This Wednesday 11th January saw the whole of KS1 and KS2 take part in a fantastic drumming workshop run by Jeff Rich ex drummer of Status Quo.
It was a very noisy and exceptionally fun event for the children who all got to have a go with various percussion instruments.
Year 5 and 6 had our Stunning Start on the 10th September! We started our new topic of 'Brazil' with a bang by looking at some Brazilian animals. We invited in the Reptile Roadshow and got to study (AND HOLD!) a variety of different animals. There are some pictures below!
Macmillan Coffee Morning and Dahlicious Day
Don't forget our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 25th September. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and relax with friends whilst raising money for such a great charity. Whilst you are here you might like to take the time to read part of your favourite Roald Dahl book with your child and celebrate Dahlicious day.
Show Racism the Red Card
Our year 4, 5 and 6 children had a fantastic day working together and discussing the topic of racism. The value of the month is tolerance and this day has formed a small part of it. The children worked together to discuss this sensitive topic and to learn more about each other. All classes behaved sensibly and shared their thoughts and ideas on how to make the world a better place for all.
To finish off this year our Years 3 and 4 made our annual trip to Burwell House. The children spent 2 nights away from home and had a great time. There was time spent in the TV studio recording and presenting their own news program. The children had the opportunity to do some pond dipping and had lots of free time which they spent building dens and hiding in the wooded areas. To top it all off there was the Great Eggscape where the children had to compete in team building activities to earn feathers to pay for items to protect their egg before they were dropped from the top of the fire escape! Another great trip.
The PTA outdid themselves again this year in their arrangements for the Summer Fete. Not only did we have glorious sunshine again but loads of activities and games for the children and adults to take part in. We had everything from a DJ, ambulance, bouncy castle, Mini cars, Soak the adult and tombolas. Another great day out was had by all and £4375 was raised towards our artificial grass.
This week the children and some of their parents have been competing in a sponsored triathlon as part of the children's PE lessons.
A group of Year 5 and 6 pupils spent a week at PGL in Paris. Whilst in France the children visited a local market to try out their french, took part in some outdoor and adventurous activities, visited Euro Disney and spent the day exploring Paris. For more information and photographs take a look at our blog under the Parents cloud.
Year 6 Prom
To end the Year 6's time here at St Christophers a special prom was organised to help them celebrate. They all turned up in their best party clothes and had food and drinks served to them from some of their teachers. Then it was time to hit the dance floor and enjoy the music. To finish off the prom it was time to announce Prom King and Queen. Here are a few sneaky photos of their night.
The sunshine stayed out all day for us and the children were very busy competing in all the different events of the day. The morning started with team games which included obstacle courses, skipping, throwing activities and tennis. Then after lunch it was on to the running track for the different running races including the popular mum's and dad's race.
To get our children ready for their visit to France a French cafe was set up in our hall this evening. The parents had to use their french to order their food from the 'waiters' (children). The children then had to go and get the correct food for their parents and then make sure they paid their bill correctly with their Euros. A great evening had by all.
Dad's on the field lunch
To celebrate Father's Day a male relative was invited to a special lunch on the field with their children. We had dads, uncles, granddads and older brothers. It was great to see so many turn out and luckily the weather stayed nice for lots of games to be played after lunch.
Year 2 Tag Rugby Competition
A team of children from Year 2 went to compete in a tag rugby competition at Dunstable Rugby Club. The children played really well and were rewarded for all their hard work with 1st place. Well done team.
Matrix Challenge and Terminator
To celebrate all the hard work of the Year 6's in their SATs a special treat was organised for them. The Matrix Challenge and Terminator. The children had to explore a giant inflatable obstacle course and solve a lot of team building games. They had great fun.
As part of our welcome venture this term we have been hosting pottery evenings for children to attend with their parents. Our specialist Art teacher Mr Kennedy has been on hands to give his support and to share his skills with working with clay.
Our Year 2 children had a visit from some of the staff at Sainsbury this week. They were taught all about healthy foods and were able to make their own fruit kebabs with their favourite fruits.
The staff from Sainsbury's then returned to talk to the Key Stage 2 children about Fair Trade and what this means for the farmers and workers.
Children from both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 took part in an athletics competition against other schools in the local area. We were very luck and our Key Stage 1 team came 3rd and our Key Stage 2 team came 1st. Well done to everyone who took part and represented our school.
