Our School News
Grow a £1
This Autumn Barton Stacey sees the return of our Grow a Pound challenge. Every child in the school will bring home a £1 coin today. Over the following weeks we will challenge your child to be creative and come up with a project which uses the £1 coin and helps them raise more money, which will be used to enhance our outdoor areas, especially a project to create a peace and wellbeing garden. We do appreciate that a pound is not a lot and that for some of the children’s ideas they may need to use resources that they already have or put a little of their own money into first, which can then be taken back from their profits. This is something we will discuss with them during the launch assembly in September. Alternatively, your child might like to group together with a few of their friends and do a joint project. We last ran this project around five years ago and were amazed that the children turned just over £100 into thousands, so just imagine how much we could raise this time! Every penny helps as you can see below:
If every child raised 1 extra pound we would raise £113
If every child raised 5 extra pounds we would raise £565
If every child raised 10 extra pounds we would raise £1130
All we ask the children to do is to use the £1 however they choose, then in the week beginning 15 November, bring the money that they have raised into school along with the slip below saying what they did and how much they raised. If they have any pictures, posters, resources that can be displayed to show what they did for their project then please bring these to school as well as we want to display the children’s fantastic efforts.
In Collective Worship this week we explored the story of the woman at the well, as recorded in the Gospel of John. Due to some past mistakes and the fact the lady was different to those in her community, she was not treated with love and kindness. The woman came to the well each day feeling empty – unloved, unknown and unwelcome - yet Jesus took the time one day to speak to her and to truly understand her. Little by little, during the conversation at the well, the woman started to feel more whole. She felt welcomed, loved and accepted. In our classes we have been thinking about how we can show kindness towards one another, particularly those who may feel unloved at times - Snowy Owls created painted handprints in a flowing river, symbolising that we use kind hands at our school, and Barn Owl Class showed us their very colourful Kindness Umbrella, with positive acts of kindness hanging from the ribs of the umbrella.
Collective Worship theme for Autumn 1
It has been wonderful to meet for face-to-face Collective Worship this week and to see how supportive and caring every child is within their Worship Family. Our theme this half-term is 'How do we flourish together?', and over the coming weeks we will focus on the concepts of belonging; love; getting back on track; making sense of our feelings; giving generously of ourselves; growing in resilience together; and growing to be the very best we can be. This week, the children thought about how they can help people they don’t know so well and how they can extend their love and kindness so that it shines out towards the people they come across who are hurt, sad, suffering and lonely. The children discussed the story of the Good Samaritan and what it really means to be a neighbour.
Welcome back to our 21/22 school year
It has been wonderful to welcome all our children and families back to school today. We have been graced with explorers and den builders, and our eldest children were ‘displaced’ to All Saints Church as part of the launch to this term’s learning project. It was also lovely to speak to Alfie, Lily-Rose, Theo and Sebby this morning, who popped in to speak to me whilst taking a tour of the Junior end of the school for the first time since starting with us. They have kindly promised to brighten up my office walls with some of their artwork.
As part of our Collective Worship together this afternoon, we sat together in our Worship Families for the first time in 18 months and spoke about our dreams and goals for this year and what we are like as learners and individuals. The children rewrote a quote from the board at the front of school–
When we enter our classroom…
We are kind and loving.
We are resilient.
We are determined.
We are all ready to learn.
We are a kind friend.
We are creative and understanding.
We trust each other.
We are happy and have fun.
We are smiley.
We can rely on each other.
We are resourceful.
We are learning detectives with creative sparks.
We are the Barton Stacey Family.
Safer Internet Day 2021
Today, Tuesday 9 February 2021, we celebrate the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place right across the globe. With a theme once again of "Together for a better internet", this day calls upon everyone to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has put together a range of excellent resources for parents and families, which can be accessed by clicking each link below.
Eagle Owl and Hawk Owl Class are proud to present this year's Remembrance Service, focusing on service and sacrifice shown during World War II and in more recent times.
On Tuesday 10th November we had a Bag2School collection. We had an amazing response and between school and the Pre-school we collected a total of 1321kg of clothing. This resulted in FROGS and the pre-school receiving just under £200 each!
The children are delighted to share their Harvest 2020 video with you.
Welcome back! It has been wonderful to welcome you and your family back to school this week. We missed having our school family together in school over the last few months. The children have settled very well and are enjoying school life again. We have also welcomed our new Reception children this week on short staggered visits. It has been lovely to welcome new and familiar faces to our Snowy Owl Class.
May we begin with a thank you all for your patience and understanding during the period when school was not open to all children. May we also thank you for reading and following all our guidance and documents sent home. It has been challenging as a school, with government guidance changing or being updated frequently and with little notice. We will, of course, keep reviewing our guidance and any changes that are made will be communicated to you so please keep an eye on your emails each day for any changes.
You have received the diary dates for this term and we will be in contact as soon as possible for how we are organising our Harvest Celebration and Parent evenings. Frogs have kindly given each child a special welcome back gift of a Barton Stacey notebook and the children have enjoyed receiving them in school. There are fundraising events being planned and Frogs will be in touch soon to share these plans with you.
We will send our weekly, school newsletter home on Friday, as usual, and if you have any questions at all, or want to speak to anyone, please be in contact by phone, email or drop a note in the box outside the main reception door.
Wishing you and your family health and best wishes.
Hampshire Music Service Resources
Keep Calm and Make Music in KS1 and KS2
Hampshire Music Service have produced some resources that can be used at home, called Keep calm and make music in KS1 and KS2. These are available to download by clicking on the relevant year group for your child.
Year 1-2: Walking The Dog
Well what an amazing day we all had on Friday 13 March when we celebrated British Science week. The children had a day full of workshops and activities looking at many different aspects of science.
Once again, we welcomed Winchester cathedral, who led sessions looking at what animals need to do to succeed; food, shelter, and a place to raise their babies. With the Infants they introduced them to a robin who had made the Cathedral its home and then worked with the children to create robins out of fat balls. The Juniors were shown examples of animals that could be seen illustrated in the Cathedral and then they were challenged to create their own animal gargoyles and describe them by using animal features.
Dr South, a dentist, came to speak to our Infants about our mouth and teeth and he was so impressed by our children, that he phoned up the following week to compliment them on their behaviour and the excellent questions they asked, as well as the wonderful feel to the school.
