Newsletter 23 – 24th March 2017
In a week where there has been sad and shocking news in London, the children of Symondsbury School continue their plight to make the world a better place knowing that if we all do our bit, together we can do something truly extra-ordinary. As the news reports of people who helped others at Westminster palace, we had our own act of kindness this morning as Beth from Class 3 gave her Red Nose to Rafe in Class 1 who was upset as we had run out of them in the school office! This random act of kindness really is what our school and the people within it are all about, and it makes us all feel very proud to be part of our school. Luckily I had a little stash from last year so those who wanted red noses managed to get one!
Red Nose Day Fun
The children have been donning their red noses and red glasses (with some very strange looking eyebrows!) to celebrate Red Nose Day – Comic Relief. Together we have raised a total of £177.70 which will go towards the total raised around the country. Once again, everyone is doing their bit! The children also enjoyed a fun quiz with their house groups – I shall be announcing the scores at this afternoon’s celebration assembly! Well done to all for getting involved in all the fun and raising money to help a great cause!
Year 6 trip to We Day
For the third year running, we have been fortunate enough to gain tickets to attend a truly special event in Wembley Arena, London. This week, pupils in year 6 joined together with 12000 other children to watch artists such as Jesse J, The Vamps and Connor Maynard and listen to inspirational speakers such as Spencer West, Paula Abdul and Kate Winslet to name but a few! The event encourages and empowers the children to believe that they can change the world and that together we are powerful and able to make the world a better place. 2 years ago we began our ‘Change the World in 100 ways’ campaign which you will see in our reception area at School. We have a 100 piece puzzle and piece by piece we are making a difference to our world, both locally and globally. We have just reached our 70th piece of the jigsaw – see the attached list to see all that we have done.
You cannot buy tickets to We Day, you have to earn them. Through an application process, we showed all of the wonderful work that we have done. This year, Free the Children, who organise We Day events all over America and the 1 event in London each year were so impressed with all of our work, they came to our school to hold workshops with the children. They were so ‘Wowed’ by our work that we managed to get VIP tickets this year. Our aim is to get the children of Symondsbury School stood on that stage, celebrating our work and empowering others to make a change.
Well done to all who attended and my thanks to Miss Jenkin, Miss Prentice and Mrs Edney who accompanied the children on their very long day! They commented on the children’s exceptional behaviour and attitude during the whole day, as did the bus driver, who said “they were an absolute giggle and pleasure to take.”
Key Stage 1 daffodil picking
It’s that time of year again and spring has truly sprung! To celebrate this, the children in key stage 1 have been out collecting beautiful daffodils to brighten up our day! A huge thanks to Ruth Wrixton who allows us to use her field to collect the flowers and for helping the children and staff.
Colmers Hill Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Sunday 16th April 10am arrival for 10.30am start.
Planning for this popular event is well under way - please put it in your diary now and encourage your friends and family to come along too!
This is a public event as well as a favourite in the school calendar and the money raised can be used to support school trips, transport, equipment and bigger projects, such as the outdoor learning space for Class 2. Please think about how you can help support the event through:
- Donating Raffle prizes
- Buying raffle tickets and selling them to friends and family too
- Poster distribution
- Cake donations - to be brought to school on the morning of the egg hunt
- Volunteering on the day and in the run up to the event - check the board in the playground for where we need helpers.
Thank you in advance for all your help. Speak to any of the Friends to find out more or ask in the office to be pointed in the right direction!
Cross Country Relays
The final cross country event of the season was held at Colfox this week. The format for this event was a relay where all 16 Symondsbury runners entered. Although no hills were involved the children found the course really challenging, with our A and B team gaining 2nd place.
Eleven year 5 & 6 Symondsbury pupils took part in this event. It was an amazing experience for all involved. Although all the children were really nervous prior to their swim, they all swam extremely well and all felt a huge sense of achievement. Each one was displaying a huge proud smile which displayed their sense of achievement. A special mention to the year 6 girls who won both their relay races with a 20m lead.
