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Safer Internet Day

posted 6 Feb 2018, 01:15 by Chris Metcalfe

Today is Internet Safety Day. To promote internet safety in school we cover it as part of the computing curriculum throughout the academic year. In addition, we also celebrate days like today and have clear classroom rules in place for the children. 

The use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) including the Internet, email, learning platforms and today’s mobile technologies are an integral element of learning in our school. To make this as successful and as beneficial as possible for all learners, we expect all pupils to act safely and responsibly when using technology both within, and outside of, the school environment.

This is particularly relevant when using Social Network Sites that are becoming increasingly popular amongst both the adult population and young people. However, many sites do have age-restriction policies where the minimum acceptable age is 13 years. Any child who sets up or uses such a site and is below the acceptable age is in clear breach of these age-restriction policies and therefore we actively discourage this in our school.

Your child should have brought home with them a copy of Digital Parenting Magazine and our ICT Acceptable Use Policy for Pupils. Please could you read and discuss the acceptable use policy with your child and return the completed form as soon as possible?

If you would like more support with keeping children safe on the internet, please visit: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ or talk to a member of staff.

Sandringham is an Autism Friendly School

posted 30 Jan 2018, 10:59 by Sandringham School

Recently, as part of a local authority initiative, we have been collating evidence to showcase the great work our members of staff have been doing to support the children we have in school with autism. This evidence has been submitted to the Local Authority, who have acknowledged our inclusive practice and commitment towards ensuring all children achieve, and awarded us with 'The Autism Charter Mark'. 

We are now an 'Autism Friendly' School.

Sports Hall Athletics Success

posted 22 Jan 2018, 10:28 by Sandringham School   [ updated 15 Feb 2018, 11:49 by Chris Metcalfe ]

A big well done to all of the pupils who competed in last week's Year 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics competition at Rossington All Saints. The children were amazing and finished in first place. All children will be invited to the Doncaster Final in a few weeks.

Parliamentary Praise for Breakfast Club Pupils

posted 12 Dec 2017, 08:27 by Chris Metcalfe

Sandringham Primary School's Breakfast Club is celebrating today after receiving the Kellogg's Breakfast Club of the Year Award for Yorkshire and Humberside. 

Setting off early this morning, several pupils travelled with Mrs Kean and Mrs Quinn to Westminster to collect the award. We are really grateful to Rosie Winterton MP who welcomed the group to the Houses of Parliament, giving them a personal tour and making the day extra special. A plaque to celebrate Sandringham's success was presented to the group which will be proudly displayed when they return to school. 

A huge well done to our Breakfast Club team for their fantastic work, which can now be extended to provide more pupils with a healthy breakfast with the support of Kellogg's.

Christmas Is In The Building!

posted 1 Dec 2017, 06:03 by Chris Metcalfe

Christmas has arrived at Sandringham!  Our halls are decked and we're getting ready for all of the Christmas events that we have planned over the next few weeks. Your child should bring home a letter today with all of these, and a copy can also be viewed in our letters section by clicking here.

Pupils have also been busy making our Christmas Post Boxes that will be based in each building for children to post their cards in from Monday 4th December. Please remember to include include names and class information on envelopes for the person who will receive the post.

Sandringham Shines As STARS School Of Doncaster

posted 17 Nov 2017, 12:02 by Sandringham School

Pupils and staff are jumping, cycling, scooting and walking for joy as Sandringham Primary School has become the 2017 STARS School of Doncaster.  

Mr Gunn, our active travel champion, joined Mrs Watts and four of our pupils to collect the award at today's prestigious ceremony in Leeds.  The event was a great opportunity for Sandringham and the other nominated schools to share best practice and celebrate our achievements.  

Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.  The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Sandringham is one of over 3000 schools to have joined the STARS scheme across the region, and one of just over 900 to have received formal accreditation.  Completing an application for Modeshift STARS also means that we automatically have a national standard School Travel Plan.

A huge well done to Mr Gunn for leading this aspect of the school's work, and to pupils, their families and staff for supporting active travel.

