The whole school gathered today as pupils re-enacted the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, complete with a royal guest list of the Queen, Prince Phillip and the Duke and Duchess of Cam-bridge. The bride and groom were supported by bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls and page boys and made vows and exchanged friendship rings in a ceremony led by a pupil taking on the part of the vicar. Many pupils formed a choir and performed two songs in the ceremony led by teacher Nathan Bird, and afterwards the press gang of pupil photographers took photos of the wedding party. To celebrate pupils enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine complete with special royal wedding themed packed lunches prepared by the lovely ladies in the school kitchen. In the afternoon pupils were treated to games, dancing and cake made by a member of staff and Wolves class. The reception party held on the field was supported by students from Sir Phillip Howard secondary school who entertained us with their music.
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On Thursday 12th July, the whole school came together to create a wonderful festival experience celebrating Palatine school. Classes and children took responsibility for creating different aspects of the festival. They made food, drink, games, rap songs and created dances to celebrate and share with their families.
The children took great pride in making and serving food to their community and they loved the sensory ball pit and trampoline area. There was also a camping area where they could explore different materials in the ‘chill out’ tents.
Pablo Dos Ramos created a wonderfully festive vibe by playing the steel drums and the children enjoyed having their faces painted or having a transfer applied.
It was a wonderful afternoon which was enjoyed by all of the children and their families.
Amazing activity in the hydro pool today! Here is one of our Seahorses working through her movement programme which have been written by our physiotherapist.
Dragonfly and Flamingo class have been learning about Castles, knights and Dragons. They went on a trip to Lewes Castle. Everyone climbed the steps and the spiral staircase to turrets.
We saw a very long way and all across Lewes.
We all got to dress up in Knight’s armour and chainmail which was great fun!
Mothering Sunday saw the second West Worthing 5k & 10k run for the Thrive Federation. The run was a fantastic success with over 500 competitors and the rain held off to allow lots of supporters to come and cheer the runners on making a great atmosphere for everyone.
The schools would like to give a huge thank you to Tesco at West Durrington for supplying the water for all the runners. We would particularly like to thank Myra Jasper, Tesco’s Community Champion, for organising the water, contacting local councillors, Lionel Harman and Steve Wills, to come and volunteer by marshalling and inviting Bob Smytherman our local town crier and Sean McDonald, Worthing and local councillor, to come and support the event and hand out medals. On top of all this she also ran the 10k!
Another huge thank you to Ridge Crest Cleaning Limited for their generous sponsorship of the registration marquee and donation buckets.
Thank you also to all the school staff and governors who gave up their free time on Mother’s Day to don their running shoes, marshal, hand out water, collect donations, bake and sell cakes, all without whom the event would not have been a success.
Big Lottery funding for ‘PLAY @ Palatine’ – refurbishing our soft play room!
THANK YOU so much to the National Lottery players and to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting Palatine’s soft play project. Our room has now been completely refurbished with exciting new soft play equipment including a noisy slide, vibrating and sound bumpers, a sparkling fibre optic tunnel, mini trampoline and all sorts building shapes!
The children are all having a fantastic time exploring their new space and it is a wonderful resource for our school.
On Friday the children dressed up for World Book Day. They enjoyed listening to interactive stories, writing about their favourite book, making asks and book marks!
Seahorses wrapped up warm and spent a short time outside exploring snow in the gardens.
We had an exciting visitor today – Dillion, a therapy dog, came to visit us in class.
Dillion, a therapy dog, made a return visit to Seahorse class today. He is so popular that he is going to visit us regularly each week.
As you may be aware the weather forecast for tomorrow currently indicates a significant chance of snowfall although the picture is ever changing and different services are providing conflicting reports of severity/likeliness of disruption. The forecast suggests that snow may start during the school day. Our aim will be to open if possible. I have liaised with transport to discuss their plans for such an event and as yet they have not taken the decision not to run. However, should we have to close early because of the snow, there would be no guarantee that transport would be able to pick your child up safely during the day. I ask that you therefore make contingency plans for tomorrow (and Friday as the weather conditions remain) to ensure you can get your son / daughter safely home should transport not run. Please only send them to school (providing we are open) if you are sure you can collect and you feel it is safe for them to attend given their particular needs.
I will continue to monitor the forecast. We will use text, the website, local radio stations and West Sussex webpages to alert you should we need to close. I will make this decision as soon as I can in the morning on the basis of the evidence available to me. Further decisions will be taken through the day if we are open and the situation changes. Please do ensure you are contactable through the school day.
Thank you for your support in these difficult conditions.
One of Seahorse class working really hard in the pool today while having lots of fun!
Busy in the hydro pool today regaining weight bearing and stepping skills post-surgery.
High levels of concentration from one of our Seahorses today as he used the water to support his walking practise.
Brilliant Respiratory Training for the Seahorse Staff Team by Melanie Amos, Senior Paediatric Community respiratory physiotherapist.