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Y5/6 Indoor Athletics - January 2019
A team of year five and six children took part in the
large school indoor sport hall competition at the Meres
Leisure Centre last Friday. The children took part in
events on the track and on the field. All the children
showed true determination throughout and were very
proud to get 3rd place medals!

Happy Christmas Everyone from the Cliffedale Family. We have had a very busy, last day of term in our Christmas jumpers. The children have enjoyed a visit from Santa, carols around the tree and we awarded the house point trophy this term to Rushcliffe. We hope everyone has a lovely Christmas holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.

It's beginning to look a lot like Cliffedale Christmas!

Take a look at our super Christmas Tree homework.

Christmas is coming!

Around and about at Cliffedale

Karen Sanderson, a local author, visited Cliffedale on Monday 19th March to read from her children's book, 'Where's Dylan'? She also brought along the stars of her book - Dylan and Megan, her Border Collies, to say hello to the children. Karen talked to the children about how Dylan's anxieties, and how they overcame them, inspired her to write the book. She also offered advice to the children about how to deal with their own anxieties and worries.
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Congratulations to our Cliffedale Concert group who played for the school on the last afternoon of 2017 - what a talented group!

Congratulations to our Cliffedale Concert group who played for the school on the last afternoon of 2017 - what a talented group! 1

Santa popped in and left the children an early treat!

Family photos around the tree....

Christingle-making workshop and our speciall assembly to follow

A lovely Christmas Dinner Day with crackers for every one!

The most beautiful Christmas Tree this year is, obviously, the one the children chose from Syston Park. They wanted it to be bushy but not too bushy, tall but not too tall and not too dense...and they found just what they were looking for! The children enjoyed pushing it through the giant tree wrapper and then went inside for hot chocolate. They also met Mrs Eade's Dad who had popped out for a brew! Thank you to Trish and her friends at the Fruit Farm for their kindness.

The Cliffedale Christmas Tree.

We have all decorated an owl and added a Christmas message. The owls have decorated our school tree at St Wulfram's Church.

Wednesday 3rd May

 This morning Rosemary from The Grantham Canal Society came into assembly to talk to us about the history of the canal and the lock restoration. Rosemary came in period dress and showed us some of the original bricks for the lock. Our photography club have been busy editing the photographs taken during the assembly.


Cliffedale in bloom! Our spring flower homework project has enabled our school to become a splash of colour. Thank you to all the families who have helped to create our beautiful display.

To celebrate World Book Day, pupils were entertained by Chip, a story-teller, who visited the school. Pupils (and staff) were mesmerised by the stories they heard and enthusiastically took part in some audience participation!

On Friday 3rd February we took part in the NSPCC World Number Day. We had a non-uniform day with a number theme. There were lots super costumes. We started the day with an assembly and played Mathletics. Throughout the day we took part in a variety of maths activities. Year1 and 2 had a visit form Orchard Games, made their own games and then invited the adults into school at the end of the day to play the games. Our Foxes and Squirrels were busy measuring and making Jelly and our Key stage 2 children were busy solving maths logic problems. This even involved costing out money would be needed to create and build a theme park. The staff came as dominoes and before school they played a game of human dominoes in the hall.



Young Americans Nov 2016.mp4

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This week's assembly theme has been Remembering and we finished the week with our own Service of Remembrance on Friday morning.

Monday 3rd October, 2016

Dr Tim Williams, the musical director at St. Wulfram's Church, visited us again and brought some senior members of his choir to sing for us.

Lily, Elizabeth and Sophia stunned us all with the power and beauty of their voices. They also helped us to sing together in harmony which was a truly beautiful sound.

They are sitting an important exam in November - their Gold Medal. In achieving this award they would join a small number of elite choristers to be awarded this, the highest award in the country and we certainly wish them the very best of luck.

If anyone is interested in joining the children's choir at St. Wulfram's Church, a letter is available from Mr Jones. There are also leaflets at the office if you'd like to help yourselves.

You don't have to pass an audition and it sounds as though they have a lot of fun. Why not give it a try...


