The final week of the 2016/17 academic year started with Hamsters Class Sports Day on Monday morning. The children took part in all sorts of races, and there were the obligatory parents' races as well! In the afternoon, the children enjoyed a party with lots of yummy food and fun games. What an exciting day for our youngest children!
The whole of Tuesday this week was devoted to the EBA Talent Show, which has become an end of term tradition! This is organised and hosted by the School Council, who also act as judges, awarding scores to the various acts being showcased.
The whole of Main School went into the Hall to watch, and were entertained by singers, dancers, gymnasts, comedians and some wonderful trumpet playing!
On Wednesday, the Year Six children presented a Leavers Assembly, to which their parents were invited. These are always happy/sad occasions - a wonderful celebration of all that the children have achieved, experienced, enjoyed during their time at EBA, but also an emotional farewell, and a few discreet tears are usually shed by both parents and staff!
The children treated their parents to a performance on the cahon drums that they have been learning to play this year, and sang a wonderful song that they wrote themselves to the tune of "7 Years" by Lukas Graham. This described their journey through Primary School and touched on their aspirations for the next stage of their young lives.
There was a fun video that the children had made, and a slideshow of photos documenting the children's progress through school - in some cases these photos dated back to when the children were just two years old! All the children were presented with an achievement scroll, and in return gave gifts to their teachers. A truly lovely event, and we wish this wonderful group of children every success and happiness for the future.
More goodbyes on Thursday! This was Mrs Hawkes final day at EBA, and to wish her well for the future, and thank her for all that she has done in the many years she has been a part of our school, we surprised her with a special "Sportsfest" day. We all came to school in sportswear, and the day was devoted to celebrating the sports and PE that Mrs Hawkes has worked so hard and successfully to promote.
There were some special visitors, including a fondly remembered former pupil, and following a wet and muddy morning hike, even the sun put in a welcome appearance in the afternoon! Everyone enjoyed sports and games on the field (the three legged race was especially popular), and the inaugural "Mrs Hawkes Sports Trophy" award was presented to the triumphant Team 2!
There were more fond farewells as we said goodbye to three other members of staff who are moving on:
Mrs Flitton, who has been with us for fourteen years, and has worked as a Teaching Assistant mainly in Reception and Key Stage One. The children will remember her for her contribution to art at EBA and the very popular Art Club;
Mr Potton, who has clocked up four years here as Teaching Assistant in Badgers Class, and has made a huge contribution to sport (especially football), willingly driving the minibus hundreds of miles, and taking part in residential trips.
Mrs Blake, who started with us as a Supply Teacher several years ago, and liked us so much that she stayed! She has taught in almost every class in the school, eventually ending up in Otters Class, where she has been a greatly valued and much loved member of staff.
Goodbye and good luck for the future from all your friends at Eaton Bray Academy!