What is happening at GVC...
* World Book Day (Fancy Dress) Thursday 5th March
* Climate Change Day Friday 6th March
* Red Nose Day Friday 13th March
* ECAM Day Friday 13th March
The New Year and the new term is well under way and a busy time lies ahead for all of us. Letters have gone home to Year 7 parents reminding them that their parents’ evening will take place next week, Wednesday 21st January. Letters will shortly be sent out to parents of Year 8 pupils to remind them that their parents’ evening will take place on Wednesday, 11th February.
Staff will be involved in formal Values Education training on Wednesday 28th January. This is part of our plan to become an accredited ‘Values Education’ school so that our work in promoting our values, in particular British values is recognised and acknowledged. We will be holding a parents’ session about this later in the term so that we can share with you how being a ‘values’ school will impact on our pupils.
It was wonderful to see over 60 Reception and Year 1 pupils taking part in gymnastic lessons here at GVC recently. Under the expert guidance of Mrs Phillips, the pupils were able to extend their gymnastic skills and their knowledge of movement whilst having a great deal of fun into the bargain. It was good that so many parents were able to come along and watch as well.
Our Year 5 pupils enjoyed joining their fellow pupils at the First School for a skipping workshop this week. Again, the pupils were able to join in some really worthwhile physical activity as well as having a great deal of fun at the same time. We have pupils taking part in the Indoor Athletics events at Stratton this half term. We will post details of their performance as soon as we have them.
Our Year 8 pupils are enjoying extending their work in textiles into a business enterprise activity. They have been making cloth bags (carrier-bag shape and size) which they have decorated with their own designs and the statement; ‘GVC, A Small School That Thinks Big!’ As well as developing their skills on a sewing machine, they have also been working on pricing these items, taking into account the cost of materials, labour, etc. They hope to sell them at a profit in order to purchase more sewing machines for the school. Watch this space for further details. Later on this term we will be staging a Village College Art exhibition and we will also be involved in the World Book Day, Climate Change Week and Fair Trade Week.
The Parent Forum group has already met (on Tuesday 13th January) and is due to meet next on Tuesday 3rd of March. A reminder of the next meeting will be sent out nearer the date.
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Litchfield onto our staff as our new Head of Maths. Many of you will know her from teaching some of our ex-pupils at Stratton Upper School. We will also be gaining the expertise of Mrs. Luck, who until recently was Head of English at Stratton. She will spend approximately two days a week working with us in her new role of Teacher of Literacy across both schools. We know that both of these colleagues will make a very positive impact on our work here at the Village College.
GVC Art Exhibition
A big thank you to the local artists who are exhibiting their work at the front of the school. We originally set aside Thursday 26th and Friday 27th for work to be on display. The display exhibition has been so popular that we will be holding the exhibition throughout next week. Two pieces have already been sold! The pictures on display range from £40 (watercolours) to £295 (large canvas).
Viewings are by appointment only.
Please contact Mrs Sunderland for further information.
World Book Day - 5th March 2015
This year World Book Day is being celebrated on Thursday 5th March. Reading and gaining pleasure from reading books is something we really value here at GVC and World Book Day is an excellent way to support and extend this. All pupils will be invited to take part in challenges during the day and to enter a competition.
The children are already very excited about dressing up as one of their favourite book characters. They may be asked to talk about their character and the book it comes from! There will be prizes for the most inventive costumes! BUT please remember that costumes must be suitable for a school working day and those who have PE will still have to change as usual.
A collection will be made in aid of CLIC Sargent, a charity that we have been supporting this term.
Every pupil will be bringing home a template on which to design a book themed national book token for a World Book Day Competition. Anyone who would like to enter needs to have returned their entry to Mrs Evans by Tuesday 14th April at the very latest. There are prizes of book tokens for both the individual and the school!
£1 Book Tokens
These will be distributed on Friday 27th February and are valid from 2 – 29 March 2015. They can be used to purchase the special £1 books that are written especially for World Book Day or in part payment of a more expensive book.
The World Book Day website http://worldbookday.com has a wealth of information, ideas and competitions and is well worth a look!
Free Bikeability Level 3 Cycle Training
There is an opportunity for GVC children to take part in the Level 3 Bikeability Course; this course is free. In order to take part your child would have already passed their Level 2.