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Headteacher: Mr Adam J. Earle MA(Ed) NPQH

ON DUTY - 40 Years of Service

At our Special Celebration Assembly on Friday 13th October, we were delighted to present our wonderful crossing supervisor (lollipop lady) with gifts to mark her 40th Anniversary in the role.  Pauline Dodsworth has served the community and helped to keep our children safe since 1977 - the exact date of her 40 year achievement was Tuesday 31st October.

We are all indebted to her for the time she has given to the community.  Thank you Pauline, well done!


VIVE LA FRANCE! (October 2017)

The week beginning 16th October 2017 marked our fourth trinenniel school residential trip to France.  Early on the Monday morning we gathered at the Sharpthorne Village, packed the coach and, when all was ready - set off for Dover.

We travelled by Eurotunnel (Le Shuttle) to Calais.  Our first stop activity was the Chocolate Factory at Beussent - this was highly entertaining and much purchasing of chocolate took place.  After lunch we journey on to our accomodation, the Manoir de Argueil - a genuine French Chateau.

The children settled into their rooms quickly although making a bed up proved a challenge to many.  Whoever designed the duvet cover needs a serious talking too.  After our evening meal we enjoyed a film (with popcorn) - Ratatouille.

Tuesday was one of the most important elements of the trip (from an Educational point of view) when we visited the village school in Beauvoir en Lyon.  We spent the morning with the older class, playing games, learning new words and generally learning to communicate even with the language barrier.  Over lunch (when we had eaten plenty) we completed a village quiz and spent the afternoon with the younger children exploring the local countryside and woodland.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a visit to Rouen including a tour of the Cathedral and other historical elements including the site of the execution of Joan of Arc.  It is a beautiful city and we would have liked to stay longer.

In the afternoon we visited the fantastic sculpture park at Chateau de Vascoeuil.  The children (and adults) were intrigued by the many and varied pieces and a special exhibition by the French artist GĂ©rard Fromanger.

Thursday was another busy day with a visit to a goat farm with our very enthusiastic host who gave us a highly informative tour which included meeting and feeding some equally enthusiastic animals.  The visit concluded with some sampling of products and a little buying of the same.

On Thursday afternoon we welcomed the children from the top class of the village school we had worked with earlier in the week, to Argueil to join in some outdoor games followed by refreshments.  The evening saw a creative mix of French costumes worn by staff and children and the evening meal included the opportunity to try snails and frogs' legs - they were surprisingly popular.

Friday was our last day and, having packed the coach and checked that we had left nothing behind, we headed of to Etaples to explore the market.  A great deal of energetic shopping was undertaken, treats eaten and, despite a little rain and wind, we had a good time.  On leaving the market, and having devoured lunch, we had a time to visit the War Cemetary on the edge of the town - a very moving experience for all.

Having made very good time on our return journey and with now hold-ups at passport control, we were able to catch an earlier shuttle train.  Likewise our journey England-side was smooth and we arrived in Sharpthorne significantly earlier than originally planned - thankfully every was able to get their earlier and greet their tired but happy children.

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