Norfolk Summer Games 2018

Posted on June 21st, 2018

On Monday the netball team took part in the Summer Games, representing West Norfolk in the small schools competition at the UEA Sportspark. The 16 teams were divided into 4 pools and played each other, the top 2 teams then went into another 2 pools for the Cup competition.

Having played very well we finished top in the first round and moved on into the second pool with Banham, Alpington and Rocklands. The sun came out but unlike last year there was a pleasant breeze and everyone was enjoying the event.

We continued the good work after lunch, winning our matches against Alpington and Rocklands. This left Banham, who were very strong and, despite trying our hardest, we lost our only match of the day, 2-1, meaning they won the pool and we finished 2nd.

Though disappointed, they had played their best and could do no more, but we still had one more match to go 3rd/4th play-off, which the children were determined to win.

By this time the sun had come out and the breeze had dropped, it was hot. Their commitment and resolution was fantastic…they wanted a medal and they got it.

It was a great day. They played as one, they supported and encouraged each other and were rewarded.

Well done to Thomas, Meisha, Kadence, Joshua, Taylor, Ben, Gracie and Nina

Miss Leftley

Dogs Trust visit

Posted on June 15th, 2018

All pupils enjoyed a visit from Jo Goodman from the Dogs Trust today as part of their ‘Be Dog Smart’ week. Jo talked to the children about how to behave safely around dogs, including advice about not approaching dogs to stroke them when they are eating or sleeping, and how to react if a dog approaches you off the lead.

The sessions were full of really useful child-friendly tips and advice and we are very grateful to Jo for coming to educate us all. The Dogs Trust have a website that is very informative so for further information please click on the link below:

Mrs Strudwick


Quad Kids superstars!

Posted on June 15th, 2018

On Friday 8th (Years 5/6) and Thursday 14th (Years 3/4) June, five boys and five girls from each group went to KES in King’s Lynn to take part in a Quad Kids competition. It was the first time that the cluster had organised such an event, which consisted of each child competing in a sprint, an endurance run, a mini javelin throw and a standing long jump.

As always, our children gave 100% and were extremely determined, which was rewarded by some very good performances. In addition, they were also very supportive of each other during their races, offering encouragement by running alongside their peers.

Sandringham finished 5th (Y5/6) and 3rd (Y3/4) respectively, being beaten only by large schools such as North/South Wootton and Terrington St Clement.

They were both super evenings and we are all very proud of the children. Thank you to them and their parents for their support.

Miss Leftley

Hunstanton trip – beach, bakery and beautiful sea creatures!

Posted on June 14th, 2018

A wonderful day out was had by Reception and years 3 and 4  on Tuesday 12th June, with our trip to Hunstanton. Children enjoyed time at the rock pool and in the aquarium at the Sealife centre, followed by lunch on the beach and games. Year 3 and 4 also made beach sculptures and had a really interesting time at Mr Bun the Baker, finding out about life as a baker and even making their own doughnuts. Read all about it in the Hunstanton town guide, link below.

Mrs Gardener



Calculation cafe

Posted on June 7th, 2018

Today, the whole school got involved with problem-solving by inviting parents and governors to a maths cafe. Each class had a very fun problem-solving task to crack and it was enjoyed by all!

A big thank-you to all the parents and governors who managed to come by.

Mrs Reddey

Forest School comes to Sandringham and West Newton!

Posted on June 7th, 2018

We are delighted to be embarking on a new initiative for us at Sandringham and West Newton…Forest School! Our weekly sessions, which will involve all children from Reception to Year 4, will be taking place in our school wood and will include activities such as building shelters, tree rubbing and identification, making  birds nests, whittling tent pegs and campfire cooking.

This week our Reception children made bracelets left by the ‘Forest Fairies’, learned how to carry and use secateurs safely in order to clear undergrowth, and investigated the new Forest Swing! Next week we will be learning to put up a shelter.

All sessions will be led by Lee Scarisbrick of Evolve Forest School, and we would like to thank him for an exciting introductory  this week.

Mrs Strudwick




Royal Wedding celebrations!

Posted on May 25th, 2018

We were busy with our own Royal Wedding celebrations last Friday at school. Everyone was invited to come to school wearing red, white and blue and during Collective Worship all pupils had the chance to admire each other’s outfits, before taking part in Mrs Strudwick’s ‘Royal Wedding Trivia Quiz’!

A morning of fun activities based around the Royal Wedding followed and during the afternoon we all enjoyed a picnic on the field together.

Mrs Strudwick

May 25th 2018

West Norfolk Netball Champions!!

Posted on May 25th, 2018

Well Done!

To our netball team who qualified today at KES, as West Norfolk Champions, to take part in the County Finals at Norwich UEA, Sports park next month. Despite several schools dropping out, swirling winds, a slippery surface and a very light ball, they all played to the final whistle of each extended match, finishing in first place.


Miss Leftley

May 23rd 2018

Rogation Walk 2018

Posted on May 11th, 2018

The weather last Friday, May 4th, was perfect for our annual Rogation walk. Father Jonathan and Father Paul joined us in the playground, along with a large gathering of enthusiastic parents, family members and friends.

Before we set off Father Jonathan reminded us about the origins of the Rogation walk and said a prayer. He led us into the park and our first stop was at the Estate Office where Mr Woods, The Head Gardener joined us. It’s always really interesting to listen to Mr Woods as he knows so much about each and every tree and plant within the gardens of Sandringham House, and this year was no exception. We visited our favourite tree, the ‘Thumping Tree’, and everybody took part in the annual ‘thump’! After that we wandered along to the lake and were delighted that there were so many fish to be seen…possibly encouraged by the large bucket of food that Mr Woods had brought along! Many of the children had the opportunity to feed the fish and I have never seen so many huge Carp in my seven years of Rogation walks!

Everybody was fascinated by the fish and we lingered at the lake before winding our way up to the grass maze in front of Sandringham House.

In a break from tradition the walk took place in the afternoon this year, and after exploring the maze it was time to head back towards school in order to return in time for the end of the school day. Mr Woods led us through a beautiful shaded area with a shallow stream running through it and we all joined in with the Lord’s Prayer before walking back to school.

We are very grateful to Father Jonathan, Father Paul and Mr Woods for accompanying us, and also to all our family and friends…we hope you enjoyed your afternoon!

Mrs Strudwick

May 11th 2018

KS2 visit Snettisham Church for a morning of beautiful music

Posted on May 4th, 2018

This morning Years 3, 4 and 5 were lucky enough to travel to the wonderful church at Snettisham to listen to a short concert by the violinist, Joo Yeon Sir and pianist Irina Andrievsky. Joo Yeon has visited us at school on several occasions and we are always completely absorbed by her beautiful playing, so it was an added bonus for us to hear Joo Yeon play with her friend Irina too.

Joo Yeon played a little of the music that we’ve heard her perform before (for example, ‘The Lark Ascending’ by the famous English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams) but of course this time she was accompanied by the piano and the acoustics are very different in the church. After each piece Joo Yeon asked different children for their thoughts about the music and talked about the different techniques she used to play her violin too. The music ranged from the serene and peaceful ‘Lark Ascending’ to a wonderful arrangement of music from Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’, which was really energetic and jazzy in places and had the children moving in the pews!

Joo Yeon has established a real rapport with our school and it was lovely to see our children’s obvious delight at meeting her once again.

The church was packed this morning  with children from other local schools as well as people connected to the church. We would like to thank Classical Music Rocks for facilitating our visit and we look forward to the next time Joo Yeon is able to visit us again at Sandringham and West Newton.

Mrs Strudwick

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Headteacher: Jane Gardener

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