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Newsletter 16th June 2023

Newsletter 16th June 2023
June 16, 2023 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was lovely to see so many parents at our Sports Day on Wednesday. Thank you for your support and I hope the new style carousel of activities were enjoyed by all; certainly the children commented positively about the range of activities and being continuously involved.

We have some lost property from the event, so if you have mislaid anything of importance, e.g. a key or similar, do please contact Mrs Pike.

Sun cream & a water bottle

With the weather continuing to be set fair, please would all parents apply sun cream to children (preferably waterproof sun cream), and ensure their children have a water bottle in school.

Pyjamarama Day – 22nd June

Children are invited to wear their pyjamas to school on 22nd June, as part of the Book Trust initiative to raise awareness and the enjoyment of reading. Additional information regarding the day is accompanying this newsletter.


Former pupil Izy has returned to Stower Provost in her position as community cricket officer with Dorset CC and lead Dynamo cricket training for all pupils in school.

Upcoming events

17th June:  10 – 12 noon – PTFA Jumble Sale

22nd June:  All day – Pyjamarama Day, pupils to wear pjs for the day

6th July:      9.45-10.10 Chestnut Class Samba Music Concert in the hall. All are welcome.

Community News

A reminder of the Stour Provost Flower Festival with art and music being held in the church and village hall this weekend – 17th and 18th June from 10.30- 5pm. Entry £5, with children under 12 free.

FareShare – A new community larder has been set up at Gillingham Primary School, running on a Friday 9.15 – 10.30am. For a weekly membership fee you will receive sufficient food to prepare at least 3 meals per person in the household. Weekly membership fees are:

Single person – £2.50

Couple – £3.50

Household – £5.00

The Larder is supplied by FareShare, a not profit organisation established to fight hunger and tackle food waste.  If you would like further information please call 01747 823245.  Please also see further information in the attached documents.

Yes, we are still looking for : A Lunch time helper & a handy person

Lunchtime helper – supporting staff with the distribution of lunches, filling the dishwasher and tidying the hall afterwards. Not overly glamorous I know but we do have fun! This is a paid position, with daily hours of 11.30 – 1pm, so why not be paid to have a bit of fun!

We are also seeking a ‘handy person’ for 4 hours per week. This again is a paid position with flexibility as to when you carry out the 4 hours. No tickets required, but practical skills ideal. Duties included weekly fire alarm and emergency lighting testing, along with carrying out odd jobs around the school as needed.

If you are interested in either position and would like further information, please contact Mrs Pike or myself.

Class News

Oak Class

This week, Oak Class have been looking into the complex world of etymology – in particular, the legacy of words from Ancient Greece which we still use. It seems that there are more than 6,000 of them! The class chose and explained their least and most favourite ones; children think about words a lot in Upper Key Stage Two. Pupils finished writing their poems on the theme of summer, having enjoyed strolling around the school grounds to find inspiration.

Next week the children will write a persuasive text based on the trials of poor Pandora who was given both the gift of insatiable curiousity as well as a box (or pithos, a jar). Pupils are going to write a persuasive letter based on this myth. Oaks discussed the duality of being curious – it worked out in a good way as well as a bad way for we mortals!

Chestnut Class

In English the children have been making up their own story which explains how Uluru was created, (the big red monolith in Australia). In maths the children have been working on time and Year 4’s have been converting 12 and 24 clocks, while Year 3’s have been exploring time durations. In Science the children learnt how collaborative scientific techniques and exploration, lead to the development of the lightbulb for home use. Next week the children will be learning more about Eastern European countries and their human features, in Geography.

Beech Class

Children in Beech Class have acted out the story of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and embodied the characters of both Max and the Wild Things.  They have also written their own character descriptions about the Wild Things.  It has been sporty week, with Sports Day, cricket and swimming, on top of their usual PE session. Children in all activities have demonstrated excellent resilience and sportspersonship – so well done all!

Next week the class will be focusing on persuasive texts, based on their core text, and will be starting new maths units revisiting place value and numbers to 100, while Year 2 will be introduced to statistics.

Hazel Class

This week Hazel class have been developing their own characters for ‘The Lion Inside’ and talking about how these characters would feel and act, in comparison to the meek and mild mouse.  The children have had a busy week on the PE front, with a wonderful swimming session, excellent participation in our Sports Day, as well as experiencing their first cricket skills session.

Diary dates for the forthcoming week and beyond

Friday assemblies 14.50 from this Friday


19th June


  New Reception children (Sept 23) parent meeting with Miss Buxton – ‘Meet the teacher’.
22nd June


All day Pyjamarama Day

Children to wear their pjs!

25th June –28th June


  Oak Class residential trip to Hooke Court
5th July


All day Year 6 Moving up day
5th July Morning School internal moving up day (current Reception – Year 5)
6th July


09.00 – 10.50 Moving up day for New Reception children


6th July 09.45 – 10.10 Chestnut Class Samba Music Concert in the hall. All welcome!


10th July


14.00 Play in the Hall
11th July


14.00 Play in the Hall
11th July


18.00 Play in the Hall
Friday 14th July


17.00 – 19.00 Summer Celebration on the school field.
18th July


14.30 Art Gallery – parents invited to come in and see children’s art and DT work through the classes.
20th July 15.20 End of Term for children
21st July




Best wishes,