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Dartmoor Training Centre Weekend 1
Last weekend from 10th-12th October 2014, half of year 6 took part in the annual Dartmoor Training Centre residential! It all began on Friday evening with a delicious dinner and some great team games. The ‘Windy Days’ game was full of laughter and coined the new phrase ‘Mr Pitts do the splits’! Mr James’ no-handed cartwheel attempt was a true delight to see! This was followed by a jam-packed Saturday with an active walk on the moors and an exploration of the nearby underground caves. The children were particularly courageous and many conquered their fears. On the final day they took part in an orienteering challenge which tested their map-reading and navigation skills. The children and staff had a fantastic weekend and the children were courteous throughout, a real credit to the school.
Mr Bishop welcomes everyone back from their summer holiday, and explains many of the exciting projects and opportunities that the Autumn term will bring in school.
The breakfast and after-school club on offer through FISH has now been running successfully within the school since September. Along with the information below you may wish to read the details in the leaflet about FISH sent out earlier this week, to help you decide which sessions to book should you wish to use it for your children. The club is running well but numbers are still variable, particularly in the after-school club. Without families taking advantage of this facility it may not be viable and the service may not be able to continue.
The club meets every day for Breakfast Club from 7.30am, with breakfast served up until 8.25am, and after school from 3.30pm till 6.00pm. Registration for both is in the science room (KS1 corridor). The children then have access to the Foundation classrooms and toilets at that end of the corridor. Coded locks have been fitted to this area to ensure the safety of the children inside, so we do ask that parents do not enter this part of the building through the KS1 corridor entrance (near the KS1 toilets) or the back doors of the Foundation classrooms after the children have been released at the end of the day. It is an Ofsted requirement for the safe running of the club for it to be in a safe and secure environment that does not have access to the general public.
The FISH after-school sessions complement our existing after-school club programme but these are not guaranteed, nor free childcare. The school clubs are curriculum enrichment opportunities. Due to the low demand the FISH session times are changing. The Breakfast Club costs £3.70 per child and the after-school club has a choice of booking either a half session (4.45pm to 6pm) at £7.50 or a full session between 3.30pm and 6pm, costing £9.00. The later half session is timed to commence as our school-run clubs end. Unlike the school clubs, FISH will provide sessions every day of the week and every week of the term.
Please be aware that although the provision is provided on our premises, if you use the service you will be entering into a direct relationship with FISH. We will, of course, be working very much in tandem with FISH to ensure that the sessions are run successfully.