The Nursery has undergone a makeover designed to freshen and modernise the décor. It’s a lovely space to be in and we love the result. The cooler, calming colours used really help to make the children’s vibrant artwork and our resources ‘pop’!
It’s Christmas! What child doesn’t enjoy this wonderful time of the year and Park School Nursery children are no exception.
Over the past month, the children have been getting into the festive spirit through a number of themed activities, including making Christmas cards. They enjoyed little trips out to the post box to post their cards.
A Christmas play is a lovely way to engage the children, helping especially to build confidence. This year we chose ‘The Nativity’ by Niki Davis and we have had a great time learning the songs and lines for the production.
On Tuesday 4th December, our very excited Maples (pre-school) group got dressed up and, after making sure we had the right number of shepherds, kings, angels, a star and a Mary and Joseph, they performed the show, dancing and beautifully singing their hearts out. The Park School hall was packed full of proud parents and family members. The nursery children were amazing and their confidence shone through.
Following the performance, just to raise the excitement levels a little more, we had a very special surprise guest. Father Christmas popped in to see us – of course all of our children are on the ‘nice list’ this year!
Christmas has well and truly arrived at Park School Nursery.
On Monday 15th October, Park School Nursery got into the party spirit as we held the first of our 10th anniversary celebrations. The children dressed-up for the occasion and we had a very special birthday party, complete with music, dancing and lots of laughter!
No birthday party would be complete without cake and we were thrilled to be treated to celebratory cupcakes made especially for us by one of our lovely parents. We also held a dance competition, which was a particular highlight of the party and the children enthusiastically joined in.
We all had a great time together and are looking forward to continuing our celebrations. There are going to be many different events over the course of the school year and we’re also helping Park School celebrate its 90th anniversary.
Exciting times ahead for all of us, watch this space!
Park School Nursery children cooked-up a delicious batch of soup over the Harvest Festival season, which was to be served to Bournemouth’s homeless community and those in need of a warm nutritious meal, especially as the colder weather sets in.
Nursery Manager, Rebecca Mellowes said: “The children were excited to be spending the day making soup and each generously bought in a selection of wholesome food items for use. After spending some time learning about each of the vegetables and choosing their favourite, they moved on to the task of cutting and chopping. Under careful guidance, the children were able to prepare some of the vegetables for the large saucepan ready to cook the soup.
“Martin, the school chef, was on hand to ensure the soup was well balanced with lots of different ingredients. The children were able to help stir the soup and once it was cooked, they helped use the blender for the final mix. We feel it is important, even at such a young age, to get children involved in activities that teach them the importance of helping others.”
The soup was made for the Boscombe Salvation Army’s soup kitchen. It was freshly delivered to them on Friday afternoon to be given to the homeless people of Bournemouth on their regular Friday evening soup run.
What a great learning activity to share as we teach the children to have gratitude for all that they have and to give back to the local community.
Celebrating another fantastic year of achievement, Park School pupils joined with the children and staff of Park School Nursery for an end of term picnic.
The school playground was bedecked with bunting made by the children and with picnic blankets in place, the party began. The school chef made a very special cake to mark two significant occasions, the 90th birthday of the school and the 10th anniversary of the nursery.
Everyone enjoyed spending time together, having fun with friends and playing in the sunshine. It was a time to say goodbye and thank you to the Year 6 pupils and those in Pre-School who are leaving Park School to move on to the next stage of their learning journey, as well as saying hello to the summer holidays (of course, the nursery will remain open during this period!).
We’ve shared a great year together and have so much to look forward to in the Autumn when the exciting birthday celebrations are set to continue.
The Pre-School children of Park School Nursery were in fine tune as they performed this year’s Summer Show to families, friends and Park School pupils and teachers.
Through music and dancing, the Show looked back on an eventful year at the nursery and all that the children have enjoyed learning and participating in. This included visits from the Fire Brigade and other ‘People Who Help Us’, making delicious soup for the Salvation Army to give out at their soup kitchen, finding mini-beasts in the new Nursery garden and getting ready for many new adventures as they transition to school. Each memory was accompanied by a song, which the children beautifully sang their hearts out to.
We are extremely proud of each and every one of them and wish our little stars a bright and happy future as they move into their new reception classes!
Inspectors did not make any recommendations for areas in which the School might improve
We’re delighted to announce the results of Park School’s exceptionally successful ISI Compliance Inspection. Both the school and nursery have met all the criteria set out in the Independent School Standards Regulations and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The Inspectors visited Park on 23 and 24 May to undertake a full Compliance Inspection. They observed every aspect of School life including analysing the curriculum, observing lessons, chatting to pupils both generally and over lunch and interviewing pupils throughout the School. They also attended after-school clubs and held discussions with staff, with members of the Senior Leadership Team and with the School Board. Additionally, they analysed all parental and pupil feedback.
The inspector’s feedback was excellent across all areas of the School. During the two-day visit the School was assessed against 450 Primary School Standards and more than 70 EYFS standards in 8 different categories. These categories are listed below:
1. Quality of education provided
2. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
3. Welfare, health and safety of pupils
4. Suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors
5. Premises of and accommodation at schools
6. Provision of information
7. Manner in which complaints are handled
8. Quality of leadership in and management of schools
The School is judged to actively promote the well-being of pupils, and in relation to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, enables pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Commenting on Park School’s successful inspection, Headteacher Melanie Dowler said: “I am delighted that every standard has been met. The hard work of everyone in the School and Nursery has been acknowledged in this thorough inspection process and report. It is only by the whole School community working together that we can ensure all the children in our care receive the best educational opportunities. Opportunities which enable each individual to be the very best they can be.
“I am extremely proud that the School’s achievements to date have been acknowledged and am excited that our future plans are going to be developed on a strong foundation.”
In celebration of Park School Nursery’s 10th anniversary, a fun-filled morning was enjoyed by all at our Open Day on Saturday 28th April. To mark the occasion, families from across Bournemouth and Poole joined staff for the unveiling of our new outdoor learning facilities, featuring a mud kitchen, wooden play houses, a sand-pit and climbing ship!
Coffee and celebratory cupcakes were served throughout the morning and there was a whole host of activities to keep the children entertained, including face painting, a treasure hunt, craft activities and the chance for them to explore the new garden. Current and prospective parents were also offered the opportunity to meet the Park School team and get to know the nursery.
Nursery Manager, Rebecca Mellowes commented: “We’re thrilled with the turn-out at last weekend’s Open Day and the positivity we have received from parents surrounding the launch of our very special new garden. Our vision is of ‘a school full of smiles’ and that was certainly the case on Saturday! Having once been a pupil here at Park School, it was an honour to set up and open the nursery back in 2008. Since then it has become a thriving and vibrant environment, both inside and out. We’ve been able to create a setting that has a real focus on outdoor learning and discovery, allowing children to experience and interact with nature every day.”
Park School Headteacher, Melanie Dowler added: “This is an important year for Park School, not only is it the nursery’s 10th anniversary, but we are also celebrating 90 years since the school was established. We have built a strong reputation over the years for excellence in the education of young children and we are pleased to be able to offer early years education to children as young as two. Our nursery is an exciting place for children to learn and grow and we have a fantastic team of dedicated staff whose passion is to create a wonderful nurturing environment. It was a pleasure for us to welcome families to join with us in our celebrations and explore the exceptional facilities we have to offer here at Park School.”