Firstly, a big welcome to the new families that have joined us this term. I hope your children are now well-settled into school and that your family is enjoying being a part of the Dover Court Community. I know many of you came to the New Parent Coffee Mornings and I hope you have continued to make connections with other families from there. Of course, welcome back also to our returning families – it’s lovely to see the children back.
It has been a short but busy half term with much happening across the primary school. Our first big event of the term was the Year 2 swimming galas, closely followed by the Year 1 galas, both of which ran smoothly and efficiently thanks to the PE team (and the weather!). I know the children had a great time because they told me so and this was verified by the many positive comments we have received from yourselves.
Over the last two weeks, our Year 4 students have visited Kota Rainforest for their two-night residential. The children left in a great flurry of excitement and returned with many a story which I am sure they have enjoyed sharing enthusiastically with their families. As ever, this is great trip that builds on each child’s independence as well as being a great start to our overseas residentials. A big thank you to Miss McGee for all the preparation and to the Year 4 team and accompanying staff for their support.
Thursday 24th January proved to be a very exciting day for our Year 6 students as they took part in their first Transition Day. The children bid farewell to their class teachers as they attended a series of lessons designed to give them a taste of what awaits them in Secondary School. They witnessed explosions in Science and had the opportunity to use a range of new tools in DT. The children came back to class buzzing with excitement. A big thank you to the Secondary staff involved.
This term, we were delighted to host our very first Temple Fair in conjunction with Chinese New Year. It was a great event that saw our primary school students immerse themselves in many Chinese cultural activities, coordinated by Ms Chu and the Mandarin Team. The children had a great day, and I am sure learned lots about Chinese culture and Chinese New Year itself. Thank you to the Mandarin team, and also to parents who also helped to run the activities and stalls on the day. This was a great warm up for the Chinese New Year and we look forward to this becoming an annual tradition at Dover Court. Of course, the week ended with our Chinese New Year dress up day and some lovely assemblies presented by Year 1 and Year 5. What a lovely way to end the half term!
After the break, there will be an opportunity for parents to meet on 11th and 12th February with the teachers for our termly Parent/Teacher Conferences. We do have an electronic sign up system now so please do remember to book your slot in that way. In the meantime, I wish you all a lovely Chinese New Year celebration ahead and a well-deserved break too.
As ever, thank you for your on-going support and do drop me a line if you have any questions relating to the primary school.
Ms Kara Lebihan
Head of Primary School