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OLOL have achieved GOLD School Games Mark Award!

The Sainsbury’s School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, provide a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country by encouraging them to take part in competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.
To recognise good practice schools are encouraged to apply for Mark to celebrate their achievement and our school has been successful in achieving the GOLD standard.

A Roaring Success!!

Children’s Parade – What a fun day we had, the wind was out and the carnival atmosphere was infectious.  Many thanks from Miss Anscombe to everyone involved.  There will be a display book of parade photographs outside the school office within the next few weeks  Do feel free to come and have a look; they really do encapsulate the fun and laughter we had!  A special thank you to all the children who participated in the parade.  They behaved impeccably and were wonderful ambassadors for the school.

Magic Pavilion Launch Special

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!

Outdoor Classroom Update

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:
• Benches
• Workstations
• 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 –


ROAR certificate for Team STE

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

Art Update

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”.

You can see pictures of the mural and of the children’s art work on our Art Club page. Here is the link to Frederico’s website:

Frederico also produced a lovely picture of the playground:

KS1 Playground
Frederico de Cicco, MDSA

ROAR Competition – Congratulations to our Team

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.

Open day for children starting in Reception in 2019 — 9th Jan 10 — 11am, 2 — 3pm

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!

School Games Silver Mark

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.

We won the Deans Sports Cup for the second year running!!

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 


Eco Schools Silver

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