We all had a brilliant day yesterday, joining in with “The Big Sing” at the Norfolk show ground, and despite some misgivings about the change of venue, the children enjoyed themselves very much. The weather was perfect, dare I say even a little too sunny for some perhaps!! and the picnic-style event suited the children well.
I have had very positive feedback from parents and lots of acknowledgements for the way we managed 123 children in such a large crowd. Thank you, as always we are aware that it is a privilege to be entrusted with the care of your children at these kinds of events.
One of the issues with an open air singing event is that the acoustics are poor and I am aware that parents really couldn’t hear the singing which is a great pity as the children have worked so hard to learn the songs, and sing so enthusiastically in the school hall. So we have decided that on the afternoon of the Celebration Day (Friday 18th May) after the street party – we will sing to parents.
Due to numbers we are unable to invite all parents to the actual eating of the food but you are all very welcome to come and hear the children sing afterwards from 2pm.
Hopefully it will be another lovely day and we can sing on the steps of the hall with parents sitting outside on the grass, (bring picnic chairs or a rug). We will sell cakes that have been donated and serve refreshments.
If the weather is inclement then we will sing indoors and just have to get cosy!
The Alpington Team that went to the High 5 Netball Tournament at Hobart High School last Tuesday, came away as winners – Congratulations! The team now qualify for the next round at the UEA Sports Park on 24th May.
We start with a THANK YOU …. to all the parents and carers who were able to join us at the start of day, not always easy on a Monday morning with work commitments and after a busy weekend! We value all your contributions, in person or otherwise, and rely on your input to help us keep moving the school in the right direction for your child(ren).
The ‘Dig Deep Day’ does what it says on the tin! Once a year, the Governors spend a full day at school, seeing the creativity, listening to the interactions and getting a taste of the learning in the classrooms, chatting with the children and looking to pick up on any needs which are more easily identified from seeing the staff and children in action; delving a little deeper into the school day environment to support the meetings and discussions we have throughout the year.
We were kept very busy, there was so much to see – we…
visited each class for their first lesson of the day,
joined the whole school assembly,
were invited to lunch (they really have improved the quality immensely!),
spent break times with the children and their playground buddies (despite the cold!),
had a very informative and in depth conversation with the School Council;
met with individual members of staff regarding their lead in areas of the curriculum;
…after lunch we settled down for the Full Governing Board meeting; the main points we covered were recent budget updates which our Resource team will continue to commit their time and thoughts to across the next few weeks. Also on the agenda was an update on the great progress of the building works – creating improved indoor space for our fifth classroom (currently home to the Skylarks), a technology/focused learning area and the outside work on the playground – all so beneficial when complete, soon after Easter.
The Travelling Book Sale raised £184.52 in commission with the Toy and Book Sale raising a further £145. All of this will be spent on books. Many thanks for all your support and to the children who dressed up so amazingly last Thursday.
Well done to the members of the choir who sang at the Norfolk & Norwich Music Festival held in St Andrew’s Hall. Many thanks also to Mrs Cork who rehearsed and led the choir so well. The adjudicator made some lovely comments about the choir’s singing and presentation as well as some things to think about to be even better. The performance was judged to be Highly Commended: “a generally correct and creditable performance with greater evidence of artistic performance”.
If you wish to see a video of the choir, please go onto the Norfolk Music Festival twitter feed and scroll down until you come to our school.