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YEAR 3 - STONE AGE WORKSHOP

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

JACK CORNWELL CENTRE VISIT

THE GRANDPARENT'S TEA PARTY

THE WINTER BALL

COMMUNITY MARKET

A big thank you to all our parents who supported Dersingham with our very first Community Market. 

There was a great sense of community spirit throughout the day, where children and parents enjoyed the various activities.

The parent stalls were a huge success which gave them the opportunity to show case their individual skills and talent.

We look forward to our next Community Market which undoubtedly will be even bigger and better. 

 

SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD

CAKE AND CODE

As part of Code Week 2019, Dersingham Primary School took part in a Cake and Code Afternoon. Children from every year group were joined by their parents to learn how to code whilst eating cake! This was an exciting afternoon with lots learnt by both children and their parents. If you want to join in with Code Week 2019 head to the 'Busy Things' website, use your school login and get coding!

www.busythings.co.uk

 

 

UNICEF FUNDRAISER

On Thursday 3rd October, Dersingham Primary School celebrated their 1 year anniversary of becoming a Rights Respecting School. The School Council Representatives and Prefects collected donations in the playground and raised a total of £218 - which we are incredible thankful for. This money will be donated to the amazing charity - UNICEF. 

As well as raising money, the children were given the opportunity to experience food from around the world - prepared by our talented kitchen staff. 

Thank you for your support!

MACMILLAN

Dersingham is proud to announce that we have raised an amazing £530 for Macmillan. 
Thank you for your support and generosity. 
The children enjoyed decorating the cakes.

CLASS 15'S EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO WHITECHAPEL

On Monday the 9th of September, Class 15 was able to experience the beauty and history of Whitechapel. On our adventure, we passed by many delicious curry houses, saw  the Guinness book of world records ‘Whitechapel Bell Foundry’ (famous for being the oldest manufacturing company in all of the UK, and also making the bell for the Big Ben) and finished off our visit in Atlab Ali park where we learnt from the past and the importance of equality.

BRILLIANT CLUB GRADUATION

Congratulation to twelve, year five pupils that have graduated from the Brilliant Club at Oxford University on Monday 8th July 2019.  The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity that works with schools and universities across the UK. The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which were supplemented by two university trips. Congratulations: Aliya (17), Rafaela (17), Zuhaib (17), Antoinette (17), Kauser (18), Malaika (19), Loucas (19), Tarek (18), Nazim (18), Asia (19), Deivis (17) and Geenley (19)!

ofsted - "This continues to be a good school."

We're so pleased to share our recent Ofsted report from June 2019.  The inspection team spent a day here at Dersingham talking to senior leaders, parents and children about all of the great work we do here at school.  The inspectors commented on how much progress Lando and his team have made from the difficult place the school was in previously.  Progress for pupils has improved across the school.

"You have set high expectations for what pupils can achieve, based upon your determination for every child to be successful. You focus strongly on academic success, as well as ensuring opportunities for pupils to participate in a broad range of activities which enhance the curriculum. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning. They work hard to support each other, are polite, resilient and take pride in their school. You prepare pupils very well for the next stage in their education."

See below for the full report:

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SPLASH DAY

The Early Years took advantage of the hot weather we had recently and enjoyed splash day!

The children had a fantastic time exploring water play in a variety of ways and it truly was a wet, wild and unforgettable day!

CARDAMOM COURT

School council celebrated the end of year by having a tea party with the residents of Cardamom Court.
It was a lovely afternoon sharing good food and pleasant company.
The residents were very happy and commented on how they thoroughly enjoy working with the children at Dersingham Primary.

KNIFE CRIME WORKSHOP

The workshop was led by Chris Grandison. Chris has been a teacher in Newham since 2005. He studied psychology, focusing on violent crime in London, at Brunel University.

In response to the knife crime problem over the past year, Chris has been delivering workshops about risky behaviour and violent criminality to parents and teachers in Newham. 

