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There has been much excitement today as we celebrate the King’s Coronation with a Coronation Tea Party today. The children have been practising their maypole dancing, singing a special Coronation song, practising their orchestral pieces, producing beautiful artwork and decorating their crowns in preparation for the event! We hope you all enjoyed the party, and have some lovely Coronation events coming up over the weekend.

In honour of His Majesty the King, and his love of gardening and sustainability, Liz Stein, our Head Gardener, has been busy planting a Wildflower Garden this week, with each child in the school. This wildflower garden should flower year after year! We are hoping this will be in flower in time for our Summer Fayre, which is Saturday 1st July.

Talking of the Summer Fayre, please do tell your friends and family all about it – everyone is welcome. We will have our fun dog show as well as lots of lovely stalls and lovely things to eat! If anyone is able to provide a raffle prize, please do get in touch with Tammy Newberry, or another member of the PTFA.

We had a lovely assembly this morning where we celebrated our academic achievements, and some music exam results – Freddie passed his Grade 3 Trumpet exam with a merit, Kitty and Iris both passed their Grade 5 theory exam, Iris with a distinction. Absolutely brilliant results! In recognition of Deaf Awareness Week, Mrs Nolan-Stone has been working with all year groups in music to learn the sign language for the chorus of Bob Chilcott’s beautiful piece of music, ‘Can you hear me?’ It was written with deaf children in mind as it describes the wonder of the world seen through their eyes. The children performed this in assembly this morning, and it was incredibly moving. Take a look at our Facebook page, and perhaps ask the children to teach it to you too.

On the subject of music, last weekend a number of our students took part in the Weymouth and Dorset Music Festival. 11 pupils took part in the festival on various instruments including strings, percussion, piano, singing, musical theatre and ensemble performances. Two of our young musicians, Lottie and Zachary, were selected to perform at the Weymouth Music Festival Gala Concert. Lottie was awarded the “The most promising pianist” cup. A fantastic local event, which gives pupils the opportunity to perform their music in front of an audience and get feedback from a highly qualified and friendly adjudicator.

Form 1 enjoyed touring Dorchester’s wide variety of houses this week, for their houses and homes topic. They spotted bungalows, flats, terraced houses and detached houses. They particularly enjoyed spotting features of Victorian houses. They drew sketches of houses in Fordington and then had a play in Salisbury fields.

On Tuesday, the U9 children enjoyed a fabulous Cricket Festival at Bryanston School. It was a really enjoyable afternoon of fun cricket and the children played very well.

Mrs Evans was very excited to use our fabulous new branded lab coats, modelled here by Form 7. Here they are preparing onion cell slides using iodine to stain the organelles. They then used the microscopes to look at the cells under different magnifications and drew and labelled their findings.

Form 6 have just arrived safely back from Dartmoor after an incredibly adventurous residential! They have trekked up mountains, and abseiled down again. They have cycled in Haldon Forest and gone caving. They have braved all weathers and endured windy camping conditions and they have had the most brilliant week. I have been told they were in great spirits throughout, and been incredibly positive and resilient. Well done Form 6! My thanks must go to Mr Stazicker and Mrs Telfer who led the trip and looked after them all week.

Finally a thank you to the PTFA who helped us this morning with the Open Morning and the Coronation Tea Party today. The Open Morning went really well, and we had some lovely comments from prospective parents about our fantastic school and the fabulous Form 8 tour guides. They did us proud! Please keep spreading the word about Sunninghill and keep sharing our posts on social media! This week we welcomed Ava into our nursery who is already very settled here at Sunninghill. We have 5 more pupils starting in the next few weeks and I am sure you will all welcome them, and their families, into our Sunninghill community.

Have the most wonderful Coronation long weekend, and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!

Best wishes


David Newberry

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