Merry Christmas!

What a terrific year to date! I honestly do not know where to start apart from to thank everyone who is a part of the Bearsted Primary Academy community. This past term, to quote all educational providers across the country, has been one of the most challenging we have ever had to face. However, here at BPA we have managed to keep going strong and have been unbelievably lucky to have kept Covid at bay- making sure all pupils, staff and parents are safe. 

Since they started in September our children have grown into confident, independent, caring and kind learners who love being at school and have a thirst for learning. The progress they have made is amazing to see and it has been a real joy walking through their classrooms hearing them all tell their friends and teachers how they can now read and confidently talk about numbers. Not only have they developed their academic skills, their social, emotional and physical achievements have been tenfold with children proudly and independently getting themselves ready at the end of the day and building friendships for life, taking turns and caring for one another. I am excited to see what happens in the New Year and to see the amazing things our young learners will achieve. 

The past two weeks have been unforgettable for our pupils who have starred in their first ever school nativity and wowed us with their amazing acting skills and beautiful singing voices. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to sit down and watch the performance in the comfort of my own home with a nice cup of tea (or something maybe a little more festive!). I would like to personally thank Miss Thornton for coordinating everything and Ed Solly for his amazing work putting it all together for us- I hope families enjoy watching it together over the Christmas period. Please can I politely remind you that this is not to be shared on social media or to anyone beyond your family due to GDPR and safeguarding. The safety of all our pupils is of the utmost importance alongside respecting the wishes of those families who we have had to seek specific permission from. 

Not only did our children take part in their first school nativity but they also have been lucky to take part in a range of Christmas activities. It was wonderful to see them all dressed up and enjoying their Christmas dinner alongside their teacher and friends, as well as playing Christmas party games and receiving a present from Father Christmas. They also made presents for their families, went shopping for their family and friends and decorated their own Christmas cookies. I’m not sure there was much else they could have packed into their very busy Christmassy week. 

However, I do appreciate that Christmas will not be the same for all this year compared to previous years but hope that our families and staff manage to have a safe and merry time with the ones they love. As we head into the new year- I still can’t quite believe it will be 2021- a new adventure will be had with the opening of our nursery and introduction of our new Key Stage 1 class. I can’t wait to share this with you all and hope to continue on the amazing path which has been created over the past two terms. 

Merry Christmas and keep safe!