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Whole School Activities

Egg Rolling

Each Easter we hold our unique egg rolling competition. The 'Friends of Birstwith' hard boil us enough eggs for everyone to decorate and then we roll them down the playground to find out our winners. This is a real highlight of the year and everyone enjoys cheering and supporting each other.

 

Christmas Lunch

Charlotte, our cook, once again prepared a feast for our Birstwith School Christmas lunch. Governors and friends joined us for our very special meal.

Choir singing at the Birstwith Luncheon Club

On Tuesday 6th December 2016 the choir went up to the Church Hall and sang carols and Christmas songs with the more senior members of the community after they had enjoyed their Christmas lunch. This event is a tradition in the Birstwith School Christmas calendar as is thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

 

Dressing the Tree

Each year at Birstwith School we all work together to decorate our Christmas Tree. Eveyone gets together in the school hall and takes it in turns to choose decorations to add to the tree.  After this, we have a Carol Service in school where all the local community join us to sing together. This signals the start of our Christmas celebrations in school.

Our New Logo

This year the pupils, staff, parents and Governing body have been involved in updating the school logo. We felt that after many more than 20 years, the picture we used on uniform, letterheads etc was looking a bit dated and we wished the school to continue to look vibrant and forward looking. A committee worked on it, with the final plan being approved by the governing body.

We believed it was important to keep the building as a feature in the design, as it has been so synonymous with Birstwith School for so long, but in an updated form, and the rainbow is a Christian symbol of God’s faithfulness and mercy, which as a school with a Church of England foundation is also significant. This will now be used on all school paperwork and will gradually be phased in on new uniform from our supplier over the next few years. We would like to thank Simon Bell from Adbell Sign Systems for helping up in finalizing the design and providing it in publishable form!

To celebrate our new logo we all worked togther to create a display in the hall. Each class worked on a different segment of the rainbow.

School Games Day 2016

We were really lucky with the weather again this year for our School Games day. The rain held off until after the very last race and only poured down for the final results announcements and the clear up. Bishop Thornton School joined us for our races and each team worked together well and showed really good sporting spirit. The Friends of Birstwith provided everyone with ice lollies to cool down after the races and ran a tea tent in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Excellent team work, encouragement and behaviour made it a day for both schools to be proud of.

Den Day 2016

World Book Day 2016

Christmas 2015

Open The Book Collective Worship

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Birstwith's Got Talent July 2015

Our annual talent contest was bigger and better than ever this year. The year six children organised, advertised and judged the contest and provided the prizes. It was a fantastic showcase for the best of Birstwith's talent.

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Whole School Production - Robin Hood 2015

Our whole school production this summer was 'Robin Hood'. Everyone worked really hard rehearsing and learning their parts and we were thrilled with the final performance. The Year sixes showed off their dramatic talents beautifully and we'll never forget Adam's wonderful voice and Jacob's evil laugh.

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Den Day 2015

To raise money for 'Save the Children' the children took part in a sponsored den building day on a sunny day in June.

All the children were involved and worked in mixed year group teams. The challenge was to design and build a den that provided shelter, was strong, comfortable and attractive. Each team worked together on their design, chose a team name and collected their materials together to build their den. We then took all of our materials out onto the school field and began our building. After the dens were finished everyone had a den picnic and parents and Governors arrived to view the dens and vote for their favourites.

Everyone had an absolutely fantastic day working together and we were all very proud of the finished dens. When all the adult votes were added together, the winners were...

Best den  -...

Best decorated den -...

Best team work -...

Altogether we raised - ...for Save the Children

Bunny Drive April 2015

One of the highlights of the school year is our Easter Bunny Drive. Everyone met in the hall after school and instead of a 'Beetle Drive' we had a 'Bunny Drive' with prizes for the highest and lowest score. Mrs Holland provided the refreshments and a great time was had by all. Roll on next year!

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Easter Craft Day March 2015 - Classes 1 and 2

Instead of our traditional Christmas Craft Day the teachers decided to try an Easter Craft Day. Everyone got to choose the activities they would like to try and the older children worked hard helping the younger children to complete the tricky parts. We had helpers from the local community who all enjoyed working with the children. It was fantastic to see everyone working together and feeling so proud of their results.

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School Games Day July 2014

We were lucky enough to have a lovely day for our school games this year. The children from Bishop Thornton joined us and we were cheered on by some very enthusiastic parents. The Friends of Birstwith School kindly provided the children with iced lollies as refreshment and provided a very flowery tea tent for the grown ups. A super afternoon for all involved - including our Governors in charge of the score board!

Whole School Trip to Thorp Perrow Arboretum - July 2014

This year's whole school trip was to Thorpe Perrow Arboretum. Everyone really enjoyed playing in the trees and the adventure playground, but the most exciting part of the day was meeting the birds of prey and seeing them fly so close to us.

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The Tour De France July 2014

The children celebrated 'Le Grand Depart' with a special celebration day in school, including a wonderful performance by the choir, and every child decorated a yellow t-shirt. A fantastic time was had by all.

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Birstwith School’s Sport Relief Mad Marathon March 2014

On the afternoon of Friday 21st March the children joined together to complete a ‘Mad Marathon’.

The 42.195 kilometres of a normal marathon was divided between the children in school so that each child completed 0.5km or 500m around the school field. This meant that by working together the children completed a Marathon.

The ‘mad’ part was that the children chose how to complete their distance. We saw all sorts of crazy things, from a troop of drummers, a space walking spaceman, somersaults, legs tied together and the unforgettable tipping wheelbarrow.

Before the children completed their 'run' the Young Leaders from Class 4 lead short warm up sessions.

Amazingly, altogether the children’s hard work raised a massive £723.14 for Sport Relief. We were all so proud of their fantastic fundraising efforts. A big thank you must also go to all the people who donated or sponsored us so generously.

Well done everyone – a great afternoon for a great cause!

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Christingle January 2014

We started the New Year with a lovely Christingle service in Church, lead by the Year 6's and Mrs Bedford.

All the children worked hard in the morning preparing their Christingles, guided by some of our friends from the Church.

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Christmas Celebrations 2013

Our Christmas festivities in school this year were great fun and a super opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate.

They started with our traditional Christmas lunch, cooked for all the staff, children and Governors by our fantastic cook Charlotte. Everyone sat down and shared lunch together.

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On the last day of term the children enjoyed their Christmas parties with lots of party games and skillful dancing. We all had our party lunch altogether in the hall, made by Charlotte with The Friends adding some extra treats.

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After lunch we were very excited to get a very special visit from a very busy man...

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Art Week - November 2013

As part of our Art Week we went on a whole school trip to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.

We had a wonderful time and were very lucky to have a dry and sunny day. Each class took part in an Art based workshop lead by the Harlow Carr teachers and enjoyed lots of time completing other art activities with their class teachers.

We also worked in our mixed aged house teams, creating a textile wall display showing different Geographical areas of the world.

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School Games Day - July 2013

We were lucky to have a wonderfully sunny day this year. Yellow team were victorious, but everyone had a great time competing in activities and races while the spectators enjoyed tea and cakes in the sunshine.

Donkey Sanctuary Visit

Eloise in Class 1 arranged for The Donkey Sanctuary (Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys) to bring a donkey to school to meet everyone. It was fascinating to learn about what donkeys and the Sanctuary does and everyone enjoyed having a stroke.

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Dressing The Christmas Tree

Every year we have a very special tradition of dressing the Christmas tree. Every child in the school gets to choose a bauble and place it on our tree. It's a lovely way to start the Christmas festivities in school.

Children In Need

This year to raise money for Children In Need everyone in school wore their pyjamas to school for the day - including the teachers! We had a very comfy day and raised lots of money, helped by one of our very popular cake stalls.

DT Project - Building a Model of Birstwith

Years 1 to 6 enjoyed working together to build a model of our village as part of our whole school 'Where we Live' topic.

Each team, made up of children from each class was given a different section of the village to build. Class 1 even joined in and took on the job of building the Reading rooms and cottages opposite school and made a fantastic job of their construction.

The teams designed, built and decorated their models and then they displayed them in the hall for the parents to see. Litres of glue and paint, metres of brown tape and sellotape and literally hundreds of cardboard boxes and technical discussions contributed to the process and everyone at school was very proud and delighted with the finished result.

Our Jubilee Celebrations

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee we held a huge afternoon tea for the school community. We showed off our country dancing skills, the choir performed and we had a patriotic sing song in the hall where we all enjoyed waving our flags. It was an afternoon to remember!

Our Annual Egg Rolling Competition

Each Easter we hold an egg rolling competition, organised by the Friends of Birstwith. There are prizes for the best decorated eggs and for the eggs that travel the furthest distance across the playground. We always have a wonderful time cheering each other on.