Ian King a children’s illustrator spent a day with us.
Ian worked with a group of children from years 1 – 6 on our theme of Superheroes. Each group created a super hero depicting one of our learning behaviours. It was really good to have Ian back in school working with the children. They enjoyed sharing their ideas with him – so much so that he found it difficult to leave on Friday afternoon! We are looking forward to working with him again soon.
Primary Maths Challenge- Monday 4th July
On Monday 4th July, St Michael's sent a team comprising four of our Year 6 mathematicians, to take part in a Maths Challenge Day at Wycombe High School. 16 schools, from all over the Buckinghamshire area, took part in the competition. Our pupils: Callum, Grace, Theo and Ben were fantastic. In fact, during the break, I was very proud to hear their supervisor commenting on their teamwork and focus. Our team came 9th out of 16 which is a tremendous achievement, particularly when you realise that some teams are old hands at this competition and have had plenty of practice. Well done to our team. I was impressed by your mathematical brains. Also special thanks to Mrs Perkin who became a supervisor for the day and kindly transported all the children and myself.
Buckingham Schools Sports Partnership Awards 2016
We are pleased to announce that ex pupil, Maisie Lucas (Year 2) has been awarded a Sports Partnership Award for KS1 Playleader of the Year during the annual presentation evening at the Buckingham School. St Michael's nominated Maisie for the award due to her fantastic leadership skills, as well as her progress and dedication to PE and sport outside school over the past year.
Cricket Match v Edlesborough
St Michael's played host to a year 5/6 cricket team from Edlesborough School at Stewkley's Recreation Ground. At last the weather was kind and all tenplayers enjoyed an exciting game, with some of the children experiencing their first game of hard ball cricket. Mrs Munday would like to say a big thanks to Mrs Minty for serving refreshments and Mr O'Callaghan for helping to organise the team.
Year 6 Swanage Residential
We finally arrived back to Stewkley on Friday evening after a very long coach journey. The Glastonbury traffic caught us and every route home was packed. However, just after 6pm 27 children and 4 adults stepped off the coach, tired but safe and happy .We had a great week together and were lucky with the weather. A few rain showers did not stop us and we even voted for wet ice creams on the beach! I hope our year 6 pupils will hold many happy memories of this week together before they move on to their new schools.
Buckingham School Sports Partnership Finals
As three of our KS2 teams finished either first or second in the local Cottesloe Festivals they then progressed to last week's Partnership Finals at Stoke Mandeville to compete against other winning schools from across the partnership. The Year 4 Quicksticks Hockey team was made up of Bobby, Ethan, Kourtnee-Jai, Florence & Anna. The Year 5 Badminton team was made up of Alex, Sam, Tommy, Callum, Owen, Chris, Megan, Sophie, Cassiopeia, Hannah. The Year 6 Netball team was made up of Aiden, Callum, Grace, Lara, Paulina, Phoebe and Roan, Sky and Olivia(Y5). Mrs Munday and Mrs Grant would like to once again say a huge thank you to the parents who transported the children to Stoke Mandeville and back and those that stayed to support them during the day.
Year 1 and 2 Plant Sessions
Year 1 and 2 are focussing on plants this term as part of their KS1 Science Curriculum. To support this work Year 1 and 2 welcomed Dr Karen van Oostrum, a botanist, to school last Tuesday. Dr Karen worked with Year 1 who were looking at differences between deciduous and evergreen leaves and Year 2 differences and similarities of plant seeds. Dr Karen worked with the children inside and outside and they identified, classified and recovered their findings. The morning was a great success.
Year 6 Games
On Thursday 9th June all 27 pupils in Year 6 along with six pupils from Year 5 participated in the annual Buckingham School Sports Partnership Year 6 Games , organised and led by The Cottesloe School. Within the Games there were 7 different sports; hockey, football, mini tennis, table-tennis, tag rugby, rounders and netball where each pupil took part in one sport and played in all matches within their tournament. Mrs Munday, Miss Emery and Mrs Grant would like to express the fact that they enjoyed their day at The Cottesloe School as the children took part in great spirit and displayed good sportsmanship throughout.
