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End of term news…

Sporting Award Winner

East Claydon belongs to a partnership of local schools to develop our sporting skills and encourage friendly competition. This term we have been to the annual KS1 Sports Festival, run by Buckingham School and hosted at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. All of our children in Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic day honing their skills, challenging themselves against children from other schools and learning from older pupils at Buckingham School.

The final event of the sporting year was the award ceremony. Grace in Year 2 was awarded the Play Leader of the Year, which is a fantastic honour and is well-deserved for her contribution to fun and safe breaks and lunches at school. Well done Grace!

Family fun through the night

The last Friday of term saw many brave souls pitching their tents in the school grounds for the night. Families started arriving early to get the best spot and so that they could have everything set up and ready to go before the BBQ started. The Mushroom kindly opened its doors from 5 o’clock and Guy fired up the BBQ to satiate the appetites of hungry adults and children alike. We had a fantastic turn-out from the school and community and the weather held off with the rain, even though we didn’t get the heat of earlier in the week. Surprisingly everyone managed to get to bed reasonably early and sleep through the night. It was an early wake-up though – with everyone out, breakfasted and gone by 9:30am!! From the feedback we’ve got from the children it sounds as though this will be an annual fixture in our summer calendar!

Expedition celebration

The children have been working really hard this half term, finding out all about pirates and explorers and learning about coastlines and the sea along the way. We started with an expedition of our own – to Buckler’s Hard and the River Beaulieu – to find out about ship-building of old and do some beachcombing. A surprise finding of a letter in a bottle and treasure chest buried in the shingle set the scene for the rest of our learning. We celebrated our successes with parents on the final Tuesday of term – taking everyone on our learning journey with us and opening up our very own Museum of Piracy and Exploration. It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents filling the hall, as well as enthusiastically joining in with our dancing – thank you!

Team treat – a beach party with no beach

We set the children a challenge to win team tokens throughout the term, with a surprise reward if they manage to fill up the tubes to the agreed level. This term they surpassed themselves and definitely earned their team treat. We turned the School into a party venue for the day to celebrate. Everyone came in beach gear and enjoyed summer arts and crafts, beach games and water fun, not to mention a bouncy castle (kindly donated by the staff) and huge water pistol fight! At lunchtime we were visited by a fish and chip van, followed closely afterwards by an ice cream van (donated by Friends) – the children were delighted! Many said it was the best day of their lives! It was brilliant to see so many happy faces and not an angry word or reprimand was heard the whole day, showing exactly why they earned their treat in the first place. Well done everyone – let’s set ourselves even more challenging targets for living our values next year.


The fun of The Claydons Summer Fayre attracts large crowds

Traditional games were played, activities were enjoyed and talented youngsters showed off their skills at The Claydons Summer Fayre which was hailed a success. As the school had recently become a C of E School the Friends of East Claydon C of E School and The Parish of the Claydons teamed up to put on one big fete which attracted a brilliant turnout to the Village Hall last Saturday.

Organised by the school’s Friends (FOECS) committee and the Church Committee, lots of different stalls, activities, displays and performances entertained the crowds. Both committees were delighted with how the event went – with the final amount raised being £2,730 which will get split between the two.

As the fayre started the clouds parted and the sun shone. Nicholas and Alexandra Verney kindly came and opened the fete before mingling with the crowds. With Star Wars characters, a bouncy castle and a bouncy assault course, children’s activities, traditional games, Claydons ‘Bake Off’, a photographic competition, face painting, crack a crock, many stalls and a barbecue – there was plenty to keep the crowds amused!

The Headteacher and her staff stepped up to the stocks to be pelted with sponges by parents and children, whilst many dads (and a mum) flexed their muscles on the Tug of War.

One of the mum’s sang beautifully for all with her guitar, a puppet show made us all laugh and a local performing arts group – made up of youngsters of mixed ages, danced and sang songs to entertain us all before a raffle brought the fete to a close.

A big thank you goes to everyone who came along but a special thanks goes to all the organisers and people who contributed in anyway they could.


It’s official!

We are delighted to tell you that on Wednesday 31st May we received an email with the official confirmation that we can expand the school!  We can’t tell you how excited we are to be able to provide children with an education up until Year 6, when they head off to secondary school. This means that we can officially take children in Year 3 in September, keeping our current Year 2s as well as opening up to others who are looking for a junior school place.

What this means for next year is:

  • We will still have two classes next year – a combined Reception and Year 1 class, and a combined Year 2 and 3 class.
  • We do not need to appoint any new teachers next year.
  • We do not need to build our Key Stage 2 unit until this time next year, ready for September 2018.

Thank you for supporting the school as we have gone through the process – helping us to raise the additional funds, writing your letters of support and providing the home school partnership that other schools can only dream of.

If you have any questions about our expansion please do not hesitate to contact either the Headteacher or any of the Governors.

We hope that this means an extra celebration for you over half term and look forward to welcoming everyone back into school on Monday to help set our vision for the future.

Rachel Tilden Walker (Headteacher) and Anna Taylor (Chair of Governors)

We’ve hit our target!

After an amazing year of fund raising Friends of East Claydon C of E School have unbelievably reached our target 6 weeks early! We are so grateful to all the people that have supported us in any way they could from fundraising activities, offering their services, baking, donating, sponsoring, setting up and clearing up…and of course to the generosity of businesses that have also donated. It’s been so heart warming to see our small community and beyond rally round to help us in our cause. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  FOECS x

Hopefully during half term our proposals to turn the school in to a full primay school so that we can accept our first Year 3’s (KS2) in September will be formally agreed by Bucks CC.

Co-op Local Community Funding

CO-OP have chosen FOECS charity to be one of their Community Funded charities this year. They have already raised £680 in the first week for them…and they still have a few more months to go! They give 1% of everything you spend on selected Co-op branded products and services from Co-op Group businesses, including their food stores and funeral homes. If you would like to help and if you have a Members Card you can click online and ask to put your 1% contribution towards the charity. If you don’t have one please join up! If you don’t allocate your 1% it gets divided between us and the other chosen local charities.