The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 20th October 2017

Diary Dates

Mon, 30th Oct

Back to School

Tue, 31st Oct

Whole School Autumn Walk (Morning)

Mon, 30th Oct

PTA AGM (6pm)

Tue, 31st Oct

Mini League Football (Away Bosbury)

Wed, 1st Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 1st Nov

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 2nd Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 2nd Nov

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 2nd Nov

PTA NEON NIGHT

Autumn Walk - New Date!

After receiving further shoot dates from the Estate, please note that the Autumn Walk will now take place on the morning of 31st October, in the Eastnor Deer Park and Castle grounds, and all of the children will attempt to reach the Obelisk so that they can enjoy the wonderful views of our beautiful village.

It will be a lovely way to start the new half term. Children will need to come to school in warm home clothes that will be suitable for a long walk and bring a small rucksack to carry their water bottle and an extra snack for when we reach the summit! They should also ensure they wear sturdy trainers or walking boots/ wellies to change into for the walk.

Open Day

On Wednesday, Eastnor school opened its doors for its annual Open Day. I was very busy showing parents around school, many of whom commented on the children's outstanding behaviour, their excellent focus and concentration in lessons and the welcoming school ethos and wonderful learning environment.

There is still plenty of time but for those Eastnor parents who will be applying for a place for September 2018, you will need to complete your applications via the online process. The deadline is 15th January 2018.

Please see the link below for more information.

www.herefordshire.gov.uk/primaryschooladmissions

http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/primaryschooladmissions


Music Concert Fun

Over the last few weeks, the Year 4,5 & 6 children have been busy preparing some pieces for a large-scale concert hosted by the Bishop Anthony Trust at the Hereford Academy. 

The children performed alongside other local primary schools, including St Thomas Cantilupe, Ludlow and Tenbury, as well as performing alongside some of the children from the high school itself.

On arrival, we were wowed when we saw our performance space - a rather large sports hall!  We had an afternoon rehearsal before being treated to dinner in the high school's dining hall.

At 5.30pm there was just time for a dress rehearsal before the doors opened at 6.30 and the concert was underway!  I was so proud of all the hard work the children had done on our own schools two pieces.  They sang their Gospel Medley in 3-part harmony, and a special mention to our soloist, Josh, who was noted for his wonderful confident singing,  and then all the children gave a fantastically revolting performance of Revolting Children.  The children also very much enjoyed singing the set pieces as a collective and hearing the songs the other schools had been working on.

I just want to say a special thank you to all of the children for their commitment to rehearsals, their enthusiasm and hard work.  You did me, Eastnor, and yourselves proud!

Miss Booton

PTA Card Making

A huge thank you to the PTA for their commitment to school life and providing truly wonderful experiences for the children. Following on from the Autumn Fair success, PTA joined us again on Friday to help the children make... dare I say it already in October... CHRISTMAS CARDS! We have already seen some fantastic designs and I am sure you will be impressed by the originality and creativity from all!

Favourite Moments from the Half Term!

There are so many magical moments that have happened over the last few weeks, it feels like an impossible task to choose just one. I feel like a huge cheerleader constantly praising how well the new children have settled into our Eastnor family. A highlight from us all in Class 1 has to be our wonderful welly walks we have experienced this term, particularly at this beautiful time of year. Well done everyone! Enjoy your half term break!

Class 2 really enjoyed our trip to the church for our role play Baptism with Reverend Joan and then some of us sharing precious items from our own Christenings.

One of Class 3's favourite moment  has to be when we were at Forest School taking photos for the Autumn show. The children did such a fantastic job.

Class 4's highlight was going to see the Young Shakespeare Company perform an interactive version of Macbeth at John Masefield High School.  Our favourite part was watching the slow-motion fight between Macbeth and Macduff!

Heidi and Ben Mitchell

Ben and Heidi had a joint birthday party on Saturday. Instead of receiving presents, they decided to ask friends for donations to go towards a charity. There are lots of very worthwhile causes but they decided to give the money the raised - an amazing £112 - to the Bana Besu feeding project which is our school charity.

