NSPCC Visit Anne Dale!

As part of the NSPCC’s involvement in schools nationwide, children at Anne Dale took part in workshops covering different ways of supporting children who might be facing difficult challenges in their lives – both at school and at home. Image result for nspcc

They discussed several different types of neglect and abuse, thinking carefully about how they could deal with this and seek help and discussing in groups whether this was safe and considering how “Buddy” (NSPCC’s mascot) would feel about it.

A team from the NSPCC visited classes in Year 5 and will be visiting Year 6, speaking about keeping safe, how to spot different types of abuse and neglect and how children can seek support from the NSPCC and ChildLine if they need to…

Children listened carefully and responsibly throughout and have gained a deeper understanding of the topics covered, thanks to the time and efforts of this dedicated team of workers from the NSPCC.

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[Written by Mr Thorns]

Sports Relief Cake Sale at Anne Dale!

On the 28th of March the school did a sponsored cake sale for Sport Relief. It had been organised by a group of five Year 4’s, led by Jack Bryant. They had been talking with head of school (Mrs Jones) and having talks with each other and coming up with ideas. 

After around 2 weeks of hard work and planning the day finally came! They had had hundreds of cakes donated for selling. The hour came of the first round of the sale! W4 helped get the stalls up and get ready when W4 cleared off we did the final preparations and we had a last team talk… Then we all got into positions and the first year three class came in…

The Year 3’s got through quickly then the Year 4’s came flooding in and it got really noisy and it got a bit manic. This was positive though, as the target was a lot of money.

At last they got through 12 classes and there was still loads of cakes ready to be sold and we rolled on into play time. It was manic once again and to up the amount of money we got a charity bucket at the door. Playtime felt like it went on for ever and then people stopped coming in and there were still more cakes to sell! They finished selling them after school. We finished, packed away and the counting commenced – there was loads of money raised!

The event raised £400.00 which was announced in assembly and everyone’s mouths were open!! There was a massive clap of “WELL DONE TO THE TEAM!

[Written by Jack Bryant ~ Digital Leader]

Heroes Day at Anne Dale……..

As part of our Heroes work supporting the Heroes Inspiration Federation, children across the Anne Dale School dressed in a wide range of outfits, ranging from members of the armed forces to wizards and superheroes! There were medical professionals, Einstein and even Florence Nightingale walking the corridors of Anne Dale!

Children started the day with a shared celebration assembly with the infant school singing hero themed songs and a joint rendition of “Believe”…

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Throughout the day, children have also taken part in an excellent and entertaining display of reading skill by “The 2 Steves”. Their new series of books “ihero” was read to an enthralled and enraptured audience, with the hall filled with laughter, fun and careful decision making to survive the terrors of the “ihero” series!2Steves_viking_320x227

Games contestants faced challenges based on quick thinking, decision making from the stories and all at the same time having a brilliant laugh with the 2 Steves! Children have then been given time to purchase books from the 2 Steves in the library during the school day!

Check back to see some more pictures of the day and some of the amazing costumes from across the year groups… Thank you to all of the many parents and families that have helped to create such wonderful costumes, helping the children to enjoy a wonderful hero-themed day!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Disco on Friday!

We had a disco on Friday with a DJ in the school hall. The hall was filled with dancing children, with a large table of sweets that we could buy during the evening. There were also also drinks and glowsticks available too for us to have during the disco as well.

By the time that Year 5 and 6 got there all the blue refresher were gone – Year 3 & 4 must have been very greedy! People could and were asking for songs, the DJ had over 4,000 songs on his laptop.At the end there was a song dedicated to Lucca because he was leaving the school.

It was a great evening – come along next time if you missed out!

[Written by Max.M ~ Digital Leader]

Children in Need Day… SPOTS & CAKES!

As part of Anne Dale’s support for Children in Need Day, children across the school came in non-school uniform today, donating money to the charity and cakes for a huge cake sale!

