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  • Reception 2022 Starters Open Days

    Published 16/09/21

    Please click here to download a copy of our upcoming Tour Dates for Reception children in 2022.

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  • Christ's Hospital Letter For Year 6 Parents & Carers From Mrs Lewis Executive Headteacher

    Published 10/09/21
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  • Tasty Healthy Food Served Up With A Smile

    Published 07/09/21

    Children at Ramsgate Arts Primary have been served up a tasty return to school.

    There is a new catering company providing delicious and healthy meals and the young diners are licking their lips at the prospect of trying out the nutritious menus in the weeks ahead.

    There is a wide choice of dinner and pudding to meet all dietary needs prepared fresh every day.

    One day’s options show the diversity of fare served up for the children. Chicken lasagne; spinach, sweet potato, lentil curry and rice; macaroni cheese; jacket potato with variety of fillings; fresh carrots and garden peas; wonky strawberries; homemade flavoured breads; fruity yogurts; cheese and biscuits.

    RAPS children are happy to give the new meals their seal of approval. Leo said: “The salad bar has great options, like olives and feta cheese or crunchy peppers,” while Grace added: “We have lots of main meals to choose from and there is freshly baked bread too.”

    Isla agreed that the menu was “really great” and added:  “The puddings are the best because they are healthy but delicious as well.” She also loved her dinner too: “The lasagne was so tasty.”

    Helen Rolandsen is Mobile Manager for Independent Catering from Sevenoaks. She is working with the school kitchen team of Laura, Ange and Mandy for several weeks teaching them the way the company expects their meals to be prepared and presented.

     She explained: “I’m a bit of a foodie and I believe it is very important to give our children the best nutritionally balanced healthy range of meals to enjoy.

    “We prepare, cook and serve our meals ‘old school’ with all of our dishes prepared fresh each day from locally-sourced produce whenever possible.

    “We offer a range of four options on our daily menu for dinner and pudding and there is always a salad bar and fresh fruit too.

    “Special dietary needs, allergies, vegetarians and vegans are catered for and we are happy to chat with parents to decide what is best for their children. Our hygiene standards are first class and our kitchen and preparation areas are checked throughout our service to ensure a top level of cleanliness is maintained at all stages.

    “Our food choices are on a five-week cycle so there is always something different to taste each day, and we feature seasonal-flavoured menus as well as holding theme days celebrating all range of ideas from Roald Dhal to pirates.”

    The Independent Catering team is also providing meals for RAPS partner schools within the Viking Academy Trust – Upton Juniors at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary in Ramsgate.

     

    About Independent Catering: In 1996 Andrew Saunders founded the company with a vision of creating a service based on great food using locally sourced ingredients and suppliers. The company, still led by Andrew with a team of passionate skilled chefs, now provides a service to over 70 schools in Kent, Surrey and Sussex cooking tens of thousands of meals a day!

    It states: “We are proud of our environmental and sustainable approach to our menus and food standards which underpins our commitment to fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. Our commitment to using the best food that Kent, Sussex and the UK can offer lies at the heart of our approach and always has done!

    “Our core values ensure pupils and school staff receive healthy and innovative menus, served with a smile by our wonderful dedicated team of catering staff.”

     

    *For more information, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847

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  • Big Smiles and Lots of Fun for RAPS New Pupils

    Published 07/09/21

    Four year olds are already settling into life with a smile at Ramsgate Arts Primary School in Ramsgate.

    The new Reception group has already explored the specially-designed early years centre, played with games and toys, enjoyed a range of activities in the outdoor play area including dressing up and met their new classmates.

    Girls and boys are in two groups of 30 with one coming to into school in the mornings and the other during afternoons for the first three weeks to ease transition into full time learning.

    As well as familiarising themselves with the school, its environment and the RAPS way of life, the children’s voyage of discovery has already seen lots of interactive fun sessions including making flower soup in water trays, creating recipes using real life food in the mud kitchen, painting, messy foam play, drawing and making music on the stage.

    Circle time game sessions have been about learning names and collaboration, while each day is completed with singing nursery rhymes together and a story about starting school.

    Sophie Spurrier is Early Years Foundation Studies Lead. She said: “The children have settled so well into life at RAPS and they have only been here a short while.

    “Being in smaller groups and only part time to start with allows them to really get to know their new school environment, practice routines, get to know their teachers and make new friends on a more intimate level.

    “We have found from recent years that this helps the children to gain confidence and independence rapidly which has certainly been the case this year too. It is like they have always been here.

    “Starting school is such a big step for little ones and their families and having the stay and play sessions, parent meetings, home visits and picnics before the summer holidays had a hugely positive impact on how well the children have started their life at RAPS. We are all very excited for the year ahead of us.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “This is the beginning of an amazing educational journey for our little ones at RAPS - they clearly already feel comfortable and safe in their new surroundings, and they have settled in so well with their classmates, teachers and other staff.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School focusses on specialist teaching of arts subjects including dance, music, drama and art, in specially-designed studios, while also delivering a broad primary curriculum.

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School and Chilton Primary School.

    *For more information, contact Mr Budge on 01843 582847

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  • DfE NHS Return to Education Primary School Leaflet

    Published 31/08/21
    Please find letter attached from the DfE regarding taking your child to primary school what you need to know.
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  • Welcome Back Letter From Mrs Lewis Executive Headteacher

    Published 30/08/21
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  • Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings.

