In PSHCE year 8 pupils are taking part in the nationwide competition this year, giving pupils just 1 month and £10 to set up a business – whilst learning vital skills along the way. Find out more at: www.tenner.org.uk
On Thursday 23rd February, 5 Monet will be taking part in a sponsored silence, we are raising money for Unique.
‘Unique’ is the UK’s only registered charity for families affected by rare chromosome disorders. They provide information and support to anyone affected and work to raise public awareness. Rare chromosome disorders involve missing, extra or rearranged genetic material on one or more of a person’s chromosomes. Many of those affected are born sick and disabled, unable to walk or talk but others only find out they are affected when they come to have children of their own. Their rarity means that information about the disorders is scarce and medical professionals may not have the knowledge or understanding to answer the many questions families have. That’s where ‘Unique’ comes in. As a small charity, Unique receives no government funding and relies heavily on the support of its members, their friends, families and colleagues, donating generously and going the extra mile to raise the funds they need to go on helping families affected by rare chromosome disorders.
Please help us to support this charity and make a difference to someone else’s life.
The sponsored silence will be held at school from 9:00 – 12:30pm. This will be a challenging activity, but we are determined to raise as much as possible for ‘Unique’.
R.E. Excellence day fun memories:
On the 30th of November, we went to St. Albans Cathedral with Mrs Thorn and Mrs Jeffs. In the morning we went to the Jewish Exhibition and learnt about the life of a Jew. We were able to try 2 different types of Jewish bread and learn about the Jewish culture. We were also shown different rituals. We learnt about the Sabbath and Passover, which is an important festival in the faith.
Now for some fun facts:
In a Jewish marriage, part of the ceremony is the bride and groom smashing glass
The reason they have flat bread on Passover is because when they were leaving, they didn’t have time to leave the bread to rise.
You aren’t allowed to touch the Torah with your bare hands as they are greasy and dirty, so they use a pointer and it is hard to repair a large Torah because of its size.
In the afternoon we did a brass rubbing session. We used some wax to rub against our chosen brass and learnt about the brasses in the Cathedral. We learnt about when Henry the VIII’s soldiers came to St. Albans and the monks attempt to save some of the most important brasses, with a success of hiding them, but unfortunately, some of them were cracked when they were moved.
Our personal Opinions: That Wednesday was a great experience for me but I also think for everyone because we were taught, well guided by someone who has been a Jewish person for all of his life and we got an insight to Jewish people’s lives. I also enjoyed the history part before brass rubbing (which I enjoyed a lot) because I’m a great fan of history especially the medieval period but also the architectural design of the cathedral was amazing the inside was very vast.
William Castaneda, 7ROW
I personally enjoyed learning about the Jewish faith as it is a Faith that I do not know much about. I also enjoyed the session in the afternoon as the animal that I did (A griffon) looked very cool as I did it in gold and it was on black paper. Also, as the Cathedral was very vast, there were lots of different things to discover.
Donnerstag den achten Dezember war ein Morgen um Deutsch zu lernen für sechsundzwanzig sieben und achtclässler Kinder die hochbegabt sind in Sprachen. Wir haben Deutsche sprüche und Weinachts Traditionen gelernt. Es gab was zu essen und trinken: Lebkuchen, Stollen und Apfelschorle. Es hat spaβ gebracht und wir wollen jetzt alle den beliebtesten Weinachts Märkte Deutschland besichtigen.
Edward Peake’s choir led the carol singing at the Christmas Lights Switch-On last Friday. In an event compered by Dave Gough, of Biggles FM, our singers turned out in force to help lead Biggleswade into the festive season.
Earlier in the evening our Steel Band had given a rousing performance, culminating in Winter Wonderland. Congratulations to Andrew Chappell, who was interviewed on Biggles FM.
Well done to all, and thanks to the many staff who volunteered to help.
Thursday September 22nd was the momentus day when our new building was officially opened by Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, the Bishop of Bedford.
