We are very proud of Mrs Henley, who has completed her Thrive training. The Thrive approach focusses on children’s mental health and wellbeing, with the knowledge, insights and resources needed to develop relationships that help children and young people flourish and learn.
This week Year 2 were all very brave when they welcomed Axe Valley Wildlife Park. Giant stick insects; a Chinese water dragon; bearded dragons; a giant millipede; a corn snake and a royal python were amongst the visitors! The children very much enjoyed learning about how they survive and adapt to their habitat.
Congratulations to the Year 3/4 ‘A’ team who took part in a Hockey Tournament at Holyrood on 26 November and returned overall winners. Well done everyone!
Members of the community joined the children to be creative. The focus was on the oak tree and local artists were available to help and inspire.
During Wellbeing Week we all had the opportunity to learn how to look after ourselves as well as being able to experience different sports and activities.
Different sports included: lacrosse, table tennis, taekwondo, archery, volleyball, badminton, athletics, country dancing, Parkour, Rocktopus and an extended obstacle course too! Year 3 went out of school on a Ready to Climb trip where many of the children climbed higher than they thought they could, so well done to them all.
A dentist told us how to look after our teeth; we practiced relaxation techniques; and visited the Health Bus.
Here are thoughts and quotes from some of the children:
Reception Class – “I loved going under the parachute.”
Year 1 – “The band got everyone up dancing and we all had to move around the school. We learnt some new dance moves!”
“I found badminton hard at the beginning as I could not hit with the racket, but I improved by the end.”
Year 2 – “The sprinting was my favourite athletics activity and we had to jump for 5 minutes!”
Year 3 – “Lacrosse is a fun new sport that I am pleased I tried; it was a great experience.”
Year 5 – The children said that they enjoyed soft archery because it could be made easier or harder by standing at different distances from the target and by using different bows.
Year 6 – “Taekwondo was hard and physically challenging but also good fun!”
Here is the week in pictures:
We are delighted that we have been awarded the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the second time!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sports Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include: hockey; football; Motiv8; tag rugby; netball; rounders and cricket fixtures. The launch of the Wellbeing Passport and Wellbeing Week!
Many of our children have competed in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we are asked to fulfill criteria in the areas of participation; competition; workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
Special thanks go to all the parents who have: completed consent forms; obtained Wellbeing Hoodies; transported children to fixtures and made cakes for match teas. By working together we can achieve so much.
We look forward to applying once again in 2020!
A fantastic day was had by all those who took part in Voice in a Million at Wembley – well done!
Parents and children were introduced to the maths programme that will be taught and had the opportunity to learn through games.
Our singing club and ukulele group had a fantastic time performing independently and with other local schools, in front of a large audience, at the Holyrood Concert.
Years 3 and 4 Forest School have enjoyed taking part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch. For further information https://www.rspb.org.uk