Burnside Primary School and Nursery
Northumberland County Council made offers of schools places to parents earlier this month. We are looking forward to welcoming our new children into reception. Mrs Shaw has written to our new families and invited them to a welcome meeting on 22nd June 2022. The staff in EYFS are very much looking forward to welcoming our new families.
We have some places available for reception class in September, so if you have missed the application process or know of someone who would like to join our Burnside Family, please invite them to ring and have a chat with Mrs Shaw 01670 736052.
Please check our school calendar for our dates that we are closed during the half term and summer holidays.
We are closed the following days:
As our numbers during the holidays have increased we are no longer able to able to provide buffet/packed lunches, as this takes a staff member out of ratios.
For children staying all day parents/carers will need to provide a packed lunch. Please note NO NUTS or sweets.
We will continue to provide breakfast and evening meals which can be purchased for £2.10 if prior notice is provided.
Avoid bumps and crashes into others, NO riding of bikes or scooters before or after school in the playground.
Cycle and scooter to and from school. Get off and walk your bike or scooter as soon as you come into the school site. Park your bike or scooter at one of our racks.
It's everyone's job to help keep the site safe and crash free for all.
Next week our school will participate in a 'FAST!' Programme. This will be taking place from Wednesday-Friday and will be running alongside the current PE days. There will be lots of workshops taking place, from Basketball to Dancing and Hula Hooping! Please make sure that your child comes to school in suitable clothing on the days that have been advised by the class teacher.
I am absolutely delighted to announce that after what seems like years and years, sports day is finally back!!!
Sports day will be held on 7th July 2022.
Nursery / Reception Start 10am
Years 1 - 6 Start 1.30pm
Should the weather be unkind we have a reserve date which is 14th July 2022 - times as above.
Burnside Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Lunch / Picnic
To kick off the Jubilee holiday, children are invited to bring in a jubilee themed packed lunch to eat at lunchtime on 27th May.
Leading up to the 27th May children who bring in their own packed lunch will be given their own cardboard Union Flag lunchbox to bring in a packed lunch on the day. Please just provide a short note to the class teacher requesting a box. Children who are on school dinners will have their packed lunch presented in the same Union Flag lunchbox.
On the day children can add Union Flag based items or wear red, white and blue clothing ( a non uniform day).
Weather permitting we will eat our lunch outdoors and play music to get into the spirit of the day.
Our After School and Holiday Club has now been running for 4 years. During this time it has gone from strength to strength and the number of children using it has surpassed all projections I initially made in my business plan. I would like to thank you enormously for your support.
Mrs Williams supports me in leading this provision in addition to our responsibilities within school. We are often asked how/why we do it? The answer is very easy, we love it and know it makes a difference to our families and the children.
We have a wonderful team working for us in the club and are very grateful.
In the past we have tried to be as accommodating as possible and have taken bookings at very short notice - sometimes verbally and sometimes via a last minute telephone call. Unfortunately, as numbers have grown this is going to be increasingly impossible as we need to be able to plan staffing ratios and ensure learning/play resources are available for the number of children booked in.
To guarantee your child's place you must book in advance via the School Money App. I acknowledge that sometimes families are waiting for pay day to make bookings, hence the last minute bookings.
My aim when I set this business up was to support our families and this has not changed. If you would like to guarantee your booking but are unable to make payment we will work with you as best we can. Should you be in this position please telephone Mrs Lemin, our School Business Manager 01670 736 052 and I am confident we will be able to support you.
As life in school begins to return to "normal" we would love to welcome parent volunteers to help support us. As many of you have seen during the pandemic we have develop many of our outdoor spaces and created amazing learning environments for the children.
The plants to attract wildlife and allow us to use the space to enrich our science curriculum are beginning to grow which is great. However, the weeds growing equally as fast!!!
We are looking for people to help who would be able to help us maintain our wonderful outdoor spaces. You'll be fully briefed and you might even get a free coffees as you work!
If you feel you may be able to help us please telephone the school office and ask to speak with Mrs McMullen.
During the summer term, children in Years 1, 2, 4 and 6 will be taking part in national tests.
Useful parent guides produced by the DfE can be found here:
Outcomes of these assessments will be published to parents alongside the annual report in July.
As we are moving into the warmer weather children can wear the optional summer school uniform. This includes shorts or red & white gingham style summer dresses.
Children should continue to wear plain, black school shoes. Trainers only be worn on PE or outdoor learning days.
If your child is currently wearing trainers instead of school shoes, please make sure their next pair of shoes for school are plain, black school shoes.
Please note that you do not need to purchased uniform with a logo as we realise these incur additional costs. Items from supermarkets/department stores offer exceptional value and are more than acceptable.
Children with long hair (below the shoulders) should wear it tied back. Hair accessories should be in line with school colours- red, black or white and small in size. Hairstyles with shaved in patterns are very creative but are best kept for school holiday periods.