Children from Years 4,5 and 6 took part in bikeability this month where they learned how to use their bikes safely on the roads.
The PTA organised a jumble sale to help raise money towards our artificial grass area. We had lots of great items donated by families and £267 was raised in one afternoon. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Football Training with Luton Town Football Club
Some of our Key Stage 2 children were selected to have extra football training with some of the coaches from Luton Town Football Club. Here they are having great fun.
Lunch with your Child.
This week we have been inviting parents in to have lunch with their children. Parents had the chance to eat in the hall with their child or outside with their picnics. The children were able to show their parents what they enjoy doing at lunchtime whether this was a sporting activity, art activity or even something fun with in the book area.
All the children in the school produced a super piece of art work in their Art lessons so we decided to host an Art Exhibition to showcase their brilliant skills. The children's work was framed and everyone was welcome to come and view and purchase the children's excellent work.
Year 6 SATs
This week we have had our first ever Year 6 children taking the national SATs. We have had early morning breakfast clubs to make sure all the children have had their brain food! The children have worked incredibly hard this week and the whole school are incredibly proud of the hard work they have put in to their work this week and during their time here at St Christophers. Well done Year 6.
Year 5 Football Cup Final
Our Year 5 football team have been working hard and playing really well all year that they found themselves in the Year 5s Football Team Cup final at Creasey Park this weekend. Not only did they find themselves in the final but they won! A huge well done to everyone in the Year 5 football team and to Mr Kenneford for all the super training.
Sing with your child
This week we have been holding special music sessions with our parents. Parents have come to school to join them in singing some of their children's favourite songs and their favourite songs as children. Who knew we had such musical parents!
Key Stage 1 Visit From the Guide Dogs
Key Stage 1 had some very special visitors this morning from the Guide Dogs charity. They even got to meet a local guide dog. They found out all about the jobs they do and how they help people that are blind. The children have set themselves the huge target of fundraising £300 to sponsor 3 Guide Dog puppies so look out for their fundraising events.
Year 3 and 4 began their swimming lessons this week. They will be going to Dunstable Leisure Center each week for their lessons until the end of term.
The children put on a beautiful Easter service to finish off a lovely term. We had songs, poems and stories. There was even a visit from one of our governors Reverend Starling to share the Easter story with us.
Upper Key Stage 2 Trip to Chessington World of Adventures
To finish Upper Key Stage 2's topic about rollercoasters and theme parks the children enjoyed a great day out at Chessington World of Adventures. The children got to go on lots of the rides and even managed to get some of the teachers on the rides too!
Key Stage 1 Trip to Whipsnade
The Key Stage 1 children went to Whipsnade Zoo to finish their topic Fairy Tales and to start their new topic Animals. The children enjoyed a very sunny day spotting the real life animals from different Fairy Tales. They listened to talks about the different animals including the giraffes and rhinos.
Our PTA planned a brilliant Spring Eggstravaganza this year. There was an Easter egg hunt, an Easter bake off, stalls and games for the children to play and much more Easter related fun!
Today we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the eclipse in between the clouds. Here is some artwork the children produced of the eclipse.
Comic Relief 2015
The school council organised some fundraising events this year with the support of Sainsbury's. Here we have the winners of our Comic Relief competitions.
Year 5 Football Tournament
After school today two teams including children from both Years 4 and 5 went to All Saints Academy to compete in the Dunstable School's Tournament. They competed really well and had a great time. We are waiting to find out the final results.
Key Stage 1 Trip to Two Local Churches
Key Stage 1 have been looking at places of worship and Christianity as part of their R.E lessons this term. As part of this study the children have been on a visit to two different churches in the local area. To begin the children walked to Priory Church to see an older style church and to look at the features. They then walked on to Christ Church to compare a modern church and to learn about what happens inside a church.
World Book Day
The children really enjoyed this fantastic day. It was so nice to see so many parents in school sharing a book with their child and their friend. How many different book characters can you name?
Lower Key Stage 2 trip to Stockwood Park
Years 3 and 4 had an exciting trip to Stockwood Park this week. They found out lots about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Some of them even ended up dressed up! The children got to mix potions and be buried ready for the afterlife. They also had such a nice day that they were able to eat their picnic in the sunshine. A great day was had by all.
3M's Class Assembly
Today 3M performed their class assembly with the whole school and their parents. They shared lots of facts that they have learned from their topic on Anglo Saxons. There was even an Anglo Saxon song.
