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Early Years’ Trip to Roundstone Pick Your Own

22nd May 2019

Early Years had a lovely time at pick your own. We picked lots of yummy strawberries and enjoyed an ice lolly. We enjoyed the tractor rides and even managed to pose for a photograph!

Trip to Washbrooks Farm

22nd May 2019

Flamingos class really enjoyed the trip to Washbrooks Farm. We went on a bumpy tractor ride, fed the animals and loved playing in the park. Thank you to Happy Days Charity for funding the trip!

Five a Side Football Tournament

22nd May 2019

We took a team of footballers to Manor Green to train with Crawley FC football coaches and compete with other schools. It was a fun event and all of the children learnt some great new skills, as well as working well as a team and making new friends.

Thrive Federation Run

20th March 2019

The Thrive Federation Charity 5 and 10km run took place on Sunday March 10th on Worthing seafront.

A  huge thank you to the hundreds of budding runners who battled against the wind and rain to raise funds for all the children at Palatine and the other schools within the Thrive Federation.

Thank you too, to Myra Jasper, Tesco Community Champion from Tesco West Durrington store who donated the water for the runners and also took part in the run and to all the  volunteers and everyone who donated cakes and supported the runners on the day

We were also grateful to the Mayor and Mayoress and town crier, Bob Smytherman, for supporting the event.
We also had sponsorship and contributions from Ridge Crest Cleaning, Water Babies and Crest Swim School.

World Book Day

20th March 2019

The children had a fantastic day coming to school dressed up as their favourite book characters.

Rainbowfish Class trip to the Sealife Centre

20th March 2019

Rainbow fish had lots of fun at the Sea Life Centre, we really enjoyed watching the fish go over our heads when walking through the tunnel and getting chance to feel a real life star fish and a crab. The weather was beautiful so after our exploring we went to the outside area and had lots of fun in the sand pit, playing with the stones and watching the boats on the sea.

Worthless Letter 8th March 19

8th March 2019

8th March

Dear Parent / Carer

Update – School Funding Issues

 I wanted to contact you to provide an update on current issues relating to school funding.

Sadly, I have to confirm that despite intense lobbying of the Government and Department for Education, matters remain extremely challenging.  In short, schools are still not being provided with adequate funding and resource to deliver the level of provision and support that is expected and that our families and children deserve.

 Current Concerns

  • Since 2010 school budgets have been reduced in real terms by 8% and by 20% at post-16
  • Class sizes are rising and the curricular offer is being restricted
  • Increasingly, schools are being asked to support with children’s emotional health and wellbeing. Frequently, we do not have adequate resource to meet a growing need.
  • Often, the most vulnerable students in our schools – those from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – are bearing the brunt of cuts and schools are struggling to provide the levels of support that they are entitled to.

These issues are not simply affecting a few schools.  They are common features across our education system up and down the country.  Levels of concern are so widespread amongst headteachers that we are all working together with a united voice.

As such, we have written to the Secretary of State for Education on three separate occasions since September 2018.  We are dismayed that he has chosen to ignore our communications and repeated requests to meet.   On 13 December 2018, we were informed by a junior civil servant that I am afraid that, on this occasion, the Secretary of State and the Minister of State must decline your offer to meetI hope you will understand that their time is heavily pressurised and their diaries need to be prioritised according to ministerial, Parliamentary and constituency business.

Given the seriousness of the current school funding crisis and the impact upon schools, children and families, head teacher colleagues and I, believe that this approach is entirely ill-judged.  On 14 January 2019, we wrote again to the Secretary of State for Education asking that he reconsider meeting with representative head teachers.  Six weeks later, this request was declined once more: “As I’m sure you will appreciate, both their diaries are very full and they are unable to accept your kind offer at this time.”  Thousands of head teachers simply do not understand what issues could be seen as more important than the ones we are raising on behalf of schools, children and families.

In September 2018, over 2000 headteachers campaigned at Westminster in order to underline the seriousness of the current situation.  This action was unprecedented.

The ‘Worth Less?’ campaign group now comprises 64 Local Authorities and Boroughs, covering thousands of schools and millions of families.  This gives a clear indication of the levels of concern felt by reasonable and moderate head teachers in England.

We continue to recognise that there is not a ‘bottomless pit’ of money and also acknowledge that many local MPs from across the political spectrum are taking a supportive approach.  We must make clear, however, that the current response from the Department for Education is inadequate.

Why we need to meet

  • Head teachers want to contribute constructively to overcome current funding issues.
  • Head teachers want to reflect the serious concerns expressed by families regarding inadequate levels or resource and provision especially for our most vulnerable students.
  • Head teachers want to ensure that schools receive a much better deal when future Government spending plans – the Comprehensive Spending Review – are drawn up over the next few months.
  • Head teachers want to indicate serious and rising concerns relating to the wider pastoral and social care that schools are expected, by default, to provide against a background of severe cuts to Local Authority provision.

Head teacher colleagues and I, feel fortunate that we have been so strongly supported by parents and carers as we campaign for a much improved level of funding for our schools and pupils.  We urge you to continue to make representations to your local MP and to the Department for Education and wider Government to ensure that matters improve.

We will continue to inform you of the facts and to campaign vigorously over coming weeks and months.  A positive starting point should come from the Secretary of State for Education in the form of an urgent meeting.

Yours sincerely

Catriona Goldsmith

Junior Hub’s visit to the Science Museum

9th January 2019

On Thursday 29th November and Tuesday 4th December Junior Hub children went to visit the Science Museum in London as part of their topic ‘ To infinity and Beyond!’. They all had a wonderful day looking at the amazing space artefacts there. They watched a 4D movie where they got to experience what is was like to land and drive about on the moon and took part in a session exploring life on the International Space Station, including finding out about floating poo! All children were wonderfully behaved and had a great day!

Paraplay Day

9th January 2019

Dragonfly class went to the Paraplay day. This is a sports event run by the students at Chichester university. All of the children had the opportunity to try a range of new sports and take part in fun games with other schools.

They had a great day and really enjoyed taking part in everything!

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