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Win with TeachOut

TeachOut is completely free for School Visit Co-ordinators and teachers to use, to get ideas and plan your next group trip or workshop. The website has been designed with busy teachers in mind: with a diverse, hand-picked range of listings, workshops and transport options, as well as a growing virtual planning section with risk assessment guidance to help reduce your workload. Sign up at and follow Twitter @TeachOutSW to receive special offers and get inspired to book something different for your next educational trip!

*Win a fantastic selection of age-appropriate books for your class!*

We need you to write a short review of your experience booking a trip via You can include feedback from your class or group, as they can browse for trips or workshops by criteria such as key stage or topic. Please send your review (max 80 words) to

Focus on Adventure Wonderland

In this edition, we’re showcasing a fantastic day visit listing on Adventure Wonderland. Adventure Wonderland is Dorset’s number one triple award winning family theme park. The Park’s Education Programme offers the best of both worlds for schools and children: children will have a wonderful time during their visit to the park, while their teachers can be confident that the activities on offer are relevant and support the National Curriculum. Book your next class visit at

Teach Today, Change Tomorrow

Poole Teaching School Alliance is passionate about getting the very best teachers in front of the children in its schools. It works with those dreaming to make a difference through its outstanding teacher training programme, giving the future generation the very best start in life. Its School Direct Initial Teacher Training (SDITT) course provides the PGCE accreditation to get you into that dream job! Find out more at or email

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course: 8 and 9 April

Qualify as a Youth Mental Health First Aider on a Youth MHFA two day course at the Dorset Youth Association in Dorchester on 8 and 9 April. Participants will acquire an in depth understanding of young people’s mental health, will learn practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues, and will gain confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress. For information or to sign up see

17 year old Dougie Macandrew Wins Tourism Excellence Gold!

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park’s customer ambassador, Dougie Macandrew, took home the top prize for Dorset, winning South West England’s Tourism Excellence Customer Service Superstar Award!

He beat so many outstanding candidates at the award ceremony that took place under Concorde’s wings at Aerospace Bristol in February.

Having won the Dorset Tourism Award in November 2018, Dougie went on to represent the county against the winners from Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Devon and Cornwall. Yet, it was Dougie’s personality, passion and special style of delivering the Farmer Palmer’s customer service experience that shone through to beat many older, more experienced candidates.

Directors, Sandra and Phillip Palmer said, “Dougie joined us in February 2015, aged just 14. He has shone during the Farmer Palmer’s positive programme which has been created to help teenagers get a real feel for the world of work, learning life skills for their future employment environments”.

They continued; “Congratulations Dougie! He is a shining example of an inspirational Dorset teenager and is a very positive role model for our new employees. His enthusiasm, smile and ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude is a winner with our customers, young and old. His respect for his team mates is superb. We are not surprised he won, and we are so very proud!”

Opening the event, Robin Barker of Services for Tourism stated: “I’d like to commend you – the South West’s leading tourism businesses for your vision, investment, hard work and excellence. You have had the courage to put yourselves forward to be judged, have been through what is recognised as England’s toughest judging process, and will all be winners tonight.”

Farmer Palmer’s would like to congratulate all the winners, especially Lytchett Manor Campsite and the Italian Villa who won for Dorset

To find out more about Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, see

Looking for a Summer Job?

This summer have fun working with students, who come from all over the world, to learn English in the EF International Campuses in Bournemouth. Currently, EF Bournemouth is looking for customer support workers, social activity leaders and residence assistants. If you are a very social, organised and energetic person who likes working in an international environment, then send your CV and covering letter by email to

Urgent Appeal for Parent Volunteers

Home-Start North Dorset (HSND) has launched an urgent appeal for more parent volunteers to meet the growing demand for home-visit support for families with young children who are struggling to cope. No specialist skills or professional background are required, just the experience and natural empathy inherent in being a parent or long-term care-giver to very young children. A new HSND Preparation course will commence on 24 April and will comprise of 40 hours of comprehensive preparation, for one day a week, over a nine-week period. The course is free to participants. For an informal chat, contact Jamie Keast or Heather Stride on 01258 473038 or see

