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AN END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM MR BRAUND

A MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN IN YEAR SIX

A LETTER TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

Friday 17th July 2020

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

 

When I wrote the end of year letter twelve months ago, I don’t think anyone would have believed the challenges we were all going to face in 2020. It has been a worrying and difficult time for us all and I wanted to write to thank the whole St George’s community for the support that has been offered to the school during these times.

 

I want to begin by thanking the St George’s staff for their commitment, dedication and kindness. They are a wonderful team who give everything to ensure that we have happy children who enjoy school and flourish with the opportunities they are given each day. Throughout these past months the staff have been a tremendous support to the children, families and each other. Their enthusiasm and ideas continue to amaze me and I am extremely grateful to have the team that I have. The hard work and planning from everyone behind the scenes has ensured the children have been provided with a continued broad and balanced curriculum with ongoing support throughout each day.

 

I would like to thank all parents and carers for working alongside the school to ensure that the children have the best education possible. I would also like to thank you for being so considerate and understanding. I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support. You help create the atmosphere at the school and work effectively with the school to help the children grow, develop and have a thirst for learning.

 

Behind the scenes, the Governing Body continues to be committed and hardworking in ensuring they support the school to achieve our aims and ambition. Helen MacConnell has been in regular contact throughout lockdown and there have been many meetings to help with the planning and organisation. I very much appreciate having such an active and supportive Governing Body who take so much interest in the life of the school.

 

Monsignor Bernard and Father David continue to offer much advice and support. Monsignor Bernard enjoys visiting the school regularly and the children and staff are always so pleased to see him. His thoughtfulness is always appreciated. Monsignor visited every class on Friday 20th March and took time to visit the Year 6 children who had returned from Monday 1st June. He always makes time for us all at the school and wants to do all he can to support us.  

 

I am very grateful to receive calls from parishioners during these past months. To know that we have been in their thoughts and prayers has been a real comfort.

 

We are very fortunate to have so many volunteers at St George’s. From changing books, gardening, working with classes, supporting the choir, helping with swimming and so much more. Every contribution plays a significant part in helping the school be the school that it is.

 

The Fundraising Team are such an enthusiastic and active group. They have so many ideas and want to do all they can to help the school make improvements.

 

We are extremely fortunate to have such excellent relationships with our local schools.  We work very closely with Parkfield, Trull, Bishop Henderson and Bishop’s Hull and have one aim - to work effectively together to benefit all of our schools. The teaching staff meet every half term to work on projects and I meet regularly with the heads to plan projects together and support each other.  Throughout lockdown, we have been in daily communication as a group of heads to help and advise.

 

I want to thank our wonderful children. They are an absolute delight and a credit to their families, the school and themselves. They enjoy school and experience so many new opportunities from their time at St George’s. They show much kindness and care to each other and the staff at the school. I am always impressed with their politeness and manners. I am very proud of our children and feel very lucky and privileged to be their head teacher.

 

We say goodbye to our Year Six children who are moving on to secondary school. They are ready for the next stage of their education. The secondary schools are very lucky to be having such motivated, hardworking, kind and considerate individuals joining them. The children and families will be missed and we do hope they all stay in touch and visit from time to time. Please remember, ‘Once a St George’s child, ALWAYS a St George’s child!’

 

I do wish you all a happy summer and look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 3rd September.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mark Braund

 

  

Friday 10th July 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have that Friday feeling!!!

 

Mr Davies and I very much enjoy being outside before and after school. It is wonderful seeing the children and families. I was really impressed and very proud of our year 6 children that walked in this week. They all spoke so politely and when asked how they were, they replied with such excellent manners and then many took the time to ask how we were.

 

I got told this week that I talk about the children and staff with such pride and that’s because I am very proud of the children and the team. I am really looking forward to September to have all the children back in school and to see the whole community again – you have all been missed.

 

I would like to thank Jack in Class Five for producing his own joke book and asking if he could sell them to raise money for school funds. Jack is wanting to sell his book for 50p a copy.  Donations can be made to our school account for a copy of Jack’s jokes!

 

Today is the day that I am sure all the children are looking forward to, it’s REPORTS DAY!!! It has been a pleasure reading the comments that the staff have written and only wish that I had such comments written about me when I was at primary school. The reports are being emailed out today! Please contact the school office if you would like a paper copy.

 

Please can I ask you to check the news section regularly because I plan to put lots of important information about September 2020.

 

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Christine, Alyssa, Rayan, Felicity, Maddie, Jamie and Charlie a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

 

I continue to see Monsignor Bernard regularly and he is absolutely delighted to have Parishioners back at St George’s Church for Mass. Please check the Parish website for the times of Masses.

 

Have a brilliant weekend and keep safe and well.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

 

Friday 3rd July 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all safe and well and you have that Friday feeling!

 

Last weekend was a weekend of celebration in the Braund house! I have wished for Liverpool to win the league for many many years and they have finally done it! I was at secondary school the last time they won it, that’s how long it has been.  I was so touched by the kindness of so many friends that sent me messages, knowing I would be very pleased. Mr Hanratty messaged me to say ‘Keep the noise down with the celebrations and congratulations!’ So thoughtful and it meant a lot.

