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Wednesday 20th June

Children from Oak Class visited an exhibition of knitted bible figures today. The beautiful, knitted characters were set out in scenes to illustrate bible stories. Children were able to talk with members of the local community of Rowbarton Methodist Churchand make new friends.

The knitting project involved members of the congregation from St George's Church in Hartlepool.

One of the Rowbarton Church members sent us this lovely email....

 

'What a lovely time we had this morning. Mr. Tucker and his class were a joy to welcome. I personally enjoyed every minute I had chatting to the children about the stories.

You can be very proud of your Year 4s'.

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Friday 15th June  - Our Book Week this year is lasting slightly longer than a week so we can fit in all the planned activities! Our focus is on the author, Michael Morpurgo, to coincide with a special exhibition at The Museum of Somerset.  

 

All of Key Stage 2 have either already visited, or are about to visit, this exhibition. Year 3 and 4 have participated in a half-day session with Years 5 and 6 participating in a creative writing workshop lasting a full day. There was no charge for these activities. The younger children have been visited today  by Eddie the Explorer. Elm, Beech and Rowan classes have each had a session with him learning about one of Morpurgo's books. Thank you to FOSS for paying for this activity. 

 

Back by popular demand, is our Book Character Parade when the children come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Book Character Day will be on Friday of next week.

Children from Rowan Class enjoying drama and story telling from Eddie the Explorer  ...

 

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The afternoon of Tuesday 12th June and the turn of children in Key Stage 1 to join in the Sports Day fun

 

 

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Lunchtime on Tuesday 12th June

So many families came along to join our lunchtime picnic - it was a very special time together.

 

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Tuesday 12th June - PERFECT weather  for a Sports Day.

This morning parent of children from Key Stage 2 joined us for our first session. The day was opened by Elm and Rowan classes who entertained us with their brilliant maypole dancing.

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.. and then it was time for the races!

 

 

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Friday 8th June

We were really privileged today to have a visit from David Hill, a 2 times Paralympian in Swimming and Triathlon, World and European Medallist and British Champion. 

 

In 2004 David was GB Team's youngest Athlete to compete in the games, where he competed in the 100m backstroke.In 2013 he began competing in para-triathlon events and went to Rio 2016 as part of the GB squad.

David was born with no left forearm but told us that he was brought up to believe that nothing would be impossible. His message to us was 'Don't say 'I can't', keep trying to be the best you can be'.

 

David's shared his inspirational story from his first ever swimming badge, all the way through to his Paralympic success. Staplegrove children were buzzing with questions, including  'How do you manage to ride a bike with only one hand?'. Davis showed them how he fixed on a special arm glove and gripping attachment.

 

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Wednesday 6th June

Children from Elm and Rowan Classes were taking advantage of the sunshine today and polishing up their Maypole dancing ready to open our Sports Day next week.

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Monday 4th June

We returned from our spring half term to discover that the long awaited work had started on our playground make over - it's going to look amazing!

Coloured rubber mulch is being laid to make dedicated spaces for children to have exciting play opportunities and also places to sit quietly and reflect.

Work is still in progress - but here are a few before and after photos.

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Thursday 24th May

The Opening Ceremony for the Hudson Way Skate Park 

KS2 children received an exciting invitation this week to attend the official opening ceremony of the new skate facility at Hudson Way Park. The children not only got to meet the Mayor of Taunton, Her Worship the Mayor Cllr Catherine Herbert, but were also treated to a skating demonstration. Local resident Richard Parker, winner of five European Championship titles and silver medallist at the X-Games in China and his brother Robert took to the ramps and wowed us with their skating skills! 

 

 

Wednesday 16th May

Children from Cherry and Oak Classes made the journey across the Severn Bridge to the Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths. The Roman remains are some of the best in the UK and during a day packed full of new learning the children built up a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain... and had a lot of fun in the process!

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Friday 11th May

As part of their English curriculum Cedar class walked to Taunton Museum to consider the differences between myths and legends.

They listened to the story of the 'Gurt Worm of Shervage Forest' and found out about the Norton Dragon.

Using some of the museum artefacts the children wrote their own legends and produced some beautiful art work based on the dragons eye and Hunky Punky gargoyles. 

Evan was chosen to open a very special box containing a burning hot egg.... the question was... What was inside the egg? And what had laid this egg?

Evan had to wear special gloves to stop the egg from burning his hands.

 

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Wednesday 9th May

This week many of Year 5 children have been taking part in a Bikeablity Course and have been practising on the local roads around the school.

 

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Wednesday 2nd May

Pauline Dodds, our Diocesan Advisor, led teaching staff in a training session on our new RE framework' Understanding Christianity'. We were joined by one of our Governors and member of St John's Church, Iona Young.

One of the challenges was for teachers to sequence a number of very abstract pictures, that told the 'Big Story' of Christianity.  This process led to some interesting discussions - but the proud team below showed they could do it!..... even after a long day at school!!! 

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Friday 27th April - Well done!!

On Friday 27th April, the school’s Science Ambassadors took an exciting trip on the train to Weston-Super-Mare in order to compete in the Big Bang @ Weston science competition. Their challenge was to design and make a lunchbox using recycled materials, considering issues such as food miles, healthy diet and sustainability. The children then had to present their designs to a panel of judges. The children worked hard on their entries at an after-school club and we are delighted that they were the chosen winners, bringing home a state-of-the art microscope as their trophy.

 

The Science Ambassadors being awarded their prize by the Mayor of Weston.

 

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Thursday 19th April

We have all been enjoying the wonderful sunny weather  - it has been perfect for our after school athletics club....

 

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Monday 16th April - Maths & a Movie Evening

Our Maths evening for parents was a fantastic success  - over 70 of our Key Stage 1 families came along to find out more about how Maths is taught at Staplegrove School.

We talked about how to support children at home and there are now new resources available in the Invent Gallery.

Whilst parents worked hard on their Maths children enjoyed popcorn and the 'Up' movie ...

We plan to run a similar event for KS2 in the very near future.

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Wednesday 11th April

Welcome to the start of the Summer term.

Oak and Cherry classes have been launching their topic on the Romans today by welcoming a Roman soldier into school who told them a lot about his daily life. However, I think the Roman soldier was amazed by the amount that the children already knew!!

 

 

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Friday 23rd March 

It was just wonderful to see children with their families coming into school,this morning holding flowers to decorate our Easter Cross.

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Our Year 6 House Captains carried the cross at the head of our procession to church.
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The church was packed with children and families as we joined together to hear the Easter story retold by our Worship Group and House Captains .... and then it was back to school for a hot cross bun feast!!
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Friday 22nd March

In a special whole school gathering this morning we said 'thank you to Mrs Sweet, who has been a teaching assistant and has also run Grovers over many years. We presented her with a number of different gifts including a rose bush for her new garden, some chocolates and some wine.

Thursday 22nd March - Millie, Sam and Grace from Cedar class represented our school at a Circus Skills workshop at St James Church School. The event brought a number of schools from across our Multi Academy Trust together to learn and practise a number of skills.

The session was led by Dodger's Circus and the children had great fun trying juggling, plate spinning diabolo, ribbon waving, stilt walking, pedaloing and lots more! Millie, Grace and Sam  began the morning a little nervously but ended the sessions with huge smiles and having made lots of new friends!

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Monday 19th March .... and another snowy day!

Children in Beech and Rowan class have had great fun putting their maths skills into action in a snowy context.

Their first task was to collect 100 (ml) millilitres of snow in a container. Containers have been placed  at various locations around the school - indoors and outdoors to see which pot of snow melted first - and to predicted whether the melted snow would give them more than 100ml, less than 100 ml ... or the same.. Joshua was convinced that light might help it melt quickly so his is by the window! 

