Stained Glass Museum Trip

On Monday the Kingfishers (Years 3 & 4) and Owls (Year 5) went to the Stained Glass Museum inside Ely Cathedral.  The children were greeted by a monk from the 12th century who spoke to them about the history of stained glass.  Then all the pupils made their own stained ‘glass’ leaf picture and a glass bead buddy as well as learning about how to ‘read’ stained glass pictures and the meaning behind them.  It was a great day and we are looking forward to visiting again next year.

Watch this space for an update on the Eagles’ (Year 6) trip to Colchester Zoo, which is taking place today!

Maths Success for Sean

Sean, Year 8,  sat the Junior Maths Challenge earlier in the year and achieved a Gold certificate. In fact his score was so high he manged to get through to the next round, which is called the “Kangaroo Round”. Students can only take part in this by select invitation from the UK Maths Challenge team: in fact, only a few thousand students nationally are invited to this next round. The Kangaroo Round poses a huge step up from the Junior Challenge and Sean did extremely well in achieving his qualifying certificate. It is an extremely prestigious award, so extremely well done to Sean!

Eden’s Dance Success

This week we are celebrating Eden’s achievements in the world of dance. Eden has been attending dance classes in ballet, freestyle and dance exercise since the age of 3.  This year Eden is celebrating triple success as she has, over two examination sessions, passed her Freestyle Gold (Commended), Dance Exercise Gold (Highly Commended) and Grade 1 Ballet (Merit).  Eden works to the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) syllabus and all exam sessions are adjudicated by an external examiner appointed by the IDTA Head Office.

When Eden first attended The Ballet Shoe Workshop at the age of 3, she was a very shy dancer, happy to join in but wanting to stay in the background and always needing a hand to hold for reassurance; over the years the complete opposite has happened with Eden gaining more and more confidence and stage presence as each year passes.  Eden is always confident in her performance and always secure in the moves and what comes next which is always executed with great timing.  The most important transformation with Eden is her stage presence: her smile, posture and lifted eye-line make her an asset to have in class whether she is working on her solo performance for examination purposes or whether she is rehearsing for a show involving team work and friendships.

Eden attends a local dance school, The Ballet Shoe Workshop, which is based in Hundon, and she was a superb performer at the Stoke College Arts Festival at the end of last term. We are very much looking forward to seeing what she performs in this year’s Arts Festival in June.

Congratulations, Eden!