On Thursday 30 children from years 2-6 represented Gastrells in dance and gymnastics in the fantastic setting of Gloucester Cathedral at the School Games Celebration ceremony. All of the children were a credit to Gastrells and performed brilliantly. Well done to all involved!
Well it turns out that in the 3 trials that we took part in today that they are innocent (which is good news for Lizzie and Owen). Despite both of our prosecution teams unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pip and Sam were guilty of sending harassing emails they all spoke with such confidence, asking intelligent questions and responding with thoughtful and articulate answers. Our defence team blew away their opposition and won the verdict with all the children playing their part with such maturity and conviction.
The mock trial is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about our legal system and the process of a magistrate court. All the children are given roles which would be found in a magistrates court including the defendant, witnesses, prosecution and defence solicitor, court clerk, usher, court artist & reporter and even magistrates. Over the course of the last two…
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What a superb day! Starting with an early start, leaving school at 8am, we arrived at the Natural History museum at 10.30am where we spent 3 and half hours enjoying and engaging withthe museum displays.At 1pm we left theNHMfor a quick tour around London taking in the sights of Buckingham Palace, Westminster,Big Ben and the London Eye (I was particularly impressed with our tour guide!)Following this we headed to Drury Lane and theTheatre Royal where we found our seats towatch the sensational Charlie and Chocolate Factory.After a mesmerising performance we headed back to the coach and made our way back to Gloucestershire entertained all the way by radio Edie. I hope you all had an excellent day, thank you for making it such a brilliant trip!
Here are some of our highlights…
‘When Charlie got the golden ticket’ – James
‘The theatre was the best😀😄😆’ – Alex
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On the 11th February the first ever BAM boys group set off on a 5 mile hike that took them along Rodborough Common, past Minchinhampton common and down through Amberley and Theescombe to Dunkirk Mill. From there we walked along the cycle path into Nailsworth and finally arrived at our destination, a yurt in Rockness, where we had our awards ceremony.
Over the last 10 weeks the boys have been meeting to try out new challenges in order to build their skills in:
- Problem Solving
- Emotional Literacy
- Self and Peer Advocacy
I am incredibly proud of all of them for all they have achieved and it has been a privilege to guide them through this journey.
A special thanks must go to Miss Spiropulous who joined us on our hike (and brought the marshmallows)
Well done to everyone from dance club who performed twice today in front of the school. They were absolutely brilliant and it served as an excellent rehearsal ahead of their performance at the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham on Monday.
Year 5 trip to SkillZone Gloucester
On Wednesday the whole of year 5 visited the Skill Zone centre in Gloucester. The aim of the trip was to experience and examine a whole range of situations from household fires and the dangers in the home to dark alleys and trips on buses and how to make sure we stay safe at all times.
This was a hugely valuable experience for all the children and one which will hopefully make them think when they are in certain situations in the future.
Fascinating evening tonight learning about our Kenyan twinned school – Nyahururu DEB School in Nyahururu. The cold Gloucestershire night melted away under the warm sunny smiles of the children in Nyahururu school. Ms Karen Saunders shared with us a vivid insight into the vibrancy of Kenyan school and family life. There were also shots of the fabulous scenery including the glorious Jakaranda Lake at dawn.
It was clearly a very memorable experience for both Mrs Saunders visiting Kenya and Mary Mundene (Head Teacher from our exchange school) visiting Gastrells.
I look forward to seeing the development of the links between our two schools, including sharing information about festivals and setting up a pen pals scheme.
Thank you so much Mrs Saunders for this glorious presentation and for so ably representing Gastrells School in Kenya.
Year 5 & 6 were given a wonderful experience on Friday to visit the Nailsworth Comrades club to hear an engaging talk all about WW1. They learnt about life in the trenches, the equipment that a typical solider would need and all the different roles within the army, as well as this they had the fantastic opportunity to try on and hold artefacts from WW1.