Video coming soon!!!
Pictures of the actual opening ceremony and the Commonwealth Dance!
Video coming soon!!!
In order to recognise this years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow starting Wednesday 23rd July 2014, the school had a Geography Curriculum day where the children learned about the Queen’s Commonwealth.
As normal, the parents were invited to come in classes and work alongside the children as they learnt about a particular country within the commonwealth. The children learnt all about the country; its location, currency, language, traditions and its people. The children also learnt about the Commonwealth and what it actually means to be part of it.
The afternoon concluded with a Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in the school playground , where each country will complete a lap of honour wearing their countries team colours and some wore traditional outfits. The Queen and Prince Phillip (a.k.a. Mrs Barrell and Mr Edwards) attended and the children stood for the National anthem.
All 182 children performed a Commonwealth Games dance that was choreographed by Mr Stock & Mr Childs. The dance included a number of the sports in the Commonwealth Games as well as some Scottish 'style' dance moves.
The afternoon was a great success. Thank you to all the parents who came along to support the children both in the class and during the ceremony.
Below are some photos from the afternoon... more to follow, as well as some video.
Following a recommendation from our Governor, Lorna Adamson, we invited in Moira Oliver to come into school and talk about the time she has spent in Africa and how she has helped improve a school based in Uganda.
The children learnt a lot about the differences between African schools and English schools and Nightingale Class learnt even more about poaching, which is the topic they are studying in class at the moment. Interestingly, they were able to name all of the African animals that were shown during the assembly - some of which I'd never heard of!
At one point, Moira modelled how heavy it was to lift and carry the water that the young children are expected to do in the village she visited. She managed to find a strong child to model the process.
All pupils grabbed their flags and waiting outside school this morning to line the line the route of Women's Cycling Tour that passed right past the school. The pupils cheered on the cyclist who were travelling and quite an amazing speed. It was a great opportunity for all of the children to witness top quality sport right before their very eyes!
To mark the start of the race, two girls from Mandela Class were invited, along with Mrs Matthews, to lead the start of the race in Felixstowe. The girls then pulled over to the side to watch the Women's race begin! the girls did their fair share of cycling; they cycled with Mrs Matthews to Seafront and back again in order to take part!
What a great experience!