The summer term, which has just drawn to a close, finally saw our school returning to close to what we knew as normal before the Covid-19 pandemic caused such havoc around the country.
We were pleased to welcome parents back on to the school site at drop-off and pick-up times.
We ended the practice of collecting lunches from the kitchen and eating in classrooms. The children enjoyed the opportunity to mix with their friends from other classes as they ate their packed lunches and school meals.
Sports clubs resumed both before and after school – the one missing aspect was the involvement in sports festivals and competitions. These will, we are sure, resume in the next school year.
Celebration Assemblies returned to the halls after months of Google Meet assemblies during the pandemic restrictions. Parents joined us for these to see their children receive their special awards.
Class Assembly presentations took place for all classes – giving the children the opportunity to present a showcase of their recent learning to their parents and other classes.
Following two years of isolation within single-class bubbles, our choir joined with thousands of pupils from around the country to take part in the re-arranged Young Voices concerts at the RW Arena in Birmingham.
Formal end of key stage testing in Years 2 and 6 returned for the first time since 2019, as well as the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. And our Year 4 pupils became the first to take the Multiplication Tables Check.
Reception Classes visited Stockwood Park; Year 2 classes visited the Ashridge Estate; Year 3 visited the National History Museum in London; Year 4 classes returned to Kidzania in London for a fantastic day out learning all about the huge range of career opportunities available to them; Year 5 classes visited the National Space Centre in Leicester … and the world-famous St Matthew’s Cake Sale returned on our Step On The Pedal launch day!
The whole school came together on the North Street playground to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a tea party.
Year 5 and 6 classes enjoyed their residential stays at The Chellington Centre towards the end of the term. This year the trips included a visit to Big Rock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes and Year 6 pupils camped in group tents in the field next to the Chellington Centre.
We held our transition sessions in the normal way, with children spending time in their new classes in their new rooms with their new teachers, and parents flocked to the school for our Parent Walkabout to have the chance to meet their child’s new teacher as well.
The final week of term saw the return of our traditional farewell events for our Year 6 leavers. They were each presented with their Yearbook at the beginning of the week, giving them the chance to collect messages and signatures from their friends and teachers. The Leavers’ Prom returned, having been cancelled in 2020 and held in separate class bubbles in 2021. It was an evening of fun with music, dancing, a mocktail bar, cupcakes and a photobooth. Congratulations to Elnathan and Olivia for being chosen by their friends as the Prom King and Queen. The Year 6 pupils managed to tug at the heartstrings of their parents during the Graduation Assembly and the week ended with the return of the Staff / Pupils football match – adjusted this year to have classes competing against each other with teams including staff members representing each class. One activity that began during the 2020 lockdown was the Year 6 Water Fun morning. How could we not keep the opportunity to soak classmates — and teachers? It was amusing to see pupils arrive at school armed with their brightly-coloured super-soakers ready for action! This year it was the perfect antidote to the record-breaking heatwave temperatures we were experiencing.
Let’s hope that in 2022/23, whenever someone mentions bubbles – this will be the first think we think of.
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