As a result of the Primary Schools’ Championships the boys relay team qualified to represent Tubbenden and their county at the ESSA ( English Schools’ Swimming Association ) South East region gala which was held on Saturday 26th April at Guildford.
The boys : Eddie, Ryan, Barnaby and Callum were very excited to be competing at such a high level against other qualifiers from surrounding counties.
The team qualified for the freestyle and the medley (mixed stroke) relays and were competing against 15 other teams. Despite entering the gala ranking 13th and 9th respectively, the boys swam two amazing events knocking two seconds off their times and exceeding all expectations. They finished in 6th place to qualify for both events finals.
It was a fantastic experience for the team who enjoyed the venue and the exciting poolside atmosphere. Considering this was the first time that Tubbenden have entered the competition, to finish in the SE regional finals really is something to be proud of. Well done boys.
Wednesday 2nd April was the annual Governors’ day in school.
After starting the day meeting parents on the gate, Governors joined in guided reading sessions in classrooms, attended Infant and Junior Assemblies, participated in the School Council meeting, ate lunch with the children, and had the opportunity to sit in a number of classes across the school. In between we managed to squeeze in a couple of very interesting learning sessions – on Building Learning Power in the school (helping children become better learners) with Mrs Veysey, and a curriculum discussion with Miss Wollaston. It was an interesting, informative and fun day, and all of the Governors were very impressed with what they saw. Special mention must go to the children who were very welcoming, appeared happy and confident, and were impeccably behaved. A big thank you to Mr Turvey, Mrs Veysey and all of the staff for arranging such an interesting day and for making us very welcome.
On Tuesday 1st April, Class A set out for a shopping trip. We had all designed sandwiches we wanted to make in our food technology lesson and now we were off to buy all the ingredients. The bus ride to Tesco was lots of fun and soon we were walking round with trolleys and shopping lists. Once we had all paid for our food we set off back to school eagerly awaiting our sandwich making session! That Tuesday afternoon, after washing our hands, we carefully made our sandwiches following the designs we had made. Once we had all made the sandwiches we very much enjoyed eating them on a little picnic in the sun.
Class A have been doing their bit for the environment and set off for the local recycling centre last Thursday morning, 3rd April. Armed with bags of paper, plastic and glass they walked all the way to the centre and recycled all the items, reinforcing everything they have learned about reducing, reusing and recycling.
As part of our connecting classrooms imitative, Tubbenden have paired up with a school in Lebanon, Hariri III School. We were very fortunate this week to be visited by staff from our Lebanese partner school. The children have spent time looking at different aspects of Lebanon and had the opportunity to impress our visitors by telling them what they have learnt. We look forward to continuing building our relationship with our Lebanese partner through future projects and Skype.