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WINSHAM SCHOOL
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The millennium year coincides with the 150th anniversary of the school in its present building. Many events took place to celebrate this event, during the Street Fair the pupils, dressed in costume, took part in Victorian lessons, whilst visitors were able to browse at the historical items on display. Many older visitors found their names in the School Register and examined entries in the Punishment Book.

The school held a 150th Birthday party, the children dressed in Victorian clothes and had a whole school photograph taken as a souvenir of the event. The children learnt many music hall songs which were performed for the parents and the old school bell which had been silent for many years was repaired and is now in daily use. The final school celebration was the planting of an oak tree in the school field, whilst the Parish Council marked the historical year by presenting all the pupils with a Millennium mug.
The school supported various village events through exhibiting at the Horticultural Show, Flower Festival and Art Exhibition. A display of the
children's art work brightened the Social Services Office and many children took part in producing two clay monsters to adorn the walls of a new garden at Chard Hospital.

   The children paraded around the village on various occasions, dressed as book characters to celebrate World Book Day, displaying magnificent Easter Bonnets and as poor Victorian scholars.

The school and Playgroup combined for several activities, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Harvest Festival and a cultural event when the school children dressed in the colours of the Zambian Flag joined with the nursery children for a presentation of Afro-Caribbean stories and music performed by a theatre group.



Winsham School hosted a visit from St Aloysius School from the heart of London, this was a cultural experience for all. Closer to home Preston Primary School in Yeovil played host to Winsham pupils so they could taste life in one of the county's largest primary schools. Travelling further afield initial steps have been taken to twin with a similar sized school in Northern France, the Headteachers of the respective schools have visited their counterparts villages and the children are corresponding with drawings, photographs and writing.

Winsham school collaborates with other small schools in the locality for staff in-service and sporting events such a football, unihoc, rounders, swimming gala and a special event for 2000 was the Millennium Olympics Sports Day for all the junior aged pupils.

The junior children travelled to London for the day to visit the Millennium Dome, they were amazed by its size for most of the village could be fitted under the roof. The younger children travelled to Minehead on a steam train for their special outing.

The whole school ended the Summer term with a visit to Charmouth, with the older children walking seven miles of the coastal footpath from Chideock to Charmouth.

The school was inspected by the Office for Standards in Education and were pleased with the improvements made since the previous visit. They were particularly pleased with the school's community involvement, extra curricular activities, the organisation of the school, parental and Governor involvement, the pupils attitude to work and the team spirit of the staff. When they next visit they wish to see a further improvement in mathematics and science.

The school is supported by a conscientious Governing Body and an active Parents and Friend association which fund raises through events such as the Christmas Tea Shop and Spring Fair to purchase extra equipment and sponsor treats such as the Christmas Party.


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