A wonderful afternoon was spent today watching some very talented children who had got through the heats in their year group auditions and were here for the grand final. There were musicians, dancers, singers, comedy acts....a real variety!
Comperes, Toby and Ela, enjoyed their spot in the limelight...and were joined by judges Charlie, Hollie, Rosie and Dexter who gave their constructive feedback and compliments, unlike the judges in previous years[!]
This year's 3rd place was awarded to Tom and Harry for their comedy routine. The Year 5 dancing group claimed second prize, with Molly and Lily claiming the top spot for their dance and gym routine to 'Shake It All' complete with LED shoes and glasses and amazing moves!
Well done everyone!
Every year, a girl and a boy from each class are nominated for the Copestake Award. This is in recognition of their personal improvements in PE and sports and their sportsmanlike attitude.
Two lucky nominees from Year 6 (a girl and a boy) will receive the coveted Copestake Cup during the Leavers' Service at the end of term.
Year R: Oliver, Ria, Is & Tilly
Year 1: Annie, Jamie, Ellie & Jacob,
Year 2: Emmie, Dan, Will & Lily
Year 3: Freddie, Sophie, Matthew & Esme
Year 4: Max, Elicia, Edie & Charlie
Year 5: Abbie, Seth, Michael & Sophie
Year 6: Lauren, Vinnie, Kieran & Lily
Please find some photos taken at today's Sports Day below!
I hope you enjoyed the Reception and KS1 Sports Day. The final scores were as follows:
Trendlewood (green) 242 points
Colliers (red) 249 points
Glassblowers (blue) 254 points
Scotch Horn (yellow) 273 points
For Key Stage 2, the final scores were as follows:
Scotch Horn (yellow) 150 points
Colliers (red) 157 points
Glassblowers (blue) 161 points
Trendlewood (green) 178 points
Well done, everyone!
Pupils at Golden Valley have been looking at how life at school and home has changed since the 1970s. This is linked to the fact that our school is 40 years old this year...it opened in September 1976.
Mr Lynch had the brainwave of getting all 420 pupils to make their own tie dye T shirt in their House colours....in the space of 3 weeks. They all looked amazing, with every T shirt completely unique!
We took some photographs today for you to enjoy!
This week, Mr Richard Brock and Mr Alan Shaw visited Golden Valley. They were the first two Headteachers of GV and Mr Lynch is only the third in 40 years! Mr Brock and Mr Shaw led Services and shared their memories of being Headteachers here. They were really entertaining, and brought along objects and photographs to share with the children. Mr Brock had a collection of super art work which he shared with the children.
Both Mr Brock and Mr Shaw will be at our forthcoming event celebrating 40 years of GV being open!
We had a real surprise this morning when ex-pupil and World Professional Golfer, Chris Wood, joined us for Services! Chris attended Golden Valley during the 1990's when Mr Shaw was Headteacher....however, he does remember his Year 3 teacher who was here to meet him again this morning - our very own Mrs Jenkins!
The children really enjoyed hearing about Chris' achievements, not least his amazing 'hole in one' at the BMW PGA Championships in 2015, winning him a brand new BMW i7. On that occasion, Chris finished in fourth place....however, the following year in 2016, Chris WON the event! We were all delighted to see and hold Chris' amazing [and very heavy] trophy (sorry about the finger marks.....!)
Chris joined us today as part of our 40th Birthday Celebrations as we felt it would be good for children to hear about the success of an ex-pupil. In two weeks' time, Mr Shaw and Mr Brock will be leading Services for the children as ex-Headteachers of Golden Valley. We look forward to hearing their memories.
As you are aware, we held a special all-day danceathon at school to raise money for 'Unique', a charity which supports families who have a member who suffers from a rare chromosome disorder. Two pupils in our school have such a condition. Alice, a pupil who has been with us for seven years, and her family, requested that we support the charity by holding a mufti day, but we all felt it would be much more special to celebrate Alice's uniqueness by holding a sponsored event - and what better way than by holding an all day danceathon as dancing is one of Alice's favourite activities!
It truly was a fantastic day! Every class enjoyed a half an hour slot in the studio following a school dance led by Alice and Year 6 volunteers, as well as several others led by Miss Hancock, a trainee teacher here at GV. Even over lunchtime there were volunteers from Years 4, 5 and 6 to keep the dancing going. The finale to the day was a whole school dance at the end of the day on the school playground, watched by parents and carers.
Well done to members of drama club who staged their performance of Jonah this week. In a relatively short rehearsal time, the children put on a really good show that really reflected their efforts. Acting, singing and dancing, the whole cast really pushed themselves and it really paid off. It was a great show and the audience loved every minute!
Thanks to Mrs Jenkins, Mrs Gillard and Miss Hancock for your hard work directing and choreographing the production. Also to Mrs Britton and Mr James for your brilliant props and backdrop...Jonah the Whale was spectacular!
Enjoy the photographs.
Every year during Book Week, the pupils design a front cover for a picture book that has been read to them during Service. This year's books were 'The Lion Inside' for KS1 and 'A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting' for KS2.
Pictured below are the Runners-up and Winners from each Year group and their fantastic designs! The actual book covers are also shown.
Well done to everybody who took part in today's World Book Day dressing up....almost 100% of pupils and staff came to school dressed as a book character. It was lovely to see everybody's efforts in our two costume parades - some very original ideas along with some firm favourites! Well done also to the staff who came to school dressed as 'The Crayons Who Quit'.
We had some small prizes for pupils in each class....a runner-up and a first prize....but taking part was the most important part of the day!
We had a lot of fun at school today pretending to the children that we had been invited to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt to celebrate 'National Nursery Rhyme' day! Hope you enjoy the pictures of the whole school singing back-to-back nursery rhymes for 10 minutes!
Mrs Devanny played lots of pranks on the staff today too....with a little Lynch help!
Staff and pupils at Golden Valley rose to the occasion today to support a charity close to our hearts. Mrs Chandler's husband, Jason, sadly lost his fight against this terrible disease last year and Sarah, Leah and Teigan wanted the school to support a fund-raising event in his memory. Today, we all wore hats to school and brought in financial donations that amounted to £467 which is amazing. The sale of hat badges by Sarah and Leah has raised an additional £77 so far....if you would like to purchase a metal pin badge, Sarah still has some for sale in support of this charity.
Life is still hard for Sarah and the girls, but today shows that she has the support of the whole school community and she is a strong fighter! Hats off to you, Mrs Chandler....we're all really proud of you and your wonderful family.
Harvest Collection for The Clevedon & District Food Bank - 20th October 2015
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Service yesterday. Our visitor from the Clevedon Food Bank (trustee Mrs Gil Mears), said she was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the parents of Golden Valley School. Following the services for Key Stage 1 & 2 all the foodstuff collected was subsequently transported to the foodbank where it will be distributed as required. Please accept our very grateful thanks for supporting us in this very worthy cause.
To link with the General Election and the Value of the Month for May (Democracy), we decided to hold our very first school election event. Members of the School Council divided into three parties - Cool Kids, Mance and Conserva-kids - and devised their party manifesto. These included 15 minutes of extra lunchtime play, no homework for a week and 30 minutes of Golden Time with a cup of tea and biscuit for the teachers.
Each class came along to the hall to make their selection in our booths, before placing their voting papers in the ballot box.
At the end of the day, the Election Returning Officer (Mr Lynch) announced that the winners of the election were the Cool Kids! All pupils will therefore receive 30 minutes of Golden Time tomorrow.
Everybody agreed that it was a great event!