Last Thursday, Year 6 enjoyed an exciting and interesting trip to London. We visited the Houses of Parliament where we went into both chambers and listened to the debating, toured the rest of the palace of Westminster, and learned about how our country is governed. In our Law and Debating workshop we passed a law which saw the end of school uniform for all pupils; however, an amendment introduced a uniform for staff!
A ‘flight’ on the London Eye followed before we headed home on the train. A big thank you to all the children for their excellent behaviour and to all the adults for their help.
As a school we are holding a fast day on Wednesday 3 April 2019. We are not asking you or your children to fast, but to think about a luxury or treat you regularly eat that you could forego for a day, or a week, or all of Lent. Any money you save in this way would be welcomed as a donation that we will send to CAFOD to support our neighbours in other parts of the world.
More information on the CAFOD website.
To raise money for Children in Need we had a super visit from Pudsey Bear in the morning and a very successful cake sale in the afternoon.
The School Council have been working together to rewrite our playground rules. Their posters are displayed in school and you can read about their work on this web page:
Their new project is aimed at making our school safer at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times. Read about this work here:
Year 4 raised a magnigicent £235.85 in their sponsored activities yesterday. Congratulations to you all and thank you to parents and friends for such generous support. The children have decided to buy:
- Help a Child Refugee £46
- 10 mosquito nets £70
- The Gift of Play £27
- £92.85 donated to Christian Aid and doubled by the government.
Details of all their CAFOD choices here.
The choir braved some awful weather to go Carol singing. They raised £85 for Julia’s House, amazing in only half an hour – must have been the friendly faces with the buckets! Well done to all of them.
These prayers were written jointly by the children in each of our classes as we prepare for Christmas 2017.
Following the Beach Management advisory meeting attended earlier in the year by Yr 6 representatives, Mayor of Swanage, Councillor Bonfield and Management Support Officer, Miss Clarke, visited us in school to report on the issues raised.
We were given copies of the minutes of the meeting and supporting documents. It was exciting to see our questions recorded. You can see the minutes of the meeting here.
In addition to the answers given at the original meeting, Cllr Bonfield reported that the locks at Burlington Chine Toilets have been replaced; there are temporarily new ‘big belly bins’ in the square; and that conversations are ongoing about dogs and closing Shore Road. However, the latter is not a Swanage Town Council matter.
The pupils were thanked for the effort they put into preparing ideas and plans for a possible splashpark in the town, although it was explained how this may not fit into council budgets.
Cllr Bonfield closed the meeting with two requests:
- That the pupils help Swanage Town Council to spread the word to not feed seagulls. They will be displaying posters and speaking in assembly about this.
- To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.
The school council have been working on a new Behaviour Policy. They met for a meeting to decide what should be included, then their ideas were discussed with each class so that every child had a say in the policy. You can see their work in each classroom, as well as around the school.
School Council Meeting
Ideas from the meeting
All classes contributed.
The new policy
Year 6 had an amazing day in London- visiting Parliament, walking around Westminster, enjoying the views across London from the Eye. They even found time for some healthy food 😯. The Queen was in town for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, but our schedules did not overlap!