2019 Bids are off to a great start!

At the recent Committee meeting, FDPS received four bids. Three of these have been successful, with the fourth currently under review following some updates.

World Book Day Storyteller:

Mrs Helen Parrott, Head of Junior School, and Mrs Julie Mothersele, UJ Class Teacher, submitted a bid to join in with the fun of World Book Day on 7th March 2019. Acclaimed storyteller and author of children’s books, John Harris will visit the school of Friday 1 March to work with Junior children in an imaginative and engaging way. This is a precursor to World Book Day when the children will explore tales from around the World, and the children will enjoy activities linked to different countries. John Harris has been described as “spellbinding” and specialises in folk tales, fairy tales, myhts and legends. For more information on John’s books, please visit: www.johnharristhestoryteller.com.

Early Morning Club Resources:

The Early Morning Club runs from 7:50am – 8:30am every morning. Claire Falla and Kimberly Read supervise the children during this time in the library, but resources are limited – until now! They were looking to provide children with opportunities other than computers, particularly for the younger children, during this time; they will share their supplies of board games and art materials when they have them.

Road Signs, designed by Pupils:

Denise Allen, Bursar at Ditcham Park School, has been successful in her bid for eight pupil-designed road signs to be put up on school grounds. Last term, some of the Junior pupils were tasked with producing creative speed awareness road signs for the school, in line with the School’s road safety awareness scheme. Four designs were selected by the Junior Management team and the Headmaster. We look forward to seeing the finished designs!

Under Review:

A fourth bid is currently under review. It was suggested the School requires two additional high quality, durable benches – particularly for Seniors at lunchtime and for parents to sit comfortably whilst watching matches. These could be communal benches (not fixed) or circular benches around a tree to provide shade in the summer. The bid was received before the recent installation of the new circular bench around the tree by the main entrance. The committee welcomed the idea of more benches around the school grounds and decided to postpone the vote until alternative options are sourced and reviewed.