Weekly Blog Friday 4th November 2022
Weekly Blog Friday 4th November 2022

Weekly Blog Friday 4th November 2022

Posted in Whole school news on Friday, 4th November 2022

Training Day Wednesday 4th January 2023

When we originally notified parents/carers of the training days, there was one training day still to be arranged. This has now been arranged for Wednesday 4th January 2023. School will therefore re-open after the Christmas holidays on Thursday 5th January 2023.


Please see below for our class attendance for this week.

This week, Mrs Birkinshaw/Miss Taylor's class had the highest attendance percentage with 98.70%! Well done Year 1/2B! 

Nursery - 95% 

Reception - 93.91%

Mrs Davies (1/2A) - 95.71%

Miss Cruickshanks (1/2B) - 94.76%

Mrs Birkinshaw/Mrs Taylor (1/2C) - 98.70%

Mrs Wood (3/4A) - 95%

Mrs Perry (3/4B) - 98%

Miss Dunn (5/6A) - 89%

Mrs Pickersgill/Mrs Walker (5/6B) -97.24%

Stars of the week

Each week in our Friday Celebration Assembly, we celebrate our stars of the week. Each class teacher chooses 2 children from their class each week who have really impressed them. 

Here are this week's stars:


George for trying really hard with his learning and independently applying what he has learnt.

Matthew for joining in and singing beautifully when we are doing class singing.

1/2A Mrs Davies

Olivia for trying really hard and making her RWI smile from ear-to-ear with her efforts in reading.

Isaac for spreading happiness wherever he goes with his big smile, kind actions and funny stories.

1/2B Miss Cruickshanks

Noah D for showing great resilience in his maths learning this week. For working hard and using his problem solving skills to find the answer.

Keira L for spreading happiness in school every single day. Checking in on friends and always having a huge smile on her face.

1/2C Mrs Birkinshaw/Mrs Taylor

Lily and Maddison M for bringing their teachers such joy and happiness everyday with their wonderful smiles, hard work and fabulous manners.

3/4A Mrs Wood

Hermione - for working hard in every lesson and really challenging herself. When one example was needed, Hermione pushed herself to find three! She checks her work, makes improvements and is working really hard in class!

Henry - has worked incredibly hard this week. He has shown a really mature attitude in class, has been helpful to adults and other students. He has set an excellent example to others!

3/4B Mrs Perry

Emilie and Brandon - for getting on with their work straight away without any fuss. They try their hardest to make Mrs Perry happy in class and in small groups. They are always happy to help other children!

5/6A Miss Dunn

Evelyn - Evelyn has had such a fantastic first half term in Year 5. She has risen to all challenges given and has worked hard to meet the high expectations upon her. She strives to complete all learning tasks and challenges to the very best of her ability. She has continued with her positive attitude and work ethic into this new half term.

Alayna - Alayna is a ray of sunshine in the class! She always has a huge smile on her face and spreads the happiness around the classroom with her positive outlook. She reacts positively to challenging work and responds to all feedback given to ensure that her work is the very best that it can be.

5/6B Mrs Pickersgill/Mrs Walker

Imogen - this week, Imogen has demonstrated confidence and control when painting; using a wide range of techniques and effects. Imogen has also impressed in P.E this week; her confidence has really improved in this area of the curriculum and she plays well as a member of a team.

Annabelle - this week, Annabelle has demonstrated confidence and control when painting; using a wide range of techniques and effects. She understands how to produce a high-quality finish and is willing to share her knowledge and expertise with others.

Individual and sibling photos

The individual and sibling photo proofs have been sent home with the children tonight.

The deadline for ordering photos will be next Friday, 11th November. All orders will need to be placed online. Any orders placed after the deadline may incur an additional postage charge.

Christmas Project 2022

Following on from our email earlier this week, we wanted to remind parents/carers that the children will be taking part in a Christmas design project again this year. For those of you who are new to school, the children design a piece of artwork which can then be used by a company to make Christmas cards/mugs etc which can be purchased.

In previous years we have used Cauliflower Cards, but this year we will be using a company called Xmas4Schools. Please click on the link below to have a look at their website.


The children will be creating their designs in school, which will then be sent home with an order form at the beginning of next week. The deadline to get the completed order form back to school with your order is next Friday, 11th November to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. No payments are required at this stage. Once the company have received the artwork and order forms, parents/carers will receive a text/email with their personal order code so you can then log in, place your orders, and make payment online directly with Xmas4Schools. There will be a short deadline to order items to ensure delivery in time for Christmas, so please ensure if you do wish to purchase anything that you do so as soon as you receive your order code from Xmas4Schools.

All products ordered will be delivered back to school and sent home with the children. We will of course keep you updated at each stage of the process and provide a reminder of deadline dates.

