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Weather Forecast for 1st March 2018
In anticipation of deteriorating weather this week, please can I remind you to stick to gritted paths in the morning if it is icy, and to ensure that all children come to school appropriately clothed with a warm, waterproof coat, hat, gloves etc. (all named please!).
In snow and ice the following pedestrian paths are salted:
- The paths running from main access gates at the front of the building to the main front door.
- The path running from the rear car park to the school buildings.
Children are advised not to run, and will be kept off untreated areas if they are assessed as hazardous.
The weather forecast is suggesting that we will have snow in our area overnight on Thursday 1st March 2018. It is my intention to keep the school open if that is possible. However, in the event of severe weather preventing staff from traveling to school, it may be necessary to close the school, have a late opening or partially open in some year groups. In this event, Spire FM Radio will broadcast information. Unless there is an announcement that we are closed, you can assume that the school will be open at the normal time.
Spire FM will also be informed should the school close for any other reason e.g. heating failure, power-cuts etc. and a message will be posted on the ‘Home’ page of our school website (www.oldsarum.wilts.sch.uk). Please note that although weather may not be poor in Old Sarum, many of our staff travel considerable distance to school and may not find it safe to travel. I will endeavour to do this as early as possible, after seeking advice, and to inform the radio station promptly – please be patient!
If children are in school and it is snowing/ has been snowing they will be allowed out onto the playground and field as long as they:
- Observe the safety rule of not throwing snowballs
- Have appropriate clothing and footwear - please send in their wellington boots if snowy
Old Sarum Primary School Book Day – Tuesday 27th February 2018
On Tuesday 27th February we are very excited to be holding a book day. We are excited to be having a visit from author and illustrator Mark Robertson (M.P. Robertson). He has written and illustrated many fantastic children’s books aimed at primary aged children such as The Egg, The Dragon Snatcher and The Great Dragon Rescue. Mark will be holding a special assembly just after the children arrive at school and then throughout the day he will be working with classes teaching them how to draw dragons!
At 3.15pm he will be in the school hall for a book sale and signing session so please come along to buy a book and get it signed by a real author!
During the day children and adults at the school are also invited to dress up as their favourite book character and prizes will be given in the end of day assembly for the best costume. Finally, we would like all children to bring a favourite book in for the day which they will show in class and will use to contribute to a whole school artwork. The whole day will have a book and dragon theme and classes will be working on a writing task related to this which they will share in an end of day assembly.
It should be a really fun day, we look forward to making it a real success!
Official opening of the new building - January 2018
Old Sarum Primary School is delighted to announce that it held the official opening of its new building on Monday 29th January 2018. The building is part of a major £2.6m expansion project which will allow the school to double in size to 420 pupils. The two-storey, steel-framed building provides eight new classrooms, a studio and a technology room. A new drop-off zone at the south end of the school has also been constructed which will ease some of the traffic issues around the school.
Staff, governors and pupils from the school were joined by our special guest Dr Phil Harding (of Time Team fame) who also opened the original building in 2011, representatives from many of the companies that helped us to create our wonderful extension, Wiltshire Counsellors and officers and other members of our local community. It was a lovely event that has marked a special time for the school. Old Sarum was inspected in the autumn term and was judged by Ofsted as remaining a good school. This extension will enable the school to widen its curriculum and extend pupils' learning. ’
School Closure Days
You will be aware that the extension to Old Sarum Primary School has now been completed and we are looking forward to making great use of our new teaching rooms from January 2018.
We would like to remind you of the following details -
- All pupils will finish school on Friday 15th December 2017 at 3.15pm.
- The school will be closed to all pupils between Monday 18th December 2017 and Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
- Teachers will send home learning for all pupils to complete during the 3 extra days of closure.
- All pupils will return to school on Thursday 4th January 2018.
New Entrance Opening
From Thursday 4th January 2018, we will also be encouraging parents to use our new car drop off zone at the new entrance to the school. This is a fantastic new addition to our start of the day procedures we hope that it will ease the traffic at the front of the school and enable parents to drop their children off quickly and safely with a member of staff. Cars should only need to park for a few minutes in bays. The top playground will be for children only. If parents wish to wait with their child they should use the present entrance and wait on the lower playground. Children will not be able to move between the playgrounds before school. The gates will be open between 8.30am and 9.00am and a member of staff will be present to take any messages for teachers. Children will wait on the top sports court until 8.45am at which point a bell will sound and children will make their way into class.
