As a follow up to our visit to Scaplens Court, we have a super Victorian day where we experienced life at a Victorian School; we played outdoor and indoor games, had Victorian lessons and did drill.
A lovely evening with ten stories going on simultaneously. Over 100 children came dressed in their pjs with their cuddlies and enjoyed listening to stories such as the Mousehole cat, dancing giraffes, Peter Pan and my personal favourite "the Mole who knew it was none of his Business. The evening was finished off with hot chocolate and cookies and a group story from our headteacher, Paul Miller - cool pyjamas!
Our latest whole school masterpiece. We based our artwork on the beautiful hymn, Morning has Broken
Sorry, just found these on my camera and thought they were too good not to put on. We raised nearly £1200 at this really enjoyable event: face painting, Santa's grotto, choir singing and lots of other stalls. In addition to this every child in the school create a Christmas gift - clay models, salt dough reindeer, painted ceramic mugs,bowls and plates. Check out our photos
What a treat to have the science dome visit our school very kindly funded by Katrina Halford's prize for a being a science teacher of the year. Each class had a wonderful space experience looking at the stars and planets in splendid 3D technicolour. All I can say is WOW.
We had a super day which started off with a bang as loads of mums and dads dressed up to take our Wake up & Shake up. Thanks to Anna Taylor for the photos. Enjoy them
To help us celebrate our faith within the classroom each class made a cross for their reflection time - mostly from eco friendly materials.
Last year the school's swimming pool was only used a handful of times. With this in mind, a Swimming Pool Committee has been formed to try and rejuvenate the pool to a standard where it can be made the most of. We've had a local swimming pool company come and have a look at it and give us a quote for the works required. The quote covers, amongst other things, a fresh lick of paint, some new pipe work and changing it over to a salt chlorinator (the salt chlorinator produces chlorine gas from the chloride in the water, which in turn sanitises the water. It is kinder to the bather's skin and less harmful to the environment. We will still need to test and record the water and the pH will still need to be adjusted in the usual way, but the daily maintenance is made simpler and easier to complete.) Most importantly it includes heating the pool. This, in theory, would enable the pool to be used from May half term to October half term each year! We would also aim to open the pool to families during the summer holidays. All of this, however, comes at a price - £10000. It is a lot of money, but it is a long term investment. We hope to get local businesses involved for the initial outlay, but it is also going to need a lot of parent power! Please come along to a coffee morning - Friday 6th May, 8.45am where we will discuss in detail what we'd like to do and where you can express any concerns or give us some helpful ideas. Hope to see you there.
Our termly focus in the Spring term was Art and more specifically looking at different artist through art & design, literacy, ICT and humanities. We had our first ever Arts afternoon where KS2 shared their learning with our mums & dads. We showed them Chestnut's Seurat pontillism including a special window design of "la tour Eiffel", Willow's powerpoints on famous artist and Ash's Klee fish and ceramic "Trees of Life". I was a lovely afternoon and one to be repeated,
As part of our healthy routine each class leads a morning routing to give us a good start to the day. On this particular day our mums and dads, dressed in a plethora of red, led our Wake Up & Shake Up to raise funds for Red Nose Day. Enjoy
We had a brill day at @ Bristol, thanks to our PTA and the Boyle's Trust for sponsoring our day
An excellent afternoon was had by all; hog roast, human fruit machine (the best ever), bouncy castle and lots of crafty things. Check out Anna Taylor's fab photos
Our headteacher, Paul Miller, was head judge of the Yetminster Fair Dog Show which raised over £100 for our Wriggle Valley Pre-School. Check our photos to see all our waggy tail friends and their dogs!
S.O.S - SINK OR SWIM
The Yetminster Pool Committee needs your help. We are through to the second round of a funding application submitted to NatWest during the Summer holidays. 'The Community Force' project run by NatWest is designed for giving to local communities and organistions. If we receive enough votes from you, we could scoop up to £6000 towards the renovation of the pool.
Have a look at our promotional video on YouTube by searching for YetminsterPool at www.YouTube.com. For information on how to get involved and support our project, look at our new Facebook page - St Andrew's School Pool. Here you will find information on how to vote for the particular campaign. VOTING STARTS ON THE 26TH SEPTEMBER. If you think you will use our pool or are just a fan of our cause, we would love your support.
Click on the link
* Look at http://communityforce.natwest.com - there is a fund for local Cricket Grounds too!!!
