Friday’s activities began with a visit by Paul Vella, club coach of Holbrook Judo Club. First, the children watched a video of professional judo wrestling to get a flavour of the sport and understand some of its rules and techniques. Then, after the mandatory warm up and safety talk, they were allowed to practise.


Paul used visualisation to help the children remember some of the moves, who would have thought that Fred Flintstone and his car visited Holbrook this week! (Just in case you are asking Yabba Dabba Who?)lf

The concentration and determination of the Year 6s was clear to see and the session culminated with a “crashmat knockout.”

Friendships were cast aside as each opponent crouched in anticipation waiting to pounce. Limbs were flown in all directions (well, sort of!) and each winner stayed on. At the end of the tournament, two were ultimate victors, congratulations to Fin the Ferocious and Oscar the Obstinate!

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Thank you to Paul for sharing your time and expertise with us and helping to educate and inspire the next generation of judo players in Hampshire.

After a quick break, the pupils were off in the minibus again!        minibus-cartoon

Donation money of £110 safely tucked away, they drove through the torrential rain  towards GAFIRS on Stokes Bay. As they watched the high tide slam against the wall and waves crash over the road, one of the children made a pertinent point: they have to go out in this. It was a sobering thought for all of us.

Once inside the safety of the lifeboat station, they were able to hand over the proceeds of their cupcake sale. Both Mr and Mrs Thomas were touched by the children’s generosity and hardwork which had raised such a lot of money.

Again, a huge well done to everyone who helped make the cake sale such a success and thank you again to Keith and Joyce Thomas for making us feel so welcome.


Holbrook Goes Cupcake Crazy!

This morning, Year 6 pupils once again put on their aprons and began the day by decorating their home-made cupcakes. In true Masterchef style, they worked against the clock although not with a bald ex greengrocer, Aussie chef and rather intense voice over lady watching their every move!

Cupcakes transformed, the children were divided into two teams and set up their stalls: Team 1 were in the library and Team 2 in the hall. Weapons at the ready (well squirty cream aerosols!) they waited for their customers and to earn extra brownie points, no pun intended, they were asked to smile, smile and smile again. So they did! They greeted everyone with a fantastic welcome and their cupcakes literally walked off the tables.




Chuffed to bits, they eagerly counted their takings but it didn’t stop there because one of them had the fantastic idea of selling the cakes after school. So we did! No pressure selling techniques were needed, although one father ‘thought’ that he could cycle past without buying a cake for his daughter, ha 50p please!

So how much did they raise for Gosport And Fareham Inshore Rescue Service???

Drum roll please!

At the last count, with a few cakes left to be sold, the amazing Year 6 catering team have raised a whooping £110!!

Incredible effort, they should all be so proud of themselves, we know that every member of staff is super impressed. Teamwork, learning new skills, hard work and ingenuity (thank you Mason for the idea to use squirty cream as a topping, that was genius!) all came together perfectly.

Your efforts will literally change lives.

You see, good things do come in small packages!






What A Wicked Wednesday!

Year 6 pupils had yet another unforgettable day! In the morning, working in pairs, they began a mammoth cup-cake making quest, (in Gorilla class but don’t tell Miss Trenchard!) Tomorrow morning, at breaktime, pupils and staff will beable to buy a delicious, sweet treat to see them through ’til lunch. All in aid of raising money for the GAFIRS lifeboat station on Stokes Bay.

The pupils quickly realised that there’s alot more to baking than just the eating part, especially how to crack an egg without obliterating it! However, bowl after bowl of loveliness was produced and by the end of their morning, they had produced a staggering 120+ cupcakes! Masterchef here they come!





After a quick lunch, they were back on the minibus and headed to Rock Up, the indoor climbing centre in Whiteley. This trip was again twinned with Bedenham pupils and friendships from the previous day were evident. After the safety talk, the children were let loose on the 26 multicoloured climbing walls with bizarre names such as The Twister, The Stairway to Heaven and the Speed climb where you try and beat your own personal score. Initial nerves were soon forgotten and their confidence levels grew and grew after each new wall was tested. Strangers no more, they all encouraged and supported each other and although genuine fear was shown at times, perseverance and sheer determination shone through. 



The final activity was offered to those children who super impressed their teachers for a variety of reasons. Well done to Harvey, Bella, Danielle, Cody and Miss Butcher for their amazing have a go attitude! The climb? No, a sheer vertical drop to remind you of lunch!!





A big thank you to all of the staff at Rock Up for an unforgettable experience.
















Fun In The Sun!

