School Traditions

We are very proud of the long-standing traditions of our village school.

Harvest Festival
We celebrate Harvest Festival every year with a Service at St Mary and St Bartholomew Church.  The children bring gifts of fresh produce, tins and packets. These are then distributed to those less fortunate through organisations such as The Trussell Trust.

Wellie Walks
Several times in the year, rather than coming straight into school, we meet at the Recreation Ground instead.  Families walk round the grassed area, enjoying the social opportunity this offers and keeping fit at the same time!  After a few circuits, we all line up and make our way into school.

Christmas Party
Our last day of term is our Christmas Party Day when we come to school in our party clothes. We enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch together and an afternoon filled with party games until the children are sent home excited and tired, but very happy!

Christmas Service
On the penultimate day of the Autumn term, families are invited to Cranborne church for our evening Carol Service. This special time of worship is led by our Year 3 and 4 children.

Pancake Race
Each Year 4 child participates in this annual race along the path beside the River Crane.  All other year groups, Cranborne Pre-School, parents and local residents come to cheer and then assemble to applaud as the eventual winner is presented with a silver cup.

Maypole Dancing at the Church Fete
The Church Fete is held in June each year on the lawn of Cranborne Manor.  We are proud that our eldest children are invited to Maypole dance at this quintessentially English occasion.

Summer Fayre
Our active and dedicated PFA swell their funds with a Fayre brimming with attractions for old and young alike.  This year, we had a bouncy castle, ice creams, a barbecue and Pimms tent beside a full range of games and sideshows.

Leavers’ Party
By the end of the Summer term, as we prepare to say goodbye to our Year 4 leaders, we have amassed a wealth of memories of their time with us.  We exchange and celebrate these with the families. The class teacher reads a tribute about each individual child, listing achievements and sharing moments that brought us joy.  The PFA provide an engraved pen for each child and the evening ends with a shared buffet.

Leavers’ Service
Our school year ends, as it should, in Church with a service to celebrate all we have to be thankful for, and especially to ask God’s blessing on our Year 4 children.

The Year 4 children are presented with their Leavers’ Bibles and we sing a selection of the songs and hymns they have most enjoyed and chosen for the occasion.

Whilst we uphold these traditions, we continue to introduce the new ones!  Our last Year 4 children wrote a book of poems to leave in school.