School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AU Tel: 01308 482410 Email:  Web site: Head Teacher: Jyotsna Chaffey
TERM DATES FOR 2018 - 2019
Please note The pattern of individual school terms and holidays for primary, middle and secondary schools  vary slightly from school to school, since five  of the 195 days are used for staff development.  We advise you to check the  school's own website or contact them direct for confirmation.
Thorner’s Fledglings Pre-School Thorner’s CE VA School School Lane Litton Cheney Dorchester DT2 9AU Tel: 01308 482410 Thorner’s Fledglings began as the Bride Valley Fledglings playgroup in the Puncknowle Village Hall in the 1980s.  In 2007 the playgroup moved to premises within Thorner’s Primary School in Litton Cheney.  In 2016 the pre-school became part of the school. Fledglings welcomes children aged 2 years 9 months or more. The premises are perfect for our young Fledglings.  Our children have full access to school resources and enjoy: the use of the school hall (LATCH) for gymnastics and other activities the Discovery Area for outdoor exploration the school playground, tennis court and field for games, cycling and scooting the school pool for swimming in the summer term, and the extra resources the school can provide above and beyond what we offer.  Our classroom is well-resourced and the children enjoy many experiences as they learn through their free-play and teacher-led activities. For all policies and procedures please look at our website via the school’s website: and click on the Fledgling’s Logo.
· · · · · January to August 2018 Spring term dates Event   Date   Spring term starts   Tuesday 2 January 2018   Spring  half term   Monday 12 February 2018 to Friday 16 February 2018   Spring term ends   Thursday 29 March 2018   Easter holidays   Friday 30 March 2018 to Friday 13 April 2018   Bank holidays in the spring term Good Friday, Friday 30 March 2018 Easter Monday, Monday 2  April 2018 Summer term dates Event   Date   Summer term starts   Monday 16 April 2018   Summer half term   Monday 28 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018   Summer term ends   Wednesday 25 July 2018   Summer holidays   Thursday 26 July 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018   Bank  holidays in the spring term May Day, Monday 7 May 2018 Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 28 May 2018 Summer Bank Holiday, Monday 27 August 2018 September 2018 to August 2019 Autumn term dates Event   Date   Autumn term starts   Monday 3 September 2018   Autumn half term   Monday 22 October 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018   Autumn term ends   Friday 21 December 2018   Christmas holidays   Monday 24 December 2018 to Friday 4 January 2019   Bank holidays in the autumn term Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019 Spring term dates Event   Date   Spring term starts   Monday 7 January 2019   Spring half term   Monday 18 February 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019   Spring term ends   Friday 5 April 2019   Easter holidays   Monday 8 April 2019 to Monday 22 April 2019   Bank holidays in the spring term Good Friday,  Friday 19 April 2019 Easter Monday, Monday 22 May 2019 Summer term dates Event   Date   Summer term starts   Tuesday 23 April 2019
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Remembrance assembly: We had a moving and thought-provoking assembly to remember Armistice Day, joined by the local community.  The Eggardon children had researched the nine men from Litton Cheney who died in the First World War and spoke about them.  Litton and Chesil made wreaths and Bredy made bunches of poppies which they presented in memory of the nine men.  The children recited poems beautifully – ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Armistice’ and one they wrote themselves - and sang hymns.  At the end of the service, Eggardon walked up to church carrying the crosses, one for each of the nine.  There are lots of pictures on the school website – please do have a look. Sport: The whole school is enjoying 6 weeks of archery coaching.  Our football team played the first round of Kenway Cup matches.  The children played brilliantly but, sadly, we lost.  We took part in the Colmer’s Hill Run.  One of our children came 9 th  and another 11 th ; we were 6 th  overall – brilliant! The Ethos Council performed ‘In the Beginning’ to demonstrate the value of creation and creativity. The classes have been doing some very creative work – such as leaf art in the Discovery Area by Eggardon! TSA News:  This term's 100 club winners are: 1st - Jamie Miller - £25 2nd - Jane Hutchins - £12 Jyotsna Chaffey Headteacher
ARMISTICE DAY COMMEMORATION ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 9 TH  NOVEMBER 2018 INTRODUCTION On   Friday   9 th    November   2018,   the   School   held   a   special Assembly   to   commemorate   the   100 th   Anniversary   of   the   ending   of   the   1914   –   1918 War   and   in   particular   to   remember   the   nine   men   from   Litton   Cheney   who   gave   their   lives. Their   names   are   recorded   on   the   War   Memorial   in St   Mary’s   Churchyard.   In   the   weeks   leading   up   to   the   Assembly   the   children   had   been   very   busy   making   poppies   and   wreaths   from   soft drink   bottles,   tissue   paper   and   other   suitably   coloured   materials,   and   learning   new   hymns   and   poems   appropriate   to   the   occasion. They   had also   been   researching   to   find   out   as   much   as   they   could   about   the   nine   who   died;   who   they   were,   where   they   lived,   where   they   went   to School, where they worked, where they fought and where they died. In   parallel   with   the   work   being   done   in   the   School,   people   from   the   wider   Village   community   had   put   together   an   exhibition   to   mark   the occasion. As   part   of   this,   nine   wooden   crosses   had   been   made,   one   for   each   of   the   men   who   died. The   crosses   were   to   be   dedicated   during the   Assembly,   before   being   placed   in   the   exhibition   together   with   other   memorabilia,   some   of   which   was   provided   by   the   School.   