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October 2018 Newsletter

Updated: Feb 18, 2019

Kind words about our little school.This newsletter has a catch-up on the school open day and an important reminder: the planning application for the new Village Hall is now live and can be found here.

New Village Hall Planning application.

Target date for approval is the end of November. It will be considered by the HB Planning subcommittee on October 24 at 7pm and will be on the agenda for the next Parish Council on November 14 at 7.30. You will be very welcome at both: it’s a big thing: as much feedback as possible, please, so that we can cover all issues on which there are views or questions.

More news from our school.

There will be a “bumps and babes” group at the school on a Thursday morning (9.00 - 11.00) starting on Thursday 8th November and a community coffee morning on a Tuesday (9.00-10.30) starting Tuesday 6th November.

Our Primary School is also seeking to employ a lunchtime meal supervisor. The post involves preparing the hall for lunch, serving the pre-prepared meals and clearing up afterwards. This post is for 1.5 hours per weekday (11.45 - 1.15), term time only. Applications to

School Open Day. Finally, a nice account of the recent Open Day by Susan Comer-Jones.

Anyone visiting Hatch Beauchamp Primary School will be completely charmed, as I was today when I attended their open morning. Greeted by the acting Head teacher, Mr Harnett, there was even a handshake for a delighted three year old, Freddie, the grandson of my friend Jane, both of whom came along with me.

Home-made cakes, and a drink served by the parents, gave time for plenty of chat and it was apparent how proud they were of the relaunched school, singing the praises of the high standard of care, teaching and management by Mr Harnett and Miss Suchacki. Now for assembly. Totally led by the pupils on the School Council, taking the theme of Respect, we were entertained by sketches, powerpoint presentations and readings. It was definitely not over rehearsed and all the better for it. It was engaging and raised many a smile from the adults sitting at the back on our scaled-down chairs. Ending with rather an amazing fact.There is some kind of Somerset league for quickness of answering times tables, Rockstar Tables is perhaps the name, anyway, where our village primary is top! High five to you Hatch Beauchamp.

It was playtime for the children and no reason for boredom here. What a great outdoor area, with cricket, a vegetable patch, sinks turned into a mud area, a pond and numerous ideas for future developments spinning from Mr Harnett's head as he showed us round the school.

If first impressions are anything to go by you would have to give those classrooms ten out of ten for immaculate, creative displays and evidence of serious work. So I had rather a lovely time. And the reason was not just the polished school and new uniform, but meeting people who cared.

It goes back to the theme of that assembly: Respect. Hatch Beauchamp, you have it. Go take a look.

Until next time…

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