SPORTS DAY

Well done to all the children for doing amazing during our annual Sports Day event! We all had a great time and really enjoyed having our parents and community together for the special occasion. Congratulations to children who are in Yellow house for winning first place – our shiny, brand new trophy will be passed around weekly to each class so children can enjoy the bragging rights of winning. A massive well done to all the finalists and winners of the race too. Finally, parents, you were very challenging during the tug of war – well done for participating but you can bet that teachers will be training very hard for next year's competition!

TIME CAPSULE

Congratulations to Raif Ahmed as he joined London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan at the UCL East campus site and five other local schools as they buried a time capsule symbolising the huge impact the project will have on the capital’s future generations. Pupils needed to write about an everyday item that, in 100 years, people will want to study because the item has already significantly changed people’s daily lives or an item which has the potential to change or improve the way people will work, study, perform or live in the future. Judges had the difficult decision of choosing only 6 pupil’s items to go into the capsule, items such as: Loom Bands (Thasnia Jahan) Keys (Habibullah Abbas Khan), plastic (Sehrish Sethi) and a newspaper (Farhan Molla). However, the winning item from Dersingham School was Raif’s submission of a pen! Go Dersingham!!

RICHARD HOUSE HOSPICE FUNDRAISER - SLEEPOVER

As we approached the end of the summer term, the School Council organised a fundraiser sleepover to raise money for Richard House Hospice. Richard House Children’s Hospice is based in East London, provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across London. The children had a jam-packed evening with various activities such as pie the teacher, face painting, Heena, penalty shot out and many more. The children eventually fell asleep after midnight.

We are proud to announce that we raised an amazing £500 for such a worthy cause.

WRITING COMPETITION

On June 14th 2019, Year 4 took part in writing competition where they had to come up with an idea for an item to that they would bury on the East Bank. Thinking creatively, pupils had to write up to 200 words on the item that they thought would good to bury in the time capsule. Some children wrote about items that may have potential to change or improve the way people will work, perform, play or even live in the future; other pupils wrote about items that they thought people in the future would want to study.  Well done to Farhan (class 14), Habibullah (class 15), Thasnia (class 15), Raif (class 15) and Sehrish (class 15) who creatively wrote about items such as: current newspapers, keys, loom bands, pen and plastic and justified their choice using persuasive language.  All schools who enter the competition have entered into a prize draw to win 30 tickets to go down the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide. One winner from each borough and will get the chance to record the story behind the item and bury it on site with the Mayor of London at the East Bank ground breaking. Good luck Dersingham!

LONDON HISTORY DAY

On Friday 24thMay, Dersingham celebrated London History Day – an annual celebration of London’s extraordinary heritage and history. This year's theme was local heroes - we were amazed by all the different types of heroes that the children dressed up as - from doctors, to police officers, firefighters and even a few activists made their way into the school.  Each class had to choose a 'best dressed'. The costumes were then judged and one winner from each year group was chosen. The children will find out who the winners are after half term. 

The children spent the day learning about all different types of historic people from London. They then created a piece of writing fitting in with the theme of the day.

YEAR 4 EASTER EXPERIENCE

Painting colourful stain glass windows, creating a majestic garden diorama and producing an eye-catching banner were just a few of the exciting activities year four participated in at Manor Park Christian Centre. The Easter Experience educational visit was an excellent way to enrich the learning that has taken place in class and ask more questions. After the visit, the pupils produced an excellent piece of writing explaining why Christians celebrate Easter today!

RIGHTS RESPECTING ART GALLERY

On Tuesday 19th March, we held a Rights Respecting Art Gallery to showcase all of the amazing art work that the children had completed during their Art Day earlier in the term. It was great to see so many family members turn up to show their support. 

Through the generosity of so many, we managed to raise a lot of money to go towards art resources for the children at Dersingham. 

Thank you!

