“Snow is falling, (it’s actually glitter and hay!) all around us… Children playing, having fun!” Carols drifting, down the hallway. Merry Christmas everyone!
This really is the best time to work in a school. Watching the Christmas story come to life through this year’s nativity play was so very special and we were so impressed by the standard of acting and singing. Well done to everyone who took part! We’d also very much like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of our staff and the members of the PTA. These wonderful people are the unseen and unsung heroes of Hanborough Manor. It is their good will and additional hard work that enable us to have so much fun.
Your children continue to make us all extremely proud. Their hard work has resulted in impressive progress this term and this is in addition to the fabulous work of the showcase, the concert and the nativity. We’re still very much looking forward to the Year 3 & 4 Christmas concert next week, our Christmas dinner on Thursday and, of course, the school discos! Please join us after school ends (1.15pm) next Friday for a few carols before we formally wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This week, we have been thinking carefully about acts of remembrance, resulting in an absolutely beautiful display in the hall. The children were in awe when they walked into the hall this morning! Especially Foundation Stage, who joined us for their second assembly of the year. Thank you to Mrs Silverwood, who kindly put together a selection of the amazing artwork and writing, which we will leave up in the hall so you have the chance to see it in all its glory next week during parents’ evenings. Thank you to all of the children and staff who have contributed to the Poppy Appeal.
Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to take part in a circus skills workshop led by Mr Sensible, linked to their ‘Thrills and Spills’ topic. They had a fantastic day learning about peacock feather balancing, plate spinning, flower sticks, diablos and many more! Children throughout the school had the opportunity to see the skills in action, with an assembly from Mr Sensible in the morning and a showcase in the afternoon where years 5 and 6 showed off their skills. As always, the children behaved brilliantly and learnt lots of new skills. Years 5 and 6 are feeling inspired, and ready to put on a performance when they have their showcase!
Over the last fortnight, we have had 2 political visitors at Hanborough Manor. Merilyn Davies, our local District Councillor, came to present an assembly about Democracy to Years 1-6 in the lead up to school council nominations.
Robert Courts, MP for Oxfordshire, delivered an assembly to Years 5 and 6. The children took part in a debate about lessons being abolished and PE taking over the school day! They played Lords, MPs and Anna even played the Queen! The activity was designed to help children understand the complicated process that is undertaken to pass a law. Luckily, the Queen turned down the proposition this time and lessons will remain!
Wow! We were so impressed with the showcases last week. Utterly brilliant! Well done to everyone involved. Please enjoy the photos on the website.
COUNTRY DANCING AND FETE
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped to make the summer fete such a huge success. The children danced beautifully in the country dancing sessions and had a great time clapping along. Special thanks to the PTA committee for their tireless work to raise funds that enrich the children’s time at HMS.
BIG SCIENCE WINNERS
Congratulations to Adelina, Emma, Emily, Flora and Phoebe in Year 4 who recently won the Big Science Event. The girls presented their experiment with confidence and wowed the judges in Witney with their consideration for fair testing and control measures. Future scientists in the making!
The children thoroughly enjoyed their broadcasting for BBC Radio Oxford last week and they made us all very proud. Sound clips of the shows can be heard via the class pages on the school website.
Foundation Stage pupils have been designing superhero cuffs as part of their project work. They spoke enthusiastically about their learning and were very eager to show us their work.
Year 1 & 2 Tennis
On Monday 30th April, Year 1 and 2 attended an EPA Tennis festival with other partnership schools. Despite a chilly wind, the children and staff had lots of fun practising ball skills and introducing themselves to Tennis. All children received a certificate for taking part. We are proud to say that some children were awarded a special certificate for ‘Honesty’, which was the School Games theme to the festival.
Ethan – “Theo threw the ball nice and gently so I could hit it with my tennis racquet.”
Sophie – “The weather was very cold and windy but that didn’t stop us playing tennis.”
Maeve – “I liked co-operating with people I know but also with people from other schools that I didn’t know.”
Dilys the school dog, is now settling in and we are gradually introducing her to the staff and to those children who are keen to meet her.
Draft documents are now on the school website (in the policies section) which show the rationale for having a dog in school, the school’s policy and the risk assessment.
Key points to note are:
* Dilys will be introduced, gradually, to the children who will meet her individually and in small groups
* She will, typically, stay in staff offices and the meeting rooms
* Dilys will sometimes go onto the playground, on a lead, where she will be constantly supervised by an adult
* Dilys has been trained to go to the toilet on command and will go at the front of the school, away from areas used by the children
Please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Morgan if you have any questions of concerns.
A FOND FAREWELL
Last Friday, we said goodbye to Julie Caldicott, one of our dinner ladies. She has worked at the school for a number of years and the children will certainly miss her dishing up the puddings!
Children from Year 3 and 4 represented the school in the EPA Quadkids sports festival last Friday. The children competed in a 400m run, vortex throw, standing long jump and the relay. Everyone had a great time and many individuals were praised for their sporting prowess and grit.
“My favourite event was the 400m run because I like long distance running. I had lots of fun even though it was hot!” Elspeth Skinner in Year 4
“I liked the fact that people earned certificates for determination in sport” Immy Sugden in Year
NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK:
The school was full of exciting scientific opportunities and experiences. During the week, children participated in workshops, investigations and had visitors talking to them about their experiences within an area of science. We also had a Science competition which involved the children designing their own investigation to be put forward to be judged for the Big Science Event.
A big thank you to Mr. Reeves for organising the fun- filled week and also to Nicole Dunne, Nele Demeyere and Mr.Wilkinson for coming in to speak to the children.
