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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 

Pupils' generosity raises money for Macmillan

posted 29 Sep 2017, 11:41 by Chris Metcalfe

Following the success of today's Macmillan Coffee Morning, we would like to pass on our thanks to everyone who took part. 

Pupils, staff, parents and carers all came together for Macmillan Cancer Support in true Sandringham style. The coffee morning, non-uniform day and bake sale raised the incredible sum of £247.65. 

Sandringham Secures Thrive Ambassador School Status

posted 17 Sep 2017, 12:12 by Sandringham School   [ updated 17 Sep 2017, 13:50 ]

We are pleased to announce that our school has been selected to become an ambassador school for Thrive. We have been running Thrive sessions at Sandringham for a year and we have four trained Thrive Practitioners: Vicky Ward, Emily Smithard, Mandy Kean and Jo Howe.

Thrive is a specific way of working that helps to develop social and emotional well being, enabling children to engage with life and learning. Thrive supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubled or troubling behaviours, providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.  Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships along with art based activities to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development.

As a Thrive ambassador school, we will be invited to share our good practice with other schools across the country. This will involve sharing our Thrive journey so far, presenting case studies and taking visitors on a tour of our school - demonstrating how Thrive is used across the school. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonderful work that goes on at our school.

Welcome to our new school year

posted 17 Sep 2017, 12:08 by Chris Metcalfe   [ updated 17 Sep 2017, 13:50 by Sandringham School ]

It has been wonderful to welcome our new pupils and families and to welcome back familiar faces at the start of our school year.  Pupils seem to have settled very quickly into school routines and learning is in full swing.  Staff have been busy planning lots of events for parents and carers to visit school to share in pupils' learning - we will send out a letter this week with details of these and they will also be available on our website.

If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Chris Metcalfe
Head Teacher

Our Amazing Singers Perform At The Dome

posted 21 Jun 2017, 09:14 by Sandringham School   [ updated 21 Jun 2017, 09:55 ]

On Thursday 15th June, Sandringham choir, led by Miss Toop, went along to the Dome to perform in Sing Up.

Sing Up is a celebration held by Doncaster Music Hub, where children from schools across Doncaster come together to perform some original songs, some current songs, and some classic songs in front of an audience. As it was BBC Music Day, we were also in for a few treats, such as a real life rock band playing the music for the children to sing along with, and Doncaster Brass Band who played some classics, such as Star Wars and Incredibles. We even had a choreographer coordinating dance moves!

The children were amazing and sang loudly and confidently. Well done, Sandringham!

Sandringham Pupils join Team GB

posted 20 Jun 2017, 03:55 by Gemma Johnson

Thank you for all sponsorship and support for our P.E. event. We are very grateful and raised an outstanding £1160!

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