Quiz Night Fun!

£900 raised for KVS

A fantastic night of quizzing and eating took place on Saturday 7 March 2020. The Friends of KVS hosted a quiz night at the Kennet Valley Hall and 70 people took part.

The quiz teams were treated to a delicious supper of garlic bread followed by chilli and jacket potatoes with all the trimmings.

9 teams took part and the competition was fierce, sports, music, general knowledge and even a ‘Uni-cycle’ round kept the teams on their toes.

The Friends of KVS would like to thank you everyone who came along and a big thank you to those who cooked, organised, cleaned up and washed up! As always it was a super team event.

Reverse Advent Calendar

Donations make a big difference.

For the second year running Kennet Valley Primary has organised a reverse twelve days of Christmas event.

This fantastic idea means, rather than the children opening an advent calendar and receiving a gift, they instead are encouraged to donate specific food and toiletry items which for the Trussell Trust food bank in Devizes.

The children, parents and local residents all responded amazingly well, very quickly filling the twelve baskets with items, exceeding last years’ impressive collection with 344 items donated.

The pupils delivered the items directly to the food bank, where they were shown around and told about how the food bank works.

Friends Christmas Fair Success!

£1200 Raised!!

The annual Friends of Kennet Valley School Christmas raised an amazing £1200 at the Decemeber event.

Family and Friends of the school were treated to Mulled Wine, hot chocolate and a delicious BBQ. Father Christmas even showed up and created a beautiful grotto, complete with elves.

The Friends of KVS would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting the event. And a huge thank you to all the individuals and business’ that supported the event by donating raffle prizes, a big thank you to;

The Bell at West Overton
David Owen Accountants
Marlborough Jewellers
Pizza Express
Imagine Photography
Kennet Valley Amateur Dramatics Society’s
Elm Tree Motor Company Ltd
Basset Down Golf Course
Equilibrium Clinic
Red Lion

Children in Need

School Council
Teddy Bears’ Picnic

This year we supported Children In Need by holding a school Pajama Day and having a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, where the oldest children read stories to the younger members of the school while nibbling on homemade fairy cakes. We also had a raffle throughout the week to raise more money.

Well Done to the School Council for organising these things to help raise money for this worthy cause.

First Aid

We were delighted to have had the fantastic opportunity to learn first aid skills this term, when we were visited by Georgie Morse from Little Soldiers First Aid.

Pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were taught how to practice basic first aid skills, such as treating minor burns and nose bleeds, how to put someone in the recovery position and how to call the emergency services. The older years were also taught how to give CPR.

Mrs Russell said “We arranged the First Aid classes for the older children in the school as we want them to learn skills which they could use in everyday life. Having to help a friend or family member who is unwell can be very worrying for a child and as a school we want to enable our children to deal with these difficult situations with confidence”.

Throughout all of the classes the children were thoroughly engaged and interested and Georgie stated that they were all “a delight to teach and that they had learnt a lot”. We have since heard that pupils went home and enthused to their parents about what they had learnt, some of their comments were as follows:

“I feel that the course has affected me, as if one of my relatives is hurt I have the confidence to help out”

“I enjoyed the afternoon as Year 6 pupils got a personal session on how to do CPR – I think learning this is extremely important and I loved it!”

“I felt like I learned so much which made me happy and now I know what to do in an emergency when someone if suffering”.

Sailing Day

Year 5 & 6 had a wonderful day on the water

Pupils of Kennet Valley School ventured to the Cotswold Lakes to learn about the basics of sailing and to have some watery fun!

Bowmoor Sailing Club hosted the fantastic day and the school were incredibly thankful to them for such a wonderful day. The Sailing club’s coaches encouraged the children to try out their sailing skills throughout the day. All of the children in year 5 and 6 learnt lots of the terminology and how to move the boat about the beautiful lake. They even got to have a blast in one of the rescue boats. All at the school were also very grateful to Mrs Blackmore, the PE subject leader who organised this inspiring day out for the children.

Class Teacher Sarah-Jane Chalker said,

“This has been a fantastic experience for our children, and it has been great to see them have so much fun in the water. We are so proud of our sporting successes this year and we have tried to find lots of new sporting opportunities for all children at school”

The children worked in groups to man a dinghy and even had access to kayaks and stand up paddle boards which meant that they all had a super time in the lake. Parents were able to spectate throughout the day and they also took a turn in the dinghy. Many commented on how much laughter they could here as the children played together.

One child remarked that,

“I’ve never been in a boat before so it was great to try something new, I think I want a kayak for Christmas now”

Viking Re-enactment

Year 2 & 3 children re-created a Viking Battle

Our Year 2 and 3 children in Badger Class, here at Kennet Valley School, have been investigating what life was like during the time of the Vikings. Always a popular topic with the children, especially when they get to put their design skills to the test and create their own Viking shield. As a class, we discussed why the Vikings might need a shield, looked at different shield designs and why they might need to be painted in bright colours. With kind donations of cardboard from parents, we set about using a pin and string to draw a circle.

From this, the children drew some excellent designs and then painted them in the bright colours you see in the photo. Seeing a break in the weather, we stepped outside and attempted our very own Viking shield wall. The bright spectacle would be enough to intimidate any Saxon foolishly wanting to pick a fight with this motley crew of Vikings!

School Games Gold Mark Achieved….

for the 2018/19 academic year.

Kenney Valley C of E VA Primary School have achieved the School Games Gold Mark for the 2018/19 Academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in
2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements this year include:
Finishing 4th in the county Rugby festival, which includes both large and small schools.
Winning the Handball Festival and the Rugby Small Schools’ Festival.

With all of our Year 4 – 6 children local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of
participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that
the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to:
All of the staff at Kennet Valley School, especially Mrs Blackmore our PE Subject Leader, as they have worked tirelessly to ensure that all children take an active part in PE and to living as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Our children have a great attitude to taking part in sports and always try their very best. We look forward to applying once again in 2020