Our case study for the Magic Pavilion is now live on the Pentagon Play website. Read all the info about the project and the Big Launch Day here: https://www.pentagonplay.co.uk/projects/our-lady-lourdes-outdoor-classroom
Please look out for forthcoming photos of our fantastic day. A huge thank you to all the parents and carers that attended and made this a very special event. A massive thank you to Dee Simson, Mayor of Brighton and Hove, for opening the outdoor learning area and also to Nickhola-Susanne for the superb story telling sessions that went on throughout the day. Katie Eberstein, Sussex Wildlife Trust, was a superb in enabling a number of our children and younger siblings to have a go at pond dipping and the Eco Council did a great job of showing a number of our visitors around, including local Rottingdean parish councillors Stephanie and Graham Sheppard. The extravaganza was rounded off with a wonderful blessing from Father Benny!
We are really pleased to let you all know that our outside classroom has been erected and in place at the top of the school grounds. A number of children have already been up to have a look and carry out their learning amongst nature with superb views of the South Downs and the sea! We are currently carrying out last minute preparations to make this an interactive learning area for the children.
We are very much looking forward to creating an area where Forest Schools can take place, especially for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It will be a place of learning for all classes for all subjects across the curriculum, with a classroom, den area and Fire Pit!
The new Outdoor Classroom is a 5m Hexagonal Gazebo which includes:
• Storytelling Chair
• Giant chalkboard
• Rainwater system with water butt
For this project, we worked with Pentagon Play who design and install outdoor learning environments for schools and nurseries.
You can visit their website here – www.pentagonplay.co.uk
Following the success of Team STE – (Save the Earth) in the ROAR 2018 competition, the children went to the Lions District Convention at Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel on Saturday 2nd February. The children set up their presentation and pitched to many interested Lions during the lunch break. Many people commented on how much the children were a credit to the school. The children were presented on stage with a certificate of appreciation by District Governor Peter Dilloway. Many thanks to the parents for taking the children to Arundel and to Mr Beverton and Miss Golawska for giving up their Saturday to support our winners. Miss Anscombe
We are so pleased to share the good news with you that our bid for lottery funding for our outdoor classroom in the wildlife area has been approved, and, all being well, this will be installed in February half term. You can look at the plans here: Link to plans for outdoor classroom
Frederico de Cicco is one of our Midday Supervisory Assistants and a local artist and illustrator. He led an art club at school in June and July 2018. Among other things, he and the children produced a wonderful mural in the KS1 playground. All the workshops were based on Frederico’s own project “Across the Free Land”.
Frederico also produced a lovely picture of the playground:
OLOL entered a competition held by 7billion ideas and Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions called ROAR 2018. We competed with over 40 schools from around Sussex and Kent. We had to think big, dream big and come up with an idea to change the world. The children were asked to test their imaginations and in groups of 3 or 4 they had to promote and pitch their product/idea to change the world; this included:
– creating a poster
– creating a model made from recyclable materials
– creating a story
– creating a jingle and a slogan
On Thursday 6th December our winning team from Year 6 went to Wakehurst Place to compete and were judged the overall winners! Read more about their invention and see pictures here.
We do ask that you please help and spread the word and let people know of our final Open Day in the New Year. We have so much to celebrate, from our excellent results this year, recent Ofsted report, amazing resurfaced playing spaces, to our strong Sports tradition and two years Sports Champions of all the Deans schools, new library and Junior classrooms as well as the exciting new learning environment we have almost completed at the top of the school site (to share with you all in the New Year!). How lucky any new parents/carers are to have such a supportive and strong parent/carer network as you all! Thank you!
You can now place your school uniform orders online! https://ourladyoflourdesprimaryschool.co.uk/information/parents-information/school-uniform/
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games SILVER Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
For more information read more on our Sports page.
Congratulations to Our Lady’s who have won the Dean Sports Cup for the second year running – what a fantastic achievement to all those involved!
The Deans Sports Partnership is a joint collaboration of local schools within the Deans area, which provides opportunities for children to take part in competitions and enrichment activities within these schools. This year saw Our Lady’s winning the Dean Sports Cup for the second year running, an achievement we are very proud of.
For more information on sports at our school please see our Sport Page
We’ve done it!! After a lot of commitment and hard work from our Eco Council and school community Our Lady’s has now gained our Eco Schools Silver Award . We are very proud of our achievement but will not be stopping there as we intend to continue to work together to gain the prestigious Green Flag award – so watch this space
For more information about the wonderful work the Eco Council are doing please visit our Eco Council page
Congratulations to our Eco Council , whose hard work and determination have now be rewarded with the Eco Schools Bronze Award!! This is a very exciting time for the Eco Council and School who are now already working towards the Silver Award.
For more information on the wonderful work of our Eco Council visit our Eco Council page