The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 10th November 2017

Diary Dates

Mon, 13th Nov - Fri, 17th Nov

National Anti-Bullying Week

Mon, 13th Nov

Governor Visit - Rev Keith Hilton-Turvey

Tue, 14th Nov

Real Life Superhero messages needed in school

Wed, 15th Nov

A visit from Pudsey - Dress up as a Superhero

Wed, 15th Nov

PTA Film Night at Ledbury Courtyard Theatre

Thu, 16th Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 16th Nov

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 17th Nov

Autumn term reports to be sent home

Neon Night Thanks

Many people contribute to the success of PTA events but a number of parents gave very generously to help ensure Neon Night was great fun for everyone and also raised lots of money for the school and the children.

I am sure you would all like to join me in saying a special thank you to Chris Hill who organised and paid for the firework display: Justin Emery who provided sausages for the event: Lizzy Mackay, Steph Grimmet and Julia Cushing who made the delicious soup and to Andy Playford for lending school the outdoor lighting!

We would also like to thank those parents who gave their time and energy to set up, run and tidy up too and, of course, to the Eastnor families for supporting the event!

I am pleased to say that more than £300 was raised from this event alone. A great team effort; thank you everyone!

Autumn Term Progress Reports & Parents Evening

At Eastnor we believe it is very important to keep our parents fully informed about the progress their child is making throughout the school year.  

On Friday 17th November class teachers will be sending home a termly progress summary to children in years 1 – 6.  We then invite you all to meet with your child’s class teacher at parents evening on either Tuesday 21st or Wednesday 22nd November. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the report and ask any questions you may have.

 The progress summary will report on the following;

  • Your child’s attendance

  • How your child is performing against age related expectations in the core subjects at this point in the school year

  • How your child is performing against age related expectations in the foundation subjects at this point in the school year

  • Your child’s attitude to their learning and their behaviour

  • Key targets for the coming year

We very much value the close working relationship that school has with all parents. It is this collaborative approach that helps us ensure the very best outcomes for all of our children and we hope that this termly progress summary will prove useful and informative.

Children In Need Day Reminder!

For the very first time, in conjunction with BBC Hereford and Worcester, Pudsey will be visiting Eastnor this coming Wednesday - 15th November - to collect money we have raised for BBC Children in Need.

The theme is Superheroes and we will be holding a dress up day on the 15th. Remember that a Superhero might be Spiderman or Batgirl but it also might be a real life superhero.

As part of our Children in Need celebrations we would like everyone to write a special message to their own superhero, this could be a mum or dad, a grandparent or another special person. The messages about each child's real life superhero will be added to a special  thankfulness tree which we look forward to showing Pudsey. Please can all messages be in school by no later than Tuesday 14th November.

We will be asking for children to bring in a £2 contribution so that we can aim to raise as much money as possible for this wonderful charity.

Children in Need badges, wrist bands and glow in the dark key rings will continue to be for sale until Wednesday.  

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Badges for sale

Christian Distinctivness

Here at Eastnor, we value hearing your thoughts, opinions and ideas on all aspects of school life. As you know, our Christian Ethos lies at the heart of our curriculum and is vital to our unique and special school community.

In the upcoming weeks, Autumn reports will be sent home before inviting you all in for parents' evening with your child(ren)'s teacher. At this meeting, you will be given a questionnaire which we would love for you to complete - covering areas such as the Christian Distinctiveness of our school, the community value of our school and other such areas.

Alongside this, the voice of values team and I have been working particularly hard on our School Community Big Book, a new feature this year. The children have already put a tremendous amount of effort into the wonderful scrapbook of events as well as sharing their reflections of these opportunities such as the choir,  the Malvern show and the wonderful PTA events we've already enjoyed this year. The Big Book will be out most mornings and it would be great if you would like to add your thoughts on any experiences you or your child has particularly enjoyed.

We really do appreciate the time, effort, commitment and support you all put into our school and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all!

We look forward to hearing your feedback and hope to take on board your ideas and thoughts as much as possible.

Our Community Big Book

Summer Games Netball Success!

On Wednesday, Eastnor's netball team battled it out against other schools in the cluster at John Masefield High School as part of the Winter Games Competition.

Due to the wet and miserable weather, the tournament was moved into the Sports Hall where the court was very large! The Eastnor children adapted to the court quickly and impressed us immensely, showcasing brilliant skills in play, communication as a team and some super shooting! 

The team won all of their matches - against Bosbury, Colwall, Cradley and Ledbury - by a comfortable margin, scoring a total of  13 goals and conceding only 1! As winners at this stage of the tournament, Eastnor will, once again, go on to represent the Ledbury cluster of schools at the Herefordshire Winter Games finals later in the year.

We need to say a big well done to Joshua, Max, Louie, Hannah, Danda, Phoebe and Becca for representing school so well. We are looking forward to our next matches. Is it possible we could be County Netball Champions again!?

Netball Champions

Eastnor's Digital Leaders

What a fantastic time we had at the Digital Leaders Conference learning how to use a range of technology. Cameron and Lilly were great ambassadors for school and took part in lots of different activities including using virtual reality programmes. They will be helping all the children in school to carry out a Christmas tree challenge using Pic Collage. The images will all be displayed in Ross at the Christmas Tree Festival.

I am looking forward to working with Lilly and Cameron and helping them to share the knowledge they gained at the conference. Mrs Tart

Fire Engine Visit

Last Friday, Class 1 and Class 2 had a very special visit from Ledbury Fire Station. We learned all about fires and how to keep safe. We had a lovely time learning about stop, drop and roll and played hide and seek with a thermal camera.

