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22 March


Our new Sandgate Primary Art Exhibition Space is up in the main corridor, leading off from the School Reception area and it looks amazing already! The idea of the ‘space’ is to celebrate a range of the finished art that children have enjoyed taking part in around the school from Foundation stage to Year 6.  We will be regularly updating this area and displaying new new art work; including ceramics, sewing, sculpture, felt art, drawings, paintings, etchings  and other inspiring creations.

Each child whose 2D works have been chosen has written a little about the drawings and paintings they have produced, describing what inspired them, which artist influenced their work and what skills they were developing and so on. These descriptions have been typed up and are displayed next to each art work.

We know you will enjoy viewing these. With Parents’ evenings approaching, this is an ideal for time for you to enjoy viewing this sample of the wonderfully imaginative work the children have recently created. We congratulate the children whose works have been chosen for the first exhibition:

Isaac (Armadillos), Scarlett (Wolves), Niamh (Meerkats), Tom (Monkeys), Ryan  (Wolves), Ethan (Armadillos), Nyla (Giraffes),

Theo (Armadillos), Molly (Koalas), Eve (Kangaroos), Peter (Giraffes), Ali (Armadillos), Issi (Armadillos), Victoria (Rhinos),

Garrett (Rhinos), Elliot (Wolves), Alannah (Wolves), Praveen (Meerkats), Juliet (Monkeys), Amelia (Monkeys).

A couple of examples of what our resident artists have said about the inspirations for their art pieces:

‘I used shading, smudging and observation skills. I was inspired by WW2 and we used charcoal because of the black out.’(Isaac) 

‘It was really difficult to make a white piece of paper so dark, it took a lot of hard work.  It took a lot of patience to make my picture in the style used by Paul Nash.’  (Alannah)

16 March


Last Thursday, we were really lucky to have a return visit from two Scientists from the University of Kent – an Astrophysicist and a Chemist.

They delighted our Year 4, 5 and 6 children in a ‘Cool Physics’ show , put on in the Main Hall, which focused on all the wonderful things that can be done with Liquid Nitrogen- every schoolboy and girl’s dream! 

Here is a selection of the action in full flow. Who can you spot with their head in the clouds?! . . .

We would like to extend a special thank you to The University of Kent.


06 March

Year 3 will Rock you!!!!

Today, Year 3 attended the ‘School of Rock’ and were treated to a workshop from Rock Steady Music School.

21 February
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09 February
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09 February
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Although Mr James has turned down many invitations to the take part in the ‘Great Pottery Throw Down’, Miss Thomas (Art Leader) invited in Annie Begley who is a professional ceramic sculpture… The Wolves made some beautiful examples of Roman pottery.

07 February
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This year for Safer Internet Day 2017,we were thinking about the power of an image. Image and video sharing are powerful tools of communication, self-expression and creativity, but there can be pressures, risks and potential negative consequences. We need to ensure children have the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos safely and creatively. We thought about real and fake images as well as the power of the emoji.

06 February


On Tuesday 31st January, we held our second of this year’s three Art Enrichment Days here at Sandgate Primary School.

The themes for this special day were ‘Journeys’, ‘Making a Change’ and ‘Humanity’, with a focus on the values we all share. We talked, as a Whole School, about the experiences of the journeys taken by refugees and migrants, who have fled their own countries due to conflicts happening there. The children gained a better understanding into the terminology of ‘refugee’, ‘migrant, ‘immigrant’ and ‘asylum’. These are terms that are used a lot in our World today and we felt it important that children understand what these mean.

We were very fortunate to have two fabulous visitors in our school to launch the project. We welcomed Alex Ntung, who had to leave his own country of Congo and, later, Rwanda and came to this country over 10 years ago as an asylum seeker himself and is now settled in the UK, working in education, careers guidance and international development. He was joined by Dr. Jonathan Barnes, a former Headteacher and Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University, who also visits many schools around the country to work together with schools on themes of values, the arts and global citizenship.

Alex and Jonathan led two very well-received Key Stage Assemblies on Tuesday, focusing on what is meant by ‘Umbuntu’ ( it means ‘Shared values and Humanity’ in Zulu and many African languages). They also led workshops across the school, including Djembe drumming and Watercolour Master-classes.

The children were immersed in Art related to the themes and much of this will be displayed in the Main Hall and Small Hall after the mid- term break.

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09 January


On Monday 9th January, we celebrated  EPIPHANY, the ‘Feast of The Three Kings’ (which is actually on 6th January) and the end of the Christmas season at St. George’s Church, on the invitation of the Reverend Kate McNeice.

Kate usually comes into school every Thursday to lead assemblies and on this occasion we decided to hold our assembly at our nearest church, where Kate leads Sunday services. It was a great opportunity for the children to sing the Christmas carols they have been learning to the Whole school community, including many of our parents, in two separate Key Stage assemblies. The songs included ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’, ‘We Three Kings’, ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’, ‘The Zither Carol’, ‘It was on a Starry Night’ and ‘Villancico de Gloria’( A Spanish Flamenco Christmas Carol). The children sang beautiful.

Thank you to all the parents who attended and also to Kate for leading the assembly and making us so welcome.








We always welcome visits and talks about the range of major world faiths that our children study within their R.E. curriculum. If you are able to come in and talk about your faith to a class, year group or larger group of children, we will be very happy to have you in school. Please contact Mr Sharp (R.E. leader) if you are interested.

14 December
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Thank you for all your support with costumes and learning lines. I am sure you will all agree that the children did a fantastic job during both performances.


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