The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 13th December 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 16th Dec - Fri, 20th Dec

NO CLUBS FINAL WEEK OF TERM

Mon, 16th Dec

Class 1 and 2 Singing at Birchams Grange

Mon, 16th Dec

Welly walk for Class 1

Mon, 16th Dec

Class 2 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe

Tue, 17th Dec

Christmas Art Day

Wed, 18th Dec

Christmas Dinner/Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

Wed, 18th Dec

Class 3 and Class 4 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe and Mr Bees

Thu, 19th Dec

Christmas Party!

Fri, 20th Dec

A Special Christmas Walk!

Fri, 20th Dec

Last Day of Term

Tue, 7th Jan

Children Back to School!

Christmas Dates!

Monday 16th December (Morning) - Singing at Birchams Grange

Children to visit Birchams Grange to bring some festive cheer to the residents.

Tuesday 17th December- Christmas Art Day

All children to work in mixed age groups to take part in a carousel of creative Christmas activities. All children to wear home clothes. Please be mindful of the fact that there could be paint and glitter galore on this day!

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas Lunch/Save the Children

The whole school will share time together whilst enjoying their Christmas Lunch. On this day we will also be asking children to wear their favourite Christmas Jumper and to bring a donation of £1 which will be sent to the Save the Children Charity. All children to wear home clothes with their favourite festive jumper.

Thursday 19th December (Afternoon) - Christmas Party

We will have our annual Christmas Party afternoon. All children to wear home clothes/party clothes.

Friday 20th December - A very special winter walk.

Children will be taking a walk - in mixed age house groups - to the Eastnor Estate where they will make a visit to a very special grotto! Please wear warm home clothes and bring wellies/walking boots to change into for the walk.

Friday 20th December - LAST DAY OF TERM

Attendance Review!

On Friday, Eastnor's Education Welfare Advisor - Jo Ellis -visited school to review attendance figures for the autumn term.

As you all know, many schools both locally and nationally have been impacted by bouts of illness this term and Eastnor has been no exception.

Jo was pleased to see that our overall attendance percentage was around the national figure but unsurprisingly there were many children who were unable to achieve our desired attendance of 98% or more.

Due to these unusual circumstances there will be a follow up review at the end of January when we hope many children will have had the chance to increase their attendance again.

Our school’s attendance policy clearly sets out how attendance will be assessed and if your child’s attendance is below 95% at the next review we will be worried as they are less likely to achieve their full potential. Any child with attendance below 90% will fall into the persistent absence category.

Finally, remember that a holiday cannot be authorised in term time and referrals have to be made to the Local Authority who then decide if a fixed penalty fine is issued. Please check the Eastnor school holiday dates before booking trips for the Spring and Summer terms.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

New Year and New Adventures for Mrs Scull!

As we approach the New Year many of us will begin to think about what our ambitions and goals will be for the year ahead. Mrs Scull – who has worked at Eastnor for over 15 years – has decided that she has some new ambitions of her own!

Mrs Scull's own family are beginning to fly the nest and with her son now living and working in the Lake District (her favourite place in the world!) she has decided that she needs more flexibility with her time, and has taken the difficult decision to leave Eastnor Primary School at Christmas.

Mrs Scull has been a hardworking and highly respected member of the Eastnor team for a very (very!) long time and she will be sorely missed by everyone. She promises that she will be popping into see us all regularly and we really do hope that she keeps to her word.

As Mrs Scull begins her new adventure (and one suspects this will include lots of holidays in term time!) everyone would like to thank her for the wonderful contribution she has made, and the commitment she has given, during her time at Eastnor.

I am sure you would all like to join me in wishing Mrs Scull lots of love and happiness for the future!

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Goodbye to the Cushings!

Sadly, today we have to say a fond farewell to Penny and Evie Cushing who will be travelling home to Canada to begin a whole new adventure with their family.

The girls have both been cherished members of the Eastnor family since they were 4 years old and they have absolutely flourished during their time here. There is genuinely not a day that goes by when I don’t see either one (or both!) of the girls without beaming smiles on their faces and they give pretty special hugs too!

The girls' lovely Mummy, Julia, has also worked tirelessly to support school over the last 5 years through her roles on the PTA and we are very grateful for this.

I know the whole family is loved by many of you and there will have been many a tear shed at the school gate this afternoon!

Everyone at Eastnor Primary School would like to wish Tim, Julia, Penny, Evie and Malcolm lots of love, luck and happiness for the future!

Cool Science!

Class 3 had a fantastic science lesson on Friday with Mrs Williams-Hewitt who is not only Harry in class 2's, mum but a science teacher at John Masefield School. She bought along a great experiment- melting jelly- for us to carry out, testing all the different variables that the children could think of. We have some great scientists in class 3 and soon worked out that we needed to find an average to give the most accurate result. We are really looking forward to carrying out some more experiments in the near future.

A Special Nativity!

On Wednesday morning the infant children performed their nativity, aptly called ‘The Nativity’. The church was bursting at the seams with friends and family all there to see the children narrate, sing, act and dance. The smiles on the faces of both children and audience showed what a success it was. There were some fantastic (and very brave!) year 2 narrators taking to the microphone and a whole cast to retell this significant and important Christian story. From the youngest Reception to the oldest Year 2's, all children were involved and were amazing. Many thanks to all parents for supporting their children and for providing wonderful costumes.

