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Music Concert March 2016

 Music Concert March 2016

The theme for this year’s choir concert was, American Legends. On Monday 21st and Wednesday 23rd March the choir performed songs to a packed hall of parents. Mr Smith introduced the choir and the theme for the evening and the concert began with Puttin’on the Ritz, with solo’s from Molly W and Edward, dancers Eleanor, Olive, Emily, Erica & Hannah accompanied the song. Then Eva & Khalisha danced while the choir sang Top Hat, White Tie & Tails. George performed a solo, On the Sunny Side of the Street, followed with Liv, Emily & Charlotte dancing to Blue Suede Shoes. The top recorder group then played, That’s Life. The choir sang Let’s Face the Music & Dance, with solo performances from: Freya W, Lola, Faith, Eva & Sophie. Leonardo & Edward followed, singing Hard Knocks. The Choir then all sang, Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning & A Couple of Swells. Blue Skies was performed by Khalisha, Maddie, Tilly & Eve and accompanied by the recorder group. Alexander’s Ragtime Band followed. Mia, Saranna & Ella sang High Hopes with the choir singing the chorus. The audience was then encouraged to join in and sing with the choir. Harry, Mack, Duffy & Daniel then sang Hound Dog, with dancing from Zara, Lola & Hannah. Finally the choir sang Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun.

JS - 24 March 2016 15:20 - GeneralMrs Ingman leaves.

Mrs Ingman leaves the school.

Mrs Ingman, Assistant Deputy Headteacher, is leaving the school, she is going on to be the Headteacher at Crockenhill Primary School.  Mrs Ingman has been at the school since January 2006, working first in Year 6, before moving to Year 3, then Year 4 and back to Year 3, where she has been teaching this year.  Everyone wished her well, and she received a Special Golden Award for her outstanding contributions to the school over the last ten years.  Mr Tutt asked challenged Mrs Ingman with some questions about the Year 2006, she did need some help from some of the children to answer some of them! She was then presented with flowers, champagne and a framed picture which the children in her class had made.  Mrs Ingman then thanked Mr Tutt, all the staff and pupils for her time at St. James and donated a trophy which she requested be awarded to an 'outstanding writer' each term.  

JS - 24 March 2016 15:18 - GeneralWorld Book Day 2016

World Book Day 2016

Last Thursday the whole of St James’ along with many other schools throughout the UK dressed up for World Book Day which consisted of learning about brilliant books and celebrating the wonderful stories around us.

In school we learnt about a book called Free Fall by David Wiesner, the book was about a boy’s who fell asleep and all the objects in his room became objects in his dream. The boy’s pillow slowly changed into fog, his checkered blanket turned into fields and the fields drifted into a chess board. When the boy awoke from his dream, he saw objects in his room that sparked his brain to come up with such an amazing story.

At the end of World Book Day we met as a school in the hall and shared some of the work we had done which included writing about the boy’s dream, creating art work linked to the story, writing haikus and narrative poems and making our own dream worlds.

It was great to see everybody dressed up including the teachers and teaching assistants. Mr Tutt was The Demon Headmaster, Mrs Shortland struggled to fit through doors as Mr Bump, Miss Spoor made an excellent Borrower and we all had fun spotting Mrs Holland as ‘Where’s Wanda’.

By Orla and Amelie 5S


JS - 11 March 2016 11:46 - GeneralPTA provide new books February 2016

PTA provide new Books - February 2016

We would like to say a huge thank you to the PTA for all their hard work in raising funds for new books for our school. We have been able to purchase many wonderful new books for the children and intend to keep spending!

Our reading scheme books are now displayed in colourful boxes on the shelves.

JS - 2 March 2016 12:03 - GeneralInternational Book Afternoon

International Book Afternoon 25th February 2016

The whole school enjoyed stories in a foreign language this week when parents and friends from all over the world came to visit. Afrikaans, Chinese, Farsi, French and Finnish were only a few of the languages heard in classrooms on our new International Story Day, when we were able to celebrate the increasingly rich mix of nationalities we enjoy here. Our visitors brought a wide range of stories, sharing a taste of their culture and the sound of their homeland - and some even brought edible treats.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to St James and shared their time and knowledge so generously.

JS - 2 March 2016 11:52 - GeneralGreg Clark MP visit to Year 6 February 2016

Greg Clark MP visits Year 6

On the 12th February 2016, year six gathered into the hall to meet Greg Clarke and to talk about parliament and government.

Firstly, we discussed about the layout of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We then talked about how the debates work and how they were handled.

Secondly, we arranged ourselves as if we were in the House of Commons so we could do our own debate together. The debate we came up with was if we should have homework in the half term or not. Each side had very good reasons on the topic.

Lastly, after the debate, we voted if we should have homework or shouldn’t have homework. In the end the results came out that 7 pupils voted we should have homework and 50 pupils voted we shouldn’t. There was a clear winner! We came to the conclusion that we shouldn’t have homework in half term.

Thank you to Greg Clarke for coming in and teaching year six all about Parliament. We are very grateful.

Report by Tess.

JS - 2 March 2016 11:37 - General
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