Cheltenham Literature Festival

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 15.11.17Twelve book lovers and two teachers ventured off to the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday and had a fantastic day meeting authors, listening to their writing journeys and buying books. Here you can see the children meeting Sir Robert Winston and David Baddiel, who has just written an hilarious book called “The Parent Agency”. We also saw Christopher Lloyd, the Shakespeare man, who really helped to make sense of Shakespeare in no time at all. Angus found himself in costume in “Much Ado About Nothing” marrying a bride he had never set eyes on before! We also listened to delicious poetry being performed by a range of actors and saw the great Jacqueline Wilson, who has just published her one hundredth book – “Opal Plumstead”. The day was a real treat for us all and we came back with lots of enthusiasm for reading. We look forward to the next Festival.
A huge thank you to Mrs Gooch for all of her help and to all the children for making the day so delightful.

Year 8 Geography Fieldwork Trip

What an action-packed, eventful week we had at the Stackpole Estate in Pembrokeshire! The focus of the week was an in-depth study of the impressive sand dunes at Freshwater West (one of the dunes was home to the shell house in the recent Harry Potter film, as well as appearing in the Robin Hood movie). Year 8 were a pleasure to take and all worked hard and were a mature, responsible group.
We undertook a range of activities during the week: coasteering around Stackpole Quay, a night line; a 12km walk along the Pembrokeshire coast, mountain biking around the estate, a beach clean at Barafundle Bay took part in the John Muir Award Scheme and followed an historic trail around Stackpole, home to the Campbells of Cawdor (1689-1975).
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Under 9 Hockey success

We congratulate the Under 9 Hockey team who won the Dean Close Tournament last Saturday. You will recall that they came second last year so we were delighted to celebrate their success in assembly this week. They played six games, winning five, against Clifton College (3-0), Beaudesert Park (2-1), Dean Close, (6-0), St John’s (1-0) and drawing one against The Downs (1-1). Well done to the whole team!

Arnolfini Trip

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 20.49.08On Wednesday, we had two trips to the Arnolfini theatre for The Children’s Book Show. In the morning Years 5 and 6 went to see Patrick Benson talking about his life and work as an illustrator. Patrick has worked on over fifty books in his thirty year career as an illustrator. His two most famous books are The Minpins which was written by Roald Dahl, and Owl Babies written by Martin Waddell. Our afternoon visit was with Years 2 and 3 to see Benji Davies, who is also an illustrator. He showed us how he went about making characters and he invited Georgia Cooper onstage to create a character with him. She was very proud to take away the picture he drew for her. Both shows were very interesting and the children were able to remember a great deal of the information when we got back. We are very grateful to both Mrs Baglin and Mrs Edwards for accompanying the trips
On Thursday afternoon, we invited Patrick Benson in to school to work with Years 5 and 6 in a workshop. The children learned how to visualise characters through text and they all set to drawing characters for Patrick’s latest project. He gave lots of constructive help to the children and was very patient and informative.
All of the children went home with a signed copy of The Minpins, their own illustrations and, I hope, a great deal of enthusiasm for books and illustrations.