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At Deanshanger Primary school we would like to keep you all informed about all  the breaking news here at our school. From school trips to what goes on everyday as your children are learning and experiencing so many different adventures.  

If you click into a news item, there should be a button that will link you into the gallery where we save special memories. 

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  • #Dress4NHS@DPS

    Published 16/04/20

    On Friday 3rd April, the whole community joined forces to send in photos to recognise the incredible efforts of the NHS in #Dress4NHS.  Although we were all working remotely, by the end of the day we had joined forces to produce a memorable and touching video demonstrating our appreciation of those that are working tirelessly at this extremely challenging time. Thank you very much to everyone for pulling together - the finished video montage clearly shows what a great community we have. 

    Enjoy the video!

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  • FA guidelines: Children to no longer head footballs during training

    Published 02/03/20

    An interesting read for you regarding new heading guidelines 

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  • A thank you from Red Cross, Australia

    Published 02/03/20

    To: Head Teacher, Deanshanger Primary School.


    Dear Mrs Rice,

    Thank you and your school so very much for your amazing letters of support and fundraising during the recent bushfires in Australia.

    We had forwarded your letters to Red Cross Branches and Clubs across the state, in particular those areas impacted by the fires.

    We received the below response from one of our members Mrs Toni Noyce who had asked for us to forward this on to you and the school.

    Mrs Noyce had actually lost her home in the fires and as you can see by her below response was very touched by your schools letters.

    Thank you so much for your well wishes, it means a great deal to us all.

    Kind regards

    Chris Mansfield

    NSW & ACT Mobilisation Hub

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    Subject: Support from the UK - Australian Red Cross - reply to UK

    Dear Teachers and children, 

    Thank you for your wonderful letters of support, your email was forwarded to me by Australian Red Cross, Batemans Bay branch. 

    We live on the south coast of NSW (New South Wales). 

    My grand-daughter, Ashley, goes to Broulee Primary School and is in grade 6. 

    All the south coast has had fires, but it rained 2 weeks ago and this has helped put out the fires. All the coast is surrounded by State eucalyptus forests and beautiful beaches, with coastal farming land in the areas that do not have forest trees. 

    A lovely place to live and visit. The trees will recover. 

    Volunteers from the Red Cross have been present throughout the fires in all  recovery centres. The love and support of the Red Cross volunteers has helped all people in our local communities. Everyone living in NSW - mums, dads and children have been close to the bushfires and smoke from the fires.

    Children have returned to school and everyone is receiving help from other Australians in other states and people all over the world. 

    We wish to thank you all for writing your lovely letters to us. Your letters have cheered us up and made us smile.

    We are most pleased to receive them.

    We thank your teachers for helping you all to send your letters.


    Kind regards,

    Mrs Toni Noyce,

    Member of Australian Red Cross,

    Batemans Bay NSW

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  • Top Table Lunch 12th February 2020

    Published 12/02/20

    Congratulations to the children selected for the Top Table lunch this week. They were selected to be part of this special school celebration for demonstrating school values over the lunchtime period - this includes being extra kind and respectful and trying new foods. Well done to you all. Thank you to Mr Russell and Mrs Young for joining us and to the Fresh Start team and mid-day supervisors for helping it to run smoothly alongside the regular lunchtime. 

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  • Smart Watches

    Published 11/02/20

    We are aware that the advances in technology are a real positive and that children and adults are now able to access tools to support communication and  learning at their fingertips. Whilst this is largely a huge positive, we are concerned about the growing popularity of some Smart watches and other wearable devices in school for two reasons.

    1.They are extremely expensive and could easily be damaged or lost (particularly as they have to be removed for all PE sessions). 

    2.Their functionality could pose a risk from data protection/safeguarding point of view as some of them can send and receive pictures, videos, record, receive texts and messages. For this reason, we reserve the right to ask for them to be handed in at the gate just as we do for mobile phones if they have the same functionality as a mobile.

    From a safeguarding point of view, our staff are not permitted to wear these either.

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  • Artsmark Excitement

    Published 08/02/20

    We were thrilled to receive the  news on Friday 7th February that we have been awarded a silver award from Arts Council England. We started the award two years ago (with Mrs Claire Ely), as a way to ensure that the opportunities for our children were always rich and broad. From that point, we've continued to grow and improve as we value the impact that the Arts has on the whole child, our wider community (and our place in it), the School environment individual progress and confidence. We have no doubt that we have the next generation of professional dancers, performers, artists, theatre addicts, Deanshanger Primary.

    Although delighted with this award, we are committed to ensuring that our provision continues to be strong and accessible to all. The gold award is in our sights next!



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  • Sports Report

    Published 05/02/20

    On Wednesday 29th January 2020, four Year 4 children, Kimberly, Devon, Jay and Lewis and one Year 5 child, Nathan took part in an Archery  competition at Deanshanger Primary School.


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  • Y6 African Mask Making and Dance

    Published 05/02/20

    On Monday 3rd February, the two year 6 classes had a special African mask making and dance day. They used acrylic paint to create a dotty, symmetrical pattern on the wooden masks provided. After they had dried, they did a dance warm up, followed by learning a traditional African dance using the masks to authentic music. Later in the afternoon, parents/carers were invited to come in and enjoy the final performance. It was performed in class groups first and then as a year group.  Our parents enjoyed the dance and we all really enjoyed the day as it was so different.


    Joseph, Albert, Willow and Amelia in Y6

    For more photos, look on the Y6 Arts page

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  • Y2 - Visit to Milton Keynes Museum

    Published 05/02/20

    The Year 2 children (and staff and parent helpers) had a very enjoyable and worthwhile trip to Milton Keynes Museum on Monday 3rd February to support their learning on 'People of the Past'. Their favourite parts of the trip included the transport hall, the old fashioned games and the piano that played all on its own! They are now building upon this learning in class.






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  • Posting our letters to Australia

    Published 29/01/20

    On Tuesday 28th January, four of our students went off to post our letters to Australia for DPS. 

    It is important that our children are aware of school local and world events and we have focused on the tragic events in Australia as part of whole school assemblies and class work. The children have been really committed to supporting, albeit in a relatively small way, by choosing an audience for a letter, and then writing their thoughts unaided. The final letters were displayed and sent to fire fighters, WWF, Red Cross Australia, Schools, Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough.

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  • Year 3 and 4 Performance - 2019

    Published 19/12/19

    The show consisted of signing and some very imaginative poems read by the children. 

    To begin with, we had some lovely singing from all four classes in turn. They all really tried to project their voices and you could see they had practised to make it a brilliant event for their adults/carers. The poem that described what it was like to wrap a Christmas present was extremely funny and very well delivered by year 3. Year 4 also pulled no punches, they sang with passion and it was a great occasion to witness. 


    Well done Y3 & event to remember!

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  • Year 1 and 2 Performance

    Published 18/12/19

    It was an amazing run for this production in 2019. The performance sizzled from start to finish.  

    With 4 renditions of this very popular nativity show, we think our children at DPS did themselves proud this Christmas. Throughout the performance there were memorable contributions from both year groups and the production and costumes were on point. 

    Special mention to the three judges that remembered lots of lines and delivered the comedy as if they were pros. When leaving the school hall, I actually heard a parent say ' I would have paid to see that', which just shows how highly rated the show was by the adults watching.........

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