Fantastic sporty morning for KS1 at Active Kids Festival

Posted on February 19th, 2018

KS1 class has an amazing sporty morning at Lynnsport’s Active kids festival on Monday morning. They were taking part with pupils from Flitcham Primary Academy and were organised into 3 mixed groups for a rotation of activities, that kept them busy all morning. They enjoyed running, jumping and team games, but by far the most popular were the parachute games. A great time was had by all and the school received a pack of resources to use back in school, along with certificates for every child taking part.


 Mrs Gardener February 19th 2018

Active Kids festival Fun

‘A King’s Ransom’ workshop

Posted on January 26th, 2018

Yesterday afternoon we had a visit from the artistic team responsible for producing ‘A King’s Ransom’, an opera written specifically for KS2 aged children and set in Sherwood Forest, home to the legendary Robin Hood. The opera is being performed next week in Norwich and we are lucky enough to have been selected to take part as an ‘Audience School’.

During the workshop yesterday, after some fun warm-up activities, Genevieve, the Artistic Director told us a little about the story whilst Gethin, a professional opera singer involved with the project, sang some of the songs during the storytelling. We were all spellbound by Gethin’s beautiful rich voice, accompanied by the amazing Musical Director, Tom, on the piano!

After this synopsis we worked in groups to produce our own short operas. The children had to think of a scenario, decide how it could be dramatised and then present their ideas to Tom, who conjured up some dramatic music to accompany the drama. Each group performed their short piece to the other group, who were encouraged to guess the storyline. The whole activity was engaging and great fun.

Finally we listened as Gethin and Tom taught us the song that we will be singing in Norwich next week. The children listened carefully and sang well, learning the song in under  ten minutes. Gethin was really impressed with the children’s ability to learn the tune so quickly and, as they were leaving, all three professionals complimented the children on their overall participation and musicality.

I have posted pictures from yesterday’s workshop below, and will publish a further report when we have performed in Norwich next week. Well done everyone!

Mrs Strudwick

Parent Forum and Literacy Cafe

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

Friday January 12th was a morning of ‘firsts’ for us at Sandringham and West Newton Primary School. We held our first ‘Parent Forum’ in the Village Hall, and were delighted that a large group of parents were able to join Mrs Gardener, Mr Wood (Chair of Governors), Mr Franklin (Parent Governor) and myself for the opportunity to ask questions, and discuss anything related to school. Obviously some parents were unable to attend because of other commitments and the minutes were circulated later in the day to all parents via Parentmail. Everyone present agreed that it was a positive meeting and definitely something that should become a regular feature in our calendar.

After the Forum most parents joined their children in their classes to take part in our first whole-school Literacy Cafe. It was lovely to see how excited the children were that their parents were able to work alongside them. There was an extremely productive atmosphere within all classrooms and the hour flew by! This term we are focusing particularly on presentation, punctuation and handwriting (PPH) and we hope that our parents found it useful to be able to put this into context within the classroom.

Mrs Strudwick

Pop Up Christmas Choir Performs at Park House and Sandringham Tea Shop

Posted on December 28th, 2017

Huge congratulations to the Pop Up Christmas Choir, ably led by Mrs Strudwick, who gave performances to the residents at Park House and also the visitors at the Sandringham tea shop on Monday 18th December. The children sang beautifully and received many compliments, as well as some lovely goody bags from the tea shop.

Xmas Pop Up Choir


Mrs Gardener December 2017

Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner!

Posted on December 15th, 2017

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…’ Well it certainly was yesterday when everyone wore their Christmas jumpers to school (in support of ‘Save the Children’) and we enjoyed our traditional Christmas lunch altogether in the Village Hall. A huge thank you to all the lunchtime staff for preparing the dining hall for us and to the rest of the staff for serving lunch to all the children.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mrs Strudwick


A King’s Ransom

Posted on December 7th, 2017

‘A King’s Ransom’ is an opera written for KS2 children, with music composed by Patrick Hawes, and is based on the legend of Robin Hood. It is being premiered in Norwich in February 2018 and we are delighted to have been selected to take part as an Audience School. Prior to the performance in Norwich, a group of our KS2 children will be taking part in a workshop at school run by Tom Floyd (Music Director) and Genevieve Raghu (Stage Director) which will involve drama activities exploring ‘A King’s Ransom’, learning about what an opera is and learning some music from the opera.

We are really looking forward to the opportunity to become involved in an opera…watch this space for more information and pictures!

