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Working together with Green Dragon Eco Farm

Our school are very lucky to have an excellent learning resource right on our doorstep. The Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre in Hogshaw, asked us if we could bring some of our children down to be part of their Crowd Funding video to help promote their goal to build a British & European Wildlife Reserve that will feature birds of prey, red fox, red squirrel, reindeer, artic fox and pine marten among others.

Their plan is to start building in March 2018, with the Wildlife Reserve opening in July 2018.

Admissions Consultation September 2019

We are consulting to change our admissions policy from September 2019. Please find our draft policy attached. The main changes are focused on the admission rules for entry into Reception. We have added rules that give preference to children who are attending Pre-School and children of current members of staff prior to the straight-line distance rule being used. These are highlighted in red text in the policy. Please can you respond to our consultation by emailing, stating whether or not you approve of the changes to the admissions policy, adding any reasons for your choice.

This consultation is open from 25th October 2017 to 11th December 2017. When we have collated all responses, Governors will review this at their next Full Governing Body meeting on 11th December. The updated policy will be available on our website from February 2018. Thank you very much for your contribution to our consultation process.

Flying high at Aerial Extreme

Children in the Doves class did a fantastic job at Aerial Extreme last week. We all arrived at the high ropes course in Willen Lake in the morning to gasp in awe at the variety of obstacles high up in the trees. Some of us, including the teachers, were a little bit worried about tackling the wobbly ones but with a lot of help and encouragement from each other, we all faced our fears and got around the course.

Everyone was keen for more, so we all headed up to a 15m high platform to jump off it and auto-descend to the floor below. Team working challenges after lunch included the wobbly pole up to the leap of faith and a 12m high climbing wall. The children were extraordinary and learnt about their own emotional resilience and how to work together to achieve challenging tasks. Their writing afterwards has certainly shown the impact that this has had on their learning as well – congratulations Doves!

Raising money for our school’s

 A brilliant Beer Festival 

Thank you to the Friends team who put on a fantastic event on Saturday 23rd September. Last year was a hard act to follow but the weather certainly helped in keeping everyone out in the garden and enjoying the music!

None of this could have been achieved without the hard work of our dedicated Friends – from organising the tasty selection of beers to putting up all the tents, finding great bands to cooking delicious food. And then of course there was all the organisation, setting up, clearing up and management on the day!

All of their amazing efforts have managed to raise another £3,500 for the school, which is truly extraordinary with our small number of families. With two under their belt, everyone is already talking about doing it again next year – watch this space…


Walking for Uganda 

Not only have we been raising money for our school, but we have also been looking further afield to our partner school in Uganda. This term the children have found out about how children learn there and how far they have to walk every day just to attend lessons.

At the start of term, the children set themselves a target of raising £400 on a sponsored walk so that Reception children in our partner school can sit on benches rather than the mud floor.

Thank you so much to all of the parents for their sponsorship – we completely blew our target out the water, raising over £900! The children were amazing on the walk and lots of our new Reception children completed the full four miles!

Thanks as well to all the parents who joined us and looked after the children on the way around.

Evergreen Africa, the Charity we are working with, run by one of our children’s grandfathers, has promised that 100% of all our money raised will go directly to the school – thank you.

End of term news…

Sporting Award Winner

East Claydon belongs to a partnership of local schools to develop our sporting skills and encourage friendly competition. This term we have been to the annual KS1 Sports Festival, run by Buckingham School and hosted at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. All of our children in Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic day honing their skills, challenging themselves against children from other schools and learning from older pupils at Buckingham School.

The final event of the sporting year was the award ceremony. Grace in Year 2 was awarded the Play Leader of the Year, which is a fantastic honour and is well-deserved for her contribution to fun and safe breaks and lunches at school. Well done Grace!

Family fun through the night

The last Friday of term saw many brave souls pitching their tents in the school grounds for the night. Families started arriving early to get the best spot and so that they could have everything set up and ready to go before the BBQ started. The Mushroom kindly opened its doors from 5 o’clock and Guy fired up the BBQ to satiate the appetites of hungry adults and children alike. We had a fantastic turn-out from the school and community and the weather held off with the rain, even though we didn’t get the heat of earlier in the week. Surprisingly everyone managed to get to bed reasonably early and sleep through the night. It was an early wake-up though – with everyone out, breakfasted and gone by 9:30am!! From the feedback we’ve got from the children it sounds as though this will be an annual fixture in our summer calendar!

Expedition celebration

The children have been working really hard this half term, finding out all about pirates and explorers and learning about coastlines and the sea along the way. We started with an expedition of our own – to Buckler’s Hard and the River Beaulieu – to find out about ship-building of old and do some beachcombing. A surprise finding of a letter in a bottle and treasure chest buried in the shingle set the scene for the rest of our learning. We celebrated our successes with parents on the final Tuesday of term – taking everyone on our learning journey with us and opening up our very own Museum of Piracy and Exploration. It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents filling the hall, as well as enthusiastically joining in with our dancing – thank you!

Team treat – a beach party with no beach

We set the children a challenge to win team tokens throughout the term, with a surprise reward if they manage to fill up the tubes to the agreed level. This term they surpassed themselves and definitely earned their team treat. We turned the School into a party venue for the day to celebrate. Everyone came in beach gear and enjoyed summer arts and crafts, beach games and water fun, not to mention a bouncy castle (kindly donated by the staff) and huge water pistol fight! At lunchtime we were visited by a fish and chip van, followed closely afterwards by an ice cream van (donated by Friends) – the children were delighted! Many said it was the best day of their lives! It was brilliant to see so many happy faces and not an angry word or reprimand was heard the whole day, showing exactly why they earned their treat in the first place. Well done everyone – let’s set ourselves even more challenging targets for living our values next year.