Just before Christmas, Santa's elf visited us by helicopter, courtesy of the Royal Navy. He came to collect Santa's letters from every class
Some stoic ladies from the community and Philippa and Eddie from Folk South West spent the weekend stitching away at the very beautiful Creation Banner that was created by the children at our school. Each "slice of pie" was based on the seven days of creation and will be shared around the Wriggle Valley parish churches and reside in pride of place in school. Many many thanks for all the hard work from all the ladies and teaboy Eddie.
Year 5 and 6 visited Leweston to watch the show 'Lady Cecily's Soundbox'. The show was based in Victorian London and centered around a mysterious soundbox from the future; an evil twin and a plot to kill Queen Victoria. Woven throughout the show were facts about sound so we even furthered our science knowledge! We thoroughly enjoyed singing, dancing, booing, cheering and learning.
We had a splendid challenge where, in groups of 4/5, we collected different story settings, characters, grammar and punctuation using tokens and wrote stories with as many of these as possible. We had such fun.
We had a very moving assembly where Philippa and Eddie from Folk South West presented the Creation banner back to the children that they had been so involved with last term. Each class was responsible for creating, in collage, a "slice of the pie" which represented each day of God's creation. It was then passed over to the local community sewers to finish the construction. All the children gasped as it was revealed and I think we all were very proud of our contribution in making such a beautiful banner which will hang in pride of place in our hall. Each class described what they did; this what they read out:
Reception - Lilymae & Mason
Holly Class - Esme & Lucy
We made trees, lakes, mountains and flowers. We made them out of materials with lovely patterns on them. We worked really hard on our part of the banner and we were tired at the end of the day but it was really good fun.
Oak Class - Elias & Nancy
God made the animals. We used templates to cut out the animals we wanted to put on the banner.We chose material to represent them. We cut out the fabric which was quite hard. We picked a crab from the sea, a giraffe and a tiger from the land and a butterfly from the sky.
Chestnut Class - Millie & JJ
God created amazing sea creatures, beautiful birds and other flying creatures. First we drew pictures of sea creatures like dolphins, starfish and sharks. We also drew flying creatures like sea gulls, eagles and robins. Next we transferred our shapes into fabric. Finally we cut around the fabric so that the shapes could be sew onto the banner.
Ash Class - Ellie C & Melody
Willow Class - Ellie B & Eve
On the seventh day (Sunday) it was the day of rest. In small groups we drew pictures to show us all at rest (this did not mean we were sleeping, it meant doing the things we enjoy like watching tv, reading, listening and playing music, walking, running and many more things we enjoy. We cut out pieces of fabric in the shapes of the things we enjoy.
All the sewers (Geraldine, Michelle, Philippa, Bella, Anne and others) were thanked for all their hard work. Finally Tony Durkin, retired vicar from Leigh, blessed the banner. Well done one and all.
Didn't we have a brillaint fun run. With over 80 runners and over £1200 raised. Anna Taylor writes So on Sunday it was the 2nd annual Yetminster Fun Run. Two lovely ladies, Sharon & Duclie, started this event for the first time last year - all in aid of raising funds for ST ANDREW'S PRIMARY SCHOOL Swimming Pool.
So to give you the back story
about 2 years ago now, I walked into the pool area (for the first time) to see what was an amazing little ( and I mean little - 6m x 12m) pool in a very sad state. Having grown up in a swimming pool in far north Queensland, Australia, I decided that 'something had to be done!'. I convinced a few other parents that it would be 'easy' to sort out and that it's such a waste if the children don't get to use a pool right on their doorstep. Ok, so one of those statements was true - and it wasn't the 'easy' one! BUT we did it - after a lot of hard work and mental torture (dealing with councils and insurance companies - grrrrrr) and a lot of help from people who thought the same as us (ie it was worth saving the pool!), we re-opened the pool last year - complete with MOT & refurb (total clean out, repaint, new heating system and salt water cholorinator!) SO - back to the funding - ever heard of bottomless money pit - well that is what a swimming pool is - especially in a climate where there is NO funding for state schools!! And that is where Sharon & Dulcie come in - after a few mornings of joggling, a very fine idea was born - the annual Yetminster Fun Run. Last year's was fab - this year's was EVEN BETTER!
