The Rockley residential is going well. We’re sorry we’ve not been able to post photos and a full report this morning but there are wifi problems at the lodge. We’ll endeavour to post pictures as soon as this is resolved and they can be emailed to school.
Last Saturday saw the successful running of the first PTFA Dog Show. There were activities on offer for all – face painting, glitter tattoos, a bouncy castle, cakes, ice-creams, a BBQ, colouring and ‘Spot the Dog’ competitions. As for dogs, there were lots of different classes to enter them into including best trick, waggiest tail and naughtiest dog! We were blessed with the sunshine as the dog classes began and there were many entries in each of the categories meaning judging them was no mean feat! The event has again raised money that will go back into the school for the children. Things like this take a lot of time and planning so I’d like to thank Mrs Dunkley who was the main ‘dog show director’, the PTFA, our parent helpers, volunteers from the village, Fran Wood, Mrs Levan who kindly supported the event as the official first aider and Mrs Wilson who did a fantastic job of providing the commentary for the day. The event was jointly supported by Coombefield Vets and our main judges on the day were JJ van Dijk and Donna Mace from the surgery and Katrina so again, thanks goes to them for their time and involvement.
At lunchtime, Mrs Brown and her helpful Year 6 crew, organised a book sale with books kindly donated by the parents. All the children really enjoyed coming to buy books for 10p and some of them got complete bargains! We managed to raise £21.40 in half an hour which was fantastic! Thanks to the parents who donated their unwanted books and to Keeley, Florrie, Eve, Lauren, Lily and Emily for all your hard work!
To celebrate World Book Day, we invited local author Rich Heddington to come and visit the children to read his book ‘Henry the Hedgegnome has a busy day’. He visited both key stage and chatted about where he got his idea from, how he put together his book and his plans for Henry’s future. The children loved listening to him read the story and asked him lots of questions! He left us with some fabulous activities to do in class which we hope to share with you when they’re finished. It was a very inspiring visit and a lovely way to start our morning.
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday the PTFA organised a pancake race for the children. It was a cold morning but the children soon warmed up when the race started. The KS2 children enjoyed showing of their pancake flipping skills and the event was enjoyed by all that participated.
The highlight of this week has definitely been the Christmas performance. Without a doubt, the show was enchanting and magical. For several weeks, children have been learning songs, lines and stage directions and their hard work has certainly paid off. A performance like that does not come together without the hard work and support of the whole school community. In particular, I’d like to thank the children for their hard work and enthusiasm, the staff for supporting the children, yourselves for helping with costumes, Mr Rouse and Mrs Searle for the stunning backdrop and props and Mrs Brown for organising and directing the performance. I’d also like to thank the PTFA for providing the teas, coffees and sweet treats. All the money raised from the sale of the refreshments is going to Axminster Charities Together as they are organising a Christmas meal on Christmas Day in All Saints Village Hall for all those in the community who will be on their own for the day – thank you for your generous donations.
Another successful ‘PTFA Christmas Shopping Day’. The children were clearly very excited to be able to buy presents for their family; we hope you enjoy the gifts they chose for you! Many thanks to the PTFA and parents that gave up their time to help make this such a delight for the children.
On Monday 19th October, myself and Florrie held a cake sale for Macmillan and Cancer Research. It was a great success as we raised £100.06. I would like to thank everyone for coming. I would also like to give very special thanks to Mrs Binion for her amazing chocolate cakes, Florrie for her cool cakes and all her help and finally Mrs Porter for making it happen and also for the fact that her lovely cakes sold out extremely quick.
On Monday Classes 1 and 2 went on a trip to the Magdalen Farm. The children (and adults!) had a wonderful, action packed day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In the morning we divided into tribes and applied face paints, then went down to the deep, dark woods to test our survival skills and teamwork. We helped make a fire; built dens, which when tested, were not waterproof and finished off with hot chocolate and marshmallows. In the afternoon we split into our classes and explored the farm using our senses; smelling and tasting our way around the herb garden and polytunnels. Who knew that nasturtium flowers had nectar that tasted so sweet, or had leaves with such a peppery kick? The chickens pecked our hands and the pigs felt bristly compared to the velvet nose of a horse. We all learnt a lot whilst having fun. Did you know you can clean your teeth with a sage leaf?
On Thursday 16th July, after many weeks of preparation, Class 4 held their ‘sweet treat’ sale. As part of their English lessons they had been tasked to create, design, advertise and market a new healthy sweet treat for children. They came up with their own brand names, logos, slogans and packaging to go along with the recipes they had decided to make. The PTFA kindly lent each group some money so that they could produce their product and sell it in order to (hopefully) make a profit. I’m very pleased to say that they did! In total the class made £121.78, which after deducting our initial outlay of £80 gave us a very respectable profit of £41.78! Not bad for a first effort from our budding entrepreneurs! I’d like to say a big thank you to the PTFA for their help with funding the project, the children and I are very grateful that we were able to use the money to bring the project to life. I’d also like to thank all the parents for their support throughout the project and for buying our treats! Finally, I’d like to say huge congratulations to all the children in Class 4 for working so hard to create their amazing products- you should all be very proud.