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Nightingale Academy

Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


School News

2021 - 2022

Green Class are ready to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee today!

And so are Year 5

Y3 went orienteering this week at Ursuline.  

All of the children had fun and worked really well within their teams.  The girls team came 3rd and the boys completed the challenge in the allotted time.  Mrs Elks and Mrs Manning were very proud of them all. 

The Wilder Kent Award Club have been working hard to document all of the amazing things we do as a school to look after our local area and the wildlife that lives here. 

As part of this, we have been talking about ways to look after insects and their habitats. 

The children decided it would be a great idea to promote 'NO MOW MAY' to our local community by sharing posters to Facebook. The idea is that you don't cut your grass during the month of May to help the insects. 

The children also want to encourage you to get involved with planting wildflower seeds to feed the butterflies, bees and other pollinators (just like we have been doing at school).

A massive well done to the Year 4s, who attended Margate FC football festival yesterday. The children showed great passion, some brilliant football skills and superb sportsmanship.

Yesterday, we won the Y3/4 Rugby league tournament .  The children all played brilliantly and represented the school fantastically showing all off our school values. 

Last term we purchased 12 pairs of brand new welly boots and 30 pairs of waterproof trousers with a big help from our friends over at Decathlon, Broadstairs. The children have begun making good use of these during some gardening and forest school activities. We have a range of sizes to suit children from year 1 all the way to year 6. This will certainly help with messy and wet activities. We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Decathlon in Broadstairs for all their help arranging this with us. There is no such thing as bad weather, and now we don't have to worry about bad clothing either. 


Our 'Love Leader' winners!!

Competition Winners!!

Romans are the House Champions for Term 4!!

Just WOW!

What an amazing effort the children have put in with their Gardens, Bonnets and Eggs.


'Some of White Class in their Easter Bonnets'

Rainbow Class

'Some Year 2 children took part in a Thanet School Gymnastics event at Callis Grange school.

They really enjoyed being shown how to use some of the fantastic apparatus by Thanet Gymnastic Club.'

Flashback to last week! What a wonderful World Book Day we had in Indigo class. Which book characters can you see?

Year 3 loved 'World Book Day' this week!

WOW! What an evening the football team had last Tuesday! All of the children contributed to a 2-1 win in extra time against St Saviours to book a a place in the Les Riggs Final! This will be played under the flood lights at Margate FC. Definitely a game to look forward to! We are awaiting the results of the other side of the draw to see who our next opponents are. Thank you to all of the parents for your fantastic support!

Ramsgate Mascot Experience

The children had a fantastic time and were a credit to the school. They look very smart in the kit too! Thank you to the parents for supporting them.

Well done to all of the children that represented the school at the recent Year 3/4 Athletics event. It's great to hear how much fun you had and I know that you are all really proud of your medals!

It was fantastic to play at Minster on Friday afternoon in the Quarter-Finals of the Les Riggs Cup. The children came out victorious too, 4-1! Thank you to all the parents for your support! Mr Fasham and I are already looking forward to the Semi-Final!

The children have had an amazing cheerleading experience today! We hope they have lots to tell you about their time with the teachers today. Watch this space - a club could be starting soon!

What an experience for our children. Margate mascots on Saturday. Well done to all those that attended and thank you parents for your support. The children were a credit to the school. Keep your eyes peeled, there will be a Ramsgate mascot event soon!

'Here are the two worthy winners for their age categories of this year's Rotary Art Competition. Willow and Dawson collected their prizes and certificates from the Margate School. We were very pleased that Minster CE Primary was represented in this way and we are very proud of them.

Minster Football Team had another great win on Friday. They progressed through to the next round of the Les Riggs Cup with a fantastic team performance.

We had a fantastic day on the last day of term, to raise awareness and emphasise the importance of showing racism the red card! Thank you for all of your support!


This week, on Monday 18th October, Purple Class had the honour of visiting their buddy class, Blue class, to read together. It was so exciting to see and hear the Year 2 children confidently read to the Year 5 children. They talked about books, read aloud to their buddy and their buddy also read to them. Some children read a whole longer book, others read a few shorter books. All children were completely engaged in their reading and Purple class helped their buddy with their phonic and blending when they came across any tricky words. It was also a trip down memory lane for some of Purple class because they were once in Blue class when they were in Year 2. We can’t wait to spend more time with our buddy class, whether that is to read, share work or even complete some fun activities together. Thank you for having us Blue class, we loved it!

On Friday, we took part in 'One Run Global' with over 130,000 pupils from every corner of the globe - running, walking and moving side by side - together - to make history.

Super Saturday was fantastic! Minster conceded only one goal throughout the tournament, and everyone played brilliantly. The team managed to win a trophy too which will be added to our cabinet. Well done Team Minster! Thank you to all the parents that came to support!

The Minster Football Team has another successful tournament on Friday. They managed to win 4 out of their 5 games! The children were fantastic, showing great pride and passion to play! Thank you again for all of your support!

Minster Football teams have been busy attending lots of Mini Festivals this term. All of the children have shown great enthusiasm to represent the school and loved every minute. There are lots more up and coming fixtures to look forward to as well!

2020 - 2021

Football's Coming Home

FOOTBALL'S COMING HOME! ... and year 3 are excited!

