Remembrance Service: On Friday 10th November, Year 6 led our Remembrance Service. They talked about World War I, read poems and sang hymns. We also held a two minute silence. Well done to Year 6 and thank you to Rev Fleming for attending and closing our service with a prayer.
Harvest Donations for Foodbank: Thank you again to all our parents/carers and pupils for your generous donations during Harvest week. As a school we collected a total of 160kg for the local Foodbank charity.
Year 6 Residential Camp Morfa Bay September 2017: All of the children and staff who went to Morfa Bay had a fantastic time. They enjoyed a week of adventure, fun and excitement. The children took advantage of the great range of activities available, overcoming individual challenges on some and working as a team on others. Highlights of the week included the muddy assault course, the sea activities, zipwire, climbing activities, not to mention the WW1 experience, orienteering, archery and evening activities.
Year 3 Stone Age and Iron Age WOW Days: At the end of Term 1 Year 3 had a great WOW Day to end their Stone Age topic. The children designed and created cave paintings, made jewellery and made their own hand prints like the Stone Age people would have done. They watched Miss Daniels gut fish and experienced how it would have been cooked over an open fire!
At the start of Term 2, the Year 3 children all enjoyed their Iron Age WOW day. Children were treated to a very special visitor from the Iron Age, where they took part in a variety of activities such as creating Iron Age shields and spears and completing warrior training.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! We would like to thank everyone who came to the Macmillan coffee morning it was a great success and so nice to see so many people, as well as new parents and families to our School. We are happy to announce we raised just under £600.00, including the non-school uniform mufti money. This was a fantastic amount!
Visit to the Mayor’s Parlour: On Tuesday a group of Year 6 pupils were invited to the Mayor's Parlour to celebrate St Martin’s School being awarded 3rd place in the Weston Horticultural Society ‘Plant a Wheelbarrow Competition 2017’. The children enjoyed meeting the Lady Mayoress and were able to try on a Mayoress robe and hat. The children were a credit to the school and were presented with a trophy and a medal each for their achievements.
Year 4 Roman WOW Day: During Term 1 the Year 4 Roman WOW day, the children dressed up and learnt about daily life. They studied Roman numerals and Roman food and then created a menu using the information they had learnt. The 4S classroom was transformed into a Roman Bath House and the children experienced what it would have been like to wash in the different temperature rooms and use a Roman strigil. The children are now looking forward to learning even more about the Romans at their Educational Visit to the Caerleon Roman Museum shortly.
Commemorative Centenary Service: On Wednesday 4th October, St Martin’s Year 5 and 6 attended St Martin’s Church where they were joined by Parents/Carers, Governors and Members of Worle History Society to take part in a service of commemoration for Mr Frederick Gardiner and Mr John Rennie Durnell. Both men were former teachers at our school and their deaths 100 years ago at the Battle of Passchendaele, were recorded by the then headteacher in the school logbook. The service was led by Year 5 and included readings about the conditions at the Battle of Passchendaele and biographies of the two men’s lives. Candles were lit in remembrance and a minutes silence was observed. Mr Fleming, the vicar’s husband, closed the service with a prayer in which he sprinkled petals to represent all those that have suffered and those that suffer still, as a result of conflict.
Before returning to school Mr Marriott thanked the readers who confidently and clearly conveyed the stories of Mr Durnell and Mr Gardiner and the very important message of how we, as a school, are connected to that war 100 years ago.
School Council Educational Visit to Houses of Parliament, September 2017: Part of the School Council had a successful trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. The day was very busy. They were lucky enough to see a live debate in the House of Commons, tour the palace of Westminster and had a workshop about Campaigning - which they hope to use during the year. They also met our MP John Penrose who kindly talked to the School Council about his job as an MP and answered their questions. The children were a credit to the school, and families, and thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
Celebration of Learning Evening: Thank you to everyone who attended our special evening Tuesday 11th July. The school looked amazing with all of the children's work on display. We were treated to performances by our Dance Club, the Year 4 Ukulele group and the Choir. The BBQ was popular as were the ice creams. I would like to thank the staff and Governors for making the event possible.
Weston Flower Show July 2017: Judges from Weston Flower Show visited the school and awarded us a 3rd Place. Year 5 worked with Miss Daniels and Mr Davis to present a wheelbarrow of flowers. Our display commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Worle in June 1942, with a representation of a signpost in the town that still has a bullet hole from the night of the raid.
Year 6 Leavers Events July 2017: The Year 6 children and staff had a busy and fun packed few weeks to end their time at St Martin's School. The pupils performed 'The Amazing Adventures of Superstan' to both pupils and their parents. The children were amazing and showed what a talented group they are with their singing, dancing and acting skills. All of this could not have happened without the pupils who formed the back stage crew and the Year 6 staff team. We had some lovely comments from our parents/carers: “Absolutely brilliant..you all worked so hard..amazing! Fantastic performance – you should all be very proud of yourselves and your teachers.. the best performance we have ever seen, well done to you all.”
The Year 6 pupils raised a fantastic amount of over £412.40 for the CLIC charity through fundraising activities and stalls during School and after their leaver performances.
The week was rounded off with their Disco which they all enjoyed - a special thank you to Miss Short (House DJ), Mrs Fogwill, Mrs Campbell and Mrs Burrell for the planning and running of this event. They were also treated to a Movie Trip to the Odeon Cinema and finally a Leaver's BBQ on their last day.
Festival of Nature: On Friday 9th June, a group of children and the Eco-Warrior Club members went to the
Festival of Nature in Bristol. The children had an opportunity to take part in three different activities which were run by a variety of Wildlife and Environmental Organsisations. The children learnt about moths and butterflies, snakes and local food produce.
“It was very educational” Lily Year 4.
