Together we will make a difference to the lives of our children

On Friday 23rd January at 9am we are holding a pastoral coffee morning. This is an opportunity for you to come into school and meet with Mrs Marlow and Mrs Collins if you would like to discuss the health and well being of your child. No matter what the issue (or if you just fancy a coffee) please pop in to the hall next Friday. Mrs Marlow and Mrs Collins are available to discuss bereavement, family difficulties, your child being unhappy, lacking confidence, displaying difficult behaviour or any other concerns you may have. We want every child to be happy at school as happy children learn better. Everything will of course be kept in confidence.
This winter Flora and Stork, in partnership with Tesco, are running an amazing scheme called
Tubs4Tablets which aims to help our school bring cutting edge technology into the classroom.

We need to collect as many tokens as possible before the end of January, these can be found on promotional 500g tubs of
Flora Original, Light and Buttery and Stork.

Hand us your tokens… Just 50 tokens will get our school one brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0” Wi-Fi 8GB tablet so help us to claim as many as we can.
On Wednesday 28th January at 6pm and Friday 30th January at 9am Mrs Fearn will be holding phonics meetings for parents. Every year this is warmly received by parents as it helps you to support your child to learn sounds and how to use them in reading. Please try and attend especially if your child is in Foundation or is struggling with reading.
Our next INSET day is on Friday 13th February. Please note that school will be closed to children on this day.
After many popular requests from mums, we have decided to host a Mother’s Day Breakfast to celebrate Mothering Sunday. This allows our working mums to join their children before they have to go to work. Nearer to the event, a letter will be sent out asking for numbers so that the cooks can cater. We just wanted to make parents aware early, especially if they wish to request arriving at work a little later!
As I am sure many of you have seen in the Evening Post, Billy Boden in Year 4 has been nominated for a Pride of Gedling Award following him having his head shaved last term for Macmillan Cancer and Rainbows Hospice. This is wonderful news for Billy and we are all delighted
for him and wish him lots of luck.
Over the next few weeks Years 3 and 4 will begin working on and practising their Year 3 and 4 production to parents. This will be held on 10th February at 1.45pm and 11th February at 7pm. Letters
requesting tickets will be sent out nearer to the performances but we wanted parents of our Year 3 and 4 children to save the dates. Thank you.



Message from Jackie Stirland, Head Teacher

Welcome to our new school website. We hope that you find this site informative giving you a good overview of some of the excellent life that we and our pupils share together as we seek to make our school a place of high quality learning and interaction. Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery School strives for the highest quality in delivering success to its pupils. We see our school as a place not only as a means to learning about facts, figures, and different skills but primarily as a shared learning community.

We value and look after the needs of every child and strive to make sure that all of our pupils enjoy their time here. It’s a place to grow in friendship and life learning and when your children leave at the end of Year 6 we always hope to send them off being fully equipped to walk well through the rest of their education and life.

As parents we often remember our own school days, sometimes fondly, sometimes not! I want all of the children to feel special here and to enjoy their time at Richard Bonington. We aim to provide every child with the best quality education in a warm, respectful and caring environment and prepare our children with the priorities of today and the unknown of tomorrow. School is mainly about learning, but to be a successful school, education goes far beyond the Early Years and National Curriculum. This is why we place an enormous amount of importance on the behaviour of the children and staff.

  • We believe that learning takes place more effectively in a calm, well structured environment where mutual respect exists among staff and pupils.
  • We expect mistakes to occur and welcome them as opportunities to learn.
  • We accept that children are not learning machines and that they need to behave like children in order to grown into adults.
  • We know that the most effective learning takes place when children are interested and motivated, so we know that our classrooms must be lively, engaging, interesting places in which the teacher is also the ‘lead learner’.
  • We insist that the few rules that exist are kept to so that our school can function effectively and safely.
  • We welcome the thoughts and the help of those who know their children the best – you the parents. This is your school and you will always be welcome in it.

As a parent you will have lots of questions. Please ask as many as you wish, whenever you want. Education is an ever changing arena in which the pace of change can be bewildering. I am always happy to discuss the education of your child with you. Simply ring school or pop in to see me. If I can’t see you immediately we can arrange a mutually convenient time in the near future.

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