Our first summer term has begun very well. It's a much shorter term but we are already enjoying the warmer weather for playtimes and sports. We have lots of sports, trips and SATs to complete too. Please do come and see us or call if you have any queries or concerns. We are all very happy to help.
Well done to our achievers of the week; 'Spotted' for showing Christian Values - the following eco-council members who represented the school so well at the White Hart Way launch day: Tom, Jaeden, Jamie, Mia, Martha C, Harry L, Oscar, Grace K, Bethany and Jasmine.
Achievers Year R - Theo P and Scarlett H Year 1 - Lilly R and Harry C Year 2 - Lily G and Maisie Year 3 - Theo C and Jessica P Year 4 - Amie and Harry L Year 5 - Herbie and Scott Year 6 - Harry and Kylah-Beth Attendance award - Year 5
Overall class attendance:-
Cleanest classroom - Year 3
Special mentions to - Molly Turner for an amazing ballet exam and Chloe for her gymnastics competition. Erin Hamblin, Leah Rawles and Sophie Day for running a 'Bring and Buy' sale after school today. Well done!
Ofsted Inspection We had a one day inspection last term and the feedback is attached. We are very pleased to share that Ofsted have continued to grade us as a GOOD school. These inspections provide a 'letter' as feedback, which I have attached. We are very proud of our school and all the achievements of the children and staff here.
E-safety for Pupils The Dorset Safer Schools team from Dorset Police will be delivering E-safety lessons to all children on Wednesday. They will learn how to keep safe online and be given age appropriate presentations as well as an opportunity to discuss use of the internet at home. There are lots of useful resources for parents at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Clubs We are looking forward to starting our clubs next week. Please do let us know if your child will be absent from the clubs as we take a register for each session. The Athletics club has been fully funded from our Sports Premium grant this term.
White Hart Link Way Our Eco Council represented the school on Thursday during the launch of the White Hart Link Way with Jan Wardell and the local Ramblers. We took it in turns to label the way markers and walked a stretch of the path. We met with many member of our community including Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Cllr Pauline Batstone and Cannon Ridding. We were presented with a special nest box and some wild flowers for planting. The school will monitor part of the way, noting any areas that need tidying up or fixing. We will be making more use of this walk way to learn about and encourage wildlife too.
Swimming Could you help with swimming this year? We need people to help with the changing and organising of groups. We also need willing volunteers to be in the water when Otters class are swimming. Please complete the slip on the letter attached and return it to the office, or give us a call.
Pupil Premium Are you in receipt of government benefits? If so, your child may be entitled to Pupil Premium, which funds several educational activities in school which will benefit your child. These include additional support and challenge, help with the cost of trips, musical tuition and clubs. We also contribute from this fund for After school club and Breakfast clubs. If you think you might qualify, please visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/free-school-meals.
Girls Football Good luck to a team of KS2 girls, who are taking part in a girls' football tournament at St Nicholas Primary School, Child Okeford next Thursday.
Nature Area Refurbishment and Bird Food Thank you very much to Mr Spicer, who has removed our old fencing at the bottom of our field. The new fence secures our lovely ducks and the nature pond. Thank you for giving your time and materials freely for this important work and thanks to Stalbridge Timber Supplies for supplying the fence posts. Thank you very much also to Mrs Williams, who made some bird feeders for our school.
Play Equipment Safety Rules I must remind you that, if you wish to use our play equipment after school, you must follow the age restriction guidance on the notices and closely supervise your child. These help everyone to stay safe and prevent accidents. Thank you for your cooperation.
Marathon Success Well done to our parent and governor, Jon Turner for completing the London Marathon on Sunday. He ran the course in an amazing time and we can't wait for you to come in to school and share your medal with us!
That's all our news for this week.
Kind regards Sarah Lafferty-Jenkins Headteacher
Dates for your Diary Mon 1st MayBANK HOLIDAY w/c 2nd MayNew clubs start Thur 4th MayChurch Service 9:05am - all welcome Girls Football Tournament 3:30pm at Child Okeford 8th-11th MayKS2 SATS WEEK Wed 10th MayYear 1 Trip to Charmouth Thur 11th MayYear 6 Brenscombe Meeting 3:15pm Mon 15th MayYear 5 Sailing Trip Tues 16th MayYear 6 Sailing Trip Wed 17th MayNO Jazzercise Thur 18th MayChurch Service 9:05am - all welcome Year 3 & 4 Tennis Festival (details to follow soon) 22nd-26th MayYear 6 at Brenscombe Tues 23rd MayYear R Vision Screening (details to follow soon) Wed 24th MayYear 1 Class Assembly 2:30pm Fri 26th MayYear 3 & 4 Kwik Cricket (details to follow soon)