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We now have a new, updated version of our school badge. It is still based on the original design by Basil Waterton, Petersfield's first 'Head Master' but now includes a symbol for Tadlow, the fifth parish to join our school community; presumably not included in the shield in the first place as Tadlow pupils started attending Petersfield a few years after the school opened in 1962.

If you would like to find out more about the history of our school, we produced a book to celebrate our Golden Jubilee in 2012. This can be consulted in school or there are a few copies left to buy.

A few designs for a new school logo were judged by our pupils, parents, staff and governors and the winner was fine-tuned into the beautiful design (below right).

We've kept a picture of the original shield so you can see how it's changed (below left).

Old Shield

Often we are asked by pupils and parents where the symbols originate and why they are used. We hope you will find the explanation below interesting.

The cross of St Andrew, represents both the church of St Andrew, Orwell and the church of St Andrew's, Wimpole, and it now runs across the middle of the shield. The pupils liked this idea as Orwell is the geographical home of Petersfield. The diagonal cross embraces the other parish symbols.

New Shield

At the top of the shield is the anchor which symbolises the parish of St Nicholas, Arrington. The anchor represents the connection between St Nicholas and ships and sailors. (In some countries, St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors).

To the right, the lily symbolises the parish church of St Mary's, Whaddon. The Virgin Mary, Jesus's mother, has many floral symbols, including the lily of the valley, the rose, the "English daisy", the pansy and the periwinkle. It couldn't be agreed which flower Basil Waterton had chosen to depict on his shield, so the lily, as depicted on our school banner was chosen as it is has been found on an old hanging in St Mary's, Whaddon.

At the bottom of the shield, the two heads of wheat symbolise the Church of All Saints, Croydon-cum-Clopton. All Saints Day is traditionally celebrated in November. Wheat is one of the traditional symbols of All Saints Day. It is also a fitting symbol for our school, which in the summer, is surrounded by golden wheat fields. As you can see, the wheat has translated over the years into what look like feathers on the old shield. This may have happened due to endless redrawing and someone mistaking the wheat for feathers. They seem to have stuck for a while!

Finally, the new symbol of an arrow has been added to the left on the shield, representing St Giles, Tadlow. Two symbols which represent St Giles are an arrow and a hind. To keep the simplicity and boldness of the shield design, the arrow was chosen. An arrow, shot at the deer, who in some stories sustained St Giles for many years in his solitude, wounded the saint instead, who afterwards became the patron saint of people with physical disabilities.

Latest News

13th Oct - Well done to Yew class for holding their delicious FOPS cake sale.

13th Oct - School Council discussed how to further improve lunch time in school with classes and a CCS representative.

13th Oct - Rowan class assembly showcased their learning and they sang 'Search for the Hero'. We were very proud!

12th Oct - Year 5 and 6 visited West Stow and learnt many facts to support their ongoing topic in a hands on, exciting way.

5th Oct - Each class voted for a Health and Safety Representative. During the meeting, we discussed their roles and what it means to be a Health and Safety Rep in school. Each class has a book to record anything that needs addressing. The pupils are taking their responsibility very seriously.

5th Oct - We were again delighted to welcome more of our EYFS parents into school for lunch today.

3rd Oct - Well done to our year 5 representatives who participated in the County English Challenge. We were very proud of their teamwork and knowledge.

3rd Oct - It was delightful to welcome Rev. Felicity and Mr Holland back into school this term for Collective Worship.

3rd Oct - We were delighted to welcome parents of our new reception pupils into school to share a school lunch with us.

3rd Oct - Year 6 visited Ely Cathedral with Barrington School and many other pupils from around the Diocese.

29th Sept - We have raised nearly £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Special thanks go to Mrs Seiler who helped organise this. It was wonderful to see so many members of the community and old and new parents enjoying a delicious cake, cuppa and chat!

29th Sept - We held a reflective, thoughtful harvest service led by Revd. Felicity in church. Our pupils gave thanks for the food we eat and donated produce for Jimmy's Night Shelter in Cambridge. They understand how lucky they are and how we need to remember those who are not so fortunate.

28th Sept - We welcomed Mrs MacFarlane from Cambridge Catering Service into school to talk about our Healthy Lifestyles project.

26th Sept - Today we welcomed Mr John Lucas, our Ofsted inspector, into school.

25th Sept - We look forward to welcoming Ofsted into school tomorrow. Parents, please do click on the link to Parentview at the bottom of the page to share your views about our wonderful school.

22nd Sept - Big smiles could be see as individual and family photos were taken to send home and to update our welcome entrance board.

21st Sept - Mrs Miller led our assembly providing an interesting report on the items discovered at last year's archeological dig at Petersfield and at other locations in the village.

21st Sept - Thank you to Barrington School for hosting the Parenting Course taster session.

20th Sept - We are delighted to have been awarded our Bronze level Modeshift STARS accreditation as a result of our Travel Plan. Our aim, through this work is ensure safe, healthy and active travelling to and around our school.

20th Sept - Today our collaboration partner Headteachers - Mrs Davies from Barrington and Mrs Davies from Foxton - joined us in school and commented on the wonderful learning environment, high quality display of our pupils' work and the calm behavior.

19th Sept - We welcomed a member of the County Attendance team into school to review our Attendance procedures. More information to follow, but please do keep an eye on new weekly monitoring of our whole school attendance figure in reception.

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