Looking ahead to Christmas, we are continuing with a traditional celebration this year with our younger pupils performing a musical version of the nativity in It’s A Party. If you are a Senior Citizen in the village, there is an open invitation to attend the dress rehearsal at school at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 14th December. Seasonal refreshments will be provided and served to you by our older pupils.
Since I wrote last, volunteer parents and their children gave up a Saturday morning to tidy up and tend the grounds around the school. The local Tennis Club, aided by volunteer parents, built a mound in the school grounds with barrow-loads of soil from the tennis courts. When it is settled and grassed over, it will provide an excellent resource for running around at playtimes. The whole school attended St Agatha’s Church to celebrate ‘Harvest Festival’ with our vicar Janet Russell and some parents. £148 was collected for aid relief in the Sudan. The following week we all took part in the ‘International Walk to School Week’. Events, which included hoola-hoop, centred on an Olympic theme. Year 2 children visited Dorchester Abbey as part of their RE studies on churches. One activity involved walking barefoot on the stone floor to empathise with children who may have used the abbey a long time ago!
The event of the year so far has to be the Big Draw. Children and adults in the village were invited into school to draw a party scene on to a huge white ‘canvas’. It was so popular that another large sheet had to be laid down. The results were spectacular, and one of these dazzling scenes now hangs in the school hall. Thanks especially to parents Chris Baines and Janita Clamp for organising this wonderful event, and to all those who contributed on the day.
A wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs is now underway. These include: school magazine, dance, football, netball, art, cooking, chess, construction kit, French, Spanish, recorders and piano.
Finally, we are supporting the charity Samaritan’s Purse again this year with ‘Operation Christmas Child’. Shoeboxes, filled with gifts for under- privileged children, will be sent to poverty, famine or war stricken parts of the world. Last year we donated over 70 boxes!
The school breaks up at 2.00 pm on Friday 17th December, so I will take this opportunity, on behalf of the staff and pupils, to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.