We had a splendid afternoon watching a fantastic performance of Pinocchio by M&M productions. Have a look at our photos.
A group of us ably led by Margaret White from Thornford presented the story of "The Hidden Baby" - Moses in the Bulrushes, at St Andrew's School Yetminster in March. We have fun dressing up and acting out these short stories from both the Old and the New Testament - we hope the children enjoy it as much as we do! If you would like to join our team, please contact Revd Simon Brignall 872237.
SOLAR ECLIPSE 2015
Here are some pictures taken of the solar eclipse on 20 March this year. Many thanks to Maryann for sending her photos. If you have any that you would like to share on the website, please email to the office. Many thanks.
"From: Paul Sparks, Chair of Governors
Some of you may know that I am running the Yeovil Half Marathon next Sunday. It feels like the Paul Miller Memorial Fund needs a boost to deliver the benefits for the children that Paul would have wanted, so please consider encouraging me on my way by sponsoring me. A sponsorship form is available at the school office. Many thanks - Paul."
ST. ANDREW'S CE V.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL
Memorial fund Group
Dear Parents, Carers and Community,
The final design for the garden has been agreed after discussing feedback given by parents, staff and the local community. The design will use upright sections of wooden sleepers to form a raised bedding area to encircle the existing ash trees and have sloping grassed banks towards the edges of the roundabout.
Large rocks will be placed randomly on the outer grassed area to protect the numerous varieties of bulbs that are planned to be planted during the autumn.
The main work on the garden will be taking place on
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April from 7am.
Everyone is welcome to attend the school on the above days to help in any way that they can. There will be expert advice on hand to assist us in the completion of the project. There will be hot and cold drinks provided throughout the day. Your help and assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Well done and thank you to all parents, PTFA, staff, governors and children for all your hard work designing, preparing and creating this wonderful Paul Miller Memorial Garden on the roundabout in front of the school. It will make a huge difference to the first view of our school and Mr Miller would be very happy and proud to see it.
Thanks to Paul Hollick and all on the working party group for getting all of this off the ground(no pun intended!). We have finished so we will NOT need your help tomorrow. Many thanks once again.
Join us for our our FUN RUN on Sunday 10 May. How is the training going everyone? Oh well
. You can always enjoy the walk if running is not your bag. Sunday 10th May; get yourself revved up for the summer, bring your family and friends along and help us raise lots of cash to run the school pool this season. The Fun Run is an essential boost to the running costs of the pool, and with maintenance due this year we'd love your support. In return we promise a great morning for all the family.
Arnold Jones Associates in Dorchester, have kindly put together our lovely poster for this year, look out for our flyers too, with the schedule and further information on the back.
School Wear will be sponsoring the children's run this year, and other local sponsors will be picking up a few of our costs too. We are always glad of volunteers, so if you would like to help on a stall or marshal the route please let us know via the school office.
There's lots more this year, BEAT from Bournemouth will be doing 45min street dance workshops for the children - during the main run and throughout the morning too. Pre booking will be available nearer the time and this should be great to watch. Not forgetting lots of delicious food to replace all that burnt off energy.
This is a great day on the Village Calendar, get it in your diary, get yourselves out and about, stretch those limbs and we'll see you there
Download the Entry form from the link below.
We learnt all about democracy and the Magna Carta. Watch our video to see what we did.
What a brilliant day we all had. We had about 50 participants - running, walking, pushing prams, walking dogs with the odd cyclist thrown into the mix. There was the usual 5 & 10km courses and every participated with great enthusiasm. Children's races followed with a chance for children to do Beat street dancing as well as the yummy piggy refreshments and other fun activities. Many thanks to the PTFA, Sharon Murphy, Dulcie Bowditch and loads of others who have the knack of creating superb fundraising end enjoyable events. Well done and thank you very much.
We loved the story which re-enacted today by members of our community. Thanks to one and all. Enjoy the photos.
Recent elections have resulted in the formulation of a new Rights Respecting group. The group is based on the ethos of the longstanding 'Pupil Voice' and the 'Rights Respecting Steering Group'.
