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Spring Term Roundup

posted 11 May 2014, 09:39 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 11 May 2014, 09:56 ]

The wet winter we experienced this year certainly didn’t dampen spirits at Occold Primary School and I was particularly impressed by all the hard work and enthusiasm demonstrated by our children and staff.  I was very lucky to have lots of visits to my office this term from children proud to show me their achievements.

School Sports

Our children had a super time at the basket tournament held at Debenham Leisure Centre. They found themselves pitched up against some very skilful (and tall) opposition, but held their own and scored some fantastic baskets.


On a miserable February morning children from Class 3 performed in the tag rugby tournament. Despite the cold and wet weather, our team played very well. Our ‘pros’ in the team found adjusting to a non-contact version of their favourite sport challenging but nonetheless were able to demonstrate their skills and score some memorable tries.

Hi-Fives Netball is a tricky version of the game involving strict rotation of positions so that the big tall children are not able to dominate. Our team took a while to warm up but once they were into their game they played fantastically and managed a convincing win over a local rival team.

Two teams of children from Class 3 took part in the Quicksticks hockey tournament at Hartismere. There were many schools there and the competition was fierce. Nonetheless, both teams played exceptionally well with one of the teams making it to the final and finishing second overall. Of course, it is the taking part that counts, but we were delighted to bring back medals, particularly when we were up against much larger schools. Well done to the children.


We took two strong teams to the gala held at Diss Pool Our children performed very well, with many of them finishing in the top three places in their heats which is a great achievement considering there were many club swimmers there.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t time for finals since so many schools had entered (19 teams) which was a shame since I’m sure some of our children would have gone on to further glory.

Whilst we are proud of what our children achieve at school, it is always a treat to hear of their successes outside school through their involvements club sports and hobbies. This term we were very proud of our talented dancers in school including Harvey from Class Three who was selected by Dance East to take part in their live on stage performances of their show ‘Finding Home’ at Ipswich and Bury. Harvey’s talent was ‘spotted’ through our ongoing work with Dance East in school and this shows the value of opportunities such as this that allow children to expand their interests and work closely with experts who are passionate about their subject. The school would also like to congratulate Eve and Ellie (also from Class 3) for reaching the national stage of a dancing completion.


Well done to Jack from Class Two who will be representing the school in a skiing competition coming up soon. We will keep you posted on the progress on our new Winter Olympics team!


I would like to thank the PE team at Hartismere for supporting Class Three this term. The opportunity to use specialised facilities such as the gymnastic apparatus and dance studio has been invaluable as has the expertise provided by staff there. We have also enjoyed working with the Year 10 students who have been excellent role models for our children.



High Schools Liaison

Year 6 have continued to enjoy regular liaison with our local High Schools including trips for home economics and art at Hartismere and a multi-themed day at Debenham. Year 6 particularly enjoyed the cooking since they were given the opportunity to make their own popcorn. Some of their choices of flavours I think could be best described as ‘unconventional’. We look forward to more visits over the remainder of the year.


Assemblies and vistors

Members of local faith groups have continued to contribute to school assemblies. I would like to thank Dawn, Paula and Stacey in particular for their excellent work with the school. We were lucky this term to have an assembly led by one of our pupil who, with a little assistance from Mum, presented a fascinating assembly on showing rabbits this Tuesday (perfectly timed for Easter). It was very brave of her to talk at length in front of the whole school and the assembly clearly took a lot of organising. Many thanks to her, Mum and the rabbits. It was a genuine privilege to see one of our children taking the initiative like this.

Each class presented super assemblies which were well attended by parents. The assemblies were very informative and demonstrated to all those who watched what super learners our children have been this term. A mysterious traveller visited our school from France.

World Book Day

Well done to everyone who dressed-up as their favourite book character – staff and children looked fantastic.


Many thanks to all the hard work of Friends, for a fantastic pancake mid morning snack. The pancakes were lovely. In fact, they were so tasty that many children (and staff) were spotted queuing for seconds and even thirds in some cases. On the last day of term, children were delighted to receive treats from the Easter Bunny, delivered to school through the helping hands of our brilliant Friends of Occold. Our school is very lucky to have such as committed group of people supporting the school.  

Trip to Norwich Castle

Class 2 enjoyed their trip to Norwich Castle on Tuesday where they had the opportunity to view the Roman Exhibition that links to their class topic. A special thanks to the Friends for their kind donations that helped to bring the cost of this trip down.

Super Staff

We always knew Mrs Selwood was a star, and that we were lucky to have her at our school. However, we were delighted when it was revealed to us that not only had she been nominated for the Suffolk Raising the Bar award of ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’, she also went on to win. Everyone at Occold is very proud of her very well deserved award. She will be available in the school entrance for autographs.

Artists in residence

Earlier this term children from our school took part in the Young Art East Anglia Competition. Dozens of schools entered with hundreds of children participating. The winning children’s work was displayed at an exhibition in Aldeburgh which enabled children to raise charitable donations for Cancer Research UK as well as celebrate their artistic output. All of us at Occold are very proud that the work of two children from our school was chosen for the exhibition.

500 Words Writing Competition

Congratulations to Niles from Class Three for reaching the next stage of the Radio 2 writing competition. There were tens of thousands of entries and progressing in this competition is a significant achievement. Well done to Niles and to all the other entries.

Sumdog Mathematics

Congratulations to Class 3 for their triumphs in the online mathematics competitions held through the Sumdog website. We were really successful even against much older children.

Grand Designs

Children in Class 3 constructed some super remote controlled vehicles in design and technology.

Australia Day

On Tuesday 25th March, Class 1 held an Australia themed day. Children from the pre-school were invited and enjoyed joining in.


On Thursday 27th March the whole school (staff included) skipped on the field for an hour to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and school. Not only did we raise money for a great cause, the event also raised awareness of how fun skipping can be and children have been mastering all manner of impressive rope tricks over the last month.


Let’s Get Cooking!

On Thursday 3rd April, the children cooked the school dinners. The meal consisted of delicious margarita pizza accompanied by a range of tasty salads. For desert, we were treated to home-made Easter biscuits and crispy nests. This was a great opportunity for children to cook with a real purpose and I would like to thank Mrs Minter and Mrs Banham for their hard work in making this day possible.