Y4 Kwik Cricket
On Monday afternoon St Michael's hosted a team from Whitchurch school for a friendly game of Kwik cricket. Whitchurch batted first and reached a score of 209 (scores start on 200) thanks to some fantastic bowling and quick fielding. Very few wides were bowled and the team gained a fantastic 8 wickets . Mrs Munday would like to congratulate the team of Bobby, Ben, Ethan, Sam, Seb, Luke, Joe & Logan on their efforts, team spirit and sporting behaviour and to the many parents who turned up to support the players.
Quad Kids Festival
On Thursday May 26th St Michael's hosted the Sports Partnership Quad kids Event for the second year running. This is an athletics competition where all pupils in the team compete over 4 events; 70m, long jump, howler throw and 600m and like a heptathlon or decathlon points are awarded for times and distances and then their points are added together to give an individual score and a team score. Well done to Finlay, Roan, Kieran, Aiden, Callum, Lulu, Chloe, Hannah, Jasmine & Isabella on a great performance. The team now travel to the School Games Finals at Stoke Mandeville on July 1st to compete against 7 other teams from across the county.
Stewkley Country Fayre May 2016
Some of our Year 1 & 2's took part in country dancing at the Stewkley Country Fayre. It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. Thank you to all that took part.
Year 5 and 6 Viking Day Monday 23rd May 2016
On Monday 23rd May, Year 5 and 6 had the pleasure of becoming a Viking for a day. We are very grateful to History Off The Page who delivered an excellent day for Year 5 and 6 pupils. Many thanks to all the parent helpers who made the day’s activities possible.
Mandeville & Buckingham Schools Sports Partnership
On Tuesday afternoon four Year 6 pupils travelled to the Aylesbury tennis festival to participate in a mini orange tennis festival organised by the Mandeville School Sports Partnership. The St Michael's team of Ben, Callum, Maggie and Lara won 9 out of they 20 matches against some experienced players, but as a team won 1 match, drew 3 and only lost one. They should be commended on their efforts, as well as their behaviour, positive attitude and support for each other.
Buckingham School Sports Partnership Year 6 Rounders’ Festival
On Thursday, ten of our Year 6 children found out just how tactical the game can be, when they attended The Cottesloe School, to take part in a Rounders Festival against four other local schools. They were: Jack T., Roan, Maggie, Ethan, Phoebe, Jasmine, Jemma, Kieran, Callum and Lara. They won 2 games and had 2 very close losses, coming in a very respectable third place. I would like to congratulate the players for their excellent teamwork and support of each other throughout the game.
St Michael's Pupils Meet England Cricket Captain Alastair Cook
On Sunday, England Captain Alastair Cook popped down to Stewkley Vicarage Cricket Club to officially open the brand new net facility. After bowling the first 'official' ball to an excited Tommy Meader, Alastair then bravely faced balls from all junior cricketers who attended the event. There were many St Michael's pupils in attendance and we are pleased to hear that many of them are now attending junior cricket sessions at the ground on Saturday mornings.
Wingrave Netball Tournament Friday 13th May
14 teams took part and were split into two groups. In Group 1, were St Michael’s Jets – Theo, Jack B-C, Finlay, Hannah, Jasmine, Isabella and Lulu. In Group 2, were St Michael’s Rockets – Roan, Aiden, Callum, Paulina, Lara, Grace and Phoebe. It was good to see all the skills the children have been working on throughout the year, being put into practice so effectively and the teamwork that was involved. It was a terrific afternoon of netball and very enjoyable to watch. Well done to all our players.
Buckingham School Sports Partnership KS1 Athletics 28th April
St Michael's entered two teams in the KS1 athletics festival for the first time this year. Therefore 12 excited children as well as two Year 6 Sports Leaders travelled to the Cottesloe School to participate in a range of track and field events in the Sports Hall. The festival was non-competitive between schools but pupils did compete within their schools and are measured and timed, to enable them to improve their performances. Well done to Lillianna,Charlotte, Honor, Lucy, Maisie, Poppy, Filip, Stuie, Lewis, Freddie, Jamie, Finlay and to Roan and Hannah from Year 6 for supporting the Year 2's as well as photographing and videoing them in action. Thanks to all the parents who transported the children and came along to support them.
