Upcoming Events

Monday 29th January

12:30 – 16:00 : St. Gabriel’s HA Maths Challenge 
for selected Y4 pupils

13:00 – 15:00 : NO Guitar lessons

12:30 : Liguatastic French Club Y1-Y2
After School…
15:20 – 16:20 : Gardening Club
15:20 – 16:30 : GOL Football
15:30 – 16:15 : Board Games Club  YR, Y1, Y2
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Tuesday 30th January

ALL DAY: Explorer Dome for Y1, Y3, Y4, Y6
Packed Lunch required for Y1, Y3, Y4, Y6

13:00 – 15:00 :  NO Guitar Lessons 

After School…
15:15 – 16:15 : Drumming Lessons
15:20 – 16:20 : Tag Rugby
15:20 – 16:20 : Gardening Club
15:30 – 16:15 : Art & Craft Club  Y3-6
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Wednesday 31st January

11:00 – 15:15 : Piano Lessons
12:00 – 12:30 :  Percussion Club Y6
13:00 – 14:00 : Flute Lessons
After School…
15:30 – 16:30 : Drumming lessons
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Thursday 1st February

09:00 – 15:15 : Y4 Volcanoes & Earthquakes, school hall.

11:00 – 15:15 : Piano Lessons
After School…
15:20 – 16:30 : Hockey Club
15:20 – 16:20 : Drama Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

15:15 – 17:15 : Film Night 

KS1: Trolls Band Together 2023, rated U

KS2: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 2012, rated PG

15:30 :  Netball Match vs Great Binfields away

Friday 2nd February

9:00 – 11:00 : Y6 Height and Weight measurements with school nursing team. 
N.B. please email the school office if you wish to opt-out of this. 

08:30 – 10:00 : Rocksteady band rehearsals
14:30 – 15:00 : Netball Team – training
14:40 – 15:15 : Star of Wonder Assembly
After School…
15:15 – 16:20 : Dodgeball Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Date for your Diary…

Thursday 1st Feb 

FILM NIGHT – collection 5.15pm

details and sign up will be on Arbor from Monday.

KS1:  Trolls Band Together 2023 (rated U)

KS2:  Madagascar 3:  Europe’s Most Wanted (rated PG)

Dates for your Diary…

5th – 9th Feb

International Week

Date for your Diary…

Tuesday 19th March


Details to follow

School Menu

29-Jan to 02-Feb


Cheesy pasta with bread roll,

Fish fingers and diced potatoes,

served with sweetcorn and peas.

Syrup sponge and custard, Ice cream or fruit


Priory pizza,

Chicken curry and rice,

served with sweetcorn and green beans.

Jelly, grapes, or fruit


Vegetable Hot Pot and Yorkshire pudding,

Roast chicken and sage & onion stuffing,

served with roast potatoes, carrots, and roast parsnips.

Apple crumble & custard or fruit.


Jacket potato with cheese & beans

Chicken goujons and vegetable rice with BBQ sauce

served with green beans and sweetcorn.

Pear sponge, ice cream or fruit


Italian veggie Cottage pie,

Breaded fish

served chips, sweetcorn and peas.

Cookies or fruit

Headteacher Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Meal payments and lunchtimes

Thank you parents for ensuring your child’s meal account is credited. Unfortunately there is not a function to set a reminder when the credit is running low on the Arbor account, so please just try to keep an eye on the balance. 

We have seen a reduction in the school hall food waste since introducing the rule that the children have to sit together and eat for at least 15 minutes at lunchtime. Mrs Clitheroe (who has been at The Priory for 30 years this year) and her team work very hard to produce every school meal to a high quality, and it’s good to see this fuelling our learners! 

International Week – food tasters

International Week is coming up in the week commencing Monday 5th February. During the week the teachers have planned activities  

On Friday 9th February, to add a nice flavour to the end of the week, we would like to give the children a chance to taste some food from around the world. 

If any parents have good recipes for international dishes and would be willing to cook (or buy and donate) enough of that dish for a class to have a small taster (not a whole portion), please contact the school office at office@priory.hants.sch.uk


A few reminders regarding parking, I appreciate there are times these situations might be tempting, but:

  • please do not park on the grass verges opposite the school.
  • please always be mindful of blocking in empty spaces in front of the school, every space must be used.
  • please do not pull up at the front entrance to drop children off for school, or collect.
  • please do not park in the staff carpark (just before the back playground)

As mentioned previously, we are working with the Hampshire Travel team to get to the best, and safest solution, so your patience and support with this really is greatly appreciated.

House Points…




News from the Sports Desk…

ATHLETICS:  On Tuesday this week, Mrs Adams and Mrs Selwood accompanied 12 of The Priory’s Athletes as they competed in the Basingstoke Schools Athletics Competition against 5 other local schools. The team took part in a range of heats covering a wide variety of track and field events including; sprints, relays, long jump, triple jump and javelin to name a few. It was a fast-paced afternoon and each of our competitors worked hard and did their very best in both the individual and team events. They all had successes and most of all had fun, supporting each other, and encouraging each other as a team. Mrs Adams and Mrs Selwood were incredibly proud of all of them and never more so as they all awaited the results of the day. As each result was read out in reverse order, the team got more and more excited as we got closer to being in the top 3, second place was read out and by this stage it was obvious that we had won! Everyone erupted into spontaneous cheers as they celebrated their success. They had been absolutely amazing and deserved the win. Above all we were proud of how they had conducted themselves across the entire event – they were an absolute credit to themselves and The Priory school. As well as winning on the day, they have qualified for the Basingstoke finals which will be held in March. Watch this space for future news from our fantastic athletics team.


