Sing Day at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College
At Countesthorpe Leysland Community College, a singing day was held. Our choir was invited, so we all practised Moana, ‘How far I’ll go’ as the theme was film music. We spent the day practising a variety of songs including: ‘Favourite Things’ from the sound of music; ‘Friend in me’, from Toy story; ‘Naughty’, from Matilda the Musical and a medley of ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin, ‘Part of your World’ from the little Mermaid and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
I think everyone would agree that our performance was amazing and we had a great day. We really knocked the audiences’ socks off.
by Lydia Harris
Community Rooms at Oakfield Park
Alfie won the Blaby Parish Council competition for naming the new community rooms at Oakfield Park. He was presented with his certificate on the Fun Day in June! The winning name will be permanently fixed to the new building.
Here is Alfie cutting the ribbon and collecting his certificate. He also won a wristband giving him free rides and a go on a Segway!
Well done Alfie!
Blaby Stokes Parent Forum - 16.06.17
The final Parent Forum meeting of this academic year was held on Friday 16th June. The group is open to all parents and will meet regularly to discuss a range of issues and will play a vital role in continuing to move the school forwards.
Thank you to those who attended the meeting; we are looking forward to the next meeting which is scheduled to take place 06.10.17
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Owlfonzo visits the school - 23.05.17
Owlfonzo the Owl from Blaby Parish Council came to say hello to us in our assembly on Tuesday 23rd May! He was joined by Marian, Sue and Bev from Blaby Parish Council. They were here to tell the children about the exciting Summer Fun Day at Oakfield Park on Saturday 24th June.
The children were invited to join in with the competitions, including naming the new building, the cutest teddy bear and designing a cress head!
Please click the links below for more information about the Fun Day and competitions:
Blaby Stokes Parent Forum
The second Parent Forum meeting was held on Friday 5th May. The group is open to all parents and will meet regularly to discuss a range of issues and will play a vital role in continuing to move the school forwards.
Thank you to those who attended the meeting; we are looking forward to the next meeting which is scheduled to take place 16.06.17
Red Nose Day
On Friday 24th March, we celebrated Red Nose Day by coming to school dressed in red and wearing our red noses.
The School Council kicked things off with a fantastic assembly where they told a few jokes, asked a few quiz questions and explained to the rest of the school how the money raised is used to help change lives for people living in the UK and Africa. The assembly finished with a prayer written by Liam and Isaac:
Thank you for keeping us safe from catching nasty diseases that could harm us.
We are sorry for those who catch terrible diseases and those who don’t have clean water or are sadly homeless.
Please help those living in poorer countries such as Sierra Leone. Please give them food and clean water to give them a better life.
In total, we raised £278! Thank you
Grand Opening of The Hub
On Thursday 23rd February we were proud to officially open our new nurture classroom, The Hub. Invited guests included school governors, head teachers from local schools, representatives from the Leicester Mercury and BBC Leicester and those who helped to support the project through the donation of grants. This included Blaby District Council, The Maude Elkington Charitable Trust and The J Reginald Corah Foundation. Also invited was Kasabian lead singer and ex-pupil, Tom Meighan!
The celebration began with an assembly during which the children showcased their talents, including singing and Djembe drumming. The winners were also announced for our competition to design a sign for the outside of The Hub - well done to Sophie and Kelsey in Y5! Mrs Kallquist then gave a short speech before Tom Meighan and two of our school councillors cut the ribbon to open The Hub.
Once inside, the guests enjoyed refreshments whilst observing (and joining in with) some of the activities taking place. This included our What's the Buzz? group and a Lego Therapy session.
It was a fantastic morning and we are sure that many children will benefit from this great facility.
Y6 WW2 Day at Beaumanor Hall
Year 6 had a fantastic trip to Beaumanor Hall to kick off our World War Two topic.
We dressed up as evacuees, intercepted German morse code messages, went shopping for frugal war recipes, experienced a 1940s classroom and went down into an old air raid shelter to listen to messages and songs.
The children learnt so much from the trip and had a great experience too.
Safer Internet Day 2017
All of the school took part in E-Safety day on February 7th. Children expored a range of Internet Safety issue through activities, videos, drama, art and writing.
Topics across the school included:
• Who can I talk to about E-Safety?
• What is digital footprint?
• How can I be a good digital citizen?
As well as this a travelling theatre company came in and performed two shows about online gaming.
The children loved the interactive show but also came away with an important message-be safe online.
Happy Lunchtime Award
We have been working really hard this term to make lunchtimes at Blaby Stokes even better! With the help of wellbeing advisor, Steve Harris, we have introduced lots of new ideas to benefit the children and staff. The children now receive pompoms from the lunchtime supervisors for all types of positive behaviour and these are exchanged for House Points at the end of each week. Each lunchtime supervisor also nominates one child per week to receive a lunchtime award certificate in our Friday celebration assemblies.
The most exciting addition to our lunchtimes is the introduction of the Top Table! At the end of every term the lunchtime team will choose 3 children from each playground (and a friend to accompany them) to sit on the Top Table in the hall. Here they will enjoy a stylish dining experience, accompanied by a member of the lunchtime team!
Finally, over the coming weeks and months, we will be introducing a wider range of lunchtime games and activities to help keep the children entertained!