Happy Puzzle Company – visit in school
On Tuesday 26th April, we welcomed The Happy Puzzle Company to school. Mrs Cockroft, Maths Coordinator, said the day had been really well organised and the children absolutely loved the activities. The two presenters were very enthusiastic and well organised. The children were encouraged to challenge themselves with a variety of puzzles, work as a team and persevere to complete the tasks
Year 6 Hockey Tournament @ Newton Longville 15th April
On 15th April, 13 members of the Year 6 hockey club participated in a mini tournament at the Newton Longville Astro pitch. This was organised to give the players an opportunity to play In2 hockey rules on Astro with proper hockey balls, something they can't do on the playground. Two teams from Whitchurch and an Overstone team enjoyed 2 hours of fast and exciting hockey, where all 5 teams played 10 minute matches against each team. Overall the St Michael's teams finished in 3rd and 4th places behind a strong Overstone team . Well done to Callum, Ben, Roan, Hannah, Phoebe, Alistair, James, Lara, Aiden, Jesse, Jake, Jack and Finlay on a great performance. The event was a great introduction to 'proper hockey' and hopefully will be the first of many matches and tournaments on the Newton Longville Astro.
Buckingham Sports Partnership Cycling Festival
On Thursday six keen cyclists from Year 6 travelled to the Buckingham School to participate in the annual cycling festival. This event consisted of a series of sprint and endurance races on a challenging grass course against 4 other schools from the Buckingham area. After several exciting individual races (and one or two crashes) and an enthralling relay, the St Michael's team finished in a fantastic 2nd place overall behind a strong Bourton Meadow team. Four of the team qualified for the Individual Finals and special mention should go to Nathan for winning his sprint as well as the Boys Endurance Final; a cycling superstar in the making! The team would not have made it into 2nd place without the resilience of Hannah who picked herself up after a fall in the final to compete in the relay race. It was a great team performance with all the pupils giving their best over a very tiring afternoon. The school would like to say a huge well done to Jesse, Nathan, Hannah, Maggie, Phoebe and Joe and thank Mr Handsley , Dr Hughes and Mr O'Callaghan for transporting and supporting the team.
On Saturday 9th April, I had the pleasure of making teas, coffees and squash for a very enthusiastic group of parents and children who worked hard in the garden area of our school. It is amazing what they managed to achieve in 2 hours! Mrs Clarke was also with us and provided much enjoyed chocolate cake plus her gardening expertise. Thank you to everyone who came to help - your support is much appreciated. We will be meeting again in a few weeks’ time so watch the newsletter for a date and do come and join us if you can. If you can only help for an hour that is absolutely fine!
England Netball Hi 5 Tournament - Tuesday 22nd March
On 22nd March, St Michael's took part in a High 5 Easter Tournament organised by England Netball at Oak Green School, in Aylesbury. It was a friendly event which everyone seemed to enjoy. The feedback from the organisers of the tournament was that all the children 'played some fantastic netball and all had such wonderful positive energy'. St Michael's came a solid third place in the event with Aylesbury schools St Joseph's and Ickford in 2nd and 1st place respectively. Well done to: Aiden, Theo, Callum, Phoebe, Paulina, Lara and Jasmine.
Leighton Buzzard Hockey Club Tournament @ Vandyke School 20th March
For the third year running St Michael's entered teams in the annual tournament organised by Leighton Buzzard Hockey Club. In the U8 tournament there were 14 teams competing in 2 groups, with St Michael's fielding A and B teams. The A team of Harry, George, Josh O, Sinead & Dylan won 5 out of their 6 pool matches, scoring 24 goals and conceding just 3! The B Team of Josh P, Archie, Sam, Chloe & Noah won 3 matches and drew 3, scoring 9 goals and conceding 3. In the U10 tournament the team of Alex, Lulu, Paolo, Tommy, Callum, Megan & Sam were one of 10 teams taking part. Mrs Munday would like to thank all the pupils who represented the school, their behaviour on and off the pitch was superb and they were a credit to the school.
