The Open Day will now take place on 11th December 2021.
If you would like to book a visit, please call Mrs Eaves or Mrs Drax in the office on 01379 586393

Ruby Attends Children’s Parliament As Part Of COP26

We offer our congratulations to Ruby who was nominated to participate in the Children’s Parliament as part of the lead up to COP26 on Friday 28th October. Ruby is keenly interested in politics and, as a passionate environmental campaigner, is also a member of our Eco Committee. She was nominated to sit as the member for North Ipswich and Mid Suffolk (the seat currently held by Dr Daniel Poulter MP). The event was due to be hosted by Sir David Ames MP, so started with a tribute to his work helping establish the Children’s Parliament. An introduction was also made by both Prime Minister Johnson, and the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle. The formal debate was wide-ranging and the contributions made by the members (who ranged in age from 7 to 13) were extremely informed, passionate and impressive. A vote was taken on which issues were the most pressing for young people and the Parliament voted that the need to reduce the use of carbon was their prime concern – this will now be relayed to representatives attending the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at COP26. 

If you would like to watch the debate in full, it can be accessed here: 

Well done Ruby. 

Cross-Country Success at Mellis

Well done Nancy, Sonny and Liam who came second, fourth and fifth in their year groups. The three will now proceed to the Cross-Country County Finals which takes place in the Spring. Indeed, well done to all the children who raced around the (very) long course on Mellis Common last Friday. All the children in Yangtze and Congo classes took part and great resilience and determination was shown by all. Some opted to take part in the fun run (which was also over a long-distance) and others took part in the competitive course, which was slightly longer again.

Reflection Shed

We now have our very own Reflection Shed!  Many thanks to the monitors in Congo Class, who have been helping children by showing them how to use the artefacts in our Reflection Shed.  Our first theme was Rainbows, and was very popular with children.  What an amazing rainbow you all made out of handprints!  Lots of you also said you liked decorating the prayer tree and holding the ‘worry balls’.  And a few of you even managed to make your own rainbows using the torch and prism.

Our new Reflection Shed is Advent.  We are currently planning some exciting activities, so keep an eye out!

A Trip to Eaton Vale

The children in Yangtze and Congo Classes had a fantastic day of adventurous activity when they visited Eaton Vale. The trip had been organised to replace the normal Year 6 residential visit to Hollowford in the Peak District that had been cancelled due to Covid restrictions. Thankfully, the Scout Centre at Eaton Vale set up a ‘residential-replacement’ day trip for us all to give us all a taste of the whole experience. And we thought, let’s take the Year 5s too! 

The day was packed full of activity, including: air rifles, a cave bus to wriggle through, team-building games, go-karting and grass sledging, and – best of all – canoeing.  

The day ended with the Eaton Vale Buggy Derby. Groups of children had to first dress up then use the posts, barrels and ropes provided to create their own buggy for a downhill race. Dances and songs needed to be written and performed to the other groups before racing could begin. Silliness, as you can no doubt imagine, ensued. 

A day to remember – Goodbye Year 6!

Yangtze Class, including our Year 6 leavers, had a lovely day on Friday as we completed a four mile walk around the village. The sun shone down on us both literally and metaphorically as we tramped our way through the fields to the north of the village, smiles spread across our faces. Mr Brown kindly agreed to let us walk along his tracks, but for the rest we stuck to the footpaths and lanes. We would like to thank Mrs Taylor and Mrs Adams for coming with us – it really was a lovely walk. 

As tradition dictates, at the end of the day, the Leavers challenged the staff to a game of rounders: Staff Vs Year 6. Little did they know, we were on a six-year winning streak and had no intention of losing our crown to them. A fiercely competitive game ensued with some incredible sporting moments on both teams. Impressive rounders were struck, amazing catches were caught, and a great many succumbed to some slick fielding on both sides. Despite the children pulling into an impressive lead, by the end of the match, order was restored and the staff were crowned the victors! 

The fun didn’t stop there though. Whilst we had been playing, Mr Schwier and Mr Seaman had got the barbeque going and Mrs Weedon had prepared everything for an evening feast of sausages and burgers (thank you Mrs Tooley), and then the real business of the day began: the water fight.  

Needless to say, we all got wet. And not just a little bit wet, either. Very wet. But just you wait. One day, when you’re in Year 6, it will be your turn! 

In a galaxy far, far away…… Star Warts!

The Key Stage 2 Summer Production was back with an explosion of song, dancing and some very dubious jokes called: Star Warts – The Umpire Strikes Back! The play told the story of a group of intrepid, albeit slightly hapless, space travellers; Luke Warmwater, Princess Nebula, Zak Solo, Toby Wonky Nosebleed, Daft Ada and the droids Qwerty and RU12, and their battles against the evil Umpire and his side-kick Spocky McSpock. Needless to say, it featured a cast of every TV sci-fi hero or villain from the last fifty years expertly played by the children of Yangtze Class.  

As a result of the Covid bubbles, the play didn’t include the whole of KS2 this year, just the children in Yangtze Class. But they rose to the challenge admirably, taking on individual solos, learning pages of lines and – in more than one case – taking on extra roles so we could cover the cast list. In fact, the children were responsible for putting on all aspects of this play: each dance was expertly choreographed by Annie Rose, Ruby, Ivy, Imogen, Saffron, Ella and Lily who then went on to teach each dance to the rest of the class; the scenery and props were created as part of our art lessons; and even the publicity materials were created by the class.  

We are extremely grateful to Mrs Foster for playing the piano with us once again. She makes such a huge contribution of her time and efforts to help us learn, practise and perfect the songs and we really couldn’t do it without her. Thank you also to our parents for the wonderful costumes and for laughing along with our jokes.  

Well done Yangtze Class,  you were out-of-this-world!

Our school has been transformed!

A series of wonderful, new, rainforest-themed displays produced by children from across the school now decorates our atrium. Playful ring-tailed lemurs, prowling jaguars, mischievous monkeys, squawking cockatoos, cuddly orang-utans, inquisitive ant-eaters and brightly coloured macaws now peer out at us with alert, friendly eyes as we walk past.  

The displays were produced by every child in the school from Nursery through to Year 6 supported by their teachers and workers from Art Solutions. We had a wonderful two days learning new techniques to add texture and colour to our creations. And of course, once it was all over each day, we had the exquisite pleasure of peeling strips of dried PVA glue from our fingers!  

Do look out for them the next time you are in school. We’d love to hear what you think! 

21st – 22nd  June 2021 

A message from Y4 Eco Group

In order to be more environmentally friendly, we would like to reduce waste.
If you KEEP your old water bottle in September, you will receive 3 bonus house points!

If you KEEP your old lunchbox, you will also receive 3 bonus house points!
If you and your family would rather buy new ones, that is fine, although the extra house points are for children who KEEP THEIR OLD ONES.

We have also twinned 3 toilets, 2 in Honduras and 1 in Indonesia! Thank you for the money. We appreciate it!

Operation Ocelot – thank you Hannah from WORLD LAND TRUST for giving us a meeting today! We are the first school to know about Operation Ocelot! Do you want to help WORLD LAND TRUST? Well you can give change in to WORLD LAND TRUST to help them to plant more trees and protect more acres.

from Eco Committee
PS Have a nice summer!