Stoke Goldington CE First School update April 2013

One World Book Day last month inspired five whole days of fun for all our children across the Busy Bees Early Years Foundation Stage and the Learning Ladybirds in Years 1 & 2.

First off was a trip for all 26 children to Olney Library for a storytime session where the librarian read ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ much to the children’s delight! The Learning Ladybirds then carried on to visit Olney’s Oxfam Bookshop for a tour of the shop, both upstairs and down, plus a storytime session including a reading of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’

Back in School local MP Mark Lancaster visited to share a story with all the children whilst Dads, Grandads and Uncles were invited in to read stories with the pupils as part of a ‘male reading models’ session.

Parents and families were asked to take part in an Extreme Reading Challenge in which they were encouraged to send in photos of them reading a book in the strangest of places. As you can see from some of the photos the children, staff and parents came up with some very unusual places in which to enjoy a book! What’s more, the Headteacher was spotted reading in a wheelbarrow and one of the Year 1 & 2 Teachers was seen reading in a spa bath!

The children also had their own book sale, dressed up for a day as their favourite book character and enjoyed a fantastic performance and workshop from children’s poet John Foster.

After reading some of his own poems John worked with the Learning Ladybirds to create poems themselves and the standard of their vocabulary and language inspired by John’s help was incredible. In fact John is hoping to be able to include some of the children’s poems on his own website! Energy levels were at an all-time high for a special School tennis session run by Nigel Willard, Head Coach at Olney Tennis Club. Nigel showed all the children some particularly ‘cool’ ball skills and afterwards every child was given their very own soft ball to take home along with a giant poster featuring the ‘5 cool tricks’ to practice. The children really enjoyed the session and we’re pleased to be offering an after-School tennis club one afternoon every week after the Easter holidays until the end of the Summer term. Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Quiz Evening in March organised by The Friends of Stoke Goldington CE First School. It was a great night with some healthy competitive spirit amongst all the teams! Well done to ??? who came first to scoop the winning trophy. Thanks to Paul Jesson for writing all the questions, a task which is by no means small! And thanks to all the parents who helped to organise the event, both in the run-up to the evening and on the night itself. The funds raised by The Friends every year go towards purchasing new resources for our classrooms, funding minibuses/coaches for School trips every term and providing fun ‘extras’ for the children such as activities to tie in with School’s forthcoming ‘money week.’ We will let you know how much money our Quiz Evening raised in the next issue of GGN. Thank you again. * To find out more about our village First School telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit our website at