Celebrating Success

I am writing this at the end of the busiest and one of the proudest terms of the year. We have seen a term of sporting and dramatic success together with a vast array of opportunities to learn outside the classroom.

In the run up our Leavers Service my mind thinks back to the recent marvellous outdoor summer show ‘Songs from the War Years’. Everything on the evening came together. Wonderful stage dressing including an airworthy 1920s biplane, two 1940s Austin motor cars, military vehicles, military display and a flypast from an RAF Tornado from neighbouring RAF Marham added to the hard work of all the children. The weather was delightful and the atmosphere ran the gamut of emotion from hilarity to poignancy particularly as George Webb (Y4) read out the names of the fallen from the village whilst being accompanied by song. I would like to thank all staff, parents and the outside musicians particularly the St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir who worked so hard to make the evening such a success. But particularly I’d like to thank every child in the school. It is our feeling that every child in the school should experience participating in live performances and this year was no exception. I’m sure this performance will be something the children do not forget for a long time.

The term has been filled with unforgettable moments of learning for our children. These include an opportunity to build a scale replica of a Boeing B29 Stratofortress bomber, go back in time at Gressenhall, ride the Poppy Line Steam railway as evacuees, hold a bird of prey, handle a snake, herd 18 tortoises around the school field, participate in an archaeological dig at Sedgeford, our visit to Flag Fen, West Stow and Oxburgh Hall and finally the unforgettable VE Day Street Party celebration with local friends on the school playground.

All of this has been fitted in a term of sporting successes with our netball team winning the West Norfolk Netball Finals and then coming 2nd in the county at the Norfolk County Finals, our rugby team coming 6th in the county and winning the West Norfolk Tag Rugby Festival, Ella Pickles, Grace Seaton, Katie Drew and Harry Challen all qualifying to swim for West Norfolk with Harry and Katie going on to represent Norfolk County.

I am amazed not least by the spirit and determination of all of our children but also by the fact that they achieve so much in the classroom also. I write this during the week we say goodbye to our Year 6’s. I hope they leave us with many happy and cherished memories and I am over the moon that they leaves us with some of our highest academic results with our leavers gaining 40% Level 6 or above and 50% Level 5 in English and 40% Level 6 or above and 33% Level 5 in Maths.

I wish our leavers all of the very best of luck in their new schools we are very proud of them as we are of all our pupils who continue to strive to celebrate their success and, as our school motto suggests, reach for the stars.

Have a happy and restful summer break.