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"Making a difference"




While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water                         

  He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference to that one.”


At New Milton infant School, the children are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to make a difference by developing and educating the whole child through a range of skills and attributes in order for them to become confident, successful and happy learners. 


We have high expectations of all children regardless of their background and provide a creative curriculum which challenges and engages pupils, promoting a thirst for knowledge and understanding and ultimately a love of learning. Running through all subjects are the lifelong skills of independence, thinking, perseverance and team work which are known as our starfish skills.


We value our children as individuals by providing a nurturing and caring environment based on mutual respect and trust and through actively and explicitly promote the values of:

  • confidence
  • honesty
  • kindness
  • respect
  • diversity
  • pride/self-esteem
  • tolerance
  • empathy.


We cultivate a ‘can do’ attitude by boosting self-esteem with constant praise and positivity for effort as well as achievement.  We take pride in ourselves and our school, always endeavouring to build on what we create. Working in partnership with parents and carers is a priority so that children receive the very best start as they set out on their journey to become life-long learners and well- rounded individuals who make a positive contribution to our world.