Please note that the gates will be closed promptly at 9.00am at the rear of the school and children will need to use the front entrance after this time.
There will be a suggestions / feedback box at Reception from 4th January 2018 and we welcome any comments as we look to further improve our procedures.
Ofsted Report - We are a good school!
Read our latest Ofsted report here -
Road Closure in Old Sarum
Wiltshire Council have written to inform us that they intend to carry out works to construct a new shared footway / cycleway to connect Sherborne Drive with Green Lane. The works also involve amendments to the kerb at the junction of Green Lane and an informal crossing point. The works will take approximately four weeks and will commence on Monday 13 November 2017.
In order to maintain the safety of both our contractors and the public it will be necessary to close The Portway. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained, although at times it may be necessary for cyclists to dismount to pass through the site. Vehicular access will be maintained for residents whose properties are located within the works zone however the direction of travel will be determined by the location of the works on a particular day. During the works the school bus will be permitted to pass through the closure.
Open Mornings for children starting school in September 2018
Tuesday 3rd October 10.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 4th October 10.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 14th November 10.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 15th November 10.30am – 11.30am
If you have a child starting school in September 2018 you are invited to come along to any of our open mornings. There will be a tour of the school and a chance to meet the Teachers whilst observing the pupils in our caring, vibrant learning environment.
Exciting plans ahead! Come and meet the Kiddi Galore staff as we prepare to offer a breakfast and after school club
Please drop in to the hall any time between 3.15pm - 6pm and they will be delighted to meet you.
Lifesaving Defibrillator at Old Sarum Primary School - Friday 24th March 2017
BHF and Old Sarum are to give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival.
Old Sarum is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Old Sarum Primary School were granted the lifesaving machine and received the Call Push Rescue training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity.
The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour. Old Sarum Primary School plan to run training sessions for the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers. The first training session will take place at Old Sarum Primary School on Thursday 11th May from 3.30pm. For more information please contact the School office on 01722 410677
The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. It’s therefore imperative the people of Old Sarum know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.
Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.
The charity believes defibrillators should be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school. Since launching the campaign in 2014, over 1.5 million people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning lifesaving CPR.
John Jones, head teacher at Old Sarum Primary, said: “We are delighted to have been granted this lifesaving package. The defibrillator will be placed in the entrance of our school meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too.”
Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the BHF, said: “In the UK more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Old Sarum Primary School have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign - by making another defibrillator available in the area and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death.”
To date the BHF have helped place over 14,000 lifesaving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit www.bhf.org.uk.
For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers
Old Sarum Primary School Pupils to open New Co-op - Wednesday 22nd March 2017
On Wednesday 22nd March, pupils from Old Sarum Primary School have been invited to take part in the grand opening of the new Co-op store in Old Sarum. The new convenience shop has been a long awaited addition to the community and we are delighted to be cutting the ribbon! Everyone is invited to attend the grand opening from 9.45am - 10.15am. The Co-op have very kindly offered to donate £500 to the school as a thank you for taking part.
Time Capsule Project - Wednesday 1st March 2017
On Wednesday 1st March 2017 members of the School Council and the team at Linden Home’s met at Longhedge Village, Old Sarum to bury a time capsule which they have been busy collecting items for. Phil Harding from Time Team was the guest of honour. It was great for Phil Harding to be part of this, as he opened the school back in January 2012! The children presented their items to the team, filled the capsule and took it to the pre-dug hole where they helped bury it with the spades provided. The children have enjoyed being part of this exciting experience. To read a full report in the Salisbury Journal, please follow this link, http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15154268.Children_bury_time_capsule_in_new_development_with_Phil_Harding/
Eco Award Success - Bronze Award Achieved! - Fri 18 Mar 2016
The Eco Committee was elected by the whole school during our Science Week. Two representatives were elected by each year group. We have already achieved a Bronze Eco Award! We have carried out an audit and survey of the school grounds and decided to focus first on litter. The committee have reported back to the whole school in our celebration assembly.