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!