Yesterday I had immense pleasure in accompanying our Year 6 team to Stroud Magistrates Court to take part in this year’s mock trial. All of the children involved worked exceptionally hard in the lead up to the event and I have to say that I was exceptionally proud of each and every one of them. They researched the case thoroughly, giving up their own time, both at home and school, to rehearse. They put forward a strong case for the defence; ultimately leading to a not guilty verdict. The children performed with such composure and confidence, behaving beautifully and were a real credit to the school. Well done to Evie, Lola, Wilf, Bella, Amy, Finn, Nieve, Meg, Emily, Dom, Ben I Grace, Carys & Noah; a real team effort! Mrs Martin
On Thursday the 17th of January, the Chalford Hill School choir travelled to the Genting Arena in Birmingham to take part in Young Voices 2019. Following weeks of practice and a whole afternoon there, we performed a range of songs which included a pop melody, a Greatest Showman mashup, Viva La Vida and Thank you for the Days. As soon as we arrived, we went straight into the arena where the teachers showed us where we would be sitting. The conductor made his way in and we had our first practice altogether. Following this, we all found somewhere to have our tea and were given our T-shirts to wear that evening, along with a tiny torch that we would use later to light up the arena. At 7pm, the audience came in and the concert began at 7.30. The atmosphere was astonishing due to the amount of people there and all the tiny lights. After an amazing performance by thousands of children (and a few celebrities!), we got home at 11pm, tired but happy to have taken part.
Mason and Ben I, Year 6
Tinsel and Tea Towels
Well done to our Infant classes who gave a superb performance of this year's nativity, 'Tinsel & Tea-Towels.' They sang and acted beautifully, but what was most impressive was the way in which they confidently performed their lines. Well done children and a massive thank you to the infant team who did a wonderful job in helping to prepare them.
Reception, Year 1 and year 2 recently enjoyed an energetic morning of Bollywood Dance. With huge smiles across their faces and an abundance of energy and enthusiasm they really did put their all into these workshops. Well done Infants! The Juniors were however not left out. They joined together in Bollywood Wake and Shake during their "Well-being Wednesday" assembly - the hall was filled with energy, squeals of delight and laughter and of course, Bollywood!
Junior Performance: The Keymaster
I have to say that the junior production of 'The Keymaster,' has to be one of my all-time favourites. I was so proud of the way in which all of the children performed so confidently on the stage, taking us on an emotional journey through history. Moments like this are so very precious and I do hope that the children look back on this time with such pride. In the words of the Keymaster, 'Today is the history of tomorrow,' and your children really did make history, showing what collaboration and hard work can achieve! Well done! Corinne Martin
Thomas Keble Speaking Competition
Well done to all the children who took part in the annual speaking competition. On Tuesday we welcomed Mr Breeze and pupils from Thomas Keble, who judged the competition. He was very impressed by the standard of presentations and said that their job was made very difficult as a result. Congratulations to Alex (Y6) and Emily (Y5) who go through to the final.
Well done to the children who ran a mile in aid of Sports Relief, raising over £1200 for this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who participated and came along to support the children in their fun run.
Down's Syndrome Awareness Day
Thank you to Mrs Smith who led an assembly earlier this week informing us all of the great work being done to raise awareness of people with Downs Syndrome. It was fascinating to learn of the achievements of so many people with this condition. It was equally great to see so many children and staff help raise awareness by wearing different socks. See if you can spot your child's feet!
World Poetry Day
Wednesday was World Poetry Day and to prepare for this we booked a visit on Tuesday from the well-known children’s poet, John Foster. John performed selected poems to infants and then juniors. His timing and humour were wonderful. At the end of each session he took questions and commented on the quality of some of the questions. Finally, he spent an hour signing books for children. The sessions were interactive and engaging and he's already gained a few new fans. Meanwhile, other classes were engaging in poetry-related activities, notably Y3 who spent much of the day writing and recording videos of their performance poetry. Well done Y3!
World Book Day
Despite the cold weather and much anticipated snow, it was wonderful to see so many children (and staff) come to school dressed as their favourite character from a Traditional Story. The children enjoyed sharing a variety of traditional stories throughout the day and were hopefully inspired and reminded of what pleasure and enjoyment we can get out of reading.
Our Y6 Eco & School Council reps donned their high-viz jackets, hard hats and steel toe-capped boots for a tour of the new classrooms and kitchen. It is clear by their comments below that they were impressed with what they saw!
“It’s a lot more roomier than I thought it would be” – Caspar
“It looks small on the outside but big on the inside” – James
“Awesome” – Tommy
“It will be so much better for SATs” - James