We had a really positive week recently which focused on empowering children to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique without the fear of bullying. This gave the children time to reflect on their understanding of the term ‘bullying’ and opportunities to discuss how to deal with it should it occur. This was also used as an opportunity to gather information from the children about their experiences both in and out of school.
We were absolutely delighted that Tom Scrivens from The Royal British Legion was able to attend our Act of Remembrance and Dedication held at St Faith’s Church. The Royal British Legion’s attendance was felt by all and the service helped the children understand the significance of honouring those who have died in service of our country. Jemima Johnson and Lauren Elvidge-Tappenden in Year 6 read beautifully during the service. Our school choir sang ‘Crying out for Love’ and Teddie Stockbridge (Year 5) and Hanna Miozga (Year 4) also sang solos beautifully. We raised £109.66 for the Poppy Appeal which supports and looks after serving and ex-servicemen, women and their families who are in need financially or otherwise.
During the first week of Autumn Term Two Mrs Roberts organised another week of ‘Secret Readers.’ Everyday a surprise member of the school or local community were invited to come along and share a favourite book with the children. This was again a huge success and every day the children were eager to find out and listen to The Secret Reader! Annabelle’s Nursery, staff and parents all shared stories with the children.
On Friday 20th 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 Project Based Learning activities which focused on the Archaeological activities they had been learning throughout the week. The children always talk about how much they enjoy these afternoons and the opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning to their parents.
Our Harvest Service was held on 29th September 2017 at St Faith’s church and led by the children in Class1 and 2. The church was decorated with flowers and produce, and it was lovely to see so many parents and relatives attending the service. Thank you for all the donations of food for the ‘Faringdon Food Bank’ which provides food parcels to those in our immediate area who find themselves temporarily in difficult circumstances. We also held a non-school uniform day to support ‘The Farming Community Network.’ This charity provides practical and pastoral support for farmers and farming families in England and Wales during times of need, anxiety and distress which stem from the farm business. Children and staff dressed up as farmers and farm animals and a total of £105.36 was raised.
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils began the new academic year with a residential to Yenworthy Lodge in Devon. The children and staff had another fantastic and fun-filled week of rock climbing, surfing, and kayaking as well as a number of other challenging outdoor and adventurous activities.
Our Year Six Leavers’ Service took place at St Faith’s church in Shellingford on Thursday 20th 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 ‘Give a Little Love’ from our recent summer production of Bugsy Malone.
The whole school had a wonderful time at our school Sports Day. The children took part in team activities in their ‘Family Groups’ which were 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. A special word of thanks goes to Mrs Setchell for organising yet another enjoyable Sports Day.
Our summer production of Bugsy Malone was just fantastic! Congratulations to the children for two outstanding performances and to Mr Drew in particular for leading the production. £243.25 was raised in donations to cover the cost of the performance fees and video licence.
Our ShWimbledon tennis competition this year was held over two days on: Thursday 29th June for Class 1 and 2 in school; and on Friday 30th 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, Mr Alan Elbourne.