FIRST FAMILY FUN EVENING IS FANTASTIC!

We had such a good time on Friday evening at the Family Fun event. We were so lucky with the weather: it threatened to rain, but then held off – in fact, it turned into a fabulous evening. We are so grateful to FOFSA for all they did to organise the activities, to all the teachers and staff who stayed on late into the evening to run their stalls and to the firefighters who came to us after their shifts at work so we could clamber all over their fire engine! Thank you.

We always say we are ‘at the heart of our community’ and it certainly felt that way on Friday evening. It was wonderful to see the children playing whilst the adults caught up, chatted and relaxed. It is clear we are part of a strong, close and supportive community.

There was so much to do: the pond was teaming with life and Lauren Mack was on hand to tell us all exactly what we were looking at; the bouncy castles kept many children entertained all evening; there was rounders and football well into the night; a crowd of children were kept entertained and well-fed by Miss Adamson and Mrs Bishop at the fire-pit; the wand-making stall was incredibly popular; and it was great to see the children’s faces when the fire engine turned up with its lights flashing and its woo-woos on! The evening ended with the great fun of the tug-of-war, which everyone really enjoyed (but would someone please remind me next time that my back is too old for silly games!).

FOFSA report that the evening raised a fantastic £350. So, well done all and thank you once again to all who helped make the evening brilliant.

School Values

The Governing Body, including our parent governors, have recently been working on our school values and the Strategic Plan. This document very clearly sets out the strategic priorities for 2024 and how they sit alongside our school’s ethos (I have come that you may have life in all its fullness. John 10:10), our five core values (courage, responsibility, well-being, respect and curiosity), and our curriculum drivers (lifelong learners, healthy for life, at the heart of our community, environmentally aware and rights respecting citizens of the world).

Fressingfield wins Gold at Netball!

Massive congratulations to the Compete Netball team, who recently came home with the gold medal position in the High Suffolk HSSSP schools tournament!  This consisted of teams from over ten schools, and is a prestigious and very competitive event!  

On a mild, sunny day, we took two teams, consisting of Compete:  Tobie, Daisy, Bella, George, Imogen, Lydia and Eden, and Develop:  Niall, Maisie, Sienna, Elizabeth, Oliver, Scarlett and Edward, all children from Years 5 and 6.  The games were short (ten minutes each) with no end changes, with children playing different teams on different courts.  With a quick changeover time between games, children needed to be at the right place, at the right time.  Our opponents included a local school which is very competitive, and fielded three Compete teams.

Games were refereed by sports mentors from Framlingham College, who were fair and helpful with all the teams.  In the Compete tournament, Fressingfield made a cracking start, with a rapid hat-trick from Tobie, who then scored another goal!  In the second match, Fressingfield had an even more decisive win.  We then heard that one team had had a national coach to work with them – we drew with this team, who had children who were very tight in their passing.  After the first six games, the Compete team had won five games and drawn one.  With the children making their own substitutions and strategic decisions, all focus was on the semis.  With a plan in place, the Compete team was then told – no semis!  The tournament was all on points during the league rounds!  With bated breath, we heard we were the winners!  Fantastic job, Fressingfield!

Develop team also did incredibly well, although didn’t make medal position.  We were so proud of our school’s determination, passion, respect and all-round enjoyment of the day.  A special mention to our school individual medal winners:  Tobie and Niall (Determination) and George (Teamwork).

EASTER SERVICE AT ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH, FRESSINGFIELD

The children of Fressingfield Primary School held their annual Easter Celebration at the parish church this Tuesday with a packed church in attendance. The celebration, which featured presentations from each class, was a thoughtful and uplifting event. The whole school sang with passion and enthusiasm, having been ably taught by Ms Clarke who volunteers regularly at the school. They started with Life is a Wonderful Thing, enjoyed Whose Pigs Are These? as a round in two parts, sang Mary’s Song with huge emotion and almost lifted the roof of the church of with The Power and the Glory. The children in Yangtze gave a thoughtful presentation about Doubting Thomas. Congo shared some lovely Easter Poems, Mrs Buckenham wrote another wonderful song for Colorado Class and Ms Bussien taught them how to sign it, and Danube and Waveney Classes performed some very cute songs with actions too. We were all grateful to Revd Susan and the team at Fressingfield church for leading us and accommodating us.

The service was also an opportunity to award the cups for the term. Here are our winners in full:

The Mary Lewis Reading Award: Tabitha, Zac, Ollie, Darwin, Martha, Jasmine and Sienna.

The Mrs Tuthill Award for Politeness and Good Manners: Verity and Emily

The Mary Webb Art Award: John

The Mrs Spice Art Awards: Emily-Aliza and George

The Mrs Fenning Trophy: Hector

The Chase Cup: Oscar

The Fox and Goose Cup: Raven

We hope you all have a lovely Easter Holiday!

BRONZE IN THE SWIMMING GALA!

