We have had a busy and very encouraging start to the year.
Caring Hands in the Vale - There was an overwhelming response to the 'shopping list' for Caring hands in the Vale. The harvest baskets brought into school were overflowing with all manner of interesting products, from soap and dishcloths to packets of rice, tins of custard and fresh fruit and vegetables. Our generous contributions will make a difference to the lives of so many people in the Vale wheteher that's at the Caring Hands Diner or in an emergency pack for someone living rough.
'Fill the potty' - During our Harvest Celebration week we also had a 'potty' in the playground which families kindly filled with pennies. We raised just over £60 which means we can twin with our first toilet in a poorer part of our world. Offenham School are changing the world one toilet at a time!
Macmillan coffee morning - Cotswold class hosted a coffee morning at the beginning of October and raised just over £200 for Macmillan Cancer Research. Well done Cotswold!
Thank you to Mrs Newton and Mrs Steward who put a huge amount of effort into making our Languages Day a real success. All staff and children had great fun throughout the day. KS2 children made the Eiffel Tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows and painted in the style of Monet. All children created a passport to be enable them to be granted entry into th Hall for Spanish and French food tasting. We sang songs and heard stories in French and Spanish and developed our converstaional skills. Jessica even led our prayers during Celebration assembly in French!
Quelle magnifique journee!
Bien hecho todos!
Our three school choirs have been very busy during December.
All three choirs performed at our School Christmas Fayre. The Offenham School Supporters choir had their debut performance and really impressed evreyone who heard them. Well done ladies.
The Junior and Senior choirs took part in a concert with Avonbank Brass on 10th December and 'wowed' the audience with their group and solo performances. They were amazing and performed with such confidence and enjoyment. They also had the opportuinty to sing with the brass band - how exciting!
Avon class outside area
Avon class now has a new and improved outside area. The area has been completely transformed with new fencing and flooring - it looks amazing! Special thanks go to the Offenham Old School Trust who contributed generously to this project. Thank you too to venture Play for carrying out such a fantastic job.
M&M theatre productions
On 16th January 2017 we welcomed M&M Theatre Company into school. We were treated to a wonderful production of the pantomine Cinderalla. We laughed, sang, danced and then laughed some more. Thank you to our PTFA for their generous funding of these theatre visits. All these extra-curricular activities make for a richer learning environment.
On February 1st we joined the Diocese of Worcseter Multi Academy Trust.
Front of school
We now have taller gates and a tall curved fence as well as new panels on our large gate. The new items make us feel more safe and secure when we are at play. Thanks again to Venture play for their hard work.
Our two newest additions to our toilet twinning work were chosen by the children. Our school is now twinned with a toilet in Afghanistan and one in Guatemala as well as two others in Africa. We really are changing the world one toilet at a time!
On the 9th of May fifteen Year four children and five members of staff visited the Houses of Parliament. The aim of our visit was to establish how Parliament works.
A General Election was called for the 8th June 2017 and while the rest of the UK were voting at Polling stations around the country, we at school were busy voting for our own Pupil Parliament. The children presented their manifestos to the whole school setting out the skills they had to fulfill the roles and what they'd like to achieve.
Every person at school voted and the reults were:
Prime Minister – Lennon Hockenhull
Deputy Prime Minister - Daniel Beards