Dear Parents

What a super start to the term. So many happy faces came through the gate on Wednesday and it really brought the school to life. It was fantastic to be able to invite parents into the school once again after such a long time and the children were so pleased to show off their classrooms. It was also brilliant to be able to deliver a whole school assembly. This week the focus was on kindness, something that we value highly at Deepdene.

Year 4 didn’t waste a moment of the sunshine on the first day of term and headed to the beach for a ‘Teach on the Beach’ session. They took their sketch pads and drew the landscape around them.

I am so proud to tell you that over the Summer the money that was been raised by each House was sent off to the charities they were supporting. Even though we were unable to run all our events, due to lockdown in the Spring Term, we have sent over £700 to our charities. This is a fantastic result and we want to thank everyone that supported our fund raising last year.

Year 4, 5 and 6 went off to Roedean School for their sport and enrichment session on Thursday. They enjoyed a Russian lesson and there was talk of some children having three helpings of lunch in the canteen!

Please be aware that the Deepdene band practise is now held on a Tuesday morning at 8.30am in the school hall.

Welcome meetings are next week for the whole school. This is an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have and to find out a little more about the structure of the school day. Please come up to your child’s classroom with your child on ……

Years 1, 2 and 3 – Tuesday 14th September 8.30-9am

Reception, Years 4, 5 and 6 – Wednesday 15th September 8.30-9am

We will be holding a ‘welcome back’ coffee morning each term from now on. The first one of these is to be held on Thursday morning, 16th September 8-9.30am. Please come along with your child at 8am. Our teachers will also be joining us until 8.30am when they will take children up to class to begin to get ready for their first lesson of the day. This is an opportunity to get to know our school community.

On Friday 17th September we will be supporting the charity, Jeans for Genes. The Jeans for Genes campaign raises awareness of the daily challenges faced by those living with a genetic disorder and raises money to fund projects that make a tangible difference to the lives of those affected. All children, including the nursery, are being asked to wear their own clothes including an item of denim clothing if you have it, and pay £1 to this worthy cause.

Have a lovely weekend

Best wishes
Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward