Wychwood School pupils DO get out more!

Primary school iiawvThe Cotswold Wardens came and led a walk around Shipton and Milton, and held some workshops looking at how sheep and local stone have shaped the Cotswolds. The morning entailed a lovely walk taking in the history of the villages and learning about the Cotswold stone. We visited the Cospatrick Memorial, St Mary’s Church, the Old Till House, The Wild Gardens, Kennel Lane and Alfred Groves and Sons. In the afternoon, the Wardens held four workshops for the children: mapping skills, wool and words, spinning wheel experience and wool and stone. Our thanks to The Cotswold Wardens for sharing their knowledge with us, and to Nigel and Jane Adams who brought some Cotswold sheep and their lambs to school for the children to have a closer look at.

The children in KS1 had a fantastic afternoon in St. Mary’s Church. Rev. Kate Stacey and Rev. Anne Hartley worked with a group of volunteers who generously gave up their time and expertise to organise a carousel of activities. This included learning about the stained-glass windows, going into the vestry and trying on robes, a treasure hunt finding objects around the church and looking around the churchyard. The children also enjoyed their refreshments of squash and biscuits.

Children also took part in a sponsored walk around the Wild Gardens which was part of a Guinness Book of Records attempt for the largest sponsored walk at one time. The money raised, £1013, will be shared equally between Wychwood Wild Gardens, Crocodiles of the World and British Divers Marine Rescue.

You may have seen our Year 5 children out doing their cycling proficiency. After an afternoon in the playground making sure the children could handle their bicycle, manage looking behind them and doing hand signals, they were taken out on our local roads to put their practice into action. They all did very well and may be out on their bicycles more in the future – so please drivers take care!

Staff changes: The end of term saw Helen Williams and Jackie Karasinski retire after working at the school 21 and 15 years respectively, Chris Williams move from the area and Rosie Parsons leave as lunchtime supervisor. We would like to thank them for all they have done for the school over the years. We welcome teachers Rachel Brown and Claire Harrington who will be starting with us in September.

Julie Hemming

August – September 2017