 

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The next challenge ..... was to build a snow man exactly 8 cubes tall. This was a lot trickier than we thought!
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....... but eventually Charlotte did it!!!
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And then it was inside... for a glass of warm squash!
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Friday 16th March

Next week we will be saying a special 'thank you' to Mrs Sweet , who will be leaving us after 12 years working as a member of staff and more years as a parent.

Mrs Sweet was a teaching assistant up until December last year and has since continued to run Grovers.

We wish her well with her house move and we will be making a special whole presentation to her next week.

Thursday 8th March

Can you imagine the surprise for the children in Beech and Rowan classes when they went into the school hall and found a tent pitch and an explorer asleep inside?!!

To their amazement the explorer turned out to be none other than 'Ernest Shackleton'! Mr Shackleton told them a lot about his life as an explorer and his travels..... and then, exhausted, he went back inside his tent for a sleep, whilst the children went back to their classrooms to talk about all that they had learnt!

 

 

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Monday 5th March

Thank you so much to all the parents, staff and children who turned up yesterday to help clear the snow from our school site. Your help was greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately, snow has melted into the roof space of our leadership office, which in turn has run through onto our desks, computers etc! So the leadership office is currently closed until further notice.

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Thursday 22nd February

Our Chinese dance workshops have continued today ......with Elm Class

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... and with Willow Class.

 

The workshops have been inspirational. 

These are some of the comments from our children 'We  felt like real Chinese dancers by the end'

 

'Fan dancing shows the beautiful nature of China' Daniel

 

Amelia said 'I found it a joyful experience and I'd love to do it again'.

 

'We loved experiencing what Chinese dancing is all about' Mario

 

 

 

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Wednesday 21st February

Our Chinese New Year workshops got off to an exciting start with a whole school assembly based around the fans that the children had made.

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Year 2 told me that they had an amazing time in their workshop. They learned a lot about different dance moves and how to move slowly and powerfully to the music.
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Cedar Class children took part in their workshop session with great enthusiasm.

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Tuesday 20th February

We are all looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year through two days of dance workshops, on Wednesday and Thursday, led by professional dancer and director Kay Crook.

You can find out more about Kay's work, both nationally and internationally, by clicking on the web link above.

 

We are very grateful to the Friends of Staplegrove School (FOSS) for funding these two days.

 

Children have been designing......

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........and making fans
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.... in readiness for our dance workshops.
Some children in Cedar Class have been writing their names using the Chinese letter characters ...
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Friday 9th  February - Rocking and Rolling!!!

It was the children's turn to be dressed as Rock Stars today and, wow!, it was amazing!!!

 

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Thursday 8th February

To the delight of admiring staff and children baby Ivy, Mr Tucker's new baby, paid us all a visit. Ivy weighs 7lbs 1oz and is now almost 2 weeks old. Ivy seemed totally relaxed about being in school.

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Miss Kirk really enjoyed the chance to give Ivy a cuddle.

Tuesday 6th February

Today is Safer Internet Day and our children have been taking part in a series of workshops aimed at helping them stay safe.

Our Year 5 children in Cedar were amazed to find just how much information they were giving away to total strangers if or when they post pictures on Instagram or Snapchat

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The children considered what a selfie posted on the internet can tell people. They watched the video below which made them think hard...
The video clip showed that an innocent selfie gave away a lot more information than the photographer realised!!

Children were alerted to the small print in the terms and conditions of signing up to sites like  Snapchat and

Instagram.

For example, an update to the Snapchat Terms of Service indicates that Snapchat has the rights to reproduce, modify and republish your photos and save those photos to Snapchat’s servers.

 

They discovered that if someone copies their photo and embeds it in another website they may not be able to delete it.

The Internet is something to enjoy but it's a place where we need to think hard about our personal safety

 

 

Later today our support staff and teachers will receive training in teaching Internet Safety.

 

Useful Websites

There are lots more resources on the NSPCC website, on the azoomee link below and on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

Friday 2nd February

Children in Willow and Cedar classes have been writing scary suspense stories and today, in candlelit and torch-lit rooms, they read them to parents and grandparents. The quality of their writing was outstanding and we all enjoyed waiting for the twist in the ending!!

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Thursday 1 February

Mr Tucker's baby, Ivy, is now at home and Mr Tucker sent us some more pictures to enjoy.

 

 

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Tuesday 30th January

Welcome to Petrina Brereton who has joined our staff team as Office Manager. Petrina has two children who attend Staplegrove school, so already knows a little about the school from  a parent's perspective. 

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Monday 29th January

 

Congratulations to Mr Tucker and his partner on the birth of their baby girl, Ivy.

Ivy arrived on Friday at 20:01  and weighed in at 6lbs 11oz. Mr Tucker said it was the happiest day of life and that Ivy was the most beautiful thing that they had ever seen! Mum and baby are doing well.

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Wednesday 24th January

Today children in Oak and Cherry classes held a 'museum' afternoon for their parents. They set up displays of the work they have done over recent weeks on the theme of 'Extreme Earth'.

The hall was packed with parents who had come to find out more.

 

Children talked confidently about the geology, geography and science of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and illustrated  this with the models and displays that they had produced. 

We were all so impressed with their knowledge, understanding and confidence .... well done!!

 

 

Tuesday 23rd January

Ms Darrie and baby Esme popped in to see us all today. It was really lovely to see them. Cherry class were especially excited to meet Esme.

 

 

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Thursday 18th January

Today has been our 'Inter Faith Day' and Willow have been exploring art in religion. They have designed and produced some beautiful Rangoli patterns

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Wednesday 17th January

Our Year 5 children from Cedar class joined with other pupils from across Taunton to take part in lots of different activities aimed at developing different aspects of leadership skills.

They played games such as 'Traffic Jam' where they had to reorder a line of children, moving one space at a time and only in one direction of travel

Blind ball was a particular favourite, when they played an invasion game blindfolded, using a ball with bell inside. Concentration and listening was critical to success.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 16th January - Warm for Winter Up date

We have just received an update on Noah and Maggie’s homeless campaign ‘Warm for Winter

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So far they have raised £267 (£318.75 with gift aid) from family, friends, local residents and parents and they will be delivering a fourth car load of bedding (sleeping bags, duvets and blankets) up to 'Open Door' this weekend.

 

They were lucky to be given a full tour of Open Door to understand how they work and help people and were amazed and humbled by the great work they do.  They offer a warm meal, shelter during the day, a hot shower and facility to wash their clothes, access to the internet to find work/homes, and of course a friendly ear to talk to.  It is worth noting that they are also always in need of adult clothing, including underwear, coats, hats, warm shoes etc, as well as toiletries, loo roll, cleaning products and of course food donations. 

 

Noah and Maggie have been leaflet dropping in the local area and have been warmed by the kindness of strangers, and also the generous donations of parents, friends and family. They will still continue to collect throughout the cold weather so if you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/warmforwinter. You can also donate any unwanted bedding by bringing it in to school and leaving in the outdoor classroom and notifying reception.

Monday 15th January

After fastening their seatbelts, Beech and Rowan classes "jetted" off to Kenya for the day.  They then exchanged the plane for minibuses to go on a "virtual safari". After that they split into groups to complete four different activities.  They made a Swahili dictionary and learned how to sing "Heads, shoulders, knees and toes' in Swahili as well as learning how to dance in a traditional African way.  Next they carved animals out of soap to create their own version of a Kenyan soapstone sculpture. After that they cooked some traditional Kenyan foods: Ugali and fried bananas. The fried bananas sprinkled with sugar and nutmeg were very popular! Finally they played some African games including "Shisimba" (similar to noughts and crosses) as well as Jenga which takes its name from the Swahili word for "build".

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Friday 12th January - Staplegrove Rocks ..... Part 2!

Every class has been working hard to produce their own Times Tables song. We all joined together to share the final results. Most classes had produced a video but Oak Class gave us a live performance.... 

