|YEAR 8 TRIP TO DERBYSHIRE, 2013|
The two coaches left on time at 6am.
Arrived safely at Youth Hostel, following a good journey, and unpacked. Visited the caves at Poole's Cavern and then had a
nice walk up the hill to Solomon's Mount. It was wet and windy and everyone got a bit wet and
windswept, but all absolutely fine.
After dinner went on a two and a half mile walk. Weather improved considerably and it was really lovely. Back at the Youth Hostel now, getting washed and ready for bed. Everyone well.
Mobile reception is extremely poor by the Youth Hostel.
Got up at 6.45 this morning following a good night's sleep and, after breakfast, started our walk. Walked a total of 13.5 miles. A little bit of cloud but overall the weather has been lovely. Just getting ready for dinner. May have a treasure hunt if not too tired later. One or two blisters but everyone fine.
After a good night's sleep got up early this morning ready for our journey to Leicester. Now in the National Space Centre. Had a good time in the space centre and now on the coaches back to school (4.15pm).
Just stopping at the Cambridge Services for a quick break (6pm). Approx arrival time 7.45pm.
The coaches left school at 6am this morning en-route to Runnymede (expected arrival time 9am). Had a short tour and then drove to Avebury where we stopped and looked around. Arrived at the Youth Hostel on time, settled in and had dinner. This evening we are going on a 6 mile skyline walk.
Had a great day today. The weather has been good. We rang some bells in Bath cathedral and then climbed the tower. Had a round of crazy golf and then went on an hour-long boat trip. We then visited the Roman Baths. We are now all packed, showered and fed and chilling out playing card games. Lots of great comments from members of the public about our behaviour.
Having a great day despite the poor weather. Science museum really good. Just visiting the sports exhibition and slavery museum. All having a good day.
Left on time and now travelling home. Stopping at Reading services for a break (posted at 5.50pm). Leaving Reading services at 8pm (posted at 7.45pm). Just left South Mimms - due back approx 10.15 (posted 9.10pm).
The two coaches left school at 1pm and travelled down to Kent. Arrived safely, had a tour of the site and our new rooms. After dinner we are having our first activities. More news tomorrow.
Accommodation is good and the food has been fine so far. Weather has also been kind to us. Not too much sleep the first night. Kids all fine, adults tired. Fab day on Monday. Highlights included the Conerney two doing the Macarena on the high beams and Lauren Rogers loving the quad bike. All having a great time.
Another great day today - and a bit more sleep last night. Weather good, lovely and sunny. Lots of sun cream applied. Alyssa Googe impressed everyone today on the descender (Mr Parish also tried it whilst Mrs Parish was shopping for shoes). We've also realised during the circus skills that Keller, Peter and Liam could all join the circus. It's the scrapheap challenge tonight and we're all looking forward to that.
Beautiful weather today and a great day had by all. Had a great active day, especially the G Swing which was brilliant. The camp fire party was fab with lots of marshmallows, hot chocolate and singing. Looks like we're going to get wet tomorrow!
Another full day of activities despite the rain! Really enjoyed Jacobs Ladder and the fencing was fantastic. We have also made special reviews of our week using different computer programmes.
Had a great time and we're now looking forward to coming home. Kids tired, staff exhausted. Back at 1pm on Friday.
Delayed in traffic - now expectd at 1.45.
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Year 8 trip to Derbyshire 2011
Monday 18th July
Being waved off by parents we left Stoke-by-Nayland at 0530. The traffic was in our favour all the way and we had a couple of stops on the way up to break the trip and take advantage of the services.
We arrived at Cromford to see the Arkwright's Mill, preserved and maintained by the Arkwright Society at 1130. This put us ahead of our guides arrival time so we took a short (planned short ended up being a 4km round trip) walk up the canal towpath.
When we were back to the mill the party split into three groups to go off with individual guides and learn about the history of the first industrial scale water powered cotton mill. As it turns out Sir Richard Arkwright built the entire town providing housing, schooling, entertainment, and banking for his workforce.
We left Cromford at 1530 and headed for the Youth Hostel in Hartington. Having got our keys we found the rooms in the maze of corridors and stairs, and unpacked. We then had some free time around the hostel grounds to play and explore before dinner. After dinner everyone got ready with raincoats and walking boots and we set out on a small walk. As you can see from the attached height map we did quite well. Total distance 1.7miles in 33minutes.
