We arrived in Bangalore airport on Wednesday morning and it felt very hot compared to Somerset. Mrs Eyles and I are visiting India with Mrs Bushill from St Vigor and St John School in Chilcompton and three teachers from Reading and Dorchester.
On Thursday we went to visit the TVS school in Tumka. We talked to the children about Easter and what we do in England in our school to celebrate. Mrs Eyles told them all about pancake day and I showed them pictures of the Easter bonnets that we made at our school. It was really interesting to look around the school and meet the children and the teachers. There were lots of differences but lots of things that were the same as our school ~ can you spot them?
At break time we were given fresh coconut milk - it was delicious!
We have been learning about the art of India. We visited a woodblock printing workshop and I bought some printing blocks that we can use at school.
Then Antoine Mary and Sandya showed us how to make rangoli patterns. This would be a fun thing to do with chalks in our school playground.
We also had our hands decorated with mehendi patterns.
The Grand Opening! ~ 8th October 2015
Today was the official opening of our new games court. We started with an assembly led by Leon Reid, a British athlete and medallist who spoke to the children about his experiences as a runner and about the best foods to eat when you are doing athletics and sports.
Then we all went outside to cut the ribbon for the official opening and to thank everyone who has helped us to get this fantastic facility.
I would like to thank Andrew Hanson from Sport England for coming to the opening ceremony. On behalf of the school, I would like to thank Sport England for awarding us the 'Primary Spaces' grant; Michelle Martin for managing the building project so effectively; Mrs Knight for working so hard to check all the details to ensure the success of the project; and to the PTA for raising the extra funds to make it all possible.
Another welcome visitor to the opening ceremony was David Warburton, our MP. After the opening he led a question and answer session with a group of children who were very keen to ask him lots of questions about parliament and about his role.
The rest of the day was full of sporting activities for the children and it was great to see the games court being used and enjoyed. Leon took every class for a PE lesson and the children loved taking part in athletics with him.
Visiting netball and tennis coaches from Writhlington Sports Centre led the children in some more sporting activities during the afternoon.
It was a great day!
A great start to the year! ~ September 2015
It has been a busy and exciting start to the term with all the changes that are taking place at our school. It was lovely to welcome the children back, to meet our new staff and to see the completion of the new games court which has almost doubled the size of our playground!
We are pleased to have grown from five to six classes in the main school this year. We have two new teachers, Mrs Dexter who is teaching Swallow Class and Mrs White who is teaching Kestrel Class.
Other new developments have taken place in the Nursery. After much deliberation we have given it the name, ‘Puffins’, so that it is named after a British bird like the rest of the classes in the school. We also welcome Mrs Crompton, our new teacher in the Nursery.
The children have settled well in to their new classes. When I walk around the school I can see that a there is lots of good work and great learning going on.
A lot of important things have happened already.
The new children in Owl Class have settled in well and have been playing with their buddies from Year 6 each day.
We played on our new games court for the first time -it was brilliant to have all that space. Mrs Price from Writhlington Sports Centre will be running a football Club at lunchtimes every Monday and Tuesday.
Children in Kestrel Class have choreographed a new ‘Wake and Shake’ routine for us.
The School Council
The children have elected their representatives for the School Council this year. There are two children from Woodpecker, Swallow, Kingfisher and Kestrel classes who will consult their classmates and attend regular meetings with me to share their views on various school issues.
I am pleased to introduce this year’s House Captains who have been elected by the children in their House team.