Ditcham After Dark 2019 – Bookings Now Live!

We are now taking bookings for the much-anticipated Ditcham After Dark event in June!

Download the booking form here or head over to the Events page to find out more.

Hope to see you there!

Ditcham Cinema Night – Seniors

Ditcham Cinema!

The ‘Friends of Ditcham Park School’ are excited to present ‘Ditcham Cinema’. We are holding a film evening for the children in Uppers and Seniors on the 22nd March 2019. We will be showing the film:

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’

Ditcham Cinema – 22nd March Johnny English

It is a ‘PG’ rated film following on from the first two Johnny English films. As it is a PG film, pupils from Uppers to Form 5 are invited to attend the showing but we do require your consent for your child to watch the film. Parent helpers and FDPS members will be in attendance. Parents are welcome to join us for the screening of the film.

The seniors chose the film based on a school vote.

The cost of the event will be £6 per child and will include a Pizza or Hot Dog Dinner. The film will start at 4.30pm and will be finished by 6pm.

We will be running a small ‘Tuck Shop’ just like at the cinema for pupils to buy sweets and popcorn for the film! Pease send any small change in with your child on the day.

We hope you will join us for this new event, if your child would like to attend, please complete the booking form and return it to the office marked ‘Ditcham Cinema’. Spaces are limited so please return your booking form as soon as possible.

Johnny English Film Poster

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.


Bird Box bid

Last year’s junior school council put in a successful bid to FDPS who kindly bought this brilliant bird box for all the junior children to enjoy. It comes kitted out with a camera which means that the images from inside the box can be watched live in our whiteboards. With spring coming up we’re bound to be in for a treat/tweet!

Miss Hamilton

Family Fun Race Night – cancelled

We are sorry to announce that this event was cancelled due to low numbers.

We are thrilled to announce that the first family event of 2019 will be the

Race Night!

When?: Friday 1 March 2019, 6:30pm doors open for 7pm race start
Where?: Ditcham Park School
How much?: £5 per person for entry and dinner, plus bring extra for drinks and placing your bets

Complete Race Night Booking form

If you’ve been to one of our bingo or quiz nights before, you’ll know that it’s a great Ditcham community event where families gather and have a lot of fun! The race night will be a first for the Ditcham community so this is what you can expect:

  • – 8 races picked randomly that will be shown on the big screen
  • – 4 races before dinner is served, 4 races after dinner (subject to change)
  • – You pick your horse(s) and place your bets
  • – Watch the race, cheer on your horse(s)
  • – Collect your winnings. Winnings will be given out for the first place horse only.
  • – Dinner – you’ll have a choice of Nachos with Chilli, Nachos with Vegetarian Chilli, or Bolognaise with Nachos for those who prefer a mild flavour.
  • – There will be a well-stocked cash bar on the evening run by the fabulous Claire and Colin Falla.
  • – Each bet will be a £1 so make sure to bring along pound coins.
  • – Bring a torch so you can find your way back to your car safely.

Complete the booking form and come along for some great fun! Places are limited so please return your booking form to the office early.

All funds raised from this event will go directly back to benefit the children and the Ditcham community. Why not check out the recent successful bids on our Bids page?

Or, if you have an idea and wish to propose some of these, why not complete the bid form? All bids are read out to the FDPS committee at meetings and a vote is taken. Pupils, teachers, parents, staff – all are welcome to submit a bid so why not give it a go?