Aylesbury Vale Cross Country Championships
One chilly Saturday morning 32 students from KS 2 took part in a cross country race. Even though it was an extremely hard race, everyone finished and we were placed third in both the girls and the boys races and 3rd overall. Thank you to all who took part and supported us.
Dance Extravaganza Finals
1st St Michael’s!! This is a tremendous achievement when you take into account that, at the start of the competition, there were 38 schools involved. We are all very proud of you. Well done to: Gemma, Phoebe, Grace, Maggie, Jasmine, Roan, Jack, Kieran, Theo, Ben and Jake. Particular thanks to Jasmine, who was our understudy dancer. We couldn’t have practised without you. Also, thank you to Mrs Fitzpatrick for her huge contribution in the costumes and makeup, to Danielle Grant who chose the music and helped with the choreography and to all the parents and staff for their tremendous support on the night.
Buckingham School Sports Partnership Y5 BISI Badminton Tournament
On Thursday 17th March, St Michael’s Year 5 badminton team competed in the annual Sports Partnership festival at the Cottesloe School. Both girls and boys teams of 6 pupils played matches against teams from 6 other schools. After an exciting afternoon the girls team emerged in 2nd place and the boys in joint first. This meant that with a combined score of 31 points St Michael’s emerged as overall winners of the tournament. Success at this game not only lies on good badminton skills but teamwork, speed, concentration and enthusiasm; well done to Alex, Sam, Chris, Paolo, Callum , Owen, Hannah, Sophie, Sky, Megan, Cassiopeia & Olivia. The team now compete against other winning schools at the Sports Partnership Finals in June. Thank you to parents Mrs Paul-Thomas, Ms Brister and Mrs Mansfield for transporting the children for us.
Orchestra Assembly - Tuesday 15th March
Many thanks to parents Mrs Handsley Jones and our KS 2 orchestra players for entertaining us during an assembly – many really complimentary comments – keep up the good work orchestra pupils!
Afternoon tea with Mrs Peacock is a new idea we have started this term and yesterday was our second afternoon tea. It was just as successful as the first and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with 14 pupils who have demonstrated an excellent attitude to their learning and challenged themselves consistently this half term. Mrs Evans and Mrs Scott, two of our Governors, joined us and it was a pleasure to talk to the pupils and celebrate their successes. Like last time, they all managed to munch through a large number of open rolls and a variety of cakes and biscuits. Well done to Leo and Evie from Foundation, Scarlett and Noah from year 1 and Max and Annabel from Year 2. Year 3 pupils were Phoebe and Joshua, Year 4 - Katie and Olivia, Year 5 - Sam and Sophie and Year 6 , Ben G and Jemma .
I don't know if you managed to see the fantastic display of bonnets, caps and hats collecting in the library over Easter. They were absolutely beautiful! The range of original ideas and effort that went into them really impressed everyone. Two judges had the very difficult job of choosing winners. Every child that entered was given a little chocolate egg to enjoy and the winners received a larger egg. Well done and thank you to all the children who entered the competition. The winners were; Tom and Ruby from Foundation class, Archie from Year 1, Poppy from Year 2 and Harrison from Year 3.
Netball Match v's Whitchurch
Thank you to all Year 6 netball club players who put on a fantastic afternoon of netball last Friday against Whitchurch. They won every single game but more importantly displayed great sportsmanship. The visiting team were really impressed with the welcome they received. A big thank you to all the parents who came to support and to Mrs Coe and her daughter Carla who helped with refreshments after the matches.
Year 5 Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament
On Friday 11th March at Cottesloe School Mrs Munday organised a Quicksticks tournament for Year 5. There were four other schools and six teams. They were High Ash, Whitchurch, Overstone Jets, Overstone Cyclones, St Michael’s Stars and St Michael’s Rockets. This was a friendly round robin tournament and St Michael’s Rockets came 1st, High Ash came 2nd, Whitchurch came 3rd, St Michael’s Stars came 4th, Overstone Jets came 5th and Overstone Cyclones came 6th. Lulu, Alex, Megan, Tommy and Callum were in the Rockets team and Sophie, Natalia, Ruben M, Reuben S and Owen W in the Stars team. We would like to say a big thank you to Charlie and all the parents who came along and supported St Michael’s.
