This month includes:
- Friends and followers
- Cyber trauma – Secrets
- DITTO – account security
- Two-factor authentication
- NEW – #DITTO JUNIOR – articles from children and young people
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On the last Thursday of term, everyone from Year 3 up to Year 6 played in 8 a-side matches for their sports team (Red, Yellow, Blue and Green). It was wonderful to see our experienced footballers, who play for local clubs, supporting our players who are less experienced at playing football competitively. Last year, Blue Team won the cup but this year some excellent team work (lots of passing and communicating) took Red Team to the top in our 2017 intra-KS2 tournament - Go Reds! There was a lot of fair play in evidence from all the teams (well done everyone) but the team that shone the brightest in this respect was the Green Team! Many thanks to our School Games Crew for organising this exciting event and to the adults who helped out too despite many being under the weather.
Healthy Me is primarily about having fun! It is a free, 10 week child weight management programme for 7-11 year olds and their families. At Healthy Me they educate families about nutrition and physical activity, helping you to make small positive lifestyle changes to become healthier, and reach and maintain a healthy weight. They cover topics such as 5 a day, sugars vs fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, the importance of hydration, shopping on a budget, making healthy packed lunches and many more. All of this is backed up with fun physical activity such as a supermarket sweep hunt fresh fruit and veg!
Families receive support over the 10 week programme and beyond through keeping in touch/fun days where they can monitor your progress and ensure you continue to make the positive changes you have made during the course.
The new course dates are as follows:
Chippenham - The Olympiad - Tuesdays 4.15pm-5.45pm commences 9th January
Trowbridge - Trowbridge Sport Centre - Wednesday's 4.30pm-6.00pm commences 10th January
Salisbury - Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre - Wednesday's 4.30pm-6.00pm commences 10th January
Devizes - Devizes Leisure Centre - Thursday's 4.15pm - 5.45pm commences 11th January
Families can self-refer by filling out the referral form (click here) or by emailing email@example.com
Please click here for the information leaflet for further details.
Monday 18th December
Please come into school wearing your own clothes. This can include a Christmas jumper and a hat or other Christmas themed headwear.
Please bring a donation of £1 to cover the cost of party food. We have found it is easier to ask for money and do one big shop for both classes, rather than ask for food and end up with 20 packs of sausage rolls!
Thank you - Mr Howe, Miss Patrick and Mrs Quinn
Thursday 14th December - Please bring a sports day coloured top to wear during the KS2 (years 3, 4, 5 & 6) football tournament. They can be a top that you wear over skins / base layer (lycra type tops) or long-sleeved tops. It can have logos or characters on it as long as it is mainly the colour of your sports day team.
The wind was still blowing on Thursday morning but there was a hint of blue behind the thin cloud cover. We were all excited to head off together in the mini buses for Freshwater West and a beach clean (part of the work we're doing to achieve our John Muir awards). At first glance, the beach looked pristine, covered in sandstone pebbles of beautiful shades of red, purple and orange and dotted about with piles of seaweed but, on closer inspection, we could all see that plastic was in danger of taking over. We found plastic bottle tops and plastic bottles and plastic rope and plastic packaging and old plastic boots and plastic fragments - so much plastic rubbish that we filled an entire pick-up truck with it. It was very satisfying work but we only cleared a fraction of the beach and, as Evie pointed out, "This is only one beach and look how much plastic is on it!" We all came away thinking about how to reduce our plastic consumption.
After lunch, the Coots went off rockpooling with Matt while the Swans canoed on the moat around Pembroke Castle. It was exciting to paddle into tunnels that have been around since King Henry VII's day (there were stalactites hanging down in them)! Mrs Phillips was in charge of two canoes rafted together because of the wind and led her team to victory in the final race of the day where we all had to stand up to paddle around a buoy. Ben and Anne Marie declared that we were incredibly fast at loading the canoes back onto the trailer. It was a cold but fun afternoon!
We were all starving for our chicken curry dinner, which was followed by a rousing game of dodgeball with Ben.
Friday dawned with blue skies and crisp, still air. (We'd all packed the night before and written our penultimate diary entries before buying mementoes of our time at Stackpole. We'd then enjoyed our nightly cup of hot chocolate; played some more chess, cards and Pokemon; built yet another tower of blocks; finished our page in the guest book and then settled down to Mrs Phillips' bedtime story.) There was a general air of excitement about going home mixed with sadness that the week was over. We enjoyed a tasty continental breakfast of cereals, yogurts and croissants before setting out, past the lakes and the site of what was the magnificent Stackpole Court, to the woods for some sun-drenched orienteering. On the way we saw a heron and a cormorant, sunning its wings. We returned to the centre for lunch with more of Erica's homemade cakes and were very proud to learn that we had the second lowest food waste, of all the schools who've visited Stackpole since September - 170g per person! There was one last play in the courtyard playground and then we loaded our bags on the coach and waved goodbye to Ack, Matt and Anne Marie (Ben had said his goodbyes earlier). There was a lovely sunset as we drove over the Severn and left our fantastic week in Wales behind!
The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Last year we were proud to have earned a bronze mark but we worked hard to do even better and this year have achieved silver! Well done everyone!
A big well done to Lauren, Lenny, Ned, Tilly, Willow, Ben, Milo and Maddy, who put all of their swim practise into play last week as they gained 2nd place in a cluster swimming gala. The parents who were able to go along and support said that they did Neston proud! A special thank you to Annett Eggleton, who ably accompanied the team!