The source of this report is here: The Breeze.
Where did that year go? It seems scarcely possible that we are almost at the end of another year!
The number of new families moving into the area appears to be reducing as the building work at Upper Rissington enters its final stages. We now have a total of 196 children at the school, 113 of whom attend the Upper Rissington site, where we now have 4 classes – Hawk, taught by Miss Porter and Mrs Taylor, Spitfire, taught by Mrs Moore and Mrs Wilcock, Hercules, taught by Mrs Winter and Harrier, taught by Mrs Loxton. As ever, the children have all been busily engaged in their exciting topics. During this
term the reception children in Hawk, on the Upper Rissington site (UR), have been studying food and farming through the story “The Scarecrow’s Wedding”. Anyone passing the school can’t help but notice the scarecrows adorning their play area! The children in Vulcan (GR) and Spitfire (UR), have been studying an environmental topic “Animal Worlds”. Our older children in Hercules (UR) and Phantom (GR), have been researching The Vikings and at the top of the school in Tornado (GR) and Harrier (UR), it’s been a case of “make do and mend”, as the topic for the term has been World War 2. One of the highlights of the topic for these children was a visit to a local home in Upper Rissington, which has its very own Anderson shelter in the garden! We have also just welcomed the Y6 children back from their residential trip. The 22 children, along with their teachers Lisa Loxton and Emma Brearley, stayed at a centre in Wales. Highlights of their trip included caving, canoeing and braving high ropes; experiences that will stay with the children for ever.
The children continue to raise money for charity. Last week poppies were sold in school for The Royal British Legion and this week we are supporting Children in Need. The theme is “Spotacular”, so the whole school seems to be filled with spots! Sport continues to have a high profile in school. The Year 5 children took part in an area football tournament and came first in the event. The older children are about to compete in the indoor athletics championship. They are current county champions, so have a lot to live up to.
Our pre-school group, Little Rascals, is still very popular amongst the young members of our community. A total of 21 children, all 3 and 4 years old, currently attend the group, with more due to start after Christmas. I constantly receive glowing reports from parents who say how much their youngsters love coming to the setting, due to the efforts of Sarah Jones and Laura Swales, the play leaders, along with Abi Porter, the Foundation Stage Manager, who plan wonderful activities for the children. With the support of district councillor Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, we are still hopeful that Cotswold District Council will agree to give planning permission for a change of land use from business to residential in a small area of Upper Rissington, which will enable builders Linden and Bovis to release funding for a three-roomed nursery provision in the school grounds, so that we can welcome 2 year olds to the setting and meet the need for 30 hours of free pre- school which will be introduced by the government next September.
Our school will soon be in use every day during term time for community activities. Gym club, run by Caroline Aldron already runs groups on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and due to local demand, plans to offer Friday evenings as well! We are delighted that CURve continues to use the school on Sundays and we also have a yoga group on Monday evenings, UR singers on Tuesday evenings, as well as a new jive club which has just started running after gym club on Thursday evenings. It is lovely to see such good use being made of the school building out of school hours.
With the end of November quickly approaching, our thoughts are turning towards the happiest of times in school – Christmas! The children in Years 3 to 6 are going to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham and then they will perform their version of the pantomime to parents and friends. Back at school, Spitfire, Vulcan and Hawk will perform a traditional Christmas Nativity for parents and friends. Our Christmas Bazaar and school party will be held on Friday 9th December. Term will end with a traditional service in school on the last day of term – Friday 16th December.
At Christmas time the children who are in our choir always enjoy singing Christmas carols and songs and are pleased to have been invited to sing to residents at Jubilee Lodge as well as to people in Wyck Rissington during their Christmas lunch.
With our best wishes to you all for a happy, peaceful Christmas season
Liz Bannister, Headteacher