Our partnership with other local schools gives our children an opportunity to play competitive sport against other teams and this mixing between schools has been severely missed during COVID so it was with great enthusiasm that we jumped back into things with our football festival and tournament in early November.
Our football team worked hard to practice together at lunchtimes in the run up to the tournament with Mrs Hanham and Miss Caws coaching and refereeing and then put all their skills into action at the tournament. They showed brilliant team work and were complemented on this by the event organiser – they also came second with lovely silver medals to show off to the rest of the school on their return. We are so proud of them in every regard!
FOSS (Friends of Stockbridge School) – our PTA, put on a wonderful Pumpkin Party just before October half term to round off a brilliant 8 weeks of school. We live in a largely rural area where it is largely unsafe for families to ‘trick or treat’ due to lack of houses or pavements. Many though still want to dress up and show off their super carved pumpkins, many are home grown.
There was disco dancing, cookie decorating and many spooky games on the side as well as yummy treats and a tea room for the grown ups.
For many children, this was their first taste of a whole school event and they were superbly behaved and enjoyed the relative freedom of a PTA event after school. We ended the evening, as is tradition, with a ‘spooky story’ under the station led by Miss Tregunna who really is the expert story teller whilst the grown ups cleared it all away. The photo is just a small sample of the wonderful pumpkins submitted as competition entries.
Our annual pilgrimage to Wales and the Hampshire Mountain Centre in the Brecon Beacons wasn’t possible in 2020-21 so we were extra determined to make it this year and make it we did! Never before have we taken so many children on a residential and never before have we had such a capable, collaborative group. Our 20 Year 6 children threw themselves into every single activity with gusto, even at the top of a mountain in a storm. They listed, rehearsed, improved and refined their skills in climbing (in a quarry), caving (in Europe’s largest caving system) and canoeing (on a reservoir and canal).
In addition, the children cooked for themselves each night and we ate like Kings! Staff cooked breakfast whilst sleepy heads had a lie in each morning, enabling them to get as much sleep as possible ready for busy days. Children made their own packed lunches each day and then cooked main meals on our return to base. We sampled Italian, Indian, Mexican and traditional English with lots of seconds and thirds topping up our energy levels.
As we were unable to run a Macmillan Coffee morning last year, we went all out this year! All of the teachers entered a staff only competition to bake the best tasting nd best looking Victoria sponge. There was hot competition but it was a fair contest and our newly appointed school councillors led the democratic process taking the votes on best looking cake from every child in their class. This process took a while but it was worth it in the end and every child in the school had a vote.
School councillors then sat down to the serious business of tasting and taste they did! 16 cakes later (with a much requested cake break) they had tasted, commented and judged every cake and come to the final conclusion.
Best tasting cake
1st – Mrs Holdich
2nd – Mrs Hanham
3rd – Mrs Natt
Best looking cake
1st – Mrs Holdich (again! It was the glitter sparkles!)
2nd – Mrs Jefferies
3rd – Mrs Hanham
Year 5 kicked off our annual residential cycle in their first full week back in September 2021 after a disrupted year of residentials in 2019-20. They undertook a full programme of activities; everything from kayaking (in the wind!) to archery, skiing and climbing. We ended each day with a debrief on the beach and stone skimming as the tide went out. Calshot is so brilliant because it always offers a beginners version of all activities to help build confidence and as a result, every child comes away having achieved something new in a safe environment.