In true British style, rain never stopped a party!
Ashurst Wood Primary School children and their teachers gathered at Brambletye School on Thursday 14th April for a MADD (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) evening. They showed a large and appreciative audience of parents how much they have been doing over the past term.
The performance skills evidenced on stage ranged from choral singing to drumming and synchronised movement. Solo performers sang and played the violin, and a Year 5 pupil provided solid guitar accompaniment as a member of the backing group. Songs covered included ‘Rule the World’ (Take That) and ‘Matchstick Men’. The grand finale, ‘When You Believe’ (Whitney Houston) was living proof of how many different languages are spoken by the children (18 in all). With an art display in the foyer for viewing before the show and during the interval, the wealth of talent shown by the children at this small village school was truly impressive, as well as the dedication and hard work of their teachers and the parents who took part. A magical evening!
A huge thank you to the hard working parents and staff that worked tirelessly to create our new Library!
A big thank you to Mr & Mrs Cumming for sourcing the jackets and to the PTFA for part fund-raising. The children excitedly wore the hi-viz jackets for the first time to swimming. Don't they look smart!
Some of our Year 4 and Year 5 children were
selected to take part in the
Mini Squash Tournament on Tuesday 9th February. This tournament was to
introduce the children to a new sport and for them to learn new skills. We
played against St Peter's Primary School. The children were very well
behaved and they played brilliantly. Very well done.
Below is a small selection from the many pictures you will find on Earwig!
Owl and Hawk classes learned how to perform a chinese dance using various props.
Below is just a small selection from the hundreds of pictures on earwig!
Parents, staff and children all held their breath for the solo first verse of “Once in Royal David’s City”, sung beautifully from the gallery of Holy Trinity Church in Forest Row to mark the start of Ashurst Wood Primary School’s Candlelight Christmas Carol Service on Monday evening, 14th December.
The service, led by the Rev. Angela Martin, showed the many proud parents in the congregation just how successfully the school is bringing on the children’s musical and performing talents, under the inspiring direction of Kathryn Brown. So enthusiastic were the parents, in fact, that Rev. Angela had to ask for them to wait till the end of the service before clapping, so when the time came the applause was thunderous!
Outstanding solo singing and choral singing made the service one to remember for everyone there, and the Christmas story was retold inspiringly from the pulpit by the children. Memorable too were solo performances by the children on violin, flute and guitar, a reading of the poem “Footprints in the Snow”, and a lovely rendition of “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” by the parents’ choir and orchestra.
Everyone in the congregation joined in with the carols with gusto, and a generous retiring collection will be devoted to helping the many refugees for whom Christmas this year will be a time of cold comfort.
Parents said ............
"I just wanted to take the time out to send a note of massive congratulations to the KS1 staff. What a fabulous Nativity! The best one I've seen, and I've been to a few now! You could see the children loved the songs and what a feat to involve every child. I would quite happily sit through the same one again next year. Thank you."
"We just wanted to say what a wonderful Nativity it was this year - it really was special. The children and teachers must have worked so hard. It was very professional and all the children sang beautifully and it was so clear.
It really feels like Christmas now after seeing the Nativity this afternoon. Well done to everyone."
Eagles class perform to their parents, showing off their newly acquired skills.
Thanks to the generosity of the PTFA, all the children were able to watch the production of Cinderella.
The School has had a very special visitor, caught on our night camera! Very exciting :)
Falcons class has been hard at work building their own Celtic Round House from scratch during their Forest School sessions, which is a project that ties into their School topic of Celts and Romans.
They began by utilising a skill they worked on in a previous session - weaving, and wove the wattle structure using Willow harvested from the School grounds and locallly resourced Hazel. This was a long process but the children really enjoyed seeing the structure rise up from the ground.
They then mixed the daub by using top soil and straw (again locally sourced) and started to apply this to form the actual walls, a messy procedure but thoroughly enjoyed all round!
Lastly they built the roof structure and gathered and tied the individual straw bunches to begin the roof.
Although unfinished the children have demonstrated an enormous amount of pride in their achievement and we are very proud of what they have built.