SCIENCE FOR GIRLS - LITTLE ILFORD SCHOOL

Session 2

What an exciting day! We learnt so much about energy. We learnt what energy is, how we use energy and also how food gives us energy. Then Mr Obembe conduct an experiment with a Jelly Baby! I set up the apparatus, such as the test tube, tweezers and a bunsen burner. To start we put water in the test tube. We held the crisp in the flame and as soon as it’s alight we held it directly under the test tube with tweezers. The crisps with the highest fat content had the highest amount of released energy! My favourite part, was burning the crisp with fire and I bet that Haleema, Shohana and Olta had fun too!  
Written by: Iffah Class 17

CPD SCHOOLS FEDERATION ARVON CREATIVE WRITING EXHIBITION

After an inspiring creative writing experience at Arvon, Dersingham hosted an exhibition to showcasing the pupil’s writing. The event included a series of live readings throughout the evening, pupils expressing how the retreat inspired their writing and also how it helped them to learn how to make new friendships and. On the evening, we also had special guest Angela Moore visit the exhibition; Angela is a member of Arvon's development team who helped to secure funds for our week at Arvon.  The Arvon Creative Writing Exhibition is particularly special event, as it allowed our CPD Schools Federation’s parents and pupils from Dersingham and Central Park to come together and celebrate success together.  

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Well done Dersingham for taking part in the Basketball Tournament! Congratulations Ashanti Rakin, Lucien, Tarek, Rayan, Abraham, Haddy, Olta, Rafaela, Macy, Miran and Uzair. The twelve girls and two boys from years 5 and 6 showed great perseverance and sportsmanship at the TTLT Basketball Tournament. On the day of the tournament, the children showed up with a positive attitude and were eager to arrive at NewVic and try their best. When we arrived, we found out that in our league there were seven other schools. We began playing each team to the best of our ability. We had some great games and a few others that forced us to rethink our strategy. We made sure all children had a chance to take part and encouraged teamwork. Dersingham worked together as one and no matter what the results were after each game, we remained focussed and enjoyed the experience. At the end of the league, the winners were announced and we came 3rd place. Considering we only had one practise as a whole team, we were all proud of ourselves for representing Dersigham and displaying our school values.

SCIENCE FOR GIRLS - LITTLE ILFORD SCHOOL

Session 1

We went to Little Ilford to learn about acids and alkalis. Acids and alkalis are solutions that are sometimes dangerous. Acids can be the liquid of a fruit, for example: oranges, lemons and limes. Mr. Obembe, the science teacher, then did an experiment by putting potassium in the water. The potassium reacted by popping and purple sparks went flaring! Afterwards, we had to conduct our own experiment, the task was to make the colours of a rainbow using acids and alkalis and universal indicator. I was so excited when we actually made the colours of the rainbow! Iffah, Haleema, Shohana and I worked so hard and I am so proud of myself and the rest of the girls. GO SCIENCE!  
Written by: Olta Class 18

RIGHTS RESPECTING ART DAY

During our Rights Respecting Art Day, all children across the school learned about one article from the rights respecting schools criteria. Each year group expressed this article through 

Reception - The children in reception looked at Articles 2 and 15 which discuss discrimination and friendship. The children in reception did finger painting using different skin tones and created pieces of artwork showing themselves with their friends who have different skin colours, religions and cultures to them to show that we don't discriminate against others.

Year 1 - Article 24 - The right to a healthy lifestyle - The children looked at different fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet and cut them open to see what shapes were inside and how they could use these in their art. Once the fruit dried, the children created patterns by printing their chosen fruits and vegetables onto paper.

Year 2 - Article 7 - The right to a name - The children looked at different geometric shapes and how they could create the letters of their name through shapes. They then used lollysticks, match sticks and pipe cleaners and created a colourful hanging name plate to show their name through geometric shapes.

Year 3 - Article 30 - The right to your culture, language and religion - The children looked at different cultures from Mexico, China and some countries in Africa. They looked at how these different artistic patterns from these cultures and they then designed and created their own pots to represent the culture.

Year 4 - The Year 4 classes looked at Article 17 which explains they have a right to information about their well-being. This can be in the form of various media such as newspapers, magazines, TV and radio. The children decided to use information from newspapers to create a collage linking to one of our school values "inspiration". 

