What a busy couple of months we’ve just had...by the time you read this we will have recently visited Highlands Farm to see their lambs - a huge thank you to David and Rosemary Greasby for welcoming us. In pre-school itself recently there has been a huge amount going on: celebrating World Book day by sharing our favourite stories and dressing up as our favourite book characters; preparing some lovely treats for Mothers’ Day; creating parrots, butterflies and worms; making butterfly cakes as well as our own sandwiches for snack time; constructing a pond and planting hedges. This gives a good idea of the eclectic range of activities!
We have done our bit for Comic Relief by having a smiley day - wearing clothes with smiles on and having a special visit from a kind villager who is also a dental hygienist Ali Zalinski to teach us about brushing our teeth really well so we have lovely white smiles. Parents gave a contribution to the Comic Relief fund.
We’ve also been raising money for preschool too recently - lots of it! We had a cake sale at the beginning of March which raised almost £50, which was good work for 30 minutes of hard selling! We plan to run these cake sales every first Tuesday of the month during term time. You may have seen us wandering the village on a Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago - we were doing our sponsored welly-walk, which was brilliantly masterminded and organised by Paula Marsh and raised well over £300. Champion welly throwers were Keira and Will S, Freddie B and Theo, and Dylan and Will B. Thanks to all who contributed by providing cakes, sponsoring the children or putting coins in the welly boots around the village. Thank you to Mark in the pub for contributing the “bonus ball” money. Next up you will soon be seeing some large coloured eggs around the village - our annual Easter egg hunt, please do join in - see our website for more details http://www.allsortspreschool.org/.
Another really exciting preschool venture is our taking on the “Brightwell cum Sotwell 4th plinth - the empty red phone box by the pub. We are planning to fill this with some of the wonderful art work and ideas which the children have had this term, and transform this space into an aquarium. Please do have a look, all artwork should be installed ready for viewing and possibly an official opening (!) by Easter weekend.
Our coffee morning at the end of February was well attended with friends of the preschool old and new - thanks so much to all those who came along. A great result from that is that the WI have very kindly agreed to reprise their sensory garden role and help us out significantly with getting our garden back on track to make it more appealing to the children. A huge thank you to Mais and Helen for mobilising a crack team of gardeners!
Spring finally feels like it’s in the air so hopefully you’ll see even more of our children round the village over the coming months as they get out and about to enjoy the environment they are so fortunate to grow up in.
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