Wednesday 10th January

Elm Class have had great fun becoming very kind 'wild animals' as they began to read and explore their new book 'Where the Wild Things are' by Maurice Sendak

 

    

Tuesday 9th January - STAPLEGROVE ROCKS!

Today saw us relaunch the times table package, TT Rock Stars, in a really dramatic way!! TT Rock Stars gives children a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice and with success comes the opportunity to win coins and buy wigs/instruments/ and accessories for your rock star avatar.

 

So, as children and parents arrived in the playground this morning they were surprised to see their teachers and support staff dressed as rock stars. One parent commented 'This has really lifted a dull, grey morning.It's brilliant!' We followed this up with a special rock assembly and challenged each class to come with their own rock tables song to share with the rest of the school on Friday afternoon.

 

 

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Monday 8th January

 

In our worship this morning we looked at a picture of the night sky - full of stars. We talked about this time in the church's year called Epiphany when we remember the Three Wise Men following the star to Bethlehem.

We thought a lot about what it means when someone says ' You're a star'... and how we can all be a star. As we look ahead into a new term and a new year we wondered  what we can shine at.

 

 

A special welcome to Mrs Donna Brewer who is joining our office team for two days a week to lead on finance.

 

 

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The Afternoon of Thursday 21st December - Our Christingle Service

Rev Kivett led us in our worship and brought along what is possibly the biggest Christingle in the world!!!

 

 

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Children from Willow Class held their lit Christingles whilst we all sang 'It was on a Starry Night'

 

                            

Beech Class Sang their special Postman Song

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Cedar Class musicians played some beautiful Christmas music on keyboards and glockenspiels

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Thursday 20th December - Christingle Making!

Everyone is busy making their Christingles today ready for our Christingle Service this afternoon which will be led by the Rev Kivett.

 

Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand  the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time.  

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness
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Wednesday 20th December .... Father Christmas calls in !

 

 

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Wednesday 20th December - Christmas Lunch

Staff and children all sat down together to enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch together, served by the Edwards and Ward staff assisted by a bunch of elves (from our Friends of Staplegrove School Team)

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Tuesday 19th December

Children in Early Years Foundation Stage, Elm Class, have been making snowmen

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Tuesday 19th December  Stepping Stones Nativity

I really enjoyed going to St John's Church this morning to watch their Nativity play. Particular highlights were the scooter camels and the dashing Santa!!!

Well done to everyone at Stepping Stones who supported  - it was brilliant.

I thought you might also like a look at the inside of the refurbished St John's - it looks amazing!

 

 

 

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Monday 18th December  - It is the turn of Cherry and Rowan Classes  to present their performance of Christmas around the World.

Despite having 15 of the 60 children off sick today they did an amazingly professional job at covering the absences and we all really enjoyed the acting, singing and dancing.

 

 

                                

Thursday 14th December - Willow, Cedar and Oak Carol Service

 

We had hoped to have our Carol Service in the church. However, St John's has been closed since June and despite plans to reopen in time for this event some last minute ' snagging' meant that the architect could not authorise the opening until the following week. So the KS2 team decided to make use of  the outdoor classroom and spent hours decorating it with festive lights. It looked lovely and many parents commented on how good it was to see the outdoor classroom being used in this way.

Unfortunately, the damp weather affected the sound system after a while and so staff decided that, rather than disappoint the children, we would all move inside.

 

  

One family wrote to us to say.... 

 

Just to say to all concerned how much we enjoyed the Christmas celebrations at the school yesterday evening.  There was a delightful, relaxed atmosphere - both outside and indoors! - and the children were amazing.  We very proud to be there and see children involved in the joy of the occasion. 
Warm wishes to all staff for a relaxing break and, of course, a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday 13th December - A Christmas Message from Ms Darrie and Esme

Ms Darrie  and baby Esme had hoped to pop in a see everyone and wish them a happy Christmas - but with the mix of germs that seem to be in school she felt it was better to leave Esme's first visit until the New Year. However, she sent this recent photo of Esme....   who is clearly ready for Christmas !!