We explored the special equipment that fire men use to keep safe and discussed how it works.

We were also lucky enough to explore the fire engine and we even had a go at squirting the hose!

Thank you so much to Ledbury Fire Station for finding time to come to the school and teach us all of these lovely things. Miss Davies, Miss Evans and Miss Patchett.

Swimming Success!

Piper from class 3 won her first trophy for swimming last weekend by getting the gold and taking a huge 7 seconds off her PB for 25m freestyle. She is proudly showcasing her medal in the photo below. Well done Piper!
Piper

Governor Visits

As part of the work staff do alongside the governors, we invite them in to join us for lessons and to discuss different aspects of teaching and learning such as planning and assessment. Mrs Layton joined class one for an RE lesson and this is her report of the time she spent with Reception Class.

'I visited the Reception Class on Monday morning of this week. The children instantly made me feel very welcome and a part of their class. They had lots of lovely displays on the wall that they had done throughout the term.

The children were having their RE lesson and amazed me with their knowledge about the holy trinity and this month's value, humility. They demonstrated excellent thinking and understanding skills about how they can and already do apply this value to everyday life at Eastnor.

The children also showed me the lovely Big Frieze in the classroom, pointing out where the story of creation fitted into it as well as where it came in the Bible.

The children enjoyed a wide range of lovely activities set up for them which helped develop their understanding of the month's value. Such activities included making small creatures with playdough, a game of I Spy using magnifying glasses, painting, finding and sorting animals in the sand and water trays.

I had a lovely morning and am very much looking forward to coming back after Christmas to spend some more time with Class 1.'

Louise Layton - Parent Governor

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – A POEM BY ANNE STARR

Why do I wear a poppy? I’ll tell you if I may,

Because I believe remembrance is not only for one day.

For all those marching proudly in Remembrance Day parades.

My poppy’s worn in gratitude for the sacrifice they made.

Class 1

Another wonderful month spent with an absolutely incredible class! The children continue to impress not only myself, but all members of the school with how well they listen and engage with all aspects of school life.

The first week back to school bought plenty of new challenges and exciting opportunites for our class. The children experienced their first whole school Autumn walk last Tuesday and we thoroughly enjoyed our voyage around the castle grounds alongside our good friends in Class 2. The children had plenty of delightful sights to witness and once again showed off their fantastic seasonal knowledge and bought with them huge bundles of inquisitiveness about the world around them. Our favourite part though, of course, had to be dancing and running through huge piles of leaves we found along the way.

In other areas of the school, children in Class 1 have continued to blow me away with their fantastic questioning and curiosity about topics we have been learning about. We spent the first week learning about the celebration of light and special festivals that happen all around the world, before focusing in on the story behind bonfire and fireworks night - some wonderful art work with plenty of glitter and colour! This was in addition to creating posters about Guy Fawkes whereby the children applied some fantastic phonetical skills to have a go at writing his name alongside their beautifully decorative pictures.

This week, we have delved further into our 'After Dark' theme, exploring the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', bravely creeping our way into the bear’s deep and mysterious cave. The children have thoroughly enjoyed acting out the story with many natural performers amongst the group; our classroom more frequently being transformed into a stage! We look forward to going on our very own Bear Hunt during next week's Welly Walk.

In RE, the children have already developed a real sense of the Christian Ethos as well as thinking carefully about our role in taking care of God's beautiful creations, with a focus on all things great and all things small. The children came to value that no matter the size of a creature, all deserve to be treated with respect and cared for.

In Mathematics we have been thinking carefully about 2d shapes and describing them before moving onto number work in which children have been ordering numbers to 10, 20 and even higher numbers too! Wowie!

Reception children were also introduced to a very naughty rocket that has been zooming its way around the United Kingdom - taking a very important tour around London before joining us in Eastnor. The children have been developing some of their Computing skills by filming their very own version of the Naughty Bus story transforming the bus into some spectacular Rockets.

Along with all of this busy curriculum, the children have also been enjoying a huge range of extra curriculum activities such as our recent visit from the Fire-fighters team, which the children thoroughly enjoyed, particularly having a go at squirting the hose. Luckily, no shots were aimed at Miss Davies - must be a good sign! Other events such as Neon night and our continued Collective Worship sessions have been popular as ever with our youngest members of school.

Another brilliant few weeks with a truly spectacular class! I'll say it again and will continue to feel truly lucky to be part of each child's learning journey in their first step of Eastnor life. They are a joy to teach and make us all, children and staff, smile each and every day. Well done Reception, you're doing an amazing job!

Miss Davies

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House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Anna for her fantastic efforts with blending the sounds in her reading this week! Amazing Anna, well done!

Year 1

Maita for her wonderful enthusiasm and willingness with all types of learning. What super traits to have Maita, well done!

Year 2

Dominic for his incredible mathematical skills used this week! Wow Dominic, very impressive!

Year 3

Harry for fantastic maths work and for trying hard to learn his times tables. Keep going Harry!

Year 4

Eleanor for working so hard in all of her work and for great writing about familiar settings. Well done Eleanor!

Year 5

Finlay for being such a positive member of Class 4 and showing lots of interest in all subjects. Well done Finlay!

Year 6

Milly for giving 100% to what she does and showing our values of thankfulness and humility by always thanking and offering to help others around her. Great work, Milly.

Headteacher Award

Melly in class 2 for her wonderful attitude to all aspects of school life. Melly you work hard, always behave beautifully and are a kind and caring friend. Well done Melly.