Maths Fun Day
Today the children had a special day full of Maths! Parents were invited in to join us with the morning maths challenges. The children spent the rest of their day tackling lots of different maths problems and tasks.
Sing to Sing Assembly
We excited to be joining many other schools around the UK who are participating in an event called Sign2Sing which will be performed in our Sign2Sing assembly in February. Sign2Sing raises awareness of sign language and raises money for a deaf school in Uganda. We will be learning a song to sing together as a school and our choirs have the opportunity to perform in the assembly.
KS1 choir will be signing 'I can Sing a Rainbow'.
KS2 choir will be signing 'Joining Hands Today'.
Guinea Pigs Arrive
Foundation Stage have had two new additions GUINEA PIGS! The children have taken part in a competition to name the guinea pigs and well done to our two winners. The guinea pigs are now called Snowy and Magic. Can you guess which one is which? The children will be learning all about how to be responsible and how to care for them correctly. The guinea pigs will also be going on weekend visits to lots of different children's houses.
To finish the term the children were rewarded with a visit from Magic Dave. The were astounded by the magic tricks and tried to work out how the different tricks were performed. Well done to those children that helped Magic Dave with his tricks I think we have some budding magicians.
Christmas Carol Concert
To finish the term the Prefects and Head pupils put together a carol concert for some of our parents. The children retold the nativity story and acted out some parts of the story. The rest of the school joined in by singing some of their favourite Christmas carols and songs.
The children had a great time at their Christmas parties and enjoyed eating all the lovely party food the children brought in from home. There was also a surprise visit from Santa and the children must have been good this year as they all got a surprise present.
Key Stage 1 Christmas with the Aliens Production
This year Key Stage 1 put together an amazing Christmas performance called Christmas with the Aliens. Some strange aliens landed in the school and the rest of the Key Stage helped the aliens to learn all about the Christmas story.
Christmas Dinner Day
Today was the exciting Christmas Dinner day. Lots of the school joined in and had a lovely roast turkey Christmas dinner. As they ate the hall was full of children singing lots of different Christmas songs.
Choir go to local Nursing Homes and Sheltered Accommodation
The children in Key Stage 2's choir went out in to their local community to sing at Applegrove and Ridgeway lodge. They had many requests from the residents and got to eat lots of mince pies!
Torchlight Procession in Dunstable Town
This evening our children took part in the Dunstable Torchlight Procession. They began by singing some carols in Priory Church and then moved on to the market cross. Both children and adults had a wonderful time and left feeling very festive.
This year our PTA organised a super Christmas Fayre for all the children and parents to attend after school. There were lots of games and craft activities that the children could take part in. Thank you to everyone that came to support the school we are busy raising money towards our new Astro Turf. Next week the children will also have the opportunity to visit the secret (no adults allowed) gift shop to buy a little surprise for the grown ups in their lives.
Foundation Stage trip to the postbox.
This week all the children in our Nursery and FS2 class have been busy writing their letters to Santa. They have included all the lovely presents they would like. To make sure their letters get to Santa in plenty of time they have all walked out in our local community to the post box to post their letters. We all hope they get everything they asked for.
Recording our own Christmas Song
Some very lucky children from our Key Stage 2 choir were given the opportunity to perform and record their very own Christmas single at the Grove Theatre. The children took part in a writing workshops beforehand where they were helped to write their own verse to add to the song. At the Sparkle event in Dunstable the children will be performing their single alongside the other schools that took part. Why not pop along to support them.
Cross Country Competition
Some children from Years 5 and 6 took part in a cross country event against lots of other local schools. A huge congratulations to one of our Year 5 girls who won the race and a big well done to everyone that took part.
Non uniform Day
This term the children supported both Children in Need and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by dressing up as different superheros. We had everything from Superman to people from the army. We raised over £300 for Children in Need and JDRF and the children watched some videos to see how our money will be spent to help others.
The children had a very special treat in school today as some members of the local pantomime came to deliver some drama workshops with the children. They worked with all the children from Year 1 to 6. The children got to play some games and take on the roles of some famous pantomime characters. The children were also prepared for their visit to the pantomime in December by doing lots of booing and cheering!
To celebrate parenting week in school we have had lots of exciting events. We started the week with a reading session where parents could come in to school and share their favourite books with the children. Each day our family worker sent home some parenting tips to help at home. To finish the week we invited parents in to play a board game with the children. Here they are having fun.
