Thank you to everyone who supported our Children in Need day on Friday. We raised £118 by donating £1 to wear something spotty for the day and for selling spotty goodies to eat at the end of the school day. Thank you to Mrs Chapman and our school council for making biscuits and cake to sell- they were delicious!
This year St Peter's families have filled a wonderful 53 shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal coordinated by www.teams4u.com! T4U are a small charity started by David Cooke - David and his family began the original shoebox appeal over 25 years ago by asking school children in the UK to fill shoeboxes with simple Christmas gifts for Romanian orphans. The current need is still extraordinary and the power of the shoebox has never faded. Several families will be attending the Dedication Service at Witney Methodist Church on 13th November.
Our harvest festival this year was a family service, led by Reverend MacInnes. Thank you to all the families who were able to join us in our harvest celebration, to the children for their singing and prayers and to everyone who made donations for the Carterton Food Bank.
This year, our harvest service was followed by a Sponsored Autumn Walk around the village and a Harvest Show. Many thanks to all the children who worked so hard to produce their wonderful creations for the show. It made it a very difficult job for our judges Mr Waters, Mrs Phipps and Mrs King.
Please see the Photo Gallery for more photographs of some of the children's creations.
We were delighted to welcome the Rt. Revd. Colin Fletcher to celebrate St Peter's becoming a primary schooll. Bishop Colin lead a whole school assembly in which he dressed in his robes and told the children all about himself and his job. It was lovely that he was able to meet some parents and ex-pupils of the school before joining staff, governors and friends of the school for afternoon tea.
Please see the Photo Gallery for more photographs of the celebration
Welcome to our 14 new Reception children who have started school in Cygnus Class this term. They have settled quickly into the daily routines of school life and have already made many friends.
The children and staff enjoyed a wonderful day out at
We all arrived at school with our bags and teddies, ready for our trip to Court Hill. I was feeling nervous and excited at the same time. When everyone was there we drove up to White Horse Hill. Then we climbed out of the coach and walked for a very long time.
We explored the woods and built a monster of a den with long sticks. Then we climbed the tall trees. After that, we sat down on a branch and had a snack and then we kept on walking to a place called Wayland's Smithy. We had a little play there and found little treasures and scrolls in the rocks. Then we walked back to White Horse Hill and had our lunch. We ran around in the long grass and flew the kites in the breeze of the air. The kite made an aeroplane noise because the wind was so rough.
Next we headed back to the coach and travelled to Court Hill. We played in the woods and built dens and chairs to sit on.
Mrs King showed us our rooms and we unpacked all our stuff. Then we washed our faces and got ready for dinner. I loved dinner! It was pasta and bolognaise and for pudding we had apple crumble and ice-cream. It was delicious!
Next we got our jumpers on and went outside and watched the sun go down. Then we went back inside and Mrs King read us a bedtime story. After that we were all ready for bed.
In the morning, we woke up quite early and we did some drawing and read some books and played with the lego. We had cereals and a full English breakfast.
After that we packed our bags ready to go home and waited for our mums and dads to pick us up.
It was the best day of my life. I had an amazing time!
The Year 2 class had a great start to the week with a visit by Cotswold Wardens, Gerald Simper and Rosemary Wilson who helped the children to learn all about the plants and animals in the local area. The children enjoyed finding out from local farmer, Mike Honour, about some of the crops and wildflowers that grow locally and what they are used for as well as estimating and measuring the height and age of the oak tree growing by the Church. Thanks to Charlotte Robinson, the children enjoyed some science investigations including making shapes with one continuous side, paper helicopters and chromatography. All the children have learnt about the importance of healthy lifestyles by having a eating healthily and taking exercise. The Reception Class visited St Christopher’s for a Burford Partnership multi-skills morning and all the children took part in a range of sports activities. The week ended with a 'messy science' day in Class 1 with the children experimenting with making volcanos and different coloured rain clouds and investigating the best shaped bubble wand for blowing bubbles.
Many thanks to John and Maddy Radburn from the Carterton Lions who visited St Peter's to give the children a gift of books for their new Key Stage 2 library and a very kind donation of £200 to buy some more history books.
This year’s village fete was a great success with everyone enjoying the many stalls, games and performances in the glorious sunshine. The children of St Peter’s opened the fete, singing 'English Country Graden' and 'One potato, two potato, three potato, four' and performed their country dances, the Circussaian Circle and Pat-a-cake Polka. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event and helped towards raising funds for the School, Church, Playing Field and Village Hall.
The Reception and Year 2 classes enjoyed an exciting morning with Sally-Anne from Minibeast Mayhem, learning all about the science of entomology! The children and staff were fascinated to learn about the Malaysian Stick Insect and how different insects smell, breathe and grow. Please go to the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages to see more photos of these amazing acreatures.
Children and parents were treated to a wonderful performance of 'The Eye of the Tiger' and the 'Robin Hood' theme tune by the some of the Burford school Junior Orchestra.
TGEscapes made excellent progress with the building of our new classroom over the half-term break. The classroom is now almost complete with just a few finishing touches to be made before it can be handed over to us and we can start making use of this wonderful space.
Many thanks to Alvescot PCC for letting our children play on the land surrounding St Peter's Church while our new classroom was being built. The children have loved hiding in the trees and playing around the oak tree. Please go to the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages to see more photos of the children playing.
Our new classroom is progressing well with the decorators and floor fitters on site this week.
Children in our Reception and Year 1 classes have all enjoyed their visit to the woods this week. The Reception children all made beautiful collages from the natural objects that they found and the children in Class 1 made their own woodland crowns.
Please go to the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages to see more photos.
We are now three weeks into our building project and the team from TG Escapes have made excellent progress. The groundworks are complete and our new classroom is really taking shape now that its roof is on and the internal walls are in place. Please go to the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages to see more photos.
All the children visited ‘Experience Easter’ at St Peter’s Church. They explored the Easter Story by taking part in a range of activities linked to the story including making flowers for the Garden of Gethsemane, sharing bread at the table of the last supper and finding the empty tomb. This was a wonderful opportunity for children and staff to think about and reflect on the events of Holy Week leading up to Jesus’ resurrection. The church will be open daily from Saturday 8th April to Friday 14th April from 2.30-4.30pm for anyone who would like visit the church and look around.
What an exciting day! Work has now started on building our new classroom as we prepare to become a full primary school from September 2017. Terry Morris who attended the school as a young boy, as did his father, son and grandson, joined the children to dig the first foundations of the new classroom.
The children’s Easter bonnets were a marvellous sight. The children paraded around the village displaying their bonnets for all to see and returned to school for an Easter chocolate treat. Thanks to all those who joined us as well as everyone in the village who came out to see the children.
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