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Donhead Digest Article for September/October 2016


Following on from the fantastic news at the end of last term when Ludwell School achieved their target of £12,500 for the solar panels, we were invited to London to celebrate with Solar Schools.  Three pupils, three parents, two governors and a headteacher set off on the train from Tisbury on the first Friday of term.  We made the most of the trip, taking the opportunity to walk along the Thames, from Waterloo Bridge to the Tower of London, to look at and take photos of some of the iconic buildings, which we will be reproducing for our London corridor back at school. 


We had a fantastic, if tiring day, but it will be one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.  We all loved the ‘Solarbration’ event which 10:10 had put on for us all.  The activities were great fun – I for one enjoyed making giant bubbles and being inside one and we enjoyed chatting to other schools about their journey to become a solar school.  The whole Solar Schools project is ending now, hence the celebration event, but the team will be continuing with other forms of renewable energy and we wish them the very best of luck.  They were amazing to work with and without them and Richard and Karen Ecclestone, this project would never have got off the ground.  We are immensely grateful to them all and of course, our incredible PTA.  Watch us on the Solar Schools video on this link: 


Going back to last term, the last week of school was spent on residential at Corfe Castle.  It was the first time we had been there and the general consensus was ‘awesome’!   Devon stated, “The best bit was rafting, especially when we all fell off!”   This was due to a team member, Georgia, deciding she would like a swim and without giving her team mates a second thought, jumped off, very closely followed by everyone else!  She was very surprised when they joined her in the water.  Note to self – more science work needed on forces!


The pupils, as always, were a credit to Ludwell School.  They were so mature and were genuinely a pleasure to take away.  We had several positive comments from the staff at the centre and others on our trips out, including one from two teachers (already on holiday) who happened to be sharing the beach with us.  As we left, they called me over to praise the children for their excellent behaviour and positive attitudes towards each other.  They also said that despite finding themselves with more school children, they had thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon!  Thank you to Mrs Pollard and Mrs Gough because without the commitment of people like them, we would be unable to participate in events like this.


Finally, we are holding our annual Open Day on the morning of Wednesday 19th October from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m.  If your child is due to start school next year or if you would just like to come and look around our school, please come along then or contact the school for more information on 01747 828519.


Sue Evans, Headteacher