Experience Easter - 3rd April 2019
This morning Years 5 and 6 enjoyed taking part in the Experience Easter workshops that were put on at St Andrews and the Methodist Church. The children had the opportunity to reflect upon the Easter Story and to prepare some contributions to the Easter Service that will be held at St Andrews on Friday 5th April. Our thanks go to the volunteers from both churches who gave up their time to provide this opportunity for us.
NSPCC - Speak Out Stay Safe Assemblies - 20th March 2019
This afternoon the KS1 children and the KS2 children attended an assembly run by the NSPCC to raise awareness about how they can keep themselves safe and who they can speak to to share their worries. They shared the Childline number with the children and reminded them of the importance of sharing their worries so they didn't have to carry them around. Each child was given a sticker to remind them of their learning.
World Book Day - 7th March 2019
We have had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day this term. We were so impressed by the creativity, imagination and enthusiasm shown by the children as they chose impressive and unique adjective to dress up as. We are pleased to announce that the winners of the costume competition this year were: Darcey and Jobe (1st prize), Zac and Willow (2nd prize), Ashleigh and Jude (3rd prize). Thank you to all children and parents for putting so much energy and enthusiasm into making costumes.
We were also delighted to receive so many of you at our Twilight Tales event during which some of our Year 6 pupils entertained us with readings from a range of popular books.
When we have a grand total for the proceeds of our Second-Hand Book Sale and the Sponsored Read, we will update this post. Thank you for all of the donations. We had lots of wonderful second-hand books to choose from.
The Late Birds Make Bird Feeders for our Field - 13th February 2019
Last week, under the careful guidance of Claire Harvey, our Late Bird Leader, some of the children made fat balls and bird feeders for the school field. This afternoon, the Eco Monitors have found some carefully hidden spots to hang them so the birds visiting our school field can enjoy a tasty winter snack. Thank you to Claire Harvey and the Eco Monitors for the help with this project.
Young Voices - 5th February 2019
A wonderful time was had by all at the Young Voices Festival at the O2 in London. Once again, the children were a credit to the school and their families. The atmosphere was electric and the children sang their hearts out. A huge thank you to Ms Sutton for her dedication to preparing the choir for this event and to all of those of you who were able to join us at the arena for what was the biggest Young Voices concert for 20 years.
Based on a True Story - a PSHE-based Theatre Performance Hosted by Holbrook Academy - Thursday 31st January 2019
This week, Years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to take part in a special peninsula event that was hosted by Holbrook Academy. This involved the children watching a performance of the Wolsey Theatre production, Based on a True Story. This PSHE-based production tells the story of a pair of school children who are faced with the challenge of exploring diversity and inclusion when a new child joins their class. The after school 'audience with' session gave the children the chance to talk to the actors and explore this important issue further. A special thank you goes to all of the parents who gave up their time to help us to with transport for this event.
Pantomania - 30th January 2019
On Wednesday this week the children enjoyed a whole-school trip to see the Rock and Roll Panto at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. A fabulous afternoon was enjoyed by all. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who attended to enable us to run this whole-school event. Thank you also to the PTA for their tireless efforts and organisation and, of course, for the ice-cream!
Bulb Planting - 29th January 2019
A huge thank you to the Eco Monitors from Year 6 who have kindly planted some bulbs in the tubs at the front of the school. We kindly ask that you remind your children to stick to the path when entering and leaving school so that we can continue to enjoy these new additions to the front entrance.
Christmas Decoration Afternoon - 3rd December 2018
This afternoon we were delighted to be joined by so many parents as we worked together in House Groups to make Christmas Decorations to make the school look festive. It was lovely to see the children working together and enjoying the Christmas atmosphere. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us.
Christingle Service - 30th November 2018
This week we have enjoyed making Christingles which we took with us to the Christingle Service at St Andrews Church. The children worked together in houses, with the older children supporting the younger ones, to ensure that each child had their own Christingle to carry to the service. We give our thanks to Reverend Lisbeth for leading our service. Our thanks also go to the children of Thistle and Edme Class who did readings and took part in the lighting of the Christingles.
Wartime Coffee Morning - 27th November 2018
This morning we were delighted to welcome parents and members of the local community to our Wartime Coffee Morning. In KS2 we are currently learning all about World War 2. As part of this learning, we have done some research into rationing. We have also tasted foods made using wartime recipes and we made batches of these sweet treats to serve at our special Wartime Coffee Morning. Not only were our guests invited to sample these delicious treats, but they were also entertained by the children of the school as they sang a selection of songs from the war years. Not forgetting, of course, the odd Christmas tune to get us in the mood for the festive season. Special thanks go to all of those children who prepared delicious treats to share at this special Coffee Morning.