Football Match v's Cheddington
On Thursday St Michaels played host to Cheddington school in their latest league match in the Aylesbury Vale School league. St Michael’s played a great first half with Kieran and Callum scoring two goals , Joe controlling the midfield and the rest of the team defending well to keep a clean sheet. The second half started with a superb goal from Callum and subs Jesse and Alistair slotting well into their positions on the pitch . With 5 minutes to go Cheddington battled back and scored 2 late goals, but their efforts were too late to prevent St Michael’s winning 3-2 . Well done to Joe (Man of the Match), Callum, Ben P, Alistair, Jesse, Nathan, Roan, Kieran and Jack BC on another fine win and to all the support from parents and staff.
Year 3 and 4 Spring Production 2016 'Uncle Crumble's Mad Machine'
This year, year 3 and 4 performed 'Uncle Crumble’s Mad Machine' It was a story about four argumentative children who fiddled with their uncle's time machine and went back in time to the 1960's and then to the Roman era . In an attempt to get home, they flew into the future and experienced a school run by a robot. Finally returning home, they realised the importance of each other and decided to stop arguing and moaning as much. The children spoke confidently and clearly and their singing was super . The costumes were bright and fun too. It was obvious that the children were enjoying themselves and I know the audiences thoroughly enjoyed watching them. Many thanks to all the families and friends who supported the children by providing costumes, helping with the learning of words and of course, coming along to watch the performance.
Ian King – visiting illustrator in school this week
What a super two days we spent this week with Ian King, a local illustrator. Ian came and worked with each class on Tuesday and Wednesday. He talked to the children about his work, sharing some of his own work and explained how he became an illustrator. Ian brought his most recent book 'Anagranimals' and from this inspiration, the children had fun designing their own creatures. We all really enjoyed working with Ian - it was a fantastic experience for staff and pupils alike.
Author visit – Rhian Ivory in school
Last week author Rhian Ivory came to our school for World Book Day. Rhian talked about her books and how she became an author. She told us about the process of trying to find an agent and managing to have a book approved. She also told us about the technique called ‘writer’s hand’ which involves adding more colour to a story such as the senses. Rhian also read some of our stories and gave us some advice. She is attending a big event in London soon for authors. She signed postcards for us with details of her book ‘The boy who drew the future’.
Year 3 / 4 Mini Red Tennis Festival
Eight pupils from Years 3 and 4 travelled to The Cottesloe School in Wing to participate in the latest Sports Partnership event, the Mini Red Tennis Festival. For the first time this year we took two teams of four, A team - Harry, Joshua, Kirsty, Millie) (B team - Seb, Sam, Chloe, Sophie). Out of the 11 teams both teams finished in joint 4 place, a fantastic performance!
Cross Country in Wendover 5th March
On Saturday 5th March, some pupils from Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to take part in a Cross County race at Wendover Junior School. Well done to all participants who turned up to run regardless of the freezing conditions!
World Book Week
We celebrated World Book Week by dressing up on Friday 4th March. There were lots of great costumes from pupils and staff alike! The school was also decorated with different book themes. Have a look at our great characters.
Year 6 League Football Match v High Ash 25th Feb
It was a fantastic team effort where every player worked really hard and they thoroughly deserved their victory. Thanks also to the large number of parents who turned up to support the boys.
Hello Cello Tour 2016 - Wednesday 2nd March
On Wednesday 2nd March we welcomed Buckinghamshire Learning Trust High Wycombe Music department to school who provided a hands on Cello demonstration for some lucky pupils. The session was well led and enjoyed by all. If any children would like to take up lessons with the Cello before September please contact Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music Centre via the contact details supplied on the flyer. We will be sending out letters with details of all music lessons available in school next term.
