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We held a special Community Picnic on the village green for Shellingford residents and school governors in aid of ‘Children on the Edge’ on Friday 26th May. It was a perfect day for a picnic and the children in Class 4 served refreshments and everyone received a celebratory piece of cake and cupcake! The school presented ‘Children on the Edge’ with a cheque for £4000 and a further cheque was presented from FoSS for £1500. At our Celebration Assembly in the afternoon for parents Children on the Edge spoke to the school about the work of the charity and how the money the school raised would help provide education for Syrian refugee children living in tent schools, as well as employing teachers from the refugee community.
An exciting event took place at our school on the 26th and 27th April 2017. We arranged for an outdoor prayer and reflection space for the school community to engage with organised by Oxford based charity ‘BeSpace.’ The aim of BeSpace is to ‘help Christians serve their local communities through prayer and reflection spaces and exploring other ways to help people ‘be’. A bespoke tent with four ‘stations’ featuring different interactive tactile activities for the children to experience was set up by local volunteers from St Faith’s church. Every child was then given time and space to reflect on different themes such as ‘thankfulness’ or ‘our world.’
Our end of term Easter Service was held at St Faith’s church for our school community. The children in Class 4 led the service and reflected on the meaning of Easter and why Christians celebrate it. The school rejoiced in song and the Reverend Jeremy Goulston spoke about the purpose of Lent and the preparation before the celebrations of Easter. We wish you all a Happy Easter.
On Friday 31st March the whole school debated ‘What does it mean to be a Christian in the world?’ as part of the school’s enquiry based Religious Education curriculum. The oldest children travelled to Jerusalem and learnt about the claims of the different world religions on the city. They held a debate and split into groups to come up with a Christian charity to support people of all faiths around the world. Other classes focused on different ways of Christian worship and baptism across the world. Our youngest children in the school began to think about how Easter is celebrated in different countries.
To celebrate World Poetry Day, we held our own ‘Shellingford School Poetry Recital’ on Friday 24th March. The event was organised by Mrs Roberts and involved class reciting a poem that they had practised in school which they then performed to parents and families. Along with performing with their classmates, the children were also invited to participate individually by choosing their favourite poem to perform in front of the whole school.
We celebrated Pi Day is on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The children explored different activities around this theme in their classes from using balls and hoops to exploring... Size and shape Circumference (measurement) Bounce-ability! Incline plane Time Gravity ... to creating dream catchers, pizza pies and cylinders to solve geometry problems.
The Faringdon Partnership HI5 Netball Competition was held on Tuesday 7th March and we are pleased to report that we won the small schools award and came second out of the eight teams in the competition overall! The children played energetically and with focus. Our team are now through to the next stage of the competition which will be against the 1st and 2nd winners of the Abingdon and Wantage Partnership.
We held a special day of activities at school on Friday 3rd March. The children were invited to come to school wearing a costume that reflected a character from a book or story that they particularly enjoy. The children worked in their ‘family groups’ (mixed ages/classes) on a range of literary activities throughout the day. The day culminated with our weekly Celebration Assembly when parents found out about what the children had been getting up to and viewed the wonderful array of costumes that children were dressed up in.
Throughout 2016-17 Shellingford CE (A) Primary School and ‘The Simon Drew Foundation’ are working together to support the charity ‘Children on the Edge’. Over a million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and have ended up in refugee camps in Lebanon. ‘Children on the Edge’ is working to provide education for Syrian refugees living in tent school in the camps, as well as employing teachers from the refugee community. Our second big ‘Children on the Edge’ fundraiser took place in February when we held an ‘Ultimate Sporting Challenge’ sponsored event when pupils and staff took part in a run, hike and scramble in and around the school grounds. The week culminated in a family walk up at White Horse Hill with FoSS providing us with refreshments. An incredible £2379.90 was raised. Your generous donations will have made an enormous difference to the lives of vulnerable Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Thank you for your kind support.
We planned yet another exciting day for the children on Monday 27th February. FoSS kindly funded for Science Explorer Dome to visit the school to enrich our science curriculum and engage the children in live, hands-on chemistry experiments.