Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Family Fun Day organised by the Friends of Shellingford School (FoSS). The amount raised this year was an incredible £2,350! We would like to say 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.
The school and local community are still talking about the celebrations we held to mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday on the Friday 10th June. Every pupil was presented with a booklet of ‘The Servant Queen and the King She Serves’ as a commemorative gift from the school. A big luncheon party was held on the green and we invited village residents, governors and members of the local community to join us. Special activities for the children were organised throughout the day which culminated in staff, pupils and guests forming a big ‘90’ on the field. It was memorable occasion for the children, staff and members of the local community and a day that will be remembered by all for a very long time.
On Friday 27th May we held a School Open Afternoon and welcomed parents and family friends into the school to view it as a ‘working school.’ The whole school had spent the day focusing on RE and considering a big question: ‘Do angels exist?’ Big questions don’t have an easy answer as we found out and it provoked much thought and debate amongst pupils, staff and parents! The children made enquiry posters, produced Top Trumps Angel cards and also designed their own guardian angel. The children were really proud of their classrooms and enjoyed having an opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning and skills to others.
At 8.00am on Wednesday 25th May the whole school departed for the Stratford upon Avon for the day! We had organised a very special trip which linked with the celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy and our summer term’s topic of ‘All the World’s a Stage.’ Each class took part in a workshop led by a RSC practitioner; the children engaged practically with the language in the way that actors do when they are rehearsing a play for performance. The children were involved in various ice-breaker activities and then worked on key Shakespeare scenes and speeches from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ After lunch we mustered up enough energy to take a tour around the town to see some of the main sights: Shakespeare’s birthplace, his school and his grave. After a well-earned play in the park we headed back to the coaches and returned to school by 4.30pm. A big day out – we were tired but we all had a fantastic time!
We held our Ascension Day service at St Faith’s church on Thursday 5 May. Pupils in Year 4 led the service with the help of the Reverend Jeremy Gouslton. A special candle called the Paschal or Easter Candle was lit to remind us that Jesus had risen and was amongst His disciples during this part of the Church Year. The Year 4’s talked about Ascension being the reverse of Christmas: how Jesus had come from His Father at Christmas and on Ascension Day how we remember that He returned to His Father.
We are a storytelling school and as part of our learning we invited a local dramatist and storyteller, Roger Day, to work with the school. Roger spent the whole day working intensively with each class developing the children’s storytelling and drama skills. The whole school was captivated with Roger’s stories and he certainly helped to inspire the children’s imagination.
Our Easter Service was led by our youngest pupils in the school. Children from Classes 1 and 2 helped us to understand the significance of the Easter through songs, Bible readings and prayers. Parents and family friends also joined us in our end of term worship.
We had a wonderful time on the day of our sponsored run on Tuesday 22nd March and the weather was just perfect! All the children give their best effort towards trying to achieve the Golden Mile and some children exceeded this distance. The total raised to date was an incredible £1000! So a huge thank you to everyone who sought sponsors and helped raise money to purchase some additional staging for our summer whole school production. The children are delighted.
Mrs Marsh organised our annual Poetry Recital on Friday 11 March. Each class performed a poem to an audience of parents and governors. Groups of pupils and individual children were also invited to participate by choosing a favourite poem to rehearse at home and perform at the Poetry Recital. Some children chose a simple recital whilst others chose to add actions and costumes to add to their performance! All the children performed incredibly well and were clapped and cheered on by the audience.
On the 12th February we held a whole school Open Afternoon and opened our doors to parents and family friends to view the school as a ‘working school.’ The whole school had spent the day focusing on problem-solving using the Singapore Maths approach to learning. The children were incredibly proud and pleased to be able to ‘show off’ their learning. They were so very excited by the event and are keen for another opportunity when their parents can come and see them in action in the classroom!