At the time of writing the children have been back in school a whole ten days and the summer holidays now seem a distant past as the school has settled down to learning quicker than ever it seems .Several changes greeted the children on their return including brand new black out blinds and a lighting system in the school hall in preparation for our school production, a newly decorated entrance lobby staff and girls toilet area, a new art cupboard and a work in progress to develop a quiet seating and garden area by HMS Titchfield.
The new Year R class were also excited by the addition of a climbing wall built by our caretaker Mr Stretton over the summer. Nearly all our classes are full now with a waiting list in many. We are hopeful that we may exceed 200 children on roll this term for the first time in over 30 years. Hampshire County Council must have heard about the schools success because they have finally earmarked us funding for a new build during 2012/13 which is incredibly exciting as we will finally say goodbye to our ancient music room which is well past its sell by date.
As well as 40 apple ipod touches purchased for the children to inspire them to learn using modern technology, we have also added 45 brand new computer netbooks complete with headsets to help children learn the necessary ICT skills to support their learning. Under the leadership of Mrs Addison and supported by the schools very own digital leaders in the school we are optimistic that ICT provision in the school will go from strength to strength.
Staff worked hard over the summer to transform their classrooms in preparation for new learning themes. The year 2 classroom , for example, was transformed into a rainforest in preparation for their topic on ‘Jungles!’ Year 4 are eagerly awaiting the trip to ‘The Stubbington Study Centre’ in October and Year 6 have just received confirmation of their residential trip to Nethercott house in Devon at the height of the lambing season!
After many set backs the foundations for our heritage structure which will form the centrepiece of our Diamond Jubilee project have finally been laid. A huge thank you to our Young Governors, supported By Nick Girdler who helped bring about such a positive change. Fund raising will now continue to improve the outdoor spaces even more incorporating ideas from the children via this years young governors ( A big thank you to Garsons garden centre who have just donated £250 to our garden project)
Finally I’d like to thank Mrs Hassi Shah Leverett for her work with a group of year 5 students last year who re-traced their cultural backgrounds as part of a lottery funded heritage project. The work of the children will be on display at The Westbury Manor Musuem from Tuesday the 25th September which the community may like to visit.