On Monday 3rd December, we were overwhelmed by the support of our parents and local community to collect together toys for our Toy Service. Captain Ralph of the Salvation Army came into school to help lead our worship and collect the toys. The toys will be taken to be sorted and agencies such as Social Services and the NSPCC will create toy parcels for families in need this Christmas. Your generosity was incredible and we would like to thank every person that brought in an item which will brighten the Christmas of families that need our help.
Thank you again!
Below you can see the letter that was sent to the school with our next steps and feedback.
Yesterday, Acorn, Chestnut, Hawthorn and Willow ventured to Woodside Farm for the day. We were very lucky to have almost the whole farm to ourselves. When we arrived we were briefed by the members of staff on how to keep ourselves safe with the animals. Then we went into the main farm and looked at a huge variety of farm animals including pigs, chickens, llamas, tortoises and guinea pigs. Through out the day we were able to have a ride on a number of fair ground rides, play crazy golf and on the playground. The children all had the opportunity to take part in a hands on animal experience, where they encountered chickens, rats, bearded dragons and corn snakes. It was a fantastic day and the children were a credit to the school.
On Friday 22nd June, children from across the school joined together to share their learning and encourage each other to reflect on the value of co-operation. The children took part in a range of activities including building protection for a model, learning sign language, cooking, artwork inspired by British values and physical activities. All activities were designed to help children think about different aspects of working together and how we can achieve more together than we can individually. Mrs Steer and all the teachers worked really hard and we want to say thank you to everyone for their hard work.
On Friday 15th June, year one went on a trip to Wrest Park. The children walked down to the beautiful house and English Heritage were kind enough to allow us free entry. We were provided with an education room as a base which was really helpful! We then started to explore, we started by going to the orangery and discovering that they once kept orange trees in there. Then we saw how they were looking after Wrest Park when we saw the work that was being done on the Bowling Green building. We then ventured down to the pavilion and braved the very steep steps to see what was inside. After we wandered back to the education room it was time for lunch. The children loved the opportunity to play on the grass and have a picnic together. Then we went into the main house to find out how the house was used during the first world war and about the De Grey family. After a quick (but very appreciated) visit to the playground we went back into the gardens to sketch the flowers and statues. This trip would not have been possible without the support of the parents that accompanied us and the Wrest Park staff. The children had a fantastic day and you can see more pictures of our trip on the class pages.
Yesterday, the children ventured out in the unpredictable weather to go to church to have our Maundy Thursday service. The children sung some of the songs we performed at our Easter Service at school and then Mrs Purdue shared the Easter story. At the end of the story we had the first of the two goodbyes. Mrs O'Neil has worked at our school for over 12 years and we are very sad to see her moving onto her next adventure at a new school. The children performed a special song and she received gifts and cards from the governors, staff and children. We would like to thank Mrs O'Neil for her years of dedication, effort and care.
After returning to school, the children all received their own slice of Easter in the form of a hot cross bun. The children really enjoyed their tasty treat and were polite when thanking the year 4 buddies who helped to hand them out.
Towards the end of the day, we gathered together again, we celebrated the team who won the Grafham Cup for team work, the amazing children who have achieved 100% attendance this term and wished the children happy birthday before we are together again.
Finally, our second sad goodbye was to Mrs Ryan, she started by leading the whole school (adults included) in one of our 5aday exercise videos before the year 3 performed a dance. Then she received her gifts from the children, staff, parents and governors. After 12 years of enthusiastic, hard work to support every child to enter her classroom and every adult with any computing problems she will be greatly missed by staff, children and parents alike.
We are very lucky in our school to have incredible teachers like Mrs O'Neil and Mrs Ryan so whenever they leave to chase a new adventure we wish them the best and wait to hear of their new achievements.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter, we look forward to seeing you all ready to learn in the Summer Term and look forward to welcoming Mrs Parker.
Our grand total raised today for Sports Relief is
Please remember to send your sponsorship forms in by Friday to help us to raise money for this deserving charity.
Although there has been snow on the floor in Chestnut class there are signs of spring. The children have been enthralled all week with our little guests. The chicks were born at the end of last week and Mrs Gates battled the snow to make sure they were safe and sound when the school had to close. The children have been learning about the chicks, Miss Bill and Miss Bishopp have been impressed with the care and affection the children have shown to the chicks.