Royal Standard Performers

posted 13 Nov 2017, 12:27 by Chris Metcalfe

Our excellent school choir, performing alongside the South Yorkshire Mass Ensemble, tonight wowed their audience at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Miss Toop, Mrs Brown and Mr Metcalfe were incredibly proud of the fantastic commitment and energy of the 30 pupils who represented Sandringham at this year's Music For Youth Prom in the world famous venue. 

Pupils found the hall 'amazing' and really enjoyed the opportunity to sing alongside over 1000 other musicians. 

Well done, Sandringham, for sharing your talent on a national stage!

Sandringham in Bloom

posted 27 Oct 2017, 00:32 by Sandringham School

Congratulations to our pupil, volunteer and staff gardeners, who have all received recognition for their great work as part of this year's Doncaster in Bloom.  
Maddison, Ruby, Cassandra, Ernie and staff represented the school at the award ceremony, picking up 1st place for Best Wildlife/Sustainable Garden, 3rd place for the Young Persons Award and a special Gold Standard award in the Unusual Container category for the beautiful planters outside the hut.

Breakfast Club Shortlisted By Kellogg's

posted 24 Oct 2017, 09:32 by Chris Metcalfe   [ updated 24 Oct 2017, 09:34 ]

We are delighted to share that our Breakfast Club has been shortlisted in this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards. The awards celebrate the hard work that goes into running a great Breakfast Club. A prize of £1,000 is given to one winning school from each region and the Grand Winner of the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards will win a Breakfast Club makeover, worth up to £5,000. Winning Clubs will be invited to an exclusive award ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 12th December.

Mrs Kean, a member of our Breakfast Club Team, had this to say: “We are really excited and incredibly proud to be shortlisted in this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards.

“Writing our entry gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic children who attend every morning, not to mention the hard-working staff.

“If we’re lucky enough to win the award for Best Breakfast Club in Yorkshire we’ll spend the prize money on breakfast ingredients, ensuring we can offer a healthy breakfast for free to vulnerable children who need it the most.”

Sandringham Pupils are getting active for October

posted 6 Oct 2017, 05:47 by Gemma Johnson   [ updated 6 Oct 2017, 05:52 ]

During the month of October, across South Yorkshire, schools are working together to encourage pupils, parents and staff to actively travel to school.
Last Friday, children from Year 1 to Year 6 took part in a travel survey to understand how everyone travels to school. Currently 54% of our children have an active journey to school. An active journey can be: walking, scooting, cycling, parking and striding or using public transport to get to school. This October, we really want to see an increase in the number of active journeys.

From Monday 9th October until Friday 20th October,  we will be taking part in a 10 day active travel challenge. During the ten days, children who make an active journey to school will receive a sticker to record their active journey on the class chart. 

The class with the most active travel journeys at the end of each week will get a visit from the 'Bike it' bear and an active class reward to use in school. All children who complete 10 active journeys will have their name entered into a prize draw. There will be a prize for a winning raffle ticket from Foundation, Key stage 1 (Years 1 & 2), Lower key stage 2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper key stage 2 (Year 5 & 6). We will also be relaunching our 'Golden Lock' prize. We have a golden bike lock which will be placed on a bike/scooter in the bike shed one day during the week. At the end of the day, the pupil with the golden lock is able to come to main reception to claim their cycling prize. 

An Active Travel Update
During the summer term last year, we successfully achieved the 'Bronze Modeshift Star' for our work in encouraging and developing active travel in school. This year we are working towards our 'Silver Modeshift Star'. The involvement in the 10 day active challenge is just one incentive that we will be taking part in, as part of this work.

In school, we have a new Active Travel Group, which is made up of Mr Gunn, Mrs Cokeham, eight children from Key Stage 2, a school governor and a dedicated parent. The children meet each week to work on ways to promote active travel in school. We will be writing to you all soon about new plans for 'Get Bright Day 2017' and our new Bike and Scooter permits. 

Thank you for your support with achieving our Bronze Star. Please let us know if you have any other ideas or suggestions to support this initiative or raise further funding (e.g. for more bike/scooter storage etc.)

Yours sincerely 

Mr Gunn
Active Travel Co-Ordinator 

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