Posted on October 3rd, 2017
It truly was a case of parent power in action. The Friends PTA asked us what needed doing in school and we spoke about the shared learning/kitchen space being somewhat run down and unloved. Through months of fundraising, followed by a whole summer of transformation, comprising every trade and task, from plumbing to building to decorating to tiling, we came back from the summer holidays to an incredible conversion. Our new multi-purpose space, comprises a kitchen area, learning space, library and even the staff room, which has been moved upstairs has new units and utilities. We even have a new toilet just for Year 3 and 4! All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of everyone that contributed, through fundraising. The school would like to thank everyone involved. We would also like to say a special thank you to these people, who really went above and beyond, spending much of their summer in school working on the project :-
Simon Easter from D and C Easter Builders, Mr and Mrs Allen, Mr Johnson, Mr Sharp of Atelier Associates, Mr Hamilton, Mrs Young, Mr May and Mrs Moreland, Mars for their £3000 grant , Mr Afflitt and of course a huge thank you to Mrs Easter and Mrs May, for all their hard work and coordination of the project. The Mayor of Kings Lynn, Carole Bower, came to officially open the new facilities on Friday and was very impressed with the transformation. She spent time visiting each class to talk about her work as Mayor and meet the children and then enjoyed a cup of tea in the new room. The PTA will be organising an open afternoon for everyone to come and enjoy cake and a cup of tea in the new space shortly.
Mrs Gardener October 3rd 2017
Posted on October 3rd, 2017
I am delighted to report the first rugby match took place last week and the children were sporting their new kit kindly donated to the team by Year 1 parent Ben Day of Bespoke Norfolk. The children looked so professional in their kit and played incredibly well, in their first match. We are so grateful for the sponsorship, as it has really enabled this club to get off the ground. Thanks also go to Mrs Cullum for promoting the idea for the club. The children really enjoyed it and are looking forward to their next fixture.
Mrs Gardener October 2017
Posted on September 28th, 2017
We welcomed Grieg from the ’52 Lives’ project into school this morning. Grieg talked with us about what kindness looks like and we thought about how we can all be kind in our school community. Kindness is a theme that fits in especially well at this point in the year as our Christian value this term is ‘Friendship’.
Grieg shared pictures and talked about how the project started and evolved, from one advertisement in a newspaper asking for some carpet off-cuts for a family in need of support, to the global status that the project now enjoys. A school’s version of the project also exists, where schools are invited to make cards, pictures, and send messages of support to individual children who are having a tough time. Grieg told us about a 10 year old girl from Derbyshire, Mollie, who is unwell and has had a lot to deal with in her short life. We all agreed that it would be lovely to make some cards etc to send to Mollie to let her know that other people are thinking about her and to try to brighten up her day. Everyone returned to their classrooms and were given an hour to create something to send. At the end of the morning we gathered in the Hall to share our gifts and to record a video message to send to Mollie.
We are really grateful to Grieg for making time to visit us and enabling us to spread the message of kindness beyond our school community. We hope that Mollie enjoys our messages and gifts when she receives them.
September 28th 2017
Posted on September 21st, 2017
Our lovely group of ‘Friends’ revamped our central teaching and learning space over the summer holiday and so this term we are very excited to be able to offer an after-school cookery club, run by Mrs Berry and Miss Sandford. Lots of children were keen to join the club, so, as numbers are limited, we had to offer places on a first-come first-served basis and will change the groups regularly so that everyone can have a turn.
The first group of budding chefs gathered after school today and Apple Crumble was the dish of the day. The children worked really hard together and all took home their crumbles to cook and enjoy.
A big thank you to Mrs Berry and Miss Sandford. I wonder what will be on the menu next week…
September 21st 2017
Posted on July 21st, 2017
Mrs May, a parent and the Chair of our ‘Friends’, is also a Technology teacher at King’s Lynn Academy and has been working with each year group in turn since January to produce these wonderful Jitterbugs. Everyone drew their design first before assembling the motor and shaping their piece of styrofoam, using a variety of saws and cutting tools. All the Jitterbugs looked amazing when we gathered together on the playground earlier this week to have a whole-school ‘Jitterbug Dance’!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs May for giving up so much of her time to lead this project.
July 21st 2017
Posted on July 21st, 2017
Our Netball team, representing West Norfolk as champions, travelled to Norwich Sportspark on June 19th to compete in the Norfolk Games, Small Schools Hi5 Netball.
