The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Monday, 18th December 2017

Diary Dates

Mon, 8th Jan

Back to School

Tue, 9th Jan

Mini League Match - Away Bosbury

Wed, 10th Jan

Year 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session) Please can children wear kit to school

Wed, 10th Jan

Class 1 and Class 4 PE lessons (Afternoon Session) Please can children bring kit to school

Thu, 11th Jan

Class 3 PE Lesson (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 11th Jan

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Mon, 15th Jan

First Swimming for Class 1 and Class 3

PE and Swimming Timetable

Please note that there will be some changes to the timetable after Christmas due to different curriculum commitments including swimming lessons. Please see the list below for details:-

Monday Afternoon - Swimming  Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3 (Please send in permission slips and money as soon as possible)

Wednesday Morning - PE Lessons for Class 2,

Wednesday Afternoon - PE Lessons for Class 1 & Class 4

Thursday Afternoon  - Forest School for Class 2 & PE Lessons for Class 3 and 4

A Snow Covered Eastnor!

Last Sunday, the snow came down and Eastnor became a winter wonderland. After two snow days, the children came back to school and enjoyed building snowman and having fun in the snow.

I would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Layton and family for clearing a path up to school and to all staff who have worked especially hard to fit in all the Christmas activities.

Panto Fun!

On the morning of 8th December, the whole school enjoyed a wonderful time at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, watching Sleeping Beauty.  The children should all be commended for their impeccable behaviour, as always, and for their enthusiasm and enjoyment throughout.  Some of the older children took care of our youngest children on the coach and at the theatre and we would like to say a big "Thank you!" to them . As well as the traditional booing, singing and "Oh no you won'ts!", the children enjoyed singing and dancing along to the familiar songs, which included 'Thriller!' Some of our wolves from last year's production of the Jungle Book were particularly keen to showcase some of their moves!

Christmas Art Day

What a wonderful start to our Christmas activities. It was such a treat to see all of the children helping each other to make beautiful crafts. In Class 1, Miss Davies made decorative crosses . In Class 2, Miss Patchett, Miss Evans and the children made Christingles. In Class 3 the children made Christmas decorations and in Class 4 everyone made their own advent calendar with Miss Booton. It is always lovely to see the older children in school helping and supporting the younger ones to complete their crafts. A medley of Christmas songs greeted everyone in each classroom to sing along to!

Christmas Lunch Fun!

What a lovely time we all had on Friday sharing our Christmas lunch. The food was delicious and the children and adults all enjoyed sitting together listening to Christmas music. We had great fun sharing our cracker jokes - the old ones are still the best!

Save the Children Christmas Jumpers!

It was lovely to see everyone wearing their Christmas jumpers in aid of the wonderful charity 'Save the Children'. School collected approximately £50 which is a great achievement. Thank you to those of you who supported this event.

Special Natvity

A very big 'Well done!' to all of the children in Class 1 and 2 for performing a wonderful 'Wriggly Nativity'. After a bit of a snowy set back, the children finally performed their version of the traditional Christian Nativity to a packed church. It was wonderful to welcome Mums, Dads, Grandparents and many other family members to share our Christian celebration. I'm sure they would all agree that the children were amazing as they confidently played their parts and all sang along beautifully. Thank you for providing costumes, helping children to learn their lines and for supporting them by being such an appreciative audience. Merry Christmas from us all!

Singing at Birchams Grange!

On Monday morning, the Class 4 choir made a very special visit to the residents and staff at Bircham's Grange to spread some Christmas cheer and festivities.

The choir performed some well-known carols, such as Silent Night and Away in a Manger, as well as When Christmas Comes To Town from Polar Express and Shakin' Stevens pop hit, Merry Christmas Everyone.

It was such a fantastic experience singing for the residents and I know it made children really think about the values of compassion and koinonia.

We would like to say thank you to everyone at Bircham's Grange for having us, and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Party Day

Today, all of the children enjoyed their festive Christmas parties.  Class 1 joined children in Years 1 and 2 for their afternoon of fun and Class 3 coupled up with Class 4.  The children were all in the party mood, coming to school dressed in their fabulous party clothes ready to play games and boogie the afternoon away.  The teachers would especially like to thank Mrs Scull for sorting the 'pass the parcels' out again for us this year and to the children for their super behaviour all day.  Hopefully the photos below will give you a flavour of the fun we all got up to! 

I would also like to say a special thank you to Hazel Hadley, who sent in sandwiches and party food for the staff to enjoy. We put all our energy into looking after the children - who also enjoyed Hazel's homemade shortbread- so it was a lovely surprise for the staff to be treated too.

Bana Besu Feeding Project Cake Sale

A huge thank you to everyone who donated cakes for our sale and then came back and bought some and donated money for this worthwhile cause. The children in Class 3 did a fantastic job as shopkeepers selling lots of delicious treats to you all.  The money that has already been raised was used to give the 50 poorest children in the school in Africa a real treat. They had a chicken and rice dinner followed by music and laughter. They really are truly grateful for all that we are doing for them.

Thank you so much. Mrs Tart

Cool Milk

Please note that we will be moving to a new milk provider after Christmas -called 'Cool Milk' -as the system we are currently using is not continuing.

All parents must register their child - even those under five years - but their milk will continue to be free of charge. For those who are five years and older, milk will be subsidised, and will cost approximately £14 a term.

A leaflet has been sent to all KS1 parents but if any KS2 children would like milk, please see the link below.

www.coolmilk.com

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Every member of the Eastnor team are very grateful for the generosity of parents who have treated them to Christmas cards and presents this week. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year full of hope and joy. Nikki Driscoll

On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to wish all our families a very Happy Christmas and thank you all for your continued support and encouragement through another busy term in the life of the school. I hope you all have an enjoyable break and that the children come back refreshed and ready for the Spring Term. Chair of Governors- Mr Craig Watson

And finally ...

This very day in David's town your saviour was born Christ the Lord.

Glory to God in the highest heavan, and peace on earth.

Luke 2 verse 8

Class 1


House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

George for his fantastic commitment and enthusiasm for school this term. Well done George!

Year 1

All of the children in Year 1 for their wonderful singing and dancing in the Nativity. Fantastic!

Year 2

All of the children in Year 2 for their confident, clear narrating in the Nativity. Well done!

Year 3

Cecily for working so hard and always reaching for the next target. Keep it up Cecily!

Year 4

Lilly P for being such a kind and helpful member of class 3. Well done Lilly!

Year 5

Heidi for being such an enthusiastic and positive member of Class 4 this term, and for always going out of her way to show service to school. Great work, Heidi!

Year 6

Harry I for always offering to help staff around school and going the extra mile with his duties. A fantastic role model and representative of our value of Service, well done!

Headteacher Award

Willow - Grace in class 2 for growing confidence and maturity and for performing beautifully in the Nativity. You have become a fantastic year 1. Well done.