Author Archives: Rachel Seago

Working together with Green Dragon Eco Farm

Our school are very lucky to have an excellent learning resource right on our doorstep. The Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre in Hogshaw, asked us if we could bring some of our children down to be part of their Crowd Funding video to help promote their goal to build a British & European Wildlife Reserve that will feature birds of prey, red fox, red squirrel, reindeer, artic fox and pine marten among others.

Their plan is to start building in March 2018, with the Wildlife Reserve opening in July 2018.

Admissions Consultation September 2019

We are consulting to change our admissions policy from September 2019. Please find our draft policy attached. The main changes are focused on the admission rules for entry into Reception. We have added rules that give preference to children who are attending Pre-School and children of current members of staff prior to the straight-line distance rule being used. These are highlighted in red text in the policy. Please can you respond to our consultation by emailing office@eastclaydon.org.uk, stating whether or not you approve of the changes to the admissions policy, adding any reasons for your choice.

This consultation is open from 25th October 2017 to 11th December 2017. When we have collated all responses, Governors will review this at their next Full Governing Body meeting on 11th December. The updated policy will be available on our website from February 2018. Thank you very much for your contribution to our consultation process.

Flying high at Aerial Extreme

Children in the Doves class did a fantastic job at Aerial Extreme last week. We all arrived at the high ropes course in Willen Lake in the morning to gasp in awe at the variety of obstacles high up in the trees. Some of us, including the teachers, were a little bit worried about tackling the wobbly ones but with a lot of help and encouragement from each other, we all faced our fears and got around the course.

Everyone was keen for more, so we all headed up to a 15m high platform to jump off it and auto-descend to the floor below. Team working challenges after lunch included the wobbly pole up to the leap of faith and a 12m high climbing wall. The children were extraordinary and learnt about their own emotional resilience and how to work together to achieve challenging tasks. Their writing afterwards has certainly shown the impact that this has had on their learning as well – congratulations Doves!

Raising money for our school’s

 A brilliant Beer Festival 

Thank you to the Friends team who put on a fantastic event on Saturday 23rd September. Last year was a hard act to follow but the weather certainly helped in keeping everyone out in the garden and enjoying the music!

None of this could have been achieved without the hard work of our dedicated Friends – from organising the tasty selection of beers to putting up all the tents, finding great bands to cooking delicious food. And then of course there was all the organisation, setting up, clearing up and management on the day!

All of their amazing efforts have managed to raise another £3,500 for the school, which is truly extraordinary with our small number of families. With two under their belt, everyone is already talking about doing it again next year – watch this space…

 


Walking for Uganda 

Not only have we been raising money for our school, but we have also been looking further afield to our partner school in Uganda. This term the children have found out about how children learn there and how far they have to walk every day just to attend lessons.

At the start of term, the children set themselves a target of raising £400 on a sponsored walk so that Reception children in our partner school can sit on benches rather than the mud floor.

Thank you so much to all of the parents for their sponsorship – we completely blew our target out the water, raising over £900! The children were amazing on the walk and lots of our new Reception children completed the full four miles!

Thanks as well to all the parents who joined us and looked after the children on the way around.

Evergreen Africa, the Charity we are working with, run by one of our children’s grandfathers, has promised that 100% of all our money raised will go directly to the school – thank you.