We have lots of fun doing experiments. We use everyday items and are amazed by some of the extraordinary things we can do with them!
We were honoured by the a visit from the TEAM THEME lads who gave out our medals for last terms matches. Click on Oliver and you can see all of the winning teams and players.
Those children and teachers who have braved all the weather our climate can throw at them and supported the "WALKING BUS" scheme, were rewarded with Bronze, Silver or Gold certificates and other goodies today. This initiative encourages pupils to join our WALKING BUS and save our planet by encouraging less cars on the road polluting our air.
The walk to school also "gives us lots of exercise and awakens our brains in the morning" and "we can hear the birds singing". Going home "we can chat to our friends". Love the orange beanies - a reward for all the Gold medallists. Can't bad! Go on give it a go - you too can contribute to saving our planet.
Lower Covey Montessori Nursery, Yetminster, has been organising some half term fun for local children. They have been constructing dens in and around the Iron Age Hut in St Andrew's School grounds.
"We have been having such fun making our dens and telling stories AND eating bacon sandwiches".
The children have also organised games sessions on the playing fields and courts.
For further information contact the School (01935) 872430 or the nursery, Lower Covey Montessori Nursery School Lower Covey, Chapel Lane, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6LJ (South West) Phone: 01935 872544 Fax: 01935 872755
Click on our photo for more of us having fun.
A great Books at Bedtime was had by pupils and staff from Reception through Year 4.
We celebratede this world book day with all the chldren from Reception up to Year 4 dressing as their favourite character from a book. We even had a Freddie dressing up as his hero from the "39 steps"!
We enjoyed a very uplifting Easter 2008 service, Reverend Ringer's last service with us as our parish priest. We performed a number of hymns for our Easter praise. Click on the links below to enjoy our songs.
Sing Out Our Easter Song
Hosanna sung by our Choir
Thank You For Loving Me with soloists Jessica and Tasia
The Year 6 Bells group playing Lord of the Dance
Little Abbie Mae Pitcher safely arrived on March 28th 2008, 10 days after Jackie temporarily hanging up her whiteboard pen. We wish Jackie, Mark and Abbie all the very best and no doubt will see you regularly.
We were very proud that artwork from our present Class 6 was exhibited to the public in Sherborne House this April. The artwork on show was a interesting "take" on a famous Cezanne masterpiece - le Chateau Noir - where each child produced a section of the painting using oil pastels. it looked magnificent. Well done Class 6
Paul Cezanne, beside Vincent van Gogh, was the most outstanding figure among the Post-Impressionists. In the sixties and early seventies of the 19th century Cezanne met Impressionists and created under their influence. But he quite quickly moved on from Impressionism. He was fascinated by colour, shape, form. Cezanne's art aimed to be both representational image and invention, objective and subjective, a moment and all eternity, and all this in harmonious equilibrium.
Cezanne, as the Cubism and abstract painting precursor, was the key figure in the transition from 19th -century to 20th-century art.
Our teams have been playing several tournaments which they have greatly enjoyed.
Thanks to some funding from the Dorset ASSET/VALTER trust, a group of Year 4 children had the opportunity to spend a day at the London Science museum. A great day was had by all.
Inspite of our grim dank weather, the PTA's Mid-Summer Madness was a rip-roaring success with a superb climbing wall, numerous stalls and a delicious BBQ. Over £1200 was raised; many thanks to one and all for all your hard work.
Click on our damp Headteacher for more fun pics.
Year 4 children from Thornford, Trent, County Primary, Buckland Newton and Bishops Caundle schools joined us for a science investigation day. We had a great day. The winning plane went more than 6 metres, powered by elastic bands only. Check out the pictures to see what a busy day we had.
We have been lucky enough to have a wonderful exhibition of Ghanain life which enriches the children's experience of AFRICA.
A fantastic play, "The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew", adapted for children by their teacher Phil Hall, was put on by Year 6. Click on the boys and then on SLIDESHOW to whizz through the pics.
More pics. Click on the girls and then on SLIDESHOW to whizz through the pics. If you want to download a photo, make sure you expand it first before you right-click "Save as " or copy into Microsoft Word.
