September 2017: New Books and Bookshelves!
We are very proud to be only one of 70 schools across the country to be awarded a set of 70 new books and a specially designed bookcase! These were given to us by the Wicked Young Writer Awards who have partnered with the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate to mark the 70th birthday of their patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall. We were selected because of the great work we have done to promote reading for pleasure in the school. We had a special assembly to mark the occasion and the beautiful books will be available to borrow from the school library.
Tuesday 18th June 2017 – Children’s University Graduation
By: Jack and Lukara
The day began with all of the attending schools lining up outside of the Bristol Hippodrome; leading into a bag search.
We then went to put our cap and gowns on and also go signed into our seats. After that we had some orange juice and left to see our seats in the theatre. We then went back to line up and re-entered the theatre ready to sit down.
Each school was called up individually and then each child. When each child walked up, they shook hands with some particularly important people who help run children’s university. After everyone walked up on the stage and received their awards, we had a photoshoot all together and then threw our caps and gowns into the air – it was great fun!
After the graduations were completed, we quickly walked back into the: crowded, stuffy piano room. We took off and placed our caps and gowns back where we collected them from. We were allowed to keep the 2017 charm off the hats as they might not use them again. Refreshments such as: champagne, orange juice and coffee were in the piano room as well as cake and pastries. We then finished the day by saying goodbye and started heading back to school.
Safeguarding & Online Safety – PARKit Clubbers Showcase
Parents attended our recent Computing Showcase. They were able to have a go at programming Disco Beebots to ‘dance’ to music, and remember all their angles facts to program Probots to draw accurately on paper. Our amazing Code Club members (the PARKit Clubbers) taught some simple coding skills, and members of the year 6 maths team presented their findings from an online use survey carried out in years 5 and 6. Parents were able to take copies of Digital Parenting by Vodaphone http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting/learning-and-fun/digital-parenting-magazine.html home to give them tips and hints on how to help their children stay safe online, and we had a Kidz vs Parents QUIZ!
Thank you to all those who supported our event, and for getting involved with our discussion about online safety.
Our annual Easter fayre was a great success again this year. Thank you to all the children and parents who provided cakes for the refreshment stall. The Easter theme was very evident and it was lovely to see so many enjoying the occasion. A huge well done to all the children who decorated eggs. Children from all year groups participated and created magnificent works of art. All children who entered the competition received a chocolate egg for their sterling effort! The winners of the competition were Daniel (Year 1) and Destiny (Year 4). Well done to both of you!
World Book Day 2017
This was a fantastic event for the whole school. Many activities were organised by Ms Cavalera throughout the day. The theme this year was ‘Where’s Wally’ so all the children dressed up in ‘Wally’ costumes. Ms Cavalera also his 15 small cardboard Wallies around the school for the children to find throughout the day. Lily in 3J was the first to find one and was rewarded with a pack of Wally goodies! Children in Key Stage 2 read with children in Key Stage during the afternoon, sharing their books. The children had a fun day and could celebrate all the amazing reading that is happening at The Park Primary School.
‘The Life Education Bus’
Each class had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a workshop inside the bus, which was parked on our playground. The workshops have enabled us to develop memorable life skills and improve our knowledge of health, wellbeing and drugs education. Some key topics covered by the Life Education Bus have included; healthy eating; legal and illegal drug use; friendships and their influence; as well as dreams and aspirations.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their experience of Coram Life Education’s ‘Life Bus’; the sessions have not only been engaging and fun, but also thought-provoking and incredibly interesting for all of us. The children have loved meeting Harold the Giraffe and his friends; watching short films with dilemmas to solve; as well as having positive discussions about how different behaviour choices can affect our lives.
Y5/6 Gym Competition
The Level 1 and Level 2 Y5/6 Gym teams took part in a competition against local schools. They all did a fantastic job and should be very proud of themselves. Special mention has to go to Federica who won 1st place for her floor routine and Shaanti who won 1st place for her vault and overall 1st place for her combined floor and vault performance. Also a huge congratulations to Federica, Shaanti, Olivia, Connor and Ben who, as a team, finished in 1st place. They have now qualified for the Gymnastic finals which will take place at Bath University in June/July. We wish them good luck for the next round!
