At the end of February, a team of footballers and a team of netballers travelled to Kirkby Stephen for the Eden finals of these two sports competitions. Each team had qualified to take part earlier in the year at one of the preliminary rounds which were held in Penrith. Both teams tried their best and gave many fantastic displays of skill and teamwork. The netball team were victorious, winning all of their matches, and were crowned Eden champions. They will now represent the Eden area at the Cumbria School Games in July. Good luck!
Each year, we enjoy inviting parents in to school to our 'Sharing Assemblies'. This week, it was the turn of the the Nursery, Reception , Year 1 and Year 2 children to share what they had been learning about with the audience. The focus was on reading and they enjoyed sharing their love of books with our visitors. Our next 'Sharing Assembly' is in the summer term when the Key Stage 2 children will be doing the honours!
We always look forward to the Quicksticks Hockey tournament each year, and this year, we had so many talented hockey players that we decided to take two teams along. All of the children played well and displayed excellent team work skills. One of our teams won all of the their group matches earning them a place in the semi-final where they were beaten by just one goal in the last few seconds of the match. A fantastic performance from everybody on a beautiful, sunny, February afternoon.
This term, we have had great fun at After School Club - we held 'International Night's over three separate sessions, each one featuring a different country. We start in France, then travelled to Italy, then on Chinese New Year, of course, we featured China. Our evenings were mainly focussed on food - French crepes, pizzas and a Chinese banquet. We also learnt some of each language and were delighted that Nicky from Year 5 (who is half Chinese!) came to our Chinese night to teach us how to count to ten in Chinese. We also had great fun lerning about the local landmarks and building them in Lego - we thought that our Leaning Tower of Pisa was more sturdy than the real thing, and our Great Wall of China was much more colourful than the actual one! The children have requested that we have more International Nights - watch this space!
Our local Eden Valley Sports Partnership does a wonderful job in organising various tournaments and also arranges for sports coaches to visit our schools. In mid-February, they organised an indoor cricket festival for the Year 3/4 children. Having had some practice in school in the weeks leading up to the festival, a team of Year 3 children took part at this event which was held in Kirkby Stephen. They played three matches and worked very well together as a team, demonstrating some excellent bowling and batting skills. As an added interest, the organisers had decided to give the morning a 'World Cup' feel - each school attending was allocated a country and we were given South Africa. We took flags, wore flag tattoos on our faces and even our parent supporters entered in to the spirit of it. A great morning was had by all!
Earlier in the school year, a team of golfers from the Year 5 and 6 class won our local area tournament and therefore progressed to the Eden final of the Tri-Golf Tournament. They played brilliantly well and worked hard as a team, finally finishing in 2nd place - what a fantastic achievement!. A great morning of sport was had by all!
In early February, the Year 5/6 school councillors from Skelton School joined together with the councillors from the other schools in our cluster for a visit to London. As councillors, it is important for them to see democracy in action, and where better to go to do this than the House of Commons. After watching a debate from the public galleries, they took part in their own debate and even passed a new law which dictates that children should be paid to go to school! While in London, they also found time for a flight on the London Eye before returning to Cumbria having had a day they will never forget.