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The end of term proved once again to be very busy. Sports day, after being rained out on the Wednesday, took place on the Thursday, the weather was perfect, and the children had lots of fun. There are some very talented athletes, who I am sure will one day take part in national events – One of my past pupils is this year swimming in the World Championships in Budapest – Good Luck Michael Gunning! You never know who might be next. The photographs of Sports day are on the website, so look out for those.

Summer Celebration was a fabulous evening, a BIG Thank you to Mrs Gwillam and her team for organizing this event. Singing, dancing, flutes, recorders, guitars and Ukulele – what a talented bunch of children; and let us not forget the amazing Parent’s choir. The KS1 afternoon event was also a great success, with budding dancers and musicians taking to the stage; some for the very first time.

Final assemblies took place during the last week of term. These gave us the opportunity to showcase the outstanding learning that has been going on all year. Congratulations to all the prizewinners! I look forward to discovering new talented and hardworking pupils next year.

We say goodbye to pupils who are moving on – Y6’s moving to secondary school, and some of our Nursery moving on to their new Primary Schools. We wish them all the best for the next stage of their lives. We also said goodbye to Miss Ovenell, Miss Sharma and Mrs Taber. Thank you for all your dedication and support. You will be missed by all at Orchard. Miss Mellish, our apprentice completed her training, and we say a fond farewell to her.

The term ended with a lovely family picnic on the field, parents, grandparents, carers, past pupils, pupils and staff, all enjoyed the last afternoon of the term.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Orchard Primary School for the amazing job they do every day. They often go above and beyond to make sure that the children have great learning opportunities. I know that without their dedication and support, the school would not be as special as it is.

I would also like to thank the parents for their ongoing support, from the PTA, to the classroom volunteers, to the mums, dads, nans and grandads, a very BIG Thank you. Working together enables the children to achieve the very best that they can.

We welcome our families back to school on Wednesday 6th September, enjoy a happy and safe Summer Holiday.

Jo Rowntree
Head Teacher

24 July 2017

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Wednesday 19th July - Year 6 BBQ, 3.30pm. Year 6 Production, 6pm.

Friday 21st July - whole school picnic, from 12.15 on the field.

School finishes for the year following afternoon registration on Friday 21st July at 1.30pm.

The new school years starts for pupils on Wednesday 6th September. Please note that from September the Conservative Club Car Park will be gated and parents/carers will not be able to use it at all, as this privilege has been abused. We would also ask parents/carers to park considerately, not blocking our neighbours' driveways or the school entrance. Thank you.

New Reception & Nursery

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Come & Play!

All new pupils for Reception & Nursery classes are

invited to come and play.

This will give you a chance to meet your new class friends.

Reception - Wednesday 12th & Monday 17th July @ 1.30pm

Nursery - Thursday 13th & Monday 17th Juy @ 1.15pm

Nursery & Reception

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Rhyme Off Challenge

Both classes will be going head to head to see who can out

rhyme their opponent

All parents/ carers, grandparents and other family members are all welcome.

Monday 17th July @ 9.10am

School Uniform

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Please Donate

Now is the time for a summer clear out.

If you have any school uniform in good condition that your child has out grown please donate.

Please only send in uniform that is clean and in good condition ready for resale.

We also accept plimsoles if they are in good condition which we use for PE spares.

Bigger sizes 1 + needed.

All our uniform is £1.00 an item and all proceeds go back to school.

If you are looking for good quality second hand uniform please speak to Mrs Lyman

Clubs for the Summer Holidays

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All age groups available

Please click on the link for clubs in your area.

Summer Holiday Clubs


Aspire to achieve            Believe in yourself            Care for each other


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Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LW
Tel: 0208 300 4878         E-mail: admin@orchard.bexley.sch.uk