Tonight the choir sang at the Kirton Church Carol Service. They sand two songs unaccompanied and were fantastic. Well done to the choir and thank you to Mr Lewis Lloyd and Mrs Matthews for supporting the choir.
Children were allowed to wear a Christmas jumper or a festive t-shirt today - all they had to do was bring in a tin for the local food bank.
This is a very busy time of year for the food bank and so we felt that if we could all bring in at least one tin, then that 192 tins more than they would have had.
The children looked super smart in their Christmas jumpers. Thank you to everyone who contributed too!
This morning we were all treated to an excellent Carol Concert from the children in the school choir. They performed about 12 songs altogether and their voices sounded absolutely amazing. Mrs Ross, Mrs MacFarlane and Mrs Matthews read a story, or a poem and so too did I. We finished with the 12 days of Christmas and a medley of Christmas songs. Thank you to Mr Lewis Lloyd for the work he has carried out with the Choir and for Mrs Wilson who was a star on the piano. Thank you also to the parents of the children in the choir who came along to watch the concert. An brilliant morning! I am now feeling 'Christmassy'. The choir will also be performing at the Kirton Church this coming Sunday.
Thank you to all of you who came along to the Christmas Fete. I know the staff, the School Association and the children put a lot of time and energy in to making this happen so it was excellent to see so many people turn up and part with their hard earned cash for the items made by the children.
The money raised by each class will go into their own pots of money. We've said to the children that the money is theirs to spend e.g. if they feel they would like more wet play games or if they want to have Viking come in to do some work with them they can choose to use some or all of their money towards it.
We want children to learn the value of money and start early in helping then to make decisions about how to spend it. We've already discussed why using it to buy sweets for the whole class may need to be reconsidered.
Enterprise skills are important. Some of our children may go on to achieve degrees and go in to particular professions. However, there will be a number of children who will enter the world of commerce or even decide to set up their own business. I've already seen children who show a particular talent for this just from last nights fete.
Thank you to the staff, pupil, parents and the school association for making today a huge success.
The Christmas Lunch was a great success today! The pupils sat in their classes to have their festive lunch and served drinks by their class teachers and support staff. The Christmas tunes were playing and the children had a lovely time! Thank you to the kitchen staff for managing to feed the children their Christmas dinner which was in fact double the amount normally catered for on an average day.
Whilst class teachers prepared their classrooms for todays Enterprise afternoon, pupils were treated to a guitar presentation from the year 5 and year 6 children. They shared some of the warm ups they do in order to get ready for their guitar playing and then shared some of the songs they have been learning. It was fantastic see hear what the children have been learning and although it is expensive to have whole school guitar tuition, we feel it is extremely important for our children to have the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. Thank you to the music teacher, Mr Butcher and to Mr Lewis Lloyd, who supports the children during their guitar lessons.
It seems like only yesterday that Parents were working alongside children to create items to sell at the Christmas Fete. Yes! That time is here again...
This afternoon, children worked super hard to make interesting items for Thursday's Christmas Fete. Items that would make them a profit and put lots of money into their class pots. Over the next couple of days, pupils will be involved in deciding on the price of the items, the cost to make and in turn working out how much profit they will make by selling them. We hope to inspire some future entrepreneurs, that potentially we'll see on Dragons Den or The Apprentice in years to come.
After the Christmas Fete, the children will then decide what they want to spend that money on e.g. do they want to put it towards a class trip, have an archaeologist come in and deliver a session or a theatre group to come in and perform. Again, the aim is to help them make responsible decisions about money and to ensure that they know they need to afford something before getting it.
Thank you to those who were able to come along to help. The children definitely got you working hard! I must say the items produced this year are fantastic and are really something worth buying on Thursday.
The pictures show the fun we had this afternoon and some of the great products the children made (with a little help from their parents!).
Having made a commitment to develop the sport provision across the school and achieving the Sports For Schools SILVER award, and towards the teaching of French (Linguamark - Bronze) the school is now looking to develop its provision for arts and culture. This covers art, drama, music lesson as well as other cultural activities that we do here in the school.
As a school, we are aiming firstly to achieve the silver level within the next few years by ensuring we continue to build on the provision we already have in place whilst ensuring that create further areas to celebrate the arts and expose children to more opportunities connected to it. We already do a number of things that contribute towards achieving a silver mark. We intend to do more of them and to involve as many children as possible. We are hoping to run arts clubs in the future and would be grateful if there are any 'arty' people out there that would love to come along as support these clubs.