Sandringham and West Newton were in Pool B, which we won, unbeaten and only conceding two goals. It was a brilliant performance, given the extreme weather conditions – blazing sunshine, very hot, and no breeze or shade.
After quite a long lunch break it was time for the semi-final against Great Ellingham. Unfortunately we were soon two goals down, but dug deep to get level in the second half. Then Ellingham scored to win 3-2, it was end to end play.
That left us to play Wrenningham for 3/4th place. It was a frenetic game. We came out and scored first, Wrenningham scored twice, we levelled but they went on to score just before the whistle…the final score was 3-2.
Understandably the children were deflated, they had given it everything in the heat but, as we have said numerous times, 4th place in the whole of Norfolk is a fantastic achievement. Our umpire in particular was very impressed and complimentary of our children, their game, play and attitude, which was lovely to hear.
Many thanks to the parents for their support and the gazebo!
Well done children!!!!!
Posted on June 8th, 2017
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils had an extra-special PE experience yesterday afternoon when our Edufit coaches, Mr Hawkins and Mr Ring brought along their giant bubbles for a session with Simon Rowe from KLFM. Everyone in the class had the chance to have a go before the Year 6 pupils were involved in several challenges with Simon. It looked like great fun and I know that Years 3 and 4 are hoping that they can have a go too in the not too distant future!
June 8th 2017
Posted on May 12th, 2017
The weather wasn’t looking very promising as we gathered in the playground for our annual Rogation Walk this morning. Father Jonathan reminded us about the meaning of Rogation and led us in a prayer before we set off into the gardens of Sandringham House.
On arrival at the Estate Office we were met by Mr Martin Woods, the Head Gardener, who guided us around the gardens and was very informative, as usual…we are always very impressed at his ability to remember so many complicated plant names!
After a brief stop at the ‘Thumping Tree’, Mr Woods took us to the oldest tree on the Estate, a magnificent Oak that is 835 years old.
The Oak tree stands near the enormous lake and that was our next stop. Mr Woods attempted to lure the carp nearer to us with some fish food, but only a few were interested in making an appearance today.
We visited the grass maze in front of Sandringham House after that, and even managed to fit the whole school into the maze at once…well done to Eloise for setting a good pace and leading everyone so well!
The Lime trees in front of Sandringham House are meticulously pruned and everyone enjoyed weaving in and out of one of the lines of trees.
Mr Woods led us on an interesting circular walk, past the Norwich Gates and back to the Estate Office, pointing out the many interesting flowers and plants (and hidden security cameras!) on the way.
Even though the sun didn’t shine this year we thoroughly enjoyed our walk and would like to thank Mr Woods and Father Jonathan for accompanying us. Thanks also to the parents who were able to join us…we hope you enjoyed it too.
May 12th 2017
Posted on May 5th, 2017
Last Sunday, April 30th, some of our pupils took part in the ‘Mini GEAR’, an abridged version of the GEAR in King’s Lynn. The weather was perfect for running and all of our athletes had great fun taking part in this popular event. The course was over 1.2 miles and I’m sure that all the training that the children have done by taking part in our ‘Daily Mile’ at school contributed to their general fitness levels and stamina.
Well done to Elliot, Henry, Giovanni, Thomas, Meisha, Madison, Ben, Stanley, Elizabeth, Nathan, Jensen, Noah, Olivia, Tally, Tegan, Eloise and Arturo…keep working hard to improve your running, we are all proud of you!
May 5th 2017
Posted on May 4th, 2017
On March 29th we were so pleased to welcome the violinist Joo Yeon Sir to our school to play for us. Originally from Korea, Joo Yeon is based in London, but performs as a soloist both in London as well as with orchestras around the world.
Joo Yeon spent an hour with us, during which time she played excerpts from a wide range of music as well as telling us about her experiences in life and answering questions from both the children and staff too. We were all keen to find out how much practice you need to do in order to be as good as Joo Yeon. She said that she practices for at least six hours every day, and sometimes for longer! We also learned that when Joo Yeon travels abroad by air she has to buy two tickets, one for herself and one for her violin..it is so valuable that it has to sit next to her on the plane instead of going into the hold with the other luggage!
We were captivated by Joo Yeon’s beautiful playing and I’m sure that she will have inspired our growing number of string players to continue to practice hard. We really hope that Joo Yeon will be able to visit us again.
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