Mr Dunford, one of our parent governors, spent his morning in the Juniors. His topic was 'Internet of things' and he used his workshop to explore how the internet is used for communication between many devices across the world.
In the afternoon, the whole school watched a presentation on shark diversity and plastic pollution, which was thoroughly enjoyed by them all.
One Voice Singing Concert
On Tuesday, 10 March, children from Eagle Owl Class journeyed with children from Micheldever to take part in a 'One Voice' Singing Concert at The Anvil in Basingstoke. The concert had been planned and arranged by Hampshire Music Service to show what an impact singing can have on well being. A singing teacher from Hampshire Music Service had visited the school in January to run a workshop with the class and to introduce the children to the songs they would be singing which they then practised within class in the weeks leading up to the concert.
The songs were all linked to inner feelings and were designed to make the children feel good about themselves. The songs included:
Sing, sing, sing
Three little birds
Count on me
Ain't no mountain high enough
Lean on me
Something inside so strong
At The Anvil there were around 1000 children from different schools within Hampshire who joined together with a children's choir on stage, to sing the above songs. There were also performances from the choir and a soloist, a young lady confined to a wheelchair, who sang Defying Gravity, and shared with the audience what singing means to her.
Singing with a thousand children was an amazing experience and everyone left the concert on a high.
World Book Day - A rainbow of colours makes this world a wonderful, diverse place.
At Barton Stacey we are always working hard to promote reading for pleasure with our children. Research shows that children who read for pleasure go on to achieve better results as they move through school.
This year World Book Day at Barton Stacey took place on Friday 5th March. The theme this year was ‘Share a Million Stories.’ Throughout the day there were opportunities for children to share books both in class time and at social times but as a school we chose a particular text around which to build our learning activities. The text this year for all year groups was ‘The Day The Crayons Quit.’ By Oliver Jeffers.
Children were invited to come to school dressed in the colour of their favourite crayon from the book. We hope this got you all talking about why this is your favourite and generated lots of book inspired talk around your dinner tables over half term! We asked each child to remember to think carefully about what the colours represent. For example: Red crayon is quite cross in the text, whilst Purple is a true perfectionist! Yellow and orange crayons are not speaking to each other and are arguing over which of them is the true colour of the sun.
The day will started with a Worship session on one of the key themes of the text, diversity and teamwork. We all know it takes many different colours to make up a whole box of crayons. There was also lots of drama, book talk and other opportunities taking place in classrooms which helped to generate some exciting book themed writing.
At the end of the day we invited parents to come into school to share a story with their child. It was lovely to see so many parents in classes sharing their book not only with their children but also other children within the school.
Earlier in the week, we welcomed West End in Schools, who performed their World Book Week show ' Around the world in 80 days'. The children really enjoyed the show and lots of laughter could be heard emanating from the hall.
On Tuesday 25 February, the whole school took part in Skip2Bfit, a program which encourages children to use skipping as a way to increase fitness. In the afternoon the Juniors also took part in Box2Bfit which involved a fitness circuit. All the children had a great time and improved their performances throughout the session. At the end of the day there was a skip off between the pupil and staff member with the highest scores. It was very close, with just one skip in it - Well done to both Tilly and Miss Mitchell. It has been lovely to see so many of the children out on the playground now with their newly purchased skipping ropes. Our aim now is to purchase some of the skipping ropes for the school so that the pupils can continue ti improve their skipping scores and fitness.
On Thursday 27 February we were visited by Lucy Shuker, a ParaOlympic tennis player who will taking part in this year’s Olympics in Japan. Lucy was truly inspirational as she told the children about her journey to becoming an athlete and how she overcame adversity to achieve her goal. After her presentation the Junior children had the opportunity to be able to ask questions. The following link is to Lucy’s website. https://www.lucyshuker.com/
Walking to school
Recently, our Junior Road Safety officers and Green Ambassadors joined forces to encourage our pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school. The children discussed why reducing the amount of traffic on our roads is important for the environment as well as making our village a safer place. Time was also spent giving advice on how the children can remain safe while doing this.
Well done to all the pupils who led the presentation and discussion. A copy of the presentation is below.
This term, in collective worship, the school has been exploring spirituality both within classes and in their worship families. Attached is a PowerPoint presentation which explains what the children have been thinking about.
Internet Safety Day
On Tuesday 11 February, Internet Safety day, our e cadets did a wonderful assembly to the whole school on the importance of staying safe when using computers and social media. This was followed up with age appropriate workshops in each class. In the afternoon, parents had been invited in to watch the assembly and take part in a question & answer session. Well done to our e cadets who did a fantastic job in making us all more aware.
Japanese Fan Dancing
With this year's Olympic Games being held in Japan, we were pleased to welcome into school, a lady who introduced each class to Japanese culture and in particular Japanese Fan Dancing. Each child was given a fan, and then taught how to create graceful, fluid movements. After some practise, the children were then able to fit the movements together to form a Japanese fan dance which was accompanied by traditional Japanese music. The workshop allowed the children to experience a very different form of exercise, with them having to be slow and precise.
Learning Pit Challenge Week
This week has been Learning Pit Challenge Week across the school. From chairs made from newspaper, to aqueducts and spaghetti bridges, the children have been experiencing what it is like to be deep in the Learning Pit and what steps they can take to get back out again. The Learning Pit was first designed by James Nottingham and more information can be found here: www.challenginglearning.com/learning-pit Expect to hear children talking about ‘being in the pit’ throughout the year; one of our Year 1’s told his teacher today that he was stuck in the pit and was able to verbalise the steps he could take to help him remain resilient with his learning.
During January and February the school kitchen celebrated two very different occasions with two especially themed lunches for the children.
During January we celebrated AA Milne’s birthday with a Winnie-the-Pooh lunch. A letter was sent home inviting every child’s teddy bear to come into school on the day and accompany their owner to their dinner which included heffalumps and honey buns! The teddies all enjoyed their outing and were very well behaved.
At the beginning of February, Barn Owl Class, had a day full of activities to help them find out more about the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. As part of this, the kitchen produced a Chinese themed meal along with chopsticks. Luckily knives and forks were available for those who found mastering the chopsticks more difficult than expected!
