Friday, 19 December 2008

Key Stage 1 Nativity Play

Watch photo highlights from The Hopeless Camel production

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Watch and hear the children singing 'The Hopeless Camel' song

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Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Classes DB &GM do Rocket Science!

Our two year 5/6 classes were invited to Thomas Mills High school for a whole day of activities called: "Rocket Day". The children had to make a rocket (in the Science lab with a teache called Mr Einstein) which was able to go at least 40 feet in the air. The rocket had to be able to get over a force field around Thomas Mills High School in order to send a message to the outside world. Some children are being trapped in the school and forced to become teachers! The children had to make an angle measurer (in the technology room with Bob The Builder) in order to calculate how high the rocket travelled. They also worked with an English teacher (Shakespeare's sister) to write articles about the scadal for a newspaper.

Watch the film below to see the children making a rocket flight measurer in the technology room.

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Watch this film to see the children's rockets in action.

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Carol Service 2008


Watch this film below with photo and sound highlights from a wonderful Christmas service put on by our Year 3 and 4 children.


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Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Christmas Poems

Some of our Key Stage 2 children having been writing some Christmas poetry for a bit of fun.
Here are some of their poems.
You can listen to this one by Mark in year 5.

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Santa woke up early

He got up out of bed

He went to visit Rudolph

But Rudolph, he had fled

Santa, he was worried

Thinking of his mate

He went to find poor Rudolph

But hoped he wasn't late

He found his mate, poor Rudolph

Skiing down a slope

He crashed into a tree. Oh no!

He's okay. I hope

Santa took poor Rudolph home

Rudolph's friends were pests

They were having a party

And there were carrot thefts

Rudolph and his friends

Got tied to the sleigh

They got there in the morning

He said, "Oh no. It's day"!

This poem is by Alfie from Class DB. It is in a limerick form.

There was a man called Santa

His reindeer set off at a canter

He jumped in his sleigh

He shouted "Hooray!"

Then he sat down to watch setanta

There was a man called Santa

Who liked to bathe in fanta

One day his taps broke

So then he used coke

And his friends gave him lots of banter

One day Santa jumped on his deer

In his hand was a nice glass of beer

He fell off on ice

It didn't feel nice

He cried as he damaged his ear.

Monday, 15 December 2008

WHOLE SCHOOL LETTER (18)

CHRISTMAS PARTIES – Thursday 18 December
There will be class parties this Thursday in the afternoon. Key Stage 2 children are to come to school in their party clothes. Key Stage 1 and Foundation children should come to school in their uniform and bring their party clothes in to change into after lunch. Nursery will have their party on Wednesday in the morning. Please ensure that party clothes and footwear are practical for normal morning lessons and outside playtimes.

SPRING TERM There is a non-pupil day on Monday 5 January and the children return on Tuesday 6 January 2009.

NEW TEACHER APPOINTMENTWe are pleased to welcome Mrs Susan Beddows to the staff, taking up the position of part-time Maths Teacher. We would like to give Mrs Greenacre our Best Wishes as she leaves us at the end of term.

SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS AND PAYMENT
The menus sent home earlier in the term are still valid until the end of April. Please remember that you will need to pay for the first week’s dinner money on the first day back (Tuesday 6 January).

CHRISTMAS FAIR SUCCESS
The Friends are really pleased to let you know that we raised an amazing £2,779 at the Christmas Fair!
In addition to this they have also managed to secure a grant from the Mills Trust, which means that the Trim Trail will be ordered in the New Year (installation date to be confirmed).

CHARITY DONATIONS
Our Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas Productions raised £376. Thank you for your generous support.

REMEMBRANCE POPPIESWe are pleased to inform you that £117.81 was raised for the British Legion for the sale of Poppies.

SIZE OF SCHOOL BAGS
If you are buying a new school bag for January please can you consider the size as we have limited space on the pegs in school and the smaller the better – drawstring or triangular bags are the best.

LOST PROPERTY
Has your child lost something recently? There are lots of items in our lost property container.
Can we please encourage all children and parents to seek for lost items in the container sited at the end of the corridor at the top of the stairs above the Nursery. We feel it is important for children to realise that personal items are their responsibility in school, and if they go missing, they need to look for them – the first stop being the lost property box. If any items are handed in at the office we put them in the lost property box. Needless to say, lots of the items are unnamed – so please can we ask that parents ensure names are on all personal items brought into school – especially sweatshirts. ANY ITEMS NOT CLAIMED BY THURSDAY 18 DECEMBER WILL BE SENT TO THE LOCAL CHARITY
SHOP OR DISPOSED OF.

MAY I WISH YOU ALL A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS
AND HAPPY CELEBRATIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

One Christmas Concert Highlights

There are 3 podcasts below from the One Christmas Concert at Felixstowe Spa Pavillion.
Each one has highlights from different parts of the show.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Key Stage 2 Choir at Christmas

Watch this video of our wonderful Key Stage 2 choir.