RUGBY:   Thursday saw the second outing of our dynamic new rugby team. Our squad turned out another great round of rugby performances at Silchester school. An impressive tally of 11 tries scored across 4 challenging games, highlighted how the players worked, attacked and defended hard. On a muddy, wet and slippery pitch, our players really demonstrated their developing skills and it would be fair to say that the standard of play across all of the teams had been upped following the first round. Team ethos and support were as strong as ever, which led to 2 wins, 1 draw and a narrow loss. As always, the parental support was great and our team shone. Well done all, it is a privilege to watch you all grow and improve. We are very proud of you all!


THURSDAY 8th FEBRUARY: GB Gymnast Kelly Sim will be visiting the school.  Please see separate emails on this.  The school will benefit by receiving sports vouchers, raising the profile of sports, health and fitness, being inspired by a world class athlete, and enjoying a collaborative event.  PE Kit to be worn on this day please.


Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Signposting for Family Support …

This week we are providing a bank of resources that are available locally to support you and your family with a range of issues that you may be experiencing. Often we need some help and support and we just do not know where to turn, hopefully some of these sources and agencies could help. Some may require a referral from school which we can help with, a medical professional, such as a GP or school nurse, sometimes a self-referral is needed.


A free health and wellbeing event for all parents, carers and professionals who support and work with children and young people.

This link:   click here  will take you to the full list of dates and venues and you are able to book the workshops that you may wish to attend.


ABOUT US –  The Children’s Wellbeing Service has been commissioned by The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The aim of the service is to support parents and carers of children and young people living in Hampshire who are experiencing distressing or challenging behaviours. Children’s Wellbeing Service works with families to help develop children’s positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing for Year R to Year 7.


ChatHealth text service 

ChatHealth is a confidential text support service for parents, carers, families and young people in Hampshire manned by Southern Health health visitors and school nurses.

There are three ChatHealth services for:

Parents and carers of children under 5 – Text 07520 615720  Opening times: 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday-Friday exc. bank holidays

Parents and carers of children and young people aged 5-19 years – Text 07507 332417  Opening times: 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday-Friday  exc. bank holidays

Young people aged 11-19 – Text 07507 332160 Opening times: 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday-Friday exc. bank holidays

Any text sent outside opening hours will receive an automated message with advice of where to get help if their question is urgent. Out-of-hours texts will be replied to within one working day.



Reporting concerns

Key actions to take if you have a concern that a child is in danger, may suffer harm and maltreatment…


  • If you fear that a child is in immediate danger CALL 999 and report the concern
  • IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS AND YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU SHOULD DO – report your concerns to the DSL and team at school

Alternative options – as a member of the public you can report a concern to Hampshire’s Child Protection Services directly – information about the services is available here – this site provides useful information and learning about a range of abuse as well as what will happen when concerns are reported –


If you are a member of the public and wish to report any welfare/safeguarding concerns DIRECTLY TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES:- you can complete Hampshire’s online form here: online enquiry form

You can report a concern over the telephone and via email –

Phone 0300 555 1384   
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Email childrens.services@hants.gov.uk     Please note: Emails are dealt with during normal office hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. At other times phone our out of hours number.      

Out of hours – Out of hours contact telephone number for Children’s Services Phone 0300 555 1373 


News from Year R…

What have we been learning about in Year R this week?

This week we have been learning more about woodland animals and the children have been researching about what animals live in the woods, where they live and what they might eat. The children have been learning about the difference between fiction and non-fiction. They have watched videos and looked at books to learn some interesting facts about different woodland animals such as owls mainly come out at night and that badgers live in a home called a sett.

In Maths the children have been exploring the length and height of different objects. They have been busy thinking about how long or tall an object is and have also been building different sized objects using the construction toys. Towards the end of the week the children did some simple measuring of different objects.

In PSHE we have been talking about how to keep ourselves safe. We focused this week on what is safe to go inside our body and what is safe to touch. We looked at different scenarios of Harold the giraffe. For example, Harold had found something that looked like sweets but it was actually medication tablets. The children were asked if this was safe to eat and we discussed what the medication might be used for and why it might not be safe. There were numerous pictures of Harold finding different things such as broken glass, a hot kettle, a bleach bottle, a slippery floor and a plug socket. We discussed how these different things could be dangerous and how we can stay safe around them.

Next Week: 

We will be focusing our learning around the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ which is always a popular one. They will be acting out the story and thinking about the different adventures that happen throughout the story. Your child can bring in a cuddly bear from home on Friday (2nd), which we will be taking on our own bear hunt round the school. The children will also be doing some observational drawings of their bears they bring into school.

In Maths the children will be focusing on the numbers 9 and 10. They will practise finding these numbers and comparing them by looking at different sets of numbers and thinking which has more or fewer. They will also practise 1 to 1 correspondence when counting 10 objects. They will also recognise that the final number they say is the number of objects in that set. The children will also explore representations of the numbers 9 and 10 e.g. clap 9 times or bang a drum 10 times.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year R team

Star of Wonder & Special Mentions

Star of Wonder Awards


George, Rosie and Elliot


Lillie, Olson and Jago


Joseph, Harry and Poppy


George, Grace, Harrison and Olivia


Isabella, Esmae, Keira and Primrose


Sofia, Eloise and Robert


Annabelle, Belle and Casper

With special mentions for achievement in piano for:

Aurelia, Simran and Jago

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