All in all a very good day and looking forward to Mam Tor tomorrow.
Tuesday 19th July
After a good breakfast we set off in the coaches to Castleton. We were dropped off at a car park in the shadow of Mam Tor wich was to be climbed later in the route. Having got our bearings the group moved off and quickly fell into an easy rythm with the more experienced walkers either navigating or offering encouragement to the less able.
Traversing the slopes down to Castleton was a good start to the walk, and in the shelter of the hill we were descending the sun made a welcome breakthrough and coats which had been hastily donned earlier were stripped off.
We stopped in Castleton for an hour for lunch, and must have made the local ice-cream shopkeeper's day with the sudden increase in trade we created.
After lunch we moved out of Castleton heading up to Collins Pass (a smalled hill on the same chain as Mam Tor). The climb was particularly challenging in places and tested even the veteran hillwalkers amongst us but we all got to the top via a series of impressively steep steps.
From Collins Pass it was a relatively easy climb up a roughly paved footpath to the top of Mam Tor, where we found another school group was already there. With roughly 120 12-13year olds on the top of the hill and the look of the weather closing in we gathered up for a photo, listened to Mr Daniel make a very good breif motivational speech about the walk and our acheivements, and decided to start the trek down.
Going down was easier than up, and we were back at the busses in no time at all.
Total trip distance 6.8miles, Approximately 2hr30min - 3hrs walking time. (See attached height trace)
We also had the opportunity to look at an old road which had been destroyed in a landslide in the 1970s. You could still see some white centre lines but the rest looked like it belonged in an earthquake aftermath.
The drive back to the Youth Hostel gave everyone a chance to rest before dinner. After a nice evening meal some people played outside, some went for another short walk (1.5miles, 30mins) to stretch their legs and others rested in the TV room.
Up to out rooms for 9pm, and getting everything tidied away for departure tomorrow.
Junior Maths Challenge Success 2011
Pupils at Stoke by Nayland Middle School achieved 3 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 12 x Bronze in this year's UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 235,000 pupils from across the UK took part in the Junior Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.
The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and aimed at those in years 7 and 8 and is sat in schools.
For Further Information Contact:
Ruth Bull (Head Of Maths)
- All old Mother Hubbard had in the cupboard was a Giant Bear chocolate bar.
She gave each of her children one-twelfth of the chocolate bar.
One third of the bar was left.
How many children did she have?
- The pupils in Year 8 are holding a mock election.
A candidate receiving more votes than any other wins.
the four candidates receive 83 votes between them.
What is the smallest number of votes the winner could receive?
Year 6 Kingswood Trip 2011
Wednesday 15 June
Today has been another good day and luckily the rain held off. Children thoroughly enjoying themselves and are being kept very busy!! We had our Disco tonight and we were very impressed by the boys’ versatility on the dance floor. We have also discovered Mr G has a voracious appetite for both frogs and doughnuts. Last full day tomorrow.
Tuesday 14 June
A great first day, weather perfect. Activities today included Leap of Faith, Climbing, Swimming, Fencing and Outdoor Laser Quest. All having a good time. Some of the pupils surprising themselves with their own achievements. One of the highlights of today Mrs. Parish accidentally set off all the fire alarms. We look forward to tomorrow.
Monday 13 June
Left school this morning at 10am for our journey to Kent. Arrived safely and settled in well. Accommodation is good and food is excellent. Weather is very good. Kids all well and happy.
Our Open Day is on Thursday 14 October. There are three tours starting at 9am, 11.20am and 2pm. Simply turn up at the start of your chosen time. There will be a brief talk at the start of each tour.
Please come along and see the school, go into the classrooms and meet the teachers.
Year 8 trip to Liverpool
Monday 19th July
We had a good drive up to Liverpool and arrived at the Youth Hostel shortly after midday. After the coaches had been unloaded we walked the short distance to the Liverpool Maritime museum to view exhibits about the Titanic and other merchant shipping, the Slave trade and Sir Ernest Shackleton's trip to the south pole.
After the museum we walked around the Albert Docks, pausing to browse in the many shops. Some of the staff members accepted an "I'm a celebrity..." style challenge and enjoyed the large roasted termites available from the "Bugworld experience" shop.
