What a colourful and creative week we have had inspired by our theme of Africa! The children have demonstrated a fantastic range of skills and the classrooms have been a hive of activity with all of the activities that have been going on from mask making to hut building and painting to animal design, they have all participated brilliantly. We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who gave their time to support the children this week, it was greatly appreciated.
On Wednesday a team of 11 keen athletes travelled to Colyton Grammar school to take part in the year 3/4 Quad Kids athletics. This is a competition where all children take part in 4 events and a cumulative team score is earned. Therefore every child’s performance is important. Our children looked smart in their kits and behaved really well. When the results were announced it was great to see the delighted surprise of the team. There were really proud of their achievements and we now look forward to the East Devon finals at The Kings School in Ottery St Mary in a few weeks.
Having arrived safely, we had a short amount of time to find our rooms and eat lunch before we were on our way down to the beach for our first activity. They all expertly managed their wetsuits and were ferried out by motor boat to the Wayfarer sailing boats. Our instructors each took a group of 4 children and they very quickly gained confidence on the water, so much so that a dance routine broke out on one boat! At one point we were joined by a couple of seals which was a lovely bonus. We then had our evening meal of sweet and sour pork followed by apple crumble before heading back down to the beach for an evening of crabbing and circus skills. We caught an impressive number of crabs before releasing them back. A terrific first day was had by all.
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.