 

My parents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Saturday and they had to cancel their party. I messaged many of their friends and they all kindly sent video messages. I was sent messages of friends singing, or reading a poem they had written. My mum’s cousins in Cork filmed their clip outside my grandad’s childhood home. I only wish I had recorded their reaction to seeing all these messages! They were thrilled!

 

I would also like to thank Phoebe in Class Two for teaching me how to hoopla! It has taken 46 years!

 

Throughout the past weeks we have constantly been presented with delicious home baked cakes! This happened again this week and I have to say, they have been very much appreciated by the staff. We all know how much Mr Davies likes his cakes and biscuits! He eyes light up when he walks into the staffroom and sees them on the table.

 

Finally, a friend of mine messaged me last week and offered the school some office desks and storage cupboards. Mr C arranged for his friend to help him collect them. Money was not accepted for the desks and cupboards and again not accepted for the collection.

 

These are many examples of how a simple act of kindness can have such an effect!

 

People’s well-being is so important and one that we always have as our main priority at school. It is important we have happy children, who love coming to school and are so enthusiastic about the day ahead! I see how much love the staff have for the children and how much they give. I’m extremely proud of the relationships the staff have with the children and the friendly and loving atmosphere we have at St George’s! As I write, we are still waiting for guidance for September 2020. I hope that we have all the children back into school very soon!

 

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Olivia, Oscar, Jacob, Veniece, Gracie, Layla, Shaya, Harriet and Izabella a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

 

Have a brilliant weekend and keep safe and well.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

Friday 26th June 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

It’s Friday! I am sure that you all have the Friday feeling!

Mr Davies was spot on with the weather! It has been glorious these past days and hopefully it continues for a few weeks.

We have been busy filming some videos about the one way system for new  parents and carers at the school. He was very patient when filming me as it took several attempts!

The car park has been very different these past weeks and we very much appreciate how the parents and carers have clearly read our guidance.

It was lovely talking to the Year One Bubble on Tuesday about dogs! We also did a social distant dance to ‘The Bare Necessities.’ My daughter has wanted a dog for many years now and we have agreed that we will have a dog in the future! The name has already been decided, it will be called Waffle after ‘Waffle the Wonder Dog.’ I want it to be called Jurgen after ‘Jurgen Klopp’ but have been outvoted by three votes to one! I have written about random acts of kindness at times these past weeks and this act of kindness is about a dog!

A person left a big box of tennis balls at a beach with a picture of their dog and the following message: In loving memory of Phoebe the dog. Please help yourself to a tennis ball for your dog to enjoy. You may wish to pop it back in the box afterwards for another pooch to enjoy. Remember to live each moment just like your dog; with unconditional love, loyalty and happiness!  I think that is really good advice and another random act of kindness that will put a smile on many faces!

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish James, Majka, Josephine, Kelsey, Paige and Ema a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

Have a brilliant weekend and keep safe and well.

Mr Braund

 
Friday 19th June
 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

It’s Friday! I am sure that you all have the Friday feeling! The weather has not been great these past few days but Mr Davies has assured me that it is going to be a glorious weekend and will continue into next week!

I am always saying to the children about the importance of being a good role model and I was delighted to read about the Manchester United player, Marcus Rashford, actively campaigning for free school meal food vouchers to continue throughout the summer holidays and forcing the government into a u-turn. I will certainly be giving Marcus Rashford a huge clap and cheer when I am next at Anfield watching a Liverpool v Manchester United match. It is so wonderful to see how he has used his status in such a positive way!

An assembly I have repeated several times throughout my 23 years in education is about a hero of mine and someone who I admire and have great respect for. That is Rosa Parks. On the 1st December 1955, in Montogomery, Alabama, in the United States of America, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. A brave unassuming lady who knew right from wrong and stood up for right. Without people like Rosa Parks, nothing would change. 

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Solomon, Edwin, Wiktor and Ffion a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

Have a brilliant weekend and keep safe and well.

Mr Braund

 

Friday 12th June

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Happy Friday to you all! I hope you have had a good week and that you are safe and well. There was a little confusion regarding last week’s assembly as some of the children insisted that I had Buzz Lightyear and Egbert the Dragon popping up behind me when I was speaking! Surely I would have seen them?!

It was really nice to see Monsignor Bernard last week. He popped into school and came out onto the school field to see the various bubbles.

I was really pleased to read an article with Prince Charles praising schools and families throughout lockdown. He said "Parents have done an astonishing job in such trying circumstances and to see teachers and schools going above and beyond for their pupils in response to this pandemic has been, in many instances, quite remarkable. From finding creative ways to teach lessons remotely, and even making sure the most vulnerable children do not go without meals, we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude."

It sounds like the Year Four children have had a lot of fun with their virtual Hestercombe camp these past two days! The children have completed a mini pioneering project using spaghetti and marshmallows, roasted marshmallows on tea light candles, made paper fish swim, created a homemade marble run and made survival bracelets! Some children and families have been camping in their garden and I heard there was a Hestercombe Bake Off Challenge! A huge thank you to the staff, children and families for making all of this possible!

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Ieshia, Rubie, Isis and Charlie-Louise a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

Mrs Rolf has kindly chosen the Friday song to clap and sing to! Mrs Rolf has chosen ‘Altogether Nowl’ by OK GO!

Stay safe and well and have a smashing weekend.

 

Mr Braund

Friday 5th June 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

Happy Friday to you all. I am sure you all have that Friday feeling and that you are ready for the weekend!

