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The gift of giving is highlighted again at KVS.
For the third year running Kennet Valley C of E VA Primary School are running a reverse advent calendar for children and staff. This means that rather than getting gifts from an advent calendar on the countdown to Christmas they give gifts to others.
For the next twenty days (Monday November 9 to Friday December 4) staff, children and parents will bring in a wide selection of food, toiletries, and other essentials to give to the Trussell Trust, which has a base in Devizes.
The Trussell Trust is a fantastic organisation that supports people in our local community. They organise a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. They also campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Headteacher, Emma Russell, said,
Over the last two years our school community has worked together to support this crucial charity and I am very proud of everyone being involved. It is fantastic to extend our advent calendar so that we are able to collect more in our third year.
We have also been very lucky that our local community has also supported this initiative by bringing items into the school. I am incredibly grateful to residents of our local villages who helped us in the past.
I know that it will be more difficult for local residents to help during the coming lockdown, but we would welcome any donations when lockdown has finished in early December. All items collected will be taken to Devizes later in that month
Old clothes raises funds for new playground
Over 80 bags were donated towards the Friends of KVS’s first fundraising activity of the 2020/21 school year. Old clothes, shoes, bags, household linens and soft toys were collected and the result is £235 towards the current fundraising project which is the revamp the school playground.
The Friends of KVS will be running various fundraising events in 2020/21 and also have a crowdfunding page set up, if you would like to donate towards this project, please visit Just Giving KVS Playground Fundraising
Outdoor worship taking place in the sunshine
Our pupils have been able to make the most of the recent glorious weather by enjoying a fortnightly open air Collective Worship bubble session led by Rector, Rev. Maria Shepherdson.
The sessions have been held in the school playground and are in addition to daily Collective Worship sessions held in class bubbles.
The focus this term has been on the value of Curiosity, and Rev Maria has been talking to the pupils about Creation.
Emma Russell, Head Teacher, commented,
It is absolutely fantastic that our Rector, Maria, is able to lead these small outside Collective Worship bubble sessions. Being a Church of England school, Christian values are at the core of everything we do, and we work very hard to actively promote these values and the Collective Worship sessions help to keep our school community fused.
The Collective Worship sessions will continue to be held outside whenever weather permits.
Longest standing teacher celebrated!
Mrs Naomi Watts reached her 25th anniversary last week. Naomi had also been a pupil at Kennet Valley and then many years later her own children, Demelza and Ezra, followed.
She is known for her calm, friendly and caring nature and her fabulous sense of humour.
Naomi says: “It’s a joy working in a school with such a great family atmosphere. Helping children to reach their potential is a privilege and the wonderful colleagues I have met along the way have made me feel supported in everything I do”.
Mrs. Emma Russell the Headteacher, stated, “All of the staff who have had the pleasure of working with Naomi, would have to agree that she is absolutely fantastic, both as a teaching assistant and colleague, she treats everyone with the same fantastic caring and friendly nature and we all feel very lucky to have worked with her. Well done and thank you, Naomi”.
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
Kennet Valley Amateur Dramatics Society’s
Elm Tree Motor Company Ltd
Basset Down Golf Course
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”.
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”
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!