Special Recognition Award

As some of you may know, last week the children had a go at designing sports related pictures in order to enter a competition being run by The Thomas Theyer Foundation.  We only had two days in which to create our pictures but still managed to enter some very nice pieces of work.

The competition was judged by the Lord Mayor of the High Peak, who was incredibly impressed with our school’s massive fundraising efforts.  Unfortunately we didn’t win first, second or third prize, but we did win the one and only ‘Special Recognition Award’.  I’m sure you will agree it was a cracking effort (especially with two broken arms!).


Brilliant Books!

How fabulous are our PTA?  The answer…….Extremely!  Over the summer and this term the PTA set a ‘Book Review’ challenge.  The challenge was to read and review books, for which the PTA would pay each child a virtual £1 to spend on a book for themselves, upto a fabulous total of £10.  What a crackingly good idea and so very generous as well.

Some of the books have already arrived- how excited are we?!  The last remaining crate is due to join us early next week, so don’t worry if your child comes home without theirs today.

Happy reading everybody and a massively big thankyou to our wonderful PTA.

This week’s winners

I think we had nearly half the school up in assembly this morning – what a wide range of fabulous achievements!

Stars of the Week

Writer(s) of the Week

Right Choice Rewards

Outside of school there have been sporting and learning achievements:

Nature Discovery Award


Dovedale Dash

Athletic Stars

Superstar Footballer

Glinn came in and handed the Y6 their Bike-ability certificates and badges:

Finally – well done to all of the Howden’ers out there who beat Derwent by just 1 point!!!!

Thomas Theyer Grand Total

It has been a long time in coming, but today we managed to share our GRAND (amazingly fabulous) total with Chris Theyer (Thomas’ mummy).  How this amount has been kept secret for soooo long I don’t know, I have been bursting with pride for the whole school and their efforts and desperate to write this post to share how amazing the school, and whole village community, have been!

Are you ready for this?!  The final Grand Total for Thomas, raised by Grindleford Primary School and friends against a challenge of raising £1000 is……

How immense is that?!  We managed to reduce Chris to tears as the shock of the money total was announced and she realised how much the children had risen to The Thomas Theyer Challenge and totally smashed it!

A lady called Anna also came along from the Derbyshire Times, so I hope we will be featured in the papers as well.  I want to shout from the roof tops how fabulous your children are and how hard they worked in aid of helping other people less fortunate than themselves.

Chris gave out some lovely wrist bands as a small thank you gift to all the children, which was a lovely gesture and the children were made up.

This Week’s Winners

There was a wonderful array of reasons for rewards and celebrations this week in assembly, the children are showing us yet again how well they try, achieve and enjoy themselves in all sorts of things in and out of school.

Stars of the Week

Writer of the Week

Right Choice Rewards

An amazing swimming gala champ

Hill Climbers Extraordinaire

and well done to all in Ladybower who narrowly pipped Derwent and Howden to be this week’s housepoint winners

Sparkling Toddlers

Every Thursday afternoon our Grindleford Toddler Group takes place in the school hall.  They always have very exciting things to play with and create, but today was extra specially sparkly as they were creating some very tasty Sparklers to celebrate Bonfire Night.

Everyone is very welcome to come along.  The group runs from 1pm to 3pm ish, but you can pop in and out whenever is convenient for you and your little one.  We have a range of youngsters from tiny babies to four year olds.  The group is very informal; it is a chance to have a sit down, a brew and a chat with other parents, whilst your child plays in the hall or in the school gardens.

Cracking Cyclists!

What an amazing morning we have had in school today.  We had the great pleasure of meeting two incredible ladies who get paid to cycle for a living!  They are Lee Craigie and Emily Chappell.

Lee is a former Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships athlete, as well as adventure cyclist and Cycletherapy founder. Emily is a former cycle courier turned author who has crossed the world on two wheels in a series of inspiring expedition.  The pair are just two members of The Adventure Syndicate, a collective of women adventurers who aim to challenge perceptions of their abilities.

In their talk today, both ladies discussed their bikes and how they functioned; what was different about the road bike to the mountain bike and what was similar.  They went on to share what they carry in their bags on the bikes and the children all had fun blowing up the sleeping mat and preparing the sleeping bag, whilst one lucky adventurer got to snuggle down and have a snooze!  Their gadgets and how lightweight they were were innovative and intriguing.

Lee and Emily were amazed at the knowledge and experience of the children (especially sleeping under the stars) and there wasn’t a single question that the children couldn’t answer or have a good guess at!  I was very proud of our lovelies today.

Lee and Emily stayed with us for lunch and chatted with some of the children about their sporting endeavours as well.  What a cracking morning, I hope Lee and Emily enjoyed their visit to us as much as we enjoyed having them here.  To find out more have a look at theadventuresyndicate.com; thatemilychappell.com and leecraigie.com.

Thank you to Ryan and Sidney for being our official photographers today 🙂

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For a lovely Harvest poem; showing a massive level of maturity and independence whilst working on the Chatsworth Scarecrows and an improved confidence in his learning – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For using amazing language in his quest story – Fantastic!

Right Choice Winners:

For bring resources for Forest School; tidying up the leaves and tidying the wellington box – Thank you!

Certificates from Home

1st Hathersage Scouts –  Kinder Challenge Successfully Completed!

Carnival Junior Fell Race 

2nd Place in the Track Stars U6 Category – Hill Billy Climb

Art work created at home.

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Howden who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Howden will present the certificates in the next award ceremony after half term.

Scary Scarecrows for Kitchen Gardens

We have been very lucky to have been asked by Chatsworth House if we would create some scary scarecrows for their Kitchen Garden to be displayed over half term.  Class 3 got the job of designing all three and came up with a Witch Cat, a Mummy and a Bat.  They only had 4 hours in total to create them…what do you think?

This is the frantic making process….

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Excellent fun all round!

Cracking Climbing

Fabulous climbing again at HVC this morning for Class 2.  Everyone has progressed in leaps and bounds (!) and today some of us even got to try our hand at bouldering.  Excellent fun all round.