I had a sad day on Friday, saying farewell to a very special primary school and its children. After having worked at Horsley for nearly nine years, formally as Deputy Headteacher and latterly as Headteacher, it was hard to say goodbye. So many turned out to give me a fantastic send-off with such kind words, including poems, cards and songs from the children. Generous presents and a specially-made cake was presented for all to share. What a wonderful end to an amazing journey. It has been a privilege to lead Horsley School and I will really miss you all, especially the children. Thank you!
The whole school community turned out on a dry winter’s evening for what is fast becoming an annual Christmas tradition at Horsley; the reenactment of the nativity story. With Mary (Sienna) saddled on the pony, led by Joseph (Charlie), the crowd followed from one stop to another, accompanied by the accordion, and the narrators retelling the story. The Angel Gabriel appeared to the couple (in the school playground) before moving on to the inn (The Hog PH) to look for a room for the night. Joseph’s knocks were greeted by the landlord who turned them away to search for a stable. In the fields (outside the village shop), the shepherds and angels appeared. The procession moved on to the final stop (St. Martin’s Church) and the three kings presented their gifts to Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. Carols and other musical performances accompanied the acting, and the evening was rounded off with a traditional carol service including Christmas poems, a wonderful Joy to the World dance, children’s own prayers and some delightful singing. FHS provided mulled wine and mince pies for the congregation. Another special event at Horsley.
Parents of Horsley School prepared a traditional Christmas lunch for 107 children today. There were crackers, party hats, turkey with all the trimmings and a mince pie for every child. The whole school sang 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' as a thank you, and the parents then sat down for their own well-deserved lunch. Many thanks to Anna and all her helpers for once again providing this wonderful occasion for children and staff.
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.
The playground has had a massive spruce up over the weekend, thanks to a huge number of volunteers who gave up 3 hours of their time on Sunday afternoon. We now have newly painted sheds, a sturdy welly rack, tidied planters and veg patch, a smart playground wall, a clean outdoor classroom, and more. Fantastic! There is still more to do, so we will set another date in the near future. Watch this space.
The playground was packed out with parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, all eager to see one of the highlights of the school year, the junior summer play. The audience was enjoying a beautiful summer's evening but they were magically transported to a mysterious island with tempestuous seas and giant waves (Y3 dance). The famous Shakespeare play was expertly narrated by Ariel (Lily) throughout, with Prospero (Nat), Miranda (Isobel) and Caliban (Archie) taking lead roles. The confident singing by both the soloists and chorus really held the play together. There were also some lovely comedy moments involving a washing line, bottles of drink and a Benny Hill style of dance! The Hobgoblins were superbly portrayed by the Y5s who brought these strange creatures alive. FHS provided refreshments and we were all treated to some fantastic entertainment. Well done children, you were all fabulous!