NURTURING KINDNESS, COMPASSION & SELF BELIEF Our Eco Instagram now has almost 150 followers and you
NURTURING KINDNESS, COMPASSION & SELF BELIEF Our Eco Instagram now has almost 150 followers and you
NURTURING KINDNESS, COMPASSION & SELF BELIEF Our Eco Instagram now has almost 150 followers and you
NURTURING KINDNESS, COMPASSION & SELF BELIEF Our Eco Instagram now has almost 150 followers and you
NURTURING KINDNESS, COMPASSION & SELF BELIEF Our Eco Instagram now has almost 150 followers and you

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    I n s e r t T e x t :

    NURTURING KINDNESS, COMPASSION & SELF BELIEF

    In this edition:

    Page 1:

    News from the

    Headteacher

    Diary Dates

    Page 2:

    Class News

    Eco News

    Page 3:

    Class News

    Page 4:

    Information for

    Parents

    Page 5:

    Information for

    parents …

    Dear Parents & Carers,

    We have come to the end of a long term and the whole school community is looking forward to a well-earned rest. Our School Improvement Plan is now ready to view online…

    In response to our new School Values and in relation to the new Ofsted framework, I am pleased to

    announce that our Annual School Improvement Plan will be ready to view on our school website.

    The amalgamation of staff input, pupil voice and a conscious effort to ensure that our school

    continuously raises the bar, supports our pupils within the independent therapeutic approach.

    As the prospect of Christmas cheers us and lifts our spirits away from the cold, dark season. In particular, on Friday 13th December, the school looked extra wonderful, with staff and students dressed in all sorts of wonderful Christmas jumpers! Christmas has always been a magical time for me and to be at Eton Dorney School this year and get to share in the Christmas festivities here has been extra special, particularly when I got to see the intense excitement on the faces of our pupils during the Christmas lunches and outings.

    Diary Dates: Term 3 - 2020

    Mon 6 Jan All Day Inset Day – School Closed to Students

    Tues 7 Jan 12.00pm Pupils return to School

    Tue 11 Feb All Day Safer Internet Day

    Mon 3rd – Fri 7th Feb

    All Week National Children’s Dental Health Week

    1st Feb - 29th Feb

    All Month Heart Month

    Fri 14 Feb 3.00pm End of Term

    Term 4 - 2020

    Mon 21 Feb Scheduled Appointments Only

    IEP Day

    Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School, Lake End Road, Dorney, South Buckinghamshire, SL4 6QS

    Issue 2

    December

    2019

    As the term draws to a close another one starts, we look forward to planning for next terms activities. We focus on E- Safety in February and will be sharing our new E-Safety Newsletter that will be sent out monthly focusing on the safeguarding of electronic applications and communications. Ms Hill our Welfare Lead will be responsible for updating you all on Welfare Issues and directly on E-Safety that causes us ongoing concerns as technology develops. We will also be focusing on our Hearts celebrating Heart Month and National Children’s Dental Health Week where we will be looking at Health & Wellbeing and my favourite focus, loving and respecting each other and keeping our focus on Nurturing Kindness, Compassion and Self-Belief. It is with humility and gratitude that I both look back on the term and with barely restrained anticipation look forward to the holidays and next term! I am sure that pupils, parents and carers would like to join with me in thanking all of the staff and governors at Eton Dorney School for their continued tremendous hard work and commitment to the students of the school. Likewise, we the staff, governors and pupils would like to thank all parents and carers for all your support.

    Welcome to our new

    puppy; “Dorney”…..

    Last but in no way the least, we the rest of the school community thank our pupils – you are indeed some of the best pupils I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Whilst we celebrate this festive season in our own

    traditional ways, it is important to focus on those less

    fortunate than ourselves who may feeling a sense of

    challenge and hardship during this time.

    It is important to think of those who may be feeling a sense of loneliness and isolation and to reflect on those adults and children not being fortunate in being with family and friends.

