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Fortnightly News and Information from both schools

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  • Federation News Blog 10 - Under Construction

    Published 24/06/22, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to Blog 10

    Our Federation Value for Term 5 is Celebration

    We have had such a fabulous start to Term 6

    This term's value is 'Celebration'  and both schools are certainly embracing this.  

    We have celebrated some of our school musicians at BJS with our Summer Music Concert.  Year 6 have enjoyed a fabulous week at Morfa Bay camp in Pembrokeshire.  Both schools have held fabulous Sports Day mornings, with excellent work and participation from both children and parents! We have also held an incredible Federation Summer Fair, organised by our wonderful PTA's!  All of this and more, whilst only being halfway through Term 6!

    Please enjoy reading our blog articles below on some of the exciting things we have been up to.

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  • Federation News Blog 9 - Term 5 May 2022

    Published 04/05/22, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to Blog 9

    Our Federation Value for Term 5 is Confidence and Self-Esteem

    Term 5 has flown by! 

    Although only a very short term, we have packed in so much at both West Leigh and BJS!

    Reception have been on a school trip to a farm, Sponsored events at West Leigh, Year 2 and 6 SATS, Health & Fitness week & Platinum Jubilee preparations... just to name a few!  We are incredibly proud of all the pupils for their hard word and diligence over the last 5 weeks.  It has been lovely to celebrate the end of term this week, with fabulous Health and Fitness weeks at both schools.

    Important Dates to remember:

    • Start of Term 6 - Monday 6 June
    • BJS Summer Music Concert - Thursday 09 June @ 1830
    • Federation Jubilee Picnic (at BJS) - Friday 10 June
    • Year 6 Camp to Morfa Bay - Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 June inclusive
    • WL Sports Day - Thursday 23 June @ 0915
    • BJS Sports Day Morning - Friday 24 June @ 0915
    • Federation Summer Fayre - Saturday 25 June

    Wishing everyone a wonderful, relaxing school holiday.  Enjoy the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  

    We send our Congratulations to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on the celebration of her Platinum Jubilee.




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  • Federation News Blog 8 - 08/04/2022

    Published 04/04/22, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to Blog 8

    Our Federation Value for Term 4 is Responsibility

    Term 4 draws to a close, and we look forward to spending a well-earned Easter break with our families.  Term 4 has been fast-paced, and rewarding with all year groups working very hard.  We have seen a couple more class assemblies and have been very pleased to be able to celebrate together with parents, including: superstars, Celebration assembly, West Leigh's Spring Sing, The BJS Easter service at St Andrew's Church and our BJS Eggstravaganza Easter Festival!

    We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Easter holiday, with maybe just a chocolate egg or two!

    We look forward to welcoming all children back on Monday, 25 April.

    Important Dates to remember:

    • Start of Term 5 - Monday 25 April
    • May day bank holiday - Monday 02 May (both Schools Closed)
    • BJS - 5C Class Cake Sale - Friday 29 April @ 3.30pm
    • Federation Inset Day 5 - Friday 27 May (last day in school Term 4, for pupils is Thursday 26 May)
    • End of Term 5 - Friday 27 May
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  • Federation News Blog 7 - 14/03/2022

    Published 08/03/22, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to Blog 7

    Our Federation Value for Term 4 is Responsibility

    Term 4 has started very well, and we have been very happy to be able to invite parents back in to school/church for the Ash Wednesday service. We hope that this positivity will continue, but will keep everyone up to date of any required changes.

    We were not expecting to have to end Term 3 so abruptly, with the appearance of Storm Eunice.  We are happy to reports that both schools are still standing strong as we look towards springtime and longer days.

    Important Dates to remember:

    • West Leigh Parents' Evening - 15, 16 & 17 March 2022 
    • BJS Parents' Evening - 16 & 17 March 2022 
    • Fundraiser for Red Nose Day and Ukraine Appeal - Friday 18 March 

    This year we have decided to hold a 'Dress Down' day (own clothes day), on Friday 18 March to raise funds for Red Nose Day and the DEC Ukraine Crisis appeal.  Please bring cash in to school on Friday (minimum suggested donation £1.00).  We will collect all donations and split them equally between these 2 very important causes.

