Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Black History Month

During the past few weeks, assemblies have focused on celebrating Black History Month. We have looked at the stories of individuals including: Martin Luther King, Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela.

The main purpose has been to develop an understanding as to how individuals and groups have striven to overcome inequality and create fairness for all. It's important not to forget the determination shown by so many people, not just those listed, in making this world a fairer place for everyone.

Blue Class, as part of their World War II topic, also looked at the role of the Tuskegee Airmen and their bid to be treated equally as pilots rather than just undertaking routine labouring jobs in the USAAF.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Writers of the Week

Wall of Fame

New School Council Elected

On Wednesday 20th October, class elections were held for school council representatives from Reception to Year 5. This was followed by a whole-school vote on Thursday for the year six council chairman. This was a close-run election, and the winner came top by fourteen votes to thirteen.

I take great pleasure in announcing the new school council for the 2010-11 year.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Is Winter Here Already?

Most people started the morning by scraping the ice off their car windscreens and wrapping up in a range of coats, gloves, hats and scarves.
Well, it was no exception at Earl Soham this morning where an icy top playground met the children. Some children took great delight in lifting the sheets of ice off the cold frames in the garden area...and then finding out how many pieces they shattered into when dropped!

It goes to show how quickly the weather can change, so please make sure that everyone has got their coats, gloves, hats, etc in school every day.

Eco Council Water Assembly

Yesterday morning the Eco-Council gave their first assembly on the topic of saving water. Each of the council read out some facts about water, explaining how the water cycle works, and how water is treated. Children were invited to think about their own water use at home and to take part ion a water-cycle colouring competition.

Mr Mansell finished off the assembly by leading the children in singing 'Hair, shoulders, knees and toes' which went like this:

Hair, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Hair, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
And face and neck and under the armpits,
Don't forget the other bits, other bits!

This was repeated, with one or more words omitted each time, to last four minutes - the recommended length of time for a shower.

A big thanks to Mrs Exton for her hard work in preparing the Eco-Council for their assembly, and to all the children who took part for giving up their time for the good of the school.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Candidates for School Council Chairman

In this morning's assembly, eight year six pupils stood in front of the school and read their letter of application for the post of School Council chairman.
Each had good ideas and plans for their term of office and the rest of the school will be faced with a difficult decision when they cast their votes on Thursday morning.

I would like to congratulate each of the candidates on their excellent letters of application, which will be displayed on the School Council notice board.
School Council Chairman Candidates
Unfortunately there can only be one representative elected, but all are worthy candidates.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Whole School Cinema Trip

Seventy two children and a number of excited adults attended a screening of Toy Story 3 at Cineworld, Bury St. Edmunds. This was part of Film Education's schools' week, which offered free screenings to school children around the country. We were also fortunate that the PTFA funded the transport costs for everyone.
We arrived at the cinema with time to spare and settled down to what was almost a private viewing for us!
The adventures of Woody, Buzz, Jessie and co. continued with Andy (their owner) leaving home to go to college. What would happen to the toys? The highs and lows of this marvellous film were eagerly followed by all the children throughout.
The children were superbly behaved and had a great time and returned back to school in time for hot dogs and chips.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Small Schools' Football Tournament

Earl Soham made the journey to Stradbroke for the annual small schools' 6-a-side Football Tournament. The boys did themselves proud with sterling performances which saw them defeat Wilby 'B' 2 - 0, Worlingworth 2 - 0 and Thorndon 4 - 0. Their only defeat in qualifying came at the hands of Wetheringsett, 1 - 0.
Therefore, Earl Soham qualified for the semi-finals against Group B winners, Wilby 'A'. Playing against a school with a fantastic footballing tradition, Earl Soham put in their performance of the tournament, narrowly going down 1 - 0 in a scintillating match.
Boys, all of us who were there were so proud of you. You've come a long way over a short period of time - keep working hard at training!

