On Thursday afternoon, the rounders team took on the staff in what was to be a hard-fought match. The children played really well, fielding brilliantly and hitting a few good rounders. However, the staff fought back hard and thanks to a lot of outs won the day 12 1/2 - 2. It was a great game and everyone had lots of fun. Here are some of the highlights. Thanks to William for taking the photos.
This morning the most emotional and tear-jerking day of the year saw us say 'goodbye' to our 12 Year 6 leavers during this morning's special assembly. A range of poems were read, the children shared their memories and Mr Mansell produced yet another classic poem to really sum it all up! This cohort really have been the most fantastic children who have delighted us with their efforts and achievements in every area of school life - they will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
On Wednesday 20th July, three children represented the school in the area cross-country finals at Mellis. Having qualified in the top 25 previously at Stonham Aspal, the children knew that this was going to be a real challenge. However, the tremendous efforts saw our two girls both finish in the top ten and our male representative striding home to finish first. This is a quite remarkable achievement as it means that Earl Soham have now provided either the boy or girl champion for the last three years! All three children should be so very proud of their efforts - whop is going to step up to the plate next year?
Having started the road to this production way back in September when the children started putting their ideas for the script together, three tremendous performances were held earlier this week. Jeremiah '2' The Misty Mountains was the sequel to our play 'Jeremiah in the Dark Woods' performed two years ago. After a term of hectic writing and editing, a script was produced which them evolved into something rather special.All of the children took part in what could be described as a bizarre journey through fantasy land with lots of singing, dancing, acting and props with attitude!
This year's sports day took place on Friday afternoon, on a much sunnier and more pleasant day than the planned Thursday. A number of families were able to join us for the pre-event picnic. The whole event was well organised and ran smoothly, with everyone having a great time. The winning team were the Green Team.
I hope you enjoy the photos. If you would like a copy of any of the pictures, please click through from the slideshow where they are available to download from our Picasa Webalbums.
This morning saw 11 Year 6 children complete the practical side of their Young Cyclists' Training. Having spent time earlier in the week both on the playground and on the roads, today was the final assessment. Children needed to show that they could make a safe start, overtake a parked vehicle and turn left and right at a junction.
After a great deal of organisation and hard work behind the scenes, Saturday 9th July arrived...Fete time!The weather was remarkably kind, following a rather unsettled period, as a steady flow of people joined us. There were many stalls (run by children and adults), pony rides, a water slide, food & drink and the ever popular soak the headteacher.
The sun came out just as the water slide started flowing and a great time appeared to be had by all. The Pimms was flowing, the burgers sizzling, fruit kebabs concocted and sugary faces were everywhere following the donut experience! It was fantastic to see pupils past, present and future in attendance along with many members of the local community. The PTFA had really done a great job and thoroughly deserved not only hosting a great event but also raising a profit well in excess of £1200. Thank you to absolutely everyone who attended, ran a stall, donated, sold draw tickets or worked behind the scenes.
This morning the rounders team set off to Thomas Mills High School for the annual small schools rounders tournament. There were a total of 15 teams taking part, but we faced four in our group. In the first game we played Worlingworth, who were good batters and quickly scored several rounders, despite some excellent fielding from Earl Soham. However, Worlingworth's fielding was not as good as ours and that enabled us to come back with several rounders of our own. It was a close run match, but their big hits won them the game by one rounder.
Next up, we faced Gislingham. We were now working well as a team and won convincingly 13-1. During this match, the sky turned dark and it began to rain. It seemed at first like a light shower, but the rain was persistent.
Our third match was more close run against Wortham, but we maintained our winning streak, despite the wet conditions and a chill wind making extremities cold: not good when trying to catch a rounders ball!
By this point, everyone was soaked through and there was talk of calling off the whole event. But the team had the taste of victory and wanted more.
Our final match was against Stoke Ash. For the first time, we were in bat first. After a shaky start on their part, the Stoke Ash team starting playing tactically. Realising that we were getting through to their second base to score, they put their best catcher there which caused us a few problems. However, some excellent batting saw some superb rounders.
The rain was unrelenting, and our spirits flagging as we started our fielding stint. The cold began to get to us and we started making mistakes. But the team did not give in; they supported one another, calling out encouragement to team-mates and our resolve returned. We got into a good rhythm and finally won the match.
The bad weather meant that a number of the teams had already left by this point, so there could be no semi-finals or finals. However, the scores were given for the groups and I am delighted to say we came first in our group!
Their win was thoroughly deserved. The children played brilliantly as a team and made me very proud. Well done to you all.
The children went to Debenham Leisure Centre on Monday afternoon to take part in a Tchoukball competition - a game they had been learning with Miss Sandal from the high school in the previous 3 weeks. One of our teams was very successful, coming 2nd , the other played well but finished lower down the score sheet. The group photo looks like they had an enjoyable time.
This afternoon, four boys and four girls from Years 5 and 6 took part in the Quadkids Competition at Hartismere High School. All of the children took part in a 600m run, 75m sprint, standing long jump and vortex throw. Once all the scores were added together, Earl Soham finished a commendable 7th place (out of 10 teams). All eight children are to be congratulated for their efforts, as are the children from all of the other schools that took part.Good luck to All Saints Primary School, Laxfield and Bungay Middle School (who finished in the top two places) when they represent the area in the county finals on Thursday.