Friday 23rd September - Key Stage 2 find out about brass and wood wind instruments from music teacher, Mrs Atkinson, who would love to teach small groups of new players...

Recorder summer performance.

Wow! What a fabulous performance by the recorder players of Cliffedale school.  The weather was even on our side and we managed to use the Gazebo as a bandstand. Congratulations to the children , it sounded magnificent.  Many thanks to Mrs Ridgeway and for all the parental support you show your children as they develop their musical skills.

Friday 20th May, 2016

Members of the Children’s Choir of St Wulfram’s Church came to school with their Choir Master, Dr. Tim Williams, today and told us all about what it means to be a member of the biggest children’s church choir in the country.

All 18 of the children attend National Junior School and we are very grateful to Mrs Sutherland, the Head Teacher, for allowing them time out of school to visit. We also thank the Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Watson, the Music Leader, Mrs Scatchard and several parents who accompanied the choir this morning.

Dr. Williams told us about the trips the choir has made – they have sung in St. Paul’s Cathedral, made a flash mob video of their singing at The Tate Modern (which went viral) and now they have reached Cliffedale!

The children told us about their love of singing and the fun they have; there seems to be a great deal of fun involved – we even saw photographs of snowball fights in full cassock and surplice!

We sang together, listened to the choir’s beautiful sound and then sang together again before it was time to thank them all for coming.

How lucky we are to have heard something so beautiful and to know that it is something we could be a part of if we wish.

If anyone is interested in joining the choir, a letter is available from the school office, containing contact details and useful information.

Wednesday 4th May, 2016 saw the sun shining down on marathon runner, Ben Smith, as he ran through our grounds as part of the Grantham leg of his latest marathon.

Our Sports Ambassadors met Ben at the gates and joined him for a jog as the whole school cheered them on. An entourage of approximately 60 other runners all helped Ben on his way to completing 401 marathons in as many days.

Running to raise funds and awareness in support of 2 anti-bullying charities, Kidscape and Stonewall, Ben is an inspiration to us all.

Friday 29th April, 2016. Today we announced the names of our first House Captains. Children in Year 6 were asked to indicate whether they were interested in the role and the staff had the opportunity to vote. As you know, our School Council members are elected by their peers so this is a different approach for a different role.

Being House Captain is a significant responsibility and we know our elected captains are delighted to have been chosen to represent their house.

Congratulations to all of you - we know you will enjoy the position and perform your duties beautifully.   

Sarah Outen Inspires Year 6, Friday 26th February, 2016


Intrepid adventurer, Sarah Outen, who spent 4½ years travelling from London to London, via the World, talked to Year 6 this morning.

Explaining how she and her support team planned and prepared for the journey, Sarah talked about how she managed to achieve her dream of kayaking, cycling and rowing over 25,000 miles through storms, over oceans and across deserts.

Her story was truly inspirational as she spoke about not allowing nerves to stop us from accepting a challenge. She told us to prepare thoroughly, keep safe, embrace the support around us and tell the butterflies in our tummies to move to one side.

There was a little time to answer some very thoughtful questions but anyone wishing to find out more, about Sarah’s journey, can explore the following link:

Early mornings at Cliffedale

We were very lucky to have a visit from Dr. Tim Williams, the Musical Director at St. Wulfram's Church, this morning. Mrs Eade had invited him to come and sing with us and develop our skills. Dr. Williams had already been impressed by our choir when they performed in the church before Christmas and when he listened to the whole of Key Stage 2 sing he was equally impressed.

The children were taught how to relax, warm up and really prepare to sing before learning some very beautiful but simple songs which they sang in harmony.

Mr Lidbury popped in, to listen, and was amazed by the standard they had achieved in just half an hour! It was a thoroughly inspiring session and we look forward to working with Dr. Williams again soon when he returns to support our talented choir.

Dr. Williams directs the St. Wulfram's Church Choirs of adults and children and would be delighted to see some of our children attend a taster session to see if this is something they might wish to join. Some children have brought home a leaflet with further information and contact details - more leaflets are available in school. If you would like a letter with dates and times of any taster sessions at the Church with Dr. Williams please let the office or Mrs Eade know as soon as possible.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ....
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