After months of planning and anticipation, the evening was finally here.
As the children arrived, we started a big game of rounders. Mrs Osborne was our no-nonsense umpire, while Judy (from YMCA), Mrs Green, Mrs Connor and I all joined the teams to play. Getting that rounders bat in my hand took me back to my school days and we had a great game. It was excellent practice for the older children, who had a tournament a few days later and went on to win.
After rounders, we stopped for a water break and then split into groups to play two new team games. One group played ‘Lob Bob’ a game requiring speed and accuracy as the players lob Bob (a stuffed sock) with the aim of knocking over a skittle, before the opposing player. The other group played Human Connect Four which requires tactics and teamwork to make a line of four players while trying to block the opposition from doing the same. This resulted in much laughter as the players tried to follow their team’s directions to block or complete a line.
The next activity was to work with a group of friends to build a den on the field. The children had access to play building blocks, tarpaulins, poles and skipping ropes. Most groups used a structure as the basis for their den, including picnic benches, the trim-trail, trees and the climbing frame. There was a lot of earnest discussion and determined knot-tying as they worked hard together with varying degrees of success and a high level of fun and camaraderie.
Building a den helped to remind the children the purpose of our sleepover was to raise money for the YMCA to help homeless people find safe shelter. Of course, what goes up must come down and our dens needed to be dismantled and equipment returned. I was impressed with the way our children helped each other put things away and collect up resources.
Once tidy, we started to gather dry twigs and sticks to make campfires. The children were the experts here, having all participated in outdoor learning and lit colander fires before. We successfully lit three fires and set about the process of roasting marshmallows to make S’mores: a melting marshmallow squashed between two chocolate digestives – very sticky, messy and tasty.
By this point the sun was getting low in the sky and, once we had finished off the biscuits, we made our fires safe and went into the hall to set up our beds. Mrs Connor and Mrs Green made delicious milky hot chocolates, so nice that some children came back for more.
The children put their pyjamas on, brushed their teeth, got into their sleeping bags, and settled down to watch Early Man. As the film reached the end, the children had a pre-bed visit to the loo and we all settled in for the night.
They settled well, with the last whispers being heard just before midnight. I am very pleased to say that the night passed uneventfully and the first murmurs of waking came around six o’clock. My first thought on waking and seeing the time was that we had all ‘survived’ the sleepover – we had done it!
We encouraged the children to go back to sleep if they could, or read their books if not. By seven o’clock most children were awake – just two girls sleeping on through the rustling of sleeping bags and book pages.
After our lie-in we all tided away our belongings while Mrs Connor, Mrs Osborne and I arranged breakfast, kindly provided by Friends. The children were very happy to sit on the hall steps in the morning shade to enjoy croissants, pain au chocolat and orange juice before initiating a kick around. Judy had left us some temporary tattoos for the children so, while they played, I set up a mini tattoo parlour to apply the transfers for those who wanted them. The Y6 children were keen to have matching tattoo positions to demonstrate their solidarity and unity in their final few weeks of Primary School.
As parents arrived to collect their children, I had a moment to reflect on how blessed we are to have such amazing children. They were so well behaved, kind and helpful towards each other and us. One boy even offered to help wash up the hot chocolate mugs.
I would like to sincerely thank all those involved in making it such a successful event and raising funds for YMCA Norfolk. I will be able to let you know the final figure later in the month once all pledges have been brought in to school.
Special thanks go to the children for bringing Alpington school spirit to our first sleepover.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Summer Barbecue on Friday evening. All our Summer BBQs are special but this one had a really lovely atmosphere, the weather came out at just the right time and the new “attractions” i.e. police cars, fire engines and zoo were a great hit. The Tug of War was great fun and attracted lots of attention and participation; we hope there were not too many bruises come Saturday morning!
A special thanks to Nathan and Clare for organizing and serving the food, giving up so much of their time in preparation and for their very generous donation. Another big thank you to our Friends Association who masterminded and organized the whole event. This is such a big job and does take up time, which we all seem to have less of, but the school is very grateful to all of those who gave up their time to arrange the event so well. It looks as if we have raised over £2,000.
Thank you for supporting our Street Party and 130th Celebrations of the school. It was lovely to see parents, members of the community, ex staff and pupils coming to have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in the morning. There was a great deal of interest in the old Log Books and photographs, we have had people ask if they can come and view the old Log Books which they can via an appointment with the school office as we cannot permit the old documents to leave the school site.
Lots of parents enjoyed looking at the more recent and old photo albums and it reminded me that we ought to have these on display more often, perhaps during Parent/Teacher evenings when they can be viewed during the wait for meeting times!!
Special thanks to Jenny Watts who came in on a couple of occasions and organized the archive material for us and also informed us of how we ought to protect them going forward.
Once again thank you for providing cakes and refreshments, not only for the adults in the morning but for the splendid wedding cake Jenny Rope created for us. The children very much enjoyed a wide variety of cup cakes, and those that were left we sold after school raising a total of £293.00 for school funds.
We all had a brilliant day, 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.