School Nurse - Reception and Year 6 screening checks Monday 7th November

As advised on previous blogs in the diary dates and following on from the email and letter/form sent home in September, the school nurse will be coming into school on Monday to carry out the Reception and Year 6 screening checks.

Flu Vaccinations Tuesday 8th November  

Don't forget that the Vaccination nurses will be coming into school next Tuesday 8th November to give the nasal flu vaccine to those children in Reception to Year 6 whose parents have returned their consent form. 

Parents Evenings Wednesday 9th November 

Just a reminder that it's parents evening next Wednesday. Appointments will take place in your child's classroom. Children are welcome to attend if parents/carers wish them to. You will receive a reminder of your appointment time before the day of parents evening.

School Nurse available on Parents Evening

The school nurse will be in the main entrance near the school office next Wednesday, 9th November from approx. 3pm to 5.30pm to speak to parents/carers about any health related issues they may have regarding their child.  Please see below some further information regarding the School Nursing Team.

Poppies etc on sale from Monday 7th November

The Royal British Legion has again provided us with items to sell to raise funds for their charity, in the lead up to Remembrance Day. There will be various items for sale in each class, including poppies, stationery items, bracelets etc which are available for a donation to the charity. We are not specifying an amount for each item, as the Royal British Legion are always grateful for any donations provided.

The items will be on sale in each class every day next week.

Closure of Making Friends wraparound care

Dear Bawtry Mayflower families,

I am aware that some of you have now been informed of the closure, at Christmas, of the current extended schools service provided by Making Friends. We were very disappointed to hear that Making Friends had decided to finish their lease with us, and that consultation with parents had not happened prior to this decision. We do though thank them for the service they have provided for our families during this time.

We are, of course, now looking into alternatives in regards to arrangements to support our families as much as we can. These do currently involve discussions around another childcare provider taking on the lease as of Christmas, but we will also signpost other options where available.

There will be meetings next week to discuss these options, and I will contact you all again regarding the outcome of these as soon as possible to reassure you of what we, as a school, have endeavoured to put in place.

I do understand your frustrations at this news and at this time of uncertainty. We are very aware this is something that many of our families will rely on as part of their daily working schedules, so be assured as a school we are trying our best to hopefully bring some resolution to this as soon as we can.

Thank you for your support and patience regarding this matter.

Mrs L. Powell


Household Support Fund

Please see below information we have received from Doncaster Council regarding the Household Support Fund.

The next phase of the Household Support Fund will begin this month and end on 31 March 2023. The council will be awarding a single payment for food and energy to all Doncaster households on housing benefit, council tax reduction, universal credit (housing element), free school meals and/or pension credit based on household composition.  

Many parents whose children are currently eligible for free school meals and still receiving one of the benefits listed above will automatically get this payment and will not need to do anything. The council will begin to send out the payments in the next couple of weeks.  

There is also an application form for people to apply if they think they are eligible. Please click the link below to take you to the Household Support Fund page of Doncaster Council’s website. If you live outside of the Doncaster Council Local Authority, please contact your own local Council for further information. 


Job Opportunity

We have some vacancies for relief Midday Supervisors in school at the moment. Our Midday Supervisors are a vital part of our team and are responsible for the children over the lunchtime period. They are with the children when they are eating their meal and also supervise them on the playgrounds at lunchtime. The role is really rewarding. The relief Midday Supervisors would cover for absences etc so wouldn't be required to work every day of every week during term-time.

If you are interested in finding out more about these roles, please call in at the school office or ring us on 01302 710721.

Children in Need donations

On Friday 18th November, we would like the children to come in their normal clothes rather than their uniform please. We will be fundraising for Children in Need on this day. The donations this year can be made on ParentPay rather than sending cash into school; however, you don't need to log in to your child's ParentPay account to make your donation. If you would like to make a donation to Children in Need, please click on the following link to do so:


Please remember that there is no obligation to make a donation at all - all children can come to school in their normal clothes on Friday 18th November regardless of whether or not a donation is made. 

Applications for Reception places for September 2023

Applications for Reception places for September 2023 are now open. This applies to children whose birthdays fall on or between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019. 

Don't forget to submit your application before the closing date of 15th January 2023. If your child is currently in our Nursery, you will still need to make an application for their Reception place - they don't move up automatically from Nursery to Reception.

If you live in the Doncaster Council area, you can apply by visiting https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/school-admissions and clicking on 'Primary Admissions'. If you live outside of the Doncaster Council area, please contact your local School Admissions Team. 

The announcement date for places offered is 17th April 2023.

Fun at Baking Club!

The Year 3/4 children who are currently taking part in our Baking Club are having a great time. So far they have made pizzas using a bread base, biscuits (with varying degrees of success due to the oven!) and pasta. The club leaders have lots more delicious recipes for the children to try in the coming weeks. We hope that parents/carers are enjoying tasting what the children have made - hopefully the children are being kind and are sharing with their families!!

