In support of the Nailsea Community project in memory of local teenager, Coach Toby, our whole school took part in a multi-coloured fun run around the school field. In the process, GV families donated £465 towards the project to create an outdoor gym and play area in the local community. Many families also supported Toby's Fun Day over the weekend as well.
Thank you for your support for the Riley Family.
Mrs Devanny, our science subject leader, set a competition for half term for pupils to have a photo taken to demonstrate some aspect of science. We were both overwhelmed at the response, with over 130 photos being sent to school of some amazing science in action!
All of the children who took part received a certificate of recognition and one child's photograph from each year group was chosen by staff as the winner. They each received a science activity kit, a certificate and GOLD Headteacher sticker!
Pictured below are the winning photographs.
Red Nose Day / Fundraising for Ukraine
Children (and staff) came to school dressed in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian Flag, or red for Red Nose Day (or a mixture of both) to help raise money for these two very worthy causes. Nearly £900 was raised by our very generous families and the children learnt about the experiences of others and the value of giving.
World Book Day was celebrated yesterday and I have to say that the effort and enthusiasm the children made with their book character costumes was AMAZING!
We had a costume parade in assembly time which was lovely and then spent parts of the day immersing ourselves in books and reading.
Thank you for supporting this event with your children.
Mr Lynch & Mrs Bennett (English subject leader)
We had a fantastic visit from the Police Road Safety Team this week. The children took part in workshops and enjoyed other opportunities including meeting some Police horses (Alan and Max), riding in mini cars around a track, sitting in a police car, learning about speed cameras and sitting in the back of a police van (something we hope they never experience again!)
Enjoy this selection of photographs...spot the big child who just had to get involved! Year group pages may also have some photos from the day. I think the children will remember this visit for years to come, and hopefully some key messages about keeping safe on the roads and in vehicles.
Well done to the children and staff who either came to school wearing their clothes inside out, or a special Pudsey outfit.
We raised an amazing £789.50 for this worthwhile cause to improve the lives of children nationally and across the world.
Thank you for your generous donations today to support the local foodbank. We welcomed Michelle from Trendlewood Church to lead our assemblies today in which her theme was Gratitude and remembering to say 'Thank you'. On this occasion we were remembering to thank farmers and food production workers as well as our parents for providing healthy meals for us.
The children really enjoyed the assemblies and several of them had a part to play, as you can see from the photographs below!
The representatives from the Foodbank were overwhelmed by our donations - and had to make a second trip to collect all of the donated items!
Pupils in Year 6 have really enjoyed using the newly installed Key Stage 2 playground gym equipment. It is their week on the rota and they have been exercising with vigour!
The GVSA have made a generous donation of £5000 towards the costs of the playground improvements and outdoor gym equipment that has allowed us to install 14 pieces. The items selected also allow for social time as many are side by side or opposite each other, so children can chat whilst exercising together.
Enjoy the photos below!
Children across the school learnt about environmental issues that are affecting our community, our country and the world. They produced some amazing posters, leaflets, pictures and poems that are displayed in the hall. You can see examples of their work below!
Well done to the children and staff for participating in the Superhero day today! We had some fictional Superheroes, some wonderfully creative Superheroes as well as some Superheroes from our lives - NHS workers, doctors, teachers, postal workers etc.
Super efforts were made as you can see from the photographs below of a selection of costumes from across the school.
I will let you know how much money was raised when this has been counted next week!
Mr Lego Lynch!
Children working in school or learning at home were challenged to design a front cover for the book 'What We'll Build' by Oliver Jeffers. The designs were excellent from EVERYONE which made my task of judging very challenging! In the end, I managed to choose a runner up and winner from each year group.
The photos below show the children and winning designs!
Golden Valley Spring Lambs!
After much waiting, we finally have some amazing visitors to our school. Doughnut, Muffin and their lambs will be with us for just a couple of weeks and will be a fantastic way of teaching the children so many aspects of animal care and farming. We know they will delight in just watching the lambs bounce around too!
Children will be permitted to enter the enclosure in small groups, along with a member of staff who has read and discussed the risk assessment with Mrs Dean. All visitors to the enclosure must wear a change of shoes, which must be kept in a named plastic bag at school while the sheep are here. We have strict rules for safety, hygiene and handwashing to ensure the welfare of all.
Today marked World Book Day and there is a tradition at Golden Valley of children being invited to dress up as a character from a book or story. It was astonishing to see all but a small handful of children wanting to participate in this event...! The wonderful array of costumes was delightful to see; the effort that some families had made was amazing. But the costumes I like the best are the ones that show some ingenuity or creativity and have been 'made from scratch'.