Rotary Club Arts Competition: We were over the moon to receive news that 2 of this year’s entries in the Rotary Primary Arts Competition received prizes. Isabel Bates from Year 6 received 1st place in her age range for a beautiful piece of sketching based on work created by Diane Wright. Olivia Huxtable-Fox Year 3 won Highly Commended for her watercolour work based on work created by Paul Klee. The School also received an £80 voucher which we will use to buy art equipment for the School.
Maths Enrichment Day: On Tuesday St Martin’s hosted a Maths Enrichment Day for a group of our Year 3 pupils who were joined by other local Primary Schools. All of the children enjoyed the day and were inspired and motivated to join in with all of the Maths activities throughout the day. Thank you to Pete Hall, Primary Consultant - ‘Making Maths Fun!’ who led the day.
Olivia 3M: “I really liked the day and had fun with the Maths challenges”.
Madeleine 3E: “The day helped with my Maths – I loved playing the Maths games”.
Worle Local History Society Meeting: On 4th May, WLHS met in our School hall in the evening to listen to Bob Champ present the School's history as a Junior School between 1971 and 2011 (when it became a Primary School). More than a hundred people were present, including ex-students, staff and Mr. Gilbert, Headteacher from 1972-1992. Mr Davis hosted the event for the school and led a tour around the buildings. Really positive comments about the look and feel of the School were made by all those who attended this event.
E-Safety Quality Mark: On 10th March, we were visited by an E-Safety Inspector for our 360 Degree Safe e-Safety Accreditation Mark. He reviewed all of our e-Safety curriculum, policies, systems and practice. The Inspector also interviewed staff, children, parents and governors. We are delighted to say that after all of this, we successfully achieved the Quality Mark. Well done and thank you to staff, governors and parents who supported us to achieve this Mark, also to our iTeam who help promote our SMART e-safety school rules. Thank you particularly to Mr Ellis and Miss Jewell for their work in leading this area.
Ski Trip - Alpe D'Huez February 2017: Before half term a group of children from St Martin's, Locking and Mead Vale Primary School's swapped their classroom for the mountain for a weeks skiing in Alpe D'Huez, France. From complete beginners to parallel skiers in one week, the children had a fantastic experience they will never forget. Children had the opportunity to share their experience with the rest of the school in a recent achievement assembly and were presented with their Ski Awards. A big well done to everyone involved with the trip and a huge thank you to Mr Marshall and Ms Barnes for leading the trip.
Achievement For All - Quality Lead School Status: On 7th November we were delighted to be officially presented with our Achievement For All Quality Lead Status. We were joined by Sheila Smith, the North Somerset Director for People and Communities, Laura Bromberg, Achievement For All Regional Director and Neil Harris, our Achievement For All Coach. This is an extremely prestigious and rare award (we were the first Primary School in our region to achieve this award) and recognises the hard work and dedication of our staff and children at school and in the community. It shows that our children make good progress, including those who have significant barriers to overcome. ‘It is a stamp of quality for our standards.’ Well done to everyone.
St Martin’s Achieves Travel Award November 2016: During a whole school assembly, St Martin's School received the Bronze award from Modeshift STARS and North Somerset for all the hard work and effort made to change the way children travel to school. As a result we have more children safely riding bikes and scooters to school which is healthier for them and kinder to the planet. A special thanks goes to Mrs Chadwick and all our children who have been Travel Ambassadors over the last 2 years, also to the parents who are supporting us in trying to make the journey to school as safe and healthy as possible.
New School Library Opening: On 31st October we were very lucky to welcome best selling, award winning Author of ‘The Last Wild’ triology, Piers Torday to open our new library. Piers is a keen supporter of libraries and the importance of reading for pleasure in children’s lives so we were thrilled when, as part of our opening ceremony celebration, he agreed to take part in an a very inspirational ‘Question and Answer’ session with our wonderful Pupil Librarians. After this Mr Marriott and Mr Torday made some inspiring speeches before our author cut the ribbon and the library was officially open! There followed a book signing where our children had the opportunity to meet the author and receive their copy of his work including the newly released ‘There May Be A Castle’. The opening celebrations continued throughout the week with all year groups visiting the library to take part in a book themed activity... We are open daily from 8.30am-8.45am and after school Monday – Thursday 3.00-3.30pm and look forward to seeing you!
Author Visits Year 4 - Term 6: St Martin's hosted an enrichment opportunity for some of our Year 4's to work with published author, poet and musician, Stan Cullimore. They were joined by pupils from other local schools and the day proved to be a huge success.
SIAMs Inspection: Our School recently underwent our Church School SIAMs Inspection. We are delighted to say that our report is now on our school website and that we are thrilled with our ‘Good’ grade. The Inspector was very complimentary about our children and all aspects of school life. Thank you to our children, staff , parents and Governors for this achievement.
RE Quality Mark: We are pleased to have achieved the Silver RE Quality Mark award by the external assessor who visited us. They interviewed staff and children and examined planning, work and assessment data to ensure we met the standards for this award. A big thank you to Mrs Byron for leading RE so successfully.
St Martin’s Appearing in BBC Programme: The BBC are producing a new children’s CBBC programme called Top Class, which they will be filming during April. Congratulations to our St Martin’s Team who were successful in being selected to appear on the brand new show! The children have a wonderful opportunity to travel up to Glasgow, all expenses paid, during the filming at BBC Glasgow.
Our Library celebrated ‘National Libraries Day’ this week with some Alice In Wonderland inspired activities. The children enjoyed playing croquet with ‘flamingos’ and ‘hedgehogs’ just like the game played by Alice in the Queen of Hearts garden! They also made ‘Unbirthday’ cards and entered a trivia competition to win the ‘Wonderland’ Cup!