Current news from Salway Ash school:
Spots and Stripes for Children in Need.

The school PTA organised a ‘Spots and Stripes’ day for Children in Need. Children and staff donated £1 and wore some crazy clothing combinations. As you can see from this photo taken by the Dorset Echo, they had lots of fun raising money for a very worthy cause.

We have recently improved our outdoor area with new playground markings. The Key Stage 1 area has new designs aimed at promoting a range of physical activities and independent play.

We also have the lovely chess board pictured here which is already encouraging thoughtful and strategic games combined with fresh air and movement.

In previous years the Key Stage 2 children have enjoyed a break time chess club so we hope this new facility will rekindle the enthusiasm for the game.

Whole School Community Meeting

All current parents or those with an interest in the school were invited to a whole school community meeting which took place on Tuesday 14th October.

Each year a school development plan is written highlighting areas having opportunities for change and improvement. We were asking particularly for parental input on – The school environment, Effective Communication and Engaging with the community.

We have now collated the feedback from the meeting to discover areas to be included in the development plan and to identify areas where fundraising may be required. Parents will have received this information and n invitation for further comment or involvement.

Open Day 2014

Open afternoon will be held on Friday 17th October from 1.30- 2.30pm. All prospective parents welcome.

There will be a brief introduction to the school from Mrs Crew at 1.30 followed by a chance to take a tour around the classrooms and meet the pupils and staff.

We look forward to welcoming you  and giving you the opportunity to discover why we are so proud of our school and all that it offers you and your child.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to a new term.

A particular welcome is extended to our new reception children and families joining us for the first time this year.  We hope your first days have gone smoothly. If you have any questions please do ask a member of teaching staff or call in to the school office where we will be happy to help you.

The new diary dates for the Autumn Term are now available on this site and in paper form in the children’s book bags.

Leavers presentation.

Our Year 6 children were presented with personalised leavers hoodies in assembly this morning. They were delighted with them. The hoodies were funded jointly by the school and the PTA as a gift to the children as they prepare to leave Salway Ash in a few short weeks.

Mrs Crew has told the children they may now wear their hoodies instead of their uniform sweatshirts until the end of term if they wish to.

Sunny Summer Sports Day:

The sun is shining, summer is here. Our annual Sports day took place on 13th June. For the first time in many years the blue team were victorious. Every child who attended took part with great enthusiasm and cheered on their team mates loudly until the very last one crossed the finish line.

As usual the PTA provided ice lollies for every child at the end of the evening which always go down well.

Double Swimming success!

Salway Ash Swimmers have had a very successful couple of weeks. Our KS2 teams managed to bring home the Beaminster Pyramid Swimming Gala trophy. We took 42 children to the gala and every one of them swam their absolute best and each contributed to the overall team success.
Also, the Year 5/6 team won the small schools cup from their gala at Bridport Leisure Centre last week. We have some really strong and confident swimmers coming up through the school and really look forward to following their successes.

Willow Dome

We have a new willow dome in our conservation area and wildlife garden which was constructed over the easter holidays by willing volunteers including some of the children. The gardening club are taking a particular interest in this area this term and will be hoping the dome begins to thicken and grow.

The dome can be used as a quiet play area as well as an outdoor teaching and story-telling space.

Our wildlife garden has many wildlife attracting plants and is already home to a great variety of insects and birds which will be interesting for the Year 1/2 Summer term ‘Minibeasts’ topic. The older children have made hedgehog and frog homes which we are hoping will soon have animals taking up residence.

Soups and Smoothies

Do remember, children and staff can buy soups or smoothies on Tuesdays at Break time. These are freshly prepared and cooked by Mrs Phillips and the older children of gardening club sometimes using our own home-grown vegetables and fruit!

Soup (on colder days) costs 20p (30p with bread), Fruit Smoothies are 30p. Only one option is available each week depending on the availability of fresh ingredients and the weather but they always taste delicious!