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January 20, 2021

Wednesday 20th January 2021 – Virtual School Library from Oak National Academy

Filed under: English,Whole School @ 2:28 pm

The Oak National Academy have opened a free Virtual School Library in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust to provide children with free books, exclusive video’s and chats with a variety of popular children’s authors.

Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. The Virtual School Library aims to complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to a variety of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.

To access the library, please use this link:

Please encourage your children to use this resource to help them keep up their reading whilst learning from home.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Pearmain

January 18, 2021

Monday 18th January 2021 – Happy Birthday, Mr McKenna!

Filed under: Whole School,Year 5 @ 11:00 am

Today is a big birthday for Mr McKenna, and to celebrate his day, he’s been sent a special video message from a former visitor to the school…

January 15, 2021

Friday 15th January 2021 – Messy Church:

Filed under: Whole School @ 4:47 pm

Friday 15th January 2021 – Two New Chromebooks:

Filed under: Whole School @ 3:25 pm

I would like to personally thank one of BWJS most experienced volunteers for kindly purchasing two chromebooks for the school.

Mrs. D Dodd has helped support reading/trips at the school for many years, and I was blown away by her generosity when she offered to buy the school some computers.

After hearing on the news that not all pupils had access to devices at home to support them during the lockdown, she asked if she could support the school by buying some for us.

Well…they arrived today – and on Monday, they will be issued to two pupils to help support them with their home learning.

I’m both humbled and speechless at such a kind, generous and thoughtful act.

On behalf of the staff, pupils, governors and parents….THANK YOU MRS DODD.

Mr. D Campbell

Friday 15th January 2021 – Headteacher Update:

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:07 pm

Please watch the video below to find out about how the remote learning offer will change from Monday 18th January.

I would like to thank all of the parents for the feedback they have shared and for the support they have given.

Have a lovely weekend.

Darren Campbell

January 11, 2021

Monday 11th January 2021 – Critical Workers:

Filed under: Whole School @ 10:15 am

‘Letter sent on behalf of ALL the local schools’

Monday 11th January 2021 – A message about home learning :-)

I felt that this message from @allontheboard was needed this morning as we all begin our first full week of home learning. It is a hard situation and we know that everyone’s circumstances at home are different so please try your best and do not get stressed! Please keep in touch with us and we will look forward to seeing the children everyday, either in person or virtually.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Pearmain

January 10, 2021

Sunday 10th January 2021 – Headteacher Update (w/c Monday 11th Jan)

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:21 pm

Good morning all, I hope you have managed to have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend given these difficult circumstances we find ourselves in.

I just wanted to share with you some updates – which I will try and keep brief. (Video explaining content can be views using link below)

1) Numbers of pupils on site:

We currently have approx 35% of pupils in school as part of the key worker/vulnerable place category. Compared to the last lockdown, the criteria for eligibility has increased considerably. This is the latest guidance that we have received as we look to minimise the amount of pupils on site.

‘The guidance from the Department for Education has been updated in the last 48 hours reiterating that whilst children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required, parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.’

At present, we have been able to accommodate all requests but I need to be mindful of the health and safety of my staff and their families. If it gets to a stage where I deem numbers to be too high, I will need to adopt a set criterion in order to reduce numbers. For example – families with two critical workers etc)

2) Home Learning

Pupils accessing work from home will be following the same lessons/activities as those being taught in school. You will receive a communication from your child’s classteacher – along with a suggested daily timetable – at 8am tomorrow morning.

Teachers/TAs will aim to respond to work/questions ASAP but please bear in mind they are supporting pupils both in school and those at home.

There is NO expectation for all families to complete the daily 4 hours of set work. This figure has been imposed on us by the DfE. You complete what you are able based on your individual family circumstances. Please do try and upload work to google classroom as this way teaching staff can provide feedback. You know your children best – do what is right for YOU.

As the week progresses and staff/pupils get used to this new approach to learning, we will review our procedures and make any updates/changes/improvements that we deem necessary – and manageable.

3) Children attending school

With the increasing numbers of pupils attending school, bubbles will NO LONGER be able to play together at break/lunchtime. Whilst I understand this will cause some upset and disappointment for some – having considered the level of increased risk of transmission – it is a decision I have had to make.

If there was to be a positive covid case, closing one bubble as opposed to the whole year group, would cause far less impact on parents.

Please explain this to your children today so they are aware of this when they return to school tomorrow.


Thank you all so much for your support during this difficult time. I feel very blessed to have such amazing staff, pupils, governors and parents. We will get through this and be stronger for it!

As always, please get in touch if I can support you with anything.

Kind regards,

Darren Campbell


January 7, 2021

Thursday 7th January 2021 – South Downs Way Completed:

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:04 pm

Over the Christmas holidays, the Turner family finished walking the South Downs Way.   

They started in the first lockdown on the 100 mile walk from Winchester to Eastbourne but stopped over the summer due to increased people on the trail and the return the school. 

They were not sure if they would get it done this year with the winter weather but on the first day of the Christmas holiday it was bright and sunny – so they went for it. 

They finished with an 11 mile challenging stretch over the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head down in to Eastbourne.   


Mrs. Turner stated that Emma and Stanley (BWJS pupils) were fantastic and did not grumble one bit over the whole 100 miles. 

The parents and school are incredibly proud of them and the way they tackled the challenge.

Well done 🙂 

January 1, 2021

Friday 1st January 2021 – Happiness Calendar for January

Filed under: Wellbeing,Whole School @ 9:00 am

First of all, let me start by wishing you a very Happy New Year! 

How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. ‘Action for Happiness’ are encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness – for ourselves and others around us – to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Please share the attached calendar with your friends and family – why not print it off and put it somewhere at home where everyone can see it each day? We can’t change the situation, but we can choose to show kindness and respond positively whenever possible.

With very best wishes,

Miss Pearmain 

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