Friday, 17 May 2019

Week Ending 17th May 2019

It's been SATs week this week, and there has been a calm and quiet atmosphere throughout the school as the Year Six and Year Two children have been taking their tests.  All the other children have been very considerate in keeping the noise down, as have parents and other visitors, so thank you to everyone for your support and help.

It's been a beautiful week weatherwise, which means there has been plenty of opportunity to enjoy playtime and fresh air in the lovely sunshine between SATs papers!

Badgers Class were lucky enough to have had a visit to Whipsnade Zoo on Tuesday.  The weather was perfect, and so was the behaviour of the children!  They saw lots of different animals, including the new baby giraffe and the elephants, watched the birds of prey display, and witnessed the lions and chimpanzees being fed.

Everyone had a fantastic day, and learnt lots about animal adaptation and behaviour.


Wednesday was another very exciting day.  This year marks the 800th Anniversary of St Mary's Church in Eaton Bray, and to celebrate this, our school choir was invited to take part in a special service, where a very distinguished guest would be present, HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Twenty-one smartly dressed Eaton Bray Academy children walked down to the church just after lunch on Wednesday, and joined children from Edlesborough and Dagnall Schools, to sing the two songs that they have been  learning: "Look at the World" by John Rutter, and "What a Wonderful World", made famous by Louis Armstrong.

Their voices filled the church and sounded wonderful.  The Duke looked very impressed by their lovely singing, as did the other members of the congregation, which included local dignitaries, villagers and parents.  Following the service, the children waved flags and cheered as the Duke planted a commemorative tree and unveiled a plaque.

We were delighted with the behaviour of the children, not only at the service, but also at the rehearsals at church over the last few weeks, where they represented EBA beautifully.  Special thanks are due to Janet Stone, who comes in weekly on a voluntary basis to take the choir, and has worked so hard to teach the children the songs.

Photo Credit: Eileen Bennett


 On Thursday, once their final test was over, Deer Class children had an afternoon of food and fun in the sun to celebrate the end of SATs week.  They all changed out of their school uniform to enjoy a picnic in the park, with KFC, and Domino's pizza, then had a long play on the school field - a welcome opportunity to let off steam after all their hard work!