We had another really enjoyable Messy Church Assembly led by Kay Wilson-White and friends. Enjoy the video - inspite of technical hitches. Messy Church will be at school again on Sunday 2nd October 3.00 - 5.00pm It is a free, fun filled afternoon giving families the chance to come together, get messy and learn more about the Christian faith in an environment suited to children.
If the success of the last Messy Church is anything to go by please book early on 01935 872600/873726 to avoid disappointment .Everyone is welcome but kids remember to bring
a grown up (if only to get them messy
We look forward to seeing you there!
Anne Reason and Kay Wilson-White
We had a fab day when King Hall visited the school. He talked about life in Tudor time, crimes and punishment and ended with a tournament.
This is what his Majesty had to say about us
YETMINSTER! Home to Yeti's. It is! Honest. Well, the Yetties actually, who if you're not entirely sure who they are, they're actually a sort of Happy Shopper version of The Wurzels, which is no great recommendation if you're a music lover. Well I was back at St Andrew's Junior School in this delightful little town/big village just over the border from Somerset into Dorset. I was last here back in September 2008 (see this blog for my rave review of the place!) and it was good to be back and welcomed by such lovely kind and friendly teachers. It was a biggish group - years 3, 4 and 5 combined for a total of about 90 kids, and they were fantastic! All but one of them had dressed up in brilliant Tudor costumes, some of which you could tell had been lovingly made by a member of their family. Great stuff. We had a fine morning, but stiflingly hot! This is supposed to be September for heaven's sake! I suppose it is God's way of letting us know that the cricket season is over. I was very grateful for a fan being supplied for me for the day which I constantly had running trying to stop me spontaneously combusting. I had a school dinner, and whilst waiting for this one of the dinner ladies came up and said "'Ere, is that padding or all you?" pointing at my stomach. Without waiting for an answer she poked me
The afternoon was great fun - but even hotter, and we then had the wee ones from year 2 come and join us for the final joust. It was another rollicking affair with some very closely fought contests, but finished with a win for... the Gentlemen again! This year it seems they're inseparable. Current score is:
GENTLEMEN 3 - 3 LADIES
We had a whole page write-up this term in the Country Child sharing our book reviews. Read some below
We are going to make a science fiction film about the Olympic games through the years involving a time travelling alien asthe central character. We asked all the children to design an alien and we are very pleased to announce the winner = Eve from Ash Class with her alien jelly fingers. The judges tought al the designs were superb but especially liked Eve's because of its happy face, colour and the fact that it will be easy to animate when filming. Well done Eve. Click on Jelly Fingers to see the Runners' up.
Wow waht a fab Monster Ball, donut grabbing, dancing and all sorts of fun activities were enjoyed by one and all. Thanks PTA
Yr 5 and 6 took part in a fantastic tag rugby tournament today and played brilliantly. Despite the downpours and muddy conditions we managed to play with superb enthusiasm and skill. The semi-finals were called off and teams went straight to finals based on a points system (we narrowly missed out). Man of the match has to go to Robert in Y5 and Ethan in Y6 for sheer determination, speed and team spirit. A special mention to Angus and Callum who played for both teams and ran (lots of times) from one pitch to the other! You both showed great endurance and helped out both teams who were each one short! All of the players really did well and did the School proud. Here are our results of each game:
4-3 to Thornford
7-1 to Yetminster (V Bishops Caundle)
4-3 to Yetminster (V Abbey School)
Yr 5/6 team
3-2 to Yetminster (v Abbey School)
6-1 to Yetminster (V Thornford)
3-3 draw (V Bishop Caundle)
We dressed up and did other things to raise money for Children in Need.
We shared our experiences of Leeson with the rest of the school and our mums and dads. enjoy
Didn't we have a fabulous time at the PTA Christmas fair and we raised over £1200 too. Many thanks to one and all for all your fabulous efforts. Thanks to Anna Taylor for the phoptos.
Thanks to funds kindly donated by Dorset ASSET from the Alice Cooper Dean Trust, we were able to take a group of children from Years 4, 5 and 6 to London for the day to visit the fabulous science museum. Have a look at the pictures to get a flavour of what we did. The children had a wonderful day. Thanks also to our new governor, Emma Harris, who came with us for the day and took part in the launchpad science show. A great day was had by all and the traffic conditions led us home earlier than anticipated!