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A Trip on the Train

What a day out we all had! 

With the kind help of Kath Aspinwall, Chairperson of the Hope Valley Rail Users Group who arranged the travel passes for the whole school to experience a rail journey through the Totley Tunnel and the Hope Valley as part of the 125 year celebrations. Northern Rail provided free travel passes for the whole school, including staff, to enable us to have the experience of a journey by train at this very special time. We are extremely grateful to the people that helped us along the way with our local topic work, it’s been great throughout.

There were lots of excited young people, 67 of them, on the Grindleford Station platform bound for Sheffield at 10:43 this morning and the journey didn’t disappoint. We were met at Dore and Totley station by Chris Morgan, a volunteer from the station group who has already accompanied classes 2 and 3 on guided walks over the last week and to whom we are also very grateful. Today, he provided lots of interesting information for the children whilst we waited to catch the train for the next stage of our day trip. We learned facts about: the station; the train signals and the destinations and starting points of the trains. Whilst on the platform, we all waved madly at every passing train and were rewarded with the sound of their train horns and waves from the train drivers. How good was that! Here are some photographs from our terrific train trip:

Great Grindleford Bakers

Cooking Club yesterday produced some beautiful blueberry muffins. It’s great to see the children growing in confidence with their following of the recipes as the weeks go by. Hope they enjoyed their tasty cakes. Mrs Hill certainly enjoyed the one she managed to find in the staffroom.

Bread Bakers

Last week’s Cooking Club produced some excellent soda bread baking. The children worked efficiently with their measuring and kneading; to mix, make and bake within our time constraints. It’s great to see the children so enthusiastic each week, well done to all for this week’s results:


Didn’t they do well?

Last week we took 14 pupils along to the Fly DSA arena in Sheffield to take part in the Young Voices Concert involving a choir of some 5201 children from far and wide across the region. What an amazing experience we all had! The children were fabulous in their enthusiasm for both the preparatory rehearsals, starting at 2 o’clock, and the actual concert, that ended at 9 o’clock. There might even have been one or two sore throats the next day after all that effort. There was a conductor, David Lawrence, and we were treated to spectacular performances from Urban Strides and other artists including: Alfie Sheard, Natalie Williams and The M4gnets. We were buzzing throughout the whole day and hope all parents who came along to watch and support, enjoyed it as much as the children did. A huge well done to all for their effort. It was a super day all round.




Anyone for Seconds?

We were once again given the fabulous opportunity to visit The Maynard, a local Peak District boutique hotel, to make Christmas Puddings. Everyone, both pupils and staff alike, love taking part in what has been an annual event for several years now and we all really appreciate the generosity and kindness extended to our school. The event is sponsored by Holdsworth Foods in Tideswell who provide all of the ingredients free of charge and is supported, hosted and delivered by The Maynard staff including expert supervision from Head Chef Mark Vernon. They are all great with the children, giving drinks and christmas activities and provide us with a fantastic complimentary lunch as well – this year included a great lasagne, vegetables and garlic bread for the main; followed by an assortment of ice creams- really, really appreciated by all of us.

All pupils that attended got a chance to pour in and mix the ingredients, including making a wish as they stirred it all up, before the puddings were sent off into the kitchen for steaming. We look forward to taking delivery of the final Christmas Puddings in time for christmas.

Once again, our extremely grateful thanks go to The Maynard and Holdsworth Foods for making this event happen and giving us the chance to take part. Here are some photographs taken during the day:


Autumn Days

Yesterday lunchtime was one of those beautiful autumn days, warm and sunny, where the whole school basked and played. This term the play leaders, pupils in years 5 and 6, have been doing a great job in organising activities for all children to take part in and enjoy. It’s so fantastic to see them interacting as effective leaders including setting up equipment, role modelling, running games and motivating their players.  The garden is always popular come rain or shine and the children were clearly enjoying playing there too. Here are a few photographs:



A Helping Hand at the Station

“Now arriving at Platform One are some keen Gardeners from Grindleford Primary School.”

That’s exactly what the announcement might have sounded like, had there been one, on Friday morning when 8 pupils from school took part in a community gardening project (on the Platform) as part of the Friends of Grindleford Station. During the last few weeks, School Gardening Club members have sown, nurtured and grown flower seeds in preparation for us to donate to this exciting project. It means that when train passengers visit the station: either to catch or alight from a train or are just passing through Grindleford, they will be able to appreciate a glorious flower display, directly contributed to with the help of our school.

The children were extremely well behaved and got stuck in straight away with weeding, a skill they have learnt well and that any gardener knows is always a necessary job, before transplanting our donated flowers – Petunias, Antirrhinums and Cosmos. There was even time for a little train spotting with some very friendly passing passengers and train staff. Kay, Liz, Janet and John from the Station Project were on hand to help and keep us all safe too. The children took part in a mini quiz about the station and were awarded certificates for taking part, both of which had kindly been prepared by Kay on behalf of the Project.

It was a really enjoyable morning’s work and great to be involved in such a worthy activity in our village, we are extremely grateful to the Project for giving us the opportunity to get involved. If you’re passing that way in the next few weeks, see if you can spot our floral display on Platform 1.

Gardening Drop In Club

As the weather is beginning to improve, we decided to make the most of it on Friday lunchtime and get busy with our gardening club. It is always lovely to see so many enthusiastic volunteers from across the school to help out in the school garden. All help is greatly appreciated. On Friday, the children planted lots of seeds including carrots, cress, nasturtiums, cucumbers, courgettes, peas and more. We shall be keeping a close eye on all of the children’s hard work to check for the seeds germinating in readiness for the next stage of our planting. We’re hoping to start an after school gardening club after the Easter break.

Cook Little Cooks, Cook

Our after school cookery club have been mixing up some delicious recipes over the last few weeks. So far, they have made healthy pizzas, fruit crumbles, cheese and onion pie, cheese straws, mixed scones, soda bread and more. It’s great to see the children working in pairs to make their creations and they are all so keen to get their hands in the bowls and mix . After the first week, when the clearing up was quite a challenge, the children have worked much more tidily and are even helping with the washing up.
We hope you are all enjoying a taste of their cooking. What’s even better is that the children can use the skills learnt by replicating the dishes for you at home. If you would like the details of any of the recipes cooked, then please let us know and we can happily provide them for you.



Time for a Spot of Bird Watching

As part of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, members of the ECO committee, spent an hour yesterday morning observing and recording the bird activity in the school grounds. It is part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey and the results are entered online into the RSPB website. Here are some pictures of the children in action, and of them enjoying a  warming drink, which was well deserved after all their hard work:

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