I am writing this to you looking out on our first winter's scene. The trees look stunning, beautiful and the sudden cold snap was totally unexpected this morning! Winter has arrived!
Although clearly it has taken us all by surprise this morning, it is a reminder to please ensure your children have some winter boots, hats and gloves so they can enjoy the snow next time. There were lots of happy, excited children arriving at school this morning which is wonderful to see.
This weekend, we are sending home your child's Maths and English books as you were unable to see these at our virtual parents' evenings. We will be very grateful if you could ensure these books are back in school on Monday, so that we can continue working in them next week.
I hope you are able to enjoy a winter walk this weekend and we all look forward to a week of Christmas festivities next week.
Congratulations to all those involved in the music and PE videos this week. We hope you enjoy them and please share them with your children and family.
To celebrate Christingle this year we have put together a musical montage to share with you. This includes contributions from all of our year group "bubbles", our Y5/Y6 choir, Y3/Y4 Band, including a solo performance from Anna and our Y5/Y6 Band.
We hope you enjoy.
The children have enjoyed making their Christingle oranges and learning of their significance.
Prep Santas thought they would join thousands of virtual Santas this year by doing their Daily Mile session on Monday. As the national Fun Run this year is taking place on Friday 11th we tried to get our running paces in early and set the ball ( snow ) rolling. The weather was not too festive but we had a go and all enjoyed the experience. During our Daily Mile work each Monday afternoon, instead of our swimming lessons, the children have notched up over 1034 miles in the term which is roughly an average of 12 miles for each child from class 1 - 6. How about we all keep a log of the distances we walk, run, cycle or swim over the festive holiday and see what happens.
The U11 “bubble’ took to the courts this week to start the netball Inter house competition under the watchful eyes of Miss Linehan and Mrs Jackson. With the weather threatening to spoil a lovely afternoon, the teams huddled under umbrellas and began the challenge. In the Year 5 competition, Newton squeezed out Brownlow by 1 point despite scoring more goals and poor old Hornsby trail in third place with just the 1 point and no goals scored. The Year 6 competition was far more challenging to the scorekeepers with a total of 31 goals scored from the three matches. Hornsby lead the way with 6 points followed by Newton with 3 points and Brownlow in third with 0 points. All to play for in round two which will take place in the Spring Term.
U9 Inter-House Netball
The U9 competition took place on Wednesday which although dry there was a troublesome cold snap blowing through the quad keeping the fingers of the players cold and making it hard to catch and pass. The three matches were keenly contested and everyone in the bubble took part in some way. Brownlow managed to win both of their matches 4 v 0 against Newton and 1 v 0 against Hornsby. Newton also managed to beat Hornsby by 2 goals to 1 in a very competitive match. Despite having a lot of the play in both their matches, Hornsby failed to trouble the scorers and registered no points.
Adding these results to the U11 bubble results, the overall situation after round 1 is that Newton are in the lead with 10 points and 20 goals scored, 2nd are Brownlow with 9 points and 8 goals scored with Hornsby bringing up the rear with 7 points and 15 goals scored. Congratulations to everyone who took part in these matches and a special thank you to Miss Linehan, Mrs Clegg, Mrs Jackson and Iris for keeping the staff correct with their scoring and timekeeping.
The conclusion of the first round of Football Inter House matches ( Round 2 in Spring term ) took place this week on Wednesday. It was the turn of the U9 “bubble” to showcase their skills on a pretty miserable afternoon. There were some close matches on show with only one goal separating the teams at the final whistle. Each House won one match each but as Hornsby scored one more goal than the other two Houses, they took the spoils. ( Results, Hornsby 2 v Newton 0; Hornsby 0 v Brownlow 1 and Newton 1 v Brownlow 0 ) Adding the points totals to the U11 results in First Place we have Newton with 15 points, second is Hornsby with 9 points and third is Brownlow with 3 points. The final round of matches will take place at the end of the Spring term to determine the overall trophy winners.
Reception and Pre school PE fun
This week the rain decided to play its part in school life and decided to challenge the youngest members of our school during their PE lesson with Mr Park. All our outside spaces were either waterlogged or muddy and every indoor space was full up with other children and staff working hard to keep their brains active in the warmth. The ever resourceful pair of Whinney and Park cleared a space in the Library and the fun began!
The warm ups for the children’s PE lessons have been getting more and more energetic and the skills have been improving so much Mr Park decided to extend the warm up into a full session. Little did he know that this would become such a beneficial lesson for our young players.
Bouncing was the theme (very loosely based on a dance craze sweeping the world) but the children ended up listening to prompts from drummers in the music, counting beats, identifying the trigger instruments indicating when we moved, adding up numbers, listening and following instructions, cooperating with one another to avoid bumping into each other (spatial awareness). We also discussed the fitness benefits of our work and the muscles we were using. Wow how did we fit all that in to a half hour session? Great fun one of the best lessons of the week!!
This weeks festive piano duet is "Jingle Bells" played by Yara and Miss Kerby!
Class 6 Music
In Music this term, Class 6 have been learning the piece, ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’ from the ‘Peer Gynt Suite’ by Edvard Grieg. This gave the children an opportunity to work on their ensemble and performance skills through playing a combination of orchestral instruments and classroom percussion instruments. The children all worked incredibly hard and I am very proud of what they all have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Miss Kerby
It has been a very busy week in Pre-school and the children have adapted to the variation in routine brilliantly. It all kicked off on Monday morning with making Christingles. Self- discipline was required so there was no sneaky eating of the sweets! The children sang beautifully and really got us into the Christmas spirit.
