The Giant Walk

On Wednesday 15th June, all pupils at Edward Peake took part in Brake’s Giant Walk. The day began with a ‘Big Breakfast’ where pupils who walked or cycled to school were invited to have a free breakfast and a go at making their own smoothie through pedal power!

 

Pupils were then led by Alister Barclay from Sustrans on a two mile walk around a section of the Green Wheel footpath.
Giant Walk 1Pupils were able to appreciate the local beauty on our doorstep as well as get out for some fresh air and exercise. Thankfully, the weather was kind to us and pupils and staff enjoyed spending time outside, even if they did arrive back to school a little hot!
The day ended with an assembly led by AGiant Walk 2lister on the importance of road safety and protecting our health and environment by travelling on foot more. There was lots of discussion about places they could go walking over the school holidays and how to walk more during their normal week.
We look forward to taking part in the event again next year.

France 2016

f162016We had an enjoyable time in France this year. We stayed in Le Chateau de Warsy, a well presented manor house built in 1725, and about an hour away from Paris.

f42016We had the chance to practise our French at a local cafe in a small town called Montdidier. We also learnt about the history of the small market town and why it was so important to the French.


To further educate us about French culture, we took a trip to Paris, where we went for a calming boat ride along the River Seine and were shown all the famous landmarks and bridges along the way. We also visited the Tour Montparnasse, f182016
where they could look across the whole of Paris from various different angles.

f52016Our visit to the Underground City of Naours, in which we were given a guided tour of the caves, was great fun, and we learnt many interesting facts.  

To learn about the making of French bread, we visited a Boulangerie, f22016where we were taught the ingredients you will find in croissants and the all important steps we need in order to make French bread.

f32016As everyone will agree, the highlight of our trip was most definitely the trip to Disneyland Paris. We were given a total of four hours and could freely walk around the park with a group of our friends. We enjoyed going on all the roller coasters and browsing the expensive shops.f12016

Overall, the trip to France this year was an opportunity that shouldn’t have been missed, and will never be forgotten by all of us who went.

Polly and Jennifier

 

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Art Subject Excellence Day

On Monday 18th January 2015 a selected group of Gifted and Talented pupils travelled to the Tate Modern to  gain familiarity with the exhibition ‘Performing sculpture’ created by one of the most innovative and influential artist of 20th century Alexander Calder. Under the supervision of Miss Raszkova and Mr Jackson our pupils were provided with the opportunity to experience site-specific installations as well as weird and wonderful works of contemporary art.

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Music and RE Excellence Day

On Monday 11th January able, gifted and talented pupils from both RE and Music were invited to participate in a series of activities looking at the important part music plays in worship across different faiths.

Drummers lead the group  Gongs  Dr Butcher at the organ

 

Concentrating on the melody  Bonangs

Year 8 pupils have shared their experiences.  Please click on the links below.

Jamie  James  Fiona  Caitlin  Anna

 

Rotary Young Musician 2015

Edward Peake musicians were the only local entrants represented in the intermediate age group of the Rotary Club’s Young Musician of the Year 2015 Competition. All other performers were in the senior age range. Well done to James, Fiona and Caitlin who performed, piano, recorder and flute solos in the event on 15th December.

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Particular congratulations to Fiona, who goes through to the next round, to be held in Little Chalfont in February. Our photos show the children with adjudicator Douglas Coombes and event organiser John Clements.

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French Excellence at St. Albans

20151214_110338On Monday 14th December, 14 Key Stage 3 pupils spent a wonderful day visiting St. Albans.  Firstly, the pupils used their French to purchase a variety of products at the French Market.  Following this, we visited the German craft market 20151214_112836and finally, after lunch, we spent time visiting and reflecting in

the abbey, where a male voice choir were rehearsing for their Christmas concert.

I would like to say a big thank you to the pupils who participated.  You made me feel very proud.

Joyeux Noël et bonne année

 

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Carol Singing at Beds Growers

BG carols1We were delighted to be asked to sing carols at the Christmas Craft Fayre held at Bedfordshire Growers last Saturday morning. Our singers turned out in force, boosted by the fine voices of Mrs Brady, Mrs Smith and Mrs Whitby, and all were accompanied in fine style by Mrs Thorn on the accordion. After thesinging we looked around the displays and craft stalls, getting ideas for Christmas presents! Bedfordshire Growers have for many years kindly donated the beautiful Christmas tree that has pride of place in our entrance lobby at school.

 

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Road Safety Week

23rd to the 29th November is Road Safety Week and here at Edward Peake we will be working alongside the road safety charity Brake to promote using the road safely.

The theme of this year’s campaign is: Drive Less. Live more. It aims to encourage people to use other means of transport rather than always using their car, especially for short journeys.
Currently in the UK 4 out of 10 car journeys are less than two miles. If families walked or cycled to school every day they could save £642 a year.
As a number of our pupils already walk or cycle to school, we are keen to ensure that they all use the road safely and have planned activities to support this message.
We encourage parents to discuss road safety with their children and perhaps look at the Brake website together.
There is also an interactive resource which explores the campaign’s theme.

Biggleswade Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 20th November 2015

Edward Peake’s Choir and Steel Band were delighted to be invited back to provide festive singing and music at the 2015 Switch-On of the Biggleswade Christmas Lights. On a suitably frosty evening the steel band entertained the crowds with Christmas songs and music in a happy, carnival mood. Then, at 6.30, the choir climbed to the stage to join the adults from the Biggleswade Choral Society in singing a set of traditional Christmas songs, all to the accompaniment of the Salvation Army Band. At 7.00pm, amidst the swirling of (machine-generated!) snowflakes, the lights were ceremonially lit and the event was then brought to a close when everyone joined in with Jingle Bells, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and We wish you a merry Christmas.

The Edward peake steel band getting into the Christmas spirit Caribbean style!

The school choir and the Biggleswade Choral Society entertaining the crowds.

Year 7 Faith Tour

Outside the gurdwaraOn November 4th, Year 7 spent an exciting and fact-filled day exploring three places of worship in Queen’s Park, Bedford. Imam Quadeer, Petra and Norman each showed us their place of worship and explained a little about their faith and practices.  It was especially interesting to hear the Muslim call to prayer sung live and we are grateful to the Granthi at the gurdwara for reading some verses from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Here’s what the children thought of the trip:The Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Thank you for taking us round the church, gurdwara and mosque.  I found it very interesting and learnt a lot of new things.  The gurdwara was very peaceful andbeautiful, the church was interesting and the mosque was very exciting.  I really enjoyed the trip.   Chloe

 

I enjoyed the gurdwara because I learnt things and it was really fun.  Kieran

 

Thanks youGuru Nanak Gurdwara to everyone in the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Queen’s Park.  Everyone who went really enjoyed it!  What Norman said was really interesting and educational.  I especially liked getting sweets at the end (Karah Parshad).  Isla
Thank you for taking us on the tour.  I really enjoyed learning about other religions. Maria

 

I would like to say thank you for the tour.  I really enjoyed looking around.  I found the story of the five year old guru very interesting.  I also felt that the area the current guru is kept in looks extremely pretty.  I think your worship is interesting, especially the continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib.

I like that you have five virtues – my favourite being selflessness because I like how you go out and help the community.

Once again, thank you for our trip!  Kayleigh

Arriving at the mosque    Prayer chapel    Learning to pray