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Thorntree News & Events 2014-2015

On Monday 1st September our pond and gardening areas were given a huge tidy up by five men from Lloyds Bank who sponsored the operation.

During the summer holidays the dining room was repainted. We now offer free school meals for all the Infant children.

On Wednesday 3rd September our new website went live.

On Tuesday 9th September Years 5 and 6 walked down to the Thames Barrier area to view the Tall Ships.

On Wednesday 10th September, Year 4 had their first swimming lesson of the term.

On Thursday 18th September the new violins and clarinets arrived.

On Friday 19th September we raised £255.70 for Jeans for Genes. We continued to fundraise and managed to hit our target of £350.

On Monday 22nd September the Year 6 class set off on their annual week-long residential trip to Swanage. They visited Corfe Castle, Durlston Country Park, The Lifeboat Station, Putlake Farm and Studland Bay. Fortunately they had very good weather.

On Monday 22nd September instrument lessons began for Years 4 and 5.

On Monday 29th September our Reception class did a trip to our local animal park.

On Wednesday 1st October we held our Harvest assemblies.

On Friday 3rd October we delivered the Harvest parcels to our more senior neighbours.

On Friday 3rd October Year 4 went to the Heritage Museum to learn more about the Tudors.

On Thursday 23rd October we held our annual discos for the Infants and for the Juniors.

On Thursday 23rd October, Year 4 went to Greenwich Park for a Walk to School Extravaganza.

During half term, the hens arrived. We have four. They are Henrietta the Bluebell hen, Destiny the Columbian hen, Melody the White Star hen and Penny our Copper Balck hen. We knew that they were happy and settled because they  laid some eggs almost straight away... even though it was late in the egg-laying season.

On Saturday 15th November we hald our third Christmas Craft Market for local artists and crafts people.

On Monday 24th november Year 5 went to the Greenwich Maritime Museum for a session about Myths and Legends.

On Monday 1st December Year 3 went to the Firepower Museum.

On Wednesday 3rd December Year 1 went on a trip to the Fire Station.

On Thursday 4th December Year 4 went on a trip to the Greenwich Heritage Centre and Year 6 participated in the Cluster Football Competition

During the week of 1st - 5th December we held our Maths Week and Anti-Bullying Week.

On Friday 5th December we held our annual Christmas Fayre.

On Monday 8th December our Nursery children went to visit St Thomas' Church.

 On Tuesday 9th December we repeated the very successful 'Phil the Bag' fundraising event. Families donated their old clothes, bags and shoes. There were 89 bags collected.

On Wednesday 10th December the children had their Christmas dinners.

On Friday 12th December the children all wore Christmas jumpers for the day and raised £170 for Save the Children.

On Monday 15th December the school choir sang songs at a local Care Home.

On Tuesday 16th December the Infant classes held their Nativity Play.

On Wednesday 17th December the Junior classes held their annual Carol Concert at St Thomas' Church.

On Thursday 15th January, Governors spent time meeting parents in the playgrounds at the end of the school day.

On Monday 19th January 2015 Year 6 visited a Viking Exhibiton at the National Maritime Museum

Thorntree were awarded the Primary BIT Certificate (Bullying Intervention Training) after having completed a Kidscape Project about Anit-Bullying Awareness.

A selection of Year 5 and Year 6 children enjoyed participating in the cluster Cricket Tournament with other Greenwich Schools at Thomas Tallis. The children won two out of the four games in the finals on 22nd January.

Year 3 and 4 are having five football coaching sessions this term.

On Monday 26th January Reception went on a trip to the Thames Barrier.

On Friday 30th January Year 2 went on a trip to the tower of London and Year 1 went on a trip to the Greenwich Heritage Center.

On Wednesday 4th February Year 3 visited the Natural History Museum.

