The Autumn term is always a busy one at Amberley Primary School but Autumn 2018 has probably broken all records. The children have enjoyed numerous events which involved the local community, the staff, parents and of course our wonderful supporters at the Friends of Amberley School (FASA).
It’s impossible to mention all of the events but these are a few of the highlights:
- The Great Amberley Bake Off was staged with many parents and children entering a cake into this competition. Competition was intense and standards were very high but after much deliberation, Bastiaan’s (Year 2) flapjacks were judged to be the winners!
- The annual Autumn Fayre was planned and run by FASA with their normal energy, enthusiasm and efficiency. It was a lovely event, held in warm Autumn sunshine and in the school grounds with the South Downs in the background.
- During the Autumn Fayre, we were delighted to welcome Mya Hartland and her mother Sharon back to the school. Mya was the first winner of the Walton Memorial Prize which recognised the pupil who the staff have judged to have made the most progress in the past year. Mya was in year 6 last year and is now continuing her education at Bishop Luffa school. Well done Mya; a worthy winner.
- The school operates a Pupil Enrichment Fund (PEP) which helps to fund activities, outside of the curriculum, which enrich the children’s lives. One such activity, World Music Day gave the children a wonderful opportunity to explore music from different parts of the globe. Samba music, Chinese pentatonic scales and African songs were heard throughout the school and the children thoroughly enjoyed listening to, making and playing didgeridoos. Thanks go to Mrs Cork for organising the whole event, to all the staff who embraced the day.
- The weather was not so kind for the Fireworks evening which was held jointly with our sister school, St. James’, Coldwaltham. However, the heavy showers were unable to dampen what was a hugely successful evening. Money raised was divided equally between the two schools and we plan this to be the first of many combined fundraising events.
Amberley Primary School can look back at a successful 2018 and has increased optimism in entering 2019. Many thanks to all of those who have supported the school and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Ray Jackson, Chair of Governors
Find out more at www.amberley.w-sussex.sch.uk
Arundel C of E School
Sussex Sports Award 2018
For the last three years running, ACE has been voted in the top three for the final of the ‘Best Primary School of the Year’ in the Sussex Sports Award, and this year we are delighted to have won! We are extremely proud of this achievement, which has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of our pupils, parents, staff and governors. ACE is about being part of a team and it was together that we achieved this award. Thank you to everyone involved for helping us to win this prestigious award.
Christmas Fayre 2018
Every year our wonderful parents’ association, Friends of Arundel Church of England Primary School (FACES), organize our Christmas Fair, which is a massive hit with our children and ACE families. This year was a huge success with lots of stalls, a tombola, refreshments and a raffle with some amazing prizes, as well as our annual Santa’s grotto – a favourite with all of the children. Many of our parents gave their time to help organize, set up and run the Fair, which we are always extremely grateful for, and thanks to everyone’s support we made an amazing £2500 profit. All of the money raised will go to support the further development of the playground facilities in the school.
As part of our safeguarding week at ACE, we looked at what makes us feel safe and how our own self-esteem can affect the ability of others to make us feel even worse about ourselves. In order to help the children develop their ideas further, we welcomed to ACE actors from the Cloud Nine Theatre Company based at The University of Chichester Festival Theatre who worked with our children to explore some of the feelings of being harshly treated by others. The children benefitted a great deal from being able to work with professional actors, all of whom commented on how well the children performed.
St Philip’s School
The children all had an opportunity to experience a flavour of India when a dance teacher came in to teach the children Bollywood Dance.
Our choir were invited to be part of the community event of Arundel By Candlelight. The children processed down the high street, carrying their own handmade lanterns. The choir then joined forces with Arundel Church of England School to sing a selection of songs. This is a wonderful way for the children to feel part of the local community.
Our Reception and Key Stage 1 children performed their Nativity with smiling faces and beautiful voices. Camels, shepherds and kings all in attendance.
The last day of the term was ‘party day’ with Christmas lunch and of course a visit from Father Christmas. A festive day, celebrating the birth of Jesus, that was finally finished off with mulled wine, mice pies and carols for the parents.
Now we return to school, the festivities over for another year. The children are focused again on their school work and looking forward to the highlights of the Spring Term.