Discover Wimborne this April for a Month of Excitement and Discovery

Discover Wimborne returns for a third year this April, promising a month of exciting activities and events across Wimborne co-ordinated by Wimborne BID. This year’s Discover Wimborne promises to be as action-packed as previous years and will feature family friendly events and activities such as historic tours, fashion shows, live music, craft fairs and bread making. For a full list of participating businesses and events visit:

Recycling - Dorset Does - Because it Matters

The good news is that most Dorset residents are recycling. Thanks to your efforts, 59.5% of Dorset’s waste is recycled, with just 16.8% going to landfill.

Putting the right stuff in the right bin, using your food waste service and cutting down on the amount of rubbish your household produces is best for the environment and means more of your council tax can be spent on essential local services. Need help with bins or want to know where your waste should go? Visit

Become a Junior Safety Inspector at SafeWise

SafeWise’s Junior Safety Inspector event, on 11-12 April, is aimed at children aged 5-10 years, yet the whole family can participate in practical and hands on activities, such as escaping a house fire, calling 999, getting on a train and using road crossings. Visitors complete a treasure hunt, solve clues and practise being safe whilst exploring the learning village along the way. As it's Easter, children will need to hunt for the Easter eggs hidden around the centre too. Booking essential – see

Southill Pupils Create School ‘Park and Stride’

Year Six children at Southill Primary School in Weymouth have designed a park and stride scheme to encourage their families to be more active and environmentally-aware. The aim of the scheme is to help to keep the streets close to their school clear of cars – reducing congestion and pollution, thereby creating a safer and more pleasant environment.

Headteacher Paul Mason said: “As a school that encourages its pupils to lead active and healthy lifestyles, we are pleased that it is the children themselves who are taking the lead in encouraging their family and school community to walk to school.”

It is part of a nationwide project run by charity Sustrans –

Hosts Wanted! Earn Extra From Home

Earn extra money from home by hosting an international student and become a member of the EF host community and start changing lives. EF UK Homestay, based in Poole Road in Bournemouth, is a world famous company with 50 years hosting experience. It is run by a very friendly and supportive EF team who are available 24/7. EF offer flexible dates with students arriving every Sunday, all year round. Students can stay on a short or long term basis and will be carefully matched to your home. Hosts receive guaranteed prompt weekly payments and discount cards are available for community members. To schedule a visit call 01202 767555 or email or see

Local Acting Teacher Makes Wishes Come True

Local acting teacher Ally Cox made wishes come true for families recently when she starred as Fairy Muddled in Once Upon A Princess at the Regent Centre. The performance featured a soundtrack of top pop hits and musical classics performed by favourite fairytale princesses.

Ally, who is the Principal of Stagewise Performing Arts, trained at the London Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and is a specialist acting and audition coach at LeAF Academy. She launched Stagewise in 2000, creating a nurturing and non-competitive environment for young people to learn about the performing arts. Today the school runs a busy timetable of classes from its base at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, with additional workshops in Wimborne and Christchurch. 2019 will be a busy year for Ally’s Stagewise students, who will perform ‘Seussical the Musical’ this summer. “We’re inviting young people to get involved as we begin rehearsing for Seussical and will be offering 3 workshops for free to anybody joining Stagewise this term,” reveals Ally. For details call 07702 309486 or email

It’s Party Time at Splashdown!

