World book day is coming!
Thursday 6th March
Who will you dress up as?
Everyone is invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book.
What will you be doing?
All classes will be providing an activity which is reading related. Foundation Stage and Upper Key Stage Two are looking forward to visiting Waterstones. Tent temptation – book buddies have been busy organising some exciting events in Kynance Cove (the library, not the Lizard)!
Which will you you choose? Perhaps you will kick start with your Book Talk (towards your “Book Award”) or share a story with Grandma or Grandpa!
Each activity will be filled with excitement and opportunities for all the family to be involved…who will you bring?
So, start reading your favourite book (or explore a new one), ask a family member to come aboard and prepare your costume!
On Sunday 19th January Mr Wallis and Mr Armstrong took a group of five table tennis players (Perry, Orlando, Callum, Ras and Robert) up to Eggbuckland Community College, Plymouth, to compete in the South-West regional finals of the English School’s Table Tennis Association’s National Competition.
Having won the Cornwall finals by virtue of being the only school competing, our only previous experience had been playing one another at school, so it was quite a shock to the system when we opened the doors of the sports hall and saw the standard of opposition we would be facing. The finest young players from Devon, Somerset and Dorset were all there and even warming up we could see that they were streets ahead of us in terms of technical ability and knowledge of how to play the game – our boys only began receiving coaching this term, whilst most of the players competing on Sunday had been training for two or three years.
Our first match against Somerset provided us with a steep learning curve, as we attempted to get to grips with the speed of our opponents’ play and their terrific use of spin. Put simply, the ball was not bouncing how we expected it to! The boys adjusted well though and whilst we lost most of our games, the difference between us and them got closer as time went on.
In the second match we took on the eventual winners, Dorset, and again the boys showed great commitment against extremely tough opponents. The improvement was there for all to see and was commented on by a number of coaches from other counties.
Our final match was a local derby, Cornwall vs Devon, and we certainly saved our best performance for the end of the day. An extremely tight and highly-entertaining match ended in a 4-4 draw.
This was a terrific event to compete in. We were by far the least experienced team, but the other counties (adults and children) were very friendly and encouraging towards us and we are now determined to make it back to Eggbuckland next year with a girls and a boys team – hopefully having qualified from a more competitive county event!
18 children from Key Stage 2 had a fantastic time taking part in our first athletics competition on Friday afternoon.
The children took part in a series of track and field events and competed very well with schools from the Truro area. We gained a number of firsts and seconds in the track events and came fourth out of seven overall. This was particularly pleasing given that we had a number of Year 3 and 4 children competing in a Year 5/6 competition.
Well done to the whole team.
Next up for our keen athletes is the KS2 cross-county competition at Penair School on Monday 3rd April. We will be running trials for this event during lunchtimes next week.
Well done to all the children from Year 4, 5 and 6 who took part in our first school swimming gala yesterday at Truro High School for Girls. In total 44 children participated in 40 races including front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke and butterfly. Mr Armstrong, Mr Wallis and Miss Rowe were hugely impressed by the keenness and quality of the competitors and would like to thank the children for making it such a great event.
There were four categories for each stroke – Year 5 Girls, Year 5 Boys, Year 6 Girls and Year 6 Boys. The overall winners were as follows:
Year 5 Girls Front Crawl – Anna
Year 5 Girls Back Stroke – Izzy
Year 5 Girls Breast Stroke – Rosie
Year 5 Girls Butterfly – Tehya
Year 5 Boys Front Crawl – Tymek
Year 5 Boys Back Stroke – Noe
Year 5 Boys Breast Stroke – Tymek
Year 5 Boys Butterfly – Noe
Year 6 Girls Front Crawl – Bethany
Year 6 Girls Back Stroke – Bethany
Year 6 Girls Breast Stroke – Bethany
Year 6 Girls Butterfly – Bethany
Year 6 Boys Front Crawl – Orlando
Year 6 Boys Back Stroke – Perry
Year 6 Boys Breast Stroke – Orlando
Year 6 Boys Butterfly – Orlando
From the Bosvigo Swimming Gala, we will be selecting 16 children to represent the school in the Truro Primary Schools Swimming Gala in January. Good luck to everyone involved!
The children enjoyed a great surprise this afternoon when we gathered together after lunch and went for a ‘secret walk’. None of the children were told where we were going and even those who quickly worked out that we were heading to the Donkey Field had no idea why.
On the way up to the Donkey Field, a few children noticed that a Sea King helicopter appeared to be circling Truro and once we got to the top of the hill they realised why. Soon after organising ourselves at the top of the field the helicopter flew nearer and nearer before landing in the middle of the field. If that wasn’t a good enough surprise, who should jump our but Father Christmas with a huge bag of sweets!
Father Christmas handed out a sweet to every child before posing for a quick photo, then it was time for him to fly. We asked him why he was travelling around in a helicopter when he has flying reindeer at home, but he said that with Christmas only a few days away they needed to save all their energy and were resting back at the North Pole.
Congratulations to our two table tennis teams, who today went to the County finals at Penryn College and won – this wasn’t as hard as it seems, as we were the only two teams entered! Nevertheless, the boys played some outstanding table tennis (against each other) and our B team won the Under-11s title, beating the A team 5-3.
The standard of table tennis displayed by our team members was very high and the coaches running the competition were very impressed by the level our boys have reached without any coaching. Their development will hopefully rocket after Christmas, as we have all but finalised a plan for a former County champion to lead a weekly after-school table tennis club at Bosvigo in the New Year.
As the event winners, we now have the exciting opportunity to compete at the regional finals at Eggbuckland School, Plymouth on 19th January. Well done to all the boys taking part today and good luck to Ras, Callum, Orlando, Perry and Robert, who will be going through to the next stage of competition.
Year 6 enjoyed one of the highlights of their year today with the annual City of Lights lantern-making workshop. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who gave their time to help – we completed the lanterns in record-breaking time and they are looking fabulous.
Our Year 6s worked brilliantly throughout the workshop and will rightly be very proud of their lanterns when they parade them this Wednesday.
Well done to our school football team, who travelled to Portreath School this afternoon and won an entertaining match 4-2.
With a squad of 12, we made good use of the rolling substitutions rule and everyone played an important role over the course of this extended 40-minute match. After a slow start we got ourselves 3-0 up with great long-distance strikes from Stan, Ras and Joe before Portreath scored a nicely-worked goal of their own to bring the game back to 3-1. Just before half time Callum showed good determination to score our fourth, leaving the score at the break 4-1 to Bosvigo.
In the second half it was much closer, as the Portreath goalkeeper made countless saves with his hands and feet to deny almost every single player in our squad. Portreath had some good chances of their own and Ras made a number of good saves before our hosts finally broke through to score a late second.
All in all this was an enjoyable and entertaining match and one that we are keen to repeat in the early stages of 2014. Our thanks to Mr Larcombe and Portreath for hosting the match and for providing us with drinks and biscuits at the end.
On Wednesday, 20 children from Year 5 and 6 were invited to attend a Design Technology workshop at Richard Lander School, where the theme of the day was Halloween Cake Pops.
The children made three kinds of cake pops – witches, spiders and pumpkins. They made the cake mix, including a little blended pumpkin for flavour, then prepared the icing. The cake pops took almost all day to make, but looked fantastic and tasted delicious.
Miss Richie, the DT teacher at Richard Lander was very impressed by the efforts of our young bakers and Year 5 and 6 are already hoping for another invitation. Easter egg making currently tops the list of requests!