St Peter’s have once again supported the Christmas Shoebox Appeal coordinated by Teams4u as well as the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary and the Witney Foodbank. The children have been busy at home filling shoeboxes with gifts and toiletries, treats and toys for pets and emergency food items. I am sure that these will all be very gratefully received by people and animals in need this Christmas.
The whole school gathered at the war memorial for two minutes silence and prayers on Armistice Day. It was lovely that villagers joined us to mark this special occasion.
The school and village harvest family service this year was a joyous occasions, led by Reverend Margot. Thank you to all the families who were able to join us in our harvest celebration, to the children for their singing, prayers and reading and to everyone who made donations for the Witney Food Bank.
Our Scarecrow Hunt and Harvest Show, organised by the Friends of St Peter’s (FoSP’s), was a great success. Many thanks to all the children who worked so hard to produce their wonderful creations, including harvest crowns, fruit and vegetable animals and scarecrow paintings and models. Thank you also to Mrs Kowalski and Mrs Phipps who had the very difficult task of judging all the entries and all the parents who helped serve refreshments.
Cygnus Class had a lovely day out at Fairytale Farm. This is what the children said about their visit, “On the bus, on the way there, we entertained ourselves by singing songs. When we got there we saw Snow White and there was a book and when you held your hand on the page it told you the story. We went for a walk and we saw fairytale characters from the stories. We held some rabbits and some guinea pigs. We all loved Fairytale Farm.”
This service in St Peter’s Church was a very special occasion led by Reverend MacInnes, in celebration and memory of the year. The children filled the church with their beautiful singing and a very special perfomance of 'A Brand New Day' by Pegasus Class. They all spoke beautifully as they shared their memories of the year.
Cygnus and Tucana Classes enjoyed a glorious day at the seaside in Weston-Super-Mare. With the sun shining, donkey rides, sandcastle building and ice-creams, it was a wonderful day and certainly one that we will all remember!
The children in Pegasus Class had a fabulous residential trip to Adventure Plus in Clanfield. Thanks to the team at Adventure Plus, our very own Chair of Governor, David Waters, Mr Wise, Mrs Honour and Mrs Pearce, all the children took part in canoeing, slacklining, fencing, cycling and bushcrafts, many for the first time. As they spent the evening around the camp fire, toasting marshmallows and singing and the night under canvas, some very special memories were made.
All the children were able to display their jumping, throwing,dribbling and running skills at our first Key Stage 2 Sports Day, showing great sportmanship and being excellent competitors.
To support their topic, ‘The Blue Abyss’, Pegasus class visited the Bristol Aquarium and learnt about lots of fascinating underwater creatures including electric eels, sharks and rays. The children returned to school very excited to share the amazing facts that they had learnt including the fact that an electric eel could light up all the Christmas lights on Oxford Street!
Despite the forecast, the rain held off and our Key Stage 1 Sport’s Day was able to go ahead in perfect weather conditions. The children all took part in running, egg and spoon and ball in the bucket races.! All the children participated with great enthusiasm and wonderful team spirit.
This year’s Victorian themed village fete, marking the school’s birthday, was a great success with everyone enjoying the many stalls, games and performances. The children of St Peter’s opened the fete, with a charming rendition of ‘Who were the Victorians?’ and ‘The School Song’ and everyone looked wonderful in their Victorian costumes. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event.
St Peter's were very lucky to be on the route of the Women's Cycle Tour of Britain. The children had made banners and were ready to cheer the cyclists on, when they had an extra surprise 'show' from the Police outriders who treated them to high fives, a dance show and even a pink rose for one lucky pupil!
Well done to the Year 3 and 4 children who competed in this year’s Burford Partnership swimming gala. Congratulations to Sofia and Lily who won the Year 3 and Year 4 breast stroke race, to Ted who won the float race and Sofia who won the breast stroke race. All the children who took part did so with great team spirit and were excellent ambassadors for our school.
The whole school enjoyed an RE and Arts day with Sue and Colin Townsend, two long serving trustees of Friends of African International Ministry. Mr Townsend taught us all about life in a village in Uganda, and helped create some African weaving and necklaces. Mrs Townsend taught African dancing, singing and drumming! Pegasus were inspired to create some wonderful collaborative African Artwork which is displayed in their classroom.
To support their learning this term, Zoolab visited Cygnus and Tucana Classes and all the children had the opportunity to handle and learn about a bearded dragon, a chilli rose tarantula, a gerbil, a giant cockroach and a corn snake. They learnt lots of amazing facts about these animals.
This term, the children in Pegasus Class are having their PE lessons at Adventure Plus, an outdoor activity centre in Clanfield. Over the summer terms, the children will be developing their archery and climbing skills and later in the term, they will be camping overnight at the centre and having the opportunity to take part in a range of outdoor learning activities including mountain biking, canoeing, slacklining and fencing.
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