We are very proud of the long-standing traditions of our village school.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 their families. This year the children created their own performance to share their favourite memories of their time at Cranborne First. The evening ends with a shared buffet for children, parents and staff.
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 an engraved pen kindly donated by the PFA. We sing a selection of the songs and hymns the children have most enjoyed and chosen for the occasion.