We had mixed weather for our Sports Week last week but children and staff in both key stages enjoyed participating in a variety of sports. We welcomed Boundless Dance into school who provided dance workshops for all year groups and Multi Sports ran three days of sporting activities including archery, cup staking, team games, tri golf, ball games and volleyball for Year 6. Years 3-6 also took part in their annual swimming galas in the school pool during the week.
The week finished with the annual Staff vs Year 6 netball competition which this year was a game of 'Golden Child' cheered on by Years 1-6. The game involves counting the number of goals scored whilst the other team are completing a lap of the playground. This year the competition was won by Year 6.
Due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions, we had to make adjustments to our Sports Day. This year we held the running races on The Green and the throwing and long jump events on the school site. You can see photographs of Sports Day on the Year Group pages of the website. During the day we also held a fun sports quiz and basket shoot for Juniors. Following the Netball Competition, Mr Bowie announced all the results to the school. The winning house in the Swimming Gala was Shackleton and the overall House winner for the Infant and Junior Sports Day was Scott.
One of the highlights of being a member of the Archdeacon Junior Choir is taking part in the biennial Prom Praise for Schools (PP4S) event at the Royal Albert Hall. Two years ago, in 2019, our choir successfully auditioned to sing a solo song on stage to a packed audience of thousands which was very exciting! Sadly this year the physical PP4S couldn't take place; instead there is a virtual choir initiative which will be broadcast online and we are very proud to say that our choir was invited to record part of the core audio sound. Due to bubble restrictions, Junior Choir is currently limited to Year 6 only, and the 20 Year 6 choir members travelled by coach on Wednesday 12th May to All Souls' Church, off Regent Street. The church is right next to the BBC and its tall spire features daily in the intro to the BBC News. In the church the whole choir recorded the audio track for a specially written song, "Step by Step", and then each child was filmed individually singing the song to appear in the online video. We even managed to fit in a quick visit to Regent's Park before heading back to school on the coach. Our lovely coach driver took us home past iconic London landmarks such as Hamleys, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, The Ritz, Green Park, Harrods, the V&A, and the Natural History Museum. Thank you to all the children for their excellent behaviour on the day, their great singing, and their dedication to the choir.
We celebrated our postponed World Book Day last Friday, 23rd April which coincided with William Shakespeare's Birthday. We had a wonderful array of characters and costumes from staff and children including our Year 6 teachers who dressed as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth!
Our Nursery children have designed and created their own penguins for this wonderful display based on the book 'The Emperor's Egg'.
Miss Lambe's Epiphany story can be seen here: Miss Lambe's Epiphany Story | Archdeacon Cambridge's Church of England Primary School (primarysite.media)
As a school, we usually sing every day and often many times in a day. We have all missed 'real singing', so we couldn't allow Christmas to happen without one whole-school song. As part of our 'Different, but Brilliant Christmas', the whole school worked together to sing one of our favourite Christmas hymns, Love Shone Down. We hope you enjoy watching.
Our Year 1 and Year 2 children were very excited to head to Holy Trinity Church this morning for our Christmas Service. Our Year 2 readers deserve a special mention for the excellent job they did. As always, Tim's sermon was wonderful and the children sang beautifully (and quietly). Please find the link to a video of the service below.
In school we have been marking Remembrance Day this week in a variety of ways. Many of our children painted poppies onto stones which families then laid at the War Memorial at Holy Trinity Church on Remembrance Sunday. Our Year 6 children have made some beautiful stained glass poppies which are on display in the Large Hall and other year groups have also been making creative and beautiful poppies which have been in display in school. Rev Tim Garrett came into school and held a Remembrance Service with our Years 3 & 6 bubble and the other year groups also took part in the two minute silence at 11am in the Infant and Junior Playgrounds.
Thank you very much for the wonderful Harvest food and coins that children have brought in to school this week to celebrate Harvest Festival. We are very proud of our wonderful Harvest Festival display now in the School Office area and are delighted that we have raised £353. Everything will be donated to Spear (our local homeless charity) who will be able to distribute the toiletries and food to those most in need at this difficult time. Years 4 & 5 will be celebrating Harvest during a socially distanced Church Service at Holy Trinity Church and the service will be recorded for other year groups to watch in classrooms.