All the children in school were involved in the election process and the successful candidates were voted in by the pupils of St. Andrew's Primary School. During our first meeting, we created a new name for our group. We are now known as:
The Rights Respecters
The Rights Respecters meet regularly and work closely with the pupils, staff and community of St Andrew's Primary, to help with ideas and decisions involving school life. We are currently working towards our Level One status for Rights Respecting Schools. We are hoping to achieve this by the end of the school year.
If you would like any information, please contact Mrs Mel Lane, who is the member of staff responsible for leading the Rights' Respecters.
Click on our photos to see why we wanted to be a Rights' Respecter and what we think about being a Rights' Respecting School.
We had a fabulous World in Union Sports Day, enjoyed by all followed by a picnic on the field. Fittingly Wales won the Paul Miller Trophy.
Join us for the Celebration of the Opening of the Paul Miller Memorial Garden
We had a really super day at Salisbury Cathedral learning all about theh Magna Carter and what it all means. Thanks to all our helpers and to Bev for the photos.
PAUL MILLER MEMORIAL GARDEN CELEBRATION
We had a lovely afternoon celebration of the Opening of the Paul Miller Memorial Garden. 120 guests including Paul's family as well as the whole school, came together to remember Paul Miller our Headteacher in the Opening of the Paul Miller Memorial garden.
It was a both poignant and beautiful service led by Reverend Simon Brignall and Jane Prelogauskas with all the children writing prayers and memories. These were put into a special memory tube which went into the garden. The garden was then formally opened with the unveiling of a plaque by Paul Hollick, parent governor who worked with a small team to make this such a special garden and event.
We sang Paul Miller's favourite hymn, Wake Up Each Day with music played by Eddie Upton on the concertina and Alex Halsey on the clavinova. Lit candles were placed, by a member of each class, community and church groups and family, around the garden. Tributes were read by Year 5 and 6 children, with an especially beautiful poem read by Jemma and amusing memories of Paul's football coaching by Adam.
The service ended with Andrea, Paul's wife presenting a newly commissioned cup, the Hearts and Minds Cup, to a very special young lady from Year 6, Iona Waldon. This cup will be presented over the next six years to a member of Year 6 who is extra special.Eddie's playing of "English Country Garden" serenaded the children as they were given some Nasturtium seeds to grow at home.
The weather remained kind until a few tears were shed towards the end.
Thanks go to many people who made this event the lovely one that it was: Paul Hollick, Fi Payne, Maryanne Parker and all of the Memorial committee, everyone who came and shared it with us and of course Paul's family. He will remain forever in our school's heart. Thank you one and all
I have a further quote from Paul Hollick, parent Governor who was the coordinator of the memorial fund.
"I would like to thank everybody involved in the completion of the Paul miller memorial garden.
Special thanks goes to the children of St Andrew's CE primary who chose all of the flowers and helped to plant them all out creating the amazing display. It creates a stunning visual delight as you enter the school grounds. The garden will be a lasting memorial to an outstanding headteacher. It will continue to bring colour and happiness into the lives of everyone who are involved in the school, now and in the future. "
What a truly fabulous summer fair, the sun shone and we all made merry. Many classes had their own stalls as well as the Brownies,Guides and Scouts. There were a lot of the local community selling local produce, cakes and even our local micro-brewery was there, Coppa Hoppa as well as excellent refreshments in the form of American style hot dogs and burgers with the quintessential Pimms thrown into the mix.Everyone enjoyed the Yetminster Irish Dancers who performed several dances including audience participation which was interesting. The rounders tournament was a great success with the teachers' team holding their own but were pipped to the post by both the children's team and a local team. We also had ferrett racing which entertained although ferrets weren't always obliging.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event - parents, governors, staff, community and of course the children - the hit of the afternoon were the scouts' ingenious water pistols, a must for a hot summer's afternoon ...and of course our wonderful PTFA especially Maryanne and Anna. We are a fabulous school and lucky to have such wonderful support.
Thank you to all our wonderful helpers who help us in our learning.
For all the things you do to help us, we thank you.
No matter how big or small, no matter how long or short, we thank you.
