On Tuesday a group of Year 3 children travelled by coach to Reculver, for a day of exploring, cleaning, engineering and local history. We were hosted by Tom, a marine biologist and Mel who represented Vattenfall, one of the world's leading wind power operator and developer. https://corporate.vattenfall.co.uk/about-vattenfall/about-us/ They were met by Tom who walked them down the rocky path to the beach where they first did a Beach Clean. Wearing gloves to protect their hands, in just five minutes the children found many items made of plastic that had been washed up onto the shoreline. Tom explained that the pieces of plastic found might take 850years to rot away and reminded them that recycling is the best choice. Next was a chance to investigate the habitats of creatures under the large rocks. The children carefully lifted large rocks revealing several species of crab, and even a pregnant mother crab. The second challenge was to find as many different types of seaweed and shell as possible. Tom explained that due to the depth of the water we'd find mostly green seaweeds, the red ones are found in much deeper seas. The children loved exploring the beach and not a single child complained about the cold wind or if their feet got wet in a puddle!
This week the school has been participating in an NSPCC sponsored event. The circuit design and the sessions out on the field were led by the School Council members. Every class has been shown and explained the course by their School Council member, then participated.
On Friday the children and staff dusted off their tiaras, got out their glad rags and dressed up as the school celebrated the royal wedding. The flags were flying and there was a sea of red, white and blue, we had princes and princesses parading around the school all day! Mrs Gower had spent hours making 550 cupcakes for every child and staff member, the children were very forthcoming in their appreciation for the time she took to give them a treat.
The Turner Contemporary and Year 4 celebrated their art and film-making in a recent assembly. The whole school enjoyed a preview of their film project, to be shown at Turner Contemporary during the new exhibition 'Animals and Us' , opening 25th May and free for all the world to view!
On Friday we said goodbye to Mr Onions with a special assembly in his honour. Mr Onions has been our site manager for 20 years. We looked back at all the good times he had at the school with photographs and songs one which was made especially for Mr Onions and sung by the children.
It was a funny, emotional and fitting tribute to a much loved man. We will miss him and hope he enjoys his well earned retirement.
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