Congratulations to the First Winners of the New Year!

Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties (and most probably user error!) we do not have any photographs this week – many apologies.  Hopefully, I will be able to add pics next week.

Stars of the Week:

Class 1 – Seb – for working really hard on his speech and language targets.

Class 2 – A very special certificate for a new member of class, for having a brilliant first week.

Class 3 – A special certificate for a member of class 3 for doing some fantastic collaboration work.

You all know who you are!  Well done everyone.

Writer of the Week:

Phoebe – For trying really hard to improve her presentation and handwriting – Fantastic!

Right Choice Winners:

Eva and Olivia – For tidying out the art cupboard – Thank you so much!

Taya – for sorting out the equipment in class – Thank you so much!

Certificates from Home

Alfie – Cycling – For cycling right up to the top of Mont Ventoux in France, without pushing his bike!  Awesome!

Poppy – Titanic – For answering lots of questions and spotting clues around the Titanic Museum in Belfast – Well done!

Aily – Swimming – For achieving her 25m Award – Excellent skills!

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.

Young Voices….Young (and old) Stars!

Our dedicated Young Voices Choir had the pleasure of being part of the ‘Young Voices 2018 Concert’ at Sheffield Arena yesterday and what a fabulous experience it was.

The children have been coming along to after school singing practice since September and had really worked hard to learn their words and all the songs.  We also had to learn a lot of dance moves which were very fast and complicated for those of us of an older variety!!  This hard work culminated in us arriving at the Arena yesterday for a rehearsal which lasted for over 3 hours!

Half of the Arena was filled with children from different parts of the country and very different types of school.  We came together to form a massive choir of just under 5,000 people, all conducted by one man.  It was amazing how David Lawrence could control the whole stadium, creating waves of music as well as complicated rounds and melodies.

During the actual performance, we were treated to performances by Beau Dermott, Sharlene Hector and the legendary Tony Hadley!  How very exciting for those of us of a different era!  We got to shout ‘Gold’ and everything!

Beau shot to fame at the age of 14 when Amanda Holden pressed her Golden Buzzer and sent her straight through to the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent.  It was very cool for the children to hear that she too had been part of Young Voices before she followed her dreams and shot to fame.

Sharlene is the lead singer of Basement Jaxx and has sung alongside many, many, big names in the past few years, including Emeli Sande, Lalah Hathaway, Tinie Tempah, Josh Groban and Michael Buble to name but a few.

Tony Hadley was part of the 80’s band Spandau Ballet, who had a massive hit with ‘Gold’.  During these times he earnt himself the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists.

We were also put through our paces and thoroughly enjoyed dancing alongside the brilliant Urban Strides.  They are an amazing dance troupe, whose own performances were slick, fast and very cool to watch.

What a brilliant evening all round!  The children were fabulously behaved (as always) and a pleasure to spend time with.  Thank you so much to all the parents and family members that came along to listen and support our singing.  I am sure that you had as good an evening as we did!  Thank you to Mrs Campbell for allowing us to use her photos from the night.

New Year….New Gadgets…..New Worries?

Welcome back!  I hope that you all had a good Christmas and have a happy New Year.  With Christmas comes presents and these tend to be more and more technology based.  The demand for phones, games consoles, apps and games becomes greater and greater each year as the children get older.

In light of this the staff, and some colleagues from other schools, spent the full INSET day learning about CEOP (a part of the National Crime Agency (NCA) who are committed to tackling sexual exploitation and abuse of children (CSEA) both online and offline) and the subsequent dangers and great positives that new technology and the internet bring.  It is believed that 70% of our children’s future jobs have not even been thought of yet!  That is the speed in which the technological world is growing.

We learnt all about CEOP and how to make a report to CEOP if your or your family come across something online that has made you worried or makes you feel unsafe.  Do you know how to do this?  Do you know what happens after you have reported something?  If the answer is no….pop in and have a chat!  Mr Petts is currently communicating with CEOP to enable us to put a report button on our website.

