Tonbridge Community Day and Outreach
Many of you will know of the wonderful activities run by Tonbridge School as part of their giving back to the local community.
Usually our Year 5s attend but this year they were away in the Isle of Wight on their residential trip, so it was the turn of the lucky Year 4s. While they were at Tonbridge School enjoying drama, cricket, hockey, science, pond-dipping and so on, boys and staff from Tonbridge were active in local primary schools carrying out projects on our behalf.
Year 5 were very involved in generating ideas for the projects as they put their persuasive writing into practice. We took elements of their ideas and then further refined them in discussion with the Tonbridge team. I hope that Year 5 will be impressed by the effect of their letters!
We had a great group who created a seating area at the far end of our woodland trail. This will enable us to spread the use of our site more sustainably and minimise our impact on the environment. We are looking forward to using it for science, story-telling, Woodland Club, Forest School and much more.
Here are photos of the initial clearing and finished area.
This Week's Book Recommendations
Early Years and KS1
"The Enormous Crocodile" - zany illustrations which match the text perfectly.
My children loved this book when they were small, especially when they were pretending to be the baby and receiving"SO MUCH" love.
"It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" - Antonio is more than a capable of dealing with any number of brigands!
"Artemis Fowl - The Opal Deception" - Artemis is the master of sleight of hand, but has he met his match in Opal Koboi?
"The Magicians of Caprona"
A story of friendship and feuding; of how the over-looked members of two families become the ones to heal the quarrel, all set in a place rather like Italy, but not quite.
"the dark horse"
Somewhere in Scandinavia, somewhere in the past, a threat is rising. Will the village survive and what is in the box which cannot be opened?
These books are all on display in the Library.
The next stage in the garden - planting out.
Thanks to very generous support from local growers, we received more than enough to fill all the beds. The children, from Years 1 and 2 to Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful time following the plan we had worked out. It chimed very well with Mental Health Week, as some of the older children mentioned. In their words, "This is so relaxing. I really feel calm when I am gardening."
We look forward to sharing the fruits of their labour, literally!
In their words:
We made a stall to raise money for a charity called Sustain, and guess how much money we earned? £112.36p in an hour and half! Isn’t that amazing? We made white chocolate Oreo fudge, cookies - chocolate chip - and bracelets. And loads of people came!
He Is Risen!
Thank you, God, for everything you give us: our friends, our families, each other, brothers and sisters, this world, our teachers, joy, food, nature, learning, our school, assembly, the light of God, for being created.
We are joyful and thankful.