This year not only were we raising funds for the swimming pool, but we decided we'd be donating some of the proceeds to the SCHOOL IN A BAG charity run by the PIERS SIMON APPEAL. I've been banging on about both charities for a while now and it all started with my mate Shazza (also on the Swimming Pool Committee) when she signed up to the 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE (which is this weekend people!! - Go Shazza!)
The event kicked off with a Children's event at 10am - divided into 2 groups - Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 children - both running the most number of laps they could in 10 minutes - both receiving a stamp for each lap achieved and everyone receiving a medal at the end. We were lucky enough to have Luke Simon (his lovely wife, Naomi, & children) of the PIERS SIMON APPEAL at the event on Sunday and we felt it fitting that he start the races off. The children were fab and 'ran like the wind' - they put their all in and properly deserved their medals.
The 5 & 10km races were due to start at 11am - but not before the lovely Liz Wilson properly warmed them up to some wicked tunes ( and yes I know I'm not a teenager, but that sentence kind of flowed!) Mind you, it's lucky that running doesn't need the same amount of coordination! With fully warmed up and stretched leg muscles, the runners (AND walkers & joggers) made their way to the starting line.
After a quick few words from Head Teacher, Paul Miller, Luke ,again, started them off - but this time he jumped on in and joined his wife in the race.
While the runners were out on route, there was plenty to do while we waited for them to come back across the finish line! Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate, cakes, cakes & more cakes, a good old fashioned bit of Tombola, Rounders on the field for the kids, a Hog Roast (thanks Terri - delicious as always) and of course the obligatory Face Painting (thank you lovely Bella & Moria - the queue was never-ending!)
It wasn't long before the 5km-ers started making their way back - no seriously - I'm sure the first to cross the line was back in under 25 mins. Everyone who crossed the line was cheered on by a sea of spectators AND they were given a Water bottle - very generously donated by Paul Stevenson of ROCK AND ROAD - thank you so much for your support - second year running no less. As more and more of the 5km-ers came back, the 10km-ers started to come in too. We have some amazing runners around here - so glad I was stuck behind my cameras and unable to compete ( I say stuck like it's a chore - but clearly it's not - love what I do, I do!)
Then if that wasn't all enough, the day was finished with an AMAZING display of gymnastics put on by children of all ages all attending classes with the very clever Rachael Jeffery - lead coach and owner of JUST-GYM.
So all in all, it was a pretty darn good day - and it wouldn't have been such a great success without the support of all the friends and families of St Andrew's School. You know who you are - and in case you don't - IF YOU: were a Marshall, made a cake, helped on a stall, ran, jogged or walked the Fun Run, looked after children so someone could do any of these things, sponsored someone who did the Fun Run, was a spectator at the Fun Run, helped us in any way, no matter how big or small - then Thank YOU! YOU helped us raise (so far) over £1200!!!!! Last year's money bought a new winter cover for the pool - this has reduced the amount of work we've had to do to get it ready for use, by at least 80%. This years money will help keep the pool running smoothly (and keep it warm - already it's at 18 C - that's using the AIR-SOURCE HEAT PUMP - that's WARMER than the air temperature now!) You can stay up to date with Swimming Pool news (when it will be opened, membership, sessions etc) HERE.
If you weren't able to come to this year's Fun Run or help in any way - don't worry, there's always next year!! See you there! Enjoy her piccies.
We had a very informative visit to the very beautiful Salisbury Cathedral for the whole of KS2. We had two art workshops making collaged angels and ceramic images based on all the beautiful carved stone abundant in the cathedral. This was followed up with a tour of the cathedral, talking about how it was built (it took only 37 years!) and briefly looked at different parts. One of the things that most impressed was the infinity font in which many of the stunning stained glass windows can be reflected. WE will definitely go there again.
We had a visit from Kay from Messy Church and her friends who told us all about Jesus being the Good Shepherd. It was great fun. Even our headteacher was getting well into it.
Grill the Bishop at St Andrew;s CE Primary School
No, not a case of "5 mins on both sides and serve with a side salad of rocket leaves". Rather a chance for the children of St Andrew's Primary to quiz Bishop Graham King of Sherborne all about his life as a bishop. Hetty and Ellie from Year 6 in Willow Class wrote this report:
On the June 27th 2013, Bishop Graham came to visit our school. After a walk around admiring our newly made Creation Banner and all the artwork we produced from our visit to Salisbury Cathedral, he then donned his "bishoply gear" and the grilling commenced.
