School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AU Tel: 01308 482410 Email: office@thorners.dorset.sch.uk  Web site: www.thorners.dorset.sch.uk Head Teacher: Jyotsna Chaffey
JULY NEWS
THORNER’S SCHOOL
TERM DATES FOR 2017 - 2019
Dorset Litton Cheney
in the Bride Valley
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. Term Dates 2016-17 Fledglings Pre-school Brief History July News Photos Thornerís Litton by C J Bailey
THORNER’S FLEDGLINGS PRE-SCHOOL
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: www.thorners.dorset.sch.uk 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
The children enjoyed a French day – mais oui! They set up for the day with a French breakfast of pain au chocolat and hot chocolate.  During the day they made and enjoyed crepes (thank you to Chris Smith and Kate Smith), learned about France, played boules and French cricket and watched ‘French’ DVDs (all rated U!).  Thanks to Morrish-Banham, the parents had French wine tasting. Litton and Chesil had a super assembly based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which left the audience smiling!  They were so confident and spoke and sang beautifully.  The Ethos Council led an assembly on our value of this half term – Perseverance. We had a special strings concert in which several children playing violin, cello, guitar and ukulele took part.  They performed confidently and to the enjoyment of staff and children. The children had a great time supporting their house contestants in the times tables challenge.  Mary Kingsley house (green) won – well done to them and to all the participants.  Bredy and Eggardon competed in a spelling bee.  It was tense and exciting and… Edmund Hillary (yellow) and Ernest Shackleton (red) Houses were joint winners!  Well done to all who practised and took part. Visits and visitors: Richard Bradford, a Crowdfunder campaigner who helped to publish and deliver ‘The Lost Worlds’ to every school in Dorset, presented the school a copy of this beautifully illustrated book about wildlife and nature. The Bridport library service visited to encourage the children to participate in their summer reading challenge.  We had an assembly on road safety.  Fledglings, Litton and Chesil had an exciting visit by a police van.  They all seem to have had a go at the siren! Year 5 went to a Colfox festival for Year 5s and had an afternoon of fun activities.  Litton and Chesil visited Corfe Castle as part of their History topic.  They had a great time.  Fledglings visited Pecorama.  Bredy visited Ourganics Farm. Sports: The weather was nicely cool for our Sports Day  The children were very competitive and Ernest Shackleton House won the trophy.  Well done!  Thank you to the TSA for providing ice-creams to the children at the end. The children enjoyed displaying their swimming skills to their parents at our swimming galas. The children who took up sailing after school did really well and enjoyed their lessons – very few fell in, I am told!  Eggardon enjoyed a morning of sailing. Our girls’ team played at the Cricket County Finals in Bryanston.  They were placed within the first 12 which is wonderful, given that there are more than 150 schools in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth! The children starting Reception in September, and their parents, came to school for an introductory information session.  When Year 6 went to Colfox for their transition day, the other children in school went to their next classes/year groups. Jyotsna Chaffey, Headteacher
Eggardon Enjoying Croquet!