 

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well and that you have enjoyed the glorious weather! The rain on Wednesday came as a surprise!

 

It has been super seeing some of the children from Reception Class, Class One and Class Six this week. The smiles on faces, the polite manners, the respect shown and delightful attitudes always pleases me! Our children are wonderful and are a credit to the families, the school and to themselves!

 

As I have said in other newsletters, I love the quote “Always be a little kinder than is necessary” by James M Barrie. It is something I see at St George’s every day. Acts of kindness! The way in which our children speak to others and take great care of our school and each other fills me with much pride.

 

There have been so many acts of kindness throughout the world during these worrying times and it has been lovely to read these positive and uplifting reports! It was wonderful to see Captain Tom being recognised for his achievements in raising more than £32 million for the NHS and rewarded with a knighthood!

 

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Ryan, Imogen, Jack, Rose and Antoni a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

 

Mr C has kindly chosen the Friday song to dance, clap, sing and jump around to! Mr C has chosen ‘Star Girl’ by McFly! A song that many of the children will have heard during a PE lesson at St George’s.

 

Wishing you all a smashing weekend.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

Friday 22nd May 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

Happy Friday! I hope that you are all keeping safe and well. I am sure that you all have that Friday feeling!

 

I cannot believe that we are coming to the end of May. It has been a really testing few weeks for everyone. I have been touched by how lockdown has brought communities together and the kindness shown by so many has been wonderful. My son celebrated his 7th birthday at the end of April and the whole street surprised him by putting up balloons and banners outside their houses.

 

I have really appreciated your kindness and support. I received a letter last week that was shared with staff and moved us all. The letter starts ‘I really feel compelled to write to you to express my gratitude to you and your wonderful staff. Every day I am impressed by the level of dedication all of the staff have towards the children of St George’s. I am sure behind the scenes every staff member has their own struggles protecting their own families, but their efforts and dedication towards our children is never compromised.’ I was really touched to receive this letter and other messages. I have always felt that the St George’s community is like a family. The support, the love and the understanding has shone through and I cannot thank our families and the staff enough for working so effectively together.

 

I also received a message at 11:34 on Wednesday morning from Mrs Rolf with an idea of contacting the gazette appealing to companies to provide gazebos to the school in case they are needed from Monday 1st June. A brilliant idea and by 1pm on Wednesday we had already received donations to purchase some additional shading.

 

I have been updating the news section of the school website these past weeks and would like to reiterate the importance of checking it daily. There is an important message that I uploaded yesterday for parents of children in Reception Class, Class One, Class Six and children of Key Workers. We do have the translate button which will translate the information to your preferred language.

 

I am sure you will all enjoy the Friday Assembly that Mrs Marchant has kindly created with a little help from the teaching staff. Children you will notice that the GOLDEN CUSHION IS BACK!!!!

 

We would usually end the day with our Friday Assembly. I would like to wish Janine, Albin, Daniel and Wiktor a very happy birthday!

 

Wishing you a restful half term with your families.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

Friday 15th May 2020

 

 

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope that you have all had a good week and that you are keeping safe and well.

 

If somebody had asked me what zoom was ten weeks ago I would have answered ‘the movement and sound of a Formula One car!’ Since then I have learnt that zoom has been an effective way of communicating with colleagues and groups. In the last eight days I have had zoom meetings with the teaching staff, support staff, Mrs Gordge and Mrs Mac Connell, Mrs McDonnell and Mr Lake and finally the head teachers of the Orchard Partnership (St George’s, Trull, Parkfield, Bishop’s Hull and Bishop Henderson.) I did have to cancel another zoom meeting with Richard Huish Trust on Wednesday evening.

 

I have really enjoyed seeing the staff and colleagues using zoom but nothing is better than actually seeing people in person. When we do eventually return to school, things will be different and we will all have to be mindful of social distancing. There will be many changes, such as no assemblies until we feel it is safe to do so. The wonderful staff will still be here and will be giving you all the continued excellent education that you have always had.

 

I continue to be really pleased with the success of Google Classroom and all staff have fed back on how hard children are working.

 

Please can I ask that parents and carers check my news section updates and read information about a possible return to school on Monday 1st June for Reception Class, Year One and Year Six. I also ask that parents and carers of children from these year groups complete the survey. There is a link on the news page.

 

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Ava a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

Monday 11th May 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and that you had a lovely weekend. The VE Day events throughout the country, although scaled down, were a tribute to the millions of brave people that fought to protect us all.

 

I was hoping to update you on news after the Prime Minister’s announcement last night. It did leave me with many questions and not enough answers. We would like to have our pupils back to school as soon as possible but it has to be safe for everyone to do so. My first priority has to be the safety of everyone in the school community. We have to consider not only the logistics – I’m sure there will be many rules to follow, but also the risk factors to all. These include the pupils and their families; teachers, support staff, lunch staff, cleaners and their families as well.

 

Any plan to increase numbers of children that are already in school has to be practical and manageable. It will be physically impossible to bring back the numbers of pupils being suggested and maintain any sense of social distancing. This is especially the case in Reception Class and Year One. The school day at St George’s will be completely different, we will have to consider so many aspects of what we have considered the normal.