Year 5 - Year 5 focused on Articles 13 and 14 which discuss freedom of expression and thought. The children looked at the artist Banksy and discussed whether his style of art through graffiti was a crime or expression. The children used their own freedom of thought to create their own stencils, many displaying powerful and important messages, and used this to spray paint their artwork just as Banksy does.

Year 6 - Year 6 looked at Article 29 which states the children have a right to a good education which teaches them to live peacefully and respect the environment. The children learned about different aspects of photography such as lighting and mood. They then went out into their local area and used these skills to take photos of their local environment and collected some leaves and various objects. The year 6 children worked in groups to edit their photos using computer programmes and created a collage with their final photographs and natural objects.

THE BIG BANG

Big Bang Week! What an exciting way to kick-off the term as the new topics are introduced. 

In Year One, pupils re-enacted a coronation day by making crowns and parading around the class with their parents. A great way to start their topic, ‘What has changed since our grandparents were young?’

In Year Two the topic is, ‘What would Sponge Bob find exciting about London?’ So, of course, pupils dressed up as Sponge Bob! Throughout the term, pupils will be learning about bridges, and what makes a secure bridge. Pupils and parents competed with each other to make the most stable 3D structures using spaghetti and marshmallows! Valuable knowledge was gained for use later on in the term! 

In Year Three, class tables were toppled over and papers were scattered around the class by the devastation caused by ‘an earthquake’ Pupils then began to learn about the effects of natural disasters in preparation for their topic, ‘What makes the earth angry?’ 

In Year Four, the pupils will be studying ‘Why is the Thames so important to London?’ Pupils had the pleasure of visiting the local River Roding and also using their art skills to construct a 3D model of the River Thames. 

Year Five pupils had a very exciting time as the ‘Longship Trading Company’ came in to run a morning workshop in the hall. Activities included drama and dressing up which supported pupils with their topic question, ‘Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?’ 

Last but not least, Year Six will be investigating, ‘What makes the USA an interesting place?’ Pupils had an opportunity to learn about American landmarks and then use their art skills to construct structures out of clay!

ARVON 2019

This week, 8 gifted writers from Dersingham attended a writing course at The Hurst, in Shropshire. The project is run by Arvon and is a chance for the children to work with published authors for a week.  The children got to experience writing in a completely different setting and throughout the week took part in writing sessions with the published authors and got the chance to create lots of pieces of their own writing. The children even got 1:1 tutoring sessions with the authors which focused on how to make their writing the best it can possibly be.

OUR SEN STUDENTS

We would like to say a massive well done to out SEN students who learnt the Sign Language for Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and sang Jingle Bells in front of the whole school and their parents - We are very proud of you all!

NATIVITY

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Reception and Year 1 students. They worked very hard on learning lines and singing songs and we're all very proud of them. 

CHRISTMAS READING CAFE

It was so lovely to see so many parents join us for our Reading Cafe, which was Christmas themed this time. 

Hopefully you will be able to join us for our next Reading Cafe.

KS2 WINTER BALL

On Thursday 13th Decemeber, years 4, 5 and 6 had an after school Winter Ball. The children ate lots of snacks and danced for hours - Santa even came to visit them!

fAMILY CHRISTMAS LUNCH

On Wednesday 12th Decemeber, over 200 parents joined us to eat Christmas Lunch with their children. Thank you to everyone who joined us. 

NSPCC - GET YOUR SPARKLE ON!

Thank you to everyone who contributed by donating £1 towards NSPCC - In total, we raised £253. It was great to see so many children in something sparkly!

DANCE FESTIVAL

Congratulations to Rafaela, Sarah-Jane, Sheila, Yusuf, Aisha, Sarah, Noyon, Olivya-May, Bansi, Darina, Megan and Mimi for coming second in the TTLT Dance Festival last week. The ten girls and two boys from years 5 and 6 displayed excellent courage and dance skills.

