Dear Parents

Welcome back to the last half term of this academic year. We hope you had a lovely half term holiday.

We were so pleased to send Years 5 and 6 to Roedean for their sport this week. It feels like things are really getting back to normal. Year 4 will also be going to Roedean for their sports session next week which we know they will enjoy very much. Sport for Upper School will return to Roedean every Thursday from September.

Year 2 visited Drusillas this week for their school trip and really enjoyed exploring the zoo. They took part in an animal handling session and learnt more about animal habitats.

House Day was a huge success. The children had lots of fun and games. Everyone enjoyed an ice-cream and it great to see was the mixing of age groups. Children who would not normally see each other and play together were all mixed together and supporting one another. There were rounders and parachute games, bubbles and swing ball.

Next week is ‘Walk to school for clean air’ week. We will be discussing this in our classes and asking that if possible you try to leave the car at home next week. Clean Air Day is a national campaign to raise awareness of how air pollution affects our health and the environment. It’s also an opportunity for us to think about how we can help reduce emissions by ditching the car, especially for shorter journeys, to help towards cleaner air for everyone. The theme of this year’s Clean Air Day is ‘protect our children’s health from air pollution’. We can all do our bit to protect our children’s health by leaving the car at home for journeys to and from school or by parking further away from the school gate. This helps to reduce congestion and idling outside the school entrance, improving road safety and encouraging and enabling cycling, walking and scooting to school.

After the great success of the quiz and auction we raised an impressive £947. Mrs Slaymaker has now purchased a set of samba drums. All classes have enjoyed creating their own Samba Bands! The Deepdene Band started this week and will now be a fixture every Thursday morning. We feel very lucky that we have the amazing Charlotte Glasson supporting us too. The choir, who practise every Tuesday, are also sounding fantastic and preparing to support our production of Romeo and Juliet.

We are very excited to announce that Deepdene School has now been awarded the Silver Award from the Eco Schools scheme. This is due to the work we have done during Eco Club with beach cleans, recycling and learning about environmental issues. Eco Club are currently planning a whole school assembly to inform the children and teachers about environmental issues.

Please note that the Deepdene tea towels are being sold each morning next week for £1 at the gate, money raised will go towards a few more ukuleles so that we have a full class set.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward