It has been a very busy term for PE this term and pupils across the school have been working really hard to develop their individual and team skills and fitness.
This year’s Rock Challenge began taking shape in October. Our theme for this year introduced in a Dance Day took the inspiration from taking a look into our pupils minds and imagination. As the show grew nearer pupils confidence grew in performing the choreography and telling the story of our lead characters Super T and Doctor Mindwipe.
During Friday’s assembly we held a contest for classes to design a hat for Alison for her trip to meet the Queen on 28th Feb to receive her OBE. Each class entered at least one hat for Alison to try on, these were then shortlisted for pupils to choose the winner. The hats were extremely creative and showcased the talents of our pupils perfectly! We had lots of hats based on the school logo, one had ten clues about Alison hidden inside, one had a poem to read and some were very sensory with lots to touch, smell and hear! The three shortlisted hats with a short description were: Discovery – The class had used each pupil’s photograph, included as part of a 3d wire rose sculpture. Seahorses – Ten sensory roses of all sizes, shapes and textures presented in a golden presentation box. Adventure – Stylist and elegant felt hat with a side decoration in school colours. The three hats were voted for by pupils using a ‘clapometer’. (Whichever hat got the most noisy reception won!) The final positions were: 1st - Adventure Class 2nd – Seahorse Class 3rd – Discovery Class Well done everyone, we look forward to seeing the photos from the palace!
In assembly today we learnt about Big School’s Birdwatch, an event run by the RSPB. We’ve decided to try and encourage as many birds as possible into our school playground. We thought carefully about the types of food birds might like to eat. During assembly we made bird feeders, we mixed together all of the nice things birds eat. On Monday morning each class will be placing the feeder they made outside and watching out for visitors.
This week we celebrated the Chinese New Year in our assembly. This year is the year of the rooster. We found out that there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and all worked out which animal year we were born in. We held a parade of the zodiac animals and learnt the Makaton signs for each one. We had a Chinese feast of noodles, prawn crackers and different sauces which we ate with chopsticks. It was a bit messy! Then a Chinese dragon performed a special dance for us and we sang a dragon dance song.
To celebrate the life of the Scottish Poet, Robbie Burns, Mary Rose Academy hosted its own Highland Games and experienced lots of Scottish things. Firstly we met Robbie Burns, who had brought along Sir Andy Murray and the very fabulous Lulu…all whose Scottish accents were rather dubious! Robbie Burns was the team captain for the red team, Andy Murray the blue team, and Lulu was in charge of the green team for the Mary Rose Highland Games. Pupils were split into the teams and came prepared with colourful banners, scarfs and pomp poms to cheer on their team. The games were presided over by Lesley Frearson (the only actual Scottish person in the room!) to ensure fair play and keep the scores. Pupils competed in a number of events including tossing the caber, tattie rolling, the haggis hoola hoop, and the grand finale, the highland fling. At half time, we made sure that we rehydrated with the traditional Scottish tipple of Iron Bru, which some enjoyed, and some really did dislike. The scores were close throughout, and rather fittingly, the winners were the red team, led superbly by Robbie Burns. He received the trophy on behalf of the red team and is looking forward to defending his title next year.
During our assembly this week we talked about New Years resolutions and how they were a promise to ourselves to get better at something. We had lots of fun experiencing ways in which we can keep our hearts, bodies and minds fit, healthy and happy. Annie helped Mel with one of her New Years resolutions, which was to getter better at using Makaton signs. Annie taught Mel, and the whole school, the signs for cup, spoon, yoghurt, fruit, porridge and snack. Kirsty was the next member of staff to share her New Years resolutions. As we all know Kirsty is a terrible dancer, so this year wants to get better. Also by dancing a lot her body is going to get fitter and healthier. She performed some tricky dance moves that she had been working on and we all helped her practice these to Gangnam Style. Lynne’s New Years resolution is to learn some new songs, as music and singing is one of her most favourite hobbies. This makes her feel happy and helps to keep her mind healthy. Lynne started to teach us all a new song she has been learning for Red Nose Day in March. Mel’s last New Years resolution is to eat more healthily, she shared a healthy, sugar free snack with everyone. We all had a cup, which we filled with yogurt, fruit and oats. It was delicious and set us up brilliantly for a healthy and happy weekend.
Friday 6th January 2017 Happy New Year! We hope that everyone enjoyed the Christmas holiday. We celebrated the new year in our first assembly of 2017 today. We started by thinking about all of the exciting events that happened throughout 2016 and the fun that we had on the run up to Christmas. We were able to look back at photos from the Christmas Show and Carol Concert. Next we recreated our own new year’s eve party, we listened out for the chimes of Big Ben before letting off party poppers and dancing. We then looked ahead to events planned for the Spring term, these include Red Nose Day, the bikers visiting at Easter, Rock Challenge and World Book Day. Some of us put together new year resolutions and thought about changes to make in 2017. Happy New Year everyone! We’re looking forward to a happy and healthy 2017 here at Mary Rose.