All schools were called up to perform 1 by 1 and eventually it was time for our performance. We showed courage and executed our dance routine to our best potential. After all the schools had performed, the judges were ready to announce the winner. To our surprise they decided that Dersingham had tied first place with another school! The final winner could only be decided after a dance-off between both school. Again, we remained focussed and put on our most confident performance yet. Finally, they announced the winner and we came second place by only one point difference. Considering this was out first ever competition we were all proud of ourselves for the effort displayed. There is no doubt pupils had fun and our school values were shown throughout the entire competition.

ABLE MATHS DAY

On Thursday the 29th November 2018, twenty pupils from years 5 and 6 made their way to Manor Junior School for a Maths workshop with one of the UK’s leading maths tutors, Pete Hall. Pupils completed a range of Maths mastery questions which required a great deal of perseverance, as they needed to apply their prior knowledge to find solutions. 

 

RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS LAUNCH

On Thursday, pupils and staff at Dersingham Primary School started their journey towards becoming a UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting School’. 

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Pupils spent the day writing poetry, stories and reports on the theme of children’s rights which culminated in an inspirational event in the afternoon attended by parents and other members of the school community. Everyone was also treated to a special performance by the school choir who premiered their original song about children’s rights,  

Head teacher, Lando Du Plooy said, ‘The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and the wider community. By learning about their rights, our pupils will also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others’.

CHILDREN IN NEED

Thank you to everyone who contributed to raising an amazing £606 for Children In Need on Friday 16th November. The children had a lot of fun wearing their pyjamas and raising money for a great cause!​

 

EXTREME READING CHALLENGE

Well done to these children who took part in the Extreme Reading Challenge that the school set for them. They really did find some weird and wonderful places to read their books!

REMEMBRANCE GARDEN

We were very proud to unveil our remembrance garden on Monday 12th November to mark 100 years since the First World War. Our children and families pulled together to create over 1000 plastic poppies that eventually got planted in the ground.

HALLOWEEN

 

Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3, had a great evening scaring all the teachers with their costumes. The children got to dance and eat many many snacks whilst teaching all the adults how to do the Shark Dance!

dersingham celebrates black history month

Last week, we celebrated Black History Month here at Dersingham.  Each year group studied a significant figure, created art and literacy work and presented it to parents at the end of the week.  We also celebrated with a non-uniform day wearing our traditional clothes.  EYFS and Year 1 studied Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot.  Reception created their own planes using junk model materials, whilst Year 1 created their own with clay.  Year 5 studied Malala - the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.  The children held a protest in the school playground on Friday afternoon where they performed their own speeches calling for equal access to education for girls everywhere.

READING CAFE

On 20th September, we hosted our very first Reading Cafe! We were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and support from the parents who attended on the day. It was wonderful to see our pupils take a real pleasure in sharing books and learning about new things with their adults. We have placed all the names of the parents who attended into a raffle and would like to announce that parent of Laiba in Class 19 has been picked to win a £25 high street voucher! I hope you will spend some of it on books!

Please do come along to our next reading cafe on Thursday 13th December and continue to celebrate the love of reading with us!​

 

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

We raised an outstanding figure of £700!!
The whole school participated by wearing green and decorating cakes to sell in the afternoon, the children thoroughly enjoyed the activity and looked forward to buying and eating the cakes! We would also like to thank all our families for their generous donations, without your ongoing and valued support this would not have been possible. ​

MEET THE GOVERNORS

On Monday 8th October 2018, parents had the opportunity to meet the school’s new governing body members. The Governing Body is committed to supporting Dersingham in raising standards and ensuring we provide our children with an OUTSTANDING level of education.

These governors are committed to giving us their personal time to meet and discuss school matters, monitor our school budget and provide challenge to our Senior Leadership Team. 

year 6 enterprise week - virgin's make £5 grow

All of next week (9th-13th July 2018), Year 6 will be showcasing their entrepreneurial skills by setting up and running a variety of stalls in the main playground.  The children have been participating in Virgin's 'Make £5 Grow' challenge this half term and will be selling their products to children and parents.