The following photos are of the two class winners per class as chosen by the teachers and support staff. It was a very difficult job this year to choose between some outstanding outfits and costumes. Well done, EVERYONE!
Children across the school took part in the 'bring a book, swap a book' event organised by the School Council and Mrs Elskamp. Every child in the school took home a 'new to me' book that they had swapped for one they had brought in from home. It was lovely to observe the excitement of shopping for a new book and then reading them!
This is the third time we have held this event and it is a very popular activity! This time, we organised it as one of the events during Book Week.
Christmas WEBox Appeal 2019
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to our appeal this year. We have received 58 boxes, packed full of lovely gifts for children in Albania to receive this Christmas. These will join the collection in Bristol, which will then start their journey to Albania. In 2018, a total of nearly 3000 boxes were donated, and were hugely appreciated by children living in very different circumstances to ourselves.
GE Gas and Oil Volunteer Day
On Wednesday 30th November, we were fortunate to have nearly 20 volunteers from GE Gas and Oil, who came to help us with a great many jobs around the school site. They got to work immediately to spread the bark chippings under the trees; sand and varnish the benches, tables and seats for the KS2 playground; clear and weed the garden area outside Year 3 and wash dirty walls! There is no way that we could have achieved so much work without them, and are hugely grateful!
Author Jenny McLachlan visits GV
This week, Jenny came to talk to Years 4,5 and 6 about her new book 'The Land of Roar'. The children were captivated by her 'dragons' and stories of her childhood. She spoke about how her games as a child led her to invent imaginary worlds that she has re-visited in her adult life as an author. The children were also interested to learn that she had struggles with spelling and writing as a child and that this has not prevented her becoming a successful author.
Well done Team GV for your amazing win today at the Nailsea Carnival! The school's entry 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' won the OVERALL WINNER award. Thanks and congratulations to Mrs Chandler, Mrs Nelson and Mrs Jenkins for coming up with the concept and for organising the family workshops to create the lovely accessories which adorned the pupils outfits. But also to the pupils and their families for taking part in the procession and looking splendid...what a lovely bunch of wedding scarecrows!
We thought long and hard about what we could do to remember Bailee Cook who sadly passed away during his Reception year at Golden Valley. Bailee was a very active little boy, always on the go and never sitting still for long! We decided to install a traverse climbing wall on the Key Stage 1 playground in his memory and today it was used for the first time.
Members of Bailee's family joined us today to see the new structure and saw the joy on the children's faces as they climbed for the very first time.
On 23rd April, we will be holding a 'Go Blue for Bailee' day to raise further funding for the wall to go with the money kindly donated by the GVSA.
To celebrate World Book Day, it has become a tradition for the pupils and staff to dress as a character from a book...it is a very popular day! We are always amazed at the creativity and ingenious outfits that are worn to school, and this year was no exception. Well done to our GV families for helping to create wonderful costumes and props for your children to wear to celebrate the day.
Chinese New Year
We were very lucky to have a visit from a team from the University of Bristol today. They told us about Chinese New Year and the origin of the lion dance, then performed a dance to us, accompanied by musicians playing different percussion instruments. It was very loud and the lion even threw sweets and fruit into the audience, both symbols of good luck in the New Year! Nathanael (year 4) performed alongside the lion, in his own costume. The reception children are also learning about Chinese New Year this week: this year is the year of the Pig.
After postponing the event due to the terrible weather, we couldn't have wished for more perfect conditions to hold the first ever fireworks event for the school. It was a lovely atmosphere, with over 800 spectators enjoying the stalls, food, refreshments and then the firework display!
There are many, many people to thank for their help in the organisation of the event. In no particular order:
Helen Long, Grev Davies, Sarah Hallett, Vicky Whitwham, Sian Wright, Rachel Mann, Sarah Chandler, Tess Hughes, Georgie Burnell, Mel Lethwaite, Nicola Nelson, Debbi Buss, Katherine Mann, Mark & Fiona Austin, Rachel Gregory
All the parent helpers on the night - setting up, clearing away!
Cooks: Darren Stone and James Evans
Our friends at Trendlewood Church for your support at the event and for selling additional tickets
Staff and Governors marshals
And a special mention to Kathryn Hyman and Jason Drew for the overall organisation and co-ordintation of the event - you are both (firework) STARS!
Many thanks to the parents and families who sent in non-perishable food items in support of the Clevedon and District Food Bank this week. During the special assemblies, we learned about the work of the food bank and the significance of celebrating harvest.