Today, Year 6 pupils from both Holbrook and Bedenham schools went to the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre in Portsmouth. Situated in Langstone Harbour, the centre offers activities for both adults and children and luckily, the sun dance worked and we were met with sunshine and calm sea.

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After the children had squished themselves into their wetsuits and buoyancy aids (not lifejackets I was told!), both schools were mixed up and the fun began. They were given the challenge of constructing their own rafts made from kayaks, rope and poles and then carried them into the water. There they had to work together in order to paddle in one direction (who?) and coordinate back and forward strokes at the same time. After the initial, which way is left and right dilemma, the children all settled into the task at hand. 


Once feeling much more confident, the two intrepid teams set off for deeper water. A healthy rivalry developed and they were given a fast tow by the two dinghies driven by the instructors and excited whooping filled the air. After learning to correctly steer the raft and work as a team, it was-unfortunately-time to paddle in. Their final activity, a chaotic splash and swim in the harbour. Well done to all of the children for using their fantastic colla skills and showing incredible perseverance!


Thank you to all of the members of staff at the centre for taking such good care of us.

Year 6 trip to GAFIRS

GAFIRS-50-Logo-1024x428Today, Year 6 pupils visited Gosport And Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) on Stokes Bay. One of the busiest lifeboat stations in the U.K, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Although they assist the RNLI when requested, they are a completely independent charity, staffed by local volunteers from all walks of life. Last year, they saved the lives of 5 people and responded to 92 incidents in our region!


After an informative chat, the children were given a guided tour of the station. They were shown the impressive, modern lifeboat- only 4 years old- which can reach speeds of up to 43 knots (50mph), the Land Rover Defender and the huge tractor needed to manoeuvre the lifeboat into place. They met Vincent, the accident prone dummy, who needs frequent rescuing, learnt about sea and shore safety and tried on the life jackets for size!

The visit ended with a birds eye view across the Solent during which the children listened to radio calls from other vessels and watched two Royal Navy ships sail past.

In the afternoon, the children designed their own posters advertising a cake sale which will take place this Thursday (October 10th) at breaktime. Year 6 will be baking delicious cupcakes and all proceeds will go towards supporting the amazing work of GAFIRS. Suggested donation of 50p would be welcome.

Thanks again to everyone at GAFIRS who made our morning so amazing!





Winchester Science Museum

Year 5 and 6 started the new academic year with a trip to the Winchester Science Museum on 25th September 2018. After a quick trip up the motorway, we arrived ready to experience the Planetarium and take part in the Sound workshops.

There was so much there to touch, pull, push, run along that it was extremely difficult to decide what to do first. Fortunately, the decision was made for us as the guide showed us into the planetarium. This was amazing. The lights went down and we could see the night sky above us. Luke pointed out the North Star, the different constellations and how stories were made up about them. We zoomed in and out of the Galaxy (a little bit disconcerting..and stomach churning!) to look at some of the other planets. We learnt so interesting facts, for example, if we wanted to travel to Mars, it would take six months to travel there and there would be no return trip!

After this, we were able to visit the new space area. This was full of exciting and wonderful exhibits. Some of us were able to step into an actual spacesuit, walk in a room that was an optical illusion and see how the planets rotate around each other. We were able to talk from side of the room to another through a large tube reminding us of the cups and strings we had made back at school.

Next was a quick lunch and then we started our Sound workshops. We were shown two metal poles – one longer than the other. The teachers heated up the poles and then turned them over. They made low and high notes. Do you know which one made which noise? We do! We also put strange hats on our heads and tried to work out where the sound was coming from. This was much more difficult than it sounds. The tubes on the hats seem to distort the sound and represented how animal’s hearing has evolved over time.

All in all, it was a great trip with many children asking to go back again…..and soon!

[Written by Mrs Landon]

Full Force visits Fort Nelson


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On Friday 8th June, children from Holbrook’s forces family club, Full Force, went to the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill near Fareham.

As a continuation of their own ceramic poppy endeavours at school, the children were taken to see the amazing Wave installation which is available to view until the 24th June. This is from the original display, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London created to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the start of World War 1 and every British and Colonial life lost at the Front during the conflict.

The children were able to closely view the poppies, each one unique and handcrafted and the display could be seen from various aspects around the fort. The children then produced their own pastel drawings with a wave theme and will have the opportunity to produce their own felt poppies back at school. Combined with the decorative dragon cannon, ‘hands on’ machine gun, fortified ramparts and series of mysterious underground tunnels, an informative and fun time was had by all.

Next stop, Armed Forces Day on the 29th June.

Written by Miss Brenton.