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Junior Newsletter

Headteacher's Update

Friday 5th January

Happy New Year to all of our children and families. It's been a busy start to 2024.

Just before Christmas our children enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Watermill Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz. The 'Friends' kindly bought every child an ice-cream for the interval. I would like to thank the 'Friends' for helping to make the trip so special.

Congratulations to our Teaching Assistant, Miss Hicks, who married her fiancé Phil over the Christmas holiday. We wish Mr & Mrs Owen every happiness for their future together.

Outdoor Learning Update

Exciting news for outdoor learning in 2024...we are working hard to further develop the space on the Junior site for Outdoor Learning for all children across the Federation. These pictures give you a taste of what we are planning:

Keep an eye out in the Newsletter and through the Friends communications for more details over the next few months as the Friends are supporting this project via fund raising.

The recent Friends Disco was a great start to the fund raising and it was wonderful to see some many children attend and show off their dance moves! You can help this project by supporting the Friends and joining up as a member or helper at events. The more members they have the more events they can run for children and the more funds we can raise for this project to enhance our children's wellbeing and their outdoor learning skills. 

Following the success of our first Federation Outdoor Learning Day we have another planned for Thursday 8th February. We want all children in the Federation to always have wellies in school so they can easily access outdoor learning opportunities even in wintery weather! Please ensure to send your child in with their named wellies (that are to remain in school all year), we hope all children will have wellies in school by the end of January please. 

We also want to start collecting items to support Outdoor Learning activities - if you can donate cardboard egg boxes or individual small yoghurt pots, please send into the school office. 

Charity Swim

It is always wonderful to be able to celebrate the achievements of our pupils outside of school. This week we would like to offer huge congratulations to Ben who took part in a charity swim over the Christmas holiday, raising a magnificent £680 for the Winchester Neonatal Unit. Ben had to be at Porthcawl beach early and braved the freezing cold water with his Dad before warming back up in the pub!  Ben will be visiting the staff at Winchester Hospital soon so he can say his own thank you for the care they gave him after he was born at 30 weeks weighing 2lbs 9.  Well done Ben!


Just a reminder that we have a number of children with severe allergies in school so foods containing nuts, sesame or kiwi should not be sent into school.

School Dinners

If your child normally has packed lunches but had Christmas dinner last term please remember that this will have been added to their dinner account and make a payment either online or by sending £3.00 cash into school.

A reminder to please keep school lunch accounts paid up to date. Text reminders are sent once £50 is owing and once £100 is owing you will be contacted and your child may not be able to order any more lunches until a payment has been made.


Before school and after school clubs re-start w/c Monday 8th January for those that have signed up. There are spaces in yoga (Wednesday 8am-8.45am) and a few spaces in Upper School cross-country (Mondays) and Lower School football (Thursdays), please contact the office if your child is interested in a place.

P.A.C.E. (Parent, Carer and Professionals Events)

Sign up for a free event to help families better understand the needs and difficulties that young people can face and how to manage potential issues/concerns they have about their young person.

These events engage families in understanding the needs and difficulties that young people can face. The events help parents and carers to gain more confidence and knowledge about how to manage potential issues or concerns they may have about their young person. Workshops are run by experts in their field, such as youth organisations, Hampshire CAMHS and Autism Hampshire.

There are information stands available, which provide relevant information on the numerous organisations and charities that provide support for families in Hampshire.

Book your place here

Parent Forum

Star Awards

The following children received Star Awards this week! They should all be really proud, well done!

5th January: Niamh J, Joel H, Jessica C, Lexie M, Nina H, Ashley M, Finn E, William S, Beth I, Addie F, Brody C, Finn K and Thomas H.

Hot Chocolate

5th January: Teddy W, Daisy L, Ellis C, Charlotte B and Finn K.

Life Learning

Our life learning topic this half term is Boundaries and certificates will be awarded from next week.

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