Welcome to the Parent Area
Behind the boards work has started on the first phase of our building work.
The¬†foundations have started and Mrs Wyld has marked the spot for the first brick!
Charlotte's Web - funded by ASSA
Last week, we¬†were treated to a production¬†of Charlotte's Web performed by M&M¬†Productions.The children¬†said¬†it was¬†really, really cool even though the ending was sad. They also¬†enjoyed the sets and the enthusiastic actors!
Thank you ASSA for paying for this event.¬†¬†
Internet Safety update from Paul Hay
Over the summer holidays you may have heard the sad story in the news of Hanna Smith, the 14 year old who took her life after experiencing cyberbullying through a site called Ask.fm.
I appreciate that many adults have not come across this site, so I thought I would send a couple of links in case you would like to understand more about it.
This links provides a downloadable guide to Ask.fm from the Saferinternet Organisation
and here is another useful on-line guide for parents and teachers.
FREE Friday fun in Fleet.
Calthorpe Park, Fleet 20 September 2013
¬†Looking for something to do next Friday after school that‚Äôs fun and free in Fleet?
¬†From 3-7pm, My Journey Hampshire will be in Calthorpe Park to mark the completion of Fleet‚Äôs newest off road cycle / pedestrian path that joins Hitches Lane to the Town Centre.
¬†Savage Skills, will amaze you with their stunt bike shows. Try out a different kind of bike on the tennis courts with Cycle Experience or get your bike checked and fixed all for free.¬†
¬†CTC and Living Streets are also putting on cycling and walking challenges along the 1.8km (1.1 miles) route, and at the end of it you can cycle your way to a fruit smoothie on the My Journey stall with a fun static smoothie bike.¬† Collect the stamps and get a free BBQ ‚Äď thanks to 22nd Fleet Scouts and Sainsbury.¬†
¬†There really is something for everyone and best of all it‚Äôs FREE! So why not try the new route and get around Fleet a different way.
Look out for your invitation flyer at school¬†and bring it along on Friday.
¬†Internet Safety Day
On 15th July, we held our internet safety day.¬†The children¬†attended an assembly aimed at their¬†particular age group and had¬†the opportunity¬†to take part in activities¬†designed to¬†help them to understand how to stay safe on line. In the evening there was a parent talk.
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¬†Lamin and Fatou Kinteh
In June we were very fortunate to have Lamin and Fatou Kinteh visit us for 2 days. Lamin is the manager of the Karia Konko Scout Lodge in The Gambia and is an important link between us and The Soma School we are twinned with. He manages the money we raise for the school and makes sure it is spent on the projects we have fundraised for.
While they were here they cooked, drummed, taught Mandinka and answered thousands of questions.
Lamin gave us a letter from the Head teacher at the Soma School...
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Re: Gratitude for the support given to the Soma Proper Lower Basic School
¬†On behalf of the School Management Committee, the Parents-Teachers-Association, the staff and pupils of the above school and on my own behalf, I wish to thank you very much, and through you, the head mistress Mrs Wyld, the members of the school‚Äôs board, the Parents-Teachers-Association, if there exisist one, the Staff and pupils of All Saints Junior School for the laudable and timely support that your school has been giving Soma Lower Basic School since the establishment of the link.
¬†Some Proper Lower Basic is one of those schools built by Action Aid International‚Äôs Gambia Office way back in the early 1980s. Since its opening the level of support received from your school through this link is unprecedented.
¬†The diverse interventions in the area of improving infrastructure and other facilities which have a great bearing with the improvements of standards and quality are really tremendous and fruitful.
¬†The reconstruction of the dilapidated classroom blocks, the construction of toilets, fencing of the school campus, the provision of a standard library and the recent tiling of all the classroom are indeed a great gesture.
¬†These are clearly a manifestation of the commitment of your board and the school authority to improve not only the education of a set of Gambian Children but also the livelihood of these children.
¬†Through this support, I hope quality will be attained.
WOW ‚Äď Walk Once a Week
|We are now part of a Hampshire project to encourage pupils, parents and teachers to walk to school at least once a week. Even if you live too far away or don‚Äôt have time to walk the whole way to school, why not park a short distance from school and walk at least 5 -1 0 minutes to school.
There will be a chart in every classroom and at the end of the month, those that have walked once a week will get a badge.
To encourage our children Strider turned up to welcome the children.
School Expansion Update
The Governing body has taken the decision to deliver the expansion scheme in partnership with the Guildford Diocesan Board of Education (GDBE) rather than Hampshire County Council. As a result, after a competitive selection process, we have appointed WYG Management Services Ltd to manage the project. Whilst we¬†understand that this is unusual for a Hampshire school, it is a practice that the GDBE operates for non-Hampshire schools, and one that the County Council have agreed to support the school with.
Further details, including plans of the new proposals will be posted here shortly.
Information about our school expansion can be found on the A-Z of Information page under 'Expansion'.
Click here¬†to go there.
The Reading Garden
Over the summer holidays something wonderful has happened to the garden by the Library!
Mrs Daniels spent months with designers planning a¬† beautiful and¬†peaceful place to read. At one end is a large wooden chair surrounded by benches (one with a dragons head!) for classes to listen to their teacher read. At the other end is a shaded area covering individual seats.
We've only been back a few days and already it's proved to be a popular place to sit quietly with a book at lunchtimes.
A huge thank you to ASSA for raising the money for us to create this amazing place for all the children to enjoy.
The Jubilee Allotments
At All Saints, a team of staff and volunteers from the community have been working hard to transform an unused part of the school grounds into allotments that the children can use to grow vegetables and plants, study wildlife and participate in a variety of outdoor learning opportunities.
The area has been aptly named the 'The Jubilee Allotments'.
Here is what the area looked like before...
Volunteers from the 'Grow with Hart' and 'Minding the Garden' projects and staff transformed the area during the half term holidays by building raised beds, preparing the ground for growing, pruning back trees, creating a path and a seating area.
As well as helping children lead happier, healthier lives today, research has shown that gardening helps children to acquire essential skills they need to fulfil their potential in a rapidly-changing world and make a positive contribution to society as a whole.
Specifically it helps children to become
1. Ready to learn - become stronger, more active learners capable of thinking independently and adapting their skills and knowledge to new challenges at school and in future;
2. Resilient - gain a more resilient, confident and responsible approach to life so they can achieve their goals and play a positive role in society;
3. Responsible - learn vital job skills, embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle and develop the ability to work and communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Go to the Pupils page to see updates on our gardening projects!
Diamond Jubilee Celebration
We celebrated the Diamond Jubilee dressed in red, white and blue, listening to our orchestra and enjoying delicious sandwiches and cakes! See the School Gallery (in the pupil menu) for some photos. Thank you to all the parents that helped.
Olympic Torch Ceremony
On Friday 18th May we performed our Olympic Torch Ceremony: the same day that the real Olympic flame came to Great Britain and began it's 8000 mile journey.
Our Olympic Committee raised the flag, while the rest of the school watched, to a recording of 'Chariots of Fire' performed by our orchestra.
Then Georgia Friend, a real Olympic torch bearer, took our version of a torch into school¬†where it will begin a journey around the classrooms.
Click here to see a video of this event.