The poppies   and   wreaths   used   in   the Assembly   were   also   to   be   part   of   the   exhibition,   which   would   remain   in   place   until   the   Saturday   afternoon. On   Sunday   (Armistice   Day)   the   crosses   would   be   taken   into   the   Church.      Following   an   informal   ceremony   at   the   War   Memorial,   which   would be   preceded   by   muffled   ringing   of   the   Church   Bells,   the   “last   Post”   and   two   minutes   silence   at   11:00,   the   names   of   the   nine   would   be   read out; the bells rung unmuffled and the crosses taken into the Church where they would remain.  The Reverend Philip Ringer led the Assembly and Mr Paul Cheater provided the musical accompaniment. The    Assembly    was    very    well    attended    by    parents,    relatives    and    members    of    the    village    community    who    wanted    to    join    in    the commemoration;   about   60   people   in   total.   This   was   a   very   special   occasion,   as   evidenced   by   the   positive   feedback   received   from   many   of those who attended. THE ASSEMBLY The   Assembly   began   with   a   welcome   to   all   present   from   the   Chair   of   Governors   who   explained   that   the   service   would   be   based   on   the   9 Litton   men   named   on   the   War   Memorial.   She   said   that   Eggardon   pupils   had   become   increasingly   engrossed   in   the   men’s   stories   as   they realised   that   they   had   known   the   village,   some   had   attended   the   school   and   some   had   rung   the   bells   as   they   can   do   at   school   services   in Church.   She   then   invited   a   pupil   to   light   the   altar   candle   after   which   he   led   the   responses   ‘The   Lord   is   Here’   with   the   response   ‘His   spirit   is with us’. The   Reverend   Ringer   then   gave   an   address   in   which   he   stressed   the   enormity   of   the   loss   of,   and   damage   to,   human   lives   as   a   result   of   the conflict.   Those   lives   can   never   be   replaced   or   repaired   but   they   can   be   remembered   and   that   was   the   purpose   of   the   Assembly.   He mentioned that eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys had also died in the war.   They too should be remembered.  After   the   address,   the   “Last   Post”   bugle   call   was   played   over   the   Hall   sound   system   and   this   was   followed   by   a   One   Minute’s   Silence. There was total silence – not a cough, shuffle or murmur. Nine   of   the   younger   pupils   were   given   a   cross   to   hold   while   the   Reverend   Ringer   said   a   few   words   of   dedication.   The   crosses   were   then placed along the front of the stage either side of a large wooden cross that was decorated with 9 simple paper poppies. Year   6   pupils   from   Eggardon   then   told   us,   one   by   one,   a   bit   more   of   what   they   had   found   out   about   each   of   the   “nine   men   of   Litton”   who   had given   their   lives.   These   were   ordinary   people   who   in   several   cases   had   carried   out   extraordinary   acts   of   bravery.   Some   of   them   were   very young.   After   each   of   the   nine   had   been   named,   a   poppy   wreath   was   placed   at   the   foot   of   the   stage,   below   the   crosses,   by   a   member   of Chesil.   These   were   supplemented   by   paper   wreaths   made   by   Litton   and   bunches   of   tissue   paper   poppies   made   by   Bredy.   The   end   result was   a   sea   of   red   poppies,   all   hand   made   by   the   children   from   a   variety   of   materials.   Fledglings   had   also   made   large   poppy   flowers   that adorned the screen behind the large cross. Year five pupils then took turns in reciting the following words: - They played in the lanes we play in now They sat in the classrooms we sit in now They worked on the farms we work on now They gazed at the views we gaze at now They sat in the pews we sit in now They rang the bells we ring now Once they lived the lives we live now. Amen. Several people said afterwards that they had found these to be particularly moving. There   followed   a   verse   from Thomas   Hardy’s   poem   “And There   Was   a   Great   Calm”   on   the   signing   of   the Armistice,   11   November   1918. The final line of the verse is: -  “And the pensive Spirit of Pity whispered, “Why?”” The   dedication   of   the   crosses,   the   tributes   to   the   nine   men   of   Litton   and   the   poems   and   poppies   were   followed   by   the   School   hymn   “When   a Knight won his Spurs”. A pupil then recited the first verse of Rupert Brooke’s “The Soldier” which starts: -  “If I should die think only this of me”. He had learnt the verse by heart and it was delivered in a loud clear voice and without stumbling. The final hymn was “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past” after which a pupil extinguished the candle with the responses. Finally, everyone stood to sing the National Anthem. After   the   service   had   finished,   members   of   Eggardon   class,   accompanied   by   their   class   teacher   Mr   Sitch,   the   Chair   and   Vice   Chair   of Governors   and   some   parents,   carried   the   large   and   small   crosses   up   to   the   church.   They   looked   at   the   names   around   the   memorial,   placed the   individually   named   crosses   at   its   base   and   took   the   large   cross   inside   the   church   where   it   remains. After   looking   at   some   of   the   relevant graves in the graveyard, they returned to school taking the individual crosses with them for display in the exhibition.  It   is   difficult   to   put   into   words   how   moving   and   meaningful   this Assembly   was. The   children   had   obviously   worked   very   hard   in   preparation   for it   and   on   the   day   they   certainly   delivered. The   singing   of   the   hymns   and   the   reciting   of   the   poems   were   absolutely   lovely;   the   pupils’   delivery was   dignified   and   moving   throughout.   It   was   certainly   a   real   History   lesson.   All   those   involved   should   be   very   proud   of   themselves.   Well done.