A Christmas Story by Year 2
The play is about when toys come alive at night. The toys were curious about why toys are left under the Christmas tree and they learnt about the true meaning of Christmas and families. getting ready for the play was great! We were excited but nervous. Our favourite part was performing to an audience. Our favourite songs were 'Family' and 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas'. We are very proud of our selves and everyone else who took part. The costumes, stage props and scenery were very colourful and beautiful. We helped out teachers make the props. It was really fun!
By Mina M and Oliver L
Christingle Service - 12.12.16
The Year 5s and 6s visited Blaby Baptist Church on December 12th for a Christingle service. Firstly, we sang the song, ‘Midnight’ and then May, Ollie and Liam lit three advent candles. Pastor Pauline Wills then told us the Christmas Story. Next, we made our Christingles using an orange, four cocktail sticks, red ribbon, tin foil and sweets. This represented the world and Jesus’ light. Then we held our lit Christingles and we sang the song, ‘No Room at the Inn’. We were treated to a drink and biscuit each before singing our final song, ‘Christmas Calypso’.
Thank you to everyone who helped us at the Baptist Church; we had a fin time.
By Grace H (Y6)
ENTHUSE Visit to Jaguar 22.11.16
As part of our collaborative ENTHUSE science project with Cosby, Orchard and Arnesby Primary Schools, a group of Year 3 and 4 girls enjoyed a visit to the Jaguar Education Business Partnership Centre in Castle Vale, Birmingham on Tuesday 22nd November.
The visit began with a presentation all about the work carried out at the Jaguar factory. This included lots of facts and figures about what it takes to manufacture a modern car.
Next, the girls had to work in teams to take on the ‘production line challenge’! Each team of 4 or 5 girls had to assemble 12 identical cars from a selection of Lego pieces. They were up against the clock, with time penalties for any mistakes they made!
Then it was off to the factory itself for a tour of the production line. The girls were amazed to see the robots (and the human workers) busily making all of the different parts of the Jaguar cars. They welded, riveted, glued and fastened the many parts and panels needed to make a complete car.
It was a fantastic day and all of the workers at the Jaguar plant made the girls feel very welcome.
Children in Need - Friday 18th November
E-Safety encompassess not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
E-safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
E-safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
E-safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
E-safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
This section contains a range of resources linked to e-safety, some of which we shared at our parent workshop last year.
Dance Festival 2016
Once again, a group of Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Dance Festival at Leysland Countesthorpe. The theme was ‘All the world’s a stage’ to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.
Each school performed to tell the story of a different Shakespeare play. At Stokes, we performed our version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which told the story of the Capulet and Montague families at a Masquerade ball and leads to the marriage of Romeo and Juliet.
The year 5 and 6 children did a fantastic job learning their dance in such a small amount of time and really enjoyed performing to the school and audience at the college. Well done to everyone involved!
Save the Rhinos Cake Sale 07.10.16
The children in Year 1 have been very busy finding out about lots of different animals during their 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' topic. During the topic they went on a butterfly hunt and visited Hatton Farm Park in Warwickshire.
We like to ask the children what they would like to learn throughout the term so that they become really engaged in their learning and one little boy expressed his concerns about endangered animals. He went on to explain that he had raised £20 last year for 'Save the Rhino International' and wanted to do something again. After speaking with his parents it was decided that a cake sale at school would be a fantastic way to raise money. The little boy spent hours making rhino biscuits and all of his friend in Year 1 got involved.
On the day of the sale we were overwhelmed to see how much trouble our parents and staff had gone to. As you can see from the photos we had an amazing selection of treats to sell. The children were very busy taking money and sorting out change and were pleased to say they had raised £117.13p for the charity.
Well done and thank you to the children in Year 1 and their families.
Bullying and Anti-Social Behaviour Talk
On Monday 10th October, the children in Key Stage 2 were visited by PCSO Biju Chandy. PCSO stands for Police Community Support Officer and they provide valuable support to the police force.
PCSO Chandy talked to the children about bullying; this included different types of bullying, the effects of bullying and what to do if you are being bullied. At the end of the presentation, the children took part in a ‘True or False’ quiz to test their knowledge and understanding of bullying.
The Year 5 children then went on to learn about anti-social behaviour and making the right choices. Faced with a number of different scenarios, volunteers were selected and challenged to make the right decisions. The talk also explored the potential consequences of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.
The children listened well and learnt a lot from the presentations. We would like to thank PCSO Biju Chandy for giving up his valuable time to come and talk to us.
We have recently had a fantastic tree platform installed in the Key Stage Two playground. This was purchased with money raised by the Friends of Stokes School (FoSS) and it has been a huge hit with the children. Each class helped to come up with a code of conduct for using the tree platform safely – the rules include not jumping off the platform and not swinging on the tree branches. However, the most important rule the children came up with is to HAVE FUN!
Year 3 Residential at Beaumanor Hall
The Year 3 children had an amazing time on their residential trip to Beaumanor Hall. They had the opportunity to experience a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities, all led by fully qualified instructors. The activities included climbing, abseiling, orienteering, shelter building, bridge building and a host of other team building challenges! The children enjoyed the fantastic weather and they all pushed themselves to overcome new challenges, working as a team and encouraging others.
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