Thorner’s Fledglings Pre-SchoolThorner’s CE VA SchoolSchool LaneLitton CheneyDorchesterDT2 9AUTel: 01308 482410Thorner’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 activitiesthe Discovery Area for outdoor explorationthe school playground, tennis court and field for games, cycling and scootingthe 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: www.thorners.dorset.sch.uk and click on the Fledgling’s Logo.
ARMISTICE DAY COMMEMORATION ASSEMBLYFRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2018INTRODUCTIONOnFriday9thNovember2018,theSchoolheldaspecial Assemblytocommemoratethe100thAnniversaryoftheendingofthe1914–1918 WarandinparticulartoremembertheninemenfromLittonCheneywhogavetheirlives. TheirnamesarerecordedontheWarMemorialin StMary’sChurchyard.IntheweeksleadinguptotheAssemblythechildrenhadbeenverybusymakingpoppiesandwreathsfromsoft drinkbottles,tissuepaperandothersuitablycolouredmaterials,andlearningnewhymnsandpoemsappropriatetotheoccasion. Theyhad alsobeenresearchingtofindoutasmuchastheycouldabouttheninewhodied;whotheywere,wheretheylived,wheretheywentto School, where they worked, where they fought and where they died. InparallelwiththeworkbeingdoneintheSchool,peoplefromthewiderVillagecommunityhadputtogetheranexhibitiontomarkthe occasion. Aspartofthis,ninewoodencrosseshadbeenmade,oneforeachofthemenwhodied. Thecrossesweretobededicatedduring theAssembly,beforebeingplacedintheexhibitiontogetherwithothermemorabilia,someofwhichwasprovidedbytheSchool.The poppiesandwreathsusedinthe Assemblywerealsotobepartoftheexhibition,whichwouldremaininplaceuntiltheSaturdayafternoon. OnSunday(ArmisticeDay)thecrosseswouldbetakenintotheChurch.FollowinganinformalceremonyattheWarMemorial,whichwould beprecededbymuffledringingoftheChurchBells,the“lastPost”andtwominutessilenceat11:00,thenamesoftheninewouldberead 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. TheAssemblywasverywellattendedbyparents,relativesandmembersofthevillagecommunitywhowantedtojoininthe commemoration;about60peopleintotal.Thiswasaveryspecialoccasion,asevidencedbythepositivefeedbackreceivedfrommanyof those who attended.THE ASSEMBLYTheAssemblybeganwithawelcometoallpresentfromtheChairofGovernorswhoexplainedthattheservicewouldbebasedonthe9 LittonmennamedontheWarMemorial.ShesaidthatEggardonpupilshadbecomeincreasinglyengrossedinthemen’sstoriesasthey realisedthattheyhadknownthevillage,somehadattendedtheschoolandsomehadrungthebellsastheycandoatschoolservicesin Church.Shetheninvitedapupiltolightthealtarcandleafterwhichheledtheresponses‘TheLordisHere’withtheresponse‘Hisspiritis with us’.TheReverendRingerthengaveanaddressinwhichhestressedtheenormityofthelossof,anddamageto,humanlivesasaresultofthe conflict.ThoselivescanneverbereplacedorrepairedbuttheycanberememberedandthatwasthepurposeoftheAssembly.He mentioned that eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys had also died in the war.They too should be remembered. Aftertheaddress,the“LastPost”buglecallwasplayedovertheHallsoundsystemandthiswasfollowedbyaOneMinute’sSilence. There was total silence – not a cough, shuffle or murmur.NineoftheyoungerpupilsweregivenacrosstoholdwhiletheReverendRingersaidafewwordsofdedication.Thecrosseswerethen placed along the front of the stage either side of a large wooden cross that was decorated with 9 simple paper poppies. Year6pupilsfromEggardonthentoldus,onebyone,abitmoreofwhattheyhadfoundoutabouteachofthe“ninemenofLitton”whohad giventheirlives.Thesewereordinarypeoplewhoinseveralcaseshadcarriedoutextraordinaryactsofbravery.Someofthemwerevery young.Aftereachoftheninehadbeennamed,apoppywreathwasplacedatthefootofthestage,belowthecrosses,byamemberof Chesil.TheseweresupplementedbypaperwreathsmadebyLittonandbunchesoftissuepaperpoppiesmadebyBredy.Theendresult wasaseaofredpoppies,allhandmadebythechildrenfromavarietyofmaterials.Fledglingshadalsomadelargepoppyflowersthat 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 nowThey sat in the classrooms we sit in nowThey worked on the farms we work on nowThey gazed at the views we gaze at nowThey sat in the pews we sit in nowThey rang the bells we ring nowOnce they lived the lives we live now.Amen.Several people said afterwards that they had found these to be particularly moving.Therefollowedaversefrom ThomasHardy’spoem“And ThereWasaGreatCalm”onthesigningofthe Armistice,11November1918. The final line of the verse is: - “And the pensive Spirit of Pity whispered, “Why?””Thededicationofthecrosses,thetributestotheninemenofLittonandthepoemsandpoppieswerefollowedbytheSchoolhymn“Whena 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.Aftertheservicehadfinished,membersofEggardonclass,accompaniedbytheirclassteacherMrSitch,theChairandViceChairof Governorsandsomeparents,carriedthelargeandsmallcrossesuptothechurch.Theylookedatthenamesaroundthememorial,placed theindividuallynamedcrossesatitsbaseandtookthelargecrossinsidethechurchwhereitremains. Afterlookingatsomeoftherelevant graves in the graveyard, they returned to school taking the individual crosses with them for display in the exhibition. Itisdifficulttoputintowordshowmovingandmeaningfulthis Assemblywas. Thechildrenhadobviouslyworkedveryhardinpreparationfor itandonthedaytheycertainlydelivered. Thesingingofthehymnsandtherecitingofthepoemswereabsolutelylovely;thepupils’delivery wasdignifiedandmovingthroughout.ItwascertainlyarealHistorylesson.Allthoseinvolvedshouldbeveryproudofthemselves.Well done.
We had an Ofsted inspection! The children, parents, staff and governors worked together fantastically well. The children were completely unfazed and very confident talking to the inspector and were complimented hugely.The weather deteriorated in the last week of January and we had to close the school due to snow. The children say they had a great day off!Litton and Chesil had an excellent time in the Discovery Area with activities led by a volunteer from the RSPB.Sport: Our netball team played really well in the West Dorset finals but, sadly, did not win. Some Eggardon children are participating in after school orienteering. Two vicar candidates toured the school as part of their interview day.Since the start of term, the best behaved and most polite lunchtime table becomes top table on Fridays. The top table children get special tableware and service! The behavior at lunchtimes is generally very good but this incentive has made it even better!Teachers met parents to discuss their children’s progress.