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Archive - Summer 2015

Dance Performance at Jerwood House

On 1st July 2015 class 4 went to Jerwood House Dance Studio in Ipswich to perform at the Move / Be Moved dance platform. The children had been working with dance teacher Sam Moss for 16 weeks and had produced a dance themed around a painting called Optimism and Pessimism by Italian Futurist painter Giacomo Balla.

The dance combines the sharp spikes and angles of pessimism interwoven with the caring, nurturing curves and spirals of optimism and involves individual, pair and group dynamics as well as including some spectacular lifts.

The children spent the whole day at Jerwood house taking part in dance workshops, rehearsals and a final performance in the evening where they really were the stars of the show.

Isla Turner said “ When I was dancing I felt amazing like I was a real performer. After the performance I couldn’t believe I had done it. I felt so proud of myself and the class and I can’t believe we had an opportunity like this.”

Meadow Trip - Class 1

On Thursday 16th July Class 1 went on a trip to the Grundisburgh Millennium Meadow. It was great fun and there was lots of fantastic learning which was done there too. We spotted vast amounts of wildlife and so many different wild plants. We went pond dipping and on a mini beast hunt under logs and in the bug hotel!

French Café

Once again our French café was a successful event – our Year 5 waiters and waitresses were extremely busy on Saturday morning but managed to remain calm and very polite, besides being extremely organised and efficient. The children were given lots of opportunities to use their French whilst serving customers a range of cakes, croissants and coffees. A big thank you to our customers, our cake makers and the staff and staff’s children who supported this event.

Quad Kids - 17th June 2015

10 children from Class 6, 5 boys and 5 girls took part in Quad Kids on Wednesday 17th June. This athletics event took place at Northgate High School and was a brilliant afternoon. The children competed in 4 different activities; vortex howler throw, standing long jump, 600m and 75m sprint. There was a great spirit about the event and it was so lovely to see everybody cheering each other on and getting them to push themselves. All of the children did spectacularly and represented the school extremely well. A special mention to Tom Frohn who came 1st in his 600m race. We now eagerly await the results and to see our official times!

Well done to all of the children who took part – Orla Whittingham, Lily Thompson, Ella Brown, Emmaline Turner, Holly Brown, Tom Frohn, Daniel Goold-Hannatt, Max Dunthorne, Harvey Wright and Henry Waldron.

Year 6 Lakes Visit - June 2015

Once again our Year 6 children travelled North to the Lake District and spent five exciting and challenging days at the Blencathra Centre. As usual we had a packed program of activities to get through nourished by large breakfasts and even larger evening meals. The children made their own packed lunches every morning and then we set off for the day: We climbed Catbells on the Tuesday and then spent the rest of the day walking through woods along the shore of Derwent Water; canoeing and ghyll scrambling were inevitably very popular with all of the children too. We also spent a day at a farm in St John in the Vale – orienteering, fixing bird boxes in trees, fire lighting and making hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows and baking bread; we also did some quick den building too.

These were long days with the children involved in evening activities too – on the last night we went out late to listen to the bats with a special device that could pick up their frequency. The children also set humane mammal traps and one group managed to catch a wood mouse! Of course, once everyone had had a look, we released into back into the wood.

The weather was good except for the first day – the children threw themselves wholeheartedly into team games in the pouring rain! Fortunately we were all able to dry out and experience warm, sunny weather for the rest of the week. A great time was had by all, including our hardworking parents and staff!

High Five Netball Tournament
Nine of our Year 6 girls took part in the High Five Netball Tournament at Farlingaye on Friday, 24th April.

It was the first time we had played competitive High Five netball, which involves everyone playing every position in rotation, with 5 players on the court and the others scoring, time-keeping or keeping note of the centre passes. 

We played seven games in swift succession. With just a minute to swap positions at half-time and only 2 minutes between 
every game, the pace was fast and furious! We drew our first three matches, lost three and won one, coming sixth overall 
(of nine teams entered).

Choosing a player to receive the fair play award was far from easy, as every girl demonstrated great sportsmanship and a 
supportive attitude towards her fellow team members. 

However, it was awarded to Lily, for always retrieving the ball for her opponent and for handing over the ball without showing a glimmer of disappointment or surprise after an unexpected ref’s decision against her.

Thank you to Ellie’s mum, Steph Moon, for providing lifts and moral support, and many congratulations to our High Five netball team!

Tag Rugby - Thursday 30th April

We attended the county finals on Thursday 30th April. The team had trained incredibly hard under the guidance and calm leadership of Mr Lynch. 

The children were thoroughly excited on the day and put their all into every single match they played. 

We emerged from our pool in second place. The children had beaten Sidegate who actually came first in our pool so they already felt immensely proud of themselves. 
They just needed to keep their cool in the third and fourth place play off… 

We came a convincing third, meaning we came third for tag rugby out of the whole of Suffolk. An amazing achievement from a hardworking, dedicated and gifted team. 
Well done!