Category: The Primary School

News from the Primary School

Wow! What an amazingly busy term we have had already; our Year 6 pupils have been particularly busy with their residential. In November, the Year 6 pupils went on a fantastic adventure to France and Belgium. There were many highlights of this trip, the chocolate factory and theme park being just some of them.

On Sunday 4th November we were honoured to be invited to the commemoration of Major General Dudley Johnson VC, at the Sambre Canal. We arrived at the village of Rejet-de-Beaaulieu early in the morning and were greeted by many members of the friendly community. After croissants and juice, we joined a procession made up of people from France, England, Australia and New Zealand to follow in the footsteps of Major Dudley Johnson’s battalion (exactly 100 years to the day). We walked.We walked to the Sambre Canal and took part in a small ceremony in which we sang the national anthem and met local dignitaries. It was a beautiful day and an even more beautiful place. The children were then invited to show their respect to fallen soldiers at the graveyard in Rejet-de-Beaulieu. Each pupil joined hands with a pupil from the local primary and they placed crosses and poppy- painted stones on the graves of the 53 soldiers.

Our children’s behaviour was absolutely exceptional and was commented on by many of the congregation. We then went on to walk back to the village and sang a beautiful version of, ‘Where have all the flowers gone’, directed by our music teacher, Mrs Cartwright. The children sang phenomenally and brought a tear to many eyes. We are so eternally proud of each and every pupil; they were a credit to us, their parents and our community.

Following on from this, it was lovely to see many familiar faces at the special commemoration event held on Saturday 10th November in the village. Thank you to all of the parents and children who showed up to show their respect. What a wonderful community we belong to.

Miss Salmon

News from the Primary School

At Bourton on the Water Primary School we CARE and our pupils have outdone themselves already this term.

CHALLENGE

We are so proud of all of our pu  pils but we are particularly proud of our new reception intake, who have settled in so quickly. The pupils in Reception have taken to full time education with ease and are already amazing us with their manners, hard work and attitude.

AMAZE

On Thursday 21st September we finally revealed our new hall and entrance area to the community and parents. We were lucky enough to be joined by Adam Henson, who formally opened the building, alongside head teacher, John Jones and Chair of Governors, Giles Hyland. Parents then spent the morning exploring the work that had been going on in classes, as well as the beautiful new building.

RESPECT

We have had an amazing start to the term with a whole school topic titled, ‘The Armistice’, in which we have covered many different aspects of World War 1. Some particular highlights were the Year 5 and Year 6 projects on the soldiers of WW1 who lived and grew up in Bourton on the Water. The children made sculptures to represent the 27 soldiers and researched their lives. They then went on to make documentaries about Dudley Graham Johnson, who grew up in Bourton on the Water, and went on to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his brave actions. The Year 6 pupils are also lucky enough to be going to Belgium in November for a special commemoration ceremony for him.

Year 1 and 2 focused on the different roles men and women had during the war.

ENJOY

The pupils have also been lucky enough to have had a visit from a string quartet, which played a variety of classical and jazz style music; this was a fantastic opportunity to listen to such talented musicians and hopefully inspire some future Beethovens. The school is now looking forward to putting on the Harvest festival in the local church, which is always a fun packed musical event 

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