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This morning we were treated to a wonderful assembly from Form 3 about plastic and sea pollution. It was a very thought provoking assembly with an incredibly important message for our school community about reducing our plastic consumption, and keeping our beaches clean. Not only did they learn and deliver their lines clearly and passionately, but they even designed their own fantastic logo, ‘Fill your bucket, save our seas’, to encourage beach cleans. Ms Wake-Walker even helped them to put this design on their own tie dyed t-shirts!

Our well done winners this week were all of Form 1 for behaving brilliantly on their trip to Symonds and Sampson this week, to Olivia for always been kind and considerate and Tabitha for always showing courage in everything she does. Our Academic Excellence winners this week were Elizabeth, Matilda, Rory, Harry P, Oliver F and Albi. Our compassion winners were Oliver F and Orlando, Callisto and Jonah were awarded the courage awards, Anna and George the creativity award and Albi and Juliette the commitment award. Harvey, Charlie, Iris, Harry W, Will H and Andreas also received certificates this week for gaining a bronze award in their Maths Challenge. Well done to everyone!

Inspired by the Form 3 assembly, this afternoon in enrichment, Reception class, made bird feeders out of recycled plastic milk bottles. They look fantastic, and the birds will all be thrilled!

The cookery enrichment smelt incredible today as sweet and savoury scones baked in the ovens!

Also in enrichment today, Forms 3 and 4 had such a fun afternoon (even though sailing was cancelled), having a dip in the pool in the sun and taking part in the ‘Egg Drop Challenge’. The children all worked in teams to try and keep an egg safe with parachutes and cocoons, ready for a drop off the staircase! Only one egg survived the top height drop!

This week we missed our wonderful Form 6’s as they travelled to Dartmoor for their residential. Despite the torrential rain, and the threatening skies, the children have had the most wonderful time hiking, climbing and abseiling – and cooking their own suppers! Our residential programme is something I am incredibly proud of, and it is unusual for schools to start residentials in Form 3 as we do. We see a tremendous amount of benefit for starting young, and the children grow so much during these trips, displaying signs of independence, resilience as well as our 4 c’s of compassion, courage, creativity and commitment. These residentials can only happen because of the dedication of our fabulous staff so thank you to Mr Stazicker and Mrs Telfer who made the trip so memorable for our children.

We have had a few other trips this week – Reception class went along to Signature House to make Summer Wreaths with the residents. The children were beautifully behaved and has such a nice time – it is such a lovely thing for both our children and the residents.

Form 1 are learning about Houses and Homes and this week they visited Symonds and Sampson’s brand new office in Brewery Square. They loved finding out what it is like to be an estate agent. They also enjoyed trying out the spinning chairs and seeing all the current properties for sale in the local area. They then relished a wet walk around Dorchester spotting different features of homes they have been learning about.

The Savva family are absolutely delighted with all the kind donations from the Sunninghill family to support Future Health Africa – and to all those who participated in the parent v. staff hockey match last week. The total raised for their charity (including a cake sale from last term) is an incredible £704.58. Thank you.

Finally, I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend, and we all enjoy a little bit of sunshine!

Best wishes


David Newberry

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