Anti-Bullying Week 19th - 23rd November 2018
This afternoon we launched our annual Anti-bullying week with an assembly run by Edith May class. During the assembly, Edith May explained to us what bullying is and how it can have a very negative impact on a person's feelings about themselves. The children also reminded their peers what they should do if they are unhappy about the way they are being treated by another person in the school. The assembly was informative and interactive and an excellent launch for this week's learning about bullying. Well done, Edith May Class.
Remembering War, Praying for Peace - A Service for Suffolk School Children Gathering at War Graves around the County - 8th November 2018
Along with thousands of other school children in the county, Chelmondiston pupils paid their respects this morning at the graveside of a local man, Private Harry Briggs, who lost his life during the First World War. This special commemorative service gave the children the chance to reflect upon the 'ultimate sacrifice' that was made by 18 million people around the world during the First World War and to consider how war still affect the lives of so many people today. Our thanks go to Reverend Lisbeth and Chelmondiston Parish Council for their contribution to this service today.
Online Safety Workshops with Schools Liaison Officer, Teresa England - 5th November 2018
Today we were delighted to welcome our local Schools Liaison Officer, Teresa England to our school. Teresa England spent the afternoon delivering two KS2 workshops focusing on how to keep safe online. The workshops covered a whole range of topics relating to online safety, encouraging the children to think about how they behave online and how they can take simple steps to keep themselves safe. Thank you to those parents who also joined us after school for a special Parent Workshop on online safety. We hope that you found this session useful.
Harvest Festival - 31st October 2018
Thank you to all those of you who were able to join us for our Harvest Festival this year. We hope you will agree that the children did a wonderful job of celebrating harvest in this event. Enormous thanks also to those of you who were able to donate food or produce. As you know, these items have been donated to the local charity, FIND, where they will be sorted and donated to local families in need. We are proud to support this charity. Thank you once again for joining us in this support.
Macmillan Coffee Morning 25th September 2018
Thank you to all those of you who were able to join us for our first Coffee Morning of this school year. As is customary at this time of year, we like to dedicate our first Coffee Morning to the Macmillan cause, raising much needed funds to support cancer sufferers and their families. This is a cause that touches many of us and we are truly grateful to you for your support. We raised a total of £120.63. Thank you so much for your generous donations. Special thanks also go to Edme class who were absolutely fantastic, especially as this was their first official Coffee Morning. Well done, Edme!
Jeans for Genes 21st September 2018
Thank you to all of those of you who supported us with this event on Friday by wearing jeans and making a £1 donation. We are delighted to report that your donations raised £90 for this worthwhile cause. Thank you!
Below is a link to the website, explaining more about how your donations will be used.
Hilltop Residential Trip - 2nd and 3rd July 2018
This week we had our Year 5 Residential Trip to Hilltop. Once again, we had a fantastic time. The children were a complete credit to themselves and their families with their enthusiasm, energy and team work. We had two fun-filled days of outdoor activities that challenged our risk-taking skills, confidence and ability to work with others. All of the children pushed themselves, rose to the physical and social challenges involved and they should be proud of their achievements. Well done Year 5!
A Visit from our French Friends 4th July 2018
Today we were delighted to welcome the children from our partner school in France. As part of their residential trip to London the children from our partner school in Ecques, Nord Pas du Calais, France, paid us a visit for the day. We served them lunch, showed them what a rural school in the UK is like, we played games together and generally enjoyed spending time getting to know a little more about one another. It was a wonderful day for all involved. Special thanks go to Edme class for their amazing hospitality, to the parents of Edme for their donations of sweet and savoury treats and also to Mrs Sheila Page, without whom none of this would have been possible!
Dress Up and Dance 28th June 2018
Thank you so much to everybody who participated in our Dress Up and Dance Event today. We have raised over £200 for the MacMillan Cancer charity. A special 'Thank You' to the House Captains who selected the songs and lead the dancing. They did a great job!
On Wednesday 13th June we took part in the Brake Kids' Walk to raise awareness among the people in our local community regarding road safety and local issues about traffic. Supporting by a group of willing volunteers and a committed group of Year 6 Junior Road Safety Officers, the whole school completed a
thirty-minute walk around the local area. Before leaving, the Junior Road Safety Officers gave some key road safety messages and explained the reasons for taking part in the activity. The children were able to pracitse crossing roads safely and also to greet members of the local community to explain why we were taking part in this national event.
Summer Coffee Morning 5th June 2018
Thank you to all of those of you who were able to join us for our Summer Coffee Morning. It is always so lovely to see so many parents and members of the community at these events. Once again, Edme class did themselves proud, serving tea and coffee and an array of delicious sweet treats - all washed down with a good measure of rousing singing.