Year 5 went on their annual residential trip from 9th-11th February. This year the trip was to a new location... Arethusa, near Upnor Village on the banks of the River Medway. The children had an amazing time, enjoying a very busy schedule that included high ropes, the Leap of Faith, climbing walls, swimming, kayaking, a village walk, rocket making and launching, a bonfire on the banks of the river, initiative games and orienteering.

The Chinese New Year was introduced to our pupils by Winnie Mak, our Mandarin teacher.

On Monday 9th February morning Nursery pupils went over the road to the animal park to feed the animals.

Tuesday 10th February was our Safer Internet Day. This year's theme was 'Let's Create A Better Internet Together'.

On Thursday 12th February our afternoon Nursery pupils  went over the road to the animal park to feed the animals.

On Friday 13th February FOTA organised a cake sale which raised £171.50.

On Thursday 26th February, our KS1 and KS2 dancers joined forces to perform a dance at the Thomas Tallis Festival.

On Thursday 26th February our Year 5 class visited the Gurdwara.

On Friday 27th February we held a Kidzfit Day. The children has fitness sessions throughout the day and we were thrilled to be joined by 26 adults at the sessions held at the beginning and end of the day.

Friday 13th March was Red Nose Day. The children enjoyed dressing up for the day. Staff and children combined raised a total of £280.

On Tuesday 17th March Reception went on a trip to visit the Cutty Sark.

On Thursday 19th March Reception visited the Maritime Museum to see "Treasures of the Sea".

On Thursday 19th March Years 1-6 saw the Easter play "The Extraordinary Case of the Empty Tomb" (arranged through St Thomas' Church)

On Thursday 19th March the afternoon Nursery class went to Maryon Wilson Park to do the "Circular Walk".

On Friday 20th March Years 4 & 5 went out on a Green Chain Walk.

On Monday 23rd March we held our Easter Egg Decorating and Egg Rolling competitions.

On Tuesday 24th March we held the Easter assemblies for the Nursery and Infants and, later in the day, for the Juniors.

On Wednesday 25th March Year 1 went on a trip to Hall Place for a Victorian Washday Workshop.

On Thursday 24th March Year 4 went on a trip to visit the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. We also held an Easter cake sale and raffle.

On Tuesday 14th April, Reception class went on a trip to the Royal Observatory.

On Wednesday 15th April, Year 3 went for their first swimming lesson at the Waterfront Leisure Centre.

On Tuesday 22nd April, the morning Nursery children went on the Circular Walk in Maryon Park.

On Wednesday 23rd April Year 3 went on a trip to the British Museum and Year 6 visited the Ragged Museum.

On Thursday 30th April Year 2 went on a trip to visit the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

5th - 8th May was our Road Safety Week.

On Monday 11th May, the morning Nursery children had fun on their Stream Walk.

On Thursday 14th May, the afternoon Nursery children had fun on their Stream Walk.

Thorntree raised £600 for the Unicef Nepalese Earthquake Appeal.

On Thursday 21st May Year 3 participated in a Judo and Street Hockey event.

On Monday 1st June, we held an all-day open day for our Nursery.

On Wednesday 3rd June, we had a day of cycle training for Year 5. They were trained in Level 1 0f road safety.

On Friday 2nd June we had our second Parent Walk session.

On Tuesday 9th June we hald our annual "May Day" celebrations. The main focus of the day was centred around Year 3 who dressed up in traditional costumes. A girl and a boy from Year 3 were elected May King and May Queen for the day. The whole school was decorated with flowers. Year 3 performed two traditional dances: The Spiders Web and The Plait. All other years also performed dances, some traditional and some modern. Parents and siblings attended to watch the singing and dancing.

On Wednesday 10th June, Year 4 went on a trip to the Greenwich Heritage Centre in connection with their history topic 'The Romans'.

On Thursday 11th June, Year 3 went to Thomas Tallis secondary school for a 'hockey' event and some children from Year 5 & 6 went to Charlton Park to compete in a cricket competition.

On Friday 12th June, Years 5 & 6 went to