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April 2011
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By Arabella Norton

Many visitors have come to the school to see the children. They have had a talk about fire safety from the Fire Brigade and a talk about personal safety from PCSO Chris Ging who explained about what to do in the case of stranger danger, bullying and getting lost. The children are also working towards Eco Schools accreditation. To this end, they have had Martin Bright from Discover Percussion visiting the school to perform a ‘Junk Music Project’ with the children using recycled objects to form an exciting musical experience.

Also, with spring now upon us, the children are starting to plant seeds to grow flowers and vegetables in our garden area. We hope to be able to offer our produce to our families in the summer term – watch this space!

tractor As part of Eco Schools, the children adopted three turtles using the money raised from the collection taken after their Christmas Play performances. Mr Giles Robertson (Father of Barney and Issey – current pupils at the school), trustee of the Marine Conservation Society, came to talk about the challenges facing the leatherback turtle and the children were amazed to learn that the heaviest turtle ever recorded was 916 kg.

The children have also been learning about our local community and we thank Chris Ruttle for bringing a tractor into the playground for all the children to sit in. He explained about how the tractor is used in farming which all found very interesting.

The Year 1 and 2 children also visited St John the Baptist Church on Shrove Tuesday. Churchwardens Judy Hart and Janet Whittow kindly showed the children round and explained the meaning of Lent. They looked at the different materials which are to be found in the church and the meaning of the period of Lent. The children were also very fortunate that the Verger, Bill Pearce, was available to answer questions and explain about what life had been like when he had been a pupil at Lee Common School before the war.

Not to be left out, the Reception children have been studying about homes and so they had their own trip to Bekonscot Model Village, which they greatly enjoyed. The children all celebrated World Book Day on Monday 7th March and came to school dressed up as their favourite character.

Finally, a few dates for your diary. You are all very welcome to come and watch the School Maypole Dancing Display on Friday 6th May at 10 am. This is a very jolly occasion and there will be stalls selling cards and cakes so do please come. The school annual quiz night will be at Ballinger Hall on Saturday 14th May at 7:30 pm. Tickets (£7.00) are available from Arabella Norton Tel: 01494 837847. The much cheaper ticket price this year is because you will bring your own food and drink for your table. You can either come as a group of 10 people or you can ask to be put on a table with other people. Next day, Sunday 15th May, it is the School Annual Bluebell Walk and BBQ, commencing at 11 am. Again, please do come and bring the whole family to support this wonderful event.

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