April 2014 News From Stoke Goldington School

Stoke Goldington CE First School update

School became very colourful for its renowned celebrations of World Book Day when all the children dressed up as their favourite characters from a book. There were some brilliant costumes, including the cat from ‘Cat in the Hat,’ Dorothy from the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ the farmer from ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ along with the fox itself from ‘The Gruffalo,’ Hermione from ‘Harry Potter’ plus dinosaurs, witches, pirates and little animals galore! A feast for the eyes!

IMG_6366IMG_6386Part of the World Book Day activities included a visit by actor David Garrud who inspired all the pupils with a fantastic drama workshop and book reading. David is a member of the Tall Stories theatre company, renowned for its UK performances of many of Julia Donaldson’s stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom.’ He brought the story of ‘Room on the Broom’ to life, encouraging the children to perform and entertaining them with his wide range of funny voices, movement and expressions. All the children are now hoping for a repeat performance of ‘The Gruffalo’ over the weeks to come..

IMG_6304 IMG_6295Looking back slightly, the working life of a very special lady was celebrated at Stoke Goldington CE First School before Half Term. Mrs. Christine Feasey retired after an incredible 35 years as a ‘helping hand’ and later Teaching Assistant at School.

IMG_0046The School celebrated her retirement with two very special events, a lovely Leavers’ Assembly in School and an evening party at the Village Hall, which over 100 people attended.IMG_0222IMG_6156

Mrs. Feasey’s retirement gifts included a new laptop and mobile phone (which were on her ‘wish list’!) plus a very special letter from Her Majesty The Queen herself, recognising her enormous contribution to School life over so many years. Milton Keynes Council has also invited Mrs. Feasey to a long-service awards presentation in due course.

This month the children are looking forward to their special Community Art Day when parents, families, Governors and local villagers can visit School to see and take part in their artwork project as part of The National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ activity.

The painting which is inspiring pupils this year is ‘Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil’ by 15th-century Spanish artist Bartolome Bermejo and there are some amazing pieces of artwork each child has created using ideas from the painting.

* For details about Stoke Goldington CE First School telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit the School website at www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.