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Important dates for Autumn Term 2017
 MONDAY   TUESDAY  WEDNESDAYTHURSDAY FRIDAY 

 16th October

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

 17th October

PM - Flu Vaccinations (Reception, Y1, Y2, Y3 & Y4)

18th October 

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

 19th October

8.30am - School Nurse Drop in (Winfrith Site)

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)


20th October 

AM - Worbarrow Class Outdoor Learning. Please bring suitable wet weather clothing.

PM - Robins Class Outdoor Learning

 

 

HALF TERM 

 

 

30th October

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

31st October

1st November

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

2nd November 

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)

 3rd November

Outdoor Learning - Classes TBC

6th November 

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

7th November 

8th November 

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

9th November 

AM - Year 3 Trees for Dorset

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)

10th November 

Outdoor Learning - Classes TBC

 13th November

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

Parents Evening will be held week commencing 13th November - Details to follow

14th November 

15th November 

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

16th November 

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)

 17th November

Outdoor Learning - Classes TBC

20th November 

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

AM - Personnel & Curriculum Governors

21st November

ALL DAY - Life Education Bus in school 

22nd November 

AM - Life Education Bus in school

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

AM - Finance & Buildings Governors

23rd November 

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)

24th November 

Outdoor Learning - Classes TBC

 27th November

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

28th November 

29th November 

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

PM - Full Governors Meeting

30th November 

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)

1st December 

Outdoor Learning - Classes TBC

4th December 

Cello & Saxophone Lessons (Selected pupils only)

5th December 

6th December 

AM - Keyboard Lessons (selected pupils only)

 7th December

AM - Guitar Lessons (Selected pupils only)


8th December 

Outdoor Learning - Classes TBC

11th December 

12th December 

13th December 


14th December 

15th December 

SCHOOL FINISHES FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY


Harvest Festival & Commissioning Service


The children have been working hard on their songs and poems for the Harvest Celebration.
On Friday 13th October the doors of Winfrith Church were open to welcome the children, parents,
members of the community and a range of special guests for our Harvest Celebration
and for the Commissioning Service of the new Headteacher at the school.
I am sure that those of you who were there would agree that it was a lovely service.
The children put in a superb singing performance as part of the Harvest Celebration and
Year 6 performed an entertaining harvest themed poem. 

The service was led by the Arch Deacon of Dorset and we were privileged to have
the Deputy Lord Lieutenant in attendance as the Queen’s representative.
For me personally, the service was a wonderful official welcome as the new Headteacher of the school.
As I said on the day, I already feel very welcomed by the children and staff of the school as well as by 
  members of the wider school community. However, I must say that the service was a special time for me and I
would like to thank everyone involved in organising such a successful event.

 

  

 

 


KS2 Music Demonstration
On Monday 11th September the KS2 children were treated to a Musical Demonstration from Dorset Music Service.
The musicians played and talked about a variety of stringed instruments including Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
The children particularly enjoyed listening to pieces of music that they knew and could name.

  


KS2 Learning about Marine Conservation
The KS2 children had a visit from Lyme Bay Marine on Monday 22nd May.
The children were informed and entertained by a range of interactive resources
teaching them about Marine Conservation and sustainable fishing.
They found out how local waters have an amazing eco-system which we need to protect, 
 and found out all sort of fascinating (and gory) facts about local marine life.
They also found out why sustainable fishing is so important and how it is done locally to ensure
young creatures have a chance to grow and breed before they are caught.
They even got to meet Larry the lobster - a live lobster who we were assured
would be released back into the water as soon as our session was over.
 
 


African Drumming Workshop.

Mr Whitmarsh from Dorset Music Service taught Year One children how to use our new Djembe drums.
 
We tried hard to copy his rhythms, we won the game “Don’t play this one back” and we worked together to play a piece of music with the rhythms “Coffee, coffee, coffee tea” and “lemonade, lemonade, lemonade, coffee”. 


