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Our BBQ last week certainly proved to be the end of the Summer! Storms and heavy rains this week, with a distinct chill in the air in the mornings! However, the wet weather has not dampened our spirits as we celebrated another very successful week in our celebration assembly.

This week was the start of our house prizes, with pupils being awarded house points for our 4 C’s – Commitment, Courage, Creativity and Compassion. Our new 4 C’s prefects will be supporting Mr Newberry, Mr Willemse and Mr Holland in embedding these values throughout the school. They will also be helping the top house point scorers each Friday raise the winning house flag. This week Mina and Millie were our top house point scorers!

Also this week, we handed out our Good Work awards and the first of our Academic Excellence cups. Those children who received a cup get to take these home over the weekend and enjoy a special treat with Mrs Moss and myself at breaktime, where we can also look through the work that their teachers were so proud of.

We were also pleased to celebrate a dance award that Alice received in the holidays and a reading challenge award that William also received in the holidays. It is lovely when parents and children share these out of school achievements with us so that we can celebrate together.

Well done to all the children who we celebrated with in this Friday’s assembly.

Also, a huge well done and thank you to all of the children who submitted work for the Humanities Summer challenge. Mr Stazicker and Mrs Smith really enjoyed finding out about the fascinating places you visited over the Summer, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.  It was really clear to see how much the children had learnt from the wonderful presentations they produced. Thank you once again for sharing your inspiring visits and adventures with us!

I would also like to introduce you to our new School Council, voted in by their classmates. The School Council have a very important role at Sunninghill, as they are the eyes and ears and the voice of their peers. They really can create some very positive change around school, and are also responsible for a lot of the wonderful charity work that we do each year. I am very excited about our new cohort and look forward to working with them all.

This afternoon, Forms 4 and 5 visited Dorchester ‘Streets Alive’ – an event being held in Dorchester town centre to celebrate International Car Free day. They enjoyed arts and crafts, some crazy bikes, a talk with the fire brigade and a fabulous time on the skate ramp. They also enjoyed walking football – although apparently some of them couldn’t resist running a little! We had lovely feedback from the volunteers who said our children were beautifully behaved.

Also this afternoon in enrichment the children went to FTYlab, enjoyed lifeguarding, carried on with the electric car build, went windsurfing and ski-ing! We are so proud of our enrichment programme and the staff work so hard to ensure that we have a huge amount of variety each term.

Our nursery have had a great start to the year, and are already enjoying their games lessons and two trips out – one to the park and one to the library! It is lovely to see how quickly they all settle into their new routines!

Wednesday saw the first of our inter-house competitions – Senior boys football! Great fun was had by all and Mr Willemse was impressed with the support the teams showed each other. At the end of the day there had to be a winner – and this time Frome were the victors! Congratulations to you all!

Enjoy your weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all next week!

Best wishes


David Newberry

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