Head Pupils and Prefect Lunchtime Assembly
The Head Pupils and Prefects created a special assembly to share with the rest of the school teaching them about lunchtime manners. The rest of the school really enjoyed their performance.
On Friday 10th October our Head Boy and Head Girl hosted our annual Harvest Festival. The children performed some Harvest songs and the choir had their first performance. Reverend Starling shared spoke to the children about Harvest and gave thanks to all the people that help us to get our food. It was great to see lots of parents and to receive great feedback from the parents.
As well as the Harvest festival we were overwhelmed with food donations from our children and families to support Dunstable Food Bank. This food will go to help many local families that may have fallen on hard times. Here is a link to see where your food will go.
Thank you for all your support.
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2014
The School Council would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone for your support with the Macmillan Coffee Morning and cake sale.
Lots of people came to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake during the morning and the rest of cakes were then sold at the cake sale after school.
We managed to raise and amazing £320.80 for this very worthy cause.
The Year 3 and 4's have had a great time at Burwell this year. They had fun pond dipping, playing outdoor and adventure games and the children's favourite thing the TV studio. Check out our photographs below.
This Term Ashridge won the house reward day by collecting the most tokens throughout the term.
Well done to Ashridge! They were rewarded by being allowed to have a party in the hall. Plenty of food and drink were available throughout the afternoon and they all joined in with the party games.
In July we had another successful Summer Fayre. We had stalls in the classrooms run by the each of the classes and some stalls run by the PTA. It was great to see so many local families come and support the school. We had a huge bouncy castle on the field and performances by the children showcasing some of their musical and dancing talents. We raised over £3000 on the day. A huge thank you to everyone who came to support the school.
St Christophers had been invited to take part in a local Netball Tournament which had been held at Yardley Hill this July.
A team comprising of year 3 and year 4 children had been formed and rehersals had only taken place for a couple of weeks before the tournament had taken place.
Our team won every single match and ended up winning the entire tournament. They bought the winners Trophy back to the school and each team member received their own medals.
Congratulations and well done to all our Team Members.
This July - Our year 4's and 5's took part in a music concert that was held at the Grove Theatre in the evening
Year 4 - played their guitars and Year 5 played the 'sambar drums'
Parents and Guardians attended the concert and had the opportunity to watch their children take part.
This July year 5 visited Greenwich. First they had a tour of the Planetarium and took in a show. After that Lunch was eaten on the hill where all the children had the opportunity to take in the beautiful sights of London City.
The afternoon was spent exploring the Cutty Sark and its museums.
A thoroughly enjoyable time had by all.
Five of the Year 3 children had the opportunity to visit our local community gardens in Katherine Drive on the afternoon of the 24th of June and take part in planting special plants in wellingtons.
Key Stage 1 visited the Imperial War Museum as part of their topic - Trainers, Tracks and Take-off.
They spent the day looking and learning about different Aeroplanes and learning the history of flight.
As part of our world up celebrations, the whole of the school participated in a workshop involving the use of Steel Bands.
A variety of music was played and the children had a chance to take part in the activities through out the day.
On Monday 16th June 2014, we held our first ever "Lunch on the Field" where all Fathers/Male Carers (step-dads, uncles, grandads, brothers) were invited to have a picnic lunch with their child on the field.
It was a great turn out on the day and a fantastic time was had by all.There was the chance for the children's to win tickets to MK Dons home games. Below you will see a photograph of our winner Sophie.
This June, Year 5 visited the outdoor centre at Kempston. They took part in a range of activities throughout the day some of which included; crate stacking, indoor climbing, rafted canoeing and archery.
A good time had by all.
A group of children from Key Stage 1 and 2 went to Brewers Hill and took part in a local schools Athletics Competition.
A great win for the Year 3's and 4's and Second place for the Year 1's and 2's.
Well done to all the children for taking part.
This June we have had an Artist in for 3 weeks to work with a selection of children from Key Stage 1 and 2. The children were shown a variety of ways in which to develop their Art Skills.
This May/June Foundation Stage 1 and 2 have been having 'play and stay' sessions.
This enabled parents to have the opportunity to spend time with their children and see the range of activities available to them.
This May 2014, St Christophers Academy held their first table top sale. The school hall was full of tables selling a variety of items and raising money for charities.