Mrs Strudwick

December  2017

Sports Hall Athletics Competition at Lynnsport

Posted on December 7th, 2017


Lynnsport, Tuesday December 5th

Today Miss Leftley took 12 children from years 5/6, 6 girls and 6 boys, to the West Norfolk Small Schools Athletics Competition at Lynnsport.  It comprised of some familiar events such as; throwing the javelin, chest throwing a weighted ball, standing long jump, vertical jump and relays, along with some unfamiliar ones; triple jump, bounce jumps and an obstacle race for good measure.  The children embraced these events and refused to give in, even when things didn’t go as they had hoped, supporting and cheering each other on, and their smiles and enjoyment of the day were reflected in their performances.   We knew it was a close race between Denver, Walpole and ourselves as far as track events were concerned, however we didn’t know the results of the field type events, as these were individual ones so it was down to waiting for the announcement.

As we had thought, the top 3 teams were; Walpole 3rd, Denver 2nd with Sandringham finishing 1st, they couldn’t quite believe it, this means we will represent West Norfolk in the Small Schools event at the UEA in February.

It was a fantastic achievement, which we are all very proud of.  Well done to all of our athletes and a huge thank you to Miss Leftley and Mrs Underwood for accompanying and supporting the team.

Rugby Triumph!

Posted on November 16th, 2017

In 2016 with an adhoc team and short notice we were invited to enter the West Norfolk Rugby School Sport Partnership (SSP) tournament, in our PE kits, we came second to last. We were stirred by this and felt we could do better and so The Sandringham & West Newton School Rugby Team was duly created.

However, this year with our new professional kit there was a worry that we were ‘all kit and no idea’ that’s how smart we looked – thanks to Bespoke Norfolk LTD who sponsored our rugby kit. But, this year not only did we look the part – we WON! We won ALL the games and our team came away with the GOLD medals.

It was such a TEAM effort every one of our team scored a ‘try’.

Thank you so much to Stewart Parris (rugby coach) who freely volunteered his time to coach the team pre / mid and post-matches on Friday 10th November. And Mrs James who helped transport players to and from the West Norfolk Rugby Club.

I have to say the buzz in the playground upon the teams return, was just immeasurable!

Fridays Rugby Team included: Giovanni, Henry, Josh, Lilly, Niamh, Stanley, Thomas and Tyler.


 Additional details available on SSP website: and details will be in the Lynn News.

Thank you for  the support of all our wonderful parents.

Mrs Cullum (Niamh’s Mummy)


Remembrance Day 2017

Posted on November 13th, 2017

We were delighted to welcome Flight Sergeant Bill Wells (retired RAF) to school on Friday afternoon to join us in our traditional Act of Remembrance. Bill brought his new young dog, Glenn, with him and this was his first official outing as the Colour Mascot to the Royal British Legion and the 7th Armoured Brigade (Desert Rats).

For a young dog Glenn behaved impeccably throughout the short ceremony and Bill was incredibly proud of him.

Afterwards the children were all given the chance to meet Glenn and  everyone remarked on how good-natured and calm he is.

We are so grateful to Bill for his part in our Act of Remembrance and would also like to thank the huge crowd of family and friends who joined us to pay their respects.

Mrs Strudwick

Head of School

Mayoral Visit for Official Opening of our Wonderful New Room

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

It truly was a case of parent power in action. The Friends PTA asked us what needed doing in school and we spoke about the shared learning/kitchen space being somewhat run down and unloved. Through months of fundraising, followed by a whole summer of transformation, comprising every trade and task, from plumbing to building to decorating to tiling, we came back from the summer holidays to an incredible conversion. Our new multi-purpose space, comprises a kitchen area, learning space, library and even the staff room, which has been moved upstairs has new units and utilities. We even have a new toilet just for Year 3 and 4! All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of everyone that contributed, through fundraising. The school would like to thank everyone involved. We would also like to say a special thank you to these people, who really went above and beyond, spending much of their summer in school working on the project :-

Simon Easter from D and C Easter Builders, Mr and Mrs Allen, Mr Johnson, Mr Sharp of Atelier Associates, Mr Hamilton, Mrs Young, Mr May and Mrs Moreland, Mars for their £3000 grant , Mr Afflitt and of course a huge thank you to Mrs Easter and Mrs May, for all their hard work and coordination of the project.  The Mayor of Kings Lynn, Carole Bower, came to officially open the new facilities on Friday and was very impressed with the transformation. She spent time visiting each class to talk about her work as Mayor and meet the children and then enjoyed a cup of tea in the new room. The PTA will be organising an open afternoon for everyone to come and enjoy cake and a cup of tea in the new space shortly.




Mrs Gardener October 3rd 2017

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Headteacher: Jane Gardener

Secretary: Trish Birrell

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