What an Exciting Assembly!

This Monday we have had a special visitor and we were presented with TWO very special awards.

Mr Dayman, from Meningitis Now, came to collect a rather large cheque from our junior leaders.  This was the money we raised during our Harvest collections for the Edward Dee Forever Fund.  Mr Dayman was most impressed and told us all about the work of the charity we are supporting this year.

Then Mrs Tomlinson told us we had received an Environmental School Award from North West in Bloom and we were one of only four schools to be awarded this status.  The judges were particularly impressed with the allotment and the Forest School.    Follow this link to see more about the award.

https://www.northwestinbloom.com/2017bibawards

 

And then Miss Kirkham presented us with our Gold Award Plaque for the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark.  This  is a Government led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.

Following an application from us over the summer in 2017, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games GOLD Mark, for the second year running. This award reflects many things to do with our PE provision in school, including:

  • The quantity of high-quality PE lessons our children receive each week;
  • The amount of children participating in extra-curricular sporting activity each week;
  • The support we provide for our talented young sports people and less active children;
  • The number of competitive events we take part in each year.

By receiving the Gold award, it really does put us among the top schools in the country for the opportunities we provide in PE. We are very proud of this award and hope it can be used as a springboard to develop our PE teaching even more!

Our big blogging lesson!

We welcomed Deputy Mitchell into Hall Park today to help us hit a world wide audience with our blogs. Deputy Mitchell worked with our Year 1 class who all impressed him by writing their own blog post. Year 6 then joined together in a really BIG blogging lesson in the hall where we learned about the schools we will work with in our Quad Blogging project from Norway, Chicago and Manchester.

Look who got to meet PUDSEY!

Even Pudsey could not resist the purple sofa! 

The purple sofa is one of my little visitors’ favourite places to relax.  Pudsey has had a tiring few days preparing for Children in Need today and so I wasn’t surprised when I found him in my room, taking advantage of a few minutes peace.

Thank you Pudsey, Graham and Gilly for visiting us today.  We loved every minute.

 

Year 2 are off to the Tower

As part of their ‘ILLUMINATE’ connector the Year 2 classes set off to Blackpool Tower. They didn’t have the best weather but the didn’t let this dampen their excitement.  From the moment they arrived in school they were so full of smiles and fun, and when they saw they had a double-decker coach I thought they might just pop!

Children teach us all how to be brilliant and to see the best in everything.  Not one of them complained about the grey drizzly weather but everyone of them skipped onto the coach filling it with laughter and joy.

UPDATE: all the children came back safe and sound.  They LOVED the visit to the Tower and are inspired to use all they have learnt in their learning back in school.  A huge thank you to all our parent and family helpers.  It made a tremendous difference having so many adults to support the visit.

 

Peace Babies

Our value for this half term is exploring our thoughts on PEACE.  In assembly today we talked about peace babies and  I set the children a challenge

There are six PEACE babies and they all had a name – they still have the same names today.

Can you find out the names of the PEACE babies? Don’t forget the peace babies are now called Jelly Babies!

UPDATE: Thank you Jess for helping me and being the first to answer my assembly challenge – Well done 😃 Jess has found out all about the PEACE baby names…

In 1989 each of the six babies were given a name.
Pink Baby Bonny wears a nappy and frilly bonnet. She is always crawling into mischief!
Boofuls is green. He is soft-hearted and cries a lot, even when he is happy!
Bumper is orange, wears a bum-bag, and bumps into things!
Bubbles has her hair in a ponytail and is yellow.
Bigheart is purple and always puts his friends first.
Brilliant is the red leader of the gang.

 

 

School INSET Days

To start the autumn term break we had two fabulous INSET days in school on Thursday and Friday for all the teachers and teaching assistants. On the first day we found out about the Family Links approach.
This looks at practical strategies to develop emotional resilience, improving the social and emotional wellbeing of all our children. We will be introducing the ideas, including a type of circle time, over the next few weeks.
On the second day we found out all about the Art of Being Brilliant! This focused on discovering our strengths, learning to make the most of what we have and trying to be positive in everything we do – not just as teachers but as human beings!

Andy Cope – The Art of Being Brilliant

Both days were fascinating and we can’t wait to share with you some of the advice to help you to support your child’s and your own emotional health.

 

Pupils’ Equality Charter

I had a wonderful presentation from the School Council today who wanted to share their work on developing and writing of an Equality Charter written by pupils, for pupils.  I was so proud of the thought they are putting into this work.  They also see that their understanding is changes and see this document as a starting point , and they will return to, edit and add to it later in the year.  One of them suggested they could do this in a different colored text so they could see their learning! I love their ideas – I am so proud of their focus on not only their thoughts but also positively influencing the thinking of others to make our school and world happy and harmonious.

They are dealing here with issues adults struggle with – and they truly could teach us all a thing or two!

You can read the Charter by clicking on the link below

Equality charter 2017