Owls Class wrote invitations, planned menus, designed menu cards, prepared food and served it to 28 Horsley villagers today. They topped it off with some entertainment in the form of carols and music making. It was a treat for all and the children were a credit to their school. Well done Owls!
These were the words from the opening song, enthusiastically performed by the whole school in full voice. With two confident solo musicians, a dance based on Handa's Surprise, plenty of song and some moving poetry and prayers, the children reminded us of how grateful we are for this important time of year. Harvest was traditionally celebrated with the sharing of tasty bread, together with a beautiful plaited loaf forming the centre piece of the produce display. The food will be distributed to the pensioners in the village by Otters Class on Monday, with the remainder being donated to the Stroud Food Bank. The church was jam packed with supportive parents and grandparents. Thanks to Hobbs House for donating the bread and all the children for a wonderful celebration.
Sponsor forms completed, running shoes on and water bottles at the ready saw the start of Horsley's Race for Life. Raising money for Cancer Research, the older children were led on a cross country course through the woods by olympic athlete, Dan Robinson whilst the younger pupils ran around a large coned course on the village field. Many demonstrated tremendous stamina and perseverance and just kept going despite the warm weather. All were awarded a well-deserved medal for taking part within a terrific atmosphere of achievement and a lot of fun. Well done sporty children!
A special day was enjoyed by year 6 on Tuesday. They were treated to a morning at the climbing wall in Gloucester, it was good to see some overcome their fears and pluck up the courage to try something they hadn't tried before. Next the children took a guided tour of Gloucester cathedral and after lunch, joined 450 other Y6 leavers to take part in a special service. The theme was 'One Life', a reminder to make the most of every day of our precious lives. Our school banner was held high by Toby and Nell, the cake sale money was donated to Gloucestershire Young Carers and all took a moment to ponder on the journey that lies ahead.
Thank you for supporting the bingo event that was held during maths week. We raised an astonishing £206 for new maths equipment. The money will be spent on maths games for the four classes, a pack of 24 game cards and a class set of place value counters. We have also been fortunate enough to receive a generous donation of maths resources from Elizabeth Barr. The children can't help themselves getting excited about numbers now!
Amelia in Y4 took on the 'Walk in her shoes' challenge just before the Easter holidays to support women and girls in developing countries, who from as young as 3 years have to spend their days walking to fetch water for their family. Amelia managed to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles) over the week. She raised a tremendous £260.65 for the charity, CARE International which helps to provide safe water nearer to families who currently have to trek for miles every day to fetch water. What an achievement Amelia, we are very proud of you!
The children looked fabulous dressed as clowns, some with crazy wild hair and the remainder in their own clothes. Thank you for all your efforts with costume making, as well as for the huge number of cakes that came in. The cake and drink sale was a great success and already we know that we have raised plenty of cash for Comic Relief. Thanks also goes to the new School Council for organising this event and for leading a thought-provoking assembly.