Halloween Costume Swap

As part of our Big Green Master Plan, we are learning to recycle as much as possible, so we were thrilled when Eden and Holly in Year 4 decided to organise a Halloween costume swap at school this week. It was a great success - with 36 outfits donated altogether, and only 4 items left at the end... so 32 plastic costumes recycled and saved potentially from landfill!  Well done girls!

Halloween Costume Swap

 


Year 2 Litter Picking

As part of their topic 'My Kinder World', the children from Year 2 carried out a litter pick around the school grounds on Friday. They understood that every piece of litter collected made our grounds cleaner and safer; and the children all felt very proud of themselves. Well done Year 2!

Year 2 Litter Picking

 


Harvest Festival

Thank you to all the children for performing so well at our Harvest Festival celebration this week. Year 6 children led the service with confidence and there was a huge variety of music and drama sketches from all year groups to portray the message of harvest. The Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Chamber Choir and the entire school sang beautifully - well done to everyone and thank you to all the parents for their support and for giving so generously. 

Harvest Festival

 


The Big Green Master Plan

You may remember that as part of our Big Green Master Plan, we introduced the children to Ecobricks.  An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle filled with used plastic which cannot be recycled.  The bottles are packed to a high density to create a reusable building block.  Ecobricks are being used all over the world to make furniture, garden spaces, walls and structures.  By creating Ecobricks, you are reducing waste that goes to landfill and reducing the amount of plastic that can potentially enter the natural environment that in time cause irreparable harm to wildlife.  We have challenged the children to make the most dense Ecobrick they can. 
 
Congratulations to Megan Richards who is currently in the lead with the Ecobrick challenge.  She has come into school with an Ecobrick weighing in at 503 grams.  Here she is demonstrating how strong it is!  We wonder how long she’ll be holding this school record!

The Big Green Master Plan

 


St Ives Crowned Small Independent School of the Year at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards

Staff and pupils are celebrating after winning the Small Independent School of the Year Award at a glittering awards ceremony in central London last night. Praised by judges for the outstanding student experience they provide to pupils across all years, St Ives beat stiff competition from over 250 entrants from across the UK.  The awards are run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country.
 

St Ives Crowned Small Independent School of the Year at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards

 


Nursery News

This week in nursery we are learning the nursery rhyme incy wincy spider. In the garden we have been looking for spiders webs and we also made our own sparkly spiders webs. In the role play area we have been playing in the castle that we made.

Nursery News

 


Year 1 and 2 Forest School

Year 1&2 were looking at micro-habitats during their Forest School lesson this week and learnt about adaptation in different habitats.

Year 1 and 2 Forest School

 


Year 1 trip to Arundel Castle

Year 1 had a fantastic day at Arundel Castle yesterday. We toured the castle grounds learning about all the different features. We dressed up and had a great time holding all the medieval weapons! Our favourite part was seeing all of the different dungeons, they were so spooky! Oubliette – to forget! Oubliette – to forget!

Year 1 trip to Arundel Castle

 


The Big Green Master Plan

The children are very excited about our mission to become an international Green Flag Award Eco-School.  As a school, we are fully committed to educating all our children about the environmental issues facing our world and helping them understand that we are all responsible for making our future more sustainable.  The children have been introduced to our ‘Pledge Tree’, where pupils and staff alike are encouraged to make an ‘eco’ pledge, write it on a leaf and stick it on the pledge tree.  The idea is that the tree ‘grows’ throughout the year as more pledges are made.  They are also excited about making Ecobricks and hope that we will end up with enough of them to make a structure of our own. 
 
We held our first eco meeting at lunchtime today which focused on Energy, Water and Waste.  Our eco-monitors worked really hard in the meeting and came up with some fantastic ideas, which we will be exploring in the coming days.  They are already proving to be a very valuable part of the team.  Thank you eco-monitors!

 

The Big Green Master Plan

 


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