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Posted on: April 20th 2018

A message from Mr Nation

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely Easter Holiday. The children have returned in high spirits; it was pleasing to see them slip seamlessly into the routines and expectations of school.

We’ve had a wonderful start to the term with Forest School fires, den building and tree climbing. The Year 1s have been making some interesting alien creatures out of clay and some of the Year 3 girls have set up a ‘Vote for Women Campaign’ courtesy of Mrs Downes. Tiny Turrets Nursery have their new Mud Kitchen up and running - I look forward to seeing their wonderful creations! A special thanks to Mrs Abbott for organising its installation and thank you to Ben Jones of RNM Ltd for all his hard work. We had a whole school PE session this week and I witnessed my first game of Quidditch thanks to Mr Penn. Next week, we hope to access the recreation ground for Big Rec PE.

All we need now is some more sunny weather!



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A Message from Mr Nation Posted on: 17/12/2018

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 30/11/2018

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 16/11/2018

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 12/10/2018

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