Christingle Service

On Wednesday evening our annual Christingle service took place and what a fantastic turnout we had. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces join us this year for the special service.

The service was opened by the Eastnor children who showcased their skills with a guitar and then by singing a special pop version of Away in a Manger ,which got everyone in the Christmas spirit. Our thanks go to Kate Cheetham who has been working with our KS2 choir this term and to Miss Davies, Miss Fisher and Miss Patchett who brought the Nativity to life for the youngest children in school by teaching them some lovely Christmas songs.

Reverend Keith and the year 5 and 6 pupils also did a wonderful job of leading the service, sharing with us some lovely prayers, stories and thoughts. The service involved some of the true traditional Christmas hymns which certainly had us all feeling festive. When the Christingle talk took place, we were all very impressed with the children’s knowledge about what the Christingle represented and walking out with our lit Christingles added a special touch to the end of the service, giving each individual a time to reflect on what and who is important to them.

Thank you all for attending and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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Panto Fun!

This morning, the whole school enjoyed a wonderful time at Malvern Theatre watching their professional pantomime, Aladdin. The children should all be commended for their impeccable behaviour, as always, and for their enthusiasm and enjoyment throughout. As well as the traditional, "Oh no you won'ts!” the children enjoyed singing and clapping along to the familiar tunes from the Greatest Showman, Wicked the Musical and Sister Act the Musical. There also two classics; Reach for the Stars and Ghostbusters for us all to enjoy!

Many of the children were thrilled to see Boycie from Only Fools and Horses on stage playing the villain, Abanza! He certainly received lots of hisses and boos!

The finale included a goodbye message from Wishee Washee (played by the fabulous Mark James) to Mrs Scull, Penny and Evie and some fabulous singing and dancing from Penny, Evie, Alfie and Charlie! It was a very special way to finish the show!

Thank you for the books!

Recently, Anna, Erin, Thomas, Penny and Eleanor kindly donated reading books to the school. They are all keen readers and wanted other children to enjoy the books that they have loved reading. What a kind gesture! Thank you children. You are all very thoughtful indeed.

Class 2

Aside to all the fun and the busy time that Christmas brings, Class 2 have been recapping and reflecting on their learning over the term in the past few weeks.

We have been focusing on letter writing in English, thinking about informal and formal letters and the features of both. The children have written notes to Paddington inviting him round to play and have also written letters in character as Paddington trying to persuade Aunt Lucy to come and visit. The children have also drawn on what they have learnt in Geography when writing these letters telling Aunt Lucy what London is like in comparison to Peru. We have continued our daily phonics and reading sessions too and the progress that children have made over the term is fantastic.

In Maths, we have been using money, which has required us to use all of our arithmetic skills when buying items - making an amount using a range of coins and giving change when we pay with a larger coin. We have all made great progress with our simple addition, subtraction and multiplication and have been able to apply it to using money.

History was lots of fun this week, as we learnt how to make papyrus paper as invented by the Egyptians. We dipped strips of paper into a gluey paste before layering them in different directions. We had lots of sticky fun!

Despite the wet and windy weather we have still been managing to get outside for P.E. lessons. Class 2 have been working on individual skills and techniques this term with Mrs Dawe, who says their progress in passing, awareness of space and ball skills has been amazing.

The children have been sculpting using wire in Art. They initially used pipe cleaners to explore by bending the wire into different shapes to create a sculpture. Next, we drew different types of lines – straight, bendy, spiral, curved etc, before using wire to try to recreate our lines and then combining them together to make a very impressive class sculpture!

With Christmas drawing close we have thought about ‘The Nativity Story’ and its importance to Christians within our RE lessons. You will have been able to see the effort the children have put into their acting, dancing and singing over the past few weeks, through their fantastic Nativity performance on Wednesday.

Class 2 have been amazing this term and a joy to be with. They continually impress all the teachers that work with them with their enthusiasm, effort and positive attitudes. We look forward to a new year of learning and adventures together.

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

All Reception children for their brilliant acting, singing and dancing in this year's Nativity! What a joy! Well done!

Year 1

All Year 1 children for their fantastic effort with acting and singing in the Nativity. Well done everyone!

Year 2

All Year 2 children for narrating our nativity so confidently and fantastic singing and dancing! Well done!

Year 3

Ethan for his super maths work when working out tricky problems. Well done Ethan!

Year 4

Lu-Lu for working so hard in everything she does and for being such a kind girl. Well done Lu-Lu!

Year 5

Zack for being such a sensible, kind and hard-working member of the class recently. You are really impressing the adults who teach you. Keep it up!

Year 6

Lilly MJ for being a wonderful new addition to the class. What an extremely sweet, polite and caring girl you are! We are so very happy to have you with us.

Headteacher Award

Penny and Evie for the huge contribution they have made during their time at Eastnor. We will all miss the girl’s sunny smiles and enthusiasm for learning and wish them all our love and luck for the future. Your new school is very lucky girls!