reflect the school’s strengths and areas for development. We expect the report to be published in 2 – 3 weeks’ time and I will ensure that all parents have access to a copy as soon as possible.
It's going to be an amazing weekend for Father Christmas in just a few weeks' time.
On Friday 6th December, from 6pm, Santa will be touring the streets of Buckingham Park on his special float - so listen out for the music and make sure you get outside and give him a wave! He'll also have some friendly helpers with him collecting for two great charities: Barnardo's, and Helen & Douglas House. Please be generous!
Following his tour around Buckingham Park there'll be carols, mulled wine and mince pies in the Community Centre and everyone is welcome. See you there!
And on Saturday 7th December, he'll be at our Christmas Fayre from 12pm - 3pm. Children can visit him in his special grotto and receive a gift. There'll also be the chance for a photo.
Today we are thinking about all those staff, families and members of our local community who celebrate Diwali.
We pray for joy as you celebrate the 'festival of lights' and spend time with family and friends.
This Friday we are holding a special Worship Time for Harvest. The Worship Time will be led by our Year 2 parents, and parents of children in Year 2 are very welcome to attend.
Children are invited to bring along a gift for the Vale of Aylesbury Vineyard Church Storehouse from the list below. The Storehouse provides food and other items to those who, for whatever reason, find themselves in dire need without the money to buy the basic essentials.
Tinned vegetables - i.e. carrots, mixed vegetables, potatoes
Beverage ingredients - i.e. tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, long life milk
Squash, fruit juice
Toiletries - i.e. shampoo, deodorant, etc
We are happy to receive items from the above list throughout the week. We will display our collection at our Worship Time on Friday and deliver the items to the Storehouse next Monday.
For more information about the Storehouse, visit: http://www.aylesburyvineyard.org.uk/storehouse/food.html
There’s now a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine to protect children aged two years and older against flu. The vaccine is easy to give and painless and has been used safely in other countries for a number of years. Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to other children he or she may come into contact with, and to the rest of the family, in particular to grandparents, who may be at particular risk from flu.
If you have a child who is two or three years of age, your GP will contact you to arrange a vaccination appointment. If you haven’t heard by the middle of October contact your surgery to request an appointment.
For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/child-flu
You're never too young (or too old) to join the library. Every Buckinghamshire library has books, DVDs, CDs and much more for all ages.
We are very fortunate at Buckingham Park because not only can our children and families visit the library in Aylesbury, but we also have the mobile library visiting us each fortnight.
The mobile library visits Buckingham Park on alternate Fridays from 10.10am – 11.00am. The next two visits are October 4th and October 18th.
If your child has a library card already, just bring it in to school on those days and we will take him or her to the mobile library for you. You’ll still need to return the books to a branch library, or you can bring them back on the date of the next mobile library visit.
If your child is not yet a member of the library, then you can help them join for free at the following link:
If you do not have access to the online form, then ask in school and we will provide you with a form.