The Big Plant Up! 21st May - 24th May 2018
This week, thanks to the fantastic work of the Year 6 Eco Monitors and the amazing support and gardening skills of our team of volunteers, we have been able to weed, prepare and plant up our class raised beds. We hope that once again we will enjoy a bounty of produce in the weeks and months to come so that the children can enjoy the fruits of their labour. We would like to extend our grateful thanks to all of those of you who took part in this week's event - the children, the volunteers and our Year 6 Eco Monitors. The beds are looking fabulous. Please take a look when you get a chance.
Water Aid Assembly - 22nd March 2018
On Thursday we had a visit from two volunteers who work for the charity Water Aid. Water Aid works with communities all over the developing world to develop systems that provide sustainable sources of clean water. Currently, worldwide, there are 650 million people living without safe water. 2.3 billion people live without a toilet. Almost 900 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and a lack of toilets. Through the assembly and the workshops that Thistle and Edme class took part in, the children were encouraged to consider their own water use and ways to save water.
After the Easter Holidays, the children in Edme Class will be launching a fund-raising tuck shop (healthy snacks only) in support of the charity Water Aid. Look out for the letter that will be sent home at the end of this term.
Suffolk Coastguard Visit - 20th March 2018
Today we had a visit from two volunteers from the Local Suffolk Coastguard Team. The volunteers explained their role for the children and taught them how to contact the Suffolk Coastguard in case of an emergency. The children and staff learnt that this team of volunteers can help with water rescue, mud rescue, casualties and search operations. Both Miss Clarke and Mr Cornish had the chance to do a mock emergency response as they dressed up in Coastguard uniform.
Experience Easter - 19th March 2018
On Monday 19th March we staged a whole-school Easter event called Experience Easter. This comprised six stations that told the different parts of the Easter Story and complimented the children's Religious Education learning. Led by the Year 6 children, the rest of the pupils in the school worked their way around the six stations of the cross. Through this they had the chance to explore various aspects of the Easter story in a very practical way. These experiences included the chance to: reflect on hopes and dreams for the future, consider Jesus' suffering and to find out about the Last Supper and how Jesus encouraged his disciples to remember him through sharing bread and wine.
Some of the props used during this session are now on display in the front entrance so that the whole school community can remember and reflect on the Easter Story at this important time in the Christian Calendar.
We were delighted to be joined by Reverend Lisbeth, Sally Letman (Foundation Governor) and two of our Midday Supervisors for this event.
On Thursday 8th March, one week later than planned, due to the sudden arrival of snow, we celebrated World Book Day. We would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to all of the children and parents for entertaining us so much with an amazing array of adjective-themed costumes. The children came up with some very sophisticated words to dress up as. Among them were: metallic, malevolent, grubby, historical, ancient, conjoined, disorganised and camouflaged . We were incredibly impressed with the amount of thought and effort that everybody put in.
Our Twilight Tales session was also a great success . A special 'thank you' goes out to Innes, Marie and Edie for doing some of the readings, and also to Mrs Jennings, Mrs Mansell and Mrs Norman for helping with the organisation and the clean up operation! We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did.
Our Reflections about Safer Internet Day
'I have learnt that lots of people in my class are kind.' 'I have learnt that we can connect to everyone.' 'I have learnt that we are connected.' 'I need to ask an adult before using new websites.' 'I learnt not to write unkind things online. Words can hurt on the inside.' 'In the play one of the characters tried to encourage the other one to send the picture, so it shows that you shouldn't encourage others to do things that could be hurtful.' 'I learnt to ask myself, 'Is this a nice thing to do?'' 'I learnt what to do if you do receive a message that is unkind.'
'It was a good experience because you don't often get a chance to spend time with the younger children in this way.' 'Cygnets were fun. We kept trying to say, "3, 2, 1," and they didn't really listen. It made us laugh. It was also a little annoying.' ' The experience was fun because I got to see what it would be like to be a teacher. Learning how to teach is one thing, but learning how to make the children behave was something else!'
Christmas Coffee Morning - Ho, Ho, Ho! 5th December 2017
This morning we were delighted to welcome so many of you to our Christmas Coffee Morning, complete with mince pies, spiced biscuits and angelic singing. A lovely time was had by all. Thank you for helping us to get this year's festive season off to a good start,
Anti-Bullying Week 13th - 17th November 2017
The theme of this year's Anti-Bullying Assembly was 'Everybody is different and everybody is special'. Through an interactive and engaging assembly, the Year 6 pupils showed that every member of our community is special in some way and it is down to our differences that we are special. They shared the important message of appreciating and celebrating difference. Using the metaphor of a cake, the children explained that in the same way that a cake cannot be made without all of its essential ingredients, our school community would not be the wonderful environment that it is if any one of us was missing from it. Special thanks go to the Poppleton family for baking the delicious cake that was used to illustrate this important point. Thanks also to Year 6 for presenting such a useful and informative assembly to the rest of the school.
