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Sporting Success

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Ten pupils were selected this week from England and Ireland Class (Yr 1&2) to represent the school in an inter-school infant agility competition that tested their athletic and gymnastic abilities. It was the first time many of the children had competed against other schools, many much larger than Bean. Fourteen schools entered this annual event and I am delighted to report that Bean achieved first place!

The children will now progress to the Kent School Games finals representing Dartford in the summer. 

The girls football team also experienced success this week as they competed against Westgate Primary School  and came away with a 6-1 win! Congratulations to all those involved. 

To continue with our sporting theme, you may be interested to know that 52% of all our pupils took part in one of the seven after school clubs this week which includes dance, gymnastics, cricket and football. There are still places if you’d like your child to participate in one or more of these activities.   

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Easter is Here!

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Squeals and running could be heard in the corridors of the school last Wednesday which caused some concern. Fortunately it was the Friends of Bean organising the annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children and due to the poor weather, it was held inside the building. I was pleased to see that the children had to solve a range of maths problems before they were rewarded with their prizes. It really gave the children a positive experience and helped to capture the unique village school feel that exists. A huge thank you to those parent volunteers who gave their time last Wednesday.

Enjoy the Easter break!  

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27th February 2018

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Last Wednesday saw the school celebrating Mother Language Day in each class. Children were encouraged to share aspects of their home cultures and customs with the rest of the class which resulted in a rich, multi-cultural experience across the school.

Just some of the activities included: traditional costumes being worn from the Punjab and Albania, traditional dances, facts from Pakistan, many different national flags being studied and Turkish sweets devoured excitedly. I was impressed with the children’s confidence as they taught their classes and teachers a range of languages from Urdu, Italian, Polish, Punjabi and Arabic. Thank you to the parents for supporting our all inclusive philosophy here at Bean.

Please look out for a new fundraising initiative for Gambia. Bayley, ably assisted by several year six pupils, has just pitched his idea to me about raising money for school children in Gambia. He put a persuasive argument forward about why we should support children from other countries who don’t necessarily have the same opportunities as children in Bean. Please look out for the beat the goalie stall at the Summer Fair which will be raising money for this good cause.

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19th January 2018

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Samuel Pepys, King Charles II and Thomas Farriner, were just a few of the characters who delivered a highly informative whole school assembly from Italy Class this week. Their singing in rounds was very impressive as was the speaking and performing. Their period costumes really helped to transport us back in time. The children clearly enjoyed presenting their topic learning and the feedback from parents was very encouraging. Well done to all involved! 

Internet Safety

There is a very useful webinar coming up for parents on the 31st January at 7pm. Experts will discuss the potential dangers to children using the internet, especially if they are unsupervised. Letters have gone out this week about this but for more information, please use this link in your browser: http://bit.ly/online SafetyWebinar.

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15th December 2017

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Yesterday saw the final showing of Reception and Key Stage 1’s Nativity. All the children came together to put on a memorable performance. From narrators, stars, angels, animals and characters, the children acted out a thoroughly entertaining version of the Christmas story. As always, the children were keen to raise funds for UNICEF, and organised a collection at the end of each performance. As a result of the generosity of all those who attended, the children will choose what good cause to donate the £57 raised.

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