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!