Year 6 Dance Extravaganza - 26th February
Some of our Year 6 Pupils participated in this years Dance Extravaganza @ Waddesdon School. They were Kieran, Jack B-C, Jake, Theo, Ben G, Roan, Jemma, Phoebe, Maggie & Grace. They performed fantastically and came first in their section! They will now go through to the finals later this month. Well done and thank you to our Year 6 parents for your support.
Buckinghamshire Schools Sports Partnership Year 6 Basketball Festival
Well done to Paulina, Aiden, Daniel, Callum, James and Lara who took part in the Basketball Festival - 16 schools took part! Many thanks to the parents who transported and supported the pupils. Thank you to Miss Emery who stepped in for Mrs Munday.
Dr Peel visits Foundation Tuesday 9th February
As part of Foundation’s topic on ‘People who help us' a doctor came to talk to the children. Dr Peel explained to the children different ways to keep healthy, including eating fruit and vegetables, exercising, sleeping and washing their hands! She also told them about the things she has to do in her job at the doctor's surgery. It was a very interesting morning; the children listened carefully and were keen to share details of their own illnesses and ailments!" We are very grateful to Dr Peel for taking time out of her busy schedule to come along and talk to Foundation.
Afternoon Tea Thursday 11th February 2016
Two governors, a group of children and I enjoyed our first tea party together in the staffroom. It was time to sit and talk to the children, whilst sharing a cake and drink. The tea party is a new idea to celebrate the successes in our school. (see newsletter 17) This half term some children from every class were invited for afternoon tea because they have consistently demonstrated a positive approach to their learning and challenged themselves. Well done to all the pupils and thank you for such a lovely afternoon.
Buckingham School Sports Partnership Quicksticks Festival
This year we entered 2 teams for the competition; the St Michael's Jets (Kourtnee-Jai, Ethan, Florence & Bobby) and the St Michael's Rockets (Ollie, Anna, Leah & George) and they competed against 7 other teams. The effort and practice they put in during their Games lessons over recent weeks really paid off and their determination to improve, following the lost games, enabled them to get the results they needed to put them in 2nd and 3rd places by the end of the competition.
A vet visits Foundation
As part of Foundation’s topic on ‘People who help us', Vet, Hannah Lyon and Springer Spaniel Noah from Ark House Vets visited the Foundation Class this morning. The visit was very informative and has given us lots of ideas for our role play in the Vet’s Surgery. The children were full of enthusiasm and had lots of questions. Hannah was really impressed by their knowledge and quiet manner with Noah. There was lots of discussion about care of pets and how to stand like a statue if a dog bounds up to you! We are very grateful to Hannah and Noah for coming along and talking to Foundation.
French Horn Fandango Tour 2016
This week we welcomed Buckinghamshire Learning Trust High Wycombe Music department to school who provided a hands on French horn demonstration for all our Year 4 pupils. The session was well led and enjoyed by all. If any children would like to take up lessons for the French horn please contact the school office for more details.
Police visit Foundation
As part of Foundation’s topic on ‘People who help us', PCSO Mrs Boston visited the Foundation Class last Tuesday. She told the children about police cars, their uniform, how the police look for clues and how they keep people safe. Without doubt, the highlight of the visit was getting up-close to the police car in the playground. The lights and siren were most impressive!
Extra -curricular clubs / secondary pupils
If there are any ex-pupils / secondary school children who would like the experience of helping with an after school club please make contact with Mrs Munday. As you can see from the pictures below Mrs Bailey is now receiving some help from ex-pupil Ewan Bell (Year 7 at The Cottesloe School) with her ever-growing group of Active Kids!
Bletcley Fire Bridage visit Foundation
Foundation Class welcomed Bletchley Fire Brigade this week. They gave us very important information about what to do if there is a fire in a building. The children were very excited to see the equipment on the fire engine and learn about the types of emergencies that fire fighters attend. Those children who wanted to, also held the hose while it sprayed water! Thank you to Fire-fighter Jones and her crew who were all dressed in full protective gear for us!
Christmas Lunch 2015
Thank you to all the staff and parent helpers who made our Christmas lunchtime party go very well indeed – a good time was had by all.
