This morning, 180 children from Key Stage 2 took part in the most closely-contested Bosvigo sports day in memory.
In squads of 16, our children competed brilliantly for their house teams and breezes through an hour of sports events.
All children showed a really positive attitude and the final standing could not have been closer, with two winning teams and only four points separating first and fourth positions:
Marazion – 218 points
Zennor – 218 points
Fistral – 217 points
Swanpool – 214 points
What do you know about the history of Cornwall?
Which women and men have survived remarkable adventures in the past so that we now remember them with awe?
Right from the start the children were amazed and entertained, as the actors shared with us the extraordinary lives of our ancestors…
The woman who walked all the way to London (and back) to see the art exhibition in Victorian times …
The man who survived rolling over Niagra Falls in a barrel …
The convict who sailed in a boat from Australia back to Cornwall and impressed the judge so much that she was given her freedom …
The scientist who scoured the galaxy and found the planet Neptune …
The million-year-old Cornish pasty which was unfortunately eaten!
Which stories are fact and which are fiction?
Perhaps, one day in the future, there will be a story about one of Bosvigo’s pupils!
Another fabulous day jam packed full of fun! High ropes, archery and climbing – the children were fearless! We have had another amazing meal and are about to embark on some field games before hot chocolate and marshmallows followed by an earlier bedtime – hopefully!
Morning everyone! It’s a delightful morning here, the sun is out – and so were some of the children at 5am! We have had a hearty breakfast and are all excited for today’s activities – we are hoping for high ropes, archery and climbing – and of course more delicious camp cake!
What a day on the water we have had! Coasteering, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and lots of soaking the teachers at every opportunity! The children have been fed extremely well and are playing beautifully in the sunshine before we tuck in to some camp cake before bedtime!
Children in Foundation Stage had an exciting start to the week, as ten quail chicks hatched on Monday morning. One chick sadly didn’t make it, but the other nine are looking healthy and rapidly gaining confidence. They are tiny balls of fluff at the moment and we are looking forward to seeing our new pets grow over the coming weeks.
Classes 6, 7 and 8 loved visiting Geevor Mine, the world famous heritage site in the far west of Cornwall, where for 80 years miners dug deep into the rocks to find tin.
Wearing our hard hats, we explored the different parts of the mine and realised how this really dangerous job became easier when electricity started to be used. In the olden days, the miners had needed to use candles made from animal fat (because they were cheap) and would stick them to their hats!
One highlight was the journey underground when we stumbled our way through water and rock to learn about the working day for men and boys. We also played the role of bal maidens crushing the rocks, and discovered that carrying the stone in the hand barrow (with no wheels) was very heavy and wobbly.
Other favourite activities were seeing the beautiful minerals and rocks in the Hard Rock Museum and then panning in the water tables to find our own to take home!
On the first day of the summer term, Classes 6, 7 and 8 started their new topic which is a celebration of the history of tin mining in Cornwall.
We were visited by Clint Hosking who is the Learning Manager at Geevor Mine. He had brought with him an amazing collection of tools, clothes and photographs and he challenged us to become History Detectives and identify the different artefacts. We picked up some tools and found that they were extremely heavy which is why miners wore wooden shoes to protect their toes! Taking part in this workshop helped us understand how dangerous mining could be, and how women, men and children (as young as six year olds!) worked long days, six days a week.
Following this, we will be meeting up with Clint again to go underground at Geevor Tin Mine and are looking forward to talking to ex-miners to find out even more about the lives of mining families.
Having been successful in her and her partner’s application to adopt a young child, last month MIss Massey began a 12-month adoption leave. In order to provide her class with consistency, we have moved Mr Armstrong into the position of Class 7 teacher full time until March 2020.
Mr Armstrong has therefore moved away from his various classroom commitments across the school and we have covered this in a number of ways. Mrs Vigurs-Berry has moved to full-time in Class 4, whilst Miss Ferguson has taken on the PPA cover in Classes 4 and 7 and Mr Wallis has taken on the PPA cover in Class 11. We are currently seeking to recruit a part-time teacher to cover the remaining cover requirements in Classes 6, 9 and 10 and hope to appoint a person at the beginning of the Summer term.
If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact Mr Wallis.