Dinner was at the Youth Hostel, followed by a walk around the city to take in some of the sights. Back at the Hostel now and all safe and well in bed.
The Met Office promised heavy rain today and they weren't wrong! Even the most carefully waterproofed students looked like they'd swum the Mersey by the end of the day.
We started with a trip to "The Beatles Experience", a museum charting all things to do with the Fab four's rise to stardom and various careers and endings post Beatlemania. This included a "4D" cinema experience which really engaged the viewer by using moving chairs, wind and even water spray to enhance the on screen action.
After lunch we caught the ferry across the Mersey to visit a planetarium, the "Sky dome" show was very engaging, and made us realise just how small our little planet is.
Back onto the ferry and we went up river to see a German U-boat which had been sunk at the end of the war, a very interesting experience and a lot of the students were shocked at how cramped conditions were.
On the way back the heavens opened and we had a soggy march to the hostel, but dry clothes, warm food and a chance to unwind with friends made everything better.
Kingswood Year 6 Activity Trip
Arrived at Grosvenor Hall after an easy drive down. Greeted by friendly helpful site staff and met our group rep "Shaun". We had a tour of the site, then some free time to explore. Going for dinner now the first activities and a pool party later.
Oggy Oggy Oggy!!
Oy Oy Oy!!
The usual deafening morning greeting from Shaun.
This morning was no different, we were up and ready for breakfast at 7, then had a room inspection (all very presentable) and got ready for a full day of activities.
Highlights included abseiling (with accompanying tears and fears - mostly happily conquered), being recruited into a special crime scene investigations team (but shh we can't tell you in case the criminal finds out) and finding out about local rivers and river-life through the centre's "Finding Fin" educational package. One group even conquered the canoe splash, the rest will have a go soon.
The day ended with a sing-a-long and "magic" around a campfire with some students really surprising the staff by taking the lead with songs and actions. A fun time was had by all. Back to bed now for a good night sleep, they've all earned it!
An overcast start for today with a few showers almost put a damper on the morning, but the sun soon burned off the clouds and we were left with another brilliant day. We started out with more swimming and canoe rolls (well, going under) whilst others continued their work on the CSI case (we're fairly sure we know "who dunnit"). The morning progressed with circus skills (apparently we've got a great bunch of clowns) and some Aeroball (basketball hybrid on a trampoline).
After lunch our groups found themselves in a different mixture of activities including music production, fencing and a court room role play. A hearty dinner restored energy levels and we tackled the heart stopping "descender" (a vertical freefall with 2.5seconds drop time and a soft landing) and a crate stacking challenge.
Our evening entertainments took the form of a Mini Olympics, which was very much enjoyed by all who still had the energy to compete.
A better start this morning with light clouds which gave us intermittent shade throughout the day. Sun-block was liberally applied and we set off for the morning of activities having had a tasty continental style breakfast.
The format was much the same as previous days with teams tackling a variety of education, physical and mental challenges. Everyone is still smiling and enjoying themselves, despite the terror induced by heights at times. Everyone has found new things that they can do, and new limits to their skills which will soon be pushed further.
The day ended with a scrapheap challenge where the teams constructed devices from card, paper and bubblewrap to protect a waterballon. Unfortunately none survived, but we had a great time. You will be glad to know the children will be very quiet when they return home, as we have sung and cheered through the week, although as a consequence the staff have little hearing left.
Thursday 1st July
Our last full day certainly went with a bang, a good breakfast gave us the energy to have a go at more swimming and canoe capsizing, crate stacking challenges and team tech (overgrown meccano). The afternoon was spent with the groups all catching up on the challenges they had not yet had a chance to try, more abseiling, fencing and spirited debates in the courtroom to name but a few.
Our varied and energetic day was drawn to a close with a boogie in "Club Kingswood" the on site disco, now all exhausted but happy and tucked up in bed.
Look out here for details about the school's ski trip to Austria. Information will be placed here whilst children are away skiing - giving parents the opportunity to keep up to date with basic information.
Saturday, 3 April
3pm, Ski trip departed on time
10pm, had a good ferry crossing. Now travelling down through France. Next stop Austria.