KS1 Production 'Christmas with Aliens'
What a superb performance! The children gave us a confident and thoroughly enjoyable show with a great mix of acting, singing and dancing. We could hear every word. At the end of the performance there was a standing ovation which just shows how much it was enjoyed by everyone. Well done year 1 and 2. My thanks go to Mrs Flavahan, Mr Jackson, Mrs Quainton , Mrs Buchan and Mrs Carter who put so much effort into helping the children perform to such a high standard .
Foundation Christmas Assembly
The children amazed and delighted with their beautiful singing and clear speaking voices. They all looked fantastic in their costumes too. Thanks to Mrs Brakels, Mrs Fraser, Mrs Corkett and Mrs Weekes for putting together such a polished performance. Our
Christmas Fayre 2015
The Christmas Fair was held on the 5th December, organised and run by the Friends Committee. The school was buzzing with excited children and adults; chancing their luck on the chocolate tombola, enjoying a cup of tea or glass of mulled wine and slice of cake, buying gifts from the various stalls or having fun with the activities in the year 6 classrooms. Santa paid us a visit and he was very busy from 2- 4.30 pm. Both the choir and hand bells performed beautifully, making us all feel very Christmassy. Many, many thanks to everyone who helped organise and run this great event and thank you to everyone who supported us. It would not have been the success it was without you.
Karate Club - Pupil Success
Last weekend nine of our Karate after school club members took a Blue Belt qualification and successfully passed. Well done to Grace, Joe, Sam, Chloe, Alistair, Owen, Dylan, Owen W and Sky. What was particularly pleasing was a report from Mr McMahon that all of our pupils behaved impeccably.
Year 4 Badminton Festival
8 pupils from Year 4 were transported to the Cottesloe school to take part in the annual BISI badminton festival against 6 other schools from the local area. The competition included 8 rotational activities where teams of 4 girls and 4 boys completed a range of activities to test their badminton skills, throwing & catching skills, speed, agility, concentration as well as their ability to work in a team. The St Michael's team of Logan, Ben, Sam, Luke, Niamh, Katie, Katy and Imogen worked incredibly well as a team and put the skills learned in their PE lessons into practice against the clock. They did their very best at everything and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of a competitive but fun afternoon. Well done to the team on a fabulous 3rd place and thanks to all the parents, and grandparents, who transported and supported the children.
STEM Festival at Swanbourne House School
On Tuesday 1st December Holly, Lulu, Cassiopeia, Owen and Paolo (Yr5) went to Swanbourne House School for a STEM Challenge (Science, technology, electronics and maths) There were six activities and five other schools took part. We had a fantastic time using ipads, to simulate the water cycle, to write codes and to control a Lego fan. We also used Lego to build bridges and the very best was a crime scene where, using technology we had to identify the murderer. We would like to thank Mrs Cockroft, Mrs Grant and Mrs Evans for coming with us and for Swanbourne House School for hosting such a great event.
Drummers Play in Christmas Parade
The school’s Jubilee Drummers joined the Christmas parade in Aylesbury to take Santa to his grotto. The team played extremely well to an excited crowd. The children worked really hard to keep playing all the way round and enjoyed seeing all the wonderful costumes and puppets in the parade as they went along. We were delighted when Santa himself came over to chat with us and pose for a photo. Well done to all those who played for a fantastic effort and thanks to the parents who supported the event, it wouldn’t have happened without you.
Y2 Multiskills @ Cottesloe School
Six Year 2 pupils enjoyed a trip to the Buckingham Schools Sports Partnership Multiskills festival at the Cottesloe School. They competed against 9 other teams from local schools across a range of 8 activities which tested their speed, agility, co-ordination and balance. After a fun and energetic afternoon the team of Max, Matthew, Ottie, Isobelle, Aimee and Sam finished in a fantastic 3rd place. The children should be congratulated on a great performance where they tried their very best at every activity!
