British Athlete visits Holbrook!

Yasmin Miller, who represents Great Britain in the hurdles, came to visit us on Wednesday 7th February. Children and staff alike were treated to an inspiring and motivational talk about what life is like as a modern day athlete.

Yasmin with our House Captains and Head Girl and Boy

Yasmin spoke about her achievements and disappointments, her goals and sacrifices. She said that the support given by her family was key to her success and her aim is to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. All of this combined with being a newly qualified lawyer too. Amazing!


Yasmin spent the rest of the day working with Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The children demonstrated incredible Colla skills with their team spirit and co-operation, much whooping and shouting could be heard inside and out.




We would all like to thank Yasmin for her time and commitment to our next generation of budding athletes and wish her Good Luck in her future competitions. One final piece of advice from Yasmin, put your phone away and never give up on your dreams!

Written by Miss Brenton



Good Learners Assembly – January 26th!

This week, children across Holbrook received awards for their hard work in  subjects across the curriculum. A big thank you to all of the parents who came along to good learners today, to make the event even more special for the children.

This excellent work included some superb poetry on Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake poem – watch it here! Other children were presented with certificates for their writing of an African folk tale, including using unknown words and not giving up! Some children had even done further writing work at home to consolidate their Year 6 work, showing great dedication. Other children completed writing based on the Piano work in Year 5, while children in KS1 were presented with awards for being welcoming to children from Bedenham who joined pupils for an African drumming concert!

At the same time, other children were awarded certificates for their reading at home…

Bronze Reading Certificates were awarded to: Layla S, Maisie A and Liam H

Silver Reading Certificates were awarded to: William G


Housepoints this week were won byHawking (Red) = 423 points

Attenborough (Green) = 275 points

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Aderin-Pocock (Blue) =  375 points

Turing (Yellow) = 325 points

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Fairthorne Update Number 4!

Hello from Fairthorne

We all woke up to blue skies and sunshine this morning which made a nice change after the rain. First activities were the crate challenge and vertical assault course. The assault course was great, and lots of us managed to reach the top which was no means feat. The crate challenge was good too and lots of us conquered our fears and stood on at least 8 crates.

Despite the torrential rain at lunchtime we spent an extra session in the sports hall playing games and then the final activity was the blind trail. A muddy walk through the woods with blind folds on which involved a lot of trust between each other.
Tonight, after roast chicken, it will be the campfire and then packing bags before bed. A cup of hot chocolate and a story and then a good night’s sleep before we come home tomorrow.

Do feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the Blogs… they are being viewed by so many of you, making them really worthwhile. We hope they are of use…

Bye for now, from all at Fairthorne!

[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]

Fairthorne Update… Number 3!

Hello from Fairthorne!

Well as the sun has set on another fabulous day at the camp, children have had a fun filled day of adventurous pursuits, from outdoor den building and obstacle courses to an amazing session of indoor archery to hone their accuracy and bow skills!

The day began a little damp and windy, but nothing  could dampen the Holbrook spirit from creating some magnificent woodland structures to shelter  from a “storm” – whereby an instructor threw a large canister of water to “test” each of the dens! Much laughing and screaming were heard in equal measures!

Alongside this, the children also conducted teamwork games, working together and collaborating on several problems testing their initiative too! A lunch of giant warm sausage rolls and winter soup warmed everyone, ready for the outdoor obstacle course! This muddy-marathon of tires, barriers, a giant spiders web and swing rope over a swamp was enjoyed by all, with children throwing themselves in (literally) to each of the tasks. Parents would have been so proud – albeit they might have been shocked at how much mud, leaves and twigs could stick to their children! A great activity, with a highlight being the children cheering Mason R onwards as he beat Mr Burt around the course. Mason even stopped for a cheeky celebratory wave as he Tarzan’ed to victory over the gloopy swamp on a rope swing!

Other special mentions are deserved for Charlie and Reagan’s splashes into the swamp and Harvey’s superb shot knocking a ten-pin skittle off of a target from 15m away! Disco night tonight, after a hearty meal of meatballs and pasta with chocolate brownies to finish.

A huge thank you also to all you parents, who have provided such excellently prepared kit and resources, which have allowed the children to complete their activities come rain or shine. This has been exceptionally appreciated by the staff and instructors too.

Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne!

[Written by Mr Thorns & Mrs Dudley]

Fairthorne Update Number 1…

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Day 1:
We arrived and explored the park with the weather generally holding for us too! Plenty of mud Related imageand big puddles to splash in though.
Lunch was great – they had made some tomato soup which lots of us tried and which warmed us up ready for the afternoon.
First we had orienteering which was fast and gave us time to explore further. Then we had camouflage lessons where lots of us got very muddy. Ninja squirrel and sardines finished the afternoon.
Chicken kebabs for tea then wide games to finish the evening – leaving many of us exhausted and ready for a good night’s rest!
Keep an eye out for future updates in the coming days!
Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne!
[Written by Mrs Dudley & Mr Thorns]

Good Learners Assembly ~ January 19th 2018

This week, children across Holbrook received awards for their hard work in  subjects across the curriculum. A big thank you to all of the parents who came along to good learners today, to make the event even more special for the children.

This excellent work included perseverance in Maths working with averages and solving problems, labeling skeletons in Science, improving their handwriting and concentrating exceptionally well in lessons.

At the same time, other children were awarded certificates for their reading at home…

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Aderin-Pocock Team Day

Well the BLUE team did it again!

When Mrs Landon arrived back from wherever she had disappeared off to,she was amazed to see everyone working so hard on their creative activities. There was a calm industrious feeling in all the classrooms with children (and adults) all making glittery stars, pine cones and bows so that Aderin-Pocock’s hoops look like a ‘Winter Wonderland’.

Please enjoy them when you come into school to join in our Sing-a-long at the end of term.

The children also learnt how to sign the song too. All in one short morning – how amazing are they?? And the wonderful Mr Moloney was too; singing, dancing and signing all the way through.Mr Burt and Mrs Archer did a fantastic job of tidying up afterwards – ably helped by Alisha and Ruby… you wouldn’t have known anything had been going on…well almost (our classrooms might still be glittery in May!!). A huge thank you should go out to Mrs Shephard and Mrs White who were last seen putting the hoops together..patience of a saint comes to mind!

Not only did the team produce some fantastic artwork and learn how to sign a new song, they also had to contend with a fire practice! They all left the building in a quiet sensible fashion with little noise. This was quite an experience as most people were not where they would normally be but were still able to line up outside quickly and quietly. Well done all.

A big thanks and a pat on the back to all those in Aderin-Pocock – yet another very successful team morning.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas – have a great time over the holidays…not long left!

[Written by Mrs Landon]