Dear Parents

I am pleased to say that our U11 Deepdene 5 aside football team performed brilliantly on Friday. They attended a southern region ISA Football Tournament of 24 teams, travelling to Crystal Palace (The Cedar School), all competing to play at the national ISA finals at St Georges Park (England Training ground). Deepdene were one game away from this opportunity, scoring 7 goals, only conceding 2 in the whole tournament, winning most of their games. Their efforts meant that they were joint top of the league on points with two other teams. They played so well. Tournament organisers congratulated the team on how well they did and were sorry that we just missed out on a 2 goal difference. Well done everyone. We are so proud!

Years 5 and 6 went to Roedean School first thing on Monday morning to take part in a day of Geography. They went to the beach for rock pooling and developed their map reading skills. Years 1 and 2 made their Hove library visit on Monday too and read and enjoyed lots of books together. Year 3 and 4 went to Roedean on Friday for their day of Classics and Year 5 went off to the Theatre Royal Brighton to see Gangsta Granny. This award winning West End production will be a real treat for the class to see. What a lot of trips!

Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to make your pledges to the planet this week. Eco Club have been going further with their learning and are also attending an online WWF workshop next week as well as a litter pick in Wish Park soon.

We marked Remembrance Day on Thursday with a two minutes silence. The children that were at Roedean stood overlooking the sea while trumpets were played beautifully by Roedean students. All the children have created a poppy and discussed the significance of these. The poppies now make a magnificent display in our Reception area.

Please contact Ms Taylor if you haven’t booked your parents evening slot yet. It is really important for teachers to touch base with you.

I enjoyed a hot chocolate this week with five new pupils that have joined our school. It was lovely to hear how they have been made to feel welcome by everybody and how well they are getting on.
We hope to have the Deepdene calendar on sale very soon. Please send in a contribution to the Deepdene Cook Book if you can. The children have also been challenged to enter a STEM competition. Mrs King along with our STEM Ambassador Annabelle, have launched a competition where they would like us to create a poster, fact file or PowerPoint about our favourite scientist. The closing date for this is the 15th November.

Monday will begin our work on Anti-Bullying week. Anti-Bullying Week is an annual UK event which aims to raise awareness of bullying and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it. This year the theme is ‘One Kind Word’, emphasising the positive impact a small gesture or comment can have on someone else’s day. Odd socks day kicks off Anti-Bullying Week. This day helps us to recognise that everyone is unique and different, and that we all need kindness and respect. So please ask your child/ren to wear their odd socks on Monday with their school uniform please. We have in fact booked a 2 hour kindness workshop with the School of Kindness in March, this will be for the whole school. Kindness is something that we talk about a lot at school and place great importance on.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes
Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward