Friday 11th December
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!
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.
CHILDREN IN NEED
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.
CLIFFEDALE PAUSES TO REMEMBER
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.
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.
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.
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.
Year 6 Residential trip to Malham
Yesterday, we went to the National Coal Mining Museum. We had an exclusive tour around the coal mines where we learnt about interesting facts about the life of miners over the generations. Jake said that his favourite part was having a go at being the Manger of the mines. Some children said they were a bit anxious about going into the mine and small spaces at first, but everyone ended up having a great time and really thanked the tour guides. A few people talked about what they enjoyed most: Nia enjoyed the simulation of the dynamite exploding to explain how they collected coal.
Day 2 of the Lovely Weather
We woke to sunny blue skies and a wonderful breakfast. In fact, some children went for seconds. As soon as we were ready, we left for the top of Malham cove. It was a steep climb; many people took the challenge of counting the number of steps but most lost track. After this, we carefully made our way across the limestone pavement. We all had a rest near to the wildlife shading under the trees. Cameron said that it was very tricky to travel across the limestone pavement, especially the loose rocks. After a challenging walk, we rested in the shade and had our lunch. Then we went to Gordale Scar. Sitara said it was tiring but worth it to see the amazing sights. We took lots of photographs, ate lots of ice-cream, and Mr. Pirie said it was an amazing day!
By Rishab, Noah and Jake