We will survive!

Year 7 have finished off their Survival literacy topic by getting creative. They have designed and built their own survival shelter models. We’re sure you agree they look like a cosy place to be in the event of a zombie apocalypse !

Carol Concert – Wednesday 18th December

Parents are invited to attend St Mary the Virgin Church in Ovingham for our annual carol concert at 10AM for Key Stage 3 pupils and at 2PM for Key Stage 2 pupils. Each service is expected to last one hour. All pupils MUST return to school following the service, but can then be signed out by their class teacher if parents wish to collect them early. Please note:You may only collect your own child. If another adult is attending on your behalf please record this in your child’s homework diary to be shown to the teacher on the day of the carol concert. We look forward to seeing you there.

Belgium day 3

After another early start and an impressive room inspection with all rooms passing with flying colours, we left the hotel to head to Arras to visit Wellington Quarry which houses a series of underground tunnels used during the battle of Arras. It really was an experience walking through the tunnels that the soldiers themselves had built and walked through. After here we travelled to Newfoundland Memorial Park where the battle of the Somme took place. We walked through the trenches, across No Man’s Land and onto the German side. Pupils found it incredible that the trenches and shell holes were still intact! Currently we are on our way back up to Calais.

Belgium trip day 2 : part 2

Belgium Day 2: Part 2

After leaving Langemark we visited Tyne Cot, the largest memorial in Ypres and then visited the impressive Caterpillar Crater and Hill 60. We then headed back to the hotel for much-needed food before heading back out to visit the infamous chocolate shops. I don’t think there was much chocolate left after our pupils had been!! Then we attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, a really poignant and emotive moment of our trip. Following this we headed back to the hotel to do some creative poetry writing (accompanied by hot chocolate) inspired by pupils’ experiences so far, loosely labelled ‘Strictly Come Writing’. Our judges Craig, Bruno and Shirley were blown away by the quality of every single poem. A huge well done to Ethan J who was crowned the overall winner with Adam, Isla, Lois, Ana and Emma a close runner up!

Robinwood day 2

Another successful day. An unexpected flurry has left a winter wonderland! We’ve enjoyed caving, obstacle course, zip wire, crate stacking and much more. Everyone is well fed and gearing up for tonight’s Christmas themed team challenge (which the teachers are hoping to win!). Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Belgium day 2 : part 1

After a very comfortable night’s sleep and a big breakfast, we left the lodge and headed straight for the Menin Gate where the names of nearly 56,000 soldiers whose remains have never been found are. After then visiting the Flanders Field museum we wrapped up (it’s cold!) and picked up our tour guide to begin our journey to different war memorials. So far we have visited Harry Patch’s memorial, Essex Farm (where Oliver brilliantly read aloud the famous war poem, In Flanders Field) and the German cemetery, Langemark. We still have to visit Tyne Cot and Hill 60 before the excitement builds to the visiting of the chocolate shops! Another update later tonight.

Belgium trip – day 1

Belgium Day 1:

After a smooth and uneventful journey down to Belgium (no traffic, yay!) we arrived in Ypres to beautiful sunshine and a chill in the air. First up was the Passchendaele museum which really brought to life one of the bloodiest and muddiest battles fought in WW1; pupils were enthralled by the artefacts, artillery and the impressive reinactment of the WW1 trenches. Following a quick stop for lunch, we then travelled the short journey to the market square and visited Ypres cathedral which has been completed destroyed during WW1. It really is an impressive place to behold. Then we had a quick look around the Christmas market before one of the highlights of the day: ice skating. Some pupils whizzed around, some pupils tentatively stepped around but all had a brilliant time. This was then followed by some much-deserved hot chocolate. After this we then arrived at our accommodation and a chance to relax after a busy first day. Pupils have enjoyed a 3 course meal and are now relaxing playing some games of table tennis and pool before having a much-needed early night ready for another busy day tomorrow.