As you can see from the images, there were literally hundreds of cakes available, from the tiniest cup cake to an enormous chocolate pudding! Throughout the morning, Year 6 children ran maths quizzes for the rest of the school. At the same time, the “great cake scoff” began, with children all having an opportunity to purchase a cake of their choice!

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A great day was had by all! The school has raised over £530 at the last count up, all of which will be going to this fantastic cause. Thank you to all the parents who have been so generous in their support of today, providing so many cakes. A big thank you also to Mrs Thornbury who regularly organises this event with the support of children and adults across the school.

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Pen Pals in Year5!

In Year five we have recently got pen pals from Ethiopia. We get to write back to them soon and tell them all about us. Link Ethiopia's logo

One Pen-Pal supports Messy Church. One pen pal asked a member of our class to visit him in Ethiopia and one gave a child in our class  their phone number – which being a digital leader – I know was not a good idea! My friend has a pen pal called Frasica and another got one called Gondar. 

We are hoping to hear from them lots in the future, which will be nice.

[by Louise F ~ Digital Leader] 



Sign Language Club at Anne Dale!

I wonder if you knew, but Anne Dale Juniors runs a weekly signing club for children from across the year groups, who performed in a signing assembly with their instructor Mrs Lawrence.

On Monday evening, they will be visiting Crofton Secondary school to demonstrate their skills. Mrs Lawrence has been working with them since January of this year. In a tear jerking rendition of “sing” by Gary Barlow, children “signed it louder, signed it clearer, knowing everyone would hear them…” Following this, the singing group performed “Proud” by Heather Small, using signs to convey a very powerful message – ‘What have you done today to make you feel proud?’

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“I thought it was really good – they’ve learnt quite a lot to do the actions and everything too!” (Ella K3)

“It was really nice to learn how to communicate with people, especially if it waspart of their family they needed to speak with” (Harry SM3)

If you are interested in learning to sign or joining sign club in the coming year, then new places may become available in September. Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of this amazing assembly!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Visit from Macmillan Cancer Support…

During our celebration assembly, a representative from Macmillan cancer support came to our school on an important and exciting visit.

Lisa Murphy (a Hampshire fundraiser for Macmillan) explained about what Macmillan Cancer Support provides and the care that they can deliver to those facing cancer within our local area. Lucy Fairall has felt very strongly about supporting this topic and has spent the past few years fundraising and supporting the Macmillan charity.


Last year Lucy raised £536 for Macmillan during a sponsored walk and then this year Lucy held a disco to raise a further £1320 for the charity! Macmillan were so impressed with this, that they visited Anne Dale to present a cheque with this money to the charity!

Well Done to Lucy for her excellent efforts over the past years!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Supporting Epilepsy Awareness…

In support of Epilepsy awareness day, members of staff at the Crofton Anne Dale Junior School wore purple to show their support of this worthwhile cause.

In particular, awareness was raised on behalf of one of our previous pupils, Amy, who has now moved on to Crofton Secondary, raising an equal level of awareness there.

If you would like to find out more about Epilepsy awareness, then check out their site here:

Thank you to everyone, staff and the wider community, for your support…

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Red Nose Day – Biscuits and Bake Offs!

As part of Anne Dale’s regular commitment to helping charities, the whole school raised money for Red Nose Day (over £300) in a fun filled day of baking, biscuit decorating and the Great Anne Dale Bake Off!

During the day, every child in the school took part in a biscuit decorating activity, provided very kindly by the school’s PTA. As you can see from the images, children produced a wide variety of decorated biscuits. Some children were also selected to take part in the Bake Off, representing their classes, baking cakes for the afternoon judging.

In the afternoon, 2 cakes from each class’ batch were offered to a governing panel (comprised of school governors and even members of the OfSTED inspection team!). After rigorous tasting, judging and comments from the judges, B4 were announced the winners of the Great Anne Dale Bake Off! Well done B4!

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[Written by Mr Thorns]