On Wednesday 7th May 2014, St Christophers held a Coffee Morning, everyone was welcome and a great time was had by all. It was lovely to see lots of new faces.
This April, Year 4 and Year 5 took part in a "Bikeability" road cycling training course. The skills they learned involved not only looking behind and signalling, but self-reliance, decision-making and how to keep fit and healthy.
This Term Whipsnade had won the house reward day by collecting the most tokens throughout the term.
Well done to Whipsnade! They were rewarded by being allowed to have a Picnic on the field. Plenty of food and drinks were available throughout the afternoon and they all joined in with the activities. Lots of outdoor games and music, a fun time had by all.
This term Year 5 Pupils had been learning Samba Drumming as part of their music curriculum. To share in their achievements, Year 5 held a short Drumming concert on Friday 4th April in the afternoon for their parents/guardians.
A good time had by all.
This April, we had a special visitor who came to our assembly. Topple surprised all the children when he arrived to announce who had won the attendance cup this term. Each child in that class received a free bowling ticket.
Reverend Starling joined us on the 2nd of April , for our Easter Assembly, the children had prepared some readings/songs and took part in all the activites prepared by the Reverend.
The children had a special visitor before we broke up for the Easter holidays to teach them lots of different circus tricks. They had a great time and learned lots of new skills including persevering!
Sport Relief 2014
This year the challenge was set for the whole school to work as a team and run 874 miles around the playground. This was the same distance it would take to get from Lands End to John O'Groats. The children were sponsored for this massive task and all the money they raised will go to Sport Relief. The children are busy collecting their sponsorship money this week so look back to see our final total.
Well done to everyone who took part you can see some more pictures on the Dunstable Gazette website.
In March Lower Key Stage 2 visited Cadbury's World. They had a chance to experience how chocolate was made and see the machinery involved. Each child had a taste of freshly made chocolate and chose their own toppings.
They also took part in an interactive 4D experience whilst learning about the history of chocolate.
Each child was given a selection of chocolate bars to share with their families.
This February KS1 and KS2 took part in the Sign 2 Sing activities which took part in our school Hall. A local school also joined us and a lot of money was raised and sent on to the charities involved.
World Book Day 2014
This year the children all dressed up as their favourite character from a book. We had allsorts from witches and wizards to Grandma's and superheroes. Have a look at our photos I'm sure you will agree they looked great. Thank you to all the parents for their support on another successful day.
Well done to Maisy for being voted the best dressed in Key Stage One and to Jacob for being voted the best dressed in Key Stage Two.
Key Stage 1 travelled to London this January and visited the Natural History Museum, where they spent their day exploring the dinosaurs.
Christmas was celebrated at St Christophers Academy in a variety of ways.
Foundation Stage held a Carol Concert for their parents.
Key Stage 1 held a Nativity performance for their parents.
The whole school had Christmas lunch and took part in class parties.
Some pupils participated in a Carol Concert in Ashton Square in Dunstable.
A Christmas Fayre took place with lots of activities for all ages to do.
On the last day of term all pupils and staff attended "Dick Whittington" at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable.
It was a lovely end to the Autumn Term.
This Autumn 'Ashridge' had collected the most house points and were rewarded by spending an afternoon in the Hall watching movies and having lots of treats.
Topple visited the school this Autumn Term, and took part in our attendance assembly and the winning class received free bowling tickets.
This year the children raised money for Children in Need by coming to school dressed in their pyjamas. They wore slippers and had the opportunity to bring in a teddy bear as well.
In October a selection of children were taken to see Wembley Stadium. They were given a special tour of the stadium which included - walking on the pitch, going through the tunnel, visiting the changing rooms and having a photo taken with the FA cup.
In October we had a very special visitor - Antony Lishak.
The children were given the opportunity to ask lots of questions and were able to look at some of the books that were written by Antony.
Reverand Starling joined us for our Harvest Festival Assembly. The whole school participated in this festival by joining in with the singing and reading poems about Harvest and by bringing in donations of food, which were later delivered to our local food bank in Dunstable.
Sir Teachalot visited Lower Key Stage 2 as part of their Tudor Topic.
Children learned about the life and times of the Tudors and took part in various activites including dressing up and handling artefacts.
In the Autumn term, our school raised £171.60 for MacMillan Nurses.
Lots of cakes and biscuits were baked by the children and sold on the day as well as the donations sent in by parents.