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Summer Term 2016 Round Up

posted 9 Aug 2016, 06:00 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 9 Aug 2016, 10:21 ]

In April, two teams from Occold attended the Swimming Gala at Diss Pool. We performed admirably for a small school and won several races including the relay. Later that month Otter Class visited the Suffolk County Fair at Trinity Park to learn about the agricultural heritage of our county.


Pupils from Rabbit Class visited Ancient House in Thetford to have hand-on experiences with a range of historical toys to link to their class project on the same topic.


Girls from Key Stage 2 took part is cricket tournament at Stradbroke. Unfortunately, this was the only outdoor inter-school sports event that wasn’t cancelled due to our unusually wet summer.  Children certainly haven’t missed out on sports and the outdoors and ongoing after school clubs during the Summer Term: have included Orienteering, Junior Sports, Infants Sports, Cricket and Gardening. The Headteacher is very grateful for the time staff and parents at Occold give to make these possible. I would also like to thank Beth Absolom from Worlingworth Cricket Club has been leading the after school cricket club in addition to teaching master classes in cricket for Year 6 pupils. Sports day was once again a great success in its traditional format and you can see pictures from this in a separate post.


Alison Cooklin, a parent who recently published a children’s book, visited Otter Class to talk about writing and led a short workshop with the children. She also kindly donated copies of her book The Light Travellers: Luke's Journey to the school library. Thanks Alison!

Year 3 were lucky with the weather when they visited Knetishall Heath with other schools in the Hartismere Pyramid for an outdoor art day based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Fortunately, the weather held our gain for our Year 4s when they also visited Knetishall Heath, this time for an for an orienteering day.


Year 6 visited the Crucial Crew at The Mix in Stowmarket. They took part in workshops which explored a range of important safeguarding issues including online safety, first aid, fire prevention, drugs and smoking and safety around dogs.


Not being left out, Year 5 attended a science morning based on Astronomy at Debenham High School where they constructed rockets and visited a pop-up planetarium.


Towards the end of the tern each class presented an interactive assembly to parents to share their learning. All three were well attended and much appreciated by parents and the headteacher!


In July, Year 6 visited London for the day. The trip involved travel on British Rail, the London Underground and London Buses. We visited the Science Museum, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Downing Street (private tour), Trafalgar Square, China Town and Covent Garden. The trip was once again a great success and helped the children both to gain independence and experience with transport and also learn about our culture and British values through visiting the capital and its democratic institutions.


Once again our children have proved themselves to be great performers. Both the Christmas Play and the end of the term production Pirates of the Curry Bean were highly polished shows in which the children outdid themselves with their wonderful singing, great acting and hilarious comedy moments! This year, the pirate play was a particularly difficult and complication script and I was taken aback by how well our children rose to the challenge to provide all of us with a thoroughly entertaining experience. Please see the separate post for pictures.


And so at the end of the year we waved farewell to our Year 6 children Evie, Archie, Katie, Xanthe, Jacob, Megan, Dylan, Leo, Peter, James, Jack, Eleanor, Heather, Martha and Jimena. This is a collection of children who are all very different, with strong and distinctive personalities-all delightful in their own way. Getting to know their individual strengths and interests over the last 3 years has been a real privilege for me. Teaching them this year, spending the day with them at London, reviewing their results and watching them perform in the play really brought home to me how far they have all come and what a special bunch of young people they really are. I have learned a great deal from them and have great admiration for their many achievements. They will be sorely missed at Occold. I would like to wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about their many adventures in the future. I am very proud to be a headteacher of a school with such kind, talented and highly resourceful staff and children.