March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Next week sees the end of The Spring Term and it has been a very busy one!

Following our assessment period in January and February, it was great to see so many of you at Parents Evening recently and to hear how pleased you are with the progress of the children.

Many thanks for all your support during the recent instalment of our building programme. Our steps are now finished and all of the doors in use.

I especially wanted to write following the Year 5 and 6 trip to Hooke Court last week to tell you how fantastic the children were whilst we were away; it was a pleasure to be away with them! To have a group of happy children ready to engage so enthusiastically with every activity was wonderful and ensured a successful trip. 

Our coach journey to Dorset on Wednesday was eventful as we travelled through heavy rain and then heavy snow, finally finding lighter sleet and then just dull cloud! However, on arrival we were once again in rain and so the staff at Hooke Court changed our itinerary to accommodate the weather and, instead of archery, we have team building and orienteering that afternoon. Archery was re-scheduled for Friday instead. Both activities were outside so thank goodness for all those waterproof trousers and coats that were packed!

After a delicious evening meal we had our Barn Dance. Lots of the children were a bit worried about this at first but everyone joined in and enjoyed our dancing immensely!

On Thursday, after breakfast, we headed to a large hall where the children worked for most of the morning to prepare a delicious lunch of bread, quiche, trout, salad, Dorset Apple Cake and fruit salad. Where possible local produce was used. Everyone enjoyed their lunch as well as a walk round Hooke Court to look at the pigs, the sheep and the very little lambs! Later in the day we visited the trout farm and then watched milking at a local dairy farm. |Helen, the farmer’s wife, explained the whole process to the children.

After our evening meal we visited the Tudor in the old Hooke Court Manor and then enjoyed some quilling and decoupage. We were very impressed by the beautiful boxes the children made.

Friday was a very busy day which started early as we had to pack our bags and strip our beds before our 7.30 a.m. breakfast. That morning the children were challenged on the Low Ropes Assault Course and worked hard at the Archery until 11a.m. and then after a drink we loaded up the coach and left. Having eaten our picnic lunch in The Education Room, we caught the bus from The Visitor Centre to Stonehenge itself. We were lucky to be able to walk round Stonehenge in beautiful sunshine. We were even luckier to have a very speedy journey home meeting none of the expected traffic! Many thanks to all the families who came to pick up earlier than expected!

As ever, we are grateful to the staff who put their own lives on hold to accompany the chidlren on these visits.

 I hope you all have a good Easter holiday and we will see you on 12th April! 

 Yours sincerely

  Anne Hewett