 

 

The Government will release additional guidance today but for the month of May at least, nothing has changed. The school continues to be open for the children of Key Workers and the ongoing effective use of Google Classroom will continue. I will aim to provide as much information in the coming days and weeks when I am able to do so.

 

I am extremely grateful to the whole St George’s Community for your support and understanding throughout this worrying and unprecedented time. The staff have been excellent throughout and we continue to be delighted with the effectiveness of Google Classroom. Your messages and your support with class work has been very much appreciated.

 

Love and best wishes to you all.

 

Mr Braund

Thursday 7th May 2020
 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

Happy Thursday to you all. I hope you are all well.

 

I am really pleased with the continued feedback I receive regarding Google Classroom and the support from the staff at the school. I really value the team at St George’s and feel very lucky to have the staff that I have. We continue to meet weekly on Zoom and are in daily contact.

 

Thank you to Mrs Marchant for producing our weekly assembly and to all the staff for supporting with this. Helen Mac Connell and Monsignor Bernard have kindly added messages as well and these are greatly appreciated. Both Helen and Monsignor Bernard are in regular contact with me and their support and kindness is very much appreciated. Being a Governor at a school is a huge commitment and Helen, Monsignor and the rest of the Governing Body go above and beyond to support us all at the school.

 

As I said on Monday, It is VE Day tomorrow and I have left additional resources and videos at the bottom of this newsletter. I have read online that there are plans for ‘socially distant’ celebrations on streets throughout the country starting with a two minute silence at 11am; at 3pm the Winston Churchill Speech will be broadcast on BBC1; at 6pm, you can raise your glass to your neighbours and 9pm a Nationwide sing-a-long to ‘We’ll meet again’ with the Royal British Legion after the Queen’s address.

 

As a Year Six teacher many years ago, I very much enjoyed reading ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ to the children. I always found the story very moving and made the children think about how life was during World War Two. The year six children at St George’s have been reading the story this year and it has been a delight to hear them read it in their groups. They really impressed and pleased me with their empathy and understanding of the challenges of life during World War Two. If you haven’t read Goodnight Mr Tom, I would very much recommend it. I would also recommend The Amazing Tale of Adolphus Tips. This is set in Devon during World War Two.

 

During our Friday assembly we would normally celebrate recent birthdays. This week I would like to wish Joyelyn and Storm a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the celebrations.

 

Mrs Earp has kindly selected the assembly song for this week. Mrs Earp has chosen ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson. Another absolute classic from years gone by.

 

Have a super weekend and love and best wishes to you all.

 

Mr Braund

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Wednesday 6th May 2020
 
 
A LETTER FROM HELEN MAC CONNELL (CHAIR OF GOVERNORS)
 
 

Dear Children, Parents, Carers, Staff, Governors and our community at St George’s,

 

I hope you are all well and looking after your families during this very unusual time.

 

Even though we can’t be together Mr Braund and all the staff are doing their best to keep things as normal as possible for you. I would like to say a big thank you to them for all their hard work and all that they are doing. I would also like to say thank you to you and your families for how well you have adapted to this new way of working. It isn’t easy for any of us but I know everyone is doing their very best to work hard and look after each other.

 

Mr Braund and I are having regular conversations and he has been telling me about everything that is happening. I know the teachers are very busy putting work on the google classrooms and they are being well supported in this by the teaching assistants. When I look at our school website I can see lots of things to support you at home. When I pop into school once a week I see the smiley, happy children of our key workers being well looked after. Mrs Gordge is busy in the office and Mr Davies and the cleaners are busy looking after the school site. We are all keeping in touch by regular Zoom meetings to ensure that we can make this time as efficient as it can be.

 

I want to reassure you that the normal things haven’t stopped but we are just having to adjust to a new way of working for now. I know that everyone at St George’s Catholic School is doing their very best to help you with your learning, to look after you all and to keep in touch with everyone. I look forward to a time when we can all be together again and, once guidance comes through from the government, we will begin to put plans in place for this to happen.

 

In the meantime, I want you to carry on as you are by working hard and looking after each other.

 

With my very best wishes,

 

Helen Mac Connell – Chair of Governors

Monday 4th May 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you and your families and friends are all keeping safe and well and that you had a lovely weekend.

 

I am very lucky to have a job that I very much love and enjoy. There are many aspects of the job that I particularly enjoy, the most being meeting so many people from day to day. Children, staff, parents, grandparents, members of the parish, colleagues from other schools and many more. I am very much missing seeing the whole school community and do look forward to the time that we will all be safely back at school together. We still await news about future plans for schools. Although there is much speculation, nothing has been confirmed. I still predict that there will be strict social distancing guidelines and these will be considered very carefully so that everybody stays safe and well.

 

I really enjoyed the Friday assembly and want to thank Mrs Marchant and all the staff for making it happen. I am sure the children will have noticed that I forgot the ‘Golden Cushion’ again!

 

This Friday marks 75 years since Victory in Europe (VE) Day. It marks the end of World War II in Europe on 8th May 1945, when the Nazi forces officially surrendered to the Allies. The day was a public holiday, where people sang and danced outside their homes, and held street parties. I am aware of different ‘Stay at home’ celebrations that have been advertised. They look like fun and something you might think about taking part in yourselves.

