Today is sadly the last day for Rose the cook, working at our school after nearly 3 years working at our school. Endless roast potatoes, pizzas, rolls and wonderful meals have been carefully cooked by Rose, as she retires from our school today.
The hall was filled with the smell of cooking as during the assembly, the school presented flowers and chocolates to Rose to thank her for her work in Holbrook’s kitchen.
We wish her a relaxing and enjoyable retirement and hope that she enjoys the Easter break too.
As part of the school’s ongoing celebration of the diversity here at Holbrook (including our recently awarded IQM inclusion mark) the school devoted an entire day to Rainbow Inclusion Day. Staff and children dressed up for the event in rainbow colours, sporting all kinds of weird and wacky outfits, while a great cake sale was held at breaktime with some of the most intricately decorated and wonderfully coloured cakes you could imagine!
Fully fuelled with delicious cake, a special assembly was then held for the entire school, where we were also joined by the Makaton signing choir from Osborne Special School in Winchester. Their school students can be seen performing here, with Mr Moloney and Mrs Sivier accompanying them!
Children at Holbrook then performed their own songs, using Makaton signing along with the lyrics…
As part of the “Up for Juniors” key stage 2 project, children were visited today by staff and students from the University of Portsmouth. Pupils within Year 5 were introduced to a little snippet of University life and were encouraged to, even at this early stage in their lives, have aspirations and ambitions beyond their horizons.
Children took part in an amazing interactive voting experience, using hand-held electronic devices to give their thoughts and opinions on university life. Then, within mixed groups, they spent the morning engaged in four exciting activities.
This morning, children in KS2 were joined in assembly by special visitors
from our local community, to tell us a little bit more about Down Syndrome and how it affects children in our school. The children saw a video on the differences that some pupils in our school might face, as a result of having Down Syndrome. If you want to re-watch the video, you can view it by clicking here…
Mrs Mell and Mrs Rix (who are both parents of children with Down Syndrome in our school) were very kind in visiting assembly to share their knowledge with us. Children were able to learn more about Down Syndrome and how it can affect their friends, as well as having a fantastic opportunity to ask questions to the Mums…
This week saw a celebration packed assembly with children across the school using their learning behaviours to improve their work…
Good learners were awarded certificates in assembly for collaboration, stickability and hard work in lessons across the curriculum. This included work in Maths, reading on Gothic Horror stories, superb work on the Mrs Armitage story, doughnut fractions, using tools to improve independence and even a Colla certificate for Miss Trenchard for her work in Year 6 on their artwork.
This morning, children from Jellyfish class in Year 2
performed their class assembly to the school and parents. Children presented about their work on “Hotwheels” and vehicles in history!
Pupils explained how seeing the vehicles at Beaulieu Motor Museum had helped
them to investigate how vehicles had developed over the years – from the penny farthing to the famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car!