We then moved onto looking at young people online usage:  What apps are they using?  Why? What are the dangers of these apps? What are the age recommendations on these apps? What are the massive benefits of these apps and the internet in general?  The session was by no means all doom and gloom, but did raise some interesting questions.  Do you know what apps your children are on and, more importantly, have you used them yourself and thoroughly know exactly how they work?  I personally came a bit unstuck on this question!  Do you know where the privacy settings are?  Have you set them with your child?  Has your child turned them off the minute you have left the room?  How often do you check?  A lot of technology usage is based on trust and mutual respect of family guidelines and this is exactly how it should be.  However, is your child of the correct age to be using these apps?  The age limit is there for a reason….do you know what that reason is?  Do you know that once you have posted images to Facebook or Instagram that those companies then own your images?  This means that they can sell an image of your children or family on to companies to use in their own advertising, whether you want them to or not, whether you agree with the companies ethics or not, etc.

The same messages came out during discussions about online gaming and how widespread the usage is amongst primary-age children.  Most of these games have an age restriction on them, again for very valid reasons.  A recent post on the internet made a very valid point of if parents wouldn’t buy their child an 18+ inappropriate sexual video, then why are they buying them 18+ inappropriate games to play on that contain sexual scenes?  It does make you think, doesn’t it?

Again, just pop in if you would like to know more about the different apps available and their benefits or dangers OR read the really detailed information on the school website under the E-Safety tab.

We finished the day learning all about nude selfies or images that are self produced where the children are naked or semi-naked.  Research says that pictures are now viewed by young people as the ‘normal’ thing to do and ‘don’t mean anything’.  The difficulties arise when other young people decide to forward them on to peers or share them in any way.  Did you know that it is illegal for anyone to post semi-naked or nude pictures under the age of 18?  If someone then shares them or forwards them on, then they are distributing images and again breaking the law?

The NSPCC has some good information about this area of cyber safety.

Personally, I came away feeling very worried about my child and the world we live in!  However, the greatest way to keep our children safe is to educate them and be strong in following age restrictions etc.  All children will try to get away with what they think they can do – let’s face it………we did!!!  If an environment is created where young people know they can ask for help, if they do do something daft, then we can help them.  If they keep it secret, we can’t.

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


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….


Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For doing really well with his new sentence starts; being more positive about her maths and helping others with theirs and for having a focused hard working week – Well Done!

Writer of the Week:

For working really hard to improve his handwriting – Excellent!

Right Choice Winners:

For achieving her English target; bringing balls back into school and sorting out the welly box – Brilliant!

Certificates from Home

Swimming – Grade 8 and Silver Award – Well done!

Swimming – Grade 6 – Well done!

Swimming – Grade 1 – Well done!

Yoga – Various Awards – Well done!

Medal Collection – Well done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Derwent who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Derwent will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.

Christmas Puddings!

Oh yes, it is that time of year again!

The whole school were very excited to be invited back to The Maynard for our traditional Christmas Pudding making day.  Class 3 and Year 3 went up in the morning and worked incredibly hard following a recipe to make their puddings.  We were joined by Class 1 and Year 4 for a scrumptious dinner of lasagne and chips.  After our yummy pudding of ice-cream, Class 3 and Year 3 walked back to school whilst Class 1 and Year 4 cracked on and made their puddings too.  What lovely smells, lovely attitudes and manners!  Christmas really does start with this day!

Many, many thanks to the staff of The Maynard and to Hallworths for their continued generosity towards our school, it really does make a difference to our children’s experiences!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For fantastic work in computing; superb progress with fractions and always being enthusiastic to learn – Fantastic!!!

Writer of the Week:

For an amazing whale poem – Brilliant!

Right Choice Winners:

For washing up paint pallets; bringing lost balls back to school and helping out with play props – Excellent!

Certificates from Home

Ice Skating – Oxford Open 2018 Beginner Ladies, 9+10yrs – 2nd Place

 – Sheffield Ice Skating Club – 2nd Place…………Absolutely Amazing! Well Done!


House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Derwent who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Derwent will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.

Remembrance Cake!

What a treat Class 3 had today when Kiran brought in a fabulous cake she had made to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Not only had she decorated her cake really nicely, apparently it tasted fabulous as well!  Thank you Kiran!


Remembrance Service

We had a lovely turnout to a very thought-provoking memorial service at the village cenotaph this morning.  All of our fallen village men were honored by the different groups within the village with their own wreath dedicated to them.  Members of Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 laid the three school wreaths, whilst some of our students stepped out to represent the village Youth Club and Rainbows.  Rainbows had created their own wreath as well to remember all the children who have fallen over the years due to conflicts happening in their countries.

We will not forget them.