Owls Class had a fantastic day last Thursday. They came to school dressed in period costume and began an immersive day of exciting Anglo-Saxon activities. Not only did they hone their weaving skills, including building their own looms; they also listened intently to a great story teller who retold the famous old English Beowulf poem. Later, a hand spinning demonstration was included, so too was some battle choreography! The day finished with a specialist quiz, challenging all the children had learnt about the Ango-Saxons this term. The highlight was of course, the grand feast, with a delicious spread supplied by parents and entertainment in the form of riddles and story telling, it really was a day to remember. Thanks to Miss Jamfrey for organising such a memorable day.
It was a pleasure taking four boys to Cheltenham College Prep School today, their positive attitude and focus was quite remarkable. Woody, Felix, Oliver and Felix took part in a selection of mathematical puzzles and had exactly 8 minutes to complete each one. The pressure was on as Horsley was one of 32 schools competing but we did very well and managed to finish all the questions. Each child received a certificate and particularly enjoyed the tea afterwards! Well done boys.
Our thanks go to Rednock School who brought their orchestra of approximately 30 musicians to the juniors on Tuesday. Amongst other pieces, we were treated to some Bach, the Blue Danube Waltz and a jazz ensemble. The Director of Music, Jason Andrews explained the structure of the orchestra and included some short solo examples demonstrating the different types of instruments. The final piece was played with two new conductors from Horsley School leading the way! What a wonderful opportunity - thank you to all the visiting musicians from one of our local secondary schools.
We are very fortunate to have willing parents and carers who volunteer their time to assist in school on a regular basis. Chatterbooks Club is an excellent example. We have two new weekly clubs running at the moment, both led by volunteers, which means that the children benefit enormously. A big thank you to all those who help out in school, whether it is for a maths lesson, listening to readers, sprucing up the playground or supporting through FHS. What a difference you make!
On Wednesday 11th November the junior children and staff, along with local residents, gathered around the village Memorial to mark Armistice Day. In a short service, led by Rev. Mike Smith, we took time to remember all those who have gone to war and sadly never returned. Rev. Smith talked to the children about why we wear poppies and what they symbolise. A small group placed small wooden crosses in a sand tray and we all observed two minutes of silence. The children conducted themselves in a respectful and appropriate manner throughout.