 

I have been lucky enough to have visited Arromanches Beach and  Pegasus Bridge several times during my time as Deputy Head at Parkfield. I always found it extremely moving to be on the beach with sixty children and staff and think about the brave heroes and heroines all those years ago who fought to protect our countries and the millions of people.

 

The Google Classrooms will be closed from 4pm on Thursday for the weekend. I know that the VE Days celebrations will be different than what were planned but I am sure that there will be millions of people around the world paying their respects to the people who gave everything to protect so many.

 

You will see that I have some VE Day activities below. I hope you all enjoying doing them.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

 

 

Friday 1st May 2020

 

Happy Friday everyone!

 

I hope you and your families and friends are all keeping safe and well. It is such a shame that the weather hasn’t been as glorious, but let’s hope that the sun returns very soon.

 

I hope you are finding the newsletters and updates useful and would really appreciate it if you could send the link to other parents so that everyone is aware of the updates.

 

Google Classroom continues to be working very well. I would like to share the guidelines that we have for using this wonderful resource and would really appreciate it if these guidelines are supported by all.

 

G Suite -  Guidelines for Pupils

 

G Suite has been designed as a collaborative learning platform, to give us the opportunity to learn the etiquette of communicating and collaborating online so that we will all learn to use technology in a positive way and be good digital citizens.

 

When we first set it up for use in school we did not realise that it would become such an essential tool for our teaching and learning as it has proved to be over the last 6 weeks!

 

We are issuing these guidelines as a reminder, to ensure that everyone’s experience of G- Suite is a positive one.

 

  1. Please remember that when you communicate online the person receiving your message cannot see the expression on your face. A humorous comment that you might make face-to-face can sometimes be taken the wrong way online. Please choose your words carefully and make sure that all messages are kind, positive, helpful and necessary.
  2. We are asking children NOT to set up documents which they share only with a small group of friends. This can be hurtful to those children not invited. All communication on the stream should be open to everyone in your class so that nobody feels excluded at this time when children are isolated in their homes. 
  3. We appreciate that so many parents are sending photos of their children’s work to their teachers, we love receiving these pictures. We would advise you not to include your child’s face in pictures. Although our G suite is a closed system on our own domain, this is an extra safeguarding precaution that we would advise you to take.
  4. Please DO NOT screenshot pictures or videos which have been uploaded to the G suite.
  5. Please DO NOT share any content that is posted on our G Suite to anyone outside our school domain.
  6. Please DO NOT try to upload a photo of yourself to your account profile.
  7. Please remember that your accounts are your own, you should not be using details which belong to your siblings. We talk in our online safety lessons about not sharing passwords and protecting our personal information. This is an example of that behaviour. You should not access your brother or sister’s account or classroom.

 

Thank you all for your continued support of our online teaching. If you have any questions about, or issues with our Google Classroom platform, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

 

I am sure you will all enjoy the Friday Assembly that Mrs Marchant has kindly created with a little help from the teaching staff. Children you will notice what I forgot to hand out at the start of the assembly – ‘THE GOLDEN CUSHION’ I hear you all say.

 

We would usually end the day with our Friday Assembly. I would like to wish Toby, William, Shasey and Lucas a very happy birthday!

 

Mrs Crocker has kindly chosen the Friday song to sing and clap along to. She has chosen a song by my all-time favourite band – The Beatles! Mrs Crocker has chosen ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.” Written in 1967 by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They don’t make music like they used to!

 

Wishing you all a super weekend!

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

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TUESDAY 28TH APRIL 2020

Monday 27th April 2020

 

Dear Children, Parent and Carers,

 

I hope you are all safe and well and that you had a lovely weekend. I do hope that you are able to communicate with loved ones and friends via the many forms of technology that we have.

 

There is still no news on when schools will reopen. We do not receive any additional information than the general public. There is much speculation in the press but this is just speculation and we can only wait to hear an official announcement from the Government. As I stated last week, I imagine there will be strict guidelines for social distancing, but again, we await further information from the Government.

 

Last December, I was visited by a School Educational Partner. She spent a day at St George’s and was very complimentary about the children, staff and the atmosphere throughout the school. I am lucky enough to witness and experience this on a daily basis and I truly believe that the school community that we are is shining through. I am very grateful and appreciative to you all for making St George’s the school that it is. Your kindness, understanding and support throughout this time and at all times is wonderful.  

 

A huge thank you to the St George’s Team for the ongoing support with lessons and communication. The Friday assemblies have been an absolute joy to watch and we have another wonderful assembly planned for this Friday.

 

Please do keep checking the school website for updates and the Google Classroom daily to access the work that the teachers are setting.

 

Love and best wishes to you all.

 

Mr Braund

 

FRIDAY 24TH APRIL 2020

 

Happy Friday everyone!

 

Normally at the start of the day, I would be stood by the gate, being asked if I have the ‘Friday Feeling’ by lots of our lovely children. I really hope you are all well and safe and that you all have that ‘Friday Feeling!’

 

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful comments about our St George’s Day video! A huge thank you to Mrs Crocker and Mrs Price and all the staff for making this happen! It was a lot of fun and a joy to watch.

 

I hope you all had a good St George’s Day and that you managed to re-create the St George’s Day races!

 

It has been wonderful to have Zoom meetings with both the teaching staff and support staff. I really appreciate their hard work and commitment in ensuring that the children continue to receive a broad and balanced education and much support.