For giving us your time even though you have other things to do, we thank you....
...but don't forget to come back next year as we really really like you helping us!!
We had a lovely unveiling of our Harvest banner during assembly. Every single child in the school contributed to the beautiful artwork and then it was left to the grown-ups to stitch it all together and what a feat that was. Well done to one and all, it certainly creates a cheerful corner in the hall and we all love it. Thanks to Philippa, Folk South West, Geraldine, Michele and Judy our stoic stitchers.
Enjoy the last week of your holidays. Just reminding you that Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September are INSET days and thus closed to children. Look forward to see you all bright eyed and bushy tailed on Thursday 3rd September.
...and so we say farewell to Rev Simon Brignall who is leaving our St Andrew's CE Primary school family.
Simon has been with us for over five years sharing our worship here in our lovely school and also in our mother church, St Andrew's Yetminster.
R Really like knowing you
E Every week you come to visit us
V Valuable asset to the school
B Brilliant assemblies
R Really splendid chap
I Is very caring
G Going to miss you very much
N Never a dull moment
A Always eats and sometimes brings cakes
L Lovely to the children
L Laughs a lot and know all about God
He moved with his family, wife Claire, who was Head of Languages at the Gryphon and his four sons and one daughter, Annie who came to our school. He knew the area well as he spent many summers here as a boy with his great Aunt, Mrs Blaine who lived in the Manor House, in Melbury Bubb and died at the grand old age of 104.
During his time with us he has shared our weekly worship and you can see from the acrostic poem the children wrote, how much he was loved and respected by us all. He was also a governor and supported most of the functions within the school.
We say a very fond farewell and wish him well on his new adventure as chaplain of St Peter's Church in Vina del Mar in Chile
Have a look at our photos to see what an excellent time we had at Leeson House.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
by Lawrence Binyon
We have a great time at playtime with our new equipment and autumn leaves
An absolutely brilliant PTFA Christmas Fair this evening; a great atmosphere, lots of smiley faces, awesome children's crafts, lush choir, fab stalls, great nosh, beautiful sparkly lights and super santa.
Well done one and all and thank you to PTFA.
Santa is such a busy person and yet he had time to pop in to our super Christmas Fair. Thank you very much Santa for making lots of small children very happy.
Support our SIAB Collection
Can you pack food into a shopping bag?
Are you free on 23rd December for a couple of hours?
Please help the children raise money for our charity, School in a Bag, by packing bags in Tesco, Yeovil for two hours. We welcome children and adults (children must be accompanied throughout)
We are aiming to raise £1000 to ensure that all children can pack a bag to send to a child who needs it.
Please return the form below to the office.
I can help with the bag pack at Tesco, Yeovil on 23rd December
Name ________________________________Child's Name_______________Class_____________________
Contact email address ________________________________Contact phone number ______________________
I can volunteer: 6-8am 8-10am 10am-12pm 12pm-2pm 2pm-4pm 4pm-6pm 6pm-8pm
It was our last Gardening Club tonight until the Spring. Thank you to all our budding gardeners and to Geoff and Paul for their support and enthusiasm. Any adults who would like to join our team next year would be very welcome.
Thanks go to Paul Hollick for creating such a festive and uplifting display around Paul Miller's Memorial garden at the front of the school.
We had a great morning enjoying the Christmas Recipe dress rehearsal. Enjoy our photos. Bet you can can't wait to see it!!
Here are another batch of photos from the KS2 dress rehearsal, we look forward to seeing you.
Here are some photos of the evening performance of KS2s Christmas Around the World. Enjoy Anna Taylor Photography's photos, many thanks Anna.
What a fab day we have had what with our scrumptious Christmas lunch, followed by CUPPA'N'CAKE with lots of lovely singing to entertain our guests and children serving the delicious cakes. ...and if that wasn't enough Willow Class plus parents, staff and governors raised over £90 for Shelter carol singing around Yetminster. Phew, a real community day. Thanks to everyone who helped.
Still a few DVDs available if you call into the office tomorrow.
Our topic this term is Arts for Arts' Sake. I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from our musicians during this time.