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Newsletter 27th September 2019

Newsletter 27th September 2019
October 4, 2019 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers

I have been delighted to present the 2019 Library Reading Challenge certificates to the children today. With 20 children completing the challenge this year, it was not only far more than previous years, but proportionally, we were one of the top participating schools in Dorset. Well done to all the children who took part and finished this year – a brilliant effort.

School Librarians

We have also appointed our own school librarians this week. We received a super number of well-written and thoughtful application forms from the children in Key Stage 2. The interview panel (Sam, Chloe and Eden), were very impressed with the applicants’ answers to their questions and all of the candidates interviewed very well. Sporting new ‘Librarian’ badges, it will be a wonderful chance for them to take responsibility for one of our best school resources. I am sure they will enjoy the role, especially when our new electronic loan system is up and running. I was also very impressed with the interviewers who were astute, respectful and professional. Well done to all of the children involved.

Shaftesbury Carnival

We are all keeping our fingers crossed for good weather for the next two Saturdays with the Shaftesbury and Gillingham Carnivals. Many thanks to Mrs Wattridge for all her organisation once again, and to everyone who has worked so hard on the costumes and props for this year’s Lion King-themed entry. If your child is not taking part in the procession, do come along to support us.

This week, our children’s art and poetry have been on display in Todber Church as part of their Festival of St Michael and All Angels. The church has been beautifully decorated, and the choir is looking forward to performing in the service there at 6:00pm on Sunday – all welcome.


This important meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th October at 3:00pm – do come along. The committee is looking to appoint a new treasurer, so if you would like to take on this role, please see Claire Heasman, Kate Hillam or me for more details.

Oak Class Residential

With only three weeks to go, it is time to share final details with you. There will be an information session after school on Tuesday 1st October at 3:30pm when you will be able to complete medical forms, permissions for the watersports activities, and choose from the supper menu for the three nights. We will run through the itinerary and will answer any questions you may have. The briefing will last about half an hour. If you haven’t yet completed full payment for the trip, please note that the last instalment is now due.

Harvest Assembly

Don’t forget that it is our Harvest Assembly next Friday, 4th October at 9:00am when we will be very happy to collect tins, packets and jars to send off to the Trussell Trust. I hope you will be able to join us for this annual celebration.

With best wishes

James Stanford