KS1 Enjoyed an Amazing Animals workshop, Years 3 & 4 experienced a Changing Materials workshop and Years 5 & 6 enjoyed an evening of astronomy with Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group.
Poppy and Cecily have written a report about their adventures.
On Sunday 26th February, Year 4 went to the Kingswood centre in the Isle of Wight. At 9:30am we left on a coach and got a ferry. When we arrived we had a tour of Kingswood and we found out what dormitory we were in. Over the three days we had an amazing time. We had lots of fun taking part in activities like the 3D swing, leap of faith, side by side, buggies, climbing night line and much more. Although we were exhausted (and the weather was freezing) Year 4 had the best time of their lives!
I think the best part was when we went into the planetarium. We learnt how to find the North Star and how to find the tail of the squirrel. I learnt how the stars made lots of different animals and a unicorn, house and lion. I learnt a lot about the moon and the calendar. The trip was so exciting because we saw lots of Birmingham.
By Ellie (Y5)
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.’
The whole school observed a two minute silence today and the children’s behaviour was
impeccable. Our collective worship explored the origins of the poppy and explained why we
wear poppies at this time of the year. I hope the weather is kind to all of our children, that
belong to scouting and guiding associations, attending a service on Sunday.
YEAR 6 RESIDENTIAL
“On the 13th October, Year 6 came back from their residential to Kilvrough in Wales. They stayed in a Manor with another school (Mill Lane School). The aim of the week was designed to encourage teamwork and responsibility whilst having fun. And it was safe to say, lots of fun was had by all! There were three groups who participated in a range of activities including; canoeing, climbing, caving, ropes course and a waterfall walk. In the evenings we were set a number of challenges involving orienteering and scavenger hunts. We all had an amazing time, working with new people, learning how to communicate with each other for safety and sometimes getting wet! The year 6 came back exhausted but with many happy memories made. When asked if they would recommend the trip to younger children, it was a 100% yes!!”
By Maisa and Rory (Y6)
Harvest Festival 5th October 2017
A big well done to all the children in Years 1-6 who walked down to church yesterday to take part in our annual Harvest Festival. Each year group did a fabulous job of presenting poems, stories, play scripts and art work based around the theme of Harvest.
The children in Foundation Stage presented their Harvest Festival performance on Wednesday.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended both events and supported the children.
BeSpace at HMS
We would like to thank Rev. Tyler and all his helpers for setting up and running BeSpace at HMS.
If you would like further information, please visit the Be Space website.
Prayer Spaces are day events or week long events in a school where students can experience prayer in creative ways. In a practical sense, this involves transforming a physical space so students can creatively explore faith and spirituality from a broadly Christian perspective. Typically half a class will access the space for approximately 45 minutes. This will include a short introduction on what Christians believe about prayer, time to explore the interactive activities together in small groups and coming together again as a class at the end to give their feedback. The students are invited to pray if they would like to or to just reflect on the different activities as they complete them.
Prayer spaces help students to engage with spirituality and prayer in a creative, experiential, inclusive, safe way.
BeSpace helps churches run prayer spaces in their local schools, so that prayer and reflection becomes part of regular school life. Time and time again we have seen prayer spaces fit alongside the many ways that churches already serve their school, and also as a catalyst for other opportunities to develop spirituality in education.
Hanborough Manor School students tied in their annual sports day with the official unveiling of their new radio station on Thursday last week, which they will now be able to use each week to play songs, read the news and even broadcast a special feature piece.
While children were sprinting the 100metres and taking part in the triple jump, other pupils and parents were admiring the new high-tech equipment, brought out to the field for the special day.
Deputy headteacher Ginny Bayliss said: "There are not many schools with a radio station. We were just looking at ways to give children a greater pupil voice.
"Also it would be nice to showcase work they have done and special projects."
The staff carried out some research to find another school that had a radio station, and took along some pupils to see how it operated.
They also visited BBC Radio Oxford, based in Summertown, to learn how a real radio station works.
The Long Hanborough school's PTA then raised £400 through events such as bake sales, quizzes and raffles, to go towards buying the equipment.
Mrs Bayliss added: "We wrote a script and decided to launch it on school sports day as all the parents would be there.
"The children seemed to just love it. They were all asking when the next one was. When I said we couldn't have one next week as the Year 6's were not here, they seemed a bit sad!
"The radio will be each week at lunch on Friday. Children will be able to listen to it while they eat.
"We will have three songs, a news flash about the school and a feature. For example the last one was an interview with the headteacher Miss Kerswell who was a former Olympian swimmer. "Which we thought tied in nicely with sports day."
FS, Year 1 & Year 2 Charity Day
Pentecost Prayer Space
Christ Church, Long Hanborough
As part of their response to the Archbishops' call to pray for the evangelisation of our nation during the week leading up to Pentecost, Christ Church, Long Hanborough provided a 'Prayer Space' in Christ Church so that all could be involved.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children from Hanborough Manor C of E School went along during the day and joined in with activities to engage in creative prayer... and be expectant as to what God might do.
Below are some photos of their visit.
We had Sarah visit from The Oxford Synagogue to explain about the lifestyle of a Jewish person.
Sarah showed the children many traditional Jewish objects like the candlesticks and Chalice used as part of the weekly Shabbat. One of the children dressed up in a prayer shawl (Tallit) and skull cap (Kippah) like many Jewish males would wear in the Synagogue. She also showed the children how 21st Century technology plays a part in Jewish life by using an app on her mobile to tell her if foods are Kosher or not!
Odd Shoes Day
A visitor from the charity ‘Jacket Off Your Back’ is coming into school to talk to the children about the great thing we will be doing by donating our old shoes,