Dear Parents,

What another terrifically exciting week we have had at Deepdene.

Our Upper School pupils’ learning has been brought to life through some very engaging history workshops overseen by Ms Hayward.  Year 4 enjoyed a trip to Brighton Museum as part of their History project and took part in an Ancient Egyptian Mummification workshop. This is a popular workshop run by historians at Brighton Museum.  The pupils re-enacted the Mummification process whilst learning more about this ancient ritual.  It is always a popular school trip as the workshop is so interactive.

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 experienced first-hand how life might have been for them should they have been a pupil during the Victorian era.   Ms Hayward ran workshops at the school for the pupils on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  As well as coming into the classroom dressed in Victorian costume, the pupils experienced Victorian style lessons and worked hard in chalk on blackboards.  Our left handed pupils were deemed to have the devil’s hand and were forbidden to write with their left hand.  The cane, of course, did not make an appearance but there was a great deal of rote learning and copying out.  How grateful we all were to return to the present day!

Once again, I really enjoyed dining with pupils at the Golden Table on Tuesday.  I always enjoy eating with the pupils and talking to them about their learning and interests.  On Wednesday, I had a parent of a pupil in Upper School dine with me in the Upper School lunch sitting.  She had an opportunity to sample one of our school meals and desserts.  I am currently exploring the option of having a taster session of school meals for parents at the next Parents Evening Consultation.  We have done this before when we served lunch from our own school kitchen and parents appreciated having the opportunity to sample some of the food we offer to the children. As soon as I have this confirmed, I shall write to let you know.

We also received exciting news of how well our pupils performed in the ISA triathlon competition in Essex the previous week.  Mr Adams was over the moon with the team’s achievement and is ever so proud of them and rightly so!  4 of the Deepdene girls made it into the top 51, out of 116 girls competing from various ISA schools.  We had some impressive top positions with one of our girls coming 33rd out of 116 and one of our boys coming 11th out of 95 boys.  Overall, Deepdene came 9th out of 23 ISA schools.   Another Deepdene triumph!  Congratulations to those who competed.  Thank you also to Mr Arnold (Daisy, Yr 6) who took a wonderful selection of photographs at the event, a couple of which you can see on our school Facebook Page).

It was an exciting week for our Year 6 pupils as they found out what position of responsibility they had been allocated following a fairly rigorous application and interview process.  I am so proud of them all: they are all so committed and proud of their school community and I am excited to be able to invite them all onto the senior team to help continue to drive positive change and improvement in our school.   I am sure you will join with me to congratulate them on the following positions:

Head Girl– Maggie

Head Boy– Charlie

Deputy Head Girl– Maya

Deputy Head Boy– Isaac

Co-Head of School Council– Bea

Co-Head of School Council– Abraham

Head of Library and Head reading Ambassador– Poppy

Charity Ambassador– Dexter

Sports Captain– Isolda

Head of House Arundel– Arthur

Head of House Bodiam– Thomas

Head of House Herstmonceux–  Daisy

Head of House Lewes– Sidney

Deputy Head of House Lewes– Will

On Thursday, Mrs Croucher’s Senior Leadership Assembly explored the themes of patience, determination and setting goals: We try our best in everything we do. She told a story of a girl whose determination, commitment and patience resulted in her achieving a personal goal and realising how powerful the combination of passion and hard work can be.  The Year 6 pupils then had the opportunity to celebrate achieving their own goals of securing a senior position of responsibility within the school with all of the appointments being announced to the school.  There was a big round of applause for all.

The week ahead:

Monday:  House Meetings 1:30pm

Tuesday:  School Council Meeting 1:30pm

Wednesday: Open House 8:40-9:15am – please do come and visit your child’s classroom to see how hard they have been working since the start of the academic year.  Pupils always enjoy showing their work.

Thursday:  U9 Girls and Boys Football Fixture at Lancing Prep.

Not long until we break for a recharge at the end of this week.  Meanwhile, I wish you all a good week and look forward to seeing you at the Open House morning on Wednesday.

Yours sincerely,

Elizabeth Brown

Headteacher