A wildlife garden to encourage small reptiles, hedgehogs and bees has been cultivated at Willesborough Junior School, and named in honour of retiring Assistant Headteacher, Ruth Runciman. Ruth has been at the school for 20 years, and was astonished to discover that the project that she had been asked to open was the 'Runciman Wildlife Garden'. The children in Year 5 have taken part in the 'Make A Difference Challenge' this term, and have been raising awareness of the decline of some of our native species. As part of this challenge they have renovated the wildlife garden, which has included planting a wildflower meadow flower bed, and re-lining and filling the pond, which now includes a solar fountain, and a fish named Barry. Ruth said, "To find out that Year 5 have improved and restored the wildlife garden made me really happy, and when I discovered that it was to be called the ‘Runciman Wildlife Garden’ it made me feel really emotional, and very proud of all the children involved.”
Well done to everyone who participated in Sports Day! The winning house was Andrews.
The initial downpour didn't put us off, and we carried on regardless. Well done to all the children who were such confident performers, and to the Fundraisers team for putting on such a fabulous event.
A variety of materials were used by the children to build dens on their Transition Day. As you can see below, they were very creative!
Thank you to the many parents and carers who came along to the art exhibition - your support is appreciated. The displays looked amazing!
We were thrilled to have a visit from author David Fuller on Monday this week.
He has written a series of books about Alfie Jones, a football-mad boy whose chance meeting with a mysterious fortune teller at a fun fair is set to alter the course of his life.
David spoke to all the children across the school, in a series of workshops, and after reading them a chapter from his first book, the children had the chance to act out the next chapter.
The children also had the chance to buy a signed copy of his book(s).
It was a very interesting day. Thank you for coming to see us!
The Year 5 classes, headed by the Skylarks, recently organised a non-uniform day with the addition of the chance to 'Sponge The Teacher' at lunchtime. The event was very popular with the children, and they raised a fantastic £762.80!
Miss Barrett was very proud by how hard Skylarks Class worked to plan and run the event; well done Skylarks!
The money raised is going towards their 'Make A Difference Challenge', with Skylarks raising money to protect hedgehogs, Barn Owls helping bees, and Yellowhammers working on small reptiles.
A huge thank you to the teachers and teaching assistants who volunteered to take a turn in the stocks and face the volley of wet sponges!
Inspirational athletes visited Willesborough Junior School (whose core values are Resilience, Determination, Aspiration, Respect, Responsibility and Integrity) this week.
Amy Harris, a champion long-jumper who has represented Great Britain, and Ryan Raghoo, a Great Britain para-athlete told their inspirational stories at an emotional assembly, and then led the children in active sessions throughout the day.
Ryan, who has cerebral palsy, and whose doctors said he would never walk or talk, spent his first 7 years in a wheelchair, and having tried several different sports, now holds the Great Britain T36 Long Jump record, and is proud of his message of being ‘Enabled, not disabled’.
Amy loved sport as a child, and won the long jump gold medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, followed by a silver medal at the UK championships in 2010. She brought both medals to show the children, and told them of the dedication required by athletes to succeed in sport, and to overcome injuries when they occur.
Willesborough Junior School PE leads, Ann Kelsey and Lucy Whiting said of the visit, “The Willesborough Junior School sports team were thrilled to see how inspired the children were, and our school values being demonstrated in such a positive way, in the promotion of inclusivity in sport. You can all do it!”