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It was the turn of our Reception Class to take assembly this morning and they invited Nursery as special guests to join them for a song. Their chosen topic was Dinosaurs, and parents were impressed at the confidence of all the children taking part. Thank you to Mrs Sleightholme, Mrs Pitman and all the early years team for making it such a great success!

In assembly, we saw the launch of this year’s Form 8 enterprise project called ‘Lions’ Lair’. Each group were given £10 and challenged to make it grow. We will follow their progress in the coming weeks and their products will be sold at the Summer Fayre to raise money for their chosen charities. One team has already shown initiative and held a cake sale to get ahead of the game and raise some funds!

Congratulations to Daisy H in Form 3 who is the first child in the school this academic year to achieve the accolade of the ‘Platinum Badge’. 250 house points are needed to earn this badge, and Daisy was delighted, and a little surprised, to be the first recipient in assembly. ‘Frome’ last week were the house with the highest house point tally, Agatha being their top scorer. This week Purbeck won so it was time to change the house flag again and Daisy, as top scorer helped to raise the flag for the week.

As part of our Friday enrichment programme, Mrs Thorpe has organised a series of visits to the elderly residents at Signature House in Dorchester with Form 2.  They had fun sharing a range of activities together: making colourful paper flowers, Jubilee bunting and enjoyed eating a cake together. The children have also been singing to the residents and by popular demand, Mrs Telfer and Mrs Smith will be taking a group again on Friday.

At Sunninghill, we understand the importance of giving children the confidence to stand up and speak in public. LAMDA examinations are rooted in encouraging participants to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama. The skills they learn improve standards of communication through the spoken word. A great deal of preparation goes into each performance, both at home, and at school and we are absolutely delighted with this year’s set of LAMDA results. Every pupil achieved either a merit or a distinction – well done everyone! Thank you to all the teachers and learning assistants for doing such an incredible job preparing our children and to Mrs Baker, Mrs O’Donnell and Mrs Hill for their seamless organisation on the exam days.

We are so lucky to have an outdoor heated pool and a select group are enjoying an early morning swimming session on a Thursday before school. This training session is open to all for children wishing to train and thank you to Mr Willemse and Mr Holland for organising it (and getting up early!).

Have a lovely weekend.

Nancy Sewed

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