Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
A warm welcome from the Primary School. Last week was super-eventful with our rotation of Sports Days over the week. The children certainly had a great time and it was lovely to see so many parents in school cheering the children on and enjoying the atmosphere. We were lucky (mostly!) with the weather and despite a little rain dodging here and there the events ran smoothly, with some events running into our reserve day on Friday. A huge thanks to to our amazing PE team for their organisation of the events; as ever they did a great job and to the parents for their support.
Linking with Sports Week, we also had our first Family Health Week which saw each year group taking an aspect of ‘being healthy’ and applying it in class and at home. Our Nursery children ordered various fruit and vegetables from Red Mart and then created observational drawings, carried out taste testing and made their own fruit skewers. In Reception the children focussed on looking at the body and how fitness can help us to stay healthy. The children enjoyed drawing around each other’s bodies and then labelling the different body parts. Year 1 took part in a yoga class, enjoyed trying out our daily Wake and Shake video and made fruit kebabs for a healthy snack. Year 2 linked being healthy with Maths. They investigated how many exercises they could do in twenty seconds and divided fruit up to make tasty snacks.
Year 3 led the way choreographing and performing the 'Wake up Shake Up' videos for the whole school to use. Mr. Odey started the ball rolling and Miss Sanderson and Mr. Neeson's classes were hot on their heels, trying to show them they could do better. Watch out for the compilation video showing the whole school enjoying their movement breaks. As part of their homework, Year 4 children kept a sleep diary to monitor the amount of sleep the got each night and helped to create a healthy family meal. In class, the children talked about everything from mindfulness, yoga and Wake and Shake routines throughout the week. Year 4 also enjoyed a healthy picnic, which rounded the week off nicely. Overall, it was a great week and one we look forward to rolling out in the years to come.
Some final events to remember this week; Nursery to Year 2 are invited to design and wear an Easter bonnet if they wish to on Friday. We will be having Easter assemblies and would be delighted to see the wonderful creations that we know the parents will be involved in constructing. We will also support World Autism Day on Friday and to show our support the children are invited to wear blue clothing. If your child would like to make a $2 donation, then the proceeds will be shared and donated between charities the school supports.
As another busy term draws to an end, I wish you all a very relaxing break. The children have worked hard over this period and I hope they enjoy the holiday and the family time it brings.
Ms Kara Lebihan
Head of Primary School