So, here we are already in the second half of this academic year, and I hope that you all found time to spend some together as a family over the holiday. As we head through this half term we are minded as staff to reflect on what has been enjoyed and achieved so far this year, as well as what is still to come. The half term holiday did not have the usual childless silence to it that makes a school seem an odd place to be. We had our nursery open, and in addition to this there was care offered for our younger pupils up to Year 2. It is good to have a holiday buzz at a time when the school has traditionally been “closed”.
Highlights of the latter part of last half term included the powerful work of Dominic Ellis-Peckham, who hosted a choral workshop for the Year 6 pupils at the Senior School. Dominic can always be relied upon to bring out the best in even the most reluctant participant, and you can read all about it here.
Year 3 enjoyed a trip to the Fitzwilliam and Cast Museums to complement their topic work on Heroes and Villains, while our reception pupils headed down to visit the wonderful public library we have here in Saffron Walden and to find out some of the attractions and services in addition to the very many books they have!
And talking of books, we were delighted to have a visit from children’s author Anne Marie Howell, who came to talk to the older pupils about what it is like to be a real author.
The hard work of our Year 1 and 2, and Year 5, pupils paid off in two thoroughly enjoyable productions in the week before half term. Our younger thespians focused on a sustainability theme with their Bee Musical, which was a visual and auditory delight; whilst our older pupils took one of their China-related themes to retell, in a very original way, the story depicted on the traditional Willow Pattern plate.
We ended last term with one of our regular reminders to our pupils of the importance we and you place on safe and informed use of the internet. To coincide with Safer Internet Day, our house assembly allowed children to discuss their own use of the internet across year groups in their house families, and produce some posters that are displayed in the dining room for them to refer to.
Our opening assembly of this half term had a double focus: the introduction of our new learning habit, resilience; and a focus on Fairtrade fortnight, during which we are encouraging pupils to think a little more about where their food and clothing come from and to reflect on how their choices can make a small but significant difference to the producers, often in faraway countries about which they know very little. Hopefully your child will show a greater-than-usual interest in your weekly shop, and especially in the Fairtrade logo which they have been encouraged to look out for. This is also reflected in the new Head Teacher’s Challenge that David Hewlett (Head at Rosedale House) and I have added to the children’s Further Thinking Google Classrooms from Year 1 up, and which we will be checking in on with interest as the half term progresses.
I hope that you all have a happy weekend, and an enjoyable and productive half term ahead.
With my very best wishes,
Head of Dame Bradbury’s
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There have been lots of fantastic performances and results over the last few weeks. On Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January, Dame Bradbury’s hosted the Uttlesford School Sport Partnership Saffron Walden Area Indoor Athletics Competition. It was a fantastic event with lots of schools in the community coming together for some fast paced athletic action with lots of cheering and noise reverberating around the Rainey Hall. The Year 3 & 4 competition took place on Tuesday and Dame Bradbury’s green team took the honours. Pupils in Year 5 & 6 took part on Wednesday with Dame Bradbury’s green team again securing the victory.
The District round of the USSP indoor athletics competition took place at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre with Dame Bradbury’s represented by a Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 team. The Year 3 & 4 team finished in second place and can be very proud of their achievement. The Year 5 & 6 team took the District title in great style and will now represent Uttlesford at the Essex county finals at Southend in March.
On the netball court, the U9 A and B teams travelled to play against Bishop’s Stortford College. The A team drew a thrilling game 5-5 whilst the B team showed great determination in a 5-0 loss. The U10 A and B netball teams recorded two fantastic results at home to King’s Ely with the A team winning 16-2 and the B team 2-1.
We have had continued success at the local schools mixed hockey league with the U11A team recording wins against St Thomas More and Clavering whilst the B team are still unbeaten after two rounds with the most recent match ending in a draw against St Thomas More.
The boys U11A hockey team recorded an excellent 4-3 win away at Felsted in an enthralling game whilst the B team came up against a strong Felsted side and lost 4-0. The U9 boys hockey teams have played two fixtures over the last few weeks. The A team beat both Rosedale House 5-0 and King’s College School 7-1. The B team drew 2-2 against Rosedale House and battled very hard in a 1-0 defeat to King’s College School on a bitterly cold afternoon.
We look forward to a busy second half of term and welcome your continued support at all of our matches.
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In a Garden in China,” is a colourful story based upon the Chinese tale of The Willow Pattern Plate. This powerful play was brought to life by Year 5 students on the 11th February. The story follows the protagonist Koong-Se, daughter of the corrupt Mandarin, and her pursuit of true love and ha...
Y4 collaboration at Rosedale House - Smoke signals to smartphones
9:00am – 3:30pm
6D Visit to Saffron Walden Museum
10:50am – 12:30pm
Location: Saffron Walden Museum, Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, UK Pupils will visit the Saffron Walden Museum, as part of our current Biology topic on Adaptation & Evolution. They will explore the fossils and natural history sections of the museum to enrich their understanding of the importance of the fossil record as evidence for the evolution of living organisms.
Y1 collaboration at Dame Bradbury's - World book day