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News - 27th February 2020

Next week’s value is Hope

“Be happy because of the hope you have.  Be patient when you have troubles.  Pray all the time”

  Romans 12:12

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back, I hope you had an enjoyable and restful half term.

The second half of the spring term has got off to a flying start!  On Monday, Mrs Porter arrived to school with ten eggs and an incubator from ‘The Living Eggs Ready Hatch Programme.’  This has provided a great source of excitement and anticipation for staff, pupils and parents as we eagerly awaited the hatching of ‘our’ little chicks.  The objectives of the programme are for the pupils to gain an understanding of a life cycle, experience caring for and nurturing a living creature, interpret the laws of nature and to extend language and observational skills.  Well, I can honestly say these objectives have been clearly met. The entire school has been unable to talk about anything else all week!   All ten chicks have arrived safely, been named, (not sure about Sheila Cluckley!) and have had visitors from every classroom. Please do feel free to pay a visit at the end of the school day either today or tomorrow.

Aside from obsessing about chicks, I have been carrying out subject leadership meetings with teaching staff to discuss further ways of developing each subject area to ensure our curriculum remains broad and varied, but also fresh, exciting and current.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Newton led the staff meeting on the Science and STEM curriculum. Mrs Newton has many plans for the further development of STEM classes and clubs, including a STEM accreditation.  Information about our Science Day and Science Fair will be shared soon.

This morning, all classes were treated to a performance of ‘Jungle Book’ presented by ‘M and M Productions’, followed by a workshop for Year 6.  Tomorrow we look forward to a music assembly presented by Music Works.

Finally, staff news. Congratulations to Miss Clark, who has been appointed as deputy SENDCo with a view to obtaining the Postgraduate certificate in Special Educational Needs next academic year. Miss Clark will work in collaboration with myself, parents and outside agencies and will eventually take over the role of SENDCo.  In the interim, please do continue to contact me with any SEND concerns or queries.  Also, congratulations to Mrs Creswell who has recently qualified as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, Mrs Creswell will be working with selected pupils to help and support their emotional wellbeing, build resilience and confidence.

I am sure you will join us in welcoming Mrs Sarah Howe and Ms Kate Gammon who joined our team this week, both have come with a wealth of experience in Early Years and working with children with additional needs.  We feel very fortunate to have them on our team and know they will be great additions to our school community.

Have a super weekend!

Mrs Sheila Buckley

Acting Head teacher




28th Feb @ 9.00am

Assembly – All welcome

4th Mar

Y4 Woolmer Hill Dodgeball

5th Mar @ 9.00am

Y1 Assembly – Y1 Parents/Carers

5th Mar

Bikeability – Year 4 Group A

6th Mar @ 9.00am

Assembly – All welcome

6th Mar

Bikeability – Year 4 Group B

9th Mar

Y4 Rural Life Centre

9th Mar – 12th Mar

Bikeability Y6

9th Mar @ 2.30pm

Netball Tournament selected Y5&6 pupils

10th Mar

Sports Relief Dance Off

11th Mar

Y5 Winchester Science Museum

11th Mar @ 1.00pm

Football Tournament at Tillingbourne Selected pupils

12th Mar @ 9.00am

Y2E Class Assembly – Y2E Parents/Carers

12th Mar

Y3 Seacity Trip

13th Mar

13th Mar

YR Forest School Trip

Science Day

13th Mar @9.00am

School Assembly – All welcome

16th Mar

Book Week + Book Fair in school

18th Mar

Book Character Dress Up Day

19th Mar @ 9.00am

Y3 Class Assembly - Y3 Parents/Carers

19th Mar @ 6.00 – 7.00pm

KS1 School Disco

19th Mar @ 7.15 – 8.15pm

KS2 School Disco

20th Mar

Football Tournament @ Pennthorpe School Y2

24th Mar @ 3.30 – 7.30pm

Parents Evening – whole school

26th Mar @ 9.00am

Y5 Class Assembly – Y5 Parents/Carers

26th Mar @ 3.30 – 6.00pm

Parents Evening – whole school

27th Mar @ 2.15pm

REACH Assembly – All welcome

30th Mar

Y2 Marwell Zoo Trip

31st Apr @ 10.00am

Easter Service @ St Marys Church

1st Apr

Pause Day

2nd Apr

School Photos and Y6 Leavers Photos

3rd Apr @ 9.00am

Celebration Assembly + Rocksteady Concert – All welcome

3rd Apr @ 1.30pm

End of Term



Please remember to make your school lunch choices by noon on Wednesdays


Reminder – please remember to bring in your bikes (checked for safety) and helmets ready for the Bikeability training:-

Y4 – 5th  or 6th March (depending which date you have been assigned).

Y6 -  9th –12th March


Just a reminder that on Tuesday 10th March we are raising money for Sport Relief:

  • 1pm House competition - dance off
  • Children to wear active wear of their house colour
  • bring £1


The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is being held on 13th and 14th June. It is an excellent opportunity for your child to have 8 weeks of FREE coaching in a variety of sports. 

To sign your child up and view the sports on offer go to:


Government approved, BAFTA-nominated and played over 150 million times,Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning phonics and reading game that’s helped millions of children learn to read.  It covers the first two years of learning to read, and has games and content to teach sounds, blending and reading.  The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice.

This highly recommended app is FREE to download before Friday 28th February (£4.99 thereafter), or always free to access on a computer. 

The games develop children’s speed and accuracy of letter recognition by taking them on a fantastic adventure through magical worlds where they meet island kings and collect letters to win prizes.  Children adopt and customise a monster, who they guide through the learning process.

Find out more at


Please see attached the School Disco flyer, ticket forms are in book bags.