Friday, 8 October 2010

PTFA Auction - List of Items

Earl Soham Community Primary School
PTFA Auction
Saturday 16th October
The Village Hall


Donated By


Fynn Valley Golf Club

Four rounds of golf

Wingfield Barns

2 Adults performance of your choice drinks on arrival

ABS Leisure Ltd

2x games of bowling at Kingpin (20/04/11)

Solar Bowl

I Year family membership

Stradbroke Pool

2 x family swims (2 adults 2 children)

Co-Op East of England

£10 voucher

Wayne Pearce

BOSCH cordless screwdriver

Mr Pearce Senior

Pair hand crafted iron hanging basket brackets

Planet Music

5 X 1 music lesson (1/2 hr)

Cartech Ipswich

1 x free mot class IV

A J Herrieven

Batt Operated Trike. Sitting to 3yrs

A J Herrieven

Chest of Drawers

Anita Beamish

6 Bottles of French Red Wine

Village Motorcycles

Choice of New crash helmet (open faced) from stock

Hamiltons Removals

Use of 2 men & van for 1/2 day

Earl Soham Vets

1 free consultation

Paragon Parts

BACHO bike kit

Paragon Parts

DRAPER tool kit

Paragon Parts

Toy Pedal Tractor

John Huttons

Gammon joint

Mr Pearce

Signed Ipswich Town FC Football shirt aged 11-12

Vicki Holland-Howes

1 day behind scenes at Highcliff Vet Practice Ipswich

Vicki Holland-Howes

1 week in French House Western France

Yorkie Porkie

3 Kg Frozen Pork Shoulder Joint

Yorkie Porkie

3.5 Kg Frozen Pork Leg Joint

Chris Coe

Days Photo Tuition – or 2 1/2 days

Chris Coe

Travel Photographer of year book

Mr & Mrs Johnson

Chinese meal for four people delivered to you door

Ally Hunter

Baby-sitting evening

Adam Tallamy

1.5HR energy healing treatment

Chris Lock

Baby – sitting evening

Sweet William Designs

Hand painted personalised popcorn bowl

Dawn Robertson

12 homemade choc chip cookies – delivered every week for 1 month

Ed Nesling

£100 worth chopped firewood (delivered locally from Nov 2010)

Thornham Fisheries

1yr Fishing pass from Oct 2010

Bev Nesling

Christmas Cake

Ernest Doe

£50 Voucher for Plant Hire

Barbara Barker

2nd Hand Exercise Trampet

Barbara Barker

Days Gone Model Van: Tiger Boys Magazine

Barbara Barker

Take That: Circus Tour Live Dvd

Bridge St Pet Shop

£20 for key cutting

James Mansell

Baby-sitting Evening

Cretingham Golf Club

18 Holes for 2 people


Brittains Model JCB


Tractor Experience Session

Andrew Walne

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Nick Ashwell Signs

House Name Sign

Friend of

Bev Nesling

Two Usbourne Activity Books

This list is constantly being added to. Please visit the school office to book tickets for our major fundraiser of the term.

Friday, 1 October 2010

European Language Day 2010

Guest Post by William (Year 4)

On the 28th of September we had European language day and we learnt some Spanish, German and Italian.In assembly on the board we had some flags and we had to try and get the names all right in the end. Mr Pearce told us most of them but a few he didn’t know. In German we learnt our numbers up to ten; we also learnt a song about the months of the year and we sung it in assembly. 

At two o clock, Red class showed  some french flags that they had made and learnt how to say the colours that they used. 

At quarter to eleven in Italian we learnt our numbers up to ten as well. Afterwards we played a game while learning some of our colours. 

After lunch we got taught some Spanish. Mr Mansell was teaching us; we did it on the BBC website and we learnt how to say quite a lot of words. At the end we played a couple of games. 

My favourite bit probably was German because I didn't know any and I really wanted to learn some and my brothers know some and I wanted to as well.

European Day of Languages

Guest Post by Harry

Today we had our European Day of Languages; it was very exiting. In the morning we had a lesson of German we all had a really 
good time. 

Then we had a continental breakfast with carrots, croissants and pain-au-chocolat [which is a chocolate croissant].

Then we had an Italian 
lesson. In our Italian lesson we learnt the colours such as blue, red, yellow and green. It really was a brilliant day!

Harvest Lunch

Over 70 people took part in our 'Harvest Lunch' yesterday, including over 30 parents and grandparents. After a hearty lunch of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding with all the trimmings (followed by Syrup Sponge and Custard) many of our guests joined the children on the playground, setting up a variety of games and activities. The children had a great time and it looked like all our guests did too!