We were privileged to welcome Professor Robert Winston to our school on Tuesday. He made the journey from London to educate and inspire our children about his favourite topic – SCIENCE!
He delivered an assembly to both upper and lower school. The children were mesmerised and listened intently to him as he spoke about the most popular science questions posed to him by children around the world. They were fortunate to take part in a mini experiment relating to DNA which involved releasing particles through merely clapping. Throughout, his humour shone through as he shared his wisdom while engaging the children in popular topics ranging from the solar system to human reproduction.
Question time gave the children the opportunity to find out more about him and his life. He shared that prior to becoming a scientist in 1970; he had worked as a caretaker in a school and spent time in theatre amongst other things. 50 years later, here he is at Herne Bay Junior School advising our children to study things that interest them and to work as part of a team. He told them, “it is OK to fail; failure can lead to success” – as he has discovered many times throughout his career.
Professor Winston then visited classrooms where Science lessons were in action. He enjoyed watching some Year 4 children investigate insulators and conductors to create electricity, before moving on to Year 5 where children were developing their understanding of puberty while debating their views on how this may affect them both socially and emotionally.
Members of the School Council welcomed a group of 14 children from Christ Church Primary School, Folkestone to participate in an interschool philosophical (P4C) debate.
The children started the morning with some drama games - getting to know each others names. They then watched a video (see attached website https://vimeo.com/198309592) that suggested children should become teachers and teachers should become children! The debate that followed was full of reasoned arguments for and against!
On Tuesday 25th June our Year 3 and 4 Tri Golf team went to Polo Farm, Canterbury to play in the Kent School Games Final.
They were representing the East Kent Coastal area after winning that competition last month. Thirteen other school Tri-Golf teams team’s took part, all winners of their region across Kent so the competition was always going to be strong.
The event consisted of eight Golf Stations each highlighting the teams’ skill in driving, chipping and putting a golf ball. Each team had 5 minutes to score as many points as they could at each station, all the points were collated at the end to produce a tournament winner.
Although it was a hot afternoon our team played with so much effort and produced some excellent golf skills. At the end all 13 teams sat and waited patiently for the final scores to be announced. Our Tri-Golf team were getting excited as their name hadn’t been called out as the result got down to the top three. It was a delight to see the children’s faces light up when it was announced they had gained first place with over 1000 points!
Mr Ware said it they won it by playing well and their teamwork and fair play shone through all afternoon.
On Monday 24th June, the tennis club members attended the Nature Valley International Tennis Tournament held at Eastbourne. With fantastic seats on centre court, we started our day watching world number 36 Fernando Verdasco beat John Millman in a thrilling three set match. World number three Karolina Pliskova was next on court and she beat Margarita Gasparyan. At the end of the match, Karolina signed some tennis balls and hit them into the crowd. Cullen in 5SB managed to catch one! Luck was on our side as we also met Kyle Edmunds, British mens number one and world number 31. He stopped to sign tennis balls. We had an amazing day and we are looking forward to returning next year. See our twitter page for the pictures from the day.
On Wednesday 5th May the Year 3 & 4 Tri-Golf team went to HBHS for the East Kent Coastal Tri- Golf competition. 9 different schools entered the competition. The event consisted of 8 golf stations where the players had to win points for their putting, chipping and driving skills. The 5 boys and 5 girls in our team listened to the rules and instructions and played with a lot of ability and skill.
After playing for nearly 2 hours the teams waited with anticipation for the final point’s total. Only the top 5 teams were going to be announced. After announcing 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd, Herne Bay Juniors still had not been called out and the children from our school were feeling like it hadn’t happened for them. However, with over 1000 points earned as a team, HBJS had been announced as the Tri-Golf champions once again. Mr Senft said the team played with great spirit and represented the school well in the sporting manner they showed. It was a joy to see the children working hard as part of a team to all succeed as one. Thanks also must go to the organisers and helpers at the event. The team will now go on to represent the East Kent Coastal in the Kent finals in June.
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