 

 

     

Tuesday 12th December  - Rehearsals for this afternoon's Nativity Play are well underway!

This afternoon Elm and Beech classes will be performing their play to a hall full of admiring friends and relatives. This morning was the last chance to practise the songs and words in front of the rest of the school and Stepping Stones pre-School  ... 

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Thursday 7th December - What a performance!

It was a late night for our school choir as they joined other schools across Somerset to take part in the 'Let's  Celebrate' Carol Concert.

The beautiful setting of Wells Cathedral made it even more spectacular and special.

                                       

                                             

 

Our choir had practised hard every Monday in the weeks running up to the concert. Ellie said 'Suddenly everything we'd learnt made sense! It sounded fabulous when all the parts were put together'

 

After the lunchtime rehearsal the children had a well deserved break and watched Paddington 2 at the Wells cinema and then it was back to the cathedral for the final performance.... and a celebratory 'hats in the air ' at the end of a wonderful evening!

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Friday 1st December - A Special Letter  

 

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I am delighted to attach a special letter sent to all the children of Staplegrove School by our SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Inspector, who visited us last week.

 

We are unable to publish the outcome of the inspection until the final report is received, probably just before Christmas. However, what I can say is that it all went very well indeed.

 

The inspector, Mr Steve Ford, looked at work in books, talked to a large number of children and visited classrooms. He also met with staff, parents and governors. However, the children were the stars of the day and we were all so proud of them. 

The attached letter of thanks to the children, that I read to them all today, reflects the way they shone out on the day and as always. I hope that you enjoy reading it too.

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Wednesday 29th November  - A 'Take Over' !

You may be forgiven for thinking that you’d called the wrong number when getting in touch with Somerset Heritage Centre recently. As  part of South West Heritage Trust's 'Takeover Day' pupils from our school were manning the phones as well as taking on other important museum roles.

 

Some children took on jobs as receptionists, others became journalists, some worked in the store rooms, whilst others worked on museum statistics for September and October.

 

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Monday 27th November

At the end of this week we will be saying a special 'thank you  to Mrs Giles, TA in Willow class, as she leaves us to follow a career change into the health sector.

 

 

Mrs Giles has been at the school since September 2012. We all  wish her happiness and success in her new venture.

Thursday 23 November  - And it's systems go for Operation Christmas Child !!

 

We have been busy packing shoe boxes with small toys to go to children across the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.

 

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Friday 17 November - Children in Need Day

There was great excitement as children arrived in school in spotty clothes and carrying piles of 1ps and 2ps for our line of coins.

We collected four boxes full of coins .... so we are still in the process of counting!!

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Monday 12th November

Our school Act of Remembrance

Year 5 and Year 6 recited the poem 'We Shall keep the Faith' by Moina Michael

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We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael, November 1918

Moina Michael

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Friday 10th November

Where ever I go around the school there are so many stunning displays to enjoy, all celebrating children's work and the values that we stand for as a school.

Recently we have been thinking a lot about Peace, through our Worship and in class. Every child has made their own poppy and some of them are displayed in the beautiful poppy cascade in the hall. Others are in classroom displays. 

Year 5 have painted poppy stones and are going to leave them in places around the local area to help people think about peace. 

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Thursday November 9th 

Today Naftali Madela Onchere came into school to tell us about his village in Kenya.

We presented him with a cheque for £341.88 which we had raised across Staplegrove and Norton Schools.

                                              

Naftali told us that it can be very cold in Kenya and asked the children if they could start collecting warm jumper for the children in his village.

Our children asked lots of really thoughtful questions, such as...

'What is it like in autumn?' , and 'Does it snow in Kenya?' and 'How long does it take to get there?'

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Friday 3rd November - Congratulations to Mr  Winter and Ms Darrie on the birth of their beautiful daughter Esme Sienna Darrie Winter. Esme was born on 22nd October and weighted in at  7lbs 8ozs  

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