Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up

It has been a wonderful return to school with the weather reading the memo for a great start to the summer

I have enjoyed speaking with the children about the many lovely experiences over the holidays including
trips both abroad and at home and even the discovery of some fossils at Lyme Regis where Mary Anning of ‘She
Sells Seashells’ fame made her excellent contribution to modern day science and palaeontology. On Wednesday
we all gathered for assembly where the focus on making the most of the extremely busy term was discussed. The
children, as ever, shared some excellent tips including; listening carefully, showing perseverance when things
don’t go as we hope first time around, putting in full commitment and challenging ourselves with the question,
‘how might I do that better next time’ along with taking time to think and reflect and make sure you enjoy each
day! Excellent advice for us all whatever our age or situation. Today we focused on the Patron Saint of England, St
George and the 23rd of April. We looked at both the myth and the real man in doing so we discussed customs, art
and culture as well as standing up for what we believe in. If you are not familiar with the real story behind the
myth do have a look at this article here St George – Patron Saint of England (

Work begins this week on our front Treetops Garden area to incorporate a garden of memorial, known as Potter’s
Corner in honour of Mrs Donna Potter, who served at Duncombe Treetops for many years and who was taken far
too early from us in the summer of 2020. In addition, the installation of outside musical apparatus for all pupils to
use, will provide a place of both reflection and energy as is befitting of a vibrant, active and caring school
community. As shared in the Easter newsletter, the musical apparatus has been generously supported by the
Parents’ Association, for which we are very grateful.

Our Platinum Pudding competition final took place yesterday afternoon. The standard was exceptionally high with
the entrants cooking up a variety of fantastic recipes. The judges had to deliberate and cogitate extremely hard
before deciding on Daniel’s ‘Extraordinary Rocky Road’ pudding as the winner! A huge congratulations from us all.
I know all staff and pupils are greatly looking forward to enjoying the pudding at our Jubilee celebrations in school.
A heartfelt thank you and well done to all of our competitors who really did dive into the opportunity of our
returning cooking competition.

The coming week is packed with a whole host of events; which is a reflection of this whole term. We have a
number of Treetops sharing afternoons across the week; Year 1 Open classroom, author visits for Years 1-5,
financial capability day, Year 6 visiting The Henry Moore Museum and an Open Morning for new families to boot!
To assist with sharing these and other events you may have noticed in Cognita Connect, under the calendar
section, that all key events have been shown rather than just the year group specific events. In addition, the diary
dates in each newsletter will cover the key events, so please do check these carefully.

A great deal to look forward to indeed!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Mr Phelan

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