Melksham Town v Mangotsfield United
Some of the football club children enjoyed a visit to Melksham Town Football Club to watch the game against Mangotsfield United. It was a great game and Melksham won 2-1! The children were all clapping and cheering, the first half Melksham were 0-1 but they came back in the second half with two great goals. MTFC were very accommodating, welcoming and friendly. The children received some presents from the club which was very kind and made their trip even more special. Thank you Melksham Town Football Club!
Our Advent Service at St Katharine's Church in Holt at the beginning of December was thoroughly enjoyed by family and friends. The choir sang beautifully, the little ones recited scripture and older children read from the Bible and led prayers. A retiring collection was made towards building work at Peace Primary School in Kadugli, Sudan and raised £236.
Football match - Appleford v Emmaus - 5th December 2019
We travelled to Appleford School to play a friendly 8 a side boys football match. The boys played fantastically, showing great team work, communication and sportsmanship. They did the school proud with their behaviour and were a pleasure to watch. Emmaus won 10-5 with excellent goals from Ben, Zak, James and Sam. At the end of the game the boys enjoyed some refreshments kindly provided by Appleford.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal :
Thank you to everyone who has donated boxes, gifts and wrapping paper for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal, and also to everyone who joined in to help at the Packing Party. We have packed over twenty boxes and they are now at the collection depot waiting to be sent to children across the world.
Cross Country event at Stonar School - 7th and 8th November 2019
Our Primary and Secondary pupils attended a Cross Country event at Stonar School. All of our Primary pupils and some of our Secondary pupils came in the top 50% - which was amazing, considering that there were over 90 children in each category. They all worked really hard, and showed good sportsmanship to their peers from different schools. Our PE teacher was very proud of them all!
As part of a topic on the war, senior pupils looked at the poem by Rob Aitchison in their English lesson and then in Art made some striking poppies for display using materials and a hot glue gun.
General Studies lesson :
In their General Studies lesson, Years 7 and 8 joined in a 'Newspaper Fashion Show'. In a team of six, the pupils were given a time limit to design and create an item of clothing out of newspaper, which one pupil then 'modelled' when the time was up. A great team building exercise, requiring group brainstorming and delegation of tasks. The finished 'products' were amazing!
Assembly for Years 3-11 with Professor Stuart Burgess
4th October 2019
Professor Burgess gave a very engaging talk to our pupils about our nervous system and how it works. Engineers look at its design and marvel! And rightly so, as we are 'fearfully and wonderfully made' by our Creator God. All of our pupils participated in the question and answer section at the end, and our older pupils were given some careers guidance, finding out that more girls are needed in engineering!
Young Ambassadors Conference :
Two of our Year Six students attended the Young Ambassadors conference in Trowbridge. This is what they said:
"We went to a sports ambassador meeting. We filled in booklets and played games in groups" from Kezzy
"I went in a separate group from Kezzy and talked about how we could make changes when we do sports. Also we played fun games" from Harry
Events from the previous term
Walking Challenge - June 2019
It was the perfect day for our 10 and 5 mile walking challenges, which the pupils really enjoyed. Some of them are asking to do a longer walk next time!
Duke of Edinburgh :
Pupils recently successfully completed their assessed expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
As explained by Josie Barber :
Day 1 was the most difficult day because the route we had planned was extremely overgrown. It was about 12 km long and it was also quite hot, but we soldiered through and after about 6 hours we arrived at the campsite without getting lost. We put up our tents, cooked our food and played lots of interesting games. When Mrs Wiltshire arrived we encountered a slight problem, she didn't have a tent. After a while of calling around, we finally managed to get one. However, by this time it was quite dark and Mr Gulliford and Mrs Wiltshire thought it would be funny to watch us put the tent up. The challenge became much harder when we realised the tent was one of those old fashioned ones, but we managed it in the end with the help of some instructions. On day 2, the walking was much easier. We travelled about the same distance, but it only took us about 4 hours as the route was fairly flat and it wasn't overgrown. However we took a wrong turn at one point but we found our way back. Overall the DofE expedition was a great experience and we learnt a lot of new skills. It was also really fun and it allowed us to work together as a team.
Athletics competition at Kingdown School – Monday 24th June 2019
We took a trip over to Kingdown School to take part in an athletics competition. The children competed in a sprint, long distance, relay, standing long jump, speed bounce and vortex howler throw.
We came 4th place and were 2 points off coming 3rd! The children should be very proud of how well they did and it was lovely to see them all supporting and congratulating each other.
It was a great end to the term and we look forward to many more fixtures next year!
Class 2 has had a student from The Netherlands who is studying to be a Teaching Assistant. She has been teaching the children about life in the Netherlands and organised a fun session of typical Dutch games for the class.
Appleford v Emmaus – Thursday 20th June 2019
We recently played a game of cricket and rounders against Appleford school. We had so much fun that the scores got forgotten about but they were both very close games!
The children worked really hard, showing great sportsmanship and they should all be proud of themselves, especially as this was the first ever cricket game for many of them.
Visit from a traffic police officer - Monday 10th June 2019
On the 10th June Class 1, 2 and 3 had a surprise visit from a local traffic police officer. He brought his very fast BMW car with him and set off all his sirens. The children learnt all about the equipment he has to carry on him and one very brave pupil found out what it was like to be handcuffed!
School trip to 'We The Curious' Bristol on Wednesday 8th May 2019
On Wednesday 8th May the whole school enjoyed a trip to 'We the Curious' in Bristol. The younger children had great fun exploring the practical activities, putting into practice the work they had done on energy, forces, magnetism and electricity. The senior children engaged in science experiments in the laboratory, consolidating their learning so far this year. Great fun was had by all, and it was fantastic that the museum was not too busy, meaning that there was plenty of time and space to explore fully the interactive experiences.
On Tuesday 30th April, Year 6 were thankful to God for the lovely weather we had for Bikeability. Firstly, we cycled round the playground, stopping, starting and signalling. We also learnt how to do an emergency stop. Before we went on to Stage 2, we had a break and our instructor taught us what to check on our bike before going on the roads. She said we must always check our handles, brakes, pedals and if the bike’s tyres are flat.
For Stage 2, we went on the roads and our instructor showed us how to and then watched us as we did U-turns, cycled in and out of a T-junction and past parked cars. To finish off, we went for a 25 minute cycle round the estate. When we were back at school, our instructor did some Highway Code flashcards with us. We then found out that we had all passed Stage 1 and 2. Overall Year 6 had an amazing time and learnt a lot.
When visitors first enter our school, they invariably comment on the atmosphere. Described in infinitely different ways, the essence of a visitor's immediate impression is happy, motivated pupils working purposefully, quietly and independently in a calm learning environment of small classes, which are skilfully managed by dedicated, caring teachers who are passionate about their job.
The pupils themselves describe it as a loving family, where everyone is known and valued - a safe haven, where children can be themselves and find acceptance. Pupils thrive here – spiritually, socially, emotionally and academically.
'What is our secret?' is a question I often ask myself. In a fast-paced, constantly changing world of education, I believe that our success is because everything we do is underpinned by timeless and enduring values -attentiveness, faithfulness, creativity, diligence, patience, contentment, obedience, wisdom, tender-heartedness, thankfulness, honesty, joyfulness, love, forgiveness, responsibility and self-control. Values which are rooted in the Christian faith.
If you have never visited this very special place, I would love to welcome you and show you round so that you can see for yourself.
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