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Welcome to the Head's Blog 

Please visit the Head's Blog regularly for news, information and communications from Darite Academy.
We will use this blog to share the learning, fun and enjoyment that happens at Darite.

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Mr Whipps, Head of School.


End of year  

Farewell and good luck

It was an emotional end to the year this afternoon when the whole school had a distanced assembly to say goodbye to Mrs Davey, Miss Godby and Mrs Alberts along with the Year 6s.

Mrs Davey has been at Darite for nearly 17 years and has decided that now is the time to retire and enjoy a slower pace of life. She will be sorely missed by pupils, staff and parents and we wish her the best for her new adventures. 

Miss Godby and Mrs Alberts are leaving to start their journey as mums. They are on maternity leave and will be in to let us have cuddles with babies in the Autumn. 

Year 6 also bid us farewell today on their next educational adventure. We hope they will remember us fondly when they are famous politicians, scientists, film stars or whatever the future brings. 

I hope you will join with us in wishing everyone well. On a personal note, thank you for your support in these times and we all hope you stay safe and well during the summer break. School opens to all pupils on the 7th September.

Mr Whipps and the Darite team. 

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Home Learning 

Home Learning

It's been another busy week in school!

The Year 6s are busy getting the leavers assembly ready. can parents of Year 6 please let the school know if you have not yet had your invite to the assembly throguh email. We are able to add additional parents on but we are trying to limit numbers to less than 20 to ensure the connection is good enough!

The learning is continuing in the Key Worker and Class 1 bubbles and the home learning has been sent in still. Including a letter from the Queen for one of our pupils. I have attached some photos to this blog.

Please keep examples of home learning coming, it really makes us miss you all.

Stay safe.

Mr Whipps

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Weekly Update

What a great week we had last week! We welcomed Reception back full time and the children were amazing. Their behaviour was fantastic and they did some great learning - looking at caterpillars and going on a search for some butterflys on the school field. 

The children braved the heat to compete in the Virtual School Games, both here and at home. I think over 2000 "hot potatoes" in 2 minutes by the Year 6 was a real triumph! 

This week we welcome not only Miss McLaughlin back but Year 5 as well. The Year 5 children will be able to come into school on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure you have read the letter that went out on Friday for more details. If you need a copy, all letters are also placed on the website. If you are the parent or carer of a Year 5 child, please could you contact the office to inform us of whether your child will be coming on Wednesday. 

Thanks again for your continued support. 

Stay safe, 

Mr Whipps


School Games 

School Update

It has been a busy week so far at Darite with Reception joining us once again. They have already been out in the fine weather looking for caterpillars and butterfly’s and enjoying the new decking. Their behaviour has been exemplary, and they have been fantastic role models for the other children.

The school games are in full swing: the children have been taking part in the daily activities and we have discovered some untapped talent, particularly with throwing and jumping. Thanks to all the children and families who are taking part at home and submitting the scores online. Please send any photos to school for us to share and showcase. Please keep it up!

Please can I remind you that now we have some good weather, please put sun cream on your children before coming to school. With the current guidelines, we are unable to apply it at school. They will also need a sunhat as we intend to be outside as much as possible.

Thanks a lot for all your support. Please stay safe.

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School Games 

Cornwall Virtual School Games

Next week is the first Cornwall Virtual School Games!

All children in school will be taking part across the week and because it is virtual, you can still take part at home! Across the five days there are activities that you can complete to earn points for yourself and the school. Demonstration videos have released on the Virtual School Games page of the Active Cornwall website to help you undrstand what you need to do. (See links in document attached). Please don't upload any photos directly to the school games, send any action shots to the school and we can submit for you. This is to maintain safeguarding. 

There will be an opening ceremony video at 10am on Monday 22nd June on the Cornwall School Games Facebook page or Active Cornwall YouTube Channel (see link on document attached) Below is the document showing you the different activites on each day and how to get involved. It will be up to parents/carers to fill in the results form each day.

Each day’s challenges will begin at 10am with an email sent to all schools registered. We will put this link on this blog page each day for you. Results must be submitted by 9am the following day on the specific day’s link so please don’t forget to fill it!

