It is eerily quiet in school this week with so many of our pupils away on residentials and visits but, as always, this is the week of calm before the summer term events kick into high gear.
Year 1 and 2 in their topic of ‘Off we go’, following their superb concert, went on a local journey this week around Saffron Walden to help develop their mapping skills and along the way took time to appreciate their beautiful town, from the green spaces to the unique architecture. This term, across the school, we have been taking time to reconnect with our community, not least through our support of Bridge End Gardens through the volunteering club and the appreciation of this local amenity as the venue for the highly successful create, design and engineering exhibition ‘Full Steam Ahead’.
One disadvantage of not being a city centre school is the limited choices for good public transport connections when it comes to helping our children understand that making a choice to use public transport or walk or cycle to school can have a positive impact on our climate and their own wellbeing. Throughout this term we have been supporting Saffron Walden Action for Climate Change and joined a number of other schools in the locality in empowering our children to make small, individual, contribution towards sustainability, but in a way that the cumulative effect is significant and meaningful. Thank you for your continued support with this initiative. We appreciate that when you are adding an extra thirty minutes to your journey or participating in some extreme cycling it feels like a tough choice.
As we approach the Festival of Learning on 9 July we are continuing to build opportunities for our pupils to make decisions that will support the preservation of the biosphere. This hasn't just been limited to understanding their contribution to climate change but also understanding how their actions can impact on biodiversity. Early Years from across the Foundation joined together to visit Shepreth Wildlife Park and learnt about the challenges facing species from across the globe but left with practical ways in which they can contribute to the slowing of the decline in species. At the Festival of Learning Years 3 and 4 are going to be studying the life of the oceans and again make links to their ability to make decisions and take action, such as reducing their use of plastics, using their own water bottles in school and on trips, not picking up straws for soft drinks and thinking about the packaging of items in the supermarket that they buy. The Inspire Me talks from our parents and friends are incredibly powerful in helping our pupils to understand the positive impact they can have on the future of the biosphere and if you feel that you can contribute to a talk or know someone who you would recommend please contact the school office.
As a school community, led by our dedicated PTA, the Fun Run at Carver Barracks gave us yet another opportunity to come together and give of our time and do something a little bit difficult but fun in order to raise awareness of the challenges facing others. The money raised for East Anglian Children’s Hospice totalled approx £1000 and the sponsorship for Cancer Research is approaching £3000.
Finally, please do keep an eye on the calendar and schoolpost for information regarding the events for the remainder of the term.
All best wishes,
Head of Dame Bradbury’s and Vice Principal, 3-11
The past few weeks have been hit hard by the unpredictable British weather and sadly many fixtures have had to be cancelled. Despite that, we enter the final few weeks of term with a busy schedule ahead.
The U9 girls have played cricket home and away against Moreton Hall. Both games were closely contested with each team winning one match a piece.
The U11A girls cricket team have secured victories against Bishop's Stortford College and St Margaret's, playing some excellent cricket. The U11B girls cricket team lost narrowly away to Bishop's Stortford College but bounced back to beat St Margaret's.
On Wednesday 5 June, Dame Bradbury’s U11 girls A/B/C cricket teams travelled to play the Junior school. All matches were played in great spirit with Dame Bradbury’s winning the A game and being beaten in the B and C matches.
On Friday 7 June Dame Bradbury’s U10 girls A and B cricket teams hosted the Perse. In conditions that were not ideal for cricket with persistent rain the girls showed great perseverance and determination to complete the matches. Unfortunately, Dame Bradbury’s lost both games against very strong opponents.
The Y6 athletics team competed at the East Area Prep Schools Athletics competition in Bedford and despite the miserable conditions, all performed excellently. With a number of events being cancelled on the day due to the weather, our athletes were all fortunate enough to compete in their events and enjoyed a great experience.
Last week we played host to the Sports Partnership District tennis competition. Both of our U9 teams were crowned District champions and they have now qualified for the County Finals on Tuesday 25 June in Southend. Well done to all involved.
With a number of IAPS sports events being cancelled in recent weeks, Oscar in Year 6 did manage to play in the IAPS U11 Golf Championships at the MacDonald Hill Valley Golf Club in Shropshire. He finished a creditable 13th overall in his age group amongst a field of high quality golfers.
With the end of term fast approaching, Sports Day will soon be upon us and pupils have been busy selecting their events for the big day. We look forward to some sunshine and as always the much anticipated parent races which are always a highlight. With the introduction of Sutherland this year, we look forward to seeing which house group will be victorious!
We are pleased to announce that Titan Mouthguards will be visiting Dame Bradbury’s on Friday 6 September to supervise fittings for all student mouthguards from 14:00 - 16:00. This is a first for us but anyone wishing to have a professionally fitted mouthguard can book an appointment for their child by using the link below:
After clicking the link, please enter all the relevant details and select which design you would like for your child.
We will receive a schedule of all fittings from Titan Mouthguards before the day and we will ensure children attend their appointment as necessary.
The first ever Family Fun Run took place at Carver Barracks with over 250 runners taking part raising money for EACH and Cancer Research UK. A fantastic sum of money has been raised through this event with the final total close to £3000. Many thanks to everyone for supporting such a wonderful event.
We have been delighted to have been invited to take part in the Walk to School events organised by SWACC (Saffron Walden action on Climate Change) and there has been a very positive response from both parents and pupils.
This Bikeability course provides pupils with the opportunity to hone their cycling skills and learn more about road safety and bicycle maintenance. The aim is for the vast majority of children to have achieved Level 2 by the end of the week.
Chartwells Sessions - 'My Young Mind'
8:30am – 3:00pm
Our catering company, Chartwells, will be running sessions for each class in Years 1, 3 and 5 entitled 'Our Young Minds'. These will help the children to appreciate the part good nutrition plays in keeping their minds and brains healthy.
Manorcourt Homecare visit to Early Years
1:00pm – 2:00pm
We once again welcome elderly residents from Manorcourt Homecare. Manorcourt Homecare is located behind Waitrose in Saffron Walden and provides quality care to people in their own homes. We consider this to be very beneficial to both the residents and our pupils who will have the opportunity to read, listen to stories, share their work if they feel confident and willing to do so.
Reception collaboration - Summer Forest School
10:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Dame Bradbury's This Forest School Collaboration day will be the final one and will allow the children to have seen the Forest School site during all 3 seasons! Suncream and hats at the ready!
Huge congratulations to our 10 Y6 pupils and 3 Y5 pupils who achieved 1 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze awards in the recent Junior Maths Challenge. This is even more remarkable when you realise it is aimed at Y7 & Y8 pupils. Fabulous results!!! @StephenPerse
Paired reading allows us to share our books, make recommendations and helps us to focus on ways to improve how we read aloud. We give feedback in written form in reading records and can award stickers if deserved! #futureleaders @StephenPerse@SPFSchoolshttps://t.co/uvMlbr8p7D