The 'Make £5 Grow' challenge aims to teach young people all about enterprise by providing each child with a loan of £5.  The children have teamed up, pooled their £5 notes and created stalls which they think will earn them a tidy profit!  At the end of Enterprise Week, all of the £5s will need to be repaid to Virgin but the profit is ours to keep.  We haven't decided yet what we'll spend the money on but a leavers T-Shirt or Hoodie was a popular choice!

Please support our children by visiting their stalls in the playground each day.  The children will be out in the playground from 3:00pm to 3:30pm each day next week aiming to be the group with the most profit by the end of the week.  Look out for the posters around school and the leaflet detailing the stalls that will be available.  Year 6 will also be manning a refreshments stall at our school Sports Day to add to their collective profits!

Good luck to all of the teams!

Author Visit- Candy Gourlay

Today we were very lucky to be visited by the award winning author, Candy Gourlay!

She spent the afternoon with us, telling us how she became an author and sharing some of her fantastic books.

Candy captured the children's interest at all times and inspired them with her story of how she dreamt of being a writer as a young girl growing up in the Philippines to becoming an author.

 

After school she signed books for those who were lucky enough to purchase a copy before she sold out!

Take a look at some of the pictures from her book signing.

YEAR 5 AT FAIRPLAY HOUSE - DAY TWO

After just two days, it is evident that pupils have enjoyed: learning how to work as a team, independently make decisions for themselves, and as a result, pupils are becoming more self-aware.  Pupils have been given roles and responsibilities such as: putting on their own bedding, doing the washing up and also making their own packed lunch; incorporating all the skills listed above. On this lovely sunny day, pupils are having a joyous time completing an activity in the morning ANNNND another activity in the afternoon. Tonight will be the disco and Just Dance competition!

 

YEAR 5 AT FAIRPLAY HOUSE - DAY ONE

Although the weather hasn't been on our side, it hasn't affected the mood of the children AT ALL! Pupils have unpacked and had an opportunity to explore Fairplay House in order to feel at home for the next few days. Soon after, pupils were split up into 4 groups and were told what activities they will be completing over the next few days. At the moment, pupils are either:  doing Archery, Zip-lining, Swinging on the Big Swing or Caving!  As promised, photos will be uploaded onto the school website throughout our time here. Your children are in great hands and are having a great time!  Keep an eye on the school website for more updates, and remember only to call the school if there is an emergency. 

year 4 big sleepover

On Friday 16th March 2018, Years 3 and 4 participated in a fundraising event here at Dersingham in aid of the Ubuntu Project.  Year 4 took part in a sponsored 'Stay Awake' in the school hall, while Year 3 joined us for an indoor carnival at the start of the evening. The children have so far raised £700 for the charity to aid disadvantaged children in South Africa.

The evening started with the indoor carnival event for years 3 and 4.  After a £2 donation entry fee, the children were able to take part in various activities, including face painting, henna hands, disco dancing, biscuit decorating, treasure hunts, penalty shootout and more.  The tuck shop also proved incredibly popular! Probably not as popular as the 'Splat Lando with cream' stall though! ;)  

 

At 7pm it was time to say good night to our Year 3s.  The Year 4s were tasked with staying awake all night and had been sponsored 50p an hour for every hour they stayed awake past 7pm.  For the staff who stayed over, it was a long night!!  The children had a great time and proved to be experts at staying awake until all hours!  After a hearty dinner, the children went off on a night walk through the dark and deserted school.  Gerry and Anthony definitely relished their role as Dersingham Tour Guides!

Then we settled down into the hall and library for the night.  We watched movies, chatted to our friends, had a few pillow fights and eventually started to get sleepy.  (Not sleepy enough in Lando's opinion!  Only 15 of the 65 were actually asleep by 3am!)  Gradually one by one the children dropped off to sleep - except the three superstars who managed to stay awake for the whole night!

