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The Randonnee is a yearly cycling event following a route around the Island (please see the map below).  The word Randonnee actually means ‘a long bike ride, usually over 100 miles’!  This event is very popular, in the past attracting over 3000 cyclists from all over the country!  This year, due to COVID, the event has been restricted to 2500 keen cyclists and all the places have already been allocated.

For many years, Yarmouth CE Primary has been asked to act as a checkpoint for the participants, providing refreshments for the cyclists.  Each year this has raised thousands of pounds for our school, so it is a big fundraising event.

Last week’s Randonnee was a massive success & we raised almost £2000, which will go towards new play equipment for our new school. This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support & generosity of so many local businesses & people.

With that in mind, we would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to the following people:
Freshwater Tesco Store for donating 300 bottles of water and their staff member Hazel who baked some rocky road to support the cake sales.
The Millar family for boiling and shelling over 100 eggs.
Leanne Jordan for baking what seems like hundreds of cakes at very short notice.
Dorset Tea for donating tea bags
Iceland & Aldi for suppling food & drinks
Warbartons for all of the bread rolls

A huge thank you to the Yarmouth PTFA, particularly Rachel Dunleavey for her efforts and support in this event.
Also to all of the staff and children that gave up their Friday evening, and Sunday to facilitate the event.

Y2 The New Carnival Company, Schools Heritage & Dimbola Lodge Museum

Back in March, Year Two at Yarmouth had the opportunity to work with The New Carnival Company, Schools Heritage and Dimbola Lodge Museum too!
We prepared for our visit to the Freshwater home of Julia Margaret Cameron by learning about her Victorian life and works and by immersing ourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of India. The museum trip was so exciting and we got to make photograms in the darkroom and Estelle taught us about Julia’s home and who would have lived and worked in their  house.
Hannah and Katy from The New Carnival Company came to school to teach us how to make special drums, create a ‘pandal’ statue and to perform a celebratory dance –
we already knew about the Hindu festival of Durga Puja and our clay and rangoli pandal is spectacular!
Chris and Frankie from The New Carnival Company came to see our final dance performance and they had wonderful things to say about all the creativity and hard work the children put into it.

For more photos please click to download – DIMBOLA WRITE UP

PEACH – Relationships Art Exhibition at Quay Arts

In collaboration with the Executive Head-teacher Group, IWC Public Health worked with key stakeholders to co-produce and develop a new ‘whole-school’ framework for Island primary schools. This partnership, known as PEACH: Partnership for Education, Attainment and Children’s Health focuses on four domains:

  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE)
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy Eating
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Excitingly, the ‘Relationships’ Art project allows us to bring PEACH into the wider community, showcasing and celebrating both the great work that takes place in Schools and the creativity of our Island pupils.

The exhibition brief for Schools was “creatively demonstrate what ‘Relationships’ mean to you? This could be around friendship, family, relationship with oneself or even linked to community and wider planet through the likes of the Island’s UNESCO biosphere status or COP26 agenda.”

Earlier this year both Yarmouth and Shalfleet schools were invited to take part in an exhibition in collaboration with PEACH and the Quay Arts Centre, in Newport. Schools from across the Island took part, interpreting the theme of “Relationships”. As one of our school values, it was a theme close to our hearts and the children had a wonderful range of ideas and interpretations.

It was an amazing opportunity for some of our most talented artists from all year groups to see their artwork in a real gallery. I also managed to work with Reception at Yarmouth to create the beautiful heart of handprints, something the children really enjoyed. The children were involved at every stage of the process, from brainstorming ideas and deciding on materials to designing and painting the final pieces. Each week children gave up their time to meet and work together on their artwork.

They all worked so hard and can be very proud of their achievement. It was a proud moment for me to see their work in the Clayden Gallery at the Quay Arts Centre and to receive such wonderful feedback from those who had managed to view the exhibition with their families.

By Gemma Whitehead (Y4 Teacher at Yarmouth)

Green Fund

Wightlink has announced that 15 Isle of Wight primary schools will receive a share of around £10,000 from the ferry company to support local environmental projects. Our schools were lucky enough to secure funds from this project………..Thank you, Wightlink!
As one of the first to benefit from Wightlink’s new Green Fund for Schools initiative, we will be looking to set up support projects that bring lasting environmental benefit to our schools and communities. Over the coming months, we will be looking at ideas like reduce energy consumption, encourage and facilitate recycling and at ways in which we can create new and improved habitats for wildlife.  

Yarmouth Duck Race

On the 16th April Yarmouth held their Duck Race. Children from both schools entered a competition to design a duck. Jen Allen who runs the Carnival Committee judged the competition. The winners were the Ukrainian Flag Duck designed by Freddie R at Shalfleet and the patchwork duck designed by Freddie G at Yarmouth. 

Tree Planting in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee

Rachel from Natural Enterprise in association with  the Isle of Wight Royal Agricultural Society came to both schools to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy for the Jubilee.

At Yarmouth, we have planted an Oak tree that we will move to our new site in Freshwater next year. The tree was planted by the Year 6 children so they will have an ongoing connection with the new school. Who knows, perhaps one day they will be able to tell their children about the history of this special tree.

The tree we planted at Shalfleet was grown from an acorn from a 700 year old oak tree at Nunwell. We will be able to watch this tree grow and nurture our own little acorns for many years to come.

We were very proud to help celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee by planting our trees. Do look out for them when you are visiting our schools.

Carole Evening

On the last day of term Blue Class decided to make their PE lesson even more fun than usual by playing Golden Child with a twist – this time rather than throwing balls at stumps, this time they were throwing wet sponges at the teachers. Followed by a very large and fun water fight!

Blue Class Roman Day

Federation Pancake Competition and Flipping Enteries

World Book Day

Yarmouth Bake Off

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