    Published 20/07/21
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  • Parent Letter From Mrs Lewis Executive Headteacher

    Published 20/07/21
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  • Game On for Fantastic Fantasy Fun at RAPS ​​​​​​​

    Published 12/07/21

    A musical fantasy adventure in gameland was the special end of year production at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    Year 6 children performed Let the Games Begin about technology-obsessed youngsters who visit their grandfather who becomes increasingly frustrated with their lack of interest for anything other than their phones and the internet.

    He reveals a pair of very unusual seven sided dice that were given to him in the Far East by a wise old mystic. Through the magical dice children are transported to another land and they meet Lady Fortune where they become pawns in her games. Each of them must compete against the devious, devilish diva in a game of their choice to win their freedom.

    The main characters - Vicky was played by Phoebe and her on-stage siblings were portrayed by Charlie and Louisa-Mae. All gave enthusiastic performances.

    Year 3, 4 and 5 girls and boys joined in and performed dances dressed as video game characters, Monopoly characters and dice.

    RAPS Arts Lead Hannah Dannell said: “The play was a fantastic success and it was lovely for the children to still get the opportunity to perform under the current circumstances. I would like to thank the Arts Curriculum staff for all their hard work.

    “The performance was recorded so the parents can still see the children doing what they love - singing dancing and performing.”

    Head of School Nick Budge praised the production. He said: “All the cast performed with great enthusiasm and they really enjoyed being on stage and performing.

    “Live shows of drama, music and dance are integral parts of life at our arts primary and once again the standard was high and the production was enjoyable. It was clear a lot of effort had been put into the whole show, on stage and in rehearsal, by pupils and staff.

    “I am sure that families will love seeing the completed video film we have made – hopefully in the next school year we can welcome them back in to school to see our shows, exhibitions and general school life for themselves.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School and Chilton Primary School.

    *For more information, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847

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  • Turner Contemporary Highlights

    Published 30/06/21

    Please follow this link: https://vimeo.com/537616943 to view a video from Turner Contemporary with highlights from the last 10 years.

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  • Young Artists Celebrate Turner Gallery Milestone

    Published 23/06/21

    Children at Ramsgate Arts Primary have created a special art project to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Turner Contemporary at Margate.

    The school, which enjoys strong educational links and partnership projects with the flagship gallery, wanted to mark the decade since the seafront art centre opened in 2011.

    Girls and boys from Year 3 to Year 6 learnt how to make an origami envelope. They hand-painted their envelopes and wrote birthday wishes and anniversary thanks.

    Art teacher Karen Vost said: “The card is like a mini art installation in itself - it can be enjoyed as a piece of art and interacted with when reading the children’s messages.

    “It was wonderful how much knowledge, thanks and praise for this art gallery the children had and they loved learning new skills while celebrating this important moment at the same time.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “Turner Contemporary is a marvellous creative centre and our pupils have enjoyed working on many projects with the gallery’s educational team, such as the three-year Pioneering Places public art initiative.

    “It has benefitted our development as an arts primary and we have worked with Turner Contemporary since RAPS was opened in 2017.

    “The strong sense of community through art is something we celebrate with our children throughout their time with us, and it is this same ethos that is so special at Turner Contemporary.

    “For a specialist arts school, the link with such a prestigious gallery is fantastic for our pupils and our staff. It is rightly widely recognised as one of the leading art centres in the UK and we are proud to be working with their team. This is an amazing journey that marries art and education.

    “The tenth anniversary is a milestone we wanted to acknowledge and the lovely artwork and installation by our children is thoughtful, colourful and expressive.”

    It is currently on show at the school and will be presented to Turner Contemporary as a surprise birthday present.

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

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  • RAPS Young Charity Team Makes A Difference

    Published 23/06/21

    Children at Ramsgate Arts Primary were inspired by their lessons discovering how charities work – and decided to put their learning into action.

    As part of their personal development learning girls and boys in Year 2 had explored the varied ways charities of all types benefit those in need.

    Their research particularly focussed on Porchlight whose work involves homeless people, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    Alice Rees-Boughton, one of the year group teachers and the school’s English lead, said: “The children were inspired by what they learnt about charities, how they work and how much they rely on kindness and the actions of others to support their vital operations.

    “Our Year 2 pupils wanted to make a difference and decided to hold a non-uniform day to benefit Porchlight and the RNLI. It was their idea and they were involved in al aspects of the event.

    “They determined that money raised would be split equally between their chosen charities and they explained to other children about what the non-uniform day was for and about the charities they were supporting.

    “Once the event was over, in a subsequent Maths lesson they counted out the donations that were collected and were pleased to record a total of £335.15. We are very proud of their enthusiasm, determination and kindness.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “This was a really valuable learning experience.

    “It demonstrated clearly to our children that their direct actions can make a difference, which resulted in a good sum being collected for two worthwhile causes.

    “As well as investigating the work of very important and effective charities, they also learnt how to organise and support an event and work as a team using their communication skills.

    “It was a lovely thing for them to do and highlighted learning in action, which is something we encourage at RAPS.”

    *Porchlight: It is Kent’s largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people.

    It states: “We’re here for people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are living on the streets, others need our support to prevent or resolve any issues that could put them at risk of homelessness. We can’t do any of this without you.”

    Contact the charity online at Porchlight.org.uk – 24 hour helpline 0800 5677699.

    *RNLI: The charity states: “We save lives at sea through our 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety initiatives and youth education.”

    Powered primarily by donations, the search and rescue service has been saving lives for nearly 200 years. As part of its nationwide cover, it runs local lifeboat teams from Margate and Ramsgate to monitor the safety of water users around the Thanet coastline and at sea. Find out more online at RNLI.org.

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

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