Bishop John shares a thought with Revd, Mark Ackford (Chair of Governors) and Nick Waldron (Headteacher) next to the newly planted oak tree.
Thank you to everyone who attended our tree-planting ceremony at the end of the day on Friday. We had a wonderful afternoon with Bishop John. He toured the school and participated in a school Worship Time. As part of that Worship Time, Bishop John prayed a dedication prayer for our school buildings. He also joined in our singing of ‘Great Big God’ and ‘We are marching in the light of God’ (sung in English and Zulu accompanied by Year 3 children on djembe and tubano drums). Our Year 3 children also wrote a prayer for our school.
You may remember that we held a sponsored reading event in partnership with Usborne Books recently. In addition to rasiing funds for library books for our own school library, we also were able to donate, through Usborne, a large set of books for a new school library project at Nancefield Primary School in South Africa.
Wendover Rotary and School Aid have worked together to fund the project. With a major effort from the two organisations and through the efforts of our children and families, Nancefield Primary in Eldorado Park, Soweto, has a wonderful collection of books for it's new library building which is almost complete (see picture). The roof should go on this week and then the shelving will be installed. The books have arrived and are being catalogued and the librarian is being trained. The library is likely to be called the Good Hope Library and a list of donors will be up inside the the building.
Thank you for your support with this exciting project.
On the afternoon of Friday 27th June, we welcome the Rt Revd John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford to our school.
The Bishop of Oxford is the diocesan or most senior bishop, responsible for oversight of the whole diocese of Oxford which includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Bishop John will join us in the afternoon. He will have lunch with a selection of children, staff and governors before touring the school and then joining us for one of our Worship Times. He will formally dedicate the school, and we will place a cross in our entrance area which has been crafted with wood from St. James Church.
At the end of the school day there will be the opportunity for parents to join the celebration as we take the event outside. More details to follow.
Each class has a special World Cup Draw to raise money for some extra stationery items for Niyandiwa School.
We would like every family to donate some stationery to our collection but this is another way of helping out - which is also grate fun!
The Fifa World Cup starts in Brazil this week and we thought that this would be a super opportunity to raise some money and have some fun in the process.
Each class has a draw. You are able to pay £1 to pick a World Cup team at random. Each class will be selling the teams after school this week. We'll let everyone have the chance to buy their first team up until Wednesday - after that you can buy a second or third team if you wish.
Once the World Cup is complete, the child or parents who picked the winning team will win £10, and £5 will go to the child or parentwho picked the runner up.
We'll then have £17 from each class to buy stationery items for Niyandiwa School. If every team in every class (and the staff draw!) is bought, we'll raise £153 to buy stationery with!
We are privileged to be linked with a school in western Kenya, Niyandiwa Primary School. Niyandiwa is situated about 3.5 kilometres from the town of Oyugis.
Niyandiwa School is very different to Buckingham Park, but there are many similarities too. Niyandiwa is a large primary school with a nursery and a department for children with special educational needs.
A group from Amani UK (the UK charity which supports our link) will be visiting Oyugis later this month and we we will be sending out some letters and cards.. We would also like to send out some gifts to the school. Please would you consider helping us to collect together as much as possible from the following list so that we can send out suitcases jam-packed with gifts. We are looking for new items…and as much as possible! Please do not wrap the items because this causes difficulty at customs. Each class will be making a collection.
Pencils Pens Notebooks Exercise Books Colouring Pencils
Felt tips Pencil Sharpeners Rubbers
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