Monday, 29 October 2018

Lunch with the Headteacher!

At lunchtime today at Manor Way some of the children enjoyed their school dinner with the headteacher, Mrs Ford.

Aviva Community Fund - We Need Your Help!

Bannockburn is currently applying for additional funding through the Aviva Community Fund.

What is the Aviva Community Fund?

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for causes important to your community. It’s open to everyone, whether you have a connection with Aviva or not. We want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these funds could make. Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could make it to the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

We are asking for funding to create some new outdoor seating for the children. On the website we have stated:

Our project is to install benches and create tranquil areas within the playground - seating will be installed under trees and within a sensory garden and a shrubbery that we are creating. These will benefit children who need a calm place away from the hustle and bustle of playground activities, those who need to isolate themselves for a while, somewhere to view another activity or just to chat. They will be great spaces for one-to-one or small group work, not to mention providing additional seating for parents and carers at the beginning and end of the school day. 

Bannockburn Primary school has been expanding from 1 1/2 form to 4 form intake, with initial financial focus necessarily being on remodeling a former secondary school building and constructing an annexe. We are now able to concentrate on improving the grounds and are fundraising accordingly. 

We have an excellent reputation regarding our approach to special educational needs and consequently have a higher than average percentage of such children on our roll. Amongst these pupils are those who do not cope well with large crowds and noise. These seating areas will provide calm and tranquil spots for these children and also children who may need to seclude themselves for a while. They will provide pleasant areas for children to chat. During good weather, pupils and adults alike enjoy engaging in one-to-one and small group learning activities outside, so such seating will mean that this is not limited to one group at a time. The benches will be ideally positioned so that users can observe nature close-up. The raised shrubbery lends itself for viewing and waiting turn at the table-tennis tables. The project will provide work for a local joiner/carpenter, further benefiting the community.

To help us, we need as many members of the local community go to the link below and give us your vote. It is free and easy to do. The more votes we receive, the greater chance we have of gaining much needed funding to help improve our outside learning environment for the children.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Bannockburn Bistro at Manor Way

Well done to the four children who were invited to the Bannockburn Bistro at Manor Way.

Achievement Assemblies at Manor Way and High St

Today's Achievement Assemblies across both High St and Manor Way sites. Well done to everyone who gained a Merit Certificate, invitation to Always Club and the Bannockburn Bistro or whose class received the Attendance Bear.

 High Street site

Manor Way site

The Great Bannockburn Healthy Bake-Off Competition on Friday 2nd November

For some inspiration on healthy, no added sguar bakes have a look at these deliciously tasty treats

Bannockburn School Newspaper - your school needs you!

We are launching a termly school newspaper for the children and families of Bannockburn and we want you to name it!

Send your ideas for the name of our School Newspaper to: before Fri 2nd November and see if your idea is chosen by the Editorial Team.

We will also be looking for contributions to the newspaper.

The following sections will feature in every issue and so we will constantly be looking for the following items:

·         Fun stuff - Jokes, Tongue Twisters, Trivia questions, Fun facts,

·         Riddles & Puzzles (logic, mazes, problems, Sudoku, word searches)

·         Photos of artwork & examples of writing e.g. poetry or short stories

·         Language phrases (with pronunciation support)

·         Articles on activities/ events you have taken part in recently around school (e.g. trips, assemblies, sports competitions, fundraising)

There will also be a ‘themed’ photography competition. This issue’s theme is POLLUTION. Your photo can interpret the theme in any way, but if it contains a photo of a person, you must have permission from the person in the photo to take it and send it to us. The best photos will appear in the next issue.

 Send your articles and items (with your name and class details) to:

Alternatively, if handwritten/made, you can place them in the School Newspaper Suggestions Box located in either High Street or Manor Way offices.

World Food Day 2018 assemblies brought to you by the Fair Trade & Healthy Eating Monitors

To recognise World Food Day on 16th October, members of the Manor Way Fair Trade & Healthy Eating Monitors Team led two special phase assemblies for our children. Their assemblies made us reflect on our fortunate lives and the fact our right to food is something we might take for granted; we were reminded of our responsibilities to eat healthily, not be greedy or wasteful and to show empathy to struggling farming communities and those who suffer hunger and malnutrition around the world.

Fortnite #WakeUpWednesday

Message from The National Online Safety Team:

As part of our #WakeUpWednesday campaign, National Online Safety has teamed up with MusicAlternative to launch a Fortnite online safety song for your school to share with its whole school community!

Our song encourages parents and carers to "stay switched on" to online dangers when their children are playing Fortnite. We hope you love this video just as much as we do!

Please help us spread the message far and wide by retweeting our Fortnite song for parents & carers here:

YouTube link:
Download link:

 Many thanks for your continued support and for helping us to achieve a safer online world for children! 

The National Online Safety Team

VIP visitor: Peter Bakare visits Manor Way

Bannockburn was lucky enough to have a special VIP visitor last week! Peter Bakare, the Olympian volleyball player, visited our school to lead some special sponsored sports sessions. We had to work together as a team to encourage each other to be resilient- it was tough! Make sure you ask us about the exercises we did- we'd love to show you!

At the end of the day, we had a special assembly to hear more about Peter's amazing achievements- he inspired us to choose a goal we love and keep working towards it, even if we have some setbacks. His message fit with our school values- it was amazing to see how successful you can be if you show teamwork, effort and resilience.

Keeping Fit: Bannockburn Boot Camp

At the Manor Way site, Ochre House have been leading the way on our playground to encourage everyone to get moving and keep fit!

We all know that regular exercise is good for you, but how often do you really get up and get moving? Mrs Seaton and Ochre House are leading Bannockburn Boot Camp- a fun, fast, friendly ten minute session designed to get your heart pumping. Look out around school for the posters advertising the next lunchtime fitness session- see you there!