Our swimmers picked up the Bronze award in the swimming gala at Stradbroke Pool on Tuesday in a competition with 9 other schools. The eight swimmers, who were whisked away at the end of the Easter celebration at the church to go and compete, took part in races for each stroke and a team medley. The races were hotly contested, and the fastest at each stroke were invited to take part in a final, in which Tobie achieved a first place finish and Eden a second place finish. Well done to them and well done to the whole team – Eden, Tobie, Oscar, Oliver, Scarlett, Imogen, Poppy and Hector, who finished in third place overall. A fantastic achievement!

HOCKEY GOLD!

Congratulations to the Hockey Team who came away with the Gold Medal in the HSSSP Compete Competition last Wednesday. This is a hotly contested competition, with teams from more than ten schools across the High Suffolk area including some of the biggest schools in the area. Fressingfield Primary School sent two teams to the event; one in the Compete competition and another at the Develop level.

The Fressingfield children really put on a show: the compete competition was played as a league and our boys and girls, including children in Years 4, 5 and 6 won their first six games and then drew their final game. Games were played in teams of four with the requirement that two boys and two girls are on the pitch at all times. We had a team of six and rolling subs, so each member played an equal part in the success, so well done to Sophia, Harriet, Lydia, Oscar, Tobie and Hector. A special mention must go to Tobie who was awarded a ‘Determination’ individual medal: one of these is awarded per team to the player that most epitomises one of the sporting values.

The Develop team also had a good competition, winning two of their games and drawing another, which left them third overall in their group. Ms Scott admired their passion and commitment as a group, so well done James, Archie, George, Jayden, Bella, Daisy and Ella. In this competition it was Daisy who picked up the individual award, this time for ‘Teamwork.’

Well done all!

WHAT A LOT OF SUDS! THE JRSO CAR WASH

The Junior Road Safety Officers, with the help of their classmates in Yangtze Class, spent the afternoon washing cars today. And what a great job they did! Mr Leicester’s car (which had never been washed since being bought in the autumn!) was transformed: the children were convinced it was smiling as it was driven off the playground. Mrs Scott and Mr Eaves, who helped the children, were impressed with their enthusiasm, energy, commitment to high standards and customer care! Each car left washed, dried and gleaming in the spring sunshine.

The children raised over £60 towards their yellow lines project. They are determined to transform the parking issues at the front of the school for the better by having yellow zig-zag lines painted. This would mean the emergency services always have access to the school in an emergency and the school bus will always be able to get around. This is another excellent example of ‘courageous advocacy’ at Fressingfield Primary School: we want our children to understand that they are able to make a positive difference to the world around them through their actions.

There are lots of ways in which children can get involved and take on responsibilities at Fressingfield Primary School, including being a librarian, a JRSO, an anti-bullying ambassador, eco-committee member, gardening club member, or a member of the school council. If your child is interested in getting involved, just speak to their class teacher to find out more.

New Mural to Celebrate World Book Day

We are really pleased to unveil the new mural on the wall outside Waveney Class. The mural, created by our Artist-In-Residence, Simon Bobby, features all of our very favourite book characters including the Tiger Who Came To Tea, the dragon from Room On The Broom, the Gruffalo, the Cat In The Hat, Meg and Mog, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and many, many more. If you haven’t already done so, please do go and have a look. Can you name them all? Which of these books have you read and which is your favourite character?

We would like to offer a huge thank you to Simon for dedicating so much time to creating this mural for us. We absolutely love it!

World Book Day

7th March 2024

World Book Day is always so much fun, and this year seemed like the best one yet at Fressingfield Primary School. The children’s costumes were really quite fantastic: the teachers loved seeing some of their favourite characters from Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Beatrix Potter and JK Rowling’s books to name but a few. The photos will show just how much effort was put into each character.

We also enjoyed trying to guess what each spoon character was. Every child in the school was given a wooden spoon to transform into a favourite character. Try playing the game yourself: some of them are very obvious – in assembly when we tested the school, we all recognised Mr Bump, Harry Potter, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Willy Wonka. But some were a little harder. Can you name all the characters in the examples in these pictures?

Some children also contributed new book covers to create a display in our library – thank you for those.

The morning was started by the school librarians, who shared with us the children’s task. They wanted all the children in the school to share their ideas for a revamped library. This included thinking about an overall theme (woodland, space, jungle and authors were some of the ideas shared), and also the type of furniture, carpeting, shelving and areas. Their designs include book nooks, story chairs, tables for group work, covered reading areas and many more.

The librarians will now collate the results and share them with the children before embarking on the redesign itself. We’re looking forward to it all.

Spirituality

A newborn baby. A daisy. An amazing sunset. To some of us, these show the glory of God. To others, these wondrous things make us realise how small we are, but how big and amazing life is!  Spirituality can be a tricky subject for adults, but we’ve been having a good think about it recently. 

Children in Congo Class helped to prepare an assembly on Spirituality. First, the children talked about evidence of spirituality in school. Then they made posters. Here are some below. 

In our assembly, we asked children to guess some of the signs we had thought of. Well done to the children who managed to think of the following; using our reflection shed, our Year 6 leavers’ assembly, our church services, especially harvest and having two minutes’ silence on Remembrance Day. How many more can you think of?