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Ali Sparkes visits Dunmow St Mary’s

Acclaimed Children’s author Ali Sparkes’s passion for reading and writing and her ability to communicate both of these in a humorous and engaging way ensured that our children were in

Pancake Day

The annual DSM Pancake race took place last week with 4 eager competitors from each of the Year 2-6 classes taking on a teacher or member of the catering team. Enthusiastic

£445 raised for Cancer charities

We are so proud of all our children for raising an incredible £445 in support of the Cancer Research UK – Children and Teens and Children with Cancer UK. Through

40 YEARS!

A huge congratulations from all her friends and colleagues both past and present to Mrs Carol Brown who celebrated 40 years employment at Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School. Mrs Brown

Happy New Year

  Happy New Year to everyone. The children have settled quickly back into the new term and are excited by their new topics.

Ali Sparkes visits Dunmow St Mary’s

Acclaimed Children’s author Ali Sparkes’s passion for reading and writing and her ability to communicate both of these in a humorous and engaging way ensured that our children were in for a treat of a visit. Ali, winner of the Blue Peter Book award, believes “if you were to snap her in half she would read CHILDREN’S AUTHOR through the middle, like Brighton rock. Although it would probably be a bit difficult to read, what with the blood and entrails and all that…”. Ali shared with the children her journey from writing ‘Websters Week Out’ at the age of 10 through countless publisher rejection letters to her first successful published novel in the Shapeshifter series. The Year 5 children also participated in a creative writing workshop with Ali emphasising the four key opportunities to ensure your book is read; the cover, title, blurb and first few pages. The children were inspired to write their own book beginning and via an X factor style competition choose the winning one. “Ali Sparkes was so good that I have gone and bought all her books. She makes me want to write.” enthused one year 5 child.AS1 AS2 AS3

Pancake Day

The annual DSM Pancake race took place last week with 4 eager competitors from each of the Year 2-6 classes taking on a teacher or member of the catering team. Enthusiastic support from the watching crowd ensured each race was taken very seriously with runners competing for the ‘children versus adults’ title! While rules were bent (e.g. the questionable use of cellotape by Mrs Tyrell our Catering Manager) the children triumphed!’ Mrs Griffiths the headteacher who lost to one of the Year 6 teams said ‘the children were besides themselves with excitement and it was wonderful to see the entire school community support such a fun event’.

£445 raised for Cancer charities

We are so proud of all our children for raising an incredible £445 in support of the Cancer Research UK – Children and Teens and Children with Cancer UK. Through Pupil Voice the children have spent time thinking about what charities they would like to raise money for this year and how they would like to do this. By far the most popular event was a pyjama day and it was wonderful to see all the children fully engage with this. Well done too to the Year 6 children who organised and baked for an enormously successful cake day.  We are really excited to see what events the children decide to run next.

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40 YEARS!

CarolA huge congratulations from all her friends and colleagues both past and present to Mrs Carol Brown who celebrated 40 years employment at Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School. Mrs Brown was employed on 10th January 1977 as a cleaner. Over the years she has seen staff and children come and go but her thoroughness, loyalty and commitment to the school has been appreciated by all. Mrs Griffiths (Headteacher) said “Mrs Brown enjoys cleaning and takes a huge pride in the work she does, the school is very lucky to have employed her and with no plans for retirement hopes to benefit from her dedication for many more years.”

Happy New Year

 

Happy New Year to everyone. The children have settled quickly back into the new term and are excited by their new topics.

KS1 Nativity Play

Congratulations to all the children in our reception, year one and two classes for their wonderful performance of Prickly Hay. This adaptation of the traditional nativity story allowed the children to show their singing, dancing and acting talents and their enthusiasm and the determination of each child to do his or her best shone through and was enjoyed by all those watching.

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