News from Foundation

This week, the children in Reception have had lots of fun in the outdoor area, using the crates and balance steps to develop their gross motor skills. They enjoyed making their own obstacle courses using the equipment!

News from Year 3/4

Y3/4 this week have had a Bonfire Theme. We have read Bonfire poetry and used this to inspire our writing. We looked at how the Poets used alliteration, repetition and simile to create their poems and then created alliterative phrases and simile for our own poems.

In Maths we have been using right angles to check the size of other angles. We learnt that angles smaller than a right angle are acute angles and angles that are larger than right angles but less than 180 degrees are obtuse. We have also been learning to identify vertical and horizontal lines as well as parallel and perpendicular lines.

In PE we have been developing skills for Netball. This week we have been using chest passes to pass the ball straight to our teammates.

In Art this week we have been using watercolours to create rainbows and have blended the colours together for a true rainbow effect. Watch out for these coming home soon!


Leo in Year 1 loves his swimming lessons and has recently been awarded with his 5m certificate. Well done Leo! You look very proud of yourself in this photo and we are so very proud of you too.  

Lily in Year 4 was awarded the 'player of the match' trophy at football last week. What a fantastic achievement Lily - well done! Keep up the hard work. 

Frankie in Year 3 is currently learning to play the guitar. He has lessons in school every week with Miss Hill from Doncaster Music Hub. Frankie has been working very hard at home too - he has been working on learning a piece of music with his dad. Frankie wanted to share this with his guitar group and Miss Hill helped the guitar group to play the piece of music, called 'Frankie's Friday Song' in their guitar lesson today. It sounded absolutely beautiful and was a real treat for the group to play. Thank you so much for sharing that with your group and with Miss Hill Frankie. We hope you and your dad will continue to work together to produce some more amazing sounds. Well done!

School lunch menu for week commencing 7th November 2022

Please see below the lunch menu for next week.

Diary Dates

Please see below the diary dates for this school year. It may be that there are dates on here that involve your child that you haven't had any information for yet. Please don't worry, information will come out in plenty of time prior to the date concerned. Dates that have been added since last week's blog are shown in bold.


Monday 7th November - school nurse in school to carry out Reception and Year 6 screening checks

Tuesday 8th November - Flu Vaccinations for children in Reception to Year 6

Wednesday 9th November - parents evening

Monday 14th to Friday 18th November - Anti-Bullying Week

Friday 18th November - Children In Need dress down day

Tuesday 22nd November - Flu vaccination catch up sessions (for children who were absent on 8th November)

Friday 25th November - Y3/4 visit to Cresswell Craggs

Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December - collection week for Bassetlaw Foodbank (further details to follow)

Wednesday 30th November - English Touring Opera in school performing Tutankhamun

Friday 2nd December - PTA Christmas Swap Shop 3.15pm to 4pm. Further details to follow

Monday 5th December - Nursery/Reception Nativity dress rehearsal 10.30am

Tuesday 6th December - Year 1/2 Nativity Dress Rehearsal 2pm

Thursday 8th December - Nursery/Reception Nativity performance 10.30am

Thursday 8th December - Year 1/2 Nativity performance 2pm

Thursday 8th December - PTA school disco

Monday 12th to Friday 16th December - no after school clubs running this week

Tuesday 13th December - Bag2School clothing collection

Wednesday 14th December - Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 14th December - Carols round the tree after school

Thursday 15th December - PTA Christmas Shop during school time

Friday 16th December - Christmas Party Food Day

Friday 16th December - Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 16th December - last day at school before the Christmas holidays

Monday 19th December to Friday 30th December - Christmas holidays


Monday 2nd January - bank holiday - school closed

Tuesday 3rd January  - Training Day - school is closed to pupils

Wednesday 4th January - Training Day - school is closed to pupils

Thursday 5th January - first day back at school after Christmas holidays

Sunday 15th January - deadline for Reception applications for September 2023

Thursday 9th February - PTA Take a Teddy Home Day. Further details to follow

Friday 10th February - last day at school before half term

Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February - half term

Monday 20th February - first day back at school after half term

Tuesday 28th February - Year 3/4 visit to Magna (change of date)

Friday 24th March - Bag2School clothing collection

Friday 31st March - last day at school before Easter holidays

Monday 3rd April to Friday 14th April - Easter holidays

Monday 17th April - first day back at school after Easter holidays

Thursday 25th May - last day at school before half term

Friday 26th May - Training Day - school is closed to pupils

Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June - half term

Monday 5th June - first day back at school after half term

Thursday 8th + Friday 9th June - Y4 residential

Friday 9th June - Y3 Austerfield Trip

Wednesday 21st June 2023 - Big Talk in school (Parents meeting at (9:00a.m.)

Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th June - Year 6 residential to Caythorpe Court PGL

Tuesday 25th July - last day at school before summer holidays

Wednesday 26th July to Friday 1st September - summer holidays


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