Thursday, 11 August 2022

Nursery school in ‘great location’ celebrates fifth birthday

A CHILDREN’S nursery school in Bix marked its fifth anniversary with a party.

A CHILDREN’S nursery school in Bix marked its fifth anniversary with a party.

Past and present pupils joined their parents for Friday’s celebration at Bix Montessori School, which was opened at Bix and Assendon village hall by principal Sophie Hudson in 2011.

Dozens of people enjoyed picnics on Bix Common, where there was a bouncy castle and food.

A Peter Rabbit-themed cake in the shape of a five was made by Emily Calvocoressi, one of the mothers.

The parents clubbed together to buy the principal a gift.

Miss Hudson, who used to be headteacher at Denning Montessori School in Fawley, said: “It has gone even better than I thought it could. This is a great location near Henley — we’re on the common and we offer the Forest School. It is calming for the children.

“There are eight staff who I am lucky to have.

“We have a lot for children to do here. We offer a lot of extra things like yoga, woodwork and gardening. We keep chickens, a tortoise, rabbits and fish.

“Over the years, there have been a lot of happy children.”

The party was organised by Sophie Bignell, from Nettlebed, who was last year’s parent representative at the school, and her successor Nicky Emmett, from Middle Assendon.

Mrs Bignell said: “The school was recommended to me by another mother during a conversation six years ago.

“We have all benefited from sending our children here and I want other people to go out and have similar conversations.

“The Montessori way of teaching really sets children up and they are learning skills that will stay with them for life.

“This is a celebration of the school opening and to say thank- you to Miss Sophie.”

The nursery currently has 39 children but has had as many as 50.

It was rated “outstanding” after its last inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

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