The ‘Friends’ have applied to the Aviva Community Fund to build an all weather running track around the edge of the school field. Please follow the link to vote. The project with the most votes wins!
We’ve had a real treat this afternoon because a group of students joined us from Fakenham Academy to perform a couple of pantomimes which they had written themselves. They did a fantastic job. It was great to see some familiar faces, some of which looked surprisingly good in a frock!
Key Stage 2 have been lucky enough this morning to watch the dress rehearsal performance of the younger children’s nativity. It is lovely with children reading clearly and wonderful singing. Here is a taster of photos for you to see.
We are very lucky, as a church school, to have our local church in Stibbard, All Saints supporting and encouraging our children in many areas. They really enjoy us making use of the church throughout the year for important services and visiting the church as part of R.E. Rev Sally comes into school each week to see the children and take our morning worship on Mondays.
It would be lovely ,if you felt able, to help the church in the run up to Christmas. The children who live in Guist and Stibbard have been given letters today inviting them to help in the Nativity play. Every family has also been given a flyer about the Christmas Eve Crib service at 4pm. If you would be great to find the time to attend and help encourage the children to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, it is so easily lost in the commercialism of Christmas these days.
I’ve attached a couple of other links that may be useful to some of you looking for a child friendly service to attend at Christmas.
Great Ryburgh Christingle Service 5.30pm Christmas Eve.
Joining the children for a Collective Worship assembly with Reverend Robin was very special.
The children from Reception to Year 6 were a credit to the school (and their parents/guardians). Reverend Robin spoke about Christmas, about Mary’s difficult decision and of course about Jesus – though some of the children were keen to talk about Santa!
Everyone sung Away in a Manger – the children sounded wonderful. Words for a different verse were shown and the older ones managed to sing along before everyone sang the first verse once again. Reverend Robin talked about a very special CD which had been recorded at the local schools including Stibbard and showed the children a copy.
After the assembly I spoke to children from Year’s 1 and 2 who told me how good singing made them feel. They talked quite confidently about Jesus and Mary and told me that respect (which had been briefly mentioned by Mrs Cockburn in the assembly) was important for all of us.
I also talked to children from Year’s 4 and 6 who spoke about the difficult decision Mary had faced when approached as to whether she should have Jesus. They could clearly explain that the name Christmas comes from Jesus Christ. The children talked about respect and how to show it and why. They enjoyed singing and recalled the picture blanket of Mary which Reverend Robin showed during the assembly. All four of the children gave suggestions (which have been passed to headteachers and Mrs Cockburn) about ways of making Collective Worship assemblies more relevant to them. This showed both interest and confidence and is commendable.
I would like to thank all the children and the teachers for making me feel so welcome.