Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up

Happy and Glorious! This has been our theme this week as the whole school came together for two key events to kick start the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee. The PA May Fair was a roaring success with bunting, stalls a plenty and families taking full advantage of go-karting, bouncy castles and of course the Ice Cream Van! It was so wonderfully well arranged and a great tonic for all who attended. I know Mrs Ripp and Mrs Bateman of the PA
were incredibly grateful to all who donated, supported on the day and of course to everyone who attended. It really was a #TeamDuncombe special! I have written to express our thanks to the PA. I know some parents have expressed an interest in joining the PA for the coming year which is wonderful. Please do speak with Mrs Ripp and Mrs Bateman and let the office know so that we can begin planning for the coming 2022/23 events.

Staying with the Jubilee theme, today has been our Street Party and Really Royal Races afternoon. Despite the weather not getting the memo, we certainly all enjoyed the opportunity for staff and pupils to gather together. We enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch which included our Platinum Pudding winning entry ‘Extraordinary Rocky Road’ created by Daniel W of Year 4. The Royal Races were great fun with the staff having a well competed race too. The soundtrack curated by Mrs. Sutton with a royal theme was most enjoyable getting us all in the mood for the uproarious rendition of the National Anthem. Our pupils were fully involved in the festivities, and I know were delighted to each receive a commemorative coin in recognition of the occasion.

Yesterday, Year 4 treated their families to a Come Dine with Us afternoon tea on Wednesday with great success. As ever, they worked very effectively together and with the catering team to provide a very enjoyable experience for all. Year 6 having completed their assessments this week, head off to their residential in Buckinghamshire on Monday. The experience looks to be an excellent one and I know that they will greatly enjoy the planned events.

Last week, Year 3 attended their Bushcraft Camp coming home exhausted, with many fun stories as well as plenty of washing! Do look out for the report in the newsletter.

In assemblies this week both our Eco Council and Pupil Councils spoke to their peers concerning their ongoing work and initiatives. They will share a full report with you next week, but as we await this, I am keen to share how impressed I have been with their ideas, agency and passion to represent key issues about life at school.

In addition, our winners for the Cognita Art competition on the theme of Inspiration were announced in assembly today. Congratulations to all who entered and to Isla C who is the overall winner with stunning work on Nelson Mandela. Please lookout for more information and images next week on social media and our newsletter.

The Music concert was another highlight of the week, and we wish each performer every success as they sit their Graded examinations this weekend. I know they will do themselves proud.

As we head into next week we are looking forward to further fixtures, ongoing assessments, and our Year 2 Sleepover, which looks to be a most exciting experience indeed. We break on Thursday afternoon for the summer half term which promises to be a welcome break before the final big push for the end of the academic year.

Have a wonderful weekend. Mr Phelan.

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