St Nicholas CE VA Primary School Child Okeford
...to be the best we can be...

News Flash!

July 5th, 2017

The summer holidays are fast approaching so I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the year, and what a positive year it has been.

Firstly, the children have been fantastic and progress across the school is very good indeed – in some cases, outstanding! As you will be aware, schools are judged against a national standard in EYFS (Reception), Year 1Phonics, Year 2 and Year 6, and once again, we are extremely proud of the children’s achievements. There have been some huge gains from last year and our results look very favourable against the 2016 and 2017 national average.

Our two key priorities this year were to be in line with the national average and to increase the percentage of children exceeding national expectations at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2. I am delighted to inform you that we have achieved this and more! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and volunteers who have worked hard to ensure the children reach their potential; your support has also been invaluable in helping the children ‘…to be the best they can be.’ Once our data is validated, we will publish this on our website. Congratulations children – we are very proud of you, in so many areas:

Sport

We have had another brilliant year of sport!

  • Rounders and Netball Champions
  • Ist in the Field events in the Sturminster Athletics Chamionship and second overall.
  • 1st , 2nd and 3rd in the Y4 tennis and 2nd and  3rd in North Dorset ( 42 schools in total)
  • 5th in the North Dorset Cricket Championships ( out of 18)
  • Sturminster Newton Area Football Champions
  • Year 5 Cross Country Champions.

In addition to this, the children have been given a wealth of sporting opportunities, including inter-house events and sports day. We still have the KS2 Swimming Gala to come!

Music and the Arts

Over the year, the children have had regular opportunities to sing and perform at local events within our community and other schools. Many children have taken up an instrument and made pleasing progress; year 4 learnt samba and our choirs (KS1, KS2 and Vale Voices) have delighted audiences with various performances.

The children are currently enjoying a week of Art; each class is designing and making a tepee, which we hope to display outside over the next week. Theatre groups, visitors, residential and day trips, literacy weeks, comic relief and book week have all contributed to enriching the curriculum for our children this year. This would not be possible without the generosity and commitment of our community. THANK YOU.

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