Sunday, 30 July 2017

July 2

So at last the end of term arrived. And there was much rejoicing.

It was pretty sad saying goodbye to Mr Knowles who has been an ideal headteacher, but we are told that the new (mystery) head, who'll be starting in January (Miss Bennett is in charge until then), will be as keen on all the good bits that Mr K was good at.

Thea is tired, but proud of herself for completing her first year.

If we were at all interested in what the DfE thinks children should achieve in class reception, then we'd be incredibly proud of what her report said. As it is, we think she is just the most amazing, inventive, generous, adventurous, intelligent, hard working, thoughtful, determined, imaginative and emotionally mature little person!

We celebrated the end of term with pizza in front of the first Harry Potter film,

And now the holidays are well underway.

Ian has been working hard in Siracasa,

And we've been doing some serious playing and appreciating of the british summer weather! Day one involved children disappearing into some woods while their parents sheltered from the rain and walked briskly to keep warm.

Day two involved more running in different woods with different friends,

while I found down-wind positions behind trees to enjoy my book and coffee in relative dry.

And then they cooked.

We had mexican food with friends last night (and a very late night!), and today we hit the river. There was quite a lot of river (see previous comments on the rain levels), and one of the jetties was totally submerged, necessitating a group effort in launching the boats into the current (!) one at a time, with the smallest crews already in position.

But the wind was brisk and all children had lots of fun whizzing around. I was ballast for N which meant I could attempt to take photos of everyone.

Monday, 24 July 2017


Um, yes, we're okay. We've just been a bit over-programmed.

But this week......

We had more fun avoiding the general public at Moorlands. We hid from natives in the rhododendron bushes and were generally stealthy. We decided that the rhododendron flower skeletons were poisonous spiders. And it was fun.

There was a cello concert and Thea played Wake Up, Shake Up (known as Allegro by the violins and cellos). She played wonderfully and impressed everyone with her ability to fudge a note and to pick up with the piano instantly with no pause - if the audience hadn't had allegro flowing through their veins, they would never have known that she'd made a mistake!

We had the school summer fair with the theme of Harry Potter. We ran a potions stall where you could make your own sparkly slime to take home. There are no photos because from the point that the gates opened we had a queue of a minimum of 15 kids. Fortunately, they were all entertained by playing with the left overs and once we had taught them how to blow bubbles with it, the queue was quite enjoyable!

We made about 80 lots of slime and when I first properly looked up, most of the dock was deserted - the tables taken back into the church, the gazebos down and the litter all picked up. It was manic! But so much fun!

Like all good families, we made a replica of a ancient Egyptian house for Class 3's Egyptian museum. Nathaniel has really enjoyed this topic (so maybe the Ashmolean won't be so frowned upon next time!), and had very clear plans for his exhibit. Fortunately, I had been paying close attention to the Great British Pottery Throwdown, so we had the skills at hand to build a clay house with relative ease. According to his teacher, he is the first person to ever bring a house to the class museum!

The kids have been on their whole-school-trip to Newby Hall today, and then we've only got 2 days left of term. Thank goodness!