MacMillan Coffee Morning October 2017
Thank you so much to all of those people who attended our charity Coffee Morning on Tuesday 3rd October. We had a wonderful turn out with almost 50 guests and a great time was had by all. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of those parents and grandparents who donated sweet and savoury treats for us to sell. It was definitely a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach! We would also like to extend our thanks to you all for your generous donations. We participate in this event with pride every year and we couldn't do it without you. Thank you.
Youth Perform Festival 2017
On Friday 30th June 2017, Edme class took part in this year's Youth Perform Festival. Having written and developed a 15 minute piece of theatre based on the theme of 'Great Explorers and Inventors', they performed in front of an audience of 400 people. A wonderful time was had by all and even those who found the stage fright a challenge, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt proud of their achievement. We look forward to taking part in this fantastic festival once again in 2018.
A Visit from our French Partner School - Tuesday 27th June 2017
For the last two years, Edme class have been working in partnership with a rural school in Ecques, France. We have written to each other in our mother tongue and in our target language, we have completed joint projects, such as sending our favourite typical recipes for the other school to make and rate, making 'All About Me' leaflets, creating and posting Prezzi Presentations about our schools so that we can learn more and we have generally enjoyed corresponding and finding out more about what it is like to go to school in England and in France. This year, for the first time, we have managed to meet in person. The children thoroughly enjoyed this day and I am certain that they will remember it for a long time to come. Below are some photos of our day together and some reflective comments from Edme class about the experience.
Junior Road Safety Officers' Prize-Giving Ceremony at Endeavour House - Friday 23rd June 2017
Emily and Indianna represented our school by attending the JRSOs' Prize-Giving Ceremony at Endeavour House. They had a wonderful time and were proud to receive the Silver Award for their JRSO scrapbook. They have worked incredibly hard this year to raise awareness among their peers about the dangers of the roads and to promote personal safety in this area. Well done, ladies!
Young Writers Competition 2017 - Crazy Creatures!
We are delighted to report that the following nine children from our school will soon be published writers as a result of entering the Young Writers 'Crazy Creatures' competition. Savannah (Year 3), Robin (Year 3),
Charlie (Year 3) and Aaron (Year 3), Lily (Year 4), Reuben (Year 5), Anna (Year 5), Olivia (Year 6 and Florence (Year 6). Congratulations to these nine budding writers. How very exciting to be published at such a young age!
The Big Plant Up 22nd May - 25th May 2017
Following the success of the PTA's Big Plant Up last Spring, the Eco Monitors (with the help of some kind and willing volunteers) have organised and run a week of gardening and planting for the rest of the school. Each of the class raised beds has now been prepared and replanted with produce, ready to be harvested and shared later in the year. Our huge thanks go to all of those of you who have donated plants to this cause, and indeed, those of you who came to support the Year 6 Eco Monitors with this mammoth task.
NSPCC Childline Assembly 18th May 2017
This afternoon, the children of KS1 and KS2 received a visit from two representatives from the NSPCC. They delivered the 'Speak Out to Stay Safe' assembly and promoted 'Childline'.
Coffee Morning 16th May 2017
Thank you to all of those of you who joined us for this half-term's Coffee Morning. This event was particularly special as Edme class had designed and prepared some unique refrigerator cakes for the occasion. They were delighted with their finished products, all of which were greeted with resounding praise and enjoyment. The children were especially pleased with the volume of 5-star ratings they received from you all. Junior Bake Off, here we come!
The Inkwell District Project 2017
In the Spring Term, the Year 6 children of Edme Class took part in the Inkwell District Project which is an annual community project run by Dance East. The twelve-week project involved a weekly workshop with choreography, Lynette King and culminated in a public performance alongside 200 other performers at the Jerwood Dance House. Over the course of the project, Lynette worked intuitively and skillfully to combine her vision for the piece with the creativity and imagination of the pupils in the group. Together we were able to produce a piece of dance inspired by the book, The Red Tree by the celebrated children's author and illustrator, Shaun Tan.
The photos posted below (courtesy of Rachel Cherry and Dance East), clearly show how much the children enjoyed themselves and developed as performers as a result of this experience. Our heartfelt thanks go to Lynette King and the Dance East team for the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful community project.
An Exercise in Democracy!
The excitement has been growing and finally.... the new climbing frame is open!
On Wednesday 18th October Mrs Derrett came back to Chelmondiston to open the climbing frame.
It has been an exciting period. The children at the school, through the school council, asked if more play equipment could be available for them to use. As a result of this, Mrs Derrett organised for companies to come in and show their designs for the new equipment. The top three were chosen and then an election was held! While parents decided whether the UK was going to stay in or leave Europe, the children decided which play equipment they wanted.
The decision was taken and the building work was completed at the beginning of October!
Now, through the exercise of British values, we have some fantastic equipment!