    • BJS Book Fair from Friday 18 March (after school)
    • 5PB Class Cake Sale at BJS - 3.30pm outside the 1862 building (or in the outdoor classroom in the event of bad weather)
    • BJS Easter Service at St Andrew's Church - Wednesday 06 April at 2.30pm
    • BJS Easter Festival - Morning of Friday 08 April (BACKWELL JUNIOR SCHOOL ONLY)
    • End of Term 4 - Friday 08 April
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  • Federation News Blog 6 - 04/02/2022

    Published 27/01/22, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to Blog 6

    Our Federation Value for Term 3 is Respect

    Welcome to another jam-packed edition of our Federation blog!

    Term 3 is well under way and January has zoomed by, and we find ourselves in February already!

    Important Dates to remember:

    • Friday 18 February 2022 - End of Term 3
    • Monday 28 February - Start of Term 4
    • West Leigh Parents' Evening - 15 & 17 March 2022 Further information to follow in due course
    • BJS Parents' Evening - 16 & 17 March 2022 Further information to follow in due course
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  • Federation News Blog - 21/01/2022 No. 5

    Published 20/01/22, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to our first blog of 2022

    Our Federation Value for Term 3 is Respect

    Welcome to Term 3 and the season of frosty mornings, beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets!

    Term 3 has been incredibly busy so far, with lots happening across both schools.  Unfortunately, with the current increase in covid numbers in the local areas in schools,  at BJS, we have had to revert to online assemblies and temporarily stop parents from attending assemblies.  We are confident this will be short-lived and look forward to once again welcoming parents back to school celebration assemblies very soon.

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  • Federation News Blog - 10/12/2021 No. 4

    Published 07/12/21, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to the last Federation Blog of 2021!

    WOW!  We can hardly believe that we are storming in to the final week of Term 2.  The last 6 weeks have certainly flown by, and have been jam-packed with lots of exciting learning opportunities across our Federation.

    The last week of term will be no different with lots of fun Christmas themed activities across both schools.  We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas at BJS with our Carol Service - Unfortunately, we are unable to invite parents to attend on this occasion.  We will be celebrating at both schools with Christmas dinner days at both schools and Christmas party day at West Leigh Infant School.

    We hope that you enjoy reading about what we have been doing over the last couple of weeks.

    What to look out for in this blog:

    • West Leigh Superstars and BJS Celebration Children
    • West Leigh Class Spotlight from Fox Class
    • Year 3 Ancient Egyptian WOW Day - BJS
    • Year 4 Visit from the Barnacle Buoys - BJS
    • 6M Interview 2 Paralympians
    • Fundraising results for The British Legion Poppy Appeal
    • Local Library - Wild Winter Heroes - Mini reading challenge
    • BJS - 30 Reads Challenge
    • ASpens Christmas Dinner - West Leigh (15 December) & BJS (17 December) - Very last chance to order
    • Upcoming events at St Andrew's Church
    • PTA news and Backwell Elf Trail
    • News from our local foodbank - If anyone needs any vouchers for food hampers from the foodbank for over the holiday period, please do not hesitate to contact either school office, where we can help you.  Confidentiality is guaranteed.
    • Hunter Leahy Colouring Competition
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  • Federation News Blog - 26/11/2021 No.3

    Published 10/11/21, by Clair Gardner
    Welcome to our 3rd Federation blog.  What to look for in this blog... Information regarding Federation Christmas Performances West Leigh Superstars and BJS Celebration Award Winners Reminder to book Christmas Dinners for BJS and
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  • Federation News Blog - 20/10/2021 No. 2

    Published 19/10/21, by Clair Gardner

    WOW!  The last few weeks have absolutely zoomed by, and we are now at the end of Term 1!

    It has been a great start to the new school year, with so much to celebrate.

    We hope you like our second school blog and enjoy reading the articles.  Please remember to look back at the end of the week to see an update of Celebration Award Winners and Superstars.

    We would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and fun-filled October holiday break.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 2nd November (Monday 01 November is Inset day 3)

    At the beginning of Term 2 we will email Year 6 parents about the Year 6 SATS information and Morfa Bay Camp information evening that will be taking place on Thursday 4th November.  We will also be sending out booking information regarding parents evenings across the Federation, taking part on week 2 of Term 2.  Please see dates below and on the Federation Calendar.


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  • Federation News Blog - 01/10/2021 No.1

    Published 21/09/21, by Clair Gardner

    Welcome to our new Federation blog.

    We have so much to share with you and hope that you enjoy our new fortnightly blog of information, stories of success, celebration, important diary date reminders and noticeboard items.

    We would appreciate any feedback on the blog.  We hope you enjoy it!

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