Friday, 23 October 2015

Week Ending 23rd October 2015

It has been a busy week at Eaton Bray Academy, with new children coming in to look around, and spending time getting to know us, staff attending various training courses, and Parents' Evenings taking place on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, we had a visitor from Bedfordshire Police, who came in to talk to staff and children about keeping safe online.  He spent time in each class during the day, then in the evening, gave a presentation to parents.  We hope that everyone who came in found the experience useful.

Also on Wednesday, the School shop opened for the first time this term.  It was well stocked with all sorts of exciting and useful items - stationery, small toys, gifts and crafts, and some Hallowe'en goodies.  As usual, the shop was run by Key Stage 2 children, who did a great job of counting out money and sorting out change - and learning all about good customer service!

Our minibus continues to get plenty of use.  On Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes it is Cross Country Club, and the children are able to travel out and about into the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside, enjoying fabulous scenery as they run.  We have also started a Hiking Club on Thursday lunchtimes, for those children who want to get out and about at a more leisurely pace!

On Thursday morning Mrs Hawkes and Mr Potton took a group of Key Stage 1 children to an indoor athletics tournament at All Saints Academy in Dunstable.  They took part in a number of activities which involved jumping, bouncing, launching, bowling, stepping and throwing, competing against nine other local schools.  It was lovely to see some of our younger children participating in competitive sport, and they were absolutely delighted to finish fourth.

Children in Otters Class enjoyed a very special afternoon on Thursday, when they learnt all about The Queen's Coronation in 1953, and staged a coronation ceremony of their own.  The Otters Queen, dressed in all her finery and holding the orb and sceptre, was seated upon a magnificent throne.  Attended by her Ladies in Waiting and members of the nobility, she was solemnly crowned by the Archbishop.  There was then a formal procession of the royal party through the playground, while the National Anthem was played!

Friday's Awards Assembly was an opportunity for this week's sporting stars to receive certificates for their participation in the athletics competition.  There were also Bikeability certificates given out, as well as the weekly Star of the School and Head Girl and Boy award, which gets awarded to children who have contributed positively to school life.

It is half term next week, and we hope everyone enjoys a well earned rest, and some family time.  When we return, we will be quickly into the countdown to Christmas, with concerts to organise and parties to plan!  Don't forget, it is a Training Day on Monday 2nd November, so the children return on Tuesday 3rd.  Have a lovely half term break!