 

Monsignor Bernard is in regular contact and has been busy leading a daily Mass and posting them on YouTube. He is delighted that there has been in excess of 6000 people viewing the services during the past month. Monsignor Bernard and Father David are a constant support to us all at the school.

 

Helen Mac Connell is also in communication with myself most days and has gone above and beyond in her role as Chair of Governors. Helen has been researching Leavers Hoodies and we hope that Imprints will be open again soon so that we can order some for our Year Six children.

 

We would usually end the day with our Friday Assembly. During our assembly we celebrate birthdays and I would like to wish Nikita, Emily and Kylie a very happy birthday!

 

Mr Lake has kindly chosen the Friday song to dance along to. Mrs Braund couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard of this song! I do need to be better with my music knowledge and appreciation! Mr Lake has chosen ‘Defying Gravity’ by the Glee Cast. Just imagine how you and the teachers leave the hall on a Friday and recreate it with your parents and carers.

 

Wishing you all a happy weekend. The weather is glorious and I hope it stays this way.

 

 

Love and best wishes,

 

 

Mr Braund

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Thursday 23rd April 2020
 
Happy St George's Day everyone!
 
Please log in to Mr Braund's Classroom on Google Classroom to see the video surprise from school staff. 
 
I have uploaded some St George's Day activities below.
 
Take care everyone and love and best wishes to you all.
 
Mr Braund

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are all well and that you are back into the routine of lessons starting again on Google Classroom. Please can you try your best to log in on a daily basis to complete as much of the work as possible. We expect that the children in Key Stage Two should be able to work on a lot of the work independently. They can communicate with their teacher through Google Classroom if they have any problems or just want to get in touch!

 

As I have said previously, we are aware that all circumstances are completely different and we don’t want you to worry about the work but from discussions I have had with staff and parents, the work we are setting is definitely helping the structure of the day at home. I would also recommend lots of art and crafts. Even simple colouring is really good.

 

We are very lucky to have Mr C and Mrs Buck delivering our PE lessons at school. Try and log on to Joe Wicks at the start of the day or catch up on one of his previous sessions. His fancy dress Fridays are a lot of fun and so far we have seen Joe dressed as Spider man, a frog and Scooby Doo!!!

 

It is St George’s Day tomorrow. A day that is celebrated at school with a Mass and also our St George’s Day races.  It would be wonderful if you could try and create your own races if you can. I will be posting some St George’s Day activities on my page tomorrow for you to read and complete.

 

I will post the answers to the Easter Quiz at the end of the week and new quizzes will start next week.

 

Stay safe everyone and love and best wishes to you all.

 

Mr Braund

 

Sunday 19th April

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are all well and staying safe and that you all managed to have a lovely Easter. The glorious weather was a help and I hope you managed some time in your gardens and some fresh air.

 

I was really pleased to be able to speak with so many of you during the holidays and hope that the parents I didn’t get to speak to, picked up my messages on answer phones. I very much appreciated the kind comments about the support from staff and how brilliant Google Classroom has been. It was wonderful to hear how so many families had been in touch with other families using Zoom, Facetime and by phone.

 

I was asked by one or two parents if I knew when the school would re-open. The answer is, I don’t. We have not received any additional information from the Government or Local Authority. I am sure that when schools do re-open, there will be tight restrictions regarding social distancing for many months. I will be posting any updates about this matter as soon we hear.

 

I am extremely grateful to the staff who kindly gave up their time to support at school for the key worker families during the holidays. It sounds like they were very busy with the many activities and had a very enjoyable time.

 

The school term starts tomorrow (Monday 20th April) and Google Classroom will open and lessons will start again from 9am.

 

The continued work of the NHS and key-workers is outstanding and the weekly applause throughout the country is wonderful to see. The respect and appreciation for all key workers is heart-warming and thoroughly deserved.

 

I was really moved by the response to Captain Tom Moore’s 100 laps  of the 25-metre loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine. He has also secured a number one spot in the music charts by dueting with Michael Ball to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ He has raised over twenty five million pounds and is planning to continue his daily 100 laps for as long as he is still doing good and raising money. What a remarkable and wonderful achievement!

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund and all the staff and governors.

 

EASTER ACTIVITIES
THE BUMPER EASTER QUIZ
FRIDAY 3RD APRIL
 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

I sincerely hope that you are all keeping well and safe at this time.

 

It has now been two weeks since the closure of schools. We are facing many unprecedented challenges, the most being the health and wellbeing of our families, our relatives, our loved ones, our friends, our work colleagues and our neighbours. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

 

I wanted to thank all the staff for their ongoing kindness, care, love and support that they give the school. They always go above and beyond for the children and families and have been working hard both in school providing vital childcare and support to the children of key workers and also from home to deliver lessons and stay in communication with their class on a regular basis. I know you have greatly appreciated everything that the staff are doing.

 

We will continue to provide support for the children of key workers throughout the Easter holidays. I would like to thank the staff in volunteering to ensure that we can continue to provide care. They recognise that this essential in supporting our invaluable key workers so that they continue the outstanding jobs they are doing.

 

I would like to thank all parents and carers for your support with the home learning. We are very fortunate to have Google Classroom. The support of parents and carers has helped the home learning greatly. I am aware that there will have been many changes to our daily routines. I know for those parents trying to work from home and manage their children’s learning can be a challenging task. I know that whatever learning is happening in your household, that you are all doing your best in such circumstances.

