Many thanks for your help this term: from coping with the snow and ice to ensure your children are at school; to helping them with sponsorship and dressing up costumes enabling them to fully engage with the activities happening in school; right through to encouraging home reading and learning of times tables and spellings. A supportive home environment has a big impact on your child’s learning while in school demonstrating the importance of a strong home-school relationship.
Your child will bring home their school report for this term this week so that you can be aware where they currently are with their learning and how you may be able to further support them. In Term 5 we plan to have another ‘book look’ event where you will be able to come into your child’s classroom and look at the work they have been completing in school.
You may have already noticed that the last few Bulletins have been issued at the end of the term as well as near the end of the month. This is a deliberate change and in the future there will be a ‘welcome’ bulletin at the beginning of the academic year, followed by a bulletin at the end of each term giving a total of 7 per year. This will allow us to celebrate all that has occurred during that term and look forward to the events of the following term.
From Operation Christmas Child:
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING GOOD NEWS AND GREAT JOY TO A CHILD LIVING IN BULGARIA!
Your shoebox gift was one of 5,959 sent from Gloucestershire to Bulgaria. In total from the United Kingdom 28,426 were sent to Bulgaria. We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began distributions.
▪ Bulgaria has a population of 7.1 million, with 15% under the age of 15
▪ Its per-capita income remains one of the lowest among EU members
While we are not able to provide pictures or information on the specific child who received your individual shoebox, we hope you will be inspired by the stories below.
- 4 year old Gabriela received a singing rooster inside her box; the next day this noisy item accompanied her to nursery and brought much joy.
- Christiana was delighted to receive a set of “Frozen” themed necklaces.
- At one of the outreach events, there was a little girl who did not have the items she needed to attend school, as her family could not afford them. When she opened her box she was amazed to find everything that was needed for school!
On behalf of the children ‘Thank You’
Paralympic Sport Event – Sports for Schools
During the first week back in school after half term we welcomed Jack Rutter into school. Jack is a GB Paralympic Footballer and is captain of the England Cerebral Palsy team. Jack was due to become a professional footballer until an unprovoked assault led to him suffering brain damage. Jack captained the CP Team at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. The pupils enjoyed taking part in a sponsored circuit training lead by Jack and enjoyed listening to his inspirational story of his life so far! A fantastic £1243 was raised, so thank you again for your support. The school receives new sports equipment with some of the money raised with the rest going to support the Paralympic athletes during their training.
World Book Day
Despite the snow and a shorter day than planed the pupils were able to be inspired by their favourite book and wear clothes appropriate to that character. Once again the costumes where amazing, especially considering the weather conditions. A great deal of effort in their creation was apparent and the children, parents (and teachers!) had clearly had some real inspiration.
Reading is a valuable way to support your child at home so please continue to instil this habit by reading together and encouraging independent reading when appropriate.
We hope you also managed to enjoy the snow in the days afterwards.
We joined with schools around the world and took part in Sing Up Day 2018. Singers from 32 countries, 5 continents and 13 time zones took part this year and we joined them in singing the Sing Up ‘Be the Change’ song, along with thousands of others. It was a great fun way for all pupils to join together and develop a love of music and even learn to sign songs in a different language. It was also lovely to see so many parents/carers and grandparents in school completing the activities with their children and seeing how music is delivered at Blockley School. The benefits of singing have been extensively studied and Academic research consistently reports increased confidence and improved learning outcomes as a direct result of singing regularly. Regular collective worship and choral assemblies give the pupils in school chance to sing together and learn new songs. Once again the outfits worm by the pupils and staff ensured everyone entered into the spirit of the day, so thank you again for your support and to Miss Overton-Short, as music subject lead for organising the day.
World War I Drama
As part of an out of school group two of Blockley School pupils, Ari and Alice, had spent time meeting with other pupils from local schools to rehearse a drama based around activities that occurred during World War I. The drama, designed to commemorate the centenary of the war, was a moving production of Archie Dobson. Ari and Alice played their parts brilliantly and year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Blockley and surrounding schools came to watch their performance. They also travelled to other schools in the area to perform to them.
Two of our talented Year 6 pupils, Dominic and Sophia, entered the Youth Speaks competition run by the Rotary Club, Chipping Campden. This year the theme to talk about was ‘lost’. Both pupils spoke very well in a high calibre field and should be very proud of the way they represented the school.
Every year we take part in the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Through the selling of poppies and associated items they aim to remember the fallen and support a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need support. This year the school raised £141.13, with the district raising £7207.92.
A team of 10 pupils were selected to represent Blockley School at the Panathlon Games held this year at Chipping Campden School. They competed against other local schools in a range of team games and challenges. Well done to Blockley who achieved a silver medal. It was great to see the effort and teamwork demonstrated by the pupils.
Sport, in all forms, continues to be an important part of the curriculum with the aim to develop a love of being active and living healthy. A full range of sports was on display in the outfits worn on Friday. All pupils had an active day with a Wake and Shake session in the morning, playtime games organised by Mr Jones, themed assembly and a variety of fun activities in the afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the obstacle course at the end of the day. A grand total of £182.59 was raised for Sports Relief. Thank you to Mr Jones for organising and running the sporting events.
Class 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term and, to finish off their topic, they were able to take part in an Egyptian writing workshop this week. They had an interactive assembly to begin their session which provided the inspiration for their story writing workshop. The author Robin Price delivered the workshop and his graphic novel was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day. Thank you to the Friends of the School for funding this event.
The year 5 pupils led the Easter service at church on Tuesday and we are looking forward to a display of Easter bonnets from the reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils later in the week.
We realise that many of our children do not live in the village and therefore have to be brought to school via car. We are fortunate to have the use of St George’s Hall car park at the beginning and end of the school day. The area can be very busy at drop off and pick up times with vehicles and pedestrians using the area. To ensure the safety of the pupils can everyone be mindful that there may be children around your vehicle and to take extra care when manoeuvring your car.
Dogs on Site
Could we remind all parents/carers that dogs are not allowed on the school site. Many thanks.
Start of Term 5
Term begins on 16th April and the car park will be busy at the end of the day due to the Fine Art Society, Blockley, using St George’s Hall.
Please see the website for the dates of forthcoming sharing assemblies.
KS2 SATs will take place during the week beginning 14th May. KS1 SATs will take place during the month of May.
As in previous years the pupils will get a chance to show off their musical talent with an evening of Marvellous Music in term 5. This is planned for the evening of 23rd May. Further details will follow.
Save the date! Tuesday 19th June is our Sports Day. This year it will be held at the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham. We will send out further information nearer the time.
Our Year 6 pupils are looking forward to their opportunity to visit Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean following the visits made by Year 4 and 5 pupils last November. They will have the opportunity to try out new challenges and fun activities.
After very positive feedback from the pupils and staff it is planned that next year’s year 4 pupils will be able to visit Viney Hill in November 2018 for the first time. The year 5’s will also have the opportunity for a visit in November to try out some different activities and gain more confidence in their ability.
Our value for next term is Friendship so we wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope that we all are able to return after the break ready to offer the hand of friendship to others.
Blockley School Staff
Services at St Peter and St Paul Church, Blockley
Good Friday (30th March): 9.30am, all age service followed by hot cross buns
Easter Sunday (1st April): 6am, first communion of Easter followed by breakfast at the vicarage
Easter Sunday (1st April): 9am, all age Easter parish communion followed by the Easter egg hunt at 10.45am