A Girl from Year 6 asked him "Why did you choose to become a Bishop?" He replied,
"I was going to become a lawyer but I was reading the Bible at Oxford University and I realised I wanted to be a Christian and wanted my job to reflect that!"
Owen, in Year 4, asked "How many churches have you been too?" The Bishop, who was trying to think how many he had actually been to, replied,
"At Least 200 churches! And I have been to more in different countries including Sudan."
Oscar, also from Year 4, asked "What is your hat called?" The bishop replied
"A Mitre!" and he let Cory, from Year 3, try it on with his crook and ring!!
He told us that one of the first things he learned when he became Bishop was how to put his mitre on because the dangly bits are supposed to go at the back and certainly look silly if they fall at the front.
There were many more questions asked such as "How do you know when to ring the bells?", asked By Amber, in Reception class. The Bishop replied "When there is a wedding or a funeral or when there is a service ready to begin!"
He was also asked what his dog collar meant and he told us a story that one morning he forgot his collar and had to fashion one from a fairy liquid bottle; he was careful that the word "Fairy" didn't feature on his neck! He was also asked the religious hot-potato about whether we should have female bishops. "Definitely!" he responded.
We enjoyed his visit thoroughly, and sincerely hope he will come back!
Thanks to Will Henry here are some more photos of our inspiring visit to Salisbury Cathedral.
All the children have created their little bit of the Advent Banner and now it is the turn of the ladies from the community plus Philippa and tea boy Eddie from Folk South West to stitch all the pieces together - looking good already
As an Eco School and together with Bailey Ridge Nursery we were asked to design and create a scarecrow and you can see the fantastic results. The winners were Shannen and jack, with Harrison and Harley in Second place and Odcar and Reuben in third place. They were presented with medals and pumpkins from Sue Dodge of Bailey Ridge Nursery and each child was awarded a certificate. Click on the winner to see more.
What a super time we had at the PTFA Spooky Disco. Enjoy our photos - courtesy of Anna Taylor Photography
We had a fabulous St Lucia day with: cooking - banana bread, chicken and banana curry and banana and mango chutney - plus lots of Caribbean tasting; painting postcards in pieces from St Lucia and learning to play a steel band; and last but no means least, we became Pirates of the Caribbean and made treasure maps and hunted each others hidden treasures. It was really good fun. Thanks to all our splendid helpers.
Message from Jenny Ferguson, Willow Class teacher We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents that gave up their time to help with our cooking activity for St.Lucia Day. Today we prepared and shared Banana Bread, Chicken and Banana Curry Roti and Spiced Banana Chutney and you can find these recipes on the school website. Willow Class will also be selling their Chutney at the Christms Fair. Our thanks go to Mrs Lee and Mrs Love. Special thanks to Mrs Attwell for her help, especially withstanding the very strong onions that left us with 16 Weeping Willows! Special thanks to Ali Sparks for her help, particularly in organising the food tasting for over 80 children and helpers. We also appreciated the chance to taste other Caribbean goodies so kindly donated by the Wilson-White family along with the delicious Cuban dishes, generously prepared for us to share by Mrs Bridle. Also our thanks go to Mrs Perry for the loan of the Yetminster Scouts' gas cookers, without which we could not have attempted such ambitious and delicious things. Thank you to everyone connected with making this day a success and to the children for their enthusiasm and co-operation.
We enjoyed another Open the Book the Bible Story Jesus calms the sea . This was performed by our vicar Revd Simon Brignall and some of community friends. It is a lovely way to experience Bible stories. Have a look at our video.
What a lovely event this was, over spilling with Christmas cheer. Th children;s Christmas were magnificent and greatly appreciated by parents and community alike. There were fund raising stalls from local groups like brownies/guides and beavers/cubs/scouts as well as local produces and crafts people. Thanks you to everyone for your support.
We were thrilled to presented with our finshed Advent banner which we helped create in October. Each class had a section to work on and then it was stitched together by our community stitchers. Many thanks to Philippa and Eddie from Folk South West who were the driving force behind this treasured artwork.
We had a very successful dress rehearsal this afternoon. Enjoy the photos
We enjoyed our dress rehearsal in front of the school. We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.
It was KS1's turn today and the children played to packed audiences and it seems that the Hoity Toity isn't so hoity toity after all.Thanks to all KS1 staff and of course to you the parents and wonderful children.