Dear Parents

There was much excitement during our singing assembly at the beginning of the week when Roxanne’s father, Mr Davies, came in to talk to us about the role he played in the Lion King West End show. Who knew we had a real hyena as one of our parents!  He demonstrated his very complex animal movements, a very scary hyena laugh and talked to us about his amazing costume. This has also given us lots of ideas for our own performances for the show. Thank you so much Mr Davies, you were inspiring. The Lion King roles have now been announced and rehearsals are in full swing. Some children will be taking on the extra role of stage design and lighting technician.

On Monday we were visited by the NSPCC representatives who are promoting the campaign ‘Speak out, stay safe with Buddy’. The children attended age appropriate assemblies and then children in Pier and Pavilion took part in a NSPCC workshop lead by the representatives. The children were very mature and demonstrated their extensive PSHE skills and knowledge. Thank you for sponsoring your child/ren this week in the ‘How many Burpees can you do in one minute?’ we are all definitely a lot fitter! The NSPCC representatives will be returning on Thursday 13th February to deliver a final assembly, collect sponsorship money and give the children badges.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting the Herstmonceux ‘Winter Warmer’ fundraiser last Friday. They raised an impressive £108.65 for the Rainforest Alliance.

The Big Channel Challenge is complete, the Upper School children, Y4, Pier and Pavilion, have reached a total of 2026 lengths which is equal to 33.75 miles. This means our target of 21.75 miles, Dover to Calais, has been totally smashed. We are so proud, well done to all the children and Mr Adams.

We hosted two very creative and engaging enrichment workshops at Deepdene today ‘The Snail and the Whale’ 3-4 year olds and ‘Funnybones’ 6-7 year olds. We opened our doors to the Brighton and Hove community and welcomed lots of new children to spend the afternoon at our wonderful school.

Young City Reads was launched last week for Upper School and the list is now open with Miss Taylor if your child would like to sign up for this (there are a few spaces available still).

Best wishes

Mrs Gane, Mrs Mills and Ms Hayward