As mentioned previously we have a ‘stable and manger’ in our classroom and the children have fully immersed themselves in acting out the roles, including angels floating round the room and a Mary who had ‘the special baby in my tummy’, waiting for it to be born! Super acting everyone!
Everyone adorned their Christmas jumpers on Wednesday, don’t they look great!
We are looking forward to next week very much with the prospect of the Christmas party, grotto and yummy Christmas dinner!
This week the children in Reception have really enjoyed learning about polar bears; what they eat, the colour of their skin, where they live and what is happening to their habitat in the Arctic. They were so engaged reading some different non-fiction books on polar bears and the Arctic. We have put together a super display for the classroom which we are very proud of.
The children have embarked on lots of fun creative Christmas activities during the week. Making their special Christingles at the beginning of the week and recording their own song which was part of the whole school Christingle service. On Wednesday they wore their fun Christmas jumpers to film the Nativity songs. This has all definitely added to the Christmas frenzy of excitement!
Reception children have been learning and writing all about the Christmas Story and spent some time drawing and painting a picture of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. The children have also enjoyed the opportunity to role play and dress up as angels, Mary, Joseph and the shepherds. The classroom definitely has a very festive feel which is adding to all the Christmas excitement!
As we enter Advent, the children in Class One are bursting with enthusiasm for the upcoming festive season. Alongside their normal studies, the children have been making colourful paper chains, tree decorations and very beautiful Christmas cards to take home. They have also been learning about the origins and meanings behind the components which make up the splendid Christingle oranges made earlier this week. We all hope that you enjoy the song that has been recorded for our Christingle Service - it is the song of the shepherds on their way to Bethlehem..."Have you heard the news?" It has been another busy, lively and very enjoyable week in Year One. Thank you everyone!
This week class 5 have been writing a narrative based on a soldier in WWI from the time of their signing on until they arrive in the trenches. The children have done an excellent job conveying how a person’s emotions change as the realisation of the horrors of war begin to hit home. The results of their writing speak for themselves.
In Class 6 this week, we have begun the much-anticipated History presentations. As part of our look at life in the Victorian era, the children have spent three weeks preparing a presentation on a relevant historical figure and a topic area from the time, such as inventions or the differences between rich and poor lives. The children have to prepare all of the resources and talk to the class about their research. We have had, so far, 9 very entertaining, and vastly different, talks about people such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Mary Seacole.
The class have also asked some interesting questions and we have had to find out more about who the Quakers were, to further enhance our understanding.
This morning at the Key Stage 2 Prize-giving ceremonies, we celebrated our students’ 2020 academic achievements.
As I watched the students celebrate their progress this year, something that really struck me was the adaptability and resilience of both our students and our school. In keeping with Covid regulations, both ceremonies were live streamed on Facebook. I suspect that if at last year’s Prize-giving, someone had told us that we would be broadcasting the next one to parents at home and at work, all the way across the city, we would have been very sceptical – but here we are!
Our students have achieved amazing results this year, and they have done so while adapting to online learning, face masks, social distancing, and so much more. Their achievements, always something to be celebrated, invite particular respect given the challenges they have faced.
Today, we took the time to celebrate our Prize-giving recipients’ achievements. I would also like to take a moment to congratulate each and every student in this school. You have been amazing this year – you can all be so proud of yourselves!
To our Prize-giving recipients: well done! We are so proud of you! Congratulations on your amazing achievements – I hope they inspire all of us to keep working hard next year!
Key Stage 2 Teacher
Blouberg International School SOUTH AFRICA
A new experience
It is crazy to think how fast things can change in a matter of weeks or even minutes. In our case we went from going to school everyday and spending more time with our teachers, classmates and friends to staying 24/7 at home in front of a computer or iPad, and the only way that we had to communicate with each other were our cellphones and apps like WhatsApp, FaceTime or social media. Online school as most of us call it, was a total different experience, we had to learn to use Zoom and we were totally dependent on technology. In my personal experience remote learning was something new but not that exciting since I had trouble paying attention to my classes. The way I see it, at home we have thousands of distractions that go from our pets to the bird that you see flying from your window.
A week ago when my parents got an email from school things took a drastic turn of events. This email was about my schools’s plan to come back. On that day I had a talk with my parents and they told me that they had decided for me to return since they realized that online school did not agree with me. I was so excited and I felt as if all my problems were solved. After six months of not seeing any of my friends I had my first day in a in person learning with my classmates inside a classroom together with two meters of distance.
First the doctor checked my temperature and I was amazed and happy to see how strictly the protocol was being followed, this made me feel safe. At lunch I had an amazing meal and for the first time in months I was not distracted and actually learned many new and fabulous things.
María Gracia Analuisa, Sophomore IB
Colegio Internacional SEK Los Valles QUITO - ECUADOR
School Bus Collection Points & Times
Bookings for this week:
Please contact the school office to book a place for your child.
8.10am Normanton on Cliffe
On Fridays the bus will run 15 minutes earlier to ensure pupils arrive in time for the *Music Machine" School Band rehearsal.
Access to the School Building after 4.30pm
As you are all aware there is now a gate which has a key code access to the Creche in the evening. If you do not have the code, please call 01476 593293 and your call will be answered by Creche.