We are very proud to say that the team spirit and encouragement shown at both events was again first class, with fantastic continued parent support.
A huge thank you to Mrs McAllister for organising and attending these events with the children.
Update on Mrs Van Der Plank
Mrs Van Der Plank came in to see us last week to say hello to the staff and children, she even stayed to read the children a story. She is doing well and the aim is for her to be back in Class 1 after the Easter holidays and for Miss Jenkin to return to Class 3 and ‘normal’ service shall resume! We will keep you posted nearer the time and when we know more.
Our attendance award
Congratulations to class 3 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!
Stars of the week
Congratulations to our stars of the week - well done you!
Class 1 Kyle, Class 2 Izzy, Class 3 Bethany, Class 4 Alfie.
- To attend We Day 2015 and be inspired to change the World!
- Using our Mission Statement of the 6 Rs
- Selling cakes to raise money for Water Aid
- Thinking of dreams for our futures and others
- Collecting food for Bridport Food Bank at Harvest time
- Raising money for Dahlicious Day to help poorly children
- To develop our Pupil Voice so we can all have a say.
- Celebrating Harvest encouraging us to think of others and food waste
- Raising money for Children in Need
- Learning about the Victorians and understanding what they did for us today.
- Visiting Wessex Water – understanding the importance of clean water
- Musico Musica – Remembering those who lost their lives in the Battle of Coronel
- Taking part in UNICEF Day for Change
- Litter picking in local communities
- Star of the Week
- Taking part in Comic Relief
- Taking part in the Lest we Forget concert
- Memorial walk in memory of Rebecca Harris
- Attendance awards and treats
- Growing pumpkins – Raising awareness to ‘Grow your Own’
- Colmers Hill Run – Inspiring others and keeping fit!
- Safewise visits
- South Dorset Ridgeway Project
- Under Tree Schools work – South Sudan
- Cake sale to raise money for playtime games – School Council
- Presenting the sermon at Church on Easter Sunday – building communities
- Eco-schools visit with Southill School
- Representing Symondsbury at the Youth Town Council
- Gordon Le Rotter show – Reducing food waste
- Daffodil picking – Acts of kindness
- Jurassic Coast projects
- One Pot Challenge
- Class Assemblies – celebrating learning with local community
- Raising money for WWF
- Our Symondsbury Art Gallery
- Dorset waste competition
- Discover Farming at Washingpool – Developing sustainability
- Peripatetic Concert/Productions/Talent Show – Sharing talents
- Supporting Dogs Trust
- Forest Schools
- Wessex FM – Fruit delivery to raise the profile of healthy eating
- Wessex Water supporting our new improved pond
- New Website – Improving communication and celebration
- Taking part in Christmas Cheer
- Non – uniform day in support of Prostate Cancer
- Quiz Night fundraisers – Supporting enrichment and school resources
- Celebrating cultures – Chinese New Year
- Internet Safety workshops
- NSPCC workshops
- Celebrating World Book Day
- Attending We Day 2016!
- Holding a Clothes sale for Syrian refugees
- Training to be peer mediators
- The Friends of Symondsbury School – Community events
- Supporting local events – Raising money for Weldmar by making flowers for a dress
- Daisy – Volunteering Award
- Izzy and others – Colour Run
- Gardening club – Grow your own – sustainability
- Easter Journey
- Hermione’s hair Cut – Princess Wigs
- Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations – Part of Community
- Being awarded the Green Flag Award
- Christmas Cards for the Community – Class 3
- Book Sale – Under Tree Schools
- Youth Speaks – Izzy, Daisy & Loveday
- Haiti – Hurricane Matthew Appeal – Bobby sold his toys and made cakes
- Class 4 Playground Leaders Training
- Houses of Parliament Workshops
- Making ‘I Care Bracelets’ for Weldmar Hospice