Mrs Ewings and Miss Hardman always provide excellent meals but their hard work and inspiration for these two meals were greatly appreciated by everyone.
Stories with Santa
The last afternoon of term saw all the children taking part in Stories with Santa. the whole school met in the hall to hear the Christmas Story read by Mr Stangroom before splitting into their worship families to move around the school. The children were able to listen to two more seasonal stories, have hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and visit Santa who had a special present for all of them. The afternoon finished with everyone getting back together to sing 'We wish you a merry Christmas' and give three cheers for Barton Stacey .
Christmas Carol Service
On Wednesday morning, All saints Church was full to bursting for this year's Christmas Service. The service opened with some of our instrumentalists playing some well know Christmas tunes before Rev. Mark blessed both the filled socks that had been collected for our homeless appeal and our new school banner. Our Year 5/6 children then led the service which was interspersed with bible readings and carols which retold the Christmas Story along with some of our Infant children who produced a tableau. The choir sang three Christmas songs which included solos as well as solos and descants for the congregational carols. A beautiful story was told by two of our Year 6 children which had been written by themselves telling the story of a robin and a homeless family who both find their forever home. The service ended with our end of term award presentations:
English - Bella -Rae
Writing - Toby Kerr
Maths - Kai Whiskerd
STEM - Sami Dunford
Sport - Ivy Oates
Creative Arts - Scott Coultish
School Values - Edward Stear
On Tuesday 17 December, the kitchen staff, Mrs Ewings and Mrs Hardman did an amazing job producing over 150 Christmas lunches for children, staff and some special guests from the village. In the morning the children had spent time making their own festive hats for the celebration and the hall was full of sparkles as they sat down for their lunch. The food was served by the staff who were dressed either in their waiter outfits or Christmas clothes. After the meal the guests were entertained by the school choir and some of our instrumentalists with some festive tunes.
Monday 16 December saw all our children eagerly coming to school to prepare themselves ready for their end of term Class Exhibitions. This is something that both children, staff and parents enjoy enormously as it gives the children an opportunity to share with their families everything they have been learning during the term. Over seventy parents arrived to spend time with their children and the school was buzzing with the sound of excited voices.
Some parents' comments are below:
'Lovely to see all the children's beautiful work. A great learning environment with lots of fun activities'
'Fantastic displays in all the classes I visited today. Great to see all the brilliant work the children have been doing'
'Love these opportunities to come & see what they've been doing as a class - really lovely atmosphere. Thank you'
'What a wonderful way for the children to share all their beautiful work.'
Green Ambassadors Assembly
During the Autumn Term, our green Ambassadors have been working hard to raise the awareness in school of how we can all be more environmentally friendly. Below is a link to the presentation they gave to the school.
This term the Green Ambassadors have launched the Eco-Box. It is a beautiful box made by Joshua Hazard and if a child does something great for the environment, they can write it down and include a picture if they wish and post it in the Eco- box. So far this term we have had Anabelle Frost, Natasha Gadney, Talia Hazard, Harriet Wadey and Daisy Reynolds. Thank you to all these people.
In the next term we will be looking at Energy saving, food waste and paper waste.
Listen 2 Me Concert
This term, Hawk Owl Class, have been learning the ukulele through Hampshire Music Service's Listen 2 Me program. On Thursday 12 December, parents and the rest of the school were invited to come and listen to a concert which featured them playing around eight pieces as well as singing. They all played very confidently and it was lovely to see how much progress they had made over a term.
Infant Nativity - The Magic Snowflake
Parents and grandparents were in for a treat this week as our Infant Department performed their Nativity Play, The Magic Snowflake, which had been written specially for the school by our Executive Headteacher, Mrs Brewster. The play tells the story of a snowmen and a penguin who are given a magic star which allows them to fly to Bethlehem to see the birth of Jesus and the many people and animals who visited. The story was interspersed with lots of songs, which the children sang enthusiastically and also beautiful dances from snowflakes and angels.
We are very proud of our youngest children who retold the Christmas story so beautifully, and a big thank you must go to our Infant staff who worked so hard.
FROGS Christmas Fayre & Christmas jumper day
Friday 6 December saw the launch of the Christmas season at school, as FROGS held their annual Christmas Fayre. The hall was full of goodies for the children (and parents) to buy, as well as delicious cakes and crafts.
During the day, children came to school, dressed in their Christmas jumpers. There was certainly lots of sparkle and shine in school!
12 days of gifting
As part of our worship theme of Belonging this term we have been looking at how we belong to a community and how it feels to belong. The children have been learning about those in our community who are less fortunate. Rev Bailey has been telling us about an initiative to help those who are homeless in our local area through supporting the Winchester Night Shelter and Andover Crisis & Support Centre. The Winchester Night Shelter mainly supports men through their work and the Andover Centres mainly supports women and their children through their work. We have asked our children to get involved in supporting this initiative. The initiative is providing a filled sock of treats at Christmas. The SLT have donated the socks and we are asking that the children help fill them. Each class will have three pairs of socks to fill during December. A class will be responsible for filling one sock each week and this will be shared during our Worship. We ask that the following donations are brought to school for the children to put in their class box of donations ready to fill the socks during worship.
ï‚· Chocolate and treats
ï‚· Soap and other toiletries
ï‚· Combs/brushes and hair bobbles
ï‚· Any other suitable treats/nice items
We know that supporting this initiative will bring so much joy to others and that our children will enjoy helping those less fortunate. We thank you in advance for your support and look out for photographs of the filled socks on our website and Twitter during December.
Attached is the power point presentation that the children participated in during collective worship this week, about homelessness.
On 5th November, it was no ordinary day at Barton Stacey School! It looked more like Hogwarts in the hall. We were having our Quidditch Workshops based on the novels of Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. The day started off by every class coming into the hall as the Quidditch assembly was taking place. We went into the hall and saw Darren and Jack stood at the front. Just like in Harry Potter, we then got sorted into the four school houses Gryffindor; Slytherin; Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw by the house captains. The four house captains were Eleanor Thomas (Gryffindor), Oliver Rippon (Slytherin), Poppy Marshall (Hufflepuff) and Ethan Bailey (Ravenclaw). After the house captains got sorted into their houses, every child knew which house they were in. Darren and Jack then talked to us about the qualities of the four Hogwarts houses. We had some Harry Potter experts in the hall therefore we already knew most of them! The four house captains were chosen to stay and help the infant classes during their workshops.
