Governor update, Oct 2013

Hi everyone,

Here are the latest headlines from our last governors meeting.

DIGITAL MAKEOVER. Our website is becoming more and more important as a way for people to find out what goes on in school. So we’ve started redesigning it — here’s a sneak preview of the homepage with a scrolling photo banner, which will have lots of cool new features — watch out for the launch in January 2014!…

new-bushfield-web

Arnoud FrankenNEW GOVERNOR. Governors are made up of parents with children in Bushfield, teachers and other people who live in Wolverton, who all give their time and talents for free, to make the school as great as possible. Watch out for the Headteacher’s newsletter when we’ll announce another vacancy for a parent, but meantime, a new Parent Governor has just joined us — Arnoud Franken — so watch out for his face around the school! Around says…

My favourite questions have always been ‘why?’ and ‘what would happen if?’. I feel fortunate that I have always had the opportunity to pursue the answers to these questions, both in my education and professional career as a Senior Researcher at Cranfield School of Management, in order to improve people’s lives. It is also this passion for learning and making a difference that motivated me to become a community governor at Bushfield, and to support the School in its mission to inspire pupils to fulfil their potential and ambitions. My family and I have lived in Wolverton since 2004. Our son is now at Bushfield, and his sister is looking forward to joining him there in the near future from Wyvern School.

PARENTS AND COMMUNITY: WHAT DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT? Finally, we know the best schools make really good use of their parents and local communities to add exciting new events in school. A really good example has been the Authentic Inquiry projects (AIP), when Years 5 and 6 spend two whole weeks doing a project that interests them. We get lots of parents and businesses in Milton Keynes involved in those! But we want to have their involvement all year round so if you are a parent or member of the community who is really passionate about a topic (nature? science? fashion? art? drama? geology? woodwork? technology? cooking? — you name it), enjoy working with children, and want to pass your enthusiasm on to the pupils, then get in touch with the school office, and we’ll try to figure out how to make it happen! It might be anything from being a guest in Assembly, to helping out during an Authentic Inquiry, to helping run an After School Club. Let’s talk about it…

Bye everyone,

Simon Buckingham Shum
(on behalf of Bushfield Governors)

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