Everyone is enjoying planting and the spring sunshine.

  Everyone has been out enjoying the colourful, peaceful Spiritual Garden at Winfrith this week. The children and the Friends’ PTA helped plant bulbs and flowers earlier in the year and this area is looking lovely. The children enjoy looking after this special garden and are growing sunflowers and have plans to make wind chimes and bird feeders.
 
The children in gardening club have been busy getting our new raised beds at KS2 ready for planting with a good old healthy sprinkling of manure!

All club members got down and dirty getting the manure dug into the soil to create the best conditions for growth 

They planted lots of seeds early on and kept them warm and watered indoors until they were ready to transfer to the beds. They have already planted out gladioli bulbs and nasturtiums in the flower bed. Peas and beans in the vegetable beds and even a couple of sets of potatoes.

What a busy bunch!


World Book Day 2017
The children (and teachers) dressed up as their favourite book character for World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March.
There was a colourful mix arriving at school that morning with some very unique outfits.
If you were lucky you may have seen Mrs Buckland bouncing around like Tigger!!
The children all enjoyed the story-telling sessions in the afternoon.

 
  


Children enjoy circuit training with a Team GB athlete 
What a fabulous start to a Monday morning! The whole school assembled on the Lulworth site, in their PE kit, and raring to show a Great Britain athlete their enthusiasm and passion for sport.

David Hill visited on 30th January. He was Team GB's youngest athlete to get to the final of the 100m Backstroke (at the age of 15) in the Athens Paralympic Games 2004. After London 2012, he refocused his sporting career to compete in triathlon in the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio.

The aim of the event was to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to pursue their dreams and to work hard to reach their goal. This is the message that we give our pupils each day, but David’s session and inspirational talk will definitely be remembered by everyone.

We are expecting more sponsorship money to come into school by the end of the week, but so far we think we have raised over £600.

Well done to all the Sports Ambassadors, pictured here with David Hill, who helped every class with their circuits. Thanks must also go to Miss Warren for organising this memorable event.

 




Top of the league table and best school in Dorset 

We were very excited when the Dorset schools league tables appeared in the paper on December 16th. It was confirmed that we were the highest performing school in Dorset for the percentage of 2016 Year 6 children that were successful in reaching the new expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

2016 saw new tougher exams for Year 6 children but staff worked hard to ensure that our children were thoroughly prepared.

89% of our children were successful in meeting the higher national standards in reading, writing and maths. This compared with 53% of children nationally and 45% in Dorset. We are all extremely proud of our pupils . Their excellent attitudes to learning, thirst for knowledge and resilience enable the outstanding teachers that we have to make a real difference to their lives.

The team we presently have are truly exceptional; it has taken 10 years of careful recruitment, training and dedication to get to this standard and we aim to be up there with the top performing schools again next year.
*****
David Hatrey, a representative from Salisbury Diocese visited the school on 18th November .

The principal objective of SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. Parents were invited to speak to Mr Hatrey and the report states, ‘Both parents and the community hold the school in high regard recognising the influence it has on children’s lives and attainment.’

Children’s behaviour was praised and recognition for the strong relationships that they have, showing care for one another. We try as a school to ensure that each child is special and valued, this was recognised by the inspector who said our Christian values of Belief, Fellowship and Harmony, ‘Clearly support learning attitudes and children are encouraged to believe in themselves and in their ability.’ The report also states, ‘Children show respect and tolerance for those who hold different views to their own.’ 
 
Children were able to show a good knowledge of Jesus, His life and teaching and also of prayer. We are pleased that there was recognition for our fabulous Open the Book Team who come to the junior site each Wednesday to deliver Collective Worship.

The report states, ‘Worship is a distinct time for the school to share with God. The beauty of the hall where worship takes place, the inspiring words of the Bishop when opening the school written on the wall and the stunning cross created by the children make an outstanding atmosphere for worship.’ We were delighted that Collective Worship in the school was awarded the highest grade of outstanding.

   

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