The Reception Class of 2019/2020
YEAR 6 RESIDENTIAL TRIP
The children and staff had a fantastic time at Hill House Residential. They did not let the rain dampen their spirits and took part in a range of activities including archery, kayaking, high ropes and team building activities. Everyone enjoyed the food especially the home baked cakes, even the fussy eaters! A particular highlight was Wednesday evening’s disco.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Festival Assembly on Tuesday. It was lovely to see so many people. Thank you to Heather Lee who gave the Harvest address. We are pleased to report that the Harvest Auction raised £92.00 which this year will go to Julian House, a charity chosen by the School Council. The donated non-perishable items will be taken to the Malmesbury & District Food bank on Monday.
Malmesbury & District Food Bank Donation
We were overwhelmed with the generous donations to the Malmesbury & District Foodbank from our recent Harvest Festival. We took the two eldest children from the School Council to Malmesbury to deliver the donated items to the foodbank.
Fin and Abi helped weigh the items that we delivered and it amounted in 56.7kg which they said was the most they have ever had donated from a primary school.
It was very interesting for the children to learn more about how the foodbank operates and how they are able to help so many families on a regular basis.
Thank you to everyone who donated materials for the minibeast hotels. The KS2 children have been working hard on constructing them this week as you can see below. KS1 were not to be outdone and have also created their bug habbitat this week.
YEAR 5/6 TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
Yesterday afternoon our Year5/6 tag rugby team took part in the Tag Rugby Festival at Minety competing against other schools in the Malmesbury Cluster. Braving the elements the team showcased fantastic teamwork and great sporting spirit playing with enthusiasm.
TERM 1 ASSEMBLY
This afternoon we held our special celebration assembly during which the children showcased their topic work from this term including: Kennings set to body percussion, limericks, food chain facts, bug hotel plans, 3D models and paintings – it has been a busy term! Thank you to everyone who came.
On Tuesday morning our Year 3 and 4 children went to Malmesbury and took part in a variety of activities including agility ladders, football dribbling, racket relay and many more together with other small primary schools in the area. Mrs McQueen said that all the children participated well and with gusto. She was incredibly proud of the way they behaved and represented the school.
On Monday we all walked to the War Memorial in Great Somerford for an Act of Remembrance and to observe the 2 minutes silence at 11.00am. We were joined by parents, grandparents and siblings and members of the community and Mary laid a wreath on behalf of the school. The Pre-school and Key stage 1 children placed their handmade poppies in the garden of remembrance and the Year 6 children read a poem. Thank you also to Rev Steve Wilkinson for joining us and saying a prayer.
Children in Need
Thank you very much for the generous cake donations for the Children in Need Cake Sale.
The School Council did a fantastic job of setting up the table and selling them all.
We are delighted to announce that they raised £60.90 from the sale and we have this week given Children in Need a total of £119.90 from all the children and staff at Walter Powell School and Pre-school.
Key Stage 2 Cross Country Festival
On Thursday afternoon 14 children from Key stage 2 took part in the Cross Country Festival at Malmesbury School. They all participated with much enthusiasm and tried their very best. They were a real credit to our school and it was marvellous to hear them cheering each other on during the event.
Thank you to all the parents who helped with transport to and from the event and for those who brave the chilly afternoon to encourage the children. Congratulations to you all.
Christingle Workshop and Worship
On Tuesday morning the children in school and pre-school took part in a Christingle workshop and worship led by Rev Steve Wilkinson. Everyone took great care creating their Christingles. Once they were all made, the children sat in a large circle in the school hall with their lit Christingles, sang a hymn and also said some prayers. Our thanks go to Co-op in Malmesbury and the church for kindly donating the oranges and to Rev Steve for providing everything else!
Years 5/6 Netball Festival
Yesterday afternoon our Year 5/6 Netball team took part in a schools festival at Malmesbury. The team played extremely well as a group and demonstrated great sportsmanship finishing fourth in their group. Well done to Sam who was awarded most improved player.
Nativity – The Little Fir Tree
Fab-u-Lous! is how this year’s Nativity was described. The children put on a fantastic performance to a packed audience and heartily deserved the acclaim they received. Thank you to everyone involved and to SHASA for providing the refreshments after the performance.
Making Beaker Pots
Years 2- 6 have made Beaker pots this week. They began by researching the history of beaker pots which date back about 10,000 years. Looking at photographs of pots discovered by archaeologists, the children had a go at making their own.
Investigating and making Fossils
Mrs McQueen’s class have been studying fossils in Science and have had great fun trying to make their own. They explored the properties of plaster of paris before using it to create their own fossils. The end results are amazing.
We were delighted that Mr Bushell found the time to come and show them some of the items from his fossil and dinosaur bone collection. The children were captivated as and eager to learn about the fossils he bought in to show them.
Exploring Important Places
Reception and KS1 escaped the confines of school and went on a walk to explore the church as part of their RE topic, Important Places.
Key Stage 2 Gym Festival
On Tuesday morning children from KS2 represented us in this year’s Gymnastics Festival in Malmesbury. The children competed in both the floor sequence and vault. All our children had been practising hard in school during break times, lunch times and PE and performed well on the day. Fin had an especially good competition finishing overall third in the Beginner Sequence and second in the Beginner Vault. Fin demonstrated his vault and floor sequence in Celebration Assembly this morning too!
Year 6 Leavers
As we reach the end of a very unusual school year we would like to take this opportunity to wish Mary, Abi, Leo, Laurie, James, Fin and Bobby all the very best as they leave Walter Powell School and continue their school journeys at Malmesbury School.
They enjoyed some music, treats and fun on the field on Wednesday afternoon and they even managed to all take part (and Miss Shibley) in a socially distanced conga around the field! On Thursday lunchtime they ate their lunch in the Jubilee Gardens and Trevor Ranger visited them on the school field to say his farewells in the afternoon.
It was also lovely that so many children and parents joined the Year 6 Leavers Assembly via zoom earlier today and wish them well.
Many thanks to Rev. Steve Wilkinson for joining us and for his kind words and prayers.
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