Table Tennis Festival
On Friday 3rd February, we were invited to a table tennis festival at Mangostfield Secondary School which included a special guest appearance from Paralympic champion Will Bailey.
A team of four year 6 children (Amber, Kevin, Oliver and Josh) were taken to the festival after showing great enthusiasm towards the sport during a table tennis club in term 2.
The festival started with an exhibition from the Paralympic gold medalist which amazed the children. This was followed by some training and then finally finishing with numerous matches against other local primary schools. The team did incredibly well, winning four and losing just one match. Most importantly though, the children had a fantastic experience and were in awe of Will Bailey. After speaking to Will, we hope they are inspired to take up the sport, or any new challenge for that matter, in the near future.
Be Dog Smart
On Tuesday 31st January, we were lucky to have Emily Brown, from the Dogs Trust Association, come in for an assembly on the ‘Be Dog Smart’ Campaign. In the assembly the children learnt how to stay safe around dogs (particularly unfamiliar dogs), and with nearly 9 million dogs in this country, it is important and relevant for all children to be well informed about this.
Be Dog Smart is a new campaign helping children understand more about how to behave around dogs in order to keep themselves safe. The assembly was very popular with the children and taught us how to behave around dogs we do and do not know; how to behave correctly around an unfamiliar dog, learn what to do if we feel scared of dogs and develop a respect and empathy for dogs.
Baubles and Cookies
Year 2 have had a busy week performing their Christmas show ‘Baubles’ and baking Christmas cookies to sell to the parents and children at the school. They worked really hard and produced lots of delicious cookies and raised an incredible £156 which will all go towards the Save the Children charity who are helping to improve the lives of children around the world. A very well done to them all!
The Friends of The Park held a fantastic event at The Park School last Friday. It was the annual Winter Wonderland and children had an amazing evening. The theme was The Polar Express and the school looked like a set from the film. It really made everyone feel they were getting into the Christmas spirit. The hard work of all the volunteers under the guidance of Su Head made it a magical evening for all. In addition, the children had a fun-filled disco, enjoyed sweets, had their nails painted and received a present from Father Christmas. All the children had a thoroughly enjoyable time. A big thanks to all the organisers for making this memorable event special for the children at The Park.
Children in Need
On Friday 18th November we had a SPOTACULAR day supporting Children in Need.
We brought a donation to dress up in spots and reception teachers and parents made some delicious cakes for us to buy.
We raised a whopping £761
Thank you to all those who supported this event and to the charity team leaders who helped with publicity and selling cakes on the day.
Poppy day recount
On the 11th of November 2016, 6W from The Park Primary School performed a class assembly in remembrance of all the people who have died in wars. Of course it was nerve wracking but everyone said it was amazing. Although it was a serious class assembly, at the end we had some fun by throwing paper poppies and balloons into the crowd. After break, year 6 walked to Holy Trinity Church to have 2 minutes of silence with the Royal British Legion. We were given poppy crosses to plant in some soil to remember the lives of soldiers who fought for us to have peace in our country.
By Hannah Williams, Yazmin Cochrane and Kaelin Bond 6W
Children at The Park Primary School were given an important lesson in assembly. Debbie from the South Gloucestershire Road Safety Team came to talk to the children about walking and cycling in the dark as the nights get darker, especially once the clocks go back . She spoke about wearing reflective clothing and how to cross the road carefully in the dark. Finally, all the children were given a fantastic glow in the dark key ring and bookmark.
On Saturday 8th October 2016 The Park Primary School joined in with the BBC Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need. Families with children from Year One to Six came along to climb up to the iconic mound which is clearly visible from Bristol and Bath. The group started at Swineford car park and headed up the hill to North Stoke. During the climb the views become more and more astonishing as the Bristol city-scape leads to the Cotswolds and then the Black Mountains beyond. Once we had reached the Bath Racecourse we had done most of the climbing and we could see right over Bath as well as Bristol. The children were absolutely amazing showing great resilience, fitness and strength walking all the way with no complaint by the end we had walked six miles!