To end our very successful AFRICAN ARTS WEEK 2008 the children decided that they would like to raise money for school children in Africa and so organised ST ANDREW'S GOT TALENT. From Year 3 up to Year 6, each class voted for three acts to go through as finalists, 12 in all. They ranged from solo singers, to groups, dancers, drummers, flautists, mime artists and pogo stick bouncers. Click on Jake and view the slideshow of Acts.
KS2 Sports Day finally took place on Monday 14th July 2008, having been postponed because of inclement weather. Can you guess which team won?
We had a very moving Leavers' Assembly celebrating our Year 6's music talents and saying goodbye to them, Reverend Ringer who is stepping down as our Chair of Governors and Lucy Witcher, our Class 3 teacher who is moving on to pastures new. We wish them all the best luck in the world for their new ventures.
Click on the links below to listen to our year 6's musical prowess.You will need to wait a bit for them to load.
Bare Necessities played by Grace and Katherine
Edelweiss by Emily
drun piece by Jacob
Clarinet piece by Jessica
Rollerghoster sang by the School Choir
Piano piece played by Lizzie
Kumbaya by Class 6 musicians
This little heart of mine
We have been lucky enough to have a visit from a Brass Quartet who are touring around schools to inspire children and adults to take up a brass instrument
and wow did they inspire! The musicians were both charismatic and talented and the children loved the theatre that is brought to their playing of such tunes as Teddy Bears' Picnic, William Tell Overture and those Magnificent Men in their flying machines.
We spent the day with King Henry himself who told us all about the life and time of himself and his family. The best bits were learning about crime and punishment.
This is what he says about us!
Monday, September 15, 2008
St Andrew's Junior School, Yetminster
A brand new school today for me. I cannot even begin to remember the last time I had ever been to Yetminster - some good years ago that's for sure. But here I was! Now St Andrew's Junior is a delightful school and I was doing a full Tudor day with years 3, 4, 5 & 6 all in one! A grand total of about 90 children. And they were all such nice kids, in some quite spectacular costumes and full of enthusiasm and laughter. We had a great day!
The teachers were all delightful as well, including a very nice chap who had the good taste and sense to be a mad keen Manchester City fan like myself. I was very upset when the children voted that he should go in the stocks later on.
Yetminster is a beautiful big village/small town, and it also has a very nice village shop where I got my lunch from today. Then back to the afternoon we pushed on with the stocks session and were joined eventually by the rest of the infants who came in to watch the jousting tournament. Some of the little ones found the noise a bit much, but the rest of them joined in with gusto! It was a hard fought contest and it was the gents who finally snatched victory. So the ongoing score is now:
GENTLEMEN 2 - 1 LADIES
GOOD KING HAL
Once again Class 5 had a fantastic week at Leeson House, Langton Matravers. The week comprised walking, sand dune investigation, orienteering, natural art, steam train trip, delicious food, a visit to Arne nature reserve and a visit to a stone quarry.
On Friday 17th October two teams from St Andrew's competed in the Sherborne Tag Rugby tournament at the Terraces, Sherborne.
After breathtaking performances both Yr 5 and Yr 6 teams were triumphant and brought back the trophies and medals. They received their medals in assembly on Monday 20th.
Enjoy looking at nour fantastic pictures from our winning teams.
Our new display in the hall takes the words of our school song "Wake up each day... with happy hearts ..and make a better world for you" and illustrates them in the most technicolour artwork. Certainly something to cheer you up each morning.
Finally our African mosaic is finished and we had its unveiling by Bishop George and our African Arts Week sponsors, Rob Fox, from Porter Dodson, Solicitors and Advisors. It was a lovely occasion and enjoyed by all.
We have been enjoying ourselves and raising funds at our PTA CHRISTMAS FAYRE. Click on the photo to see the beautiful crafts we have been making. Click on the links below to listen to our Christmas music.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sung by the choir
Mish and Alex Locke playing Jingle Bells on their saxophones
Sophie playing We Wish You a Merry Christmas on her flute
Jingle Bells sung and played by the Choir and instramentalists
Good King Wenceslas played by Year 5 bell ringers
Merry Christmas sung and played by the choir and band