Festivities & achievement at Stoke Goldington

The Christmas season brings with it a host of festive visits and celebrations for children at Stoke Goldington CE First School.

The children are looking forward to their annual trip to Stoke Goldington Christmas Trees to walk around the tree plantations and choose their very own tree for School. All 26 pupils can also see how the tree the School’s pupils planted in December 2011 is growing and maturing.

This year’s charming Nativity play takes the title of ‘Born in a Barn,’ featuring the excitement of a host of stable animals as they gradually realise the privilege of sharing their barn home with such a special baby.

School’s popular ‘Money Week’ will this month feature a special Christmas market in which parents and Governors can buy items made by all the children which they sell themselves on their own market stalls – a sure sign of some budding entrepreneurs within the School!

Looking back slightly Year 1 & Year 2 pupils became really engrossed in their World War 1 topic, coinciding with the national centenary commemorations since the outbreak of WW1. The story ‘The Christmas Truce: The Place Where Peace was Found’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey was the springboard for their topic. The book explores the remarkable moment when soldiers on both sides of the war put down their weapons to celebrate the spirit of Christmas Day in a friendly football match.

The whole School visited The Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney to see its special display of local WW1 stories and watch a special animated film ‘Tommy in the Trench,’ which tells the story of one soldier’s letters he sent back home to loved ones during the war. The pupils also collectively visited the Olney War Memorial to mark the special Remembrance Day moment of 11am on November 11th – a very poignant and special occasion which they reflected on upon their return to School.

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Staff, pupils and Governors are also celebrating another ‘Outstanding’ inspection, this time with regard to its status as a Church School.

The final report of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) revealed that all areas inspected achieved outstanding grades. The rigorous inspection assesses the School’s aims to meet the needs of all its learners through its distinctive Christian character; the impact of collective worship on the School community, plus the effectiveness of its management as a Church School.

The SIAMS inspector was particularly impressed by the children’s high standards of behaviour, pride in their Christian values, understanding of diverse cultures and the School’s partnership with the Church. When questioned by the inspector, one pupil spontaneously broke into song which triggered all the class to sing an impromptu song for their visitor!

This latest inspection means that both Stoke Goldington CE First School and its partner School, North Crawley CE First School (federated under the Ouse Valley Partnership) have attained ‘outstanding’ OfSted and SIAMS inspections – an amazing achievement!

* If you are looking for an ‘Outstanding’ School for your child for entry in September 2015, please telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on 01908 551253 or see their website www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.

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