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    Birch Class News:

    Birch Class have done incredibly well since coming back from last half term, where we have

    continued to welcome in new students to the class and continuing to create new experiences

    with each other. In Math, we have been working on measurements and prime numbers and the

    students have continued to excel in this area of their academic studies. We are looking forward

    to continuing with math next half term as we work on place values, as well as algebra.

    In English, we have been working on techniques used in poetry and have even completed our

    own cautionary poems. We now look forward to working on short stories next half term.

    We wish all the students a great Christmas holiday and we look forward to next term.

    Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School, Lake End Road, Dorney, South Buckinghamshire, SL4 6QS

    Ash Class News:

    Ash class have been working on a variety of tasks this half term; in addition to our core subjects we have been visiting venues off- site to develop life skills which give pupils the opportunity to plan and shop for specific requirements related to the group's planned activities. This has included shopping for resources used to make Christmas cards, drinks and doughnuts for school fair, where we raised over £40. The Christmas cards proved so popular that a commission for an amazing 50 cards was received and this endeavour is being used as an enterprise activity which will contribute towards the pupils' Duke of Edinburgh Award. Pupils from Ash have increasingly joined Cedar group for learning and the students all seem to have benefitted from both the learning opportunities and social interaction this leads to. Ash class wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and sends best wishes for all good things in 2020!

    Eco:

    Our Eco Instagram now has almost 150 followers and you can follow:

    eco_dorney_2019 to see our progress.

    We have re-potted Aloe-Vera to sell at the Christmas Fair and we have

    made some eco bird feeders for the garden.

    The club will run in the new term on Thursday’s after school from 3-4pm,

    parents and carers are most welcome to attend.

    Continued… News from the Headteacher It is important to think of those who may be feeling a sense of loneliness and isolation and to reflect on those adults and children not being fortunate in being with family and friends. I pray for and wish everyone peace in all our homes and families during this holiday season knowing that at times of happiness or challenge, please allow for kindness, compassion and tolerance and knowing that at times of difficulties, there is always a bright light shining on each and every one of us - may we all be safe and keep healthy. Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to everyone! Enjoy the geese, the mince pies, the biscuits and sweets and best of all the lights and carols!

    Kind regards,

    L. Parmentier

    Ms L. Parmentier

    Headteacher

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    Beech Class News:

    Beech class have been busy this month getting ready for the

    Christmas Fair. They were able to independently think of ideas to

    raise money. As a group they were able to discuss each of their

    ideas and decide which ones were viable. After presenting their

    ideas to the group they were able to eliminate some of their more

    ambitious ideas.

    They have worked hard to decorate the class and took inspiration

    from Tom Barker at Snow Windows. They were able to email him

    and purchased snow spray and stencils which he delivered. The

    children worked in groups to create designs using the stencils. They

    have now decorated the windows which are very creative and show

    real talent.

    We were pleased with our first ever Christmas fair and how fantastic

    Beech class looked with a wonderful display of stalls that the

    children had created.

    Oak Class News:

    The pupils in Oak class have been working hard to train the dog Booma at agility classes, they have trained her to jump hurdles, run through tunnels and climb A- frames. The pupils have also had fun learning about space and built our own space ship to fly to the moon. We have also been visiting the local library, choosing books and developing our reading skills. We are looking forward to our trip to the Living Rain Forest at the end of term, we are excited to see the sloths but not so excited about seeing any snakes. Happy Christmas from Oak Class.

    Cedar Class News: At the start of this term, Cedar Class worked on planning Remembrance Day. They took part

    in making clay poppies and organising slides to be read in the Remembrance Day assembly.

    Moving on through the term we have also completed other handcrafted displays for the

    classroom and clay models for the Christmas Fair.

    The children have been working very hard in both Maths and English. They have been focussed on completing work on a Maths portfolio which includes:

     Component 1: properties of number.

     Component 2: the four operations.

     Component 3: ratio.

     Component 4: money.

     Component 5: the calendar and time.

     Component 6: measures.

     Component 7: geometry.

     Component 8: statistics. Some students are working towards the AQA ELC M