Well done to Lara, Billy, Oscar, Jemima, Jocelyn and Oliver who spent this morning at Corsham School competing in a number of maths rounds against numerous other primary schools from the local area. Our team was supported (and inspired) by Lily Overton, a Corsham School A-level student and Neston alumni. It was wonderful to see her and her fellow ex-Neston students, James Redman, Henry Phillips, Ben Ward and Tom Tanner, who are all excelling in maths and sciences. Hopefully our Y5/6 Maths Challenge Team will follow in their footsteps, as they came second out of 16 teams!
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On Thursday 11th July we shall be offering the year 6 children a special leavers lunch.
Meat Option:- Beef Burger in a Bun with Jacket Wedges
Veggie Option:- Veggie Lasagne with Garlic & Herb Bread
Jacket Potato:- With various fillings
Sandwiches:- Ham or Cheese
Dessert:- Mini Cakes / Blueberry Ice Cream
Squash & Treats
Please ensure that you log in to your ParentPay account to book by 1st July
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!
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!
Please come along and join us in our Easter Egg hunt on Thursday 6th April after school. We look forward to seeing you there. Entry is £3 with "Find the Golden Egg", stalls, games, face painting, cakes and more!
Today our Children's Leadership Team interviewed our local MP Michelle Donelan. Here are some of the questions they asked:-
What do you think about our school?
Do you think Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK?
Will Brexit have an impact on our school?
We are concerned about the speed people drive through Neston, what can we do?
What do you do as our local MP?
The interview was a fantastic opportunity for the children and the CLT were a real credit to our school.
Congratulations to Captain Kian and his team: Rachel, Zoe, Isabelle, Martha, James, Maddy, Genevieve, Ben and Olivia!
Here are the audio tracks for you to listen and learn at home.
Every Thursday a group of parents, grandparents and volunteers from the local community meet up to listen to the pupils read whilst enjoying a cup of tea and even a biscuit!
September sees a change in the timings to 1:30 - 3pm so if you have an hour or even half an hour to spare, come along and join us.
For more details or to express an interest please contact the school office and ask for Liz James.
A super well done to our lacrosse team who won the fair play trophy at a recent tournament at Colerne School.
Also congratulations go out to both our Y5/6 mixed cricket team and our all girls cricket team who both won all of their qualifying matches at their respective Level 2 tournaments and were both runners up in their finals which could have seen them go on to the Level 3 competition.
Many thanks to Penney Ellis who took these great shots at our recent FONS event.
Stay tuned for an update on the money we raised.
The Yellow team completed a sporting double by triumphing in the Cricket Tournament that took place Friday morning, following their success at Sports Day only a few weeks ago
Another fabulously sunny day provided perfect weather for the event which was again expertly organised by Miss Sims and umpired by Miss Sims and Ms Fallon, with support from numerous TAs. Children from years 3 through to 6 represented their teams in matches against each other. The games were played with 4 batters on the field at one time, in order to increase the participation of multiple players - rather than the traditional two batters we would normally expect.
On Tuesday 17th June, at 1 pm, around 30 of Neston's finest voices boarded the coach to take them to the Forum Theatre, in Bath. As part of the Corsham Cluster, they were performing in the 'Happy Hour' Concert - sharing and celebrating the feeling of joy. Neston were joined by Box, Colerne, Lypiatt, Saint Patrick's and Corsham Regis.
After sound checks, and a rehearsal on stage to give everyone a taste of the experience, a mix of excitement and nerves swirled around the curved ceiling of the former cinema. There was a wonderful range of performances and songs across the cluster, each school taking the theme in a slightly different direction.
At 4pm, relatives began filling up the remaining seats and the atmosphere was buzzing in anticipation of what was coming. Neston sang 'Let it Go' from the critically acclaimed film Frozen with power and passion, and as the song headed into the climax, the children seemed to grow in confidence and powerfully delivered a spine-tingling, goose bump inducing, performance that made everybody proud. What a team! Here is the end of the performance...
Look at the fun we're having in Chestnut. The video below says it all. Thanks to the fantastic (and free!) app VidRhythm. We have also enjoyed experimenting with the app after school in Performing Arts Club, where Mr Howe and Miss Apperley used their iPads to show the videos via mirroring technology (whatever is displayed on the iPad is shown simultaneously on screen) on the Apple TV connected to the projector in Mr Howe's classroom.
Set to a pre-determined tune/beat/rhythm all you have to do is record 6 separate, 3 second videos, for example saying 'go' or imitating drum sounds and the clever app puts it together. Add a dash of autotune and voila; a music video in under 5 minutes