In our workshops, we played a few games to teach us how to play Quidditch. One of them was the Beater game. In the Beater game, 4 beaters were chosen and they had a Bludger (ball) each. In order to get their team points, they needed to throw the Bludger at people whilst they were running. The star Beater of the school was Talia Hazard. Another game we played was the Chaser and Keeper Game. This game involved a Keeper standing in front of a hoop and the Chaser running up and trying to score in the hoop with the Quaffle (ball). To make it harder for the Chaser, the Keeper was there to block the ball from the hoop. We also played the Seeker Game where all of us chased the teacher (Golden Snitch). After we had played all of these games, we used all of our skills and put them into a big match.
After all of the classes had taken part in the workshop for their team, we had a short assembly. All of the captains stood at the front holding their house banner, really excited to find out who got the Quidditch trophy. First of all, the certificates got given out for Talia and Marie. After that, they announced the winner…….and it was Hufflepuff! Poppy held up the trophy and the team got a photo. Overall, the Quidditch day was amazing. I’m sure it will be a highlight of the year!
School at Sutton Scotney Remembrance
On Sunday 10th November at Sutton Scotney the Royal British Legion held a Remembrance Day Parade. The RBL had invited two pupils from the School's Base Club to take part in the remembrance parade. Josh was invited to say the Kohima Epitaph and Talia was a wreath layer. Both Talia and Josh did a sterling job, the RBL was impressed with the practise that they both must have done. Well done Josh and Talia.
The rest of the school had written poetry and drawn pictures of what Remembrance Day meant for them. Snowy Owl Class had made their own poppies. It was fantastic to see so many pupils in attendance proudly showing their art work and poems to their parents.
Base Club pupils had made some amazing Poppies stating what being a military child means to them, thank you Mrs Cobb.
I would like to thank the school for joining us in Remembrance.
Rachel Cousins, Sutton Scotney Royal British Legion
This year, we remember together
On Monday 11 November, the school remembered everyone whose lives have been touched by war, both past and present, in their Remembrance Service which was held in All Saints Church.
This year, The Royal British Legion's theme was 'This year we remember together' and they asked us to remember all the 46 countries who signed up to defend the world.
Eagle Owl Class led the service, during which they reminded everyone how Remembrance Day came into existence and why we wear poppies to remember. The poems, 'We will remember' and 'In Flanders Field' were read beautifully by Natasha and Zack and Hawk Owl Class showed the pastel pictures they had created to symbolise the poppy fields.
Eagle Owl Class had spent the week researching three battles where forces from many countries had fought together. These were: D Day, Monte Cassino and Imphal & Kohima. The children had created visual models and art work to show the battle and very thought provoking poems.
Prayers were led by members of Hawk Owl Class and the choir sang 'My heart will go on' and also 'We will remember' when the poppy wreaths created by each class were laid before the altar.
It was lovely to be joined by many parents for this moving service of remembrance.
Thank you to Poppy, Eleanor T, Natasha & Flora for selling Poppy's last week on behalf of the Royal British Legion.
On 21st October, the Year 5/6 tag rugby team headed to St. Mary Bourne for the season’s first round of tag rugby matches. Captained by Natasha Gadney and Josh Hazard, and with 7 of the 13 players new to the team, the children all played exceptionally well and have begun to build a firm foundation for the future games. They were held to a 3-3 draw against St. Mary Bourne, were pipped in the dying minutes against Micheldever (losing 3-2) and lost by one try against Smannell and Enham. They team were well supported by parents, who encouraged and cheered enthusiastically from the sidelines.
To bring their project learning to life – Can curiosity change the world? – Year 5/6 children experienced a wonderful visit to the UK Headquarters of IBM on 22nd October. They were able to tour the site and were enthralled by ‘the hub’, a recreational facility featuring bean-bag loungers; air hockey, table tennis and pool tables; dart boards; and both modern and retro computer games. They were equally amazed at the visit to the IoT (Internet of Things), a computer science lab in which research projects come to life. As one example, IBM has recently worked with Marwell Zoo, installing sensors in the animal bedding areas, which ensures the heating is only switched on when an animal is sleeping within its enclosure. This has saved the zoo a considerable amount of money.
Year 5/6 then took part in workshops to consider how we can use technology to improve the sustainability of the school in areas such as energy usage and waste. The children were incredibly curious and devised some wonderful initial ideas; they will now need to conduct research back at school, before continuing with their proposals. IBM have agreed to welcome the children and their families back to hear the ideas and it is hoped these ‘pitches’ can be delivered before the Christmas break.
On 25th October, the school celebrated Diwali Day, beginning with Collective Worship to consider how Christians prepare for and celebrate religious festivals; the children were then able to read the book ‘Dipal’s Diwali’ together and spoke maturely about the similarities in how the two religions prepared to celebrate festivals. They learnt that Hindus tidy the home prior to Diwali; buy new clothes to wear during the festival; decorate their homes with bright yellow marigolds, diyas and rangoli patterns; prepare many foods and sweets for the celebration; and visit the temple with offerings. The children were then told the story of Rama and Sita and how the festival of light came to be.
The children, working in their Worship Families, then spent time in each class throughout the day, preparing for our own Diwali Festival. In Snowy Owl Class, the children created salt dough diya lamps and painted them; in Barn Owl Class the children created masks and puppets to help retell the story of Rama and SIta; in Hawk Owl Class the children designed Rangoli and Mendi patterns, with some challenging themselves to achieve accurate symmetry; and in Eagle Owl Class the children created Diwali lanterns, focusing on using the nets of 3D shapes to help achieve this.
Parents were invited to join us for Worship at the end of the day and were welcomed in to the school building by rows of Diwali lanterns made by the children. The children confidently discussed their day’s learning with our invited guests, particularly Kate Hearn in Year 6, who narrated the Rama and Sita story from memory as her Worship Family told it using their masks and puppets. Throughout Diwali Day the children worked wonderfully in their Worship Families, the older children supporting younger members of the Family to understand the festival and its customs, and to demonstrate this through the art projects they completed.
