We are very proud of the long-standing traditions of our village school.
We celebrate Harvest every year with a Service at St Mary and St Bartholomew Church. The children bring gifts of fresh produce, tins and packets which are then distributed to those less fortunate through organisations such as The Trussell Trust. During our Harvest Service we welcome our new Wren children into our school family and pray God’s blessing on them during their five years at Cranborne First. Each child is presented with a beautiful Bible story book to mark the occasion.
On the last Friday before the half term holiday in the autumn and spring term, we walk up to the Recreation Ground at the start of the school day for an early morning welly walk. Families and staff walk round the grassed area, enjoying the opportunity of fresh air, exercise and conversation. After a few circuits, we all line up and make our way back into school. On our return the children are able to enjoy a warming drink of hot chocolate before our day of learning begins!
Our last day of term is our Christmas Party Day when the children are able to wear their own party clothes to school. We enjoy a music theatre performance in the morning (This year we enjoyed ‘The Wind in the Willows’ performed by Image Music Theatre) followed by a traditional Christmas lunch and an afternoon filled with party games! These special events are kindly funded by our PFA.
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. After the race each child is able to enjoy eating a delicious pancake with lemon and sugar back in school.
In the spring the whole school visit Castle Hill Woods to see the beautiful carpet of bluebells on our annual bluebell walk. This is such a special tradition and unique to our beautiful rural location.
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. This year the children planned their own ‘Leavers’ Learning Fair’ to celebrate all their favourite learning at Cranborne First! Parents and children joined in the activities together and the evening ended with a shared buffet for children, parents and staff.
Our school year ends in Cranborne 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 the children have most enjoyed and chosen for the occasion.