Little Alleynian 2023

We give them a big whoosh on their way…… Sally Donaldson will be leaving DUCKS after leading the Kindergarten for 17 years. We wish Sally all the very best and thank her for all she has done to ensure the Kindergarten provides the best possible start for our youngest children. Trish Zammit after 20 years at DUCKS, (currently a Moorhen Class teacher) has decided the time has come to spend more quality time with her grandchildren but we know she will remain in close touch. Charlotte Godfree (currently Curlew Class teacher) will be relocating with her family to Kent after what she describes as "9 very happy years" at DUCKS. Following 7 years at Dulwich College, Gill Benest (Head of Learning Support Transition) will be relocating to Northamptonshire with her family. Natalie Nakkas (currently teaching Kingfisher Class) will return to her teaching roots in the state sector and we look forward to building professional development connections between the two schools. Nicola Ferris (currently Teaching Assistant in Teal Class) will be returning to a previous career in therapeutic counselling, working as a school counsellor and supporting young people in local primary schools and at the BRIT Performing Arts School. Katherine Jarrett (currently part-time Teaching Assistant in Swan Class) has decided to spend more time focusing on her family but has promised to stay in touch with the DUCKS community. Daniyah Choudhury (current Gap Year student) will be leaving to study Pharmacy at University and we wish her all the best. We wish a fond farewell to all our DUCKS leavers, both staff and pupils, and look forward to some special leaving events at the end of this term. We would like to send special thanks to those members of DUCKS staff who will be leaving at the end of the summer term and moving on to new adventures.

It is my great pleasure to share with you the sixth edition of Little Alleynian My first year as Head of DUCKS has been hugely rewarding and I feel enormously proud of the many special events within the DUCKS community. It has been a joy to welcome parents back into the building for occasions such as Parent & Carer Week, ’Stay & Learn’ activities, sporting competitions and Forest School sessions. The children have also returned to their normal routines and it has been a pleasure to see them mixing within year groups during assemblies, special performances, breakfast, lunch and playtime. As is evident throughout this publication, our termly Creative Curriculum themes have been a great success. We started with ‘Our Planet’ followed by ‘Long Long Ago’ and finishing with ‘Invention & Innovation’. Our DUCKS parents brought a wealth of ‘awe and ‘wonder’ to our children’s learning by sharing their many talents and skills. Throughout the year parents have performed class cooking, celebrated festivals with the children and given talks and presentations. We were delighted that two of our architect parents offered to lead a special Free Learning day, when all classes collaborated to build an environmentally friendly DUCKS Town. At the Edward Alleyn Theatre our Year 2 children treated us to a very special performance of the musical Hansel and Gretel. Although they move on to join new schools, they will always be DUCKS children and we look forward to them returning to visit, like our current DUCKS Prefect who began life in the Kindergarten 17 years ago! This year we have enjoyed supporting a wonderful local charity, ‘ReadEasy Southwark’, and have successfully raised £5,572. We also finished the year by adopting a whale through the ‘Happywhale’ charity The end of the year culminated in the return of the DUCKS summer fair, a wonderful event which highlights the coming together of this very special DUCKS community.

Jo Parker Head of DUCKS

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