Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Week Ending Wednesday 18th December 2019

Please enjoy some photos from the last three days of term.

Year Five and Six Disco:

Talent Show:




Christmas Dinner:


Mrs Warby's Retirement Assembly:

This week we said goodbye and good luck to a wonderful friend and colleague who is retiring after many years at Eaton Bray Academy. Mrs Warby, has worked here for almost twenty-six years, first of all in the classroom, but in recent years she has been the friendly face that welcomes parents and visitors in the School Office. However, her association with the school goes back much longer, as she attended Eaton Bray Primary School herself as a child, and her daughters came here too!

We held a lovely assembly for Mrs Warby on Tuesday afternoon, where she was presented with cards from all the classes, and gifts from staff. Liz will be missed by everyone, but we wish her a long and happy retirement. She has promised that she will come back to see us whenever she can - and to enjoy Mr Meade's famous Thursday roast dinners on a regular basis!



Friday, 13 December 2019

Week Ending 13th December 2019

A fantastic festive week at Eaton Bray Academy!

On Monday, the whole school enjoyed a special Christmas treat - a trip to Leighton Buzzard Theatre to watch a performance of "The Night Before Christmas".  This was a lovely show, which followed the antics of the Secret Society of Santa Hunters (SSSH!) who meet every Christmas Eve to seek out Father Christmas. Set in 1969 amidst the excitement of the moon landings, the performance featured scientific experiments, songs and puppets, and the children (and adults) all enjoyed it very much.


Later in the week, it was the children's turn to perform!

On Tuesday afternoon, the Key Stage Two Carol Service took place at St Mary's Church. Everyone walked down to the church (in the rain) where they were joined by parents, who were treated to an afternoon of beautiful singing and readings, as well as musical performances from our talented young violinists and pianists.


On Wednesday, Hamsters celebrated Christmas with a "Stay and Play Day", where parents joined their children in the classroom and took part in the morning's activities. There was also a visit from a well-known bearded man in a red coat... What a fun morning!


On Thursday and Friday, Rabbits, Squirrels, Otters and Hedgehogs Classes performed their Christmas play, "The Landlord's Cat" to appreciative audiences.  There were two performances which were delivered with gusto by the cast despite the fact absence due to illness in most classes had disrupted some of the rehearsals.

The main characters were played by the children in Squirrels - these were: the Landlord, the Landlord's Cat,  Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men, the Angel, the Stars, the Townspeople and the Smallest Sheep.  Otters played the parts of the Shepherds, Sheep, Donkeys and Camels.  Hedgehogs were the Townspeople and Rabbits narrated the story.


We ended the week with Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, which was an opportunity to have some fun, and raise some money for Save the Children, helping to improve the lives of children around the world.

Friday afternoon assembly was an awards assembly, recognising the achievements of our pupils. This term, several children have been working incredibly hard at their times tables, inspired by the TT Rock Stars programme, which encourages them to practice their times tables every day. They were all rewarded for their efforts with a certificate and special badge. Well done Rock Heroes!


Merry Christmas from everyone at Eaton Bray Academy!

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Week Ending 6th December 2019

Christmas has well and truly started at Eaton Bray Academy!

On Saturday, we held a very well attended and successful Christmas Fair, which raised a fantastic sum of money for the school. This will be put towards new play equipment, including a new "trim trail" in the new year. Thank you to the PTA for organising such an enjoyable day, and to everyone who supported this event.


Hedgehogs classroom was transformed into Santa's Grotto for the Fair, and still resembled a Winter Wonderland on Monday when the children returned to school. The PTA had kindly left the Elves' Workshop for the children, and they had a lovely time playing in their "Snow House".


The children throughout the school have been busy getting ready for their Christmas concerts, with the younger children rehearsing "The Landlord's Cat", and the older children preparing for their carol concert at St Mary's Church next week. On Wednesday morning, we were visited by the ladies and gentlemen from the "Wednesday Club", who enjoyed listening to the children sing, followed by a cup of tea and a mince pie.


On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school walked down to the church to take part in our annual Christingle service. The children all made their own Christingles, and learnt about the symbolism of each element of the decoration:

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
As usual, it was a lovely service, and children and adults alike felt quite moved by the sight of our eight hundred year old church lit by flickering candlelight. What a wonderful way to start the festive season.


On Thursday morning it was Badgers Class assembly. The children spoke about all that they have learnt about during this busy term, which has seen them enjoy trips to St Albans and to Amazon as well as visits from Whipsnade Zoo and Affinity Water. They shared videos of some of the Science experiments they have carried out, and displayed their artwork. Everyone was very impressed by how hard the children have been working, and by how well they spoke up in front of their audience.


Next week will be very busy, with a theatre trip and all the Christmas concerts taking place. So much excitement as we approach the end of term!