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Swimming Pool Opens!

I am very please to announce that the new Swaffham Prior School swimming pool will be open for use from 5th June! The children, staff, parents and governors cannot thank enough all of the members of the community who have pulled together to make this happen. Without all of your very kind donations we would not be able to have our lovely new pool.

We are having an 'official'opening ceremony on 11th June at 2.30pm and we would like to invite any interested members of the community to come and enjoy the celebrations with us. The children will be serving refreshments and it should be a very enjoyable afternoon, so please come along if you can.

As well as the new swimming pool there has been a lot of other change happening at school. I will be leaving the school at the end of this term and moving to be the headteacher of the village school where I live. I have really enjoyed my years at Swaffham Prior and will really miss all of the children, staff and parents as I have thoroughly enjoyed working here. A new headteacher has been appointed. Her name is Mrs Diane Hawkes and she is really looking forward to starting at the school in September. Diane is currently a very experienced deputy head at a large school in West Sussex. Her family is relocating to East Anglia.

Mrs Hanke, our Year 1/2 classteacher, has decided to retire this term. She has been at the school for nine years, and would now like to focus more on her PhD which she has been doing for a few years. Everyone in school will miss her and we wish her the best of luck. We have appointed a new teacher, Mr Gordon Godfrey, to take over her role.

This term the children in Key Stage Two have been learning all about Castles. They started their project by having a brilliant visit to Norwich Castle. Toby Pitt in Year 3 wrote about it:

On Tuesday 22nd April Neptune and Saturn went to Norwich Castle because it is our topic.

First George, our tour guide showed us under the keep, and let us touch and hold things, my favourite was the three handled cup.

Next Neptune and Saturn had LUNCH outside, it was hot and very sunny. When we finished lunch we played a game of it until every one else had finished. Afterwards Neptune and Saturn were split into groups with an adult. We all did a quiz around the castle. It was funny because there were toilets. They did not flush and they were just blocks of wood with a hole in.

Lastly Neptune and Saturn went to the shop in their groups. It was hard too decide what to buy, every thing was good but a lot of money. I would recommend Norwich Castle for 7s and over.

As ever we have been very busy with sporting events in school. Our Year 5/6 boys football team were recently crowned district champions and we are very proud of them. Our school Basketball and High 5s teams have also been doing very well in recent tournaments. Another competition success we have had is at the local Primary Schools Geography Quiz. Our children beat 10 other primary schools to be crowned champions! We have a team entering the Primary History Quiz soon, so we wish them the best of luck!

On Wednesday 3rd June we are holding a Family Learning Day in school. All of the parents have been invited in to come into school and see what really happens in the classrooms and to join in with some activities with their children. Hopefully it will be well attended and it can be extended into a whole week next year. The children in Years 5 and 6 are getting ready for their weeks residential trip to Aylmerton Field Study Centre in the middle of June. They will be doing all sorts of exciting activities. For example, seal watching at Blakeney, beach combing at West Runton and of course the disco!

FoSPS are working very hard at the moment planning our annual Summer Fair. This year it is on Saturday 4th July and we are praying for sunshine!! It would be lovely to see members of the community there.

The children in Years 3-6 are starting rehearsals for our Summer show, which is called, 'The Lemonade Kid!'It is loosely based on a Western and the script is really good fun. If you would like to come and watch it we are holding our dress rehearsal on Tuesday 14th July at 9.30am. Please contact the office for tickets.

Emma Vincent - Head Teacher