Bonus points can be achieved for any of the following and should be added to your total points and submitted through the results sheet.
a. 1 point for every family member and year group teacher who tries the challenge
b. 1 point for completing it in fancy dress
c. 1 point for a communication (video/email etc..) sent to the school or speaking to a teacher if in school telling them how you have engaged with one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give

For more information, check out the Cornwall School Games Facebook Page, the Active Cornwall Website or watch the following video on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTCzGbKj1BM&feature=youtu.be Good Luck!

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Kindness Assembly

The children in school today joined in with thousands of other children across the country in watching an assembly help by the Dutchess of Cambridge. 

She spoke to the children about their feelings and how this period of time may bring out odd and upsetting feelings but that these are ok and they won't last for ever. 

The message througout the assembly was kindness. Kindness to each other, families and being kind to yourself. 

The children loved taking part in the assembly and it certainly made us think. If you would like to see the assembly yourself, the recording can be found here


Week beginning 15th June 2020 


I hope you have all managed to stay safe and well and had a chance to enjoy the weekend. So far we have been able to open up to critical workers, Year 6 and Year 1. Due to staffing in the current situation we are currenly unable to welcome back our reception children. We are hoping this is a temporary measure and we will keep you in the loop with any and all updates. Thank you so much for all the positive communication we have been having. Unfortunately, it now seems likely now that we will not fully reopen until September. It is a bitter shame as I like you, would like the children back in school but safety must come first. We keep our fingers crossed that we come through this tricky time swiftly and smoothly, and everybody stays well.

Once again can I please ask that you only request a place for your keyworker children if you are classed as a keyworker and need childcare. Please note, the list of keyworker catergories has not changed and can be found here

Home learning: If at this time you child is unable to come to school and you need help accessing the home learning from the website, please email or ring us so that we can organise getting the resources to you. We will continue to put resources online for the children to access - do send us you work so we can give you credit for your work and feedback.

Online safety: As we all use the internet and online services a lot more than usual at the moment, there are those in society who may use it more for negative reasons. Please see the previous blog post below to get up to date information and support about being safe online.

Summer reading challenge: The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun creative online activities; this year it has been extended and was launched on Friday 5th June and run until mid-September. How the Challenge works: Children sign up online to the Digital Summer Reading Challenge https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/. The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms i.e. Borrowbox, Facebook and Twitter. Children taking part this year will be asked to set their own reading goal and we are keen to see if this encourages take up and completion. However, we will still be suggesting six books as the best goal to try for. Children who complete their Summer Reading Challenge will be able to download a certificate. 

Cornwall School Games: As previously mentioned on the blog, the Virtual School Games take place next week – it would be fabulous for us to put a HUGE effort in and maybe even win! I won’t name any names (yet), but it turns out that there are some quite competitive staff here. Watch this space for more details about how to submit your scores.   

Do continue to take care as we move towards fewer restrictions during easing of lockdown and keep in touch. If you need support or advice of any kind, let us know - we will endeavour to do our best to help. If you need to ring us but there is not answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you the same day. Best wishes,


Staying safe online 

Many of us are online a lot more at the moment, and while there are many benefits to this method of communication, there are also cautions too. 

Please visit our online safety resources page for tips using various games/platforms.


Sports opportunities 

Cornwall School Games

This year, due to the current situation, the annual Cornwall School Games is unable to take place in person. This is a shame as Darite is so sporty. However, the games have gone online!

During the week beginning the 22nd June, each day there will be a chance to undertake a different sporting activity either in school or at home and earn points for the school. 

Each day until the games take place, the activity cards that show how the different events will look, the rules and some top tips will be uploaded onto this blog for you to practise at home (or at school). During the week, photos and scores can be submitted to see which school and pupils are keeping active. The details of how to do this will be released closer to the event.

The school has signed up for this but we need as many people to take part. What a good way for those children in school to leep in touch with  The activity cards of the first two events are attached to the blog. 

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We are the best we can be.



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We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



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From June 22nd , Darite Primary is open only for children of key workers, vulnerable groups and Reception, Year 1 and 6 children. Year 5 will return on Wednesday the 1st July, this will be for Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

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