The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, Head teachers from nearby schools, representatives from Watson and Cox (who built the extension), the architect (Leon Delegate), the Mayor of Biggleswade (Councillor David Albone) and a number of key staff who have moved to other jobs or retired.
The afternoon started with a performance by the steel band which was followed by a speech by Mrs Reddick. Bishop Richard spoke to us about his robes and the important figures depicted on his cope, including St Alban and John Bunyan. Our school choir performed an anthem and then the school was officially opened by Bishop Richard. The afternoon was concluded by guests being given a tour of the school, whilst the pupils enjoyed an hour of ‘golden time’ doing activities that the children themselves had chosen to do, ranging from Football and Frisbee, to art and board games. The fantastic weather and wonderful behaviour of the children helped to make it a very special day.
The week commencing 11th July a number of Year 6 pupils will be taking part in the Kingswood residential trip. For those parents who did not get the chance to attend the meeting please find the presentation attached which includes all the information about our trip.
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.
Pupils 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 Alister 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.
On Tuesday 26th April 40 pupils spent an afternoon under-taking cycling challenges as part of the Big Pedal. The purpose of these challenges was to improve pupils cycling proficiency but also understand the wide range of fun you can have on a bicycle. The session began with bicycle maintenance where pupils were taught how to inspect the different parts of their bicycle, including the brakes, handlebars and seat heights. After this pupils undertook stopping and go slow challenges on the playground, which taught cycle control at low and medium speeds.
In the second half of the workshop pupils were split into groups of three and circulatedbetween three activities: cycling clock, bicycle limbo and a relay challenge. All of the challenges encouraged pupils to work as a team and developed a strong sense of community amongst the cyclists; with bicycle limbo proving particularly popular!
On Wednesday 4th May the whole school was treated to a stunt show delivered by “Danny” from MTB. Danny, a European mountain bike champion, performed a variety of stunts including hopping over staff members, between platforms and up to the top of his van before jumping off. This demonstrated to the pupils what control can be achieved at low speeds on a bike. Danny wowed the audience by jumping up to 4ft 2 inches over a bar on his bike from a standstill.
That afternoon pupils from the cycling club joined Alister, a Sustrans instructor, on a bicycle ride from Edward Peake to the RSPB lodge at Sandy. All pupils enjoyed the ride, including successfully ascending and descending the hill to Sandy lodge using their bikes, demonstrating sheer determination on a difficult climb.
Cycling club runs after school every Wednesday where pupils are taught bike maintenance and play fun games like the ones in Big Pedal.
On Friday 29th April 30 pupils from KS2 and KS3 participated in an archaeological dig on the banks of the River Thames at Greenwich, London. The purpose of this visit was to develop pupils skills in Archaeology in order to understand one of the first process historians undertake when investigating the past. The site of the dig linked well to our studies of the Tudors and the British Empire, both studied at KS3.
Pupils were met by their tutor “Joanne” in front of a statue of Walter Rayleigh, a famous Elizabethan pirate and explorer. Joanne introduced the pupils to “Mudlarking” – a form of archaeology which relies on observation. After clambering down to the river bank, pupils were tasked with finding examples of the following: brick, glass, industrial waste, bone and wood. These objects seemed ordinary in themselves but had a story to tell.
On closer inspection pupils discovered bricks from Tudor and Georgian periods, glass dating back to Tudor times, coal – a bi-product of the industrial revolution and thousands of small animal bones – giving an indication of the diet the people of London.
After lunch pupils were treated to a short visit to the “Painted Hall”, recognised as the greatest example of decorative painting in England. Pupils were in awe of the art work and the story it told of HMS Blenheim in the early stages of the British Empire.
In an afternoon workshop pupils were tasked with taking a closer look at artefacts found in previous digs and matching them up with the correct time period. This stimulated a lot of discussion as pupils began to recognise changes in the design of artefacts and the reasons behind this. For example, changes to clay smoking pipe from the Tudor period onwards due to increasing availability of tobacco as centuries past.
Overall pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable visit and will now think more carefully about what is under their feet when they are next at the beach; and the story that objects could tell.