Harvest Festival Assembly ~ Caring Hands

Today in assembly, the hall was filled with generous donations from children and parents across our school community, who have been donating Image result for caring hands charityproduce and goods to our school, so that we can pass this on to the Caring Hands Charity. This is to help people in our local area who have less than we do. If you would like to find out more about this charity, look at their website here

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Whale and Orca Experts Visit Holbrook!

Today, children across Year 5 and 6 were visited by experts from the Orca conservation See the source imagecharity. These experts provided a really interesting insight into their work, looking after and educating people about how best we can support whales, dolphins and orcas.

Children explored food chains, whale lifestyles and watched amazing footage of feeding on krill. You can watch a video of this feeding here

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Children had an opportunity to handle materials from the conservation trust, including baleen plates, sperm whale teeth and a killer-whale tooth too. Children investigated how large these creatures were, using comparisons to everyday objects… for example, a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car!

A huge thank you to the Orca team for visiting us today and for showing us such a wonderful range of exhibits today and telling us such a fabulous range of information on these creatures… If you want to find out more, visit the orca page here for further information

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Rainbow Inclusion Day 2018!

As part of Holbrook’s commitment to be an inclusive school (and in keepingart materials, close-up, color pencil with our Inclusion Quality Mark too) the school held a cake sale, fundraising and singing assembly to mark our Rainbow Day!

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Rainbow Inclusion Day – Sing, Dance, Include…

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…

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Assembly to start Down Syndrome Awareness Week…

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 Image result for down syndrome awareness daySyndrome and how it affects children in our school. The children saw a video on the differences that┬ásome 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 Image result for down syndromeSyndrome 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…

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