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Thorntree News & Events 2022-23

After the drought and hot weather of the summer holiday, temperatures finally dropped and we welcomed the children back on Monday 5th September.

On Monday 19th September the school was closed on the occasion of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Class assemblies were held across the term with parents and carers in attendance. Class exhibitions were also held across the term for parents and carers to come in to school and see their children's work.

Children continued to do the "daily mile" run... twice a week in the beautiful Maryon Wilson Park just over the road.

The Year 4 children took part in swimming sessions once a week this term.

The Nursery and Reception children had regular Forest School sessions in our woods.

On 23rd September the children wore jeans and we fundraised for Jeans for Genes day. We raised £118.23.

During the week 3rd-7th October children from Years 5 & 6 followed a Bikeability course. They learnt how to ride a bike and safely ride on the road.

On Monday 10th October  Year 3 went on a trip to the Horniman Museum for their History Stone Age topic.

On Wednesday 12th October we had a Freestyle Football Workshop.

On Tuesday 18th October Year 5 went on a trip to the Sikh Temple in Woolwich.

On Thursday 20th October we held our annual Harvest Festivals. We delivered harvest parcels to the elderly in our community and also to some families from the Ukraine.

On Friday 30th September Thorntree pupils held their elections across the school for the School Council representatives from Year 2 upwards.

Year 6 went on their annual residential trip to Condover Hall in Shropshire from Monday 7th November to Friday 11th November. They had a rather wet day on the Tuesday but this didn't deter them at all from all the amazing activities on offer. Throughout the week they enjoyed: fencing, archery & archery tag, tunnelling, zip wires, Gladiator Wall, Multi-wires, laser maze, Grid of Stones, wall climbing, abseiling, team challenges, and much more. Everyone challenged themselves and gave everything a try. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves... and our children were praised by all members of staff at the center for their good spirits, kindness, politeness and great behaviour.

On Friday 18th November Pudsey Bear visited the school on the BBC Children in Need day. The children wore either spotty or super hero outfits and raised £167.

On Friday 2nd December the Friends of Thorntree Association held their annual Christmas Fair. It was brilliant. All classes were given a small amount of money to make things to sell. They made hot chocolate kits, lavender bags, xmas decorations, cakes and much more. And their stalls sold out. Santa installed himself in his sparkly grotto in the Library and there were games galore in the lower playground. There were toys and books to buy, refreshments and a grand raffle. And the fair raised an amazing £1,246 which will be spent, via the parent's association, on our children.

On Monday 5th December the whole school had a lovely Christmas treat thanks to a contribution of funding from the Parent’s Association. M & M Theatrical Productions came into school and performed A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The set was very imaginative, the acting was brilliant, the singing and music choices were great, and the jokes… well… they were aimed at the children! The children were enthralled by the whole production. They watched, they laughed, they sang along.

On Tuesday 6th December Year 5 went on a school trip to the British Museum.

On Wednesday 7th December Nursery, Reception and Year 1 visited St Thomas' Church for the Crib Dressing.

On Wednesday 28th February our Nursery children went on a Bear Hunt in the local woods.

On Thursday 8th June we held our annual May Day festival. Year 3 is the focus of this event, wearing traditional clothing and dancing around our original May pole. Every year did a country dance and there was lots of beautiful songs in between.

After the May Day celebrations FOTA held their annual Summer BBQ on our lovely field. Numerous families attended, enjoying the beautiful weather as they had picnics and burgers.

Bikeability sessions for Years 3 & 4 took place during the week of 26th June. Several pupils learnt to cycle for the first time and others improved their cycling skills.

On Thursday 29th June Year 5 went on a trip to visit Mudchute Farm.

On Saturday 1st July FOTA organised another very successful Summer Fair. The weather was good, the BBQ was very tasty and the games and stalls were a hit with everyone. They raised and amazing £1,474.29.

On Tuesday 18th July Year 6 put on a wonderful production of Matilda by Roald Dahl. The costumes were great and the singing was just fantastic! They had worked so hard to make the performance spectacular. This was followed by a pizza feast with a disco.


Funds raised this year:

Jeans for Genes:   £118.23

Autumn fair and cake sale:   £430.91

BBC Children in Need:   £167

Christmas Fair:   £1,246

Valentine Cake Sale: £156.24

Turkey-Syria Earthquake appeal: £214.21

Coronation Disco: £277

Summer BBQ: £346.80

Summer Fair:  £1,474.29