Anytime is flume time but Splashdown is also perfect for party-time. A good old splash about with friends, down the slides, or on tyre through the Mississippi Drifter. Will the Baron get his revenge and dare you enter the Dragon’s Lair? Splashdown parties are great fun and great value. Options with and without food are available as well as the ultimate combo party which is flume time in Splashdown and play time in the award winning play centre, Lemur Landings. Parties start from £14 pp and are a hassle-free way to build some happy birthday memories with your family. Call 01202 711570 to speak to the party co-ordinator or go online to see more at

Festival Glitter Photo Shoot Parties

From festivals to disco's, Festidolls cover a wide variety of occasions to suit your needs across the South coast. This festival, glitter-inspired business is run by professional hair and make-up artists, Emma and Louise, who have over 12 years’ experience in the industry. Photo shoots take place in a professional studio in Poole, which includes a craft table, glitter hair and make-up and fun music. Additional food options are available too. All the photos are given out, at no extra expense. For more details call 07979 184297

Book a free trial at Blackwell Dance Academy

Blackwell Dance Academy prides itself on being a very friendly school with a high standard of teaching. It is priced very competitively and boasts a 100% examination pass rate. The Academy offers specialised 'Boogie Baby' and 'Dancing Stars' classes for children aged from 2 years at various venues. In the main studio there are classes in ballet, tap, modern jazz, musical theatre, acro and performance classes for older pupils. Call Clare today on 07886 406888 to book a free trial or visit

Unique Treats in Store at Pop Idol for a Day

For a unique birthday treat why not book a singing party at the Pop Idol For a Day recording studio in Poole, used by many famous artists including The Script and Paul Weller. Various packages are available, and a CD and party bag is given to every singer. Party packages also include a disco after the singing. As for the catering, you can take your own food or order a pizza delivery. Find out more by reading the 5 star reviews on Facebook. For details ring 07941 429313.

Hosting Opportunities with Albion Language Tours

Albion Language Tours has worked in Poole for over 35 years, teaching students English. It has plenty of experience in making hosting great for both students and host families, building relationships that last long after the stay. Students are at the heart of Albion – so why not give them a heartfelt time in a home away from home? The experienced and dedicated team in Poole will help you enjoy the hosting experience. For further details about hosting contact – or call 01202 667552

Struggling at School?

Some children struggle to make the most of learning opportunities in the classroom because they have difficulty with memory, listening skills and accurate comprehension, as well as with basic literacy skills. Many of these pupils can also benefit from help with the language of maths and some of the basic number skills.

Carolyn Smith is an experienced, specialist home tutor who can help with all of these issues, as well as with reading, spelling and writing. Call Carolyn Smith RSA Dip SpLD on 01202 309901

Care UK are Recruiting

Care UK is currently recruiting for Home Care Assistants for its Specialist Dementia Service in Poole. It is offering salaried, fully flexible hours to work around your family and offer excellent rates of pay plus petrol allowance. If you are a car owner/driver, call for an informal chat in the first instance. Call Sarah or Helen on 0333 43 43 043

The Latest from Dorset Police

Did you know? Dorset Police now has many online ways to contact them making it easier and more convenient, just choose the right one for you…

Why not request a call back? To request a call back from Dorset Police, visit their website and complete the details on the request a call back form selecting the time period which suits you best, then wait for them to call you.

Why not send an email? Sending an email to will reach the Force’s contact centre just the same as calling. The 101 email address can be used to report all non-emergency crime and give the police any information about crime in your area.

Why not report directly online? If you want to report a crime or tell the police about something that’s already happened and it’s non-urgent, report it online. Simply fill in the details on the online crime reporting form and then once submitted your information/crime report will be logged.

So why call the police when you don’t have to? Do it online:

Remember, if it’s an emergency always call 999.

The Bourne Academy Community Lettings

If you are looking for a children’s party venue in Bournemouth, look no further than The Bourne Academy’s Community Lettings. It has various spaces available to hire including The Lawn, Sports Hall, MUGA, Drama and Dance Studios, and an Outdoor Education ‘Bush Craft’ Site. There is ample parking and free wi-fi for all customers.

The team are pleased to announce a special offer of £50 for 3 hours of room hire – to get this just quote: SPRING19. For further information, contact Vicky Spence on



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