 

During the Easter holidays, the Google Classrooms will stop. Children, parents, carers and staff all need time to focus on other things. I will upload some Easter activities on the Mr Braund section of the school website but there is no expectation to complete them. I have also added the two stories I wrote many years ago for you all to enjoy and a BUMPER EASTER QUIZ! If you are on FaceTime to family members, tell  them about the quiz and see if they can beat your score!

 

Work and activities on Google Classroom will finish at the end of today and the first set of activities following the Easter break will be Monday 20th April.

 

As I post this update we should be getting ready for our Stations of the Cross Service. A moving service that is impeccably observed by the wonderful children. Every mass that I attend, I often find myself admiring the Stations of the Cross carvings that are displayed around the church. They are a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. I have included a link to the church website for you to admire them https://www.tauntoncatholicchurch.com/stations-of-the-cross/.  

 

We would usually conclude the term with our Golden Book Assembly, where we celebrate many achievements and also celebrate birthdays. This week I would like to wish Lucas, Abel, Sophie, Florence, Marianne, Karl, Jeremiah, Aleksandrs, Julia, Kostek, Isaac and Oonagh a happy birthday!

 

We also finish assembly with a song that we all go out to and try our best dance moves as we leave. I still need to work on these dance moves and my rhythm! Our Friday assembly song has been chosen by Mrs Gavins! See the link below and do get your families dancing to the tune like you would in assembly.

 

Wishing you and your families a Happy Easter. Do stay well and safe.

 

 

Love and best wishes,

 

 

Mr Braund and all the staff and governors.

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THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
AS PROMISED - CLICK BELOW FOR THE ADVENTURES OF FLUFFY - THE NEW LOO AND THE ADVENTURES OF FLUFFY - FESTIVE FRIENDS.
WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
 

Good morning children, parents and carers,

 

I hope you and your families are staying well. Children I am sure you are being brilliant at home and helping your families.

 

In many assemblies we speak about the importance of being kind and loving – ‘Always be kinder than is necessary’ – we are seeing so many examples of this. People and communities supporting each other with various things. I read a news article of a young paramedic who stepped out of her house and was on her way to work when she received a standing ovation from her entire neighbourhood. Overwhelmed by the gesture, the paramedic shed tears of joy before waving at her neighbours. The neighbours continued clapping until she left the area in her car. Such a kind and loving thing to do.

 

I cannot thank the school community enough for their support and kindness throughout these worrying times. There have been many messages of support.

 

We are very lucky to have such close relationships with our local schools and the support there has been from school to school has been excellent. From sharing updated guidance, advising each other and just checking in on how each school is. There have been many messages daily and often late into the evening. Thank to Gareth Jones, Karen Wedlake, Rachel White and Mike Turner and the school teams for the wonderful working relationships we have.

 

During this time, I am reading that many people are learning new skills or taking up a new hobby. I once had an ambition to write and publish a children’s book and about eight years ago I put this dream into action. For many years I had an ongoing battle with our neighbours’ cat, Fluffy. Fluffy decided that out of all the areas where he could go to the loo, the best place was my lawn (much to the amusement of Mrs Braund!) It became a battle between myself and Fluffy and caused a lot of amusement for the rest of the street as they could see this battle playing out. I decided to write a children’s book about my friendly battle with Fluffy the cat! I will be uploading the two stories I wrote later today. I hope you enjoy reading them as a family.

 

I have prepared a bumper Easter Quiz for you to complete with your families. I will post it on Friday. Please tell your relatives and friends about the quizzes and encourage them to have a go as well. 

 

Please look out for my Friday update. A member of the teaching staff will be choosing the Friday assembly song!

 

Love and best wishes to you all.

 

Mr Braund

TUESDAY 31ST MARCH
 
MONDAY 30TH MARCH 2020
 

Good morning children, parents and carers,

 

I hope you all had a good weekend and that you are all keeping well and safe. The weekend gave me a few days to recover from Joe Wicks!

 

A huge thank you to the staff who kindly organised our Golden Book Assembly on Friday. It was brilliant and I was thrilled to see that some of the children had accessed it on Google Classroom and had left comments. It did make me chuckle reading that a few children had ‘that Friday feeling!’

 

Monsignor Bernard and Father David are well and in regular contact with me. Please do check the Parish website (https://www.tauntoncatholicchurch.com/) as there are resources for both the children and adults. You can also access resources and register for the virtual children’s liturgy on the CAFOD website ( https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy).  Mrs McDonnell is also kindly posting a prayer resource on my classroom page daily.

 

The St George’s staff are well and I am extremely grateful for the work that they are preparing for you all to complete on Google Classroom. Do log in daily so that you can complete the activities set.

 

We are in the process of completing a book which will be kept in our new library. It will be a book of book reviews. I would be delighted If you would complete this task by typing up a review of a favourite book of yours. You could include the title of the book, the author, the storyline, the main characters, what you like about it, who you would recommend it for and a rating.  You could attach it to my Google Classroom page and then I could send it on to Mrs Parker, who is kindly managing this task.

