Weekly News For Families 10.11.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Through the mix of the sunshine and the showers (some rather heavy), another week of brilliant week full of engagement and brilliant learning has whizzed by!

In our Worship on Monday, the children learned how the poppy, which is worn at this time of year, has changed. Although the they have changed from being made out of cotton in the 1920s, to fabric in the 1960s, to the new plastic-free poppy which is the first new design in just under 30 years, the meaning and significance of them has always stayed the same. The children then thought about a beautiful poem – the first lines are:

‘Why are they selling poppies Mummy?

Selling poppies in town today…’

They also thought about how the verse from the bible, ‘There is no love greater than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John 15:13) is significant at this time of year when we are encouraged to remember those affected by conflict.

On Tuesday, Rev Richard encouraged the children to think about how light from a candle can represent hope. He talked about from darkness, the light from one candle can bring so much light.


That theme of hope was also reflected in our act of remembrance this morning. Our whole school family came together at the front of the school where our field of poppies stands. Our time together was led by Maddie and Rosie (two of our Year 6 girls) sharing their beautiful poems they had written. A minute’s silence was impeccably observed by all the children before they went back to their classes to continue their learning. Maddie’s and Rosie’s poems, along with a photograph of the poppies is attached.

Thank you, also, for all your donations towards the British Legion Appeal this week. Very few items were left and the donation box is very heavy! We will let you know the amount of money raised once we hear back from the British Legion.

Class Visits

Children, staff and some extra volunteers in Pevensey and Arundel Class all had a great time when they visited the Military Aviation Museum in Tangmere this week. They all enjoyed hearing some amazing stories people doing inspirational things not just during period of conflict but in other times as well. The children also felt proud earning their wings by flying a plane on a simulator. Thank you to all involved in enabling these visits which have brought the children’s learning to life to take place.

Football Teams

Earlier this week, a team of Year 3 and 4 boys and girls represented the school in a football tournament at the The Arena, in Bognor Regis. Well done to Scarlett, Olivia, Maisie, Skye, Spencer, Charlie, Jack, Eli, Leo and Oliver who were brilliant ambassadors for the school. This afternoon, Mr Coyle has made his second visit to The Arena in a few days – this time taking our Year 5 and 6 girls’ football team to take part in another event. More well-dones need to be given to Lilli, Maddie, Indi, Brooke, Chloe, Lilyana, Alexus, Mia, Rosie and Bethany for once again representing the school so well.

Next Week

Here are a few reminders about next week:

Monday 13th November – World Kindness Day (kicking off Anti-Bullying Week) The children do not need to wear school uniform but wear something yellow.

Wednesday 15th November – School Photograph Day The children will need to wear their full school uniform, even if it is normally their P.E. day.

Thursday 16th November – Outdoor Learning Day (re-arranged from a couple of weeks ago) Another non-uniform day, but the children need to be wearing clothes that are suitable for being outside.

It was lovely to see so many children wearing a different uniform today. I counted forty-six members of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs or Scout groups. If you are taking part in any Remembrance Parades over the next couple of days, I hope the weather stays kind for you.

Enjoy the weekend.

Take care

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher