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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.

Mr Whipps, Head of School.


Sun and Sport 

Sun and sport

We were really lucky with the weather this week as on Friday we welcomed Arena into school to run our "Alternative Sports Day". The whole school joined in with new sports including ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, Boccia and golf to name but a few. The weather was glorious and the children (and staff) had a wonderful day. Thanks to Arena for running such a brilliant day. 

As you will be aware, our school book is ready to be ordered. At the low price of £7.99 it is a bargain to enable you to read amazing writing from every child in the school. They are very proud of themselves, becoming published authors in primary school and so are we. To order, login to your parent pay account and follow the instructions. Any questions, please let Mrs Evett know and she will be able to help you out. 

We are pleased to be able to let you know that Mrs Alberts will be returning to school full time on the 20th July. She will return to Class 1 and the children are looking forward to welcoming her back. I am hoping to send out the staffing and class lists for next year soon so please watch this space. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, stay safe. 

Mr Whipps

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Welcome Back 

Welcome to summer!

Welcome back to the summer term. I really hope you managed to enjoy the lovely weather over half term and managed to make some memories. I know from talking to the children, that they enjoyed the break and got up to loads of fun things. 

Thank-you to those parents of class 2 and 3 who this morning helped with the new arrangements for the bubbles. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are still asking that face coverings are worn by adults when on site. The children loved being able to have lunch in the hall and share the playground. Considering it has been over a year since we were able to do this, it was a wonderful sight to see. I am hoping that the next changes in guidance will allow us more opportunities to gather as a whole school. We will continue to update you with this. 

The trust have produced a short survey on communication between school, the trust and yourselves. I would be really grateful if you could find the time to complete this survey here. It is really helpful to know your thoughts about the school and trust and the answers you provide for us will help us get even better. 

Can I also remind you all that school is shut on the 10th and 11th June for staff training. These days are invaluable for teachers to develop their skills and plan new and exciting learning activities for the children.

Many thanks for your support. Stay safe. 

Mr Whipps

G7 Update from Devon and Cornwall Police
Over the coming days as we near the G7 Summit event, residents and communities in #Cornwall may see visible training taking place on land, in the air and on the water; particularly near the key venues.

This forms part of our planning and preparations to deliver a safe and secure event and is not something that the public should be alarmed by. The public can help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything that looks out of place or suspicious and by reporting it to police, security, or staff at any of the venues.

In an emergency or if you need urgent police assistance, you should always dial 999. You can report suspicious activity by contacting the police in confidence via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321.


Wild Tribe Day 

Wonderful Wild Tribe

On Tuesday this week, we were joined by Arena for a whole day of Wild Tribe. The sunny weather was wonderful and it was superb to be outside for the day, enjoying the school grounds.

The whole school got involved with different activities including orienteering, crafting, creating nature bookmarks and marshmallow roasting on fires. The children had an amazing day and learned a lot about nature, mindfullness and teamwork.

Thank you to the team from Arena and all the staff members for making it a wonderful day.

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Welcome to summer 

Welcome to the summer term. 

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a relaxing Easter break. The longer days and lovely weather certainly helps!

It has been lovely to see the children back in school and excited about returning. They have settled in brilliantly and are excited about their new topics and learning questions. 

Welcome also to parents of those children who are joining us in Reception in September. I remember waiting to find out school places myself and hopefully Friday brought you good news. We are really looking forward to welcoming you and will be sending more information soon. 

In the meantime, PE continues on Wednesday and children can continue to come to school in their kit. Can we remind you that as the weather gets warmer, sun hats are advised and sun cream should be applied before coming to school. 

Stay safe. 

Mr Whipps



What a difference a week makes. I hope you managed to enjoy the sunshine this weekend. It makes such a difference to be able to enjoy the outdoors. 

This week we are back to our normal brilliant online learning following the STEM week last week. We are REALLY looking forward to seeing all the children back in school next Monday. If you haven't received a copy of the letter with details on returning, please contact the office. 

I've added the videos from this week to help you keep active. Why not make the best of the weather and try them outside!

KS1 Fitness

KS2 Fitness



STEM Success

We've had an amazing week learning all about space. We've been drawing, writing, reading and investigating science. The children in all schools have been fascinated by their learning both in school and at home. 

To culminate with a big bang, Darite Primary will be going to Mars! We used the NASA "Send Your Name to Mars" scheme, we will be travelling to Mars in 2026 on the next mission! 


Welcome back 

Welcome back

Everyone at Darite has loved welcoming back the children of Critical Workers and those vulnerable children. The children at home loved seeing their friends and the catch-up of everything that happened over half term was great. Lots of walking, decorating and playing games! Hopefully you are all safe and well. Remember that school is here if you need something, just ask and if we can help, we will. 

You will have heard about the timeline for returning to school at the same time as we did yesterday. We are excited to welcome all children back but, as you would imagine, there are lots of details to work out to enable this to happen safely. There is a meeting of all heads in the trust tomorrow and we are hoping to send further details about this out later this week. Thank-you for your patience. 


To coincide with the amazing landing of the Perseverance rover this week, we are holding a STEM week in school. Each class has a range of excititng space-themed activities each day that the children can choose from. These encompass reading, writing, maths and science. There will still be two check-ins on Teams each day as an opportunity to share the work that the children have been doing at home and at school.

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Assembly 10th February 2021

This week I wanted to talk about kindness and working together. In these times of lockdown, it is easy to forget that everyone is in the same storm if not the same boat. It is even more important to try and spare a thought for others and, where possible, lend a hand. With a kind word, or gensture we can have a huge impact on how people are feeling, coping and manging during lockdown. 

I would also like to share a story from home about working together to support each other. Remember, if you are finding things hard at the moment, get in touch with school. We want to help and, when we can, we will. 

Stay safe. 

Mr Whipps. 

KS1 Keep Fit

Here are the two activites from this week to help you stay active at home. Let us know how you get on. 

KS2 Keep Fit


Cornwall Virtual Games 3.0 

We need your help!

Darite needs your help!

We need your help next week when the 3rd Cornwall Lockdown Games begins. Everyone really stepped up to the plate in the summer with the first games where we earned a commendation. Wadebridge (another school in the trust won gold!) I have a friendly rivalry with Ms Whitlock – their head – and I have high hopes for Darite this time around.

The activity sheets are on the blog below. We will be doing it in school to see how many points we can score. It is an opportunity to keep fit which we all know is a great way to keep mentally fit too!

The results sheet can be found here. You only need to fill it in once so have a go at all the activities (as many times as you want to get your best score) and then send it in.

Keeping fit KS1

Each week I will post a link to a workout for KS1 and KS2 from Arena.

I am joining in at home during lockdown. The horrible weather means that even if I can't go for a walk, I can keep my excercise levels up!

Join in if you would like to.

Stay safe. Mr Whipps

Keeping fit KS2

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