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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

2nd bulletin from Mill Rythe

On the beach
On 12 June Mrs Saunders wrote:

"Today was another action-packed day at Mill Rythe.  The children took part in abseiling, which really challenged their fears, and they were delighted when they overcame these.  They showed great cameraderie and they encouraged each other to complete what pushed some beyond their 'comfort zone'!

At archery
Then the group split up, with some doing archery and others climbing. On the rock climbing, the children faced an even more difficult challenge, in intense heat: however they all took part and some even persisted to reach the top of the climbing wall.

In the afternoon they took a dance class learning many new moves and perfecting their own ready for the disco in the evening.

Then children took part in 'Wet and Wacky', in the outdoor pool.  The temperature was 25° outside but 19° in the pool so it cooled them off quite quickly.  They learnt games such as the 'nappy game' involving relay racing in teams using floats as nappies at the front and the back of their bodies.  Good behaviour during the week earned them 'splash time' (free time) at the end of the session.

Before the evening disco they children had to pack for the journey home - which was an entertaining experience: the children couldn't understand why they weren't able to pack into their bags the very same clothes their parents had managed to bag-up for them at the start of the trip!  The disco was a great success  - and everyone enjoyed a good dance for 90 minutes."

Some 'sound bites' from pupils:
"I have enjoyed being free . . . and all the activities, especially rock climbing because it was a new experience.  I thought it would be easy - but when you try it is much harder than you think." [Mya]

"The week has been great because of the variety of activities we have done. It has challenged me to try new things and not give up when you can't do it at the start.  There is no word such as can't." [Bruno]

"I have learnt how to communicate better through teamwork and playing and learning together.  I have also learnt that you don't have be sad about losing it has to be a learning opportunity." [Michael M]