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Christmas Dinner

We are always thankful at this time of year, but today we are especially thankful to Louise in the kitchen for serving up an incredible Christmas dinner for the whole school.

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The turkey was juicy, the pigs were in blankets, the potatoes were roasted and the sprouts were, well, you’ll have to ask the children as I don’t go anywhere near them!

The children were even treated to a little early gift from the kind elves.

A quality lunch with quality dinner guests.

It might snow, but it did reindeer

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Some of Santa’s helpers brought joy and wonder to the school today – Cupid and Comet took time out from their intensive training to see the children and give them a little of their Christmas magic.  It was such a lovely visit, and all ages were totally spellbound with them.

Thank you Santa’s helpers!!!!  We hope the enthusiastic reaction haven’t disturbed them too much before their big day in a few weeks….

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Too Spooky for School

What an amazing effort by the PTA and helpers in putting on an incredible spooky walk and disco this evening.  I was rather scared myself as I followed the train of werewolves, ghosts, witches, vampires and other terrifying beasts as there were huge spiders, ominous signs and some very creepy characters leaping out of bushes and trees.

Also a huge thank you to Maddy and Millie for creating and delivering the story to accompany the hunt for the witch.  All of the ‘creatures’ seemed less scared of the witch once her chocolate hoard made an appearance, and it turned into a party atmosphere with some fantastic lights and sounds.  The journey back for hot dogs, sweets and dancing was a welcome downhill stroll back to school where the fun continued.

Take a look at our gallery of ghouls:

We Will Remember Them

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Class 3 put on their first performance this afternoon of Tin Hats and Telegrams – an armistice play.  It was great to see so many friends and family of the school, and also to welcome some new faces from the village.

The story focuses on Jack, a young poet, and how his disappearance from the trenches affects his family and friends.  The love of his life, Alice, volunteers as an ambulance driver, and we also get to see the important role they and other emergency services played at the Front.

The class performed superbly – some wonderful singing and acting brought events from 100 years ago to life.

We also got to hear the feature from this morning’s BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast show – if you follow the link and skip straight to 35mins 50secs then you can hear it too!

Thank you to all who have helped with costumes and line-learning at home!

 

A lot can change in 15 years

Commonsense.org is one of many important organisations that aim to ensure that children have every opportunity possible to grow up in a safer world.  Although there is a focus in the US due to their origins, there is a wealth of information and advice for parents worldwide.  With posts on topics from Fortnite to online harassment, their blog is a terrific way to keep up to date with such issues.

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As part of their 15th anniversary, they have created a superb timeline that covers important developments in technology in that time, and it includes some fascinating statistics.  The one that caught my eye was that in 2014, the number of mobile devices worldwide surpassed the human population!  It is well worth a look.

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Great Galloping Gazelles

Grindleford took a large, strong group of runners to the cluster Cross Country event held at Hope Valley College on Friday, and they ran their socks off!

There were six races in all: boys and girls races for each class.  The teams were ready and excited:

The top four finishers in each race had their finishing places added together, with a combined lowest score being the desired aim.  I am proud to inform you that they came 2nd in the Infants category and also 2nd in the Y3/Y4 category – fantastic results!!!!

We even had a winner in one of the races too with an incredible lead as she went over the line:

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Well done to each and every runner, and to the parents who came and supported them, it was very much appreciated.

Our NSPCC Buddies

It was great to see our friends from the NSPCC in school again today; they came to deliver some very important messages about staying safe and knowing who to turn to if they are ever worried.

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All classes recieved age-appropriate presentations, this included an amazing animation for KS2!

There was clear themes that every child has the right to a happy childhood, and we discussed lots of trusted adults who are there to listen if they ever need an ear to share their worries.

The children interacted really well, and they had lots of great suggestions.

If you want to know more about any aspect of helping to keep children safe, visit the NSPCC website as they maintain very up-to-date information, including some great pages on e-safety.

It was The Greatest Show, man

KS2 put on a couple of stunning performances of Robin and The Sherwood Hoodies this week.  The funny jokes were great, the groan-worthy jokes were great and the singing and dancing was first class.

A huge well done to all of the aspiring performers, you did yourselves proud.

As promised, a few shots for you to enjoy:

E.I.S. (Everyone Is Sportytastic) 2018

More heat, more sports, more achievements, more fun…..today has been a great day!

Classes 2 and 3 travelled to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield today to take part in the cluster KS2 sports day arranged by the awesome Mrs Cook from HVC.

The day started with some sprint races and qualifiers for the 200m and we came away with a some placings:

Hope the athletes weren’t too worried about the lap counter during one of the races!

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After lunch, everyone took to a range of athletic challenges that included the shot, javelin, SAQ, high jump and some hilarious aim games:

I did laugh when the class were set press-ups in the aim game, except for the winner who earnt a pass 🙂

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It was then onto the finals of the 200m, the long 800m races and we finished with the 4×100 sprint relays.  Look at those lovely certificates, with an extra-special well done to our 800m champion who ran a faultless, but incredibly competitive race.

Thank you Mrs Cook and your team of Sports Leaders (even the shy one hiding in the photo) – a highlight of our year as always.

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Bee Awesome this Summer

There was a real buzz at assembly time this morning, as the theme was bees.

L and A from Class 2 started off by giving us a wonderfully detailed presentation on the plight of bee species, and what are the main problems they face as their numbers are dwindling.

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Diane from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust then told us some things we can do in other to help these essential pollinators.

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She also provided every child in school with an amazing bee-themed kit of activities, games and scientific things to do.  It also included a packet of seeds that will produce some very nectar-rich flowers.

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Mrs Hill then presented us with the grand total number of knitted bees that many extended members of the school family have been busy producing over the last few months – a HUGE thank you to everyone who has produced one of these little wonders.   You have been super worker bees.

The total donated to the Wildlife Trust to sell was…….

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We hope you can help bees in mind this summer when you are out in the garden and do something to help them out….I know that Reception have already started making some gorgeous creations for their bit.

If you see a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust shop in the coming weeks, pop in and see what else you can discover.