Archive for February, 2015

In September last year our Year 6 visited Amsterdam. When there, they visited the amazing Van Gogh Museum and were inspired enough to produce some fantastic art work themselves, on their return to school. Not to be outdone, our Reception age children have produced their own work. They are looking forward to the day when they go to the same museum. That day will come!

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A sample of Year 6’s visit and their art work…

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We are proud to be supporters of the amazing work that is going on in Rwanda. Rwanda has the highest primary school enrolment rates in Africa. For both boys and girls, it is on track to achieve universal access to primary education by the end of this year. The Rwandan Education Board (REB) has been relentless in its focus on building capacities to plan, implement and monitor programmes and interventions aimed at ensuring equitable access to quality education, including early childhood education services. The REB sought support from the NAHT and the British Council in the development of a mentoring programme for Rwandan head teachers. I am delighted to say that I am involved in that project and that Bader Primary School is now developing a partnership with Bugarama Primary School in Rwanda; a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for both school communities. My head teacher colleague at Bugarama is Mr Simon Ndayambaje. We both share a determination to make our partnership work for the benefit of all school community members.

A link to more information on this initiative –

Mentoring of Rwandan head teachers gathers momentum – LF January 2015

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I am delighted to say that our school is now committed to a working partnership with the Moscow Innovative Language Centre. Thank you to Polina Vladykina of MILC who made first contact with our school. The partnership will see some of our youngest children communicating with their bi-lingual Russian peers, developing an appreciation and understanding of one another’s cultures and respective languages. We are to schedule weekly Skype sessions between our school’s children and look forward to what promises to be a truly exciting and rewarding initiative.

Here is a resource produced by MILC that highlights the benefits of the early learning of a second language.

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We anticipate that this work will further bolster our school’s commitment to language development, that including the programme of Latin teaching currently being piloted in Year 5.

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Our Nursery children celebrated Chinese New Year today as they welcomed in the Year of the Goat

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The Bader School Parliament welcomed a very special guest into school this afternoon, Mr James Wharton M.P. James took questions from parliament members, who showed a great interest in how the Bader Parliament works, how the elections had gone and how responsibilities had been afforded. We learned a lot, first hand, about the workings of parliament and are looking forward to putting that learning to good use as we continue to develop the workings of our own school parliament. James asked us to make sure that we let him know when we make our visit to the Houses of Parliament so that he can meet us on the day. We certainly will! Thank you James!

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For as much as one part of our playground was pretty much an ice rink this morning – with early arrivals happily making the most of it – you would be hard pressed to find an area in and around school that you couldn’t safely walk on. The reason being, Mr Peter Kirkbride, our unsung hero of a caretaker, who has been pitching up at school at 06:00 every morning to make the site safe for all. But don’t expect a picture of Peter because, in typical Peter fashion, he wants no fuss, no pat on the back, and no publicity! Thank you Peter!!

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