Academic Year 2017 - 2018
A fantastic start to the year!
We are only five weeks into the term and yet we have achieved so much!
We began the year with 147 pupils on roll, all bright and enthusiastic after their much-enjoyed summer break. We welcomed in particular, our new Reception children in Class One and already they are familiar with school life and are joining in all the activities with such confidence.
From day one, it was all go, with our whole-school focus on the ‘Hero’s Journey’, helping our children to understand the importance of ‘Growth Mindsets’ and becoming a ‘great learner’. It was super to see so many parents attend our two special assemblies to portray the Hero’s Journey, and to receive so many compliments. Thank you.
Since then, the classes have settled into their routines and are immersed in their exciting new topics. After the October break, parents will have the opportunity to meet with the class teachers during Parent Consultation Evening and view the high quality work on display in the classrooms and around the school.
During September, Class 3 and Class 4 visited Thatchers and had a great time learning about harvesting the crops and even picking their own apples! Shortly afterwards, we held a European Languages day to celebrate the wealth of languages in our continent. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about their chosen class focus language, especially the food! We also held a special EYFS Curriculum meeting for new Reception parents to provide further information about this crucial first year in school. Thank you to everyone who attended. At the end of the month, four KS2 pupils represented the school at the very first Churchill Cluster Inter-School Quiz. I am delighted to say that the Sandford team performed extremely well and came second overall, with our federated school Winscombe in third place. Congratulations to both our super schools!
The PTA has also been very active since the start of the year, commencing with the AGM on 12th September. A warm welcome to our new PTA Chairperson, Tor Eddins, and a big ‘thank you’ to outgoing Chair, Kate Hatherell. Recent fundraising activities include ‘Wicked Wednesday’ movie night and Frisbee Golf, as well as providing support during the Sandford Open Day on 2nd October. Thank you everyone.
This week, our Y5 pupils have been busy with their Bikeability courses and this Friday, several children will attend a violin workshop at Churchill Academy. Many children will also be involved in the various sporting activities planned for the term, a key event being the Rugby tournament on 13th October.
So much happening at Sandford!
Warmest regards and best wishes for what promises to be an exciting, eventful year.
Mrs Lin Williams