Shamblehurst Raises the Roof at the O2!

On Monday 6th February, 30 amazing children sang their hearts out at the O2, for the Young Voices Concert.

After two weeks of rehearsals, led by Mrs Symes and supported by Mrs Ross, the children headed up to London for the day. After finding our seats, which were right in front of the conductor and the band, we ate our lunch, before starting on a two and three quarter hour rehearsal! After another break for more food, the audience filed in and we excitedly looked for the parents and other family members who had come along to watch us perform.

As the lights dimmed, the excitement reached fever-pitch and seven and a half thousand children sang their hearts out. With songs ranging from a lively pop medley, a song that included sign language as well as song in both Welsh and African! Mrs Symes led the air guitars and even the children seemed impressed by this…

Mrs Symes was incredibly proud of all the children and would like to also say a big thank you to the other adults, Mrs Smith, Mrs Hanslip, Mrs Mohamed and Mrs Constantine, who joined her on the day.

It was yet another example of how simply amazing the children of Shamblehurst and how they can really rock it out!

Carnival of the Animals

Yesterday students from KS1 and KS2 were visited by two talented musicians from the Hampshire Music Service. Xenia Kasper demonstrated her violin skills and Andy Hunt his piano skills to the children. They performed Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens.

The students listened to excerpts from Carnival of the Animals and were invited to guess what animals the piece was based on. Children were also invited to take part in dancing and given the opportunity to play percussion instruments, alongside Xenia and Andy.

It was an inspirational assembly!

One World Week

Wow! What an incredible week we’ve had here at Shamblehurst! Our One World Week has been a real success; the children have learned so much about their countries and have enjoyed visits from some awe-inspiring people!

Starting on Monday, Year R and Year 1 took part in an African drumming session (to enhance their learning about South Africa) where they learned about rhythmic patterns, tempo and dynamic possibilities of African drums. They particularly enjoyed making as much noise as possible.

On Tuesday, a trained dancer came to work with Years 2 and 3. In the morning, she taught Year 2 all about the Brazilian Carnival culture (to support Year 2 in learning about Brazil) and the children learned traditional Carnival dances. The afternoon session was dedicated to Year 3, who were learning about India. They learned traditional Bollywood dances, which they compared with Year 2’s Carnival dancing when, at the end of the day, the children all came together to watch each others’ performances.

Thoughout the week, Sian Heath visited school to teach the children about Chinese culture. She led a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to allow the children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 to immerse themselves in the culture and celebrated Chinese New Year with the Year R children, complete with a Dragon Dance!

To complete the week with a bang, our final visitor, Chris Lubbe, came to work with Year 5 and 6 children. Chris Lubbe was one of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards. He told us all about his fight for justice for non-white people during the Apartheid in South Africa, a struggle which began long before he met Nelson Mandela. He relayed how he came to meet the magnificent Mandela and how he managed to forgive those who treated him so badly for so many years. It was a truly inspirational day!

I am sure your children have all come home with lots to tell you about this week! We hope these memories will stay with them forever!

Autumn Term 100% Attendance

Today was the 100% attendance assembly, for the Autumn term 2016. Certificates and rosettes where awarded to the pupils in all year groups, that had attended every day of school for the Autumn term.

The class with the most pupils receiving awards was 6KS, with awards going to over 50% of the class. It was great to see the pupils being acknowledged for their achievement and we hope to see them and many more pupils at the 100% attendance assembly for the Spring term.

Safeguarding Day

Today there have been a number of events happening in regards to safeguarding.

The pupils have had a visit from PC Becky Veal. Who was here to talk to the pupils in Year 1 and 2 about how to recognise: people that keep you safe, safe strangers, e.g. (Police, Teachers, and Shop assistant) and strangers. Becky also explain how the police stay safe while protecting the public. Some of the pupils were allowed to try on some of the protective clothing.

The talk for Years 3 – 6 was about staying safe online. This talk covered texting of images and the posting of content online. Becky spoke about how when you post something online or message it to someone you lose control over what that image, video or text can be used for.

We also had a visit from the NSPCC to talk about safeguarding. They did an assembly for Key Stage 1 and 2 on the definitions of abuse and about the Childline Helpline 0800 1111. They will be revisiting on Monday 5th December to work with Year 5 and 6.