Tomorrow we have a Gruffalo themed day in school to mark the official opening of our new library. A huge thank you to Oddy Cooper, a local interior designer from Aldenham, who volunteered her time to support preparations for our Gruffalo day. Oddy and her team of 3 volunteers came in to school today and spent the morning transforming our hall into a deep dark wood. It looks amazing …the children will love it. Thank you also to all the parents and staff who have worked hard helping with the organisation and preparations for the day. It promises to be a fab day of Gruffalo themed activities.
During the week before half term we held our second annual Apple Festival. We had lots of fun exploring apples and learning all about them. Some of us found the apples in The Dell and made models with them. We tried out some apple recipes including a delicious apple strudel. We used an apple press to make some juice and created lots of lovely apple art. A fun week was had by all.
The group in Romania had a lovely day today at the salt mine – quite an impressive underground system. Everyone’s had a great time but are looking forward to getting home for a meal without cabbage in!! They are getting picked up at 5.00am tomorrow (3.00am UK time) to go to the airport for their flight back, so hopefully they all had an early night tonight.
On Sunday 15th October a small group of students and staff left Luton airport on a Wizz Air flight to Cluj Napoca airport in Romania at the start of their week long Erasmus trip. They had a good flight and onward trip to their accommodation in Balan. After settling in to their rooms they had dinner before getting a good night’s sleep ready for a full day of activities the next day. Everyone enjoyed being at the school on Monday and all joined in excitedly with physical activities such as the Kangaroo Jump and trampoline aerobics. Felix said, “I’m excited to be with friends at school” and Owais has clearly made lots of friends as they keep seeking him out to say hello or sit with him on the bus. Rosie made some friends whilst doing the Kangaroo Jump and they helped each other with the activity. On Tuesday the group went swimming in the Olympic pool which was fantastic and Panashe chose to get into the big pool! They then stopped in town for a bite to eat before going off to a clay pottery. The day finished with Zumba before dinner and then early to bed for a good night’s sleep as all were exhausted. Dracula’s castle tomorrow which everyone is very excited about.
On Sunday 9th July we ran the Sausage Sizzle stand outside Bunnings Warehouse in Hemel to raise some funds towards our new library. It was a lovely day where staff and parents barbecued sausages and served them in the Australian way!!! Customers at Bunnings Warehouse in Apsley were very generous in their support and the weather helped to make this a very successful event. A huge thank you to the staff and parents who came and helped during the day and everyone who supported. We raised a fantastic £420.
On Thursday 6th July, most of class 3 stayed at school for a sleepover. A great opportunity for them to experience a ‘slumber party’ with their friends and also as a first step towards preparing them for respite, holidays and residentials in their future; providing a familiar and safe environment to spend their first night away from home.
They enjoyed fun water activities outside, eating a meal chosen by the children and settling down to watch a film together on the big screen. It was lovely to see the children interacting and playing together and how calm and happy they all were considering it was the first time staying away from home for most. Many found it funny being in their pyjamas at school and they loved deciding where they were going to set up their bed (“Sleep next to me, I’ll sleep next to you”).
It was wonderful to see how kind the children were to each other, sharing their snacks and toys with each other and inviting each other to play or sit together (“Sleepover with friends”). Staff had prepared themselves for a long night, but by 9pm, all the children were asleep. Pleasantly surprised, staff settled down and prepared for the morning. An early start for a few of our group, but most slept in until 7am.
After breakfast and showering, we went back into class. By break time, 3 of the children were asking if we could go back to the hall to sleepover tonight (“Sleepover tonight?”) and 1 was asking if he could come to the class 4/5 sleepover next week (“Ok, so no sleepover tonight… what about sleepover on Thursday?”). A good sign that they enjoyed themselves we thought. Staff have been thoroughly impressed by Class 3 children and their positivity; they have exceeded all expectations and been such stars. Parents should be really proud of everyone who attended the dinner or sleepover. Staff really enjoyed being a part of their first sleepover… but we’ll wait until next week until we do the next one!