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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 paid Dersingham a visit!


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.


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


Thank you to everyone who contributed by donating £1 towards NSPCC. It was great to see so many children in something sparkly!


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.


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. 



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’.


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!​



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!


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.



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.


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!​



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. ​


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.


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!



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.


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,


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.


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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