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Inter House Football Results

The final results from this term were:
Howard 7 Bulstrode 5
Hitcham 8 Mills 1
Howard 4 Mills 2
Hitcham 2 Bulstrode 3
Howard 3 Hitcham 2
Mills 12 Bulstrode 4
This meant that Mills, Bulstrode and Hitcham all won 1 game each. Howard won all 3 of their matches. Final positions:
1st HOWARD
2ND HITCHAM (goal difference +5)
3RD MILLS (goals -1)
4TH BULSTRODE (goals -9)

Year 4 Football

Mr Byer has been running year 4 football club on Wednesday lunchtimes all this term. Last week they challenged some of the year 5 children in a match.
The game was played in a great spirit on a wonderful sunny afternoon.
After going 2 goals down the year 4 team did not give up. In the second half they scored a goal of their own. The final score was a respectable 4-1 to year 5.
There are lots of talented players in year 4 and we look forward to them playing in house and school teams next year.










Inter schools Uni-hoc tournament

The annual uni-hoc tournament had so many entries this year that there where 2 different venues. Robert Hitcham's played in the Stradbroke High School Tournament with 4 other teams. We managed to win the tournament wih 3 wins and 1 draw.
We then played in a knockout competition with the top 2 teams from the Debenham tournament.
In our semi final we came up against Stonham Aspal. The match (even after extra time) finished as a draw. Stonham had a fantastic goalkeeper.
The game had to be decided by penalties - 2 boys and 2 girls from each team. Still the teams were level. Sudden death penalties saw the Stonham keeper triumph again. Stonham went into the final where they again won on penalties - this time against Debenham Primary. We played and won a 3rd place match against St Botolphs.






Christmas Fair a Great Success

Our Friends Association organised our biggest and best Christmas Fair ever!

It occupied virtually every room in the school and had 24 different stalls.Hundreds of people attended and lots of money was raised. We don't yet know the final total but we are confident that there are now sufficient funds for the planned 'Trim Trail'.

Watch the video below for images of the fair taken by Mrs Miller.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

WHOLE SCHOOL LETTER (17)

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE – TUESDAY 16 DECEMBER 1.30pm
The Key Stage 2 Carol Service will take place at St Michael’s Church on 16 December at 1.30pm. Year 3 and 4 children will be leading in this service, and parents are welcome to attend. We would ask that you use the seats at either side of the church or at the back. A collection will be made at the end of the service which will be given to charity.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH – WEDNESDAY 17 DECEMBERPayment for the Christmas lunch is required on MONDAY 15 DECEMBER. The cost for the week is £10.30, the day £2.70, or an additional 80p is required if you have paid for the whole term but not for the Christmas lunch yet.

VACANCY - TEMPORARY TEACHING ASSISTANTWe are seeking to recruit a Teaching Assistant to work 1:1 support with a child with Special Educational Needs in our Nursery Class. You will need to work well as part of a team, be able to support the welfare and emotional needs of the pupil and adapt the teaching to meet their needs.
Part Time 12.5 hours per week - 5 mornings per week from 9am – 11.30am
Starting January 2009 for ONE TERM ONLY
Salary £6.52 per hour
Closing date Wednesday 17 December
The local authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
CRB checks required for relevant posts. Suffolk County Council – welcoming diversity.
Please contact the school office on 01728 723354 for an application pack.

ADMISSION POLICYThe 2010/2011 Admission Policy has been prepared by Governors and a copy has been placed on the parent notice board. If any parents would like to make any comments, please contact the school office by Tuesday 16 December

CHRISTMAS CARDS
We would like to let you know that through the sales of the Christmas cards we have raised £270. Thank you.

SCHOOL LINK BOOKS
Thank you to everyone who has supported us by buying books from School Link. Since we joined in the summer we have been able to receive 54 free books. 36 will be used as Group Readers in our Guided Reading Lessons and the remaining 18 will be used as ‘Free Readers’ in KS1. Thank you for your continued support.

SUFFOLK POLICE NOTICE
Suffolk police are reminding people to register their Christmas purchases and presents with the online property database Immobilise, to help keep property safe and reunite stolen items with their rightful owners. If you register your property at http://www.immobilise.com/ and the police recover it, you will get it back. Almost any item with a serial number can be registered, including: Mobile phones, Ipods, Games consoles, Laptops, Computers, PDAs, Sat Navs, In-Car equipment, Bicyles. Watches, Jewellery, art and antiques can also be registered.

ROAD SAFETY COMPETITION
The children are being given a letter detailing a competition to come up with a title and a picture for the cover of the DVD that we have made about Road Safety in Framlingham. If your child wishes to enter, they will need to return their entries before the end of term.

Friday, 5 December 2008

One Christmas Concert


This Sunday children involved in the One Christmas project are heading to the Spa pavillion in Felixstowe. They are performing in the first of many concerts held over the week to raise money for Tearfund. Check the blog next week to see and hear how we get on.
You can now buy a CD from the school office.
A DVD will be available from next week.