Year 3 & 4 Science Morning with Dr Hughes
Year 3 and 4 Science Morning – yesterday We are very grateful to parent Dr Hughes who spent the morning with Year 3 and 4 demonstrating solids, liquids and gases. The session was noisy, messy but AMAZING. …………….
Year 1 & 2 Trip to Warwick Castle
Year 1 and 2 had a fabulous time at Warwick Castle. Their current history work about parts of a castle was well and truly brought to life! The children also have brought home a decorated wooden shield from the day.
We have received 176 shoeboxes at the moment which have all been sorted and are ready to be taken over to Woburn. We would like to say a big thank you to all for your continued support.
Be a Hero for Children in Need 13th November
Thank you very much for you support for Children in Need - we raised a whopping £371.90. Winners of the best dressed heroes (1 - 6) Sam & Connie (Y1), Annabel & Filip (Y2), Sanchia & Charlie (Y3), Anna & Oliver (Y4), Lulu & Tommy (Y5), Hannah & Nathan (Y6).
Year 6 Football Match v's Edlesborough School 11th Nov
St-Michael's played their first league match at home. The team included: Jake, Callum, Roan, Annabelle, Joe, Ben P, Daniel, Kieran, Alistair & Jesse. The match finished 1 - 1.
Year 3 & 4 Chocolate Day
Chocolate Day was a resounding success. The children learnt about the history of chocolate, how and where cocoa beans are grown, the different stages of chocolate production, fair trade, components of chocolate, amongst other things.
Remembrance Service Sunday 8th November
Some of our Year 5 & 6 children, along with Mrs Peacock & Mrs Deverill, represented the school in this years joint Church Remembrance Service.
Year 3 & 4 - visit by an Oompa Loompa on Monday 19th Oct
As part of Year 3 & 4 topic work 'Is there more to chocolate than taste?' we are very grateful to Mr Rusty Goffe for taking the time to come and visit. He spent a long time talking to the children who hung on his every word!
Buckingham School Sports Partnership Netball Festival - 22nd Oct
On Thursday 22nd October, St Michael's took two teams to a High 5 netball festival. Our teams came in second and third place out of eight teams! A great achievement.
Aylesbury Vale Football Tournament 17th Oct
On the 17th October, the Year 6 football team went to an enormous football tournament to try and reach the county finals. Mrs Munday would like to once again say a huge well done to all the Year 6 boys who played on Saturday: Callum , Ben P, Ben G, Theo, Roan, Finlay, Kieran, Jack & Jake.
The Friends Association organised a dinner and movie night for all the children. It was a roaring success...many thanks to all our helpers on the night!
Hi-Five Netball Match V's High Ash 9th October
St-Michael's hosted some friendly matches against High Ash School. Congratulations to all our players for a fantastic game.
Aylesbury Vale Schools Football Association - 8th Oct
On Thursday 8th October, St-Michael's played a nail biting home knockout cup 1st round match against Brookmead. The team was made up of Jake, Jack B-C, Finlay, Joe, Roan, Callum, Kieran, Ben P and Ben G. Some super play from our players.
'Go Bananas on Bassoon'
Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music Centre came to school and gave some of our Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils an opportunity to play a bassoon! The children really enjoyed the session.
We were very pleased to receive a free visit from Perform this week. The children in Foundation, Years 1, 2 & 3 had a wonderfully energetic time exploring drama, dance & singing.
Quantum Theatre Report
A huge thank to the Friends' Association for funding a visit from the Quantum theatre group. All children had an opportunity to see the production with maths outside the curriculum brought to life!
On Monday we held our Harvest Festivals. In the morning our hall was packed for the KS1 Harvest and in the afternoon we went to the Chapel for our KS2 celebration.
Our Drummers @ MK Staduim for Rugby World Cup
Mrs Handsley-Jones at the drummers had the fantastic opportunity of playing at the MK Stadium in the Rugby World Cup.
Year 5 Hudnall Park Residential 22nd-25th September 2015
Year 5 Hudnall Park Residential 22nd-25th September 2015
St Michael's Church Harvest Festival
Well done to the choir who sang two harvest songs really well. There were many favourable comments afterwards too. Well done!
Archive Gallery 2015/2016
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