We're so proud of the fundraising efforts that the chidlren have undertaken - the sponsorship amounts have been fantastic.  Special recognition for Pippa for collecting over £100 in sponsorship money!  We also collected many donations for the tuck shop from local businesses, which helped us to keep our own costs low and raise even more money.

YEAR 4 EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO ST. PAUL'S VIA THAMES CLIPPER

ALLLLLL aboard! To enhance our learning in geography about rivers, the year fours sailed along the Thames River via Clipper.  Pupils were able to visually see the features of river they’ve learnt about in class and also made notes describing the famous landmarks along the way.   The weather was great and the behaviour for learning even better! Well done year 4!

easter bonnet parade - thursday 29th march 2018

Although the weather hasn't been on our side, it hasn't affected the mood of the children AT ALL! Pupils have unpacked and had an opportunity to explore Fairplay House in order to feel at home for the next few days. Soon after, pupils were split up into 4 groups and were told what activities they will be completing over the next few days. At the moment, pupils are either:  doing Archery, Zip-lining, Swinging on the Big Swing or Caving!  As promised, photos will be uploaded onto the school website throughout our time here. Your children are in great hands and are having a great time!  Keep an eye on the school website for more updates, and remember only to call the school if there is an emergency. 

Next Thursday (29th March), Years R, 1 and 2 will be hosting an Easter Bonnet Parade and Treasure Hunt here at Dersingham.  

The Treasure Hunt wll be open for Nursery and Reception parents to attend and participate with their children.  The Easter Parade (for parents of Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2) will begin at 1:45pm.

Programme for the day:
Nursery/Reception Parents arrive for Treasure Hunt: 1:00pm
Treasure Hunt starts :1:00pm-ends at 1:30pm
Easter Parade: 1:45pm -2:15pm
 

If you are intending to attend the parade, please collect a ticket from the front office- we can only accommodate 2 tickets per child.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Although the weather hasn't been on our side, it hasn't affected the mood of the children AT ALL! Pupils have unpacked and had an opportunity to explore Fairplay House in order to feel at home for the next few days. Soon after, pupils were split up into 4 groups and were told what activities they will be completing over the next few days. At the moment, pupils are either:  doing Archery, Zip-lining, Swinging on the Big Swing or Caving!  As promised, photos will be uploaded onto the school website throughout our time here. Your children are in great hands and are having a great time!  Keep an eye on the school website for more updates, and remember only to call the school if there is an emergency. 

update on communication with parents regarding thursday school closure

Thursday 1st March 2018

Update on Communication with Parents about School Closure

Dear parents/carers,

Please let me convey my sincerest apologies once again about the communication issues this morning regarding the closure of the school.  I will always endeavour to keep the school open, as long as it is safe to do so. 

I made the decision early this morning to open the school, after checking the weather and travel conditions were safe on site.  The school website and Twitter feeds were updated accordingly and a text was sent to all parents at 6:40am.  As staff started to arrive to set up for the day, it became clear that many areas of the school were without heating – including several classrooms.  An engineer was consulted and it became apparent that an engineer visit was needed.  I then made the decision to close the school on health and safety grounds, as I couldn’t guarantee that children would be warm enough in the school building. 

A text was sent to parents at 7:25am informing them of the closure using the messaging system.  Unfortunately, the messaging system suffered a huge delay and the text messages took an hour to deliver to parents.  This obviously caused confusion for parents and was a huge inconvenience for you, especially to our working parents.

I have made it our first priority to change the way we communicate with our parents moving forward to ensure that this situation doesn’t arise again.  I can now confirm that today we have purchased a school app system, called SchoolPing.  Your child will be bringing home, on Monday, a letter with your own personal log in details to access the app as well as further information about its use.

Keeping your child safe is my number one priority.  I will always try to keep the school open and have the children here learning, where possible.  However, when conditions in the school building are unsafe, we need time to resolve the situation as best we can, so that learning can continue safely.  We appreciate your understanding with this.

Best wishes,

Lando 

adverse weather update - february 2018

Due to the inclemental weather, please see attached our snow plan.  We are planning to keep the school open throughout this week, as long as it is safe to do so.  If the weather becomes severe and we need to close the school, we will use the school website and the text message service to inform you.  We will make this decision by 7:30am to enable you to make arrangements.

