Zip wires, low ropes and curry for tea

DAY 2 –

Another great day at Fairthorne – we had a great nights sleep and we started our morning with a cooked breakfast to take on our new challenges.

We wrapped up in our warmest accessories, and set off to our activities. Today, we had a go at the crate challenge, pioneering, vertical climbing, the zip wire and low ropes. Our overall favourite was the zip wire as we took in the beautiful views of Fairthorne as we flew through the air and screamed with joy. The children continue to impress us with their willingness to try new things and as a result they have exceeded our expectations.

This evening we were treated to curry – it was delicious. Then we went back to Ben’s House where we enjoyed some down time. We’re hoping to get a good night’s sleep so we’re ready for another busy day tomorrow.

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Day 1 at Fairthorne

We have all settled in brilliantly and have embraced our new surroundings. After our whistle stop tour around Fairthorne with our guides, David and Archie, we were led to the dinner hall for our first taste of the food. We were not disappointed, as we tucked into tomato soup and paninis. As it was so delicious, we decided to browse the menu to see what’s coming up throughout the week. Keep coming back to see what we are tucking into… You’ll be so envious!

Next, we split into our two groups and were led  to our activities for the afternoon. We eagerly took part in low ropes, initiative tests and pioneering. The children were enthusiastic and persevered with their new challenges and we were incredibly proud of how they collaborated and supported one another. We can’t wait for the children to take to the zip wire soon and hear the screams as they soar through the air.

After fish and chips, we went on a night walk with torches and walked around the camp site, before returning to base to have hot chocolate and biscuits. The children are eager to find out what we will be doing tomorrow evening.

When we got back to Ben’s House, we settled down to write a little something to our loved ones back at home, so  keep your eyes peeled for a delivery over the next couple of days. resized_20190121_185550[1]
Come back tomorrow to see what else we have been up to…

Miss Price, Mrs Sivier and Mrs Smith

Holbrook Christmas Singing 2018!

This morning, the hall was filled with the sound of singing, as classes across the school performed a selection of Christmas songs. Parents and friends packed the hall and it was wonderful to see so many relatives coming along, making the event even more special for the children this morning.Image result for singing

Dolphins gave a tear jerking rendition of “Somewhere Only We Know” – several tissues were needed afterwards.

Manta Ray performed a trouser splitting performance of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” much to the amusement of the watching audience.

Orcas then gave a wonderfully sung performance of “When Christmas Comes to Town” which was well received by all.

The whole of KS2 then joined in well known classics such as “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday!

Polar Bears sang a tuneful performance of “Last Christmas” which again was listened to and appreciated by all.

Sea Otters managed to keep up with the quick pace of the “Jingle Bell Rock” including actions along the way too!

Penguins then sang “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” accompanied by finger saxophone playing as well!

Finally, children across the Key Stage ended with a finale performance of “Snow Is Falling” including Makaton signing, which has so often been seen during our musical performances!

A huge thank you to all of the many parents who turned up (and sang along too!) Despite being nervous, the children did you all and the school proud.

We are looking forward to next year already! Enjoy the Christmas break…

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Holbrook Staff Pantomime – Oh Yes It Is!

This morning, children from across the school gathered in the hall for the traditional Holbrook Pantomime, but this year, with a difference.

Children watched with excitement as a show stopping performance of Cinderella was performed by THE STAFF… As you can see from the photos, children were thrilled and delighted to see adults from across the school perform in role as a host of Cinderella characters (and props) as the story unfolded. Children even sang along to well known songs, boo’ed and cheered, in a performance filled with laughter, silliness (and chocolate) – oh yes there was!

A huge thank you to all of the staff involved, both front of stage and behind the scenes. We are sure that the children have had an enjoyable morning, many were desperate for a re-run this afternoon! Do ask them what they thought of the pantomime and feel free to leave a comment below… we would love to hear what you think.

A new pantomime is already in the pipeline for next year, so keep your eyes peeled!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, from the Holbrook Staff!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Good Learners Assembly ~ December 14th

During today’s assembly, children across the school were presented with awards for their hard work in lessons across the curriculum.

Reading Certificates were awarded to Mia, Kevin W, Mia H, Keira W, Cameron T, Josh S, Abigail G, Alfie L, Riley J, Layla S, Kayleigh C, Owen P, Tom F, Imogen H, Honey P, Mia W, Imogen H, John N, Ben C & Callum W. Well done and keep up the reading at home over the holidays too!

Children were commended for their efforts for being a Good Learner, including their hard work in Maths including perseverance and resilience . Others were praised for their determination to succeed, even without English as their first language. Other children were awarded certificates for being pleasant members of the class, hard workers and for sharing their knowledge with their friends. Some pupils were also commended for their hard work with Makaton signing, as well as helping their friends to understand these signs too. Pupils from the upper school were also selected for their hard work in keeping up with the challenge of their peers and improving their understanding too.

There was also a fabulous rendition of “True Colours” using Makaton signing as well – if you would like to practice the song, then click here!

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Team points this week were won byTuring (Yellow) =  361 points

Aderin-Pocock (Blue) =  319 points

Hawking (Red) = 265  points

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Attenborough (Green) =  348 points

The OVERALL House Points Winner for this term was Attenborough (Green) who will be wearing their non-school uniform on the first day back after Christmas!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

The Christmas Nativity ~ from KS1!

Children across the school watched an absolutely delightful Christmas Tree With Baublesperformance today with the KS1 school nativity!

Children delivered their lines loudly and clearly, making sure that the audience knew the story as it unfolded on the stage. The costumes were amazing (a big thank you to all the people at home who had contributed to these working tireless to perfect them!)

Scenic View of Mountains Against Sky at Night

Parents, relatives and friends are in for a real treat as the week progresses, when they see the performance! The school certainly enjoyed the amazing acting, super singing and dancing during this morning’s nativity show! Well done to everyone in KS1 and good luck for the coming performances!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

 

Turing Team ~ Remembrance Day Activities

As part of our Team Day activities in Turing, we have been combining the work of Pop Art with Remembrance activities for this time of the year.

Some children used fruit and vegetables to make poppy printing. These were in bright vibrant colours just like the Pop Art artists we had looked at. Other children designed “Pop Art Spitfires” adding vibrant colours to their work, making sure to use the colour wheels to find complimentary colours too.

Children in Turing team also had a chance to look at Pop Art lettering, often seen in the Marvel Comics too. We tried replicating this style, using remembrance words to add to this design.

Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the designs we created!

[Written by Mr Thorns]