On Friday 20th April we joined with other schools in Andover to raise awareness of the amazing work the Hampshire and Isle of Wight carry out. The children wore clothes with yellow and green on them and donated a £1 to benefit the charity. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance website was very informative and we were able to find out lots of interesting facts about the helicopters and the life-saving work the team do every day and night.
On Wednesday 18th April, we all enjoyed our Hope, Peace and Remembrance White Day to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
We spent the day learning about the First World War and creating white doves and white flower to contribute to the county wide art project. In Year One they also made dove biscuits with white icing. The children’s art work is currently displayed in our school hall but will be collected shortly so it can become part of larger installations around Hampshire later this year.
Most of the materials were kindly donated by parents and friends of the school so thank you donating such a lovely variety of white materials for the art workshops.
We also shared stories about members of our family who may have served during the war and we have created a book of memories to share with the children.
We all got into the festive spirit with our amazing children singing, dancing and acting in their Christmas Performances recently. We saw Woodpecker Class and Gosling Class in Prickly Hay. Osprey Class, Robin Class and Cygnet Class performed Jesus' Christmas Party. Hawk Class, Kingfisher Class and Duckling Class let us know How Rudolf Got His Nose. After a long wait, Eagle Class and Owlet Class finished our week off with A Miracle in Town. Thank you again for all of your help with costumes and learning lines.
All of the performances were very well attended and our audiences joined in with the Christmas spirit. Your generous donations will support the local community through The Bridge, The Crisis Centre and Andover District MENCAP.
Last week eighteen of our Year 2 children visited Harrow Way Community School to bake cookies in their fabulous cookery room. The teachers were very impressed with the children and said 'They were lovely children who were impeccably behaved, they even did the washing up to a high standard!!' We always welcome opportunities for our children to take their learning outside the classroom and to enjoy new experiences. Thank you to Harrow Way for welcoming us so warmly and to all of the Harrow Way teachers who popped into the cookery room to say 'hello'.
We welcomed Emma and Buddy from the NSPCC to school to talk to the children about the NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe Programme. Emma delivered a child-friendly, interactive assembly about how the children can keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries.
We chose to support the NSPCC's work through a sponsored dance at school. Emma was overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and families and in total we have raised £2974.90. On behalf of the NSPCC, we would like to say a very big THANK YOU.
We would like to say a very big thank you to all of the brilliant bakers, fabulous tea drinkers and wonderful cake eaters. With your support our Macmillan coffee morning was a huge success. Opening at 8.15, we caught those wanting cake before school as well as others stopping off for a cuppa after drop off. We raised over £500!! A big well done to our raffle prize winners, happy baking to you all.
Tuesday morning saw the whole school taking part in our annual Sports Day. We were very lucky that the rain held off and we even saw some sunshine!
Each year group had lots of fun taking part in a variety of races and earning points for their house team before coming together to compete in a series of flat running races. The water race was a firm favourite amongst all the children and we all demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship cheering on our friends and team mates.
The overall winners of the morning, who get to lay claim to the Outstanding Performance cup for the year ahead is Blue House. Congratulations!
Yellow Team were the proud winners of the Perseverance and Determination trophy. Red Team won the trophy for Excellent Sportsmanship.
Well done everyone and thank you to everybody for all the hard work.
We were very lucky to be included in Sean Taylor's recent tour of schools. Sean arrived on a very hot Friday afternoon with P.G. Wells, the book shop from Winchester. As the children arrived in the hall they were greeted by Sean playing a drum. The afternoon was very interactive with opportunities for the children to ask Sean questions about his books, solve his riddles, listen to him reading some of his stories and singing. Sean needed the children's help to write a poem about animals. He helped them to think carefully about their word choices. The book signing was well attended with almost £500 of book sales. Sean commented on the children's willingness to share ideas and their creativity. What a fabulous afternoon it was!