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Sports Day

Published: 28th June 2019

We finally managed to have our sports day last Monday and the children were all fantastic.

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Trip to Time & Tide Museum

Published: 7th June 2019

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Whole school assembly – prayer box

Published: 23rd March 2019

Mrs Eland led an assembly with the whole school talking about Reverence. She explained that we can show reverence for God by the way we live – letting our light shine. Sometimes we let things get in the way and our lights get dim. By saying sorry and trying to live God’s way, we can shine brightly and reflect God’s love for others to see.

A blue prayer box was introduced and the children were offered the chance to place their card into the box if they felt they were sorry for something.

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Our Governors “Dig Deep Day”

Published: 18th March 2019

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,
  • had a very informative and in depth conversation with the School Council;
  • updates on Safeguarding
  • 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.

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Just one Norfolk – a new website about children’s health

Published: 8th March 2019

Have you seen JustOneNorfolk? CLICK HERE  JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk
The new ‘go to’ online health resource for families in Norfolk. JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk has been live for 3 months and has already had over 57,000 views!
At the beginning of Self Care Week, November 2018, JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk launched into the digital community. The new NHS resource is aimed at helping children, young people and their parents in Norfolk better understand the pertinent issues relating to younger people’s health, wellbeing and care.
The platform was created by NHS Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services in partnership with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, Best Beginnings (the Baby Buddy app creators), Norfolk County Council and families in Norfolk.
The site focuses on user experience, keeping its content interesting and entertaining through the use of interactive graphics, custom made animations and a whole host of films starring families from Norfolk. Whilst being very visual the resource is also very accessible, anyone with computer or mobile device can access the site. For users that need more flexibility, JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk has multiple font sizes, high resolution formatting for extra magnification and also translates into 80 different languages.
All the content on the site has been created, sourced and approved by qualified NHS professionals in the NHS Norfolk Children and Young People’s Service, so families know they can rely on the advice. Topics include: Childhood Illness, Staying Safe, Child Development, Additional Needs and Healthy Lifestyles.

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Ted Cullum Exhibition

Published: 21st September 2018

In July a local artist, Ted Cullum, came into school and invited the children to produce a painting of St Mary’s Church. The response was amazing and all the pictures were put on display at St Mary’s Church on Sat and Sun 15th and 16th September. Please view the photos below of the colourful display of your children’s paintings.

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The Big Sleepover – report

Published: 6th July 2018

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.

Rachel Eland

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