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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


School News

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!​ 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!
Year 1 stepped into Thomas Farriner's shoes this week and made bread rolls. Luckily, we didn't burn the school down! Unlike poor Thomas who reportedly started The Great Fire of London.
Well done to all these children showing resilience in Blue Class who have beaten their Times Table Kung Fu score!

Indoor Sports Day


KS2 had a great time competing during the Indoor Sports Day! Results and certificates are going to be celebrated in collective worship on Friday. It was lovely to see children encouraging others and aiming to be the 'best that they can be.'

The Reading Race!


We would like to introduce our new whole school competition- The Reading Race. This competition will promote and encourage children to be reading regularly at home and celebrate classes who are doing this consistently. At the end of each term, teachers will calculate the percentage of children in their class who are reading at home 5 times a week. The higher the percentage, the further the class will move along the track!


At the end of the year, the winning class will win £50 for their class to spend on their book corner (to go up with them to their next class). The class themselves will decide on their prize (this may be a selection of books, comfortable cushions and beanbags or even some twinkly lights!) Of course if year 6 win, something else will be put into place with the prize money.


In the school hall, we have a new display which will visually show which class is winning the race each term- keep a look out for termly updates on Facebook and the Website!

What a blinder! Our amazing netball team didn't concede a goal during the whole tournament (even against a team that had scored 10-0 in another match) and came third overall. We couldn't be prouder. The whole team showed resilience, determination and amazing sporting behaviour - we can't wait to see what they do next time!

And to add to that, one of OUR children got player of the tournament - wonderful Darcy - and it was so well deserved.

Well done Team Minster!

Mrs Wish, Mrs Makowska and Miss White

Team Minster were in action again on Monday and played brilliantly. They have progressed to the next round of the Les Riggs Cup. Well done to all those involved and thank you for your support!

Today we had the great pleasure of attended Thanet schools passport Year 2 Football Festival at Margate Football. 

We are extremely proud of all the children who took part with some never playing a football match.

You all showed determination, sportsmanship and represented the school with pride.

Well done Team Minster.

On a wet Saturday morning Minster football team played with high spirits in the Soccer Saturday this year at Upton. The team played extremely well and narrowly missed out on a trophy. They did not lose a game! Great sportsmanship was shown by all throughout the morning. Well done to all those that were involved but a special mention for Olly McCoy who played brilliantly after a late call on Friday. Thank you again to all the supporters that cheered us on.

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