Dear Parents

We started the week with our Upper School singing assembly. We hope to return to whole school assemblies in September. This is a lovely opportunity to come together. Currently the children are practising lots of songs that they will be performing in their end of year show, Romeo and Juliet, which we are very much looking forward to seeing.

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a WW2 talk on Zoom this week all about wartime children. The talk covered how children volunteered and helped during the war. In fact children played a huge part in recycling for the war effort. They also looked at evacuation and rationing and the children were not convinced by the use of carrots on lolly pop sticks as a replacement for ice-cream!
The quiz was a fantastic event and we want to say a huge thank you to Miss Willbridge for being our quiz master and making the event such a success. We have raised lots of money and will be sharing with you how this is spent over the next few weeks; we know how much the children will benefit from this. Thank you to everyone that has supported this event it was wonderful to be spending time together again. It was great to hear all of the laughter coming from the different quiz teams and we hope to build on the success of this event with more opportunities to come together in the future. Thank you as well for all the auction bids, I hope that you all enjoy your auction items.

We are very pleased to be part of ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ as it is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign, and in 2019 saw more than half a million ‘Litter Heroes’ collect nearly a million bags of litter – equating to 4,308 tons. The RSPCA have partnered with Keep Britain Tidy for many years on the Great British Spring Clean due to the impact on wildlife. There is a strong link between staying active and maintaining positive mental health, but small acts of kindness – to our planet and ourselves – can improve our surroundings and our mood. The research shows that people are more likely to drop litter where litter is present. This is costing nearly £1 billion a year to clean up. For all these reasons we are pleased to be taking part and helping our environment. We wish to make beach cleans a regular part of what we do with the children as we know what a difference this can make. On Friday afternoon a group of children from across the school volunteered to attend our beach clean. They scoured the beach for an hour picking up litter with the litter pickers that the council had lent us. They discussed what impact this would have on the local environment and we are proud of their commitment to making a difference.

The sun has started to make an appearance finally and we hope it is here to stay. We wish you a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing all of the children for the final half term of the school year.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward