If you came into school on our Open Day in June you would have seen a wonderful range of artwork. Class 1 produced a very colourful tree with leaf designs based on their observations at Nuneham Courtenay's arboretum. Class 2 produced prodigious work around the theme of camouflage: T shirt, pasta shell, and tie-dye designs using animal fur patterns observed at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, and landscape paintings - la Henri Rousseau's Tiger Surprised in a Storm. Class 3, following their visit to the London Aquarium, produced some elegant 3D seascapes and a large collage of an underwater world. Class 4, supported by an artist and a visit to Tate Modern, created familiar London landmarks in a variety of media, St Paul's, London Eye, etc.
The day was rounded off with our School Fete in the evening. Blessed this year with fine weather, the Friends of Brightwell School who organise this event had their hard work rewarded with excellent attendance.
Along with other schools, a small group of "scientists" from Year 5 presented their work on animals and their environment, at The Rutherford Laboratories. A group of children also performed a superb Greek Dance, choreographed by Miss Shinner, at a Dance Festival in Benson. If you attended the Village Fete you may have seen a live performance! Year 2 took part in the annual partnership singing event at St Nicholas's School, performing a jazzy programme entitled Skellybones. It was also a fun way to learn about body parts and how they function. Sadly, due to bad weather, there was no District Sports this year.
Many children attended our "cinema evening" and raised over £50 for the Oxford Children's Hospital when they paid to view a Shark's Tale and Holes. They were fund raising again, this time for playtime equipment, when they undertook to walk to Wittenham Clumps and back. It was a very hot morning but they did exceptionally well and most of the children managed to complete the course. Given that the event followed our Walk To School Week, I think they all did remarkably well.
Finally, as our new entrants complete their phased introductory visits, our Year 6 children prepare to leave us and move on to their respective secondary schools. I want take this opportunity to thank them for being such wonderful ambassadors for our school during their time with us and wish them all the very best for the future.