2018 Gallop T-Shirt Winner

Congratulations to our 2018 Gallop T-Shirt Design Winner.  Here she is modelling her very own T-Shirt.  I’m sure you will agree it is a great design.

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners!

Stars of the Week:

For having a very enthusiastic first week back and working really hard with his mathematical layout.  MJ in Class 2 also won for working really hard all week – Well Done Everyone!

Writer of the Week:

For a super Kenning – Excellent!

Right Choice Winners:

For Doing a great job in the dining hall; helping out in the classroom and spending most of her lunchtime helping a younger pupil after falling over – Thank you so much!

Certificates from Home

Climbing – 1st in the Midlands and Peak Region – Well Done!  GB champion next!

Fencing – 1st in the Durham Championships – Well Done!  GB placement next!

Skiing – 1 Star and 3 Star Awards – Well Done!

Skiing – 1 Star Awards – Well Done!

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 next week’s assembly.


Running Club Strava Art

Running Club continues to go from strength to strength, with a committed squad of long distance runners.  Thanks to Matt Heason and Ed Richardson we have a detailed programme of different runs and activities that we are following this season and last night was the turn of ‘Strava Art’.  What a fabulous time we had trying to run around in to create the shape of our designs.  Here are some of our efforts!  What do you think?  Can you tell what they are?!  I’ll give you a clue: there is a shoe; a diamond; figure of 8; a handbag; the word ‘run’; a flower; a loop-the-loop; a cherry; a flag and many more!

Thomas Theyer Whitehall Trip

As some of you may remember the school community did some amazing fundraising for The Thomas Theyer Foundation, raising a massive total of just over £4,000!  The Foundation were so impressed with us that they named us their ‘School of the Year’ and awarded us with a free day of activities at the Whitehall Centre in Buxton.  20 pupils went along and enjoyed trying out low rope courses; the little zip wire; climbing and rope work on a climbing tower; caving and orienteering!  Despite the bitterly cold weather, we had a cracking time.  Thank you so much to Whitehall and The Thomas Theyer Foundation.  If you want to see more pictures, check out the Class 2 blog.

St Helen’s Helping Hands

The lovely ladies of St Helen’s Church visited us this afternoon to work alongside the children making posies for the Mother’s Day Service on Sunday.  If you would like to go along the service starts at 9.30am.

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For super maths and helping others; a deliciously descriptive recipe for a dinosaur and for making good progress with finding fractions of numbers – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For writing a wonderful opening to her World Book day story – Brilliant!

Right Choice Winners:

For helping other children with their equipment; tidying up the classroom and super mini leader activities – Thank you!

Certificates from Home

Swimming – Grade 1  – Well Done!

Swimming – Grade 2 – Well Done!

Swimming – Grade 3 – Well Done!

Swimming – Grade 2  – Well Done!

Swimming – 5 meters on back – Well Done!

Ice-Skating – Ice Scotland, ‘Trophy d’Ecosse 2018’ – Well Done!

Swimming – Derbyshire Championships – Silver in 200m Breaststroke – Personal Best Time – Well Done!

World Book Day Token Winners

Class 2s design was won by MJ

Fabulous Designs – Congratulations Everyone!

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 next week’s assembly.


World Book Day (+7)

There has been a slight delay due to the weather,  but World Book Day was celebrated in school today with all the classes doing some book-related activities (look out on their blogs later for more).

The theme was Wild Things for us this year, and there were plenty of wild, and wonderful, costumes and face painting on display.  Incredible effort – thank you 🙂

Every child has been given their token today, this can be exchanged for one of the World Book Day books especially published or used as a £1 token off any book.

Lunchtime Laughter

We had a lovely lunchtime today in the warm spring sunshine.  Some of us pretended to be creatures with long noses and antenna, whilst others enjoyed the scooter boards or chilled in the garden.

Great Spring Fair

Lucky for some

As part of our day-long celebration of Chinese New Year, we had a Grindleford version of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees tradition (you can read about it here if you can get over the crazy, but wonderful, background of the site).

Each member of the school wrote a secret wish and put in inside an orange – this is seen as a lucky fruit as the Chinese word for Mandarin sounds similar to the word for gold, so having Mandarin Oranges around the house is meant to bring riches.

They then took turns in throwing them into a tree in the trim trail, and if the orange got caught in the branches then the wish could come true!  There were some happy throwers, so if you are a parent of one of these lucky chuckers, you might need to check what their wish* was:

(* the management takes no responsibility for the cost of said wishes)