This afternoon Mrs Roman, Miss Neame and Mrs Amos took 25 excited children down to The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone to compete in The Great Big Dance Off Regional Finals. Rehearsals took place and the atmosphere in the auditorium was electric with all the schools supporting each other and clapping along. So good to see. Time for lunch and then a quick change in to their performance wear and the children were given a pep talk by Mrs Roman.
Practice like you have never won....Perform like you have never lost! Wise words indeed!
There were 15 schools competing in the Primary Finals and the standard was very high. Our children gave their all, their enthusiasm was infectious and the crowd were lifted by the mix of music. They couldn’t have done any better.
Now it is the waiting game....we will find out tomorrow how they got on! We were very proud of each and every one of them that took part.
Thursday 7th March was World Book Day and as always the staff and children of HBJS were keen to celebrate and recognise some of the wonderful authors, illustrators and characters of children's literature. To mark the occasion both children and adults dressed as a character from one of their favourite books and everyone enjoyed seeing if they were able to identify the characters from their costumes.
This morning we welcomed our local MP, Sir Roger Gale, to speak to the children about Brexit. It was an informative assembly that covered a range of topics, from the movement of goods through to how it could impact future holidays. Sir Roger recognised how important a topic this was, stating that even in his own home his wife and he voted in different ways.
Sir Roger started by explaining to the children how the European Union was very much like a club with a set of rules. He explained how the role of this club has changed over the years, to include agreements on trade, farming and fishing, as well as the setting of some laws.
Sir Roger then went on to answer questions from the children on a range of topics, including the possible need for an International Driving Licence or a change in design to the Passport. Sir Roger stressed that nobody really knows what the impact will be 20 years from now.
Please take an opportunity this weekend to speak with your child about their understanding. Next week, as part of our Philosophy for Children sessions, classes will be discussing Brexit in more detail. This will be an excellent opportunity for the children to explore a range of viewpoints on this often-divisive issue.
Last week, 14 children had the exciting opportunity to go on a Harry Potter adventure! We left school early on Thursday and headed to busy London for a Tour for Muggles, where we visited many of the filming locations for the Harry Potter films. We also learnt about many of J.K Rowling's inspirations for her characters and story lines. The children were fascinated to make links between the books, films and real life.
On Monday 4th February we took 42 excited choir members to the 02 Arena in London to the Young Voices concert. For many it was their first experience being inside such an amazing venue and once they were fed and watered it was time to settle down to rehearsals. The children’s energy and enthusiasm was contagious and after a couple of hours of singing their hearts out and dancing too there was some down time and an opportunity for tea! All the adults on the trip agreed that watching the children so engaged alongside nearly 9,000 other choir members was just spine tingling at times. The choice of songs were impressive ranging from Coldplay Viva La Vida, a Moana Mashup, Any Dream Do will Do to The Greatest Showman….something there for everyone.
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