So are Year 4

So are Year 2

So are Year 5

The results are in! With 70 bee-rilliant entries to the Save the Bees Competition, Mrs Stone and Mrs Ward had a tricky task to choose the winners! Watch the video to see the Finalists, Runners-up and the Winners! Well done to everyone that entered. You have all earnt yourselves 5 House Points and a sticker.

Still image for this video

Recently at school, we had the chance to take part in a Virtual Speed Stacking Competition. Here are two happy Year 3 winners!


This week, year 3 have been lucky enough to have some visitors from The Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust who taught them about the local birds and how to spot them. The children took part in a range of activities, including learning about migration, food chains and birdwatching! A great morning!

Minster C of E Primary School - School Virtual Open Day

Our virtual taster of Minster C of E Primary School. In a time where Covid has made it virtually impossible for you to come and our visit our school, we thou...

Scarlet Class have loved 'Hello Yellow Day!'

Year 6 Interhouse Rounders Tournament

2019 - 2020

Sport Relief week has been fantastic! Lots of children were eager to be active and participate in a range of activities from speed bounce to an obstacle course today. There were lots of improvements across the week in Minster Mile scores too. Thank you to everyone that has purchased a Sport Relief wristband. They will continue to be on sale all of next week for £1 at break-times.

Year 6- Safety in Action!
Today year 6 learnt all about staying safe as they become more independent and prepare for Year 7 and beyond! A number of scenarios were set up by different organisations providing information about a variety of topics. These included- fire safety, online safety, rail safety, emergency life support, water safety, drugs/alcohol and road safety.

Author Visit!

We were lucky to receive a visit from local author and illustrator Martyn Harvey last week who read the children his new book and answered questions about what it is like to be an author. Martyn also worked with year 2 creating their own characters for their poems! An inspiring day and lots of fun- thank you Martyn Harvey!

World Book Day 2020!

World Book Week

Our World Book Week is off to a great start- look at our amazing classroom doors! 


World War 2 Day Year 6 (By Annabelle and Esther)


On Wednesday, Year 6 had a World War 2 Day. We were given the option to come to school as someone from this era. Pupils dressed up as evacuees, land girls and soldiers.

During the day, our wonderful teaching assistant, Mrs Richards, took small groups of children out of class to make rock cakes which would later be sold at the school gates. The rock cakes were extremely popular in World War Two when rationing was introduced, as people were able to make a lot of them with only one egg and little amounts of other ingredients.

To make the experience more realistic, randomly throughout the day an air raid siren would go off and we would have to hide under their desks. On one occasion, we had to venture out onto the playground and take cover in the PE shed; it was very crowded and dark but that added to the authenticity of the day!

We also learnt the song ‘Pack up your Troubles’ (a war song started in WW1 and used again in WW2) and we marched around outside. Soldiers would sing songs like this to lift their spirits and to remind them of home.

Overall, we learnt a lot about such a frightening thing like war whilst having fun doing it. World War 2 day was a success!!

Safer Internet Day 2020 - Together for a better internet!‚Äč KS2 have discussed Internet safety today during their lessons and in collective worship. They were introduced to Zip it, Block it, Flag it. Whilst the children were very aware of the negatives that the internet can present such as cyber-bullying, misrepresentation of identity and effects to your emotional welfare, they also understood how it can be a powerful and purposeful tool for change and communication. 

On Tuesday 21st January, I had the pleasure of taking a small team of Year 6 children to represent Minster School at a Badminton Tournament, held at Ursuline College.


It consisted of singles, doubles and triple games.  Each child played against 5 other teams.  We played 12 games in total, winning an amazing 9 out of the 12.


All the children showed excellent teamwork, commitment and desire throughout.  Their behaviour, sportsmanship and attitude were exemplary throughout the entire tournament.


Well done Team Minster!!

Year 6 - Creating Filament Lightbulbs 

This afternoon year 6 created their own filament lightbulbs. They investigated the effect of their completed circuit on a piece of pencil lead- just look at the results!

To see this experiment in action, click the link below:   

Advent Sleepout

Thank you to all the parents and staff who were kind enough to sponsor the group from St Mary’s Church, who slept in tents in the churchyard on December 6th. With your generous support we were able to raise £1300 for the Church Urban Fund to help homeless people in the area. The shelters this money provides offer a safe bed for a night, a hot meal and a chance to wash, which is so often not available to those who are homeless. Thank you so much for helping us do this, and therefore raising awareness of this serious situation on our streets.

Pat Hogben

Here is a picture of our year 2 'speed stackers' who were competing at Priory Infants last week. They were wonderful ambassadors of our school and played really well. Here they are with their medals.

KS2 Spelling Bee

A massive WELL DONE to our class Spelling Stars this year and our school Spelling Champion! The children impressed us all during Friday's KS2 Spelling Bee with their quick recall of tricky spellings- who will win next year?!

Rainbow and Sunshine classes were lucky enough to have a special visitor today. As part of our topic, 'What happens when I fall asleep?' we have been looking at people who work at night. Firefighter Grant came in to talk to us about what it's like to work at night. We had fun asking him questions such as 'do you ever sleep?'. He showed us his uniform and we were able to try bits on. Thanks Firefighter Grant!