September 2018 News

3rd September 2018



A New Academic Year Begins

The new school year has started and we are very excited about what the year ahead holds. It is always lovely to welcome and get to know the new families that join the school when the new Reception Class children start. Already the new children have settled well in to school and they are enjoying the spacious indoor and outdoor areas which give them plenty of opportunity to explore, play and make friends.

It is now that families start to look around schools for their children starting next year. With this in mind, we have planned 3 open days for families to come and look around the school. It is a great chance to see not only the Reception Class environment but also the rest of the school. The school offers a lovely new library, a large sports hall, a computer suite, an environmental area, a large field and spacious play areas for different key stages. Last year we introduced ‘Forest Schools’ as we have such extensive grounds and nature areas.  Forest Schools encourages children to take ownership of their own learning and to explore the environment around them. Over the summer holiday we carried out work to improve the indoor areas within the school. Our Year 3 and 4 children now have a new shared area and we also now have a dedicated classroom for creative arts as well as a separate room for music.

The school also offers a breakfast club, 2 free early morning sports clubs, an after-school club, music lessons in a range of instruments and 2 choirs. The open days will be on the following days and times:

Monday 24th September 9.30 – 11.30 and 1.30 – 2.45

Wednesday 17th October 9.30 – 11.30 and 1.30 – 2.45

Monday 5th November 9.30 – 11.30 and 1.30 – 2.45

On the open day on Wednesday 18th October, we will also be holding a coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer where visitors will be able to, not only look around the school, but can also try some of the delicious cakes baked by the staff and make a donation to MacMillan.

Up to Christmas we have lots of events and activities planned. Our Year 6 children are eagerly counting down the days until they go on their school journey to Kilvrough in October. This is a week away at an outdoor centre tackling a range of activities such as surfing, kayaking and abseiling. The children also learn skills such as teamwork, communication and empathy. The whole school will soon be enjoying a performance of Jungle Book and at the end of the term we will have our annual visit to the panto at Aylesbury theatre. Meanwhile, the Junior choir is already rehearsing for our annual performance at the O2 as part of the Young Voices concert. Throughout the year we will keep you up to date with all the events happening at Mill Lane School and the Windmill Nursery.


Tineke van der Ploeg