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minutes. Like most children he has friends to play at his house and goes visiting them. After school he does lots of activities like football, swimming and Cubs. He particularly likes the fact that there are lots of different farms around Ropley. Tessa loves riding, singing and acting. She plays the flute and learns modern tap and ballet dancing. Ropley is special for her because it is in the country but it has lots going on and is a friendly village. She enjoys Brownies and playing with friends. She likes to go for bike rides with her friends to the recreation ground. Martin goes to school on the bus. His best school trips are the week he spent in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, the week at Minstead in the New Forest and going to Beaulieu. He likes using computers at school and he loves technology. Martin is in the top class. Every year on founder’s day his class retell the story of the founding of Ropley School — you remember how you and Rev. Maddock started it in the belfry at Bishop’s Sutton Church? After the service in St Peter’s Church, Ropley, his class go to Bishop’s Sutton to put flowers on your grave. Martin feels that Ropley is not big but there are a lot of things that you need going on around it. It is easy to get to local towns to use their facilities. He finds the agricultural activities interesting. He likes hunting for insects and natural objects in his garden. He really enjoys reading. You would be amazed at all the books in our school library! There is so much more we could tell you about our school. We have whiteboards not black, electronic security systems as well as keys, double glazing instead of leaded lights, outside benches made of recycled plastic bags … but the bell has gone for lunch and it is pizza today!

Goodbye and thank you for listening. Yours truly,

Stacey, Sam, Tessa and Martin

An early photo-call for Ropley School pupils

Ropley at the Millennium — 33

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