On Tuesday 22nd October Snowy Owl and Barn Owl Classes were visited by author Anne Wan. Anne ran a workshop and spent time talking with the children about being an author. Anne also read her new book, "Manners fit for the Queen" to the classes before answering questions from the children.
The newly-elected School Council have got off to a great start, organising and leading a project that will support God's global family, namely those in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian that struck the island in early September. From encouraging families to make donations in a bucket at the end of each school day, having a dress-down day in colourful, tropical clothing, and donations during the Harvest Festival service itself, the school was able to raise over £250 for UNICEF’s Children’s Emergency Fund. The school kitchen was even able to provide Caribbean inspired food for lunch too!
Our School Council are busy working on two further projects: one will see the creation of a school banner that represents our 'belonging' as a faith family and faith school, and the second will see us support those in our local community who need God's love and prayers this Christmas time. Watch this space for further news!
An amazing £265.33 was raised by the school for our Bahamas Appeal. This will be sent to Unicef to help with their relief aid in the islands. The school Council would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to this.
On Thursday 10 October, the school,celebrated Bahamas Discovery Day. Barn Owl Class have been learning all about Christopher Columbus this term and how he discovered the Bahamas and so wanted to join in the Bahamas Discovery Day Celebrations. This also linked into our Harvest Appeal, which this year was for the relief work being undertaken in the Bahamas following the devastation from Hurricane Dorian.
The children were encouraged to come to school dressed in bright clothes for a donation to our appeal. The weather was quite dull, but inside the school it was a bright and vibrant place with colour everywhere.
The day started with one of our parents, Mr Bowyer, recounting his experiences from his recent relief work in the Bahamas from which he had just returned. The children were able to understand the effect the hurricane had had on the island and how the money they had raised would help the children on the islands.
At lunchtime, our school kitchen had produced a special Bahama's theme lunch of BBQ chicken with lemon cous cous or sweet potato curry followed by tropical fruit and coconut muffins. It was great for our children to be able to experience some different flavours.
A great day was had by all, but especially Barn Owl Class who re-enacted Christopher Columbus landing on his first beach, exploring the island and building shelters.
Fire Service Visit
On Tuesday 15 October, two of our classes, Barn Owl and Eagle Owl, took part in a fire safety workshop run by Hampshire Fire Service. The focus of the workshops was safety within the home and the children discussed what their families could do to make their homes a safer place. The older children thought about how they would safely evacuate their house and took evacuation plans home with them to complete with their families. The younger children thought about smoke alarms and the need to check them weekly as well as being able to try on some of the fireman's uniform. The workshops were fun but very informative.
On Thursday 3 October, the whole school joined with parents and families in the Parish Church to celebrate Harvest Festival. The service was led by our Infant Department and focused on the different Harvest traditions both in our country and around the world. Our youngest children, some of whom had only been at school for four weeks, sang a song about harvest on a farm, with Miss Brewster accompanying them on the guitar. They then told us about Harvest in England. Barn Owl Class had been researching what other harvest traditions are observed in different countries and very confidently presented what they had learned along with pictures and flags relating to each country.
The choir sang two Harvest songs, one of which reminded us that we need to share what we have with those people who do not have as much as us to eat. This was shown within our Harvest Appeal, which this year was the Unicef Appeal for the Bahamas, which have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
The service was a joyful occasion which was enjoyed by everyone present.
Our new Green Ambassadors, Eleanor,Joshua, Edward, Henry and Jake have already held two meetings and have generated lots of ideas for ways in which the school can become more green. This half term they are reinforcing all the work that was undertaken last year on recycling within school. New signs are being made for our recycling bins and they will be reminding all the classes via presentations and games, what can and cannot be recycled.
A new Green Ambassadors Box has been created where the children can put details of any green initiatives they are doing at home. These will then be shared in Collective Worship on a Friday.
The Green Ambassadors are also hoping to send home newsletters which will encourage you to think about what families can do at home to become more Green - watch this space!
Don't forget that you can recycle your old batteries (AAA,AA,C & D) in our battery recycling bin the school lobby.
During the Autumn Term, each class will be taking part in a six week 'Relax Kids' program which teaches the children relaxation techniques through yoga and mindfulness. When questioned on how they felt after a session, Hawk Owl class children said it made them feel relaxed, calm, peaceful and warm.
On Thursday the 19th September Snowy Owls, Barn Owls, Hawk Owls and Eagle Owls all did the Fit4kids workshops. Paul told us about sugar and the food traffic light system. Paul told us that not only sugar can hurt our bodies but fats and salt too. For example Walkers Ready Salted crisps are green for sugar however they are red for fat as they have 8.0g of fat which is bad for you. So we learned that crisps are ok as a treat but shouldn't be eaten too often. We also looked at lots of other foods and said if we thought they were healthy or not. We thought the Oat Granola bars were healthy but actually they have lots of sugar from the honey.
Paul also talked to us about how important it is to be fit & healthy. First off we did a warm up which was jogging on the spot. Then he showed us lots of different exercises such as squats, lunges, air cycling and lots more fun activities! At the end we did star jumps to cool down. It's important to warm up so that you don't pull any muscles and the cool down helps your body recover from the exercises.
It was really fun and now we know more about being fit and healthy.
By Jessica Stokes - Hawk Owl Class.
Welcome to a new school year
Over the last couple of weeks we have welcomed back to school our children and staff and also welcomed into our family both children and staff new to the school. The children have settled back quickly and are eagerly finding out about their new learning projects for this term. More details of each class' exciting learning projects are available under class news on the website. Our collective worship theme for this half term is looking at 'Belonging', as well as celebrating our Harvest Festival.
All the staff are looking forward to sharing lots of exciting learning opportunities with your children.
Belonging - Our Collective Worship theme - click the link to see what we have been exploring
children proudly presented to their parents their projects for the Spring Term which is always eagerly anticipated!
Parents in Eagle Owl Class were able to listen to presentations from children pitching their design for the class Victorian Garden. In Hawk Owl Class the children proudly showed off their art work and everything they had learned about Antarctica this term. Barn Owl Class parents were welcomed to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and heard a fantastic debate on whether chocolate is good for you! The children in Snowy Owl Class were able to share their picture book stories with parents and also their understanding of what a hero is.
It was a fantastic morning, enjoyed by children, parents and staff alike. Below are some of the comments from the exhibitions:
- The children love being part of this special family.
