The DfE recently announced that all state-funded schools will house a community defibrillator by the end of the school year. We have been fortunate to have a defibrillator on-site for the last 5 years and was especially glad to do so when it was needed for a member of the local community who was taken ill in the street.
Unfortunately, the life of our defibrillator has come to an end and we need to replace it. We could have waited until the DfE provided one as part of their programme but, as we have already experienced, when someone’s life is at risk, a defibrillator is crucial.
This week, the children have been taking part in a sponsored event, raising money towards a new defibrillator. To coincide with last weekend’s London Marathon, the children were challenged to see how many times they could run a 100m stretch in 26 minutes. 42 lengths/2.6 miles was their aim: a mini – marathon!
We are so proud of the effort put in by the pupils this week. They were taken out in their classes to run with the aim of reaching 2.6kms. I’ve heard that many children reached this distance and some ran even further! Congratulations and thank you to all who took part. We will continue to collect sponsorship money until the end of next week, Friday 14th October. Fingers crossed we have raised enough for the defibrillator. We’ll let you know the total next week.
This morning we had the CEO of Solar For Schools visit us to officially hand over our new solar panel array. We are now officially producing power to our school and any extra unused electricity is fed back into the national grid.
The children used this opportunity to ask the CEO lots of questions about renewable energy, carbon production, and energy use. He was very impressed with their knowledge! One thing that surprised us all was that it takes one person cycling for 8-10 hours a day to produce 1kw of energy. Just think about that the next time you boil your kettle!
Our Year 2 Parents Open Morning for children transferring to Year 3 in September 2023, will be held on Tuesday 6th December at 9am. All are welcome to attend.
Once you open the link you will be able to click on individual schools and be re-directed to their websites.
Over the summer holidays we have been very busy having solar panels put all around our school roofs. These, in total will provide the school with around about 60kWp of electricity (around 40% of our usage). This will cut around 13 tonnes of carbon going into the atmosphere per year, thus reducing the schools carbon footprint. The power the panels produce will eventually be available to see via our website, so staff, students and visitors will be able to see in real time how much electricity we are producing and using.
The company who supplied the solar panels will also be providing us with education workshops for students and staff to help increase our knowledge about energy usage and ways in which we can live more sustainably. We are really excited about our new solar panels and is the first step in the schools journey to being net zero.
On the 17th May, the children enjoyed the Fantastic FRED Experience in school. The Fantastic FRED Experience is a live, performance-led mental health resource for primary aged children delivered by a team of trained actors.
Specifically designed to inform, equip and build resilience, it delivers simple, memorable and practical ways that young children can look after their mental health and explains the link between our physical and mental health.
F – Food: eating the right foods
R – Rest: getting enough sleep
E – Exercise: being active
D – Devices: managing time on digital devices
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