What a wonderful morning we had in school and Pre-School on Friday. We started with Pre-school sports day which was very well attended by many parents and grandparents. All the children had fun running, jumping, kicking and throwing and their sports day finished with the children running under the solar panels. The parents' race was a hotly contested event — a mums against dads race. Balls were meant to be passed over heads and through legs and I think there is still an on-going steward’s enquiry! Thank you to all the parents who supported this most enjoyable event.
The rest of the school then came out onto the field for their sports day. The four house teams were all divided into three sub teams and they all went around the field competing in different events using their PE skills. The morning culminated in races which all children were involved in. We also had parents, staff and toddler races. I was very impressed with all the children as I saw and heard some fantastic, encouraging support from the children to one another. Well done to all our sporty Slinfold children! As you can see from the photograph Griffin House came first with 4178 points, Dragon were second with 4027 points, Phoenix were third with 3910 points and in fourth were Sphinx with 3711 points. Thank you to the parents, grandparents and friends who supported the children on Friday and stayed for the picnic on the field afterwards. It was a glorious morning and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Thank you to the PTA for the providing the ice lollies which were very popular!
Thank you to everyone who supported our summer fair yesterday. I hope you all enjoyed it. What a fantastic day! The weather was beautiful, the children’s dancing, singing and djembe playing was brilliant, the stalls were exciting, the food was great and we didn’t run out of ice cream! As always, a huge amount of effort goes into organising a summer fair and we have a dedicated and hard working committee who deserve lots of thanks. So a very big thank you in particular to Amanda Ager, Zoe Taylor, ZoeSavage, Emma Collins and Andrea Webb who all worked tirelessly. I also want to thank the rest of the committee who also worked incredibly hard as well over the weekend. I think you all deserve a well-deserved rest before you start planning the next fundraiser. On Saturday there were 20 parents all helping to set up the fair and about the same number on Sunday clearing and tidying up. So thank you all and it just goes to prove that many hands do make light work. It has been a very busy weekend, but I hope that you all enjoyed the day and as soon as I have an idea of how much was raised I will let you know. Thank you again to everyone who supported us.
For the next 4 weeks there will be a scooter/skateboard park in the playground. Dan Fairchild will be setting it up and dismantling it and also supervising. It will be every Thursday night from 6–8pm. It is open for year 5 children upwards. Please bring your own scooters, skateboards and helmets. Dan has a few spare ones that you can borrow if you haven’t got one. Helmets must be worn. It should be fun so do come along and join in!
What a wonderful experience for year 4, 5 and 6 children and adults on Friday. The walk from Billingshurst to the village hall was exhausting for some children, but they all managed it. At the village hall the children were met by some lovely ladies from HAODS, who were suitably dressed, who picked some children to work on the farm and in the Manor House. I also had to pick some children to live with me at the school house. They weren’t that keen to be chosen especially as I’d said they would have at least 2 hours of extra homework! During the afternoon children prepared our evening meal of sausage, mash and carrots followed by bread and butter pudding. They also had to defuse a bomb and learned how to Jitterbug. The sleepover went very well and by 10.00pm most children were asleep. Luckily no one woke too early and we had time for bread and jam for breakfast in true war time style. My very grateful thanks to all the staff who made this experience so very special and in particular the ‘sleep over team’- Mrs Braun, Mrs Hamer, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Richmond. I’m sure you all slept so much better on Saturday night. I know I did!
Last Thursday night saw the culmination of the Weald Book Awards. Our locality group of schools met together to discuss 6 books and then vote for their favourite. Earlier this term they went to The Weald and were joined by
Chris Bradford the author of The Young Samurai who went on to win The Weald Book Award. Well done to Zoe, Georgie, Preston, Claudia, Bethan, Ethel and Darcy who shared some very well written letters that had written in response to ‘Hero on a Bicycle’ by Shirley Hughes. It was quite emotional listening to them.
Thank you to Mrs Taylor, Mrs Richmond and Mrs Braun for all their support and encouragement with this group.
We had home fixtures against Wisborough Green on Thursday, but the football match had to be cancelled as it rained on Wednesday night meaning the pitch was unplayable. The netball went ahead and our team played very well but didn’t score as many goals! We lost 6-1. Thank you to Mrs Barber and well done to Ollie C, Tilly, Alice, Ella, Ted, Bryce, Amy, Charlotte and Sinead.
We are running a school sponsored read between Monday 3rd March and Friday 7th March. This is in conjunction with our local Usborne book representative. Your children can read comics, recipes, magazines and books. There is no fixed time — you decide how much or little time they spend each day reading. Usborne will donate 60% of the total raised in extra free books for our library. Thank you for your support.
There will be a display of Usborne books on Thursday in the library whilst parent consultations are taking place in the hall. Please pop in to have a look.
Out basketball team played on Thursday 13th February. Her is the report of the match.
!In Group A it was nail biting stuff with all four teams fighting hard to finish in the top spot. With all games played three teams were on l2 points - Shelley, Holbrook and Greenway A – so it came down to goal difference to put Shelley to the top with Holbrook tucked in just behind.
Slinfold deserve a special mention for a battling and skilful performance, the ability of the twin girls - Charlotte and Amy Wilcox - at the heart of their team was a sight to behold as they went down to three close defeats in high quality company. The standard of this top tier has never been higher in the 10 years or so that the league has been running.’
Well done to Amy, Charlotte, Aidan and Liam and thank you to Mrs Cole.
Slinfold Primary School