What a brilliant idea to "sacrifice" birthday presents to help others. We are very proud of the children for showing compassion, humility and selflessness.

Ben

Voice of Values

The Voice of Values council have been  a fantastic addition in helping me explore different Christian Values this half term. I have been amazed by their encouragement and willingness to help out in our Collective Worship sessions. They have all grown in confidence and have been excellent role models for so many pupils in the school.

Meeting weekly with the council has really given the children the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts about the workshop we share with the whole school each Tuesday.

The feedback I have received from the Council includes the enjoyment they have had in helping to lead the prayer at church, to giving out thank you stickers for children making good choices. They have enjoyed the different styles of each teacher leading our Collective worship and using the teachings of  values to help others across the school.

Well done Voice of Values, keep up the wonderful efforts you are making!

Voice of Values

Christian Value of Thankfulness

Each month at Eastnor we focus on a particular Christian value and this month our value is thankfulness. The children have explored many aspects of the value both in their classes and during our collective worship.

We too have a few thanks to give this week to the oldest members of our school who are always so willing and eager to help others, both children and staff.

Firstly, a big thank you to Esme and Harry for so kindly bringing in a such a huge collection of reading books to be shared with their class. A very thoughtful and kind act from you both!

Secondly, another big thank you to Callum, Josh and Thomas who have put in a tremendous amount of effort to help turn Reception's Outdoor area into a truly magical world for our youngest and newest members of the school.  Well done and thank you boys for helping out in any way you can; the outdoor area has been a huge hit with Reception Class.

helpers

Class 3

Class 3 have been working hard as usual always trying their very best to push themselves a little further in everything they do.  In English we have been learning how to write explanation texts using conjunctions to show time and cause. We have learnt lots of information about the River Nile and why it was so important to the Ancient Egyptians. The children researched and then made Shaduf’s that were used to extract water from the river. We have been using all our comprehension skills to understand the books we are reading and have learnt lots of ways to unpick the story. Our spelling, grammar and punctuation is being put into daily use in all our work and it is so great to see the children using the classroom so interactively, using all the displays and dictionary table to help them to take their learning forward. In our Math’s work we have been looking at the four key operations and have used a range  of methods including using partitioning and formal written methods. We have also been using our investigative skills to check and explain our answers using the inverse operations.  We are continuing to learn our times tables and use instant recall. The children are getting quite excited each week to see how far they can progress in the 99 club.  In science we have been investigating static electricity and how it is used in our everyday lives. We have also been learning about the importance of major discoveries in electricity and how it has made an impact on our lives today. Our computer lessons have been based on predicting what will happen whilst using Alogorithms, we have then edited our instructions to make certain things happen. Our RE lessons have been thought provoking whilst thinking about what it is like for someone to follow God and how and why we say sorry. The children have also been taking part in netball and football sessions with Mrs Dawe and our FA coach.

 Thank you for all your support.

Mrs Tart

 

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Evelyn for continuously trying her best to keep up with the busy school day and bringing wonderful ideas to our season work! Well done Evelyn!

Year 1

Lilly for trying hard all term and for always doing as she should. Fantastic!

Year 2

Goda for giving 100% all the time with anything she is asked to do. Amazing!

Year 3

Jayden for fantastic work in maths using division. Keep it up Jayden!

Year 4

Kai for trying so hard with absolutely everything. Keep it up Kai!

Year 5

Isabel for offering some insightful comments in our RE lessons this week, and also for outstanding reading at home and in class. Great work Isabel!

Year 6

Nate for settling into Class 4 so well, and getting involved with Eastnor life in his first week. Welcome to Eastnor, Nate!

Headteacher Award

Heidi (class 4) and Ben (class 3) for thinking of others and raising an amazing £112 for the Bana Besu feeding project in Africa. You both show your Christian Values every day in school but we were all very touched by your selflessness and generosity. Thank you both.