22nd March 2024


Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely to see so many of you at our open events this week. I hope you have enjoyed the opportunity to see your child’s work. Thank you to those of you who have worked with us and supported us too when we have been extremely short staffed and where this has caused disruption to classes. These decisions are not taken lightly and the safety of the children always has to be our priority. Your good will and support is much appreciated.

Some of the Engineers hub children have enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Arundel Wetlands this week and were a credit to the school. Others have completed some Easter-themed work including one class who, within a cooking session, made some Easter chocolates. Others have worked on their technology skills. One child also used Purple Mash, a software programme to make marks on the screen for the first time. Others have worked hard on their communication skills, including one child saying ‘hello’ in context and another showing increased engagement during a class ‘hello’ session. Within literacy learning, one child can now sound all the phonics sounds within the ‘Song of Sounds’. There have been many acts of kindness shown by the children this week such as holding doors open for people, greeting them kindly and in sharing resources. In one class, the children were all very kind and welcoming to a child who had come to visit. We have had a couple of children move away this year and a couple of children will be joining us after Easter because of this.

Safeguarding Spotlight 

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people who are, or who have been in a relationship, regardless of gender or sexuality. Abuse can include coercive control, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape, stalking and harassment, economic and financial abuse and technology-facilitated abuse. Domestic abuse and violence can happen to anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.

Domestic abuse always has an impact on children. Being exposed to domestic abuse in childhood is child abuse. Children and young people may experience domestic abuse both directly and indirectly.

Children and young people may experience:

  • not getting the care and support they need from their parents or carers as a result of the abuse
  • hearing the abuse from another room
  • seeing someone they care about being injured and/or distressed
  • finding damage to their home environment like broken furniture
  • being hurt from being caught up in or trying to stop the abuse
  • being denied access to parts of their home, such as rooms being locked
  • being forced out of or losing their home

You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help.  If domestic abuse is happening to you, it’s important to tell someone and remember you’re not alone.


For more information, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/getting-help-for-domestic-violence/

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted can find out about help, treatment and support at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/

Attendance Focus

Best attendance for week commencing 11 March:

Explorers Hub – Ladybird class – 100%

Investigators Hub – Crocodile class – 100%

Engineers Hub – Sloth class

The sign of the week is crisps!

Activ8 are running after-school club on Mondays at Palatine. To make a booking, you will need to register yourself and then your child/ren onto the Activ8 website. Under the Sports & Activity tab you will find the booking for Palatine. https://activ8forkids.ipalbookings.com

Activ8 Easter Holiday Club is running multi sports clubs and dance and drama clubs at Durrington High School from 2nd – 5th April from 8.30am – 12.30pm for children with SEN and siblings. Sessions are heavily discounted at £5 per session. Book at https://activ8forkids.ipalbookings.com

HAF spaces are also available free to children in receipt of benefits related free school meals – https://haf.bookinglab.co.uk/westsussex/37147/login

Date Reminders: 

  • Easter/Spring Fete – Saturday 23rdMarch – 2-4pm

We look forward to see as many of you as would like to tomorrow.

  • Easter Raffle – Wednesday 27thMarch – in school time. This is the last day of term for pupils.
  • INSET day – 28th March– school closed to pupils for staff training
  • April 15th – first day of the summer term

Have a wonderful weekend.

Very best wishes,



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