The children did a sterling job in our Harvest Festival. Each class took it in turns to share their thoughts and reflections on where our food comes from and the people who help bring it from “Farm to Fork”. Thank you to everyone who kindly provided donations for our Harvest display. The Year 6 children distributed some of our offerings to members of our immediate community, while all other remaining items were donated to Stroud Food Bank. Thank you to Mrs Shaylor, Mrs Lee and Mrs Lord for creating a most wonderful display of all the produce and to Puddleducks for the use of their display materials.
Monday was the first of our RE workshop days. The principle aim of these dedicated RE days is to explore what people believe and what difference that makes to how they live. YR explored outside and painted pictures to understand why god is special. Y1 and Y2 visited France Lynch church and took part in an orienteering exercise and later made stained glass windows. Y3 and Y4 looked at what the Creation story means for Christians, took photos outside of the Creation and took part in some drama with dressing up and musical instruments. In Y5 they learned what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain, and Y6 learned about Hinduism.
Well, I have to say that the children never cease to amaze me. Yet again the juniors gave a fabulous performance of this years play 'The Dreamgivers.' The team of writers (under the expert guidance of Miss Macleod) did a super job of bringing together their uniquely, creative ideas; with each and every junior child working collectively to realise their vision. The Dreamgivers truly gave everyone a chance to shine - be it dancing, singing or acting. Thank you to Mrs Henderson for choerographing the Y3 robot dance; to you as parents for once again providing the most wonderful costumes; to the junior staff for all their hard work in helping the children with rehearsals and of course the children for embracing such an opportunity. It was certainly one of the highlights of the year, of which everyone should be proud!
This week Adele from GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers) came to talk to us about refugees and the challenges of having to leave your home suddenly. As well as that, we have been collecting coins to help people who have had to flee from their countries and their homes. Thank you to everyone who donated money and helped to cover the dove on the playground - together we raised around £160!
Sports day is one of those special highlights in the school calendar; a real opportunity for the whole school community to come together. It was definitely an action packed day, with all the children competing in a wide range of sporting activities. It was an absolute pleasure to see all of the children working in their teams to support each other in achieving their very best. I was particularly impressed by the pupils’ attitudes, determination and team work on display. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who ensured the smooth running of the activities and to all the parents who came along to support.
Our annual activities week is a firm favourite with so many children and this year was no exception. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who came along to support during the week, ensuring that our children experienced such a diverse range of activities. It was an absolute pleasure to see the children work in mixed aged groups supporting and encouraging each other.
Red Nose Day
Everyone made a super effort in supporting the school council's Wear Red and Crazy Hair Day in support of Red Nose Day, as you can see by the photographs. In total we raised £200 - all of the money raised will go towards funding projects, throughout the UK and Africa, addressing a range of issues, including homelessness and mental health to dementia and vulnerable young people. Thank you and well done!
Well done to the school choir who ventured to the Genting Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday. They formed part of a 6868 strong choir who performed a wide range of songs from a mixture of genres. Thank you to the strong contingent of parents who made the journey to support us and to the wonderful Mrs Guest who came along to help. I was extremely proud of all the children, they were superb throughout the day both in terms of behaviour and participation and I hope that they will look back upon this event with many fond memories.
Infant Christmas Performance
Wow! Who would have expected Aliens at Christmas time? Well done to all of the children in YR, Y1 and Y2 who shared their version of the Nativity. There was certainly an array of talent on show; singing, dancing, acting and musical performances, it had it all. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked exceptionally hard to prepare the children and to all the parents who yet again produced the most wonderful costumes!
Children in Need
Thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of Children In Need by donating £1 for the privilege of wearing spots to school and raising £210. Well done to Cameron (Y6) who won the School Councils 'Spotty' cake, which was kindly baked and donated by Mrs Cowan. The raffle raised a further £110! Well done and thank you to the school Council who organised these events.
This week at Chalford Hill, we have held our first Multi-Faith week. The children have been involved in different experiences including dance, meditation, art and reflection. Through these we have learnt about Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. We have also held assemblies focused on Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Thank you to all the families who lent us artifacts, as well as Stroud High School. Thank you to John Seex for being a guest speaker in our assembly and Heidi Hardy and Julie Henderson for teaching us a fantastic gospel dance! Our focus in holding this week was to encourage recognition and tolerance of a wide variety of faiths and beliefs. What a lovely atmosphere and experience was had by all!