Well done to Miss Shinner and her Teaching Assistants in Class 1 for a splendid nativity production, It's A Party. Thanks also to parents Mrs Walley for her brilliant work on costumes and to Mrs Murton and Mrs Turner for contributing to our 'lighting system'. Additional musical contributions to the festive season included a Talent Show at school, and a small group of children sang at the Village Carol Evening. Unfortunately, our end of term Christmas Service was hit by atrocious weather and took place at school rather than St Agatha's church. Mrs Russell led the school in a reflective act of worship on the meaning of Christmas. Other seasonal activities included a Christmas Hat competition and a Disco.
Our Year 5 and 6 children spent a week at one of the Local Education Authority's outdoor learning centres at Yenworthy in Devon. They enjoyed a range of activities from walking to rock climbing. They had planned to wind surf but despite a very dry and mild week for December, the water was too cold- bah humbug! Year 4 children visited the Henley River Museum and had fun learning about the history of the river including the Royal Regatta, different types of river craft, and the dangers associated with water. There is also a superb 'walk through' story of Tales of the River Bank (Toad of Toad Hall and his escapades). Fantastically created scenes support the telling of the story. If you have never been to the museum, it is a 'must visit' place. At the beginning of December a theatre group presented Rumplestiltskin as a comic production to the whole school. Some staff found it quite frightening but the children loved it.
For the size of our school we run a surprisingly extensive array of school clubs, including art, football, netball, cookery, French, Spanish, chess, 'bionicles', piano, dance and drama. I deeply appreciate the time that staff, parents and other members of the community give voluntarily to the school.
This month we launched Values Education, a two-year programme where we focus as a whole school community on a chosen value. Our values for January and February are appreciation and caring respectively. We also launched our Healthy Schools initiative with an afternoon of artwork to promote healthy snacks and lunch boxes.
Sadly, we finally said farewell to Mr Royston Frewin, one of our Caretaker/Cleaners. He was a great ambassador for our school and will be sadly missed. We wish him a long and happy retirement.