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Weekend Blog 21.02.24 – Boomwhacker Time

Hello everyone.

I hope you are well and had a good half term break.

We have only been back a week but the children have launched themselves into their learning journeys. I hope they are sharing some of the exciting learning opportunities that are happening. All of our Learning Journey Overviews are on the school website under the CURRICULUM tab.

Over the break, Premises Manager Mick kindly put up two basketball hoops for the younger and older children to use. Thank you, Mick.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who attended our Funky Friday Assembly. Weren’t the house band good?! Considering that they are all in Year 6 – I thought they sounded fabulous.


Congratulations to Jack (Year 6) and Naomi (Year 2) who were presented with an Oscar each. Jack received his Oscar for his fabulous attitude to learning and willingness to give anything a go. He is also incredibly helpful and has a wonderful sense of humour. Naomi is one of our quieter pupils and yet is so conscientious and works so hard. She is kind and caring and has the loveliest smile. Congratulations to both of you.

Gold Awards

There are no Gold Awards this week but lots of children on four mentions in the log book.

Golden Ticketers

Golden Ticketers this week are: Sedra and Sully (Minnows), Poppy and Rufus (Seashells), Ellia and Naomi (Starfish), Elara and Rosa (Dolphins), Juke and Maxine (Lighthouse), Damien and Danny (Coral) and Jack and Scirocco (Ocean). Well done to you all.

Attendance Matters

Minnows Class achieved the best attendance this week with 95.8%. They chose to have Siam for the week. Miss Mann is very excited.

Barbados Monkey

Thank you to Lola and Jago who donated a monkey to the school whilst on holiday. Its name is Barbados. Although it is incredibly kind of children to donate monkeys to the school, please can we ask that no more monkeys are donated at this stage as we have so many. Thank you.

Harley’s Corner

“Hello everyone. I haven’t been in school much this week, although when I did come in – I had a good sniff of Bonnie and Cassidy’s mum, kisses with Dixie, strokes from Mrs Bennett and a lovely walk across the bridge. Look Grandma – that’s me and some boats.”


Thank you to the parent and grandparent volunteers who come into school and listen to our younger children read. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Hayley in the school office.

Chill-out Corners

We are always looking to further improve the internal parts of the school and currently the class teachers are in the process of creating chill-out corners in the classrooms. Shelves have been removed, the corners have been de-cluttered and calming lights, cushions, soft chairs and beanbags are being purchased. Some classes are more advanced than others but I wanted to share the spaces with you now before Brighton street artist Sean Lyons returns to add a theme to each corner (like he has done in Ocean class). I will keep you updated. You can then compare the difference.

Year 3 & 4 Boys Football

Well done to those who represented the school in the Year 3 & 4 Football Tournament at Shoreham Academy on Wednesday. Thank you to Mrs Shukla and Mrs Bennett for ensuring the children had a great time. Apparently, their behaviour was exemplary…… the children, not Mrs Shukla and Mrs Bennett!

World Book Day

As you know, on Thursday 7th March we will be involved in World Book Day and Mrs Crowhurst has planned some exciting activities. One of them is being caught reading in unusual places. As a taster – here is Polly during her trip to Belfast. She wanted to explore the Titanic museum and took her favourite Titanic book with her on the trip – using it to tell her parents all of the facts & interesting stories she’d learned on the subject. Apparently she also relished the opportunity to choose a new Titanic book from the gift shop at the museum – which of course had to be read immediately!


Congratulations to Darcey for her amazing achievements in dance over the half term break. Darcey is a member of Brooks Dance Academy and took part in the Eastbourne music and dance festival where she danced solos and group dances at the Congress Theatre.
She danced over 10 dances and had huge success. But there was one standout highlight. Darcey received a trophy for the highest scoring junior dance across the whole competition! There were over 200 junior dances!

Whole School Treat – Junk Percussion Workshop

On Monday every class got to experience Daniel Gilmore’s Junk Percussion Workshop. They had great fun playing different junk items.

Delilah in Year 3 particularly enjoyed the Boomwhackers and wanted to share this YouTube clip of some professional Boomwhacker musicians:

Finally, I had an interesting conversation with a parent in the community this week who said that they didn’t apply for their child to attend Shoreham Beach Primary as they presumed, being a one-form entry school – we would be full. Do contact the school office if you are looking for places for your child.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mr Vallier

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