Code club, led by Mr Richard Hayler, have been busy building a robot to enter the annual PiWars competition.  On 1st April, members of the team headed to Cambridge University for the event.  A detailed report of this amazing challenge is given in this week's newsletter, but we want to congratulate Richard and all the members of Code Club for their fantastic achievement - third place overall!  As Richard says in his report, this was an amazing effort, Cranmere was one of only 3 Primary Schools in the event and the two top places went to sixth form engineering colleges.  Do check the newsletter for more details - there is a link to a short video of the event where you can see how well the team performed.  Well done to:  Ewan, Eshan, Matthew, Flynn, Ozzy, Daniel, Luca, Ralph, Josh and George.

Following on from the art work that our children produced from our David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Project, we are pleased to announce that out of the many schools that took part, we were awarded runner up!

This is an amazing result, especially when Cranmere was one of only two state schools shortlisted. There was some very strong competition but our holistic and creative approach to the project, coupled with an excellent video presentation, put us in very close competition with the winners.

We were awarded a trophy, certificate and a year’s paid adoption of a protected rhino in Africa. Our Cranmere group met and had their photograph taken with Richard Shepherd CBE FRSA FGRA, who is a British artist and one of the world's most outspoken conservationists.

The whole school community should feel very proud indeed. I would like to take this opportunity to give big thanks to Mrs Etheridge, Mrs Parkhouse and Miss Evans who set up our art work in the museum for judging. Whole thanks also to Mrs Durden, who very graciously drove most of the work up to the museum for us. I would also like to convey my thanks to Mrs Bentallah, who also offered to drive the art work to the museum. And finally, thanks also to go to Mrs Flynn and Mrs Finch who escorted Miss Evans and two of our children to the event via public transport. Last but not least, I would like Mrs Murphy and Mrs Thornton efforts during this whole project to be recognised, especially the huge amount of organisational skills that Mrs Murphy employed to ensure that our participation in the finals went as smoothly as it could. We hope to be following its progress over the year.

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Cranmere Primary hosted a National Heritage Blue Plaque on Tuesday 21st February.

This Blue Plaque has been placed on our school building in recognition of the site being the former home of British racing driver John Cobb.

The BBC news covered the event (and there was a great write up in the Surrey Advertiser). Former world land speed record holder, Richard Noble, unveiled the plaque itself.  Richard Noble also gave a talk to children and visitors which entertained and enthralled us all.

Our children behaved beautifully on the day, drawing many positive comments from our visitors.  They were equally impressed with the childrens' display of artwork which was on display to mark the event.

Thank you to all who attended and made it such a memorable day.  If you were not able to come along then do take a look at the picture gallery instead.

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The children have been taking part in an art competition run by The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. It began with an exciting assembly introducing the children to endangered animals and the special work the charity does to save lives of millions of animals. Each class had an art workshop led and then created their own art exhibitions which are on display at the front of the school. The artwork will be entered into the competition which could see the work displayed at the National History Museum. Each year group has produced a fantastic art display, including 3D art and poetry, showing Cranmere has a wide range of artisitc talents.

The link below opens up a picture gallery showing just a small sample of the children's work.

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Dominic Raab was very impressed when he came to meet our school councillors recently.  Our councillors are very proud of their new school and really enjoyed showing it off to Dominic Raab, MP on his visit. The school council quizzed Dominic about what his job entailed and his experiences at school. It was a great learning experience for them all.

Quotes from Scarlett and Eshan about Dominic's visit included:

"It was interesting to meet an MP" , "We loved to hear what he thought about our school and what it was like to work at the Houses of Parliament" and " We learnt that you do not get lost easily at the Houses of Parliament because there are two different colours of carpet: Green for the House of Commons and red for the house of Lords." 

 

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There was much excitement today amongst the children, staff, Governors and families of Cranmere Primary and Nursery School in Arran Way, Esher as their new school building was officially opened by Vice-Chair of Surrey County Council,  Mr Nicholas Skellett CBE with the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Tania Shipley and her consort Mr Nigel Shipley in attendance.   It was a truly momentous occasion with the children cheering with flags waving to celebrate the unveiling of their plaque.
We feel extremely privileged to learn and work in such a wonderful building and environment with such exceptional facilities.  The spacious and brightly coloured school has been well received by the whole school community and our children thoroughly enjoy coming to school every day.  Both Mr Skellett and Councillor Shipley were enthralled by the new school building and facilities which will provide many enhanced learning opportunities to take place.  We are extremely fortunate to have an extensive woodland area which will be used to support an outdoors curriculum and a full size Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).
I am particularly excited by the opening of our first ever Nursery which offers high quality early education to children aged 2 to 4 years old, giving an excellent start to their school readiness.  All of our Early Years children were present for the opening and their excitement was contagious.
 
We are focused on offering excellent learning experiences through a creative and challenging curriculum to all our children that encourages children to aspire to achieve high both emotionally and academically. We have forged positive links with Esher High to support and extend curriculum learning opportunities as well as prepare our children for the next stage of their learning journeys in Year 7.  We are continuing to foster and strengthen many other educational and community links to the advantage and benefit of our children.
We are currently offering tours to prospectus parents and welcome queries regarding our school and facilities.  For further details please contact our school office 02083985580 or see information on our website  www.cranmereprimary.org .uk