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Brilliant Day at the Bowes Museum

Brilliant Day at the Bowes Museum

From the Head’s Office

PP1 enjoyed a stunning trip to Thorpe Perrow to support their learning about trees.  The  children were very respectful throughout their trip, ensuring they were gentle when looking closely at the buds and blossom or touching one of the owls.  They were also respectful of other visitors to the arboretum, using quiet voices and listening beautifully during the talk.  The Kookaburras brought us a precious moment of childhood delight as the children giggled to make them laugh.  Well done to Zoe who proved to be the giggling expert! 

Please could I remind parents that we do not allow the children to climb the trees next to the tennis court or to cross the car park without an adult.  The car park in particular presents a considerable risk, particularly on Monday and Tuesday evenings when there is a constant movement of traffic.  The children have been reminded about these points today, please could I ask parents if they could kindly reinforce this message once your child has been collected and is in your care.  

Finally, a reminder about our school collection procedures.  If your child is to be collected by someone else at the end of school, we must receive permission from you before we are able to allow the child to leave.  Please could you either speak to your child's teacher, use one of the permission slips which are hanging on the notice board inside school or notify us by email to  Please note that Mrs Pinkney leaves at 2pm each day.  If you need to make alternative arrangements after this time, please phone the school on 01677 450359.

With best wishes,

Susie Drake,  Head of Pre-Prep

Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 7th May: Whole School Photograph

Thursday 14th May: Sports Teams Photographs

* Friday 15th May: U8 Cricket and Rounders v Barnard Castle (h) Please note, there will be no assembly this Friday.

Thursday 21st May: PP2 Class Visit to Bolton Castle

* Thursday 21st May, 3.30pm: Mr Goddard’s presentation about moving to the Prep School

Friday 22nd May, 3.30pm:  All of Pre-Prep finish for Half Term

Monday 1st June: Pre-Prep resumes

* Tuesday 2nd June:  U8 Cricket and Rounders v Poklington (a)

Thursday 4th June: PP3 to Maths Challenge

Monday 8th June: PP3 to Prep School Arts Week Outing

Tuesday 9th June: Nursery to PP2 Step Up Morning

Tuesday 9th June: PP3 to Prep School Arts Week Activities

Wednesday 10th June: PP3 to Prep School Arts Week Activities

* Friday 12th June, 11.00-12.00: Nursery Sports Day

* Friday 12th June, 12.00-1.00: Pre-Prep Picnic Lunch for all Pre-Prep parents, bring your picnic, and enjoy lunch in the grounds

* Friday 12th June, 1.00: Reception to PP3 Sports Day

* Week beginning 15th June: Parent-Teacher Meeting this week

Thursday 18th June: PP3 to Queen Mary’s Activity Day

Monday 22nd June: Pre-Prep to watch 4th Form play

Tuesday 23rd June: Reception Visit to Studfold Farm 

* Wednesday 24th June, 4.00pm: Ballet Tea 

Thursday 25th June: PP1 Visit to Saltburn

Friday 26th June: PP3 to watch ‘Groovy Greeks’ at Darlington Civic Theatre

* Friday 26th June: APPA Strawberry Fayre

Wednesday 1st July: Pre-Prep Picnic Lunch (children only)

Thursday 2nd July: PP3 Trip to Carlton Lodge 

* Friday 3rd July, 11.00: End of Term Assembly

Friday 3rd July, 12.15: End of Term (lunch is not served on last day of term)

* Parents are welcome to attend these events.

Assembly theme for the week:  Respect

Happy Birthday to: Hector Pearce 

Last week's certificates for Respect were presented to;

  • Lottie Taffs
  • Isabel Fall
  • Zoe Hall
  • Jack Haslam
  • Buster Preston
  • Sebastian Buczacki
  • Harry Bateman

These children's work was displayed on the Wall of Fame:

  • Joshua Patterson
  • All of PP1
  • Annabel Bullas
  • Isla Dinsdale

These children joined Mrs Drake for Friday lunch:

  • George Marriott
  • Alice Prudhoe
  • Tom Bland
  • Ned Alton-Taylor
  • Humphrey Hinchliffe

Menu—Week 3

  • Tuesday—Lasange
  • Wednesday—Meatloaf
  • Thursday—Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Friday—Fish and Chips
  • Monday—Chicken Pizzaiolla

PP3’s Class Visit to the Bowes Museum

Last week Miss Phillips took her class to study Ancient Greece at the Bowes Museum.  They acted out some Greek myths, made clay pots and looked at works of art.  They used their visit to inspire some written work about Hercules using WOW words to give extra interest.  

Hercules by Tom Bland

Hercules had blue eyes that sparkled like diamonds in the night sky.

Hercules had a savage laugh that echoed though the land for miles

Hercules had huge, strong hands that could smash anything in his path.

Hercules had long brown hair that wrapped around him like a snake searching for his pray.

Hercules had powerful shoulders that could hold up anything that needs lifting.

Hercules was brave enough to kill a lion that carried a disease.

Hercules was the son of the mighty King Zeus.

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