Update - a video of the final practice of this performance can be found on the school website - www.tirlebrook.co.uk Go to classes, Elder Class and then you will find the video at the top of the page. I will also try to upload it to this blog page. Mr. L
Congratulations to our Y6 children who excelled themselves in the Y6 Leavers' Service at Tewkesbury Abbey. Performing to an audience of approximately 500 people, including town dignitaries, secondary and primary school staff, their friends from other schools and a large number of very proud and emotional parents, Elder Class sang out 'The Blessing' to conclude the school performances for the afternoon. The song, very much themed around moving on, was a fitting end to the ceremony. Elder class children and parents can be very proud of what was (in my honest, but probably slightly biased opinion) the best performance of the afternoon. Well done one and all - film of our practice performance will shortly be uploaded to the blog.
Congratulations to all of the children who were awarded values medals and cups in our Summer Term Cup Assembly. We are delighted to announce that the following children were recognised in Elder Class: Creativity - Ciara Moran (nomination), Community - Bradley Lane (cup awarded), Environment - Sam Mills (cup awarded), Positive Attitude - Margot Messenger (cup awarded). What a great way for these children to finish their time in Y6. Well done!
It's time to go home! Unbelievably, the week has flown past and so much has been packed in! Following a final effort with the packing first thing this morning, the children have had the opportunity to visit Shanklin's famous 'Rock Shop' before heading off to beautiful Bembridge to visit the RNLI Lifeboat Station there. The children were shown the offshore lifeboat as well as the impressive station built for the five-year old Tamar Class boat that it houses. Lesley, our guide, provided us with plenty of facts and much information about the history of the RNLI in Bembridge, as many questions were answered. It was great to be able to pass on the money that had been raised on the Inter-House Kwik Cricket Day to support the charity. The talk was concluded with a section on beach safety before those who had any money left entered the shop to spend their last few pennies. A short but frustrating drive to East Cowes followed, from where we finally boarded a ferry! A smooth crossing was followed by a long, hot and frustrating drive back from Southampton to Tewkesbury. Having said that, our driver did a great job and the children who didn't fall asleep were fantastically behaved and extremely patient. The coach was met by some very happy parents and the children were very happy to see them. I'm hoping that this experience will be one that the children will always remember and will always fondly look back on. It has been a fantastic residential visit and I am extremely proud of all the staff and children who participated in this trip - you were a credit to yourselves and to Tirlebrook Primary School. Signing off ... see you at the Residential Review on Monday 13th July at 6 p.m. for one last look back :)
Well the trip is almost over and we have reached the end in quite spectacular fashion. The weather forecast was for heavy rain throughout Thursday morning and so our fossil hunt at St. Catherine's Point was at risk. However, the weather was kind to us, and apart from a few spots of rain here and there, we had a dry, if much cooler, morning on the beach. The children explored between rocks and beneath the shingle, searching for coprolite (fossilised dinosaur poo), ammonites and other ancient items. Ashleigh was lucky enough to find the tip of a shark's tooth. Some of the children got caught out by the rapidly advancing tide and wet feet were experienced (not for the first time this week!). The coach then dropped us in Freshwater Bay for a beautiful setting to eat our lunch before we embarked on our approximate 5-mile walk across Tennyson Down. The sea mist gathered and at points we could only see 10 metres ahead of us. After reaching Tennyson's monument, we pushed ourselves on to see The Needles. And what a sight it was! We then walked a further mile to Alum Bay where the children had the opportunity to buy souvenirs, eat ice-cream and make a sand model, before descending to the beach via chair lift. This amazing experience was only enhanced as we met our boat, 'The Rambling Rose' in the bay to take us out on a 40-minute boat trip in glorious sunshine. We got up close and personal with The Needles before turning and heading around the coast to Yarmouth, via Albert Fort and Hurst Castle. After an extremely long, tiring and inspiring day, we returned to the hotel for food before spending our last evening having fun on the beach and in the sea. It seems crazy that we are already packing up and getting ready to leave. It has been a great experience.
We have had a brilliant third day on our Isle of Wight visit 2015. We started at Carisbrooke Castle, exploring the keep and the gatehouse, walking the ramparts, visiting the museum including King Charles I's bedroom, and meeting the donkeys. We were invited to a special talk in the Well House - water was drawn from the well using a 320 year-old wheel that would have originally been walked by prisoners or servants. But more recently this job had been completed by donkeys and we were privileged to see one of the youngest donkeys, Jigsaw, walk the wheel. In the afternoon we visited Seaview Wildlife Encounter, the number one tourist destination in the Isle of Wight according to Trip Advisor! What a fantastic time the children (and staff!) had feeding ducks, geese, and even wallabies, as well as enjoying keeper talks about a variety of animals. The children saw alpacas, a variety of birds, plants and creatures in the Tropical House, peacocks and peahens and even a warthog! The afternoon finished by visiting the penguins for a talk which ended with every child being given five or six fish to feed to them. Amazing! In the evening, another fun time on the beach was had by all (also including the staff) as games of cricket were played and sand sculptures built. But for most, the highlight was playing in the sea and cooling down after what had been an extremely hot day. Even Mr. Lockley and Miss. Featonby joined in with the fun. Roll on tomorrow (more photos to come on a slideshow as and when available).
What a superb second day we have enjoyed here in the Isle of Wight! The sun has been shining all day and we have been busy at Dinosaur Isle, Osborne House and Shanklin Chine. The children all had a good night's sleep after a busy first day, and after a filling and tasty breakfast, we headed out for our day's adventures. We started at Dinosaur Isle, and following a handling talk where the children could look at and hold fossils and other artefacts, a tour of the exhibition and visit to the shop awaited us. Great! We lunched next to the adventure playground at Osborne House before embarking on a tour of this most magnificent building. We saw so much, but highlights included visiting Queen Victoria's bedroom, seeing the incredible artwork, including Mr. Lockley's favourite painting Britannia, and walking along the Durbar corridor and into the Durbar Room, watched closely by a portrait of the Mahajarah Duleep Singh. Our tour of the house was followed by an educational session with House Keeper Mrs. Pilkington, where all of the children became trainee servants and learnt skills such as setting the table, polishing boots, making the bed and weighing out ingredients, all as a Victorian lower servant would have to do. All questions had to be answered, "Yes, Mrs. Pilkington" and even the adults had to behave. This fantastic session led to a visit to the Swiss Cottage and the museum as well as an ice cream by the seaside. A truly terrific place! The evening saw the children wandering through Shanklin Chine in their groups and we even briefly bumped into our friends from Tewkesbury C. of E. Primary School. Overall, we are making the most of our amazing adventure. We've done all this and only been here for two days. We are really looking forward to the rest of the week. (I will upload futher photos when there is time available to do so - Day One has an updated slideshow).
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