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.
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 6.
Year R: Reuben, Emily, Eric & Zara
Year 1: Evie, Joey, Riley & Florence
Year 2: Noah, Emmie, Ruby & Kacper
Year 3: David, Daisy, Kathryn & Kieron
Year 4: Lucy, Toby, Harrison & Sky
Year 5: Fleur, Adam, Arthur & Evie
Year 6: Skye, Ben, Kieran & Lois
The children enjoyed playing in the snow at break-time this morning...and it has all but disappeared now! Many snowmen and snowwomen were created of all shapes and sizes! We even found and rescued a little mouse who needed warming up.
We had to postpone our traditional dressing up day because of last week's snow day closure...but today the children and staff arrived in some lovely outfits and costumes! We had witches and wizards, a few Wallies, Gangsta Grannies, dalmations, superheroes, fairy story characters and many, many more!
The following photographs show the two children per class who were spotted for their costumes - either for originality, creativity, ingeniousness or because they stood out in some way.
The staff all looked a bit drab and grey today - did you notice?! We were all grey elephants, but with one brightly coloured Elmer amongst us. Thank you Mrs Riley for organising the costume and Miss Sims for wearing it in her absence.
The pupils excelled again in this year's book cover competition. The school were read the story of Kevin 'The Koala Who Could' and had to design a front cover based on the story. Pictured below are the runner-ups and winners in each year group. The artist of the winning design in each year group received a £5 voucher to spend on a book at the recent School Book Fair.
To commemorate the birth date of Lord Robert Baden-Powell and, coincidentally, his wife Olave, every year on the 22nd of February children who belong to one of the Cub-Scout or Girl-Guide groups are encouraged to wear their membership uniforms to school to raise the profile of 'World Thinking Day'. This year over 100 pupils at Golden Valley participated although not everybody was able to be in the photograph! Our youngest pupils belong to Beavers or Rainbows....moving through Cubs and Brownies....and finishing with Scouts and Guides.
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!
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.
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!