For this week, there will be NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS.  This is to ensure all children (and staff) get home as quickly and safely as possible at the end of the school day.   (UPDATE:  World Book Day has been postponed until next Thursday

The Year 2 Parents SATs Meeting has been postponed until next Monday (5th March).  It will still be held in the KS1 Hall at 3:30pm.

Should the weather become increasingly adverse during the school day, we will send a text message to all parents so that you can collect your child earlier than the usual dismissal time.  Please make sure that your mobile number is up to date with the school office.

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arvon creative writing retreat - day four

Finally the children get to draw back the curtains of mystery and reveal what they have captured over the last four days. The scribbles get final edits while lifeless poetry gets an injection of performance.  Writing pieces are dramatised while the authors convert speech into dialogue. This is a culmination of all the workshops rolled into the final performance. The audience comprising of none other than Jamila Gavin and Roger Robinson, not forgetting their teachers and their peers. 

We sat back and were amazed by the standard of the work being presented. Writers who started out as caterpillars had now found their wings.

Arvon creative writing retreat - day three

Wednesday saw the buzz and anticipation of what was definitely going to be the John Hagley day.  Before we could sit and enjoy the unforgettable comic/poet we had two workshops and a brisk walk through the magnificent terrain. The children were amazed at the expansiveness of the farms and squeals of delight were heard as they ran through the marshy forest trails. 

The meals, which have been of a very high standard, are prepared by the children following prescriptive recipes. The children have enjoyed their Jamie Oliver experience and await the professional critique of their customers. It has been interesting to see how groups have tried to create an ambience in the dinner hall by collecting the local flora and fauna. 

John Hagley descended with an energy level that was electric and infectious. His charismatic style was animated and hilarious.  His antics included: puppetry, ukulele playing, and singing while reading from his own books. The children were enraptured with his performance that introduced an undisputed creative paradigm​ resulting in delightful writing. 

arvon creative writing retreat - day two

The second day ushered in two amazing experiences.  The first one came in the afternoon when then children saw the hills come alive on a nature walk. The scenic surroundings conjured up visions from Gorilla's in the Mist. The children trudged through the enchanting forest, exploding with a fusion of colour, as the Azalea bushes eagerly await spring.  

In the evening, the children sat at the feet of these two great authors participating in their first 'reading.'  The pages came alive while they intently listened to the authors, who read with the familiarity that only comes with the originator. The children's knowledge of the authors was tested as they played a 'fact or fiction' game, highlighting their lives, their books and their passions. 

Arvon creative writing retreat - Day one

Ten children from Year 5 and 6 are currently on a residential creative writing course at the Arvon retreat, The Hurst in Shropshire.  The children left on Monday and will return on Friday.  Their creative juices are clearly already flowing - Gerry has sent this round up of Day One:

Swirling through the picturesque landscape of Shropshire the bus eventually arrived at the majestic Hurst House. Children were dispatched to their double ensuite rooms and settled in comfortably with their partners.

After unpacking, the children met the award winning authors and publishers and their tutors for the week: Jamila Gavin and Roger Robinson. 

The evening concluded with an energetic workshop and the children were more than ready for bed after a long journey.

singing for her majesty - december 2017

Some of our talented singers from Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to sing on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth this Christmas.  The children, members of the Commonwealth Youth Choir and Orchestra, were chosen to sing the National Anthem 'God Save The Queen' as well as a Christmas carol for the Queen's televised Christmas Speech.  We are incredibly proud of their achievements.  See - and hear - their performance below

the queen's christmas speech 2017

remembrance day - november 2017

On Wednesday 8th November 2017, the School Council members attended a memorial service at Plashet Park for Remembrance Day.  The children laid a wreath and recited a poem honouring fallen soldiers.  The children set a fantastic example as role models for Dersingham.  The Newham Magazine covered the event.  See Page 12 here

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