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Friday 8th March


It was great to see all of the children dressed today as their favourite character to celebrate World Book Day. Their creativity was amazing! Harry Potter and Where's Wally was popular along with characters from David Walliams and Roald Dahl Books. We also had princesses, James Bond, Little Red Riding Hood and an Oompa Loompa.

We also had a visit from the Hobgoblin Theatre Company who performed 'The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told.' This was enjoyed from all ages: from the Foxes and Squirrels up to Year 6 (including the adults!)

Friday 11th January 

The day had finally arrived; after the culmination of weeks of hard work, it was time for Young Voices 2019! Today, the school choir – along with 5 adults – ventured to Sheffield to perform as part of the largest children’s choir in the world! We had been working hard on 12 songs, including dance moves, since September; and it was amazing to see all of our hard work pay off in the performance. We also got to see Tony Hadley perform (which we think the school adults were more excited about than the children!), as well as Beau Dermott, Sharlene Hector, and of course the amazing dance group ‘Urban Striders’! Throughout the very long day, the children were absolutely amazing; their behaviour was impeccable, and they sang and danced their hearts out! We are so proud of each and every one of them. A highlight for me, personally, was when – at the very end of the concert, when the lights had come back on – one of the children said to me, “Can we do it again?” Unless you have experienced the magic of Young Voices, it is hard to put into words the excitement of the day; we hope to be able to offer this amazing opportunity again next year, Mrs Drayton is already on the lookout for information about Young Voices 2020!

Mrs Syed

Monday 17th December

This morning we held our EYFS Christingle workshop. It was lovely to have lots of adults join us for the making of the Christingles. Mrs Fytch and Mrs Smith talked to us about the significance of the Christingle. We lit the candles and then the Foxes and Squirrels the sang Away in a manger. After the workshop the Christingles were used for our whole school Christingle.


Cliffedale Christmas Fair – Saturday 1st December

Christmas officially started at Cliffedale with our annual Christmas Fair. We would like to thank our PFA and all the helpers who made it such a special afternoon. There were lots of stall and games and we had some festive cheer provided by The Cliffedale Choir. It was lovely to see so many people and it was a very festive start to December.

Friday 30th November

This morning Mrs Bannister and Mrs McBain took a group of children to Syston Fruit Farm to choose our school Christmas tree. After a thorough search the children finally found the perfect one. After wrapping the tree and squeezing it into the mini bus the tree has been decorated and is standing in the hall looking stunning.


The Cliffedale Christmas tree


On Friday we had a special Pudsey Bear Day. We came to school in our spotty clothes and our Pudsey accessories. Mr Pirrie was our very own full size Pudsey Bear. The Children’s Council collected donations at the gates. This year our Children’s Council decided to hold a danceathon during lunchtime. Lots of children came and had a dance and quite a few adults joined in too. Our Pudsey day was lots of fun and supported a fantastic charity.


This morning our Cliffedale Family came together for our annual Remembrance Service. All the children contributed to our whole school poppy wreath, forming the centre piece in the hall. Our poppy wreath went on display in the gazebo and is being used as the centre piece at a Remembrance supper. In our assemblies this week the children have been finding out about Remembrance and the significance of 2018. Pupils and adults took time out together to remember the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The two minutes silence was respectfully observed and school adults shared poems, readings and reflections. Grace and Leah beautifully performed a song for Remembrance.


Happy Birthday Mrs Bryan!

Friday assembly was a busy one for Mrs Bryan. The Cliffedale Family had a little surprise planned for the end of assembly. On Sunday Mrs Bryan celebrated her 80th birthday and we wanted to mark her special day. Two children, who share a birthday with Mrs Bryan presented her with flowers, a gift and a card from all of the pupils and staff. Mrs Bryan has been a reading volunteer here at Cliffedale since 1992 and is very much appreciated and loved by pupils and staff, both past and present.


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Visit from Lunettes

Key stage 2 enjoyed a visit from Lunettes opticians in Grantham last week in assembly. The optician Amy Jameson talked to the children about how they can look after their eyes and the importance of having them checked regularly. She told the children about the Vision Aid overseas campaign 2018 which is a charity who raise funds to help towards eye care for adults and children in developing countries. Our collection box is located in the entrance foyer at the front of school if you have any old or unwanted glasses.


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This morning we held our Harvest Celebration. Our House Captains shared a harvest poem and we sang our favourite harvest songs. We all took it in turns to present our Harvest offerings. Later in the morning Mr Hanbury came to collect our donations and our House Captains helped to load everything in the car to take back to the Grantham Foodbank.

Mr and Mrs Nelson-Cofie came into assembly to talk to us about their work with a school in Ghana.

News of our GLOW week spread! This week we had a visit to school from Lincs FM. Joseph Begley, from the breakfast show visited us to talk to the children about their GLOW week experiences. This will be aired on Friday 19th October at 8.10 am.

Little School

Ben Smith, marathon runner and friend of Cliffedale, came to talk about his new challenge. He is going to run from San Francisco to New York in 38 days which left us feeling quite stunned. Ben will visit us again next year to share his plans and he will complete the run the following year. The children have given him some advice about what he might need to take with him - he thought a net to catch any bears was a really good idea!

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