Dear Parents

Eco Club’s litter pick at Wish Park was really successful last Friday and the children made a real difference. The flower beds were cleared of any rubbish that had blown in there and the children received many positive comments from other park users.

House meetings were held this week. The House Captains and their deputies talked about successful fund raisers that had been held last term and ideas for new ones. They also asked the children to think about bringing in their loose change for the House money tins.

School Council also met this week and discussed the successes of last term. New equipment was provided for the playground as well as another picnic table. The councillors will now ask their classes again what matters to them and what changes they would like to see.

A PTA meeting was held on Wednesday where lots of fun ideas were discussed. Please look out for emails of what you can get involved in.

Our Upper School children experienced a dance workshop today at Roedean School which they all very much enjoyed. These sessions are all so varied and allow the children to take part in so many new experiences which really benefit them in so many ways.

There is much excitement about Space Week next week. Mrs King has worked really hard on the plans. We will start the week with a Space assembly in place of our singing assembly. Please do make sure that you child is in on time as the assembly will begin at 8.50am in the hall and they won’t want to miss it. An exciting STEM event for parents is planned for Wednesday, 4.30-6pm. More details will follow on Monday. Year 6 are lucky enough to be taking a trip to Herstmonceux Science Centre next week to finish off their learning about Space.

We have not one, but four exciting author events coming up over the next month. So no doubt the children will be getting very excited about books, I know that we are!

Finally, Tony Bryant will be joining our amazing team of music teachers next week. He will be offering drum kit and bass guitar lessons. The children will be introduced to him at an assembly on Monday 31st January. Further information about your child starting lessons with him will be sent home shortly after the assembly. The children now have the opportunity to learn many instruments at Deepdene and there are many benefits to children when they take on an instrument including, improving reading and maths skills, teaches responsibility and patience, and enhances coordination.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward