On Friday 12th October we opened our doors and invited parents and family friends to come and view the school as ‘a working school.’ The children were involved in a RE Big Question Day on the topic of ‘What makes a good saint?’ Some in depth discussions and good debates were held! The children always talk about how much they enjoy these events and the opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning to their parents.
We pride ourselves on giving the children competitive opportunities to compete in physical and sporting activities both at school level and inter-school level. September saw our school-based Family Group Kick Ball Rounders Competition. This is a very inclusive form of rounders and all children were involved from Foundation through to Year 6. It was also a chance to show our sporting ‘Heart Values’ of Honesty, Effort, Aspiration, Respect and Teamwork. Results were close, but the event was won by Maple! October saw four teams from Year 3 - 6 competing in the beautiful surroundings of Buscot Park for a Faringdon Partnership Schools Cross Country Event. Some personal bests and great effort were demonstrated by all teams. One of our pupils came third in the Y3/4 category and went onto represent the school at the Vale level and came 11th. Our Y5/6 pupils also took part in a Tag Rugby Competition before half term where they competed against other local primary schools at Faringdon Community College. A valiant effort was made by all, and the team lost 2 and won one game.
Our school Harvest Service was held on Friday 28th September at St Faith’s church and led by the children in Classes 1 and 2 and the Reverend Jeremy Goulston. Thank you for your generous donations of food for The Gatehouse, a charity providing food, shelter and company to Oxford’s homeless. The Gatehouse was very appreciative and grateful for our gifts. It was also encouraging to see so many parents attend our first church service of the year and to join us in our harvest celebrations.
At the start of the new academic year we have been thinking about our School Values of ‘Respect, Belonging, Creativity and Spirituality’ and how these can help us as we work, play and learn together at school. In Collective Worship we have been thinking about being respectful and courteous to one another and Class 4 delivered a Pupil Led Worship on this during one of our Friday Celebration Assemblies. Our mosaic values can be seen in the school Library.
The Year 5 and 6 pupils had another fantastic week away at Yenworthy Lodge, Devon. The children and staff spent the week outdoors facing some adventurous and challenging activities such as rock climbing, surfing, and kayaking. There was a great sense of team work and achievement from all the pupils and it was a really memorable week away.
Our Year Six Leavers’ Service took place at St Faith’s church in Shellingford on Thursday 19th July. This special service was held to celebrate and prepare the Year Six pupils’ as they embark upon the next stage of their journey of life and learning. During the service, the Year Sixes reminisced and reflected on their time at Shellingford CE (A) Primary School and the school sang some of their favourite worship songs and ‘They live in you’ from our recent summer production of The Lion King.
The whole school had a wonderful time at our school Sports Day. The children took part in team activities in their ‘Family Groups’ which was then followed by a series of competitive track events. Certificates were awarded for the overall winning team and to the team who demonstrated the best team spirit. FoSS served strawberries and ice-cream, ice lollies and summer punch at the event which was well received in the hot weather and enjoyed by everyone. A special word of thanks goes to Mrs Setchell for organising yet another enjoyable Sports Day.
Our summer production was again of a high standard! Congratulations to the children for two outstanding performances and to Mr Drew for leading the production. £137.10 was raised following Class 4’s recent Bake Sale and a further £172.25 was raised in donations to help cover the cost of the performance fees and video licence. Thank you, we are very grateful for your support. The school has also received a very generous anonymous donation of £200 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you so very much for this kind donation.
Our ShWimbledon tennis competition this year was held over two days on: Monday 23rd June for Class 1 and 2 in school; and on Friday 29th June for Class 3 and 4 at The Faringdon Tennis Club. The event involved competitive sessions and mini coaching games for the children and was led by local Tennis Coach, Matt Williams.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Fun Day on Saturday the 16th June. The amount raised this year is in the region of a fantastic £2,131. I am sure you will join me in saying a huge thank you to the FoSS committee for organising the event and to all those involved in helping to make the day a most enjoyable and successful occasion.