It’s always a good feeling as we edge towards half term in this Spring Term and the evenings are getting slowly lighter, allowing a few extra minutes outside at the end of each day. Though we do like to moan about the British weather, we are lucky to have the rhythm of the seasons to guide us through the year, and we can be grateful that we do not experience (yet, anyway) any of the devastating extreme weather events that we read about and which seem to happen globally with greater and greater frequency. Fortunately this was not the case for the children of Mbopo School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who we were delighted to see wearing some of our old Dame Bradbury’s school uniform that was shipped out late last year #globaluniform. This links well with our focus on sustainability and helps our pupils to appreciate the global nature of our shared responsibility and that everyone can do their bit to help.
Closer to home, we enjoyed a great charity day led by Bradbury House in aid of RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association), with the £500 mark being broken for the first time ever!
With an equine theme, Bradbury House put together a whole host of fundraising activities, from plaiting challenges to a gymkhana assault course, all raising money for the local branch of Riding For The Disabled. Children had fun pinning the tail on a huge playground pony and making guesses as to how many polos were in the Pony Pot. A huge thank you to all who took part and donated! Together we raised over £500 which will go a local RDA stable.
Year 6 welcomed George Szirtes, who fled with his family from Hungary following the Russian invasion in 1956, as part of their preparation for attending the Holocaust Memorial Day service at St Mary’s Church. George, now retired, used to be a teacher and so was able to pitch his narrative just right. The children were intrigued and, as always, asked some perceptive questions as part of the session. This is part of their wider learning on the theme of Conflict, which has also led them to consider some current conflicts and to think about why conflict still happens.
This year for the first time Year 6 joined their Junior School colleagues in the SATIPS General Knowledge Quiz. This was entirely voluntary and just over half the year group had a go at answering the 100 questions across a range of topics, so well done to all of them. A copy of the quiz managed to make its way to the staff room afterwards and staff were struck by the variety and level of the questions asked!
The pupils in the Pre-Prep have had an exciting half term going ‘Into the Unknown’ where they had lots of questions they wanted to find answers to. Through Plan, Learn, Do, Review as well as thematic learning, the children decided to extend their personal interests in explorers, space, underwater creatures, extreme weather, and rock climbing among other projects. The children are developing their digital learning and collaboration skills week on week and many have been inspired to continue their learning at home. Using a thermal imaging camera, Pre-Prep were amazed to see how the cold and hot areas of the school were recorded. Further to this, they investigated which materials were good insulators.
In the Early Years, the snow became the focus of outdoor learning last week. Making snow angels was top of the list for some pupils whilst others much preferred making and throwing snowballs. Changes in the mud kitchen were quickly observed with water having turned to ice. Children excitedly discovered and described what frozen cushions look and feel like and what happens to puddles of water when it snows. Understanding the world through observing similarities, differences, patterns and change was at the focus of children’s learning!
Our new lunchtime cookery club is proving a real (healthy) hit! By following recipes, preparing a range of dishes and tasting new ingredients, the children are full of enthusiasm for food. Each week there is a star baker and a group of delighted children, full of pride in their creations. I’m sure their families are enjoying the ‘fruits' of their labour too!
The Spring term has been a busy one for a variety of sports teams providing opportunities for a large number of our students in the Prep school.
Back in January, our Year 3 & 4 swimming team competed in the Sports Partnership gala finishing second overall in a closely contested afternoon of individual and relay races.
On Tuesday 22 January, Dame Bradbury’s U9 netball team began their season at home to St Mary’s. The team put in an excellent performance despite the cold conditions with Dame Bradbury’s winning 8-3. The game was played in great spirit and was a good experience for all the players involved.
On Wednesday 23 January, the U11 and U10 netball teams travelled to Felsted School. In bitterly cold conditions all of the girls played some great netball and kept going despite the weather. The U11A (9-7) and U10A (6-5) both recorded excellent victories. The U11B (6-12) and U10B (0-3) both suffered narrow losses in close games but played very well.
Most recently, the U9 A and B netball teams travelled to St Margaret's. Both teams played some excellent netball and should be proud of their efforts. The A team recorded a superb 5-2 win whilst the B team worked hard throughout the whole game, losing narrowly 4-1.
Our boys football teams have also been in action with the U9 team securing a tightly contested 3-2 victory over St Thomas More whilst our U11 teams also took part in two excellent matches against the same school. Our U11A team secured a 5-3 victory whilst the U11B team lost their game 2-1 in what was an exciting game to watch.
The Local Schools hockey league is now also up and running and our U11B mixed hockey team made a good start to their campaign last week with a 5-0 victory in their first match of the season.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday we played host to two Indoor Athletics competitions organised by the Sports Partnership. All of the pupils in Years 3 & 4 took part in an exciting afternoon of track and field alongside two visiting schools from the town on Tuesday. Our Blue team managed to gain first place in the competition which was fantastic achievement in the first competition of its kind. One thing that really stood out from the afternoon was the support that our pupils gave to one another during all of the events. Our Year 5 & 6 pupils followed suit on the Wednesday with 12 teams competing to be crowned Saffron Walden Schools winners. In a frantic afternoon of track and field, our Blue team once again managed to secure first place in the competition meaning qualification for the District Finals.
The District finals took place on Wednesday this week and some superb performances by our athletes throughout the afternoon ensured Dame Bradbury’s were crowned District champions. We now go on to represent Uttlesford in the County finals in Southend in March.
We look forward to plenty more matches after term so please do keep up to date with all the latest goings on within the PE department by following us on Twitter @DBS_Sport.
PSHEE Internet Safety Fortnight
This fortnight marks Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5 February. It will provide the opportunity for our pupils to focus on various safety principles associated with safe internet use and will follow up on themes raised and delivered by the workshops that Y3-6 took part in with Digital Awareness earlier in the term.
Y5 Midsummer Night's Dream
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Y1 and Y2 musical performance for parents
2:30pm – 3:20pm
Performance for parents - first of two.
Ski Trip to Switzerland (Joint Junior School & Dame Bradbury’s Y5 & Y6)
We would like to thank everyone for all their support last term. Without all the help from the whole school community it wouldn’t have been such a successful Autumn Term. We started with the hugely enjoyable PTA quiz raising over £1100 profit and then onto the Christmas fair raising over £750 profit. Both fantastic achievements and events.
Save the date for our first ever joint PTA and DBS Sports Dame Bradbury’s family fun run in aid of CRUK and EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospice, chosen by Dame Bradbury’s school council). This will be on the morning of Sunday 19 May at Carver Barracks, and we are putting the emphasis on the fun and enjoyment of taking part! More details and registration to follow.
Following on from this we have the chance to party at the Biennial Dame Bradbury’s Summer Ball being held on Saturday 8 June at Chesterford Research Park. Tickets will go on sale soon!
As part of digital awareness fortnight, 4B are changing their google profile pictures to ensure anonymity. Lots of our focused learning habit - collaboration - in action as the children help one another(and Miss B) to change their settings. @SPFSchoolshttps://t.co/0iDy5Ceozx
4B have been exploring equivalent fractions using Cuisenaire rods. Best quote of the day; "This is the bar model!" Making connections, spotting patterns & being curious is what maths at Dame B's is all about! @SPFSchoolshttps://t.co/Uo7fLrW9Cy