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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.

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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!


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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!

Foodbank sent us a certificate to thank us for our donations - we collected 186Kg of food!

Foodbank sent us a certificate to thank us for our donations - we collected 186Kg of food!  1

Harvest Celebration during Friday assembly - 13th October, 2017. So many donations for Grantham Foodbank - thank you so much.

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