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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

20th Apr - Mrs Gwynn met with the Peer Mediation councillors today and was delighted with their attitude. Why do they want to be a peer mediator? Replies included 'Because I want to make people happy','I want to make our school a happier place' and 'I want to make a difference'.

20th Apr - Excellent, over a third of pupils walked to school today during 'Walk to School' week. With 3 days to go, more pupils can now join us for the morning exercise as part of our travel plan.

19th Apr - Well done to all those who joined us for the start of Walk to School Week. Please do join us at each morning until Wednesday 25th to 'Walk to School'.

18th April - Following the exciting Archeological Dig on our school site two years ago, the team returned today to geophys the area in an attempt to explain the stone found in the test pits. We eagerly await the results!

16th Mar - Today is 'Offer day' for pupils due to start at Petersfield in September 2018. Please do contact school to accept your place. We very much look forward to welcoming our new pupils and parents to our school family.

16th Mar - Excitingly, our sensory garden is taking shape thanks to FOPs, Tesco tokens, the Community Chest grant and the work so far by Meadow Nursery. We look forward to seeing this garden evolve and grow over the coming weeks.

16th Apr - Welcome back to pupils, parents and visitors as school opens today for the start of the exciting and busy summer term.

29th Mar - School is now closed for the Easter holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 16th April. Happy Easter!

29th Mar - Today we welcomed our Diocese Advisor into school. She spoke to pupils about the Collective Worship which they are increasingly leading. They explained about our 'school family' the benefit of 'time for reflection' and how 'it is fun now, we get involved'.

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