 

I am sure you are all being brilliant and helping your families at home.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund

FRIDAY 27th MARCH 2020

 

Good morning Children, Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are keeping well. I woke up this morning aching from 4 mornings of completing the Joe Wicks workout! I do recommend it and that you get your parents doing it as well! When we return to school I would love us to do it as a whole school event for one morning!

 

I am hearing from your class teachers on a regular basis and they are telling me how well you are all doing. Well done for logging on to Google Classroom and for all the work that you are completing. I now have a Google Classroom page and am uploading the quiz here as well. Do try and have a go at the daily quiz that I am setting. Some of them will require you to do some research but I know you can do it.

 

I am also in regular contact with colleagues from other schools and the support from school to school has been fantastic!

 

There are many excellent resources online that you can access and there are links put on our website and twitter feed.

 

Usually on a Friday, we have Golden Table for KS1 children, where I have lunch with the children. I always look forward to it and the conversations we have. The children will probably tell you that I particularly love the day when fishcakes are served.

 

We finish every Friday with Golden Book Assembly. I always enjoy having the children together and celebrating the many wonderful achievements including representing the school in a sporting event, achieving an award out of school and completing Mathletics tasks.

 

We also celebrate birthdays and I would like to wish Lola, Constance, Noah, Charlotte, Raya, Gabriele, Rory, Klaudia, Isla, Emilia and Luciano a very happy birthday!

 

We always finish the Friday assembly with a song of choice from one of the staff. I have put a link below to my choice this week and will ask staff to suggest a song for every Friday.

 

I have chosen my all-time favourite song – You’ll Never Walk Alone. This is a song that I have grown up with from the age of four because of my love of Liverpool FC. However, for me it means so much more than being linked to football. I find the song inspiring and encouraging. It tells me that there will be tough times and to stay strong and to stay hopeful that things will resolve themselves. It tells me that there is much love and support from others. I find it a songs that evokes many emotions and one that unites people. An example of this was seeing a video of NHS staff singing it during their working hours last week.

 

Look after yourselves and have a good weekend with your families.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mark Braund

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THURSDAY 26TH MARCH
 
GUESS THE LANDMARK IN ENGLAND

Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

Good morning to all the wonderful children and families of St George’s Catholic School.

 

I hope you are all keeping well and that you are looking after each other. Children, I am sure that you are being wonderful in supporting your families and doing all you can to help. Just by being well behaved, kind, considerate, thoughtful and polite will be a huge help around the house.

 

I hope that you have had success with accessing the work that your brilliant teachers have been uploading on Google Classroom. We are very lucky to have this resource and keep checking the class websites on a daily basis for more work.

 

As you can see, I have added a Mr Braund section to the website and will aim to upload a daily quiz or activity. Your families may even want to attempt the quiz or activity.  Please keep checking this section.

 

I want to thank your parents and carers for the kind messages we have received and the understanding that has been shown.

 

I also wanted to say a big thank you to all key workers for what they are doing during these unprecedented times. You are greatly respected and appreciated for what you are doing.

 

Thank you to all the staff at St George’s being so supportive and also organised and prepared with the work that is being uploaded.

 

Monsignor Bernard is live streaming Mass during this time and a link can be found on the news section of our website.

 

I would really like to thank Helen Mac Connell, our Chair of Governors, who continuously goes above and beyond in supporting everyone at the school. Helen and I are in regular contact and she has been an absolute rock not only during these past weeks but also throughout my time at St George’s.

 

Please check our Twitter feeds regularly for activities and links to educational websites.

 

You are all greatly missed and I do hope that our school community is together again very soon.

 

 

Love and best wishes,

 

 

Mark Braund

WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH
 
Can you guess the book?
TUESDAY 24TH MARCH
 
Can you identify each town in Somerset?
Monday 23rd March 2020
 
How many places in Taunton can you spot in the quiz below?

A MESSAGE FOR CLASS SIX 

 

Dear Children in Class Six,

 

I know I was able to speak with some of you on Friday but am aware that some were not in school. There were so many things I wanted to say.

 

I wanted to congratulate you on being such wonderful children. You have all made such super progress over the years and your attitude to school has always impressed. You have demonstrated such wonderful values on a daily basis and have been keen to do your very best in all that you do.

 

The kindness and compassion that you have shown for others has been evident. You have been excellent role models and have shown an understanding of the important things in life. To be kind, caring, loving, honest, supportive, honest, hardworking, forgiving, trustworthy and much more. I have seen you live out these values every day.

 

An example of this was the attitude of the Basketball Teams competing at Heathfield School two weeks ago. The respect the children showed for each other, their opponents and the officials was excellent. But it was also the way in which they competed with enthusiasm, commitment, determination and resilience. I came away filled with so much pride at the talented St George’s children but with the right attitude to competing.

 

I am sure you have so many treasured memories of your time at St George’s including the Nativity, Sports Day, special events and much more. You will have those memories forever and also the fun you had with the many friends you made. I am sure there will be friendships forged that will be friends for life!

 

I would like to thank your parents and carers for their support and kindness throughout your time at the school. The amazing staff at St George’s have given you a great start to your journey in education and given you so many memorable moments that you will look back on with smiles and laughter.

 

I would hope to see you all before the end of the academic year but if this is not possible we will definitely be inviting you and your families back to the school for a proper send-off that you all deserve.

 

Please stay safe in the weeks ahead and do everything you can to help your families.

 

Love and best wishes,

 

Mr Braund