Sunday, 4 April
We arrived in Austria safe and well but eager to get off the coach at 3pm local time. The hotel is fantastic and the scenery breathtaking. Met our ski trip rep 'Jay' who took us to St Martin to get fitted for ski equipment. The meal was excellent, chicken and rice and enjoyed by all. Final briefing by Jay before bed, everyone tired but very well behaved.
Monday, 5th April
A good night's sleep was had by all, and we got to the slopes at 9:30am. We were met by intsructors and split into groups. The more competent skiers were soon off and away whilst the less experienced amongst us took time to find our feet, balance and tried to work out how to stop sliding backwards.
We had our packed lunches in a little restaurant halfway up the piste and then continued skiing for the afternoon with almost eveyone getting the hang of stopping. Now back at the Hotel and going for icecream this evening. Tired, but smiling faces everywhere.
Tuesday, 6th April
A glorious morning with blue sky and much calmer winds than yesterday awaited us. We managed to get to the slopes in good time and after a little group shuffling to accommodate varying skill levels we were off. The advanced group spent the day on red runs, whilst others gradually progressed with almost everyone managing at least one good run on the nursery and blue slopes. Apres-Ski activity today was swimming in a local pool with heated outdoor area and a great waterslide. We can't wait to get back on the slopes tomorrow to learn more.
Wednesday, 7th April
More sunshine and temperatures easily into double figures greated us this morning. We got the bus to St. Micheal, then a long chairlift up to Speiereck. A few students moved groups to better suit their abilities and we got underway. The advanced group tackled all sorts of runs, whilst the others continued to build on yesterday's lessons on the blue runs. Scenery is breathtaking, and one student captured the mood nicely by looking out at a lovely panorama and saying "Wow, that would make a great computer desktop!" This evening we will be making use of the hotel's cinema facility to watch a film after dinner.
Thursday, 8th April
Back to Katschberg slopes today with more glorious weather. We have aquired another instructor meaning the pupils who were struggling yesterday got the help they needed to progress. Other groups hit the slopes and were soon sliding down Red runs, some with more grace than others but all very happy at the bottom. The advanced group were off on the Red and Black slopes and enjoying testing their skills. In the afternoon the Ski School had organised a mini-slalom run for the students and we will get the results of the race series on Friday evening. All in all a fun, but exhausting day.
Friday, 9th April
Off to another resort this morning. The coach took us to meet our instructors at Fanningberg. A drive up a winding mountain road took us to a car park next to the main lift. The groups split up as usual and went off to explore the resort. Better groups tackled Black runs, whilst others enjoyed practising on the Red and Blue slopes. The intermediate groups ended the day with parallel turns and skiing "faster than they thought they ever would" on one student's happy words. The beginner group managed to conquer the resort's longest blue slope, and were all, righfully, very pleased with themselves. We went swimming in Tamsweg as an Apres-Ski activity.
Saturday, 10th April
We have had a lovely time and we are now travelling back home and are very tired. The temperatures most days have been in excess of 15degrees centigrade. This coupled with the physical exertion of skiing and the altitude means students have needed to increase their fluid intake. We ask you to please ensure they keep up a good level of hydration (2-3litres of water a day) for the next few days.
Sunday, 11th April
Ski trip back in England. Should be back just before 3pm.
KEY STAGE 2 SAT RESULTS
Our SAT results in 2009 were again excellent. 86% of pupils achieved level 4 or above in English, 86% achieved level 4 or above in Maths and 98% achieved level 4 or above in Science. We were the top performing middle school in the whole of Suffolk and the 23rd best performing school across Suffolk (including primaries and middles). This is an excellent achievement - well done to all our pupils, staff and parents.
SUFFOLK REVIEW OF SCHOOLS
Suffolk County Council's Cabinet have now met and agreed to issue closure notices for the middle schools in the Cornard/Sudbury area. The notices will be issued on 26 February, after which there will be a further 6 week consultation exercise on the proposals. The Cabinet meets again in May when a final decision on the future of our school is expected to be made. If the Cabinet approves closure, our school will close in July 2013. Our last Year 5 intake will be in September 2011. There will be no intake in 2012.
HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME
When children are absent during term time it is very difficult for them to catch up on work missed. Because of this holidays during term time will not be authorised except in exceptional circumstances.