As usual the whole school entered into the spirit of Children in Need and came to school in their pyjamas. Overall they raised £94.47 – a record for the school – which we will send off to this worthwhile charity.
The day ended with a story, hot chocolate and a biscuit and a big thank you to everyone who contributed.
On Thursday 10th November we took the whole school down to the village hall for a preview of the local history exhibition that was running over the weekend. We were treated to a slide show from Chuck Willmott which included lots of old familiar buildings in the village as well as many characters that have lived here, including Chuck himself as a curly haired young whippersnapper.
Groups of children took turns walking around the displays, which included an exhibit of information and photographs prepared by the school and taken from the school’s archives. Some of the pupils managed to find old photographs of their houses, and other’s found an ancestor in the old photographs. For one current year 3 pupil, we were able to trace five generations of family attending Loders School and many others could count mums and dads, grandparents and great grandparents on the school roll.
Loders village was once a thriving farming community with local shops, a carpenter, a butcher, and even an undertaker. Nowadays a few farms remain in the vicinity but mostly families commute to work and the majority of our pupils come to us from Bridport itself. Nevertheless the village retains a community feeling with villagers knowing their neighbours and looking out for each other. We are grateful that the school continues to be at the heart of this friendly community – exactly where it’s been since 1869.