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02-04-21 (Mick MingStones, Head Teacher, WDPS)
It has been lovely that most of our children have been able to come back to school this half-term. We look forward to welcoming our Nursery children and staff back after Easter as they have had to self-isolate recently due to positive COVID-19 cases in their bubble.
Nursery- September 2021- Free 30 Hour Places
We are still accepting applications for the WDPS Nursery for September 2021 for children born between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/2018. Please contact school for an application form and let any friends or relatives know that we offer free 30 hour places provided that your child is developmentally-ready to attend for this period of time.
Thank you to Mrs. McHatton who organised Easter egg hunts for our children in the school grounds. They developed navigation skills, solved word puzzles and were delighted to receive an Easter egg each as a a present from school. I am happy that our children continue to thrive and smile as they learn outdoors in the bespoke WDPS Bushcraft Area, allotments and Edible Playground and on the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail. They have thrown themselves back into the WDPS Life Skills Challenge Award (LSCA) activities enthusiastically in our bespoke Bushcraft Area and in the allotments. I really appreciate the generous support of the Sir Graham Wylie Foundation (4 year funded project) who support the LSCA as they appreciate the benefits of outdoor learning for our children's mental health and positive wellbeing. Phase 1 are having fun and improving their Street Dance skills with Active Kids, some of our children have re-commenced their Rock Steady musical instrument lessons and our Y3 children have enjoyed their ukulele music lessons with a teacher from the Newcastle Music Service. This week our Y5 students once again benefitted from the Attitudes Behaviour Consequences (ABC) Project with Dr. Percy Mather. This programme is designed to help children in primary schools understand what antisocial behaviour is and how they can avoid it in school and in their local community. We all need to work together to make sure that our children make the best life choices possible.
Having Fun as a Family
As families, remember that you and your children need down time and getting outside together is a tonic for the wellbeing of all. A walk in the park, throwing or kicking a ball, a family bike ride can all help to put a smile back on our faces. If the weather is challenging, try an indoor physical workout which will get your heartbeat up or dust off a board game and re-kindle the shared pleasure of playing games together. Also, sharing a book is one of the best ways to help your child on their lifelong learning journey.
I hope you all enjoy a peaceful Easter holiday with your loved ones.