THANK YOU! July 2014
We raised £326.64 pence for the British Heart Foundation. Mr Clarke would like to say a big thank you to all the children and parents for their very kind donations. Wednesday was a fun day for all pupils who were able to take part in world cup themed penalty shootouts and mini-matches!
The Rocky Monster Show! July 2014
Catering Staff of the Year! June 2014
Our very own catering team have got themselves into the news as finalists in the prestigious 'Catering Staff of the Year' awards. Claire, Diane and Rebecca, who do a super job in the Blaby Stokes kitchen, were special guests at a posh dinner to celebrate the very best school catering teams in the county; a well deserved break from cooking we think! Here's what the Leicester Mercury had to say:
Blaby Stokes Primary School Catering Team, made up of cook Claire Evans and assistants Diane Walker and Rebecca Blackwell provide up to 800 hot dinners a week. They are polite to the children, remembering all 350 of their names and if a child has forgotten their lunch Claire will always make a last minute dinner.
The presentation of the food is second to none - even the teachers have dinners on a regular basis. Claire and the team all have a fantastic rapport with parents and staff; their smiles and cheerfulness mean that break and lunchtimes are happy, positive experiences!
Thank You! June 2014
Blaby Stokes would like to offer a HUGE thank you to Matthew Weir (one of our parent governors) and his ladies rugby team who have manged to raise a fantastic £884.32 for the school. The money is a super boost to the school and will be used to support our sports teams with new kits as when start back after the summer holidays.
Jumping for Joy! June 2014
Pupils are 'jumping for joy' following our brand new tyres installation in the key stage two playground. Designed by Callum in year five, with installation overseen by school council members, it has been a valuable experience for pupils to be involved in the project as well as enjoying it afterwards!
Parents Writing Competition Winners!
Thank you to all parents that entered our competition as part of our World Book Day celebrations!
The children have really enjoyed reading your stories and we are delighted to announce the winners as below...
Story 1st Place - Little Miss Katie by Alison Leggatt >
Story 2nd Place - Little Miss Greenfingers by Mrs Smith >
Poem 1st Place - Little Miss Wish by Yvette Stone >
Thank you once again to everybody that entered. It's been a great experience for the children to read your work for a change!
500 Words Finalist!
We're delighted to announce that Caitlin was selected from thousands of entries across the UK as a 'top 50' finalist in the prestigious '500 words' short story competition with BBC Radio 2 and Chris Evans.
This is the first time that a Stokes pupil has made it this far and so, Caitlin, you should be very proud of yourself! Blaby Stokes submitted record entries this year so thank you to everybody that took part. We look forward even more entries next year!
Read For My School - 2,861 Books, Plus An Award Winner!
Every pupil in Key stage 2 took part in the "Read for my School" challenge this year. Pupils had access to over 100 online books by recommended children's authors and we were extremely pleased with the response.
Pupils at Stokes read a staggering 2,861 books, with Mr Fox's class reading the most books in the school (711). Children were also asked to write a letter to children at a school in Tanzania about how reading influences their lives. We were thrilled to learn that Lily in Year 6 won the regional prize for Year 5 and 6. On Thursday 15th May, Lily, her family, Mrs Kallquist, Mrs Martin and 12 of Lily's friends went to see Lily receive her prize at an awards ceremony in Nottingham. She has also won 100 books for the school. Well done, Lily! We are so proud of you!
Read more; it's fun and good for you!
Christmas Fair - Thank You
Thank you to everybody that made the Christmas Fair such a success on Friday 6th December. All the hard work of volunteers really paid off with many visitors claiming that the event was the 'best yet'. Thanks to everybody that supported the event!
Leicester Cathedral Visit
On Wednesday 27th November, children and staff from Blaby Stokes CE visited Leicester Cathedral for the annual Cathedral Advent Service for church schools. This wonderful morning was organised by the Diocesan Board of Education.
The theme for the service was 'Journeys' and the children created a 'Jesse Tree' in the cathedral to represent the journey we make towards Christmas. The Jesse Tree is an ancient tradition dating back to the 11th century and depicts the family tree for Jesus. The tree is decorated with symbols of his 'ancestors' beginning with Adam and Eve and working forward through the centuries to Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus.
The children also joined in with songs and prayers, including 'Shine Jesus Shine'. Everyone had a lovely morning and the Jesse Tree looked fantastic!
Here's what some of our pupils had to say...
"I learnt lots of things about the storys in the bible and the symbols of the storys".
"I liked the bit where we put the stars, ladders and the other bits onto the Jesse tree".
"I liked it because I learned new things about God and Jesus".
"We listened to Lutterworth Colleges fantastic singing."
"We had a surprise visit from ... St Nicholas who gave everyone an advent present."
"We went into the Cathedral and it was amazing."
"My favourite part of the advent service was when they put all the decorations on the Jesse Tree. It looked amazing when it was finished!!"
Children in Need!
Thank you to everybody that made our Children in Need day a great success! Between the pyjamas and the bring and buy sale we managed to raise over £500!
Blaby Stokes School Council
Another year, another harvest - it comes around so quickly! This year, the children at Blaby Stokes CE Primary School celebrated the harvest in style.
In the Foundation Stage, the children and adults told the story of the Little Red Hen to remind us about of the hard work that goes into producing the food we take for granted and why we should share it. They also shared a poem and prayer.
The children in Key Stage 1 visited All Saints Church in Blaby were they sang harvest songs (including some fantastic soloists), read out poems and displayed some of the lovely pictures they had made. It was fantastic to see the church packed to the rafters with all those who had come to share in the occasion.
Parents and grandparents were then invited to join us in Stokes Hall where the children in year 5 had prepared a thought-provoking assembly for Key Stage 2 on the unfair distribution of the world's food. After the assembly, our visitors purchased the wonderful food that had been so kindly donated.
Thank you all of those that donated food for the harvest and thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us at any of the three events across the school and the church. It was a wonderful occasion!
Sponsorship Needed as Blaby Stokes Expand the Sports Programme
As Blaby Stokes approach the new academic year with TEN SPORTS TEAMS across different sports including cricket, basketball, netball, hockey, rugby and football we would really appreciate support from local businesses for team strips. So if you run a business (or know somebody that does) or your workplace offers sponsorship schemes please contact us to discuss further.
Blaby Stokes are fully committed to expanding the sports profile of the school and it would be great to have you on-board!
NEW! On-line Exercise and Dance Programme
We have recently purchased an exciting new online exercise and dance programme called Cyber Coach Smart.
Teachers can access this resource in school to use with their classes but we are also pleased to be able to offer you the resources to use at home!
More news coming soon...