What a wonderful week! Our School Sports Day was such good fun! It was so good to see so many parents come on site to not only watch the children participate but to join in as well; a highlight was the dad’s relay 😊 Thank you to Mr Elliott for organizing the event. It takes a long time and a lot of thought to organise an event like this and the afternoon ran like clockwork. Thank you too to the Year 5 PE leaders for organizing and setting up equipment - you all did a great job!
Last night we had our first Music Concert since Covid 19. It was a real celebration of music and drama. The children’s performances were beautiful and it was so wonderful to see just how many children have taken the opportunity to participate in musical or drama activities. Again, it was great to see so many parents in the hall; being together makes such a difference. On behalf of the school, thank you Mrs Pearson, Mrs Haysom, Mrs Owens and all the peri’s for organizing this fantastic event.
I want to thank the PTA for a BRILLIANT Summer Fayre. Again, the amount of time and organisation an event such as this takes is HUGE. We are so lucky to have this incredible group of parents who give of their time and energy and help to raise so much money for the school. Thank you so much! Thank you too for all of you that came to Summer Fayre; your support is greatly appreciated.
Next week we have the KS2 production, the swimming gala and the parents’ open evening; from not having anyone in, it is so lovely to be able to welcome everyone back.
Have a great weekend
This week, Mrs Watts led our whole school assembly in her role as Science Leader.
Her assembly sparked such a range of our Learning Powers, with the top ones being Curiosity and Questioning and Making Links.
The children were filled with excitement as she climbed to the top of the PE apparatus and dropped different objects from a height.
Prior to dropping, the children had to predict what would happen: would the object bounce? Break? Smash?
It was wonderful to listen into their conversations about what would happen to the ball, egg, grape and watermelon! It was even better to hear their awe and wonder on seeing the outcome.
Who would have thought the grape would just bounce away while the watermelon split open? Why? What caused these two things to behave so differently?
The size of the object? The weight? The hardness of its outer skin? All these questions came up from what the children had observed and it was so interesting to hear their reasons as to why they thought certain things had happened.
The assembly didn’t end with all the answers, instead it ended by celebrating all the questions it led to and how scientific discovery is never ending: whatever outcome is discovered, it leads to other questions that we want to know the answers to. Curiosity and Questioning really are such important Learning Behaviours!
Thank you Mrs Watts for such an inspiring assembly.
Enjoy your time with family and friends over a slightly cooler weekend, hopefully. I wonder what discoveries you will all make?
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme that we have all been asked to consider this year is loneliness.
Loneliness is something we have all experienced or will experience at different times in our lives and was one of the most significant factors of mental health issues in the CV19 pandemic.
We all went through Lockdowns and extended periods of time not being able to see those we care about and love and with this we missed out on times where we could feel cared for and ensure those, we love felt cared for and loved. For some people they saw no one for days, weeks, or months; not even via a screen. I cannot imagine how difficult this time must have been for people living on their own during that time.
In school we spent time reflecting on how it feels inside when we are feeling lonely. The children shared things such as:
We spoke about the difference between being lonely and being alone. I asked the question; does being alone mean you are lonely? Again, the children were very thoughtful, and we came up with the idea that being alone is a choice, whereas being lonely isn’t.
We went on to speak about our School Value of Health and Happiness and how we each have a role in making sure everyone in our school feels loved and cared for. We spoke about what we could each do to make sure others in our school were not left to experience loneliness. They shared their ideas:
Shaun Tan’s book The Red Tree is a beautiful graphic novel that explores the topic of loneliness through pictures and minimal words. Have a look at this link if you would like to see for yourself.
Beegu by Alexis Deacon is another beautifully illustrated story focused on this same theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaX_zGZO0Y8
We all have an impact on how others feel and we can choose to be kind and thoughtful and this choice makes all the difference.
Have a happy weekend with those you love and care for.
Year 4 are returning from their residential at Colehayes Park today - the first residential for the school in three years!
They have had a fantastic time and the sun has shone! Thank you very much to Miss White, Mrs Finnegan, Mrs Wannell and Mrs Muldoon for giving their time to make this wonderful experience possible.
Welcome back Year 4!