It was a pleasure to be present in Friday's Stars Assembly to see Izzy present her pot containing £259 to Peter Luscombe, representing the Sue Ryder Charity. Peter congratulated Izzy and informed us all that the money she had raised would pay for two nurses to complete one day's care for an extremely unwell patient. This was a marvellous achievement and a fitting way to celebrate the end of her charity bands appeal.
It was brilliant to be able to perform the Greek dance that we have been working on in our PE sessions in Friday's Stars Assembly. It was themed on the Olympic Games and had sections on fighting, boxing, chariot racing, jumping and throwing events, and a closing ceremony. Well done - you are all stars!
Well done to our Cross Country runners for putting in an amazing effort in Race 3 of the season. Due to the flooding, this was the first race run on the alternative course, and the races ended up being much longer and more adventurous than the usual races! Well done to Abbie and Sophie for representing the Y6 girls, and to Jack Pates, James, Will and Jack Dowding for taking part for the boys. This race was also special as Charlie in Y5 won the boys' race overall. What an achievement!
It was great to be offered a delicious pancake earlier today as our Y6 'Let's Get Cookers' continued to produce wonders in the kitchen. I have to say I was very impressed! So thank you Paddy and William, and thanks once more to Mrs. Spice and Mrs. Tyrrell for supporting the children with their cooking.
Jolie and Jack, along with Margot and Nathan from Y5, had the great opportunity to spend a day at Tewkesbury School working alongside the Y7 students on a D.T. and Music project. They got to make their own whistles, as well as having the chance to play the clarinet. They were also treated to a special performance at the end of the day by the Royal Military Band. It was a great day!
Congratulations to Izzy for her outstanding achievements with her band sale. She was recognised in this week's Gloucestershire Echo, in the Tewkesbury News section. For those of you who didn't see it, a copy of the article is below.
Fundraising Isobel Is An Inspiration
Isobel Cooper used a sad event in her life to inspire her to raise money for a good cause. The 11-year old lost her grandfather, Herbie Light, in January, when he died from cancer. But, determined to help others suffering from serious illnesses, the Tirlebrook Primary School pupil set about raising money for care charity Sue Ryder.
Using tiny coloured elastic bands, she made bracelets and rings and sold them to other pupils at the Tewkesbury school - raising an impressive total of £259.
She said, "I'm pleased with the amount of money I've raised over the last four weeks and can't wait to start a new project for the charity. I hope my work inspires others."
Isobel's effort impressed her mother, Jane Light, who said, "It's an inspiration for other children."
I would like to say thank you to Izzy for all of her hard work, determination, enthusiasm and selflessness. But I'd also like to thank the whole of Elder Class for getting behind her project and indeed the whole school community for supporting it. Well done!
This is a picture of one of my daughters wearing a wristband designed and made by Izzy. She is clearly delighted with it.
Our final session at Tewkesbury School Library was extremely busy and exciting. The focus for this session was non-fiction texts and the way they are organised in the library. We learnt about the Dewey system and had to complete a story replacing words with Dewey codes from an alphabetical list of topics. We were then challenged to complete a quiz and actually find non-fiction books on the shelves. This was hectic and exciting but it really helped us to navigate our way around the library. Reece, Paddy, Joel and Jack were the first team to complete the challenge. Some children were also able to take part in 'Accelerated Reader' quizzes for the final time before returning the books that we had been loaned.
Many many thanks to Mrs. Baird and Mrs. Smith at Tewkesbury School for accommodating us for 4 fantastic weeks. They have given up their free time to ensure that we had a brilliant experience. Thank you. This obviously forms part of our ongoing transition arrangements with Tewkesbury School for our Y6 pupils. We look forward to how we are next involved.
I am currently sat admiring Mrs. Oliver's lovely Chinese displays as I update this blog. It is 2.20 a.m. and all of the children are fast asleep. For some reason, I haven't been able to get any sleep yet. The wind has been wild and howling, and the atmosphere of excitement generated by sleeping over with friends in school has been so wonderful to be a part of. Getting to sleep has always been the tricky bit ... but all is quiet, all is dark. Except for me and this blog.
We participated in a live web forum on the BBC website today. The forum was being used to promote the '500 Words' story writing competition, an annual opportunity for children under the age of 13 to submit stories to be judged. The web forum not only gave details about the competition, but an interview with Frank Boyce (co-writer of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony), conducted by The One Show's Alex Jones, enlightened our Y6s with tips for writing. It was great to be part of the event and I hope that some budding young story-writers from Tirlebrook will enter the competition!
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