Midhurst & Petworth February Schools Roundup

Petworth C of E

January proved to be another very busy month at Petworth C of E Primary School. There is much excitement in school regarding our participation in Young Voices 2019 at The O2 Arena, where we will have fifty children singing later this month. The children, teachers and parents are continuing to rehearse the songs and dance moves, putting the finishing touches to their performances. Personally, this puts me out of my comfort zone as I have often been described as having two left feet, but this is all part of learning, and as teachers we must remember what it is like to learn and to appreciate the challenges our children have.

We are very proud to have our eco curriculum recognised as one of only six schools shortlisted in the nationwide ‘Oceans are not Rubbish’ competition for our year five artwork ‘Hawksbill Turtle’, which was created from recycled plastic. This culminated after a week-long, whole school project to explore sustainability and become more environmentally friendly.  Since then, many improvements have been made in school from building compost bins to developing a wildlife friendly sensory garden (with help from Petworth Gardeners) to installing a new pond. We have  very active Eco Warriors, who are always looking for different ways to improve our school.

In addition to all the changes that have already been made, we are now looking forward to the installation of our new solar panels by March, which we will be using to teach the children the importance of renewable energy against fossil fuels.

John Galvin, Headteacher, Petworth C of E Primary School www.petworth.w-sussex.sch.uk

Easebourne School

Every year, our four new house captains work with their houses to choose new house names, a process which always produces some interesting results, including, this year, Yellow Minions!  The spring term is Charity Term when each house tries to raise £250 for their chosen charity.  In fact, fundraising started before Christmas for this year’s chosen charities: Canine Partners (Green Grasshoppers), The Dogs Trust (Yellow Minions), The Seahorse Trust (Red Robins) and Macmillan (Blue Sharks).

Technological change is, as we all know, accelerating and this brings with it countless wonderful opportunities.  However, it can also bring additional pressures for children, including exposure to a range of inappropriate material, social networking pressures, the relentless marketing of seemingly physically perfect people leading seemingly perfect lifestyles and gaming addiction. It is no wonder that there is currently such concern about children’s mental health and well-being.

This term, we are welcoming Sandrine Cranswick, local mindfulness teacher, to the school. Sandrine will work with five classes on a weekly basis throughout the term, teaching them a range of mindfulness techniques. These skills have never been more useful for children and will hopefully stand them in good stead throughout their lives. Sandrine will also be working with a group of teachers over the course of the term.

This has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Lady Cowdray and the organisation of a race night by Midhurst & Petworth Rotary.  The race night will take place on Friday 22nd March, 7 o’clock at the South Downs Memorial Hall in Midhurst.  All are welcome; tickets will cost £15, to include a hot supper, and will be available through the school.

Johnny Culley, Headteacher, Easebourne CE Primary School www.easebourne.w-sussex.sch.uk

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