- What a fantastic morning - such a fabulous presentation of all the children's hard work.
- It is so wonderful to see our children's work. They are so proud of all they have achieved. It is clear the children and staff have all been working very hard. Thank you
- Very pleased to see our grandchildren in Hawk class. they are very happy at school.
School Science Day
What an exciting day the school had celebrating British Science day. We were very lucky to welcome several visitors to the school who brought with them exciting workshops, covering a whole range of scientific subjects.
Kier Construction led construction workshops with each class which involved design and practical exercises. Two ladies from Winchester Cathedral came dressed in medieval costumes and helped the children to learn all abut medieval medicines as well as helping them to make some of their own. Dr. Hazard had created crime sites and taught the children how to undertake some simple forensic tests to help them identify the culprit. Mrs Hearn brought Bruce, her skeleton, with her to give the children an insight into what the inside of our body looks like and how we work.
The Juniors also took part in the great egg challenge - who could create a structure out of spaghetti that could hold an egg for the longest time!
It was a fascinating day, enjoyed by all, with lots of learning happening all across the school.
Spring Music Concert
On Tuesday 19 March, the school had a celebration of music with its annual Spring Music Concert. This concert provides an opportunity for all our children who learn an instrument or sing in the choir, to perform in front of an audience. The concert was compered by Mr Timms, from Hampshire Music Service and the children were also supported by Ms Schwartz and Mrs Ball. The concert had twenty six performances and a vast range of instruments were played: Piano, Brass, Clarinet, Flute, Violin and recorder and the school choir also sang three songs. This meant that about half of the school took part which is a wonderful achievement for a small school. It was wonderful to see how confidently all the children played and sang - well done to everyone!
eCadets Internet Safety Day 2019
Internet Safety Day 2019 was led by our current eCadets: Kate Hearn; Freddie Hamilton; Kodi Bones; Emily Foster; Cecily Insole and Rosie White. Kate and Kodi led an activity in Snowy Owls called ‘Around The World’ where the Year Rs and the Year 1s painted their hands different colours and printed them around a globe stuck onto sugar paper. The results were wonderful and it showed no matter where we are from we should treat everyone fairly whether it be online or in reality.
Rosie led an activity called ‘Happiness Stones’ in Barn Owls. It involved the Year 1s and Year 2s painting stones with things that made them feel happy. They all turned out beautiful and it reminded the children to only say positive things online.
Cecily and Emily led an activity called ‘Mistake Monsters’ in Hawk Owls. The Year 3s and Year 4s used straws to blow paint around an A3 piece of paper to create a Mistake Monster. They added n facial features to make them really come to life and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Afterwards they had a quiz and everyone’s results were more than expected.
Freddie led an activity called ‘Social Stats’ in Eagle Owls. The Year 5s and Year 6s cut up some social statistics and used them for a matching game to help them with their knowledge. It was clear they enjoyed themselves.
It was evident that everyone loved the day of education and fun. The eCadets also enjoyed showing the classes what they had prepared. Overall it was a fantastic day.
World Book Day
There is always a sense of anticipation and excitement around the school when World Book Day approaches and it was no different this year. Families, this year, were asked to consider what their favourite family book was and to come to school dressed as a character from this book. Arriving at school was a whole menagerie of animals, witches, wizards, Willy Wonkas, fairies, princesses and an even wider range of characters. Parents were invited in to school at the beginning of the day to share their favourite book together with their children. The classes then congregated in the hall to share all their amazing costumes and for World Book day to be launched. In each class exciting activities had been planned for the children to take part in throughout the day. Lunchtime saw the school kitchen serving a very popular Gruffalo themed menu of fox burgers, snake surprise and squashed owl, with the kitchen staff dressing as mice. The Year 6 children then shared story sacks with the younger children. The day ended with a book sale where families had the opportunity to purchase more books to read at bargain prices.
It was fantastic to see all the hard work children, parents and staff had put in to making this a memorable day for the children.
Ash Wednesday Service
On Ash Wednesday, 6th March, we went into Collective Worship. Mark the Vicar was leading it because it was Ash Wednesday, a holy day of prayer. It was the start of Lent so it was six weeks before Easter, a whole term away. In the middle of assembly we lined up if we wanted to so we could get a cross our forehead which represents a phrase - "Remember you are dust and dust are you". We kept our crosses on all day so God stayed with us.
By Tilly Leader Hawk Owl Class
HMS String Concert
On 27 February the school welcomed two members of Hampshire Music Service who performed before the whole school with a variety of stringed instruments. The aim of the concert was to expand the children's knowledge of the string family by letting them hear a violin, viola and cello. A range of music was played and the children enjoyed listening to the different pieces. It certainly gave our children who are having violin lessons something to aspire to!
Before the February half-term, Year 5 and 6 children in Eagle Owl Class led a Refugee Experience at All Saints Church. Travelling to church by ‘boat’ (a team of artists painted 9-metre fabric panels to depict the treacherous journeys many refugees face), the children led this experience in a mature and sensitive way. The class looked at the world’s current refugee crisis, and the work of the UN Refugee Council in using tent art therapy to help refugee’s open up about their experiences, and decided to paint their own tent to demonstrate their learning. The exterior panels of our tent represented the refugee crises seen in Eritrea, Burma, Syria and Iraq, and the interior panels represented the hopes and dreams of the young people researched. The children wanted refugees to be able to sit inside the safe haven of the tent and to hold on to hope that their lives could get better.
O2 Young Voices 2019
The trip to the 02 arena was history-making material. We boarded the coach and had our lunch on there with Micheldever School (the other school in our Federation). Snow was melting on the banks as we travelled on the coach there, and the journey was the perfect opportunity to have a singsong and catch up with our Federation friends. When we arrived, we got out all of our belongings, climbed out of the coach and stepped into the 02 arena. We had to wait to go through security and then we had to wait about half an hour until we were allowed into our seats. The conductor had already started to practice one song and we practiced the rest of the songs before the actual performance. We found out that Hugh Jackman had left us a voice recording because of The Greatest Showman melody we were singing, which was a wonderful surprise! We had supper and then we showcased our songs to the audience who, of course, went crazy! Overall, it was a phenomenal experience and we all had a lot of fun!
My favourite song was Viva la Vida – Natasha Gadney (Year 5)
My favourite song was pop medley – Flora Leader (Year 5)
My favourite song was the greatest showman melody – Lottie Gatfield (Year 6)
I have participated in Young Voices twice now; this year has been my favourite – Emma Jarman (Year 6)
It was fantastic… - Rosie White (Year 6)
By Natasha Gadney (Year 5) and Flora Leader (Year 5)
After leading Eco Council’s Eco Day, we gathered together and discussed an Eco character competition. Three weeks later, the entries were in. There were four runners up: Natasha Gadney, Zack Doig, Toby Kerr, and Max Stokes. We finally came to the agreement that Talia Hazard was our winner. Two creative models entered in to the competition, as well as the winning design from Talia, will be put up on our Eco Council notice board.
Our latest project – and hopefully most successful – is the battery bin in the school’s reception area. We began this project after discovering that just one battery takes a devastating 100 years to break down. If we recycle batteries, soon our eco system will recover from the damage humans have inflicted. Each pupil has been given a foldable battery box to tale home with them. In this box, all your used batteries can be recycled and then brought into school to be placed in the battery bin. We want to see how quickly we can fill the battery bin in school. We hope you reconsider how you dispose of your batteries; remember: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!
By Joshua Hazard and Lottie Gatfield
Chinese New Year
Click here for pictures of the children celebrating Chinese New Year with a special Chinese themed lunch.
Federation Football Match
A fantastic Year 5/6 Federation Football match was held on Monday after school. Both teams played brilliantly in what turned out to be an exciting game which kept the spectators on the edge of their seats. The score was 1-0 to Micheldever after the first third, then Barton Stacy came back in the second third to be 3-2 up. 2 quick goals in the final third saw Micheldever up 4-3 and then Barton Stacey capitalised on a corner kick in the dying seconds of the game. Final score 4-4. A very enjoyable game to watch and well played by all the boys. A big thanks to Mr Gray for coaching the team.
Start of Spring Term
All our children have returned to school after an exciting Christmas holiday and are eager to start exploring their new learning topics.
Eagle Owl Class - What can we learn from the Victorians and the world today to create a healthy mind, body and spirit?
Hawk Owl Class - Extreme climates - Antarctica to the Sahara desert! What can we do to save our disappearing world?
Barn Owl Class - Chocolate! Does chocolate change lives for better, for worse or a bit of both?
Snowy Owl Class - What is a hero?
On the last afternoon of term, West End in Schools, came to give a performance of Dick Whittington to the pupils. Lots of scream and shouts could be heard coming from the hall as well as boos and laughter. A fun time was had by all. (Oh no it wasn't, Oh yes it was!)
Autumn Term Awards
Each term the teachers nominate a pupil from their class for one of the school's six awards. The winners of this term's awards were:
English - Florence Parfey
Writing - Thomas M
Maths - Ethan Bailey
STEM - Harry White
Sports - Max Stokes & Bo Dowling
Creative Arts - Esme Vertannes
School Values - Daisy Reynolds
On the morning of the last day of term, a procession of light was seen wending its way along the path from the school to the Parish Church. Parents had joined our pupils, to walk to church holding lanterns. The service was led by our Year 5/6 children who interspersed the songs and prayers with readings from the bible and also accounts of what happened at Christmas in WW1. The choir sang beautifully three songs and led the first carol of Once in Royal, with Phoebe singing the solo. Hawk Owl Class provided four thought provoking prayers based around Christ's light bringing peace. Candles were lit throughout the service to remind us of Christ's light in the world. The service ended with two instrumental pieces played by some of our budding musicians. The service was the perfect way to end the term and prepare for the Christmas season.
Stories with Santa
On a cold, dark Thursday afternoon, the children changed into their pyjamas and dressing gowns and snuggled down to an afternoon of stories with Santa. The afternoon commenced with each teacher reading one of their favourite Christmas stories to their class. The children all then came together in the hall to hear the story of The First Christmas. After this the children split into their worship families and rotated around hearing further Christmas stories, drinking hot chocolate and meeting a very special visitor in his grotto where they all received the gift of a book. It was a wonderful afternoon, enjoyed by all.
On Tuesday lunchtime the whole school sat down together for Christmas lunch. The school had also invited the more mature members of our community to join us and so we welcomed thirteen guests to our top table. The school kitchen had been working very hard to produce over 140 yummy Christmas meals, which were enjoyed by everyone present. The children, who were served by the staff dressed as waiters, waited very patiently whilst everyone was served. The tables looked very festive, decorated with the table decorations and crackers which had been made at DT morning and all the children and visitors wore their hats.
After the meal, the guests enjoyed festive entertainment provided by our musicians and choir, who all performed beautifully.
The school was full of Christmas cheer as the children took part in their Christmas DT morning. The morning started with the children coming together in their worship families. They then rotated around three activities: Cracker making, hat making and decorations for table centres. There was lots of glue and glitter involved and the school was sparkling by the end of the morning. Everything made during the workshops are to be used for the school Christmas lunch.
Many thanks for sharing some amazing work! You should be so proud of every minute you have put into shining and sharing.
It is always lovely to see our little boy so happy and all the brilliant work everyone has been doing.
Fantastic, really well done to all the children.
Amazing work. Beautifully presented. You can see how much hard work the children and teachers have put in. Thank you for inviting us and sharing your super work with us.
Enjoyed going out with Barn owls to observe the forest and trees.
Fantastic work! Certainly learned something myself this morning.
Lots of wonderful work and exhibits on display. The children are obviously passionate about what they have been learning
It is great to see all the fantastic work the children have done. What interesting topics they learn about.
It was lovely for the children to be able to show me their own work. They really enjoyed showing all the work they have done and are rightly very proud. Thank you for this opportunity for them to share school life with me.
Many thanks for sharing some amazing work. You should be so proud of every minute you have put into shining and sharing.
It was fantastic to welcome over sixty families to the school on the morning of our class exhibitions. This is a time for each class to be able to present their learning journeys for the term and for parents to be able to experience what the children have learnt and created. The children are always very excited about being able to share their work with their families.
Infant Nativity Play
The school was full of angelic children as the Infant department performed their Nativity Play, Whoops A Daisy Angel to their parents and families. This was a traditional Nativity Play in which every child played an important part. The children all spoke clearly and there were plenty of catchy songs which were sung beautifully by all the children.
The hall was full to bursting for both performances with proud families. FROGS provided refreshments at both performances and this added to the festivities and enjoyment of the event.
A big well done must go to all the children and also to the Infant teaching team who produced such an enchanting show.
Collections taken after the shows amounted to nearly £200 and this has been used to purchase more books for the Infant Reading scheme.
Afternoon Tea with Base Club.
On Tuesday the 4th December members of Base Club were pleased to host six members of the Sutton Scotney Royal British Legion. This had been arranged in order to thank them for our recent invitation to write poems in honour of the World War One Centenary GP90 pilgrimage to Ypres.
We had been asked to write or draw something to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. Two of our members, Lottie Gatfield and Ruby Blankley Mc-Donnell, wrote wonderful poetry which the RBL were delighted with. Not only did they add them to their branch wreaths and take them to the service at the Menin Gate in August but they asked both girls to attend their Remembrance Service at Sutton Scotney and read their poems to the people gathered there. Both girls did a wonderful job, we were and still are so proud of them both.
This new bond, between the oldest generation of our services and the youngest, seemed too good to finish there. So Base Club decided to invite them in for afternoon tea full of sandwiches, cakes, crisps and biscuits.
We had a fabulous afternoon getting to know them and it was delight to see our children conversing and laughing with these veterans. To watch a bond made when one child and one adult, who have never met before, find out they used to live on the same street is extraordinary and wonderful.
I am pleased to say this bond will continue in the New Year. Plans are already afoot for our new friends to come and see us again soon.
Dress Bright, Be Seen
On the 25th of November the whole school dressed in fluorescent, reflective and bright clothing. I (Emma Jarman) and my other JRSO (Junior Road Safety Officer) colleagues (Poppy Marshall and Eleanor Thomas) had prepared this whole day to teach everyone in a fun way how to stay safe on the roads. In the morning, we showed the whole school a presentation about how to stay safe on the roads, since the days have become darker as more children are out on the roads in the dark. Each year 1980 children are killed in the UK by road accidents. The children watched a video showing two cyclists one wearing high-viz gear and one without. It took over 19seconds for the driver to see the cyclist without high-viz gear. Everyone joined in to sing a road safety song. After the presentation, Barn Owl Class decided to practice crossing the road. In conclusion everyone had an educational, fun experience to remember.
Christmas Card Competition
The children were invited to enter a picture for the school Christmas card, which gets sent from the school to the local community and further afield. So many entries were received that it was decided to have four different Christmas cards and a winner was chosen from each class.
The winners were:
Snowy Owl Class - Isaac Noble
Barn Owl Class - Thomas McLeish
Hawk Owl Class - Daisy Reynolds
Eagle Owl Class - Joshua Hazard
Click on the pupil name to see their design.
The runners up were: Arthur Barrett, Maariyah Watts, Liliana Faretra, Lottie Gatfield.
On the 24th of September the new tag rugby team and its captain went to their first tag rugby tournament. On the pitch we had so much fun and enjoyment. The first game was a blast for us, we won against St.Mary Bourne. Smannell and Enham were unable to attend. Longparish drew to us.
On 15th of November we went to Longparish for our second Rugby Tournament, we won one game and lost two, but we really enjoyed it. We have progressed a lot since we started the tag rugby and we are looking forward to training with Mr Stangroom ready for the next tournament.In a few months we have a tournament at Smannell and Enham.
By Josh and Isaac (captain)
Green Ambassadors write up
So far this term, the Green Ambassadors have helped the school introduce a new recycling system, started to create new posters for recycling and prepare assemblies for the rest of the school.
This new recycling system will improve the recycling of plastics, papers and food around our school. This is an experience for the juniors and infants to learn about what items go in which bin, and what is affecting the plastic problem. Furthermore, our posters containing information about how to help our planet will hopefully help the school remember the impact we can have. We hope this increases the school's awareness and helps the school to care for plastics and recycling.
We really hope that the Green Ambassadors this year can make a huge difference to the school’s eco- system.
By Eleanor Mallinson and Lottie Gatfield
(A year 5 and a year 6 representative)
Base Club News
The children of ‘Base Club’, our schools military children’s club, have spent quite a number of weeks preparing materials to decorate our WW1 wooden soldier, Archibald. You will, I am sure, remember reading the letter about the Andover 215 project which took place in Vigo Park, Andover on November 10th, this was prepared as part of the ‘Centenary Commemorations’ seen across the country.
The name, Archibald, was decided by vote. All of the children added names to the list which they felt suited our nameless man. Ideas such as Gary, Ian, and Jim-Bob, (whilst all fetching) didn’t quite suit his ‘demeanour’ so, I was rather relieved when Archibald was the outright winner!
The children spent a number of weeks, after the excitement of naming him, writing letters either to Archibald or to the serving members of their families and drawing pictures of military machines, cap badges and their own families. They were rightly, extremely proud of their work and there was a growing excitement about how these would be used to decorate Archibald.
I spent much of half term locked away in my dining room, preparing Archibald. I thoroughly enjoyed using my creative skills to turn the letters into his uniform all the time being driven by an overwhelming pride in what the children had achieved. To finish him off, as he looked a little clean and tidy, I mixed up some super strong coffee and painted him with it, much to my children’s worry! It had the unclean effect I was hoping for and he smelled delicious! After covering his back with poppies and many, many layers of exterior varnish he was ready and I felt I had achieved my goal.
Returning him to school was exciting, the children were over the moon with how he looked and a few tears from staff told me he had the impact I was hoping for. We delivered him on the Saturday morning to Vigo Park, where he stood proudly for the day amongst the 214 others. The sight was incredible. After looking around during the day the Cobb family headed back in the evening to see them all lit up. The event was declared a huge success with thousands of people visiting over the course of the day.
Archibald is now safely bestowed in the group room at school, where he keeps Base Club and I company on a Monday lunch time, he will be mounted to a wall just inside the main entrance in the future. Before he starts this long guard, he will come home with me for Christmas and receive a few fresh coats of varnish.
For the last few weeks of term Base Club are hosting the Sutton Scotney RBL for afternoon tea and planning their annual Christmas party, which we are all highly excited about!