We welcome a range of visitors into school and encourage parent involvement to support children in their learning and character development. Charity representatives inspire our school community to engage in social action and to be courageous advocates for change in our local, national and global communities. Other visitors include writers, artists, naturalists, scientists and musicians. 2018/2019 highlights:

The Royal Marines led Mini Marines Day on our school grounds for our Year 6 children and their peers from other schools. New friendships were formed as the children tested themselves in a reconnaissance exercise and developed resilience through tackling the Commando’s bespoke 60 metre inflatable assault course.

Miss Natasha Dance School led a Street Dance workshop as part of our enrichment curriculum. Following its success, Year 5 and 6 children continued Street Dance as part of their PE provision.

Mrs Cahn joined assembly to share her experiences of the Rickshaw Challenge with a personalised video message for the children from the BBC’s Matt Baker. Subsequently the School Council Bake Sale raised £41.50 for Children in Need.

Steve Manning enhanced topic work in Pippin Class through his storytelling about the famous explorer, Scott, in role as of a member of the team from the voyage to Antarctica.

Xtreme Falconry, the bird of prey display team, visited Pippin Class to share an Owl Extravaganza to round off their class topic

Iain Green, a wildlife photographer, led ‘Wildlife Wonders Photography Day’ based on the book ‘The Lost Words’. After receiving tips, children of all ages worked in groups around our grounds to capture their best images.

Imogen Hovil made a presentation to Orchard Class about learning the cello.

Liz Rutter and Charlie Portlock shared news of Tara, our sponsored pupil at our link school in Nepal. The children learned Nepalese greetings and compared school life in Thorncombe and Ghale Gaun. The School Council later discussed ideas to continue this worthwhile partnership which has been running for 14 years.

School in a Bag led an assembly following the children’s fundraising for the charity which linked to activities in PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education).