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.
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.
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 core content of the curriculum for maths, english and science has been added to the website under Parents - Horsley Curriculum - Core Subjects. This will be useful if you wish to help your child with their learning in a specific area. Links are available for each year group so that you can see exactly what the expectations are for your child. Files can also be downloaded from here. A useful document on maths vocabulary has also been added to the Mathematics section. It can be accessed here.
Ten Y5/6 children competed in the First Stroud Small Schools swimming gala today. The event was held at Stratford Park with 11 schools competing. All swam to their best ability and Horsley did really well with 3 children managing to secure a place in the finals. Ruby came third in the girls' front crawl, and both Reuben and William gained second place in their races, the boys' breast stroke and front crawl respectively. The standard of swimming was incredibly high and all are to be congratulated. A fantastic effort all round!
A wet and windy sports day showed the children in their true colours this afternoon; well in red, blue and yellow to be precise. Taking part in fast sprints, long distance, slow bicycle, traditional sack, egg and spoon, bat and ball, football dribble, late to school and skipping races, the teams fought long and hard with every child competing and trying their best. Apart from two gazebos that blew away, sports day passed without mishap, there were plenty of windswept and damp parents cheering their children on from the sidelines! The three teams were very close but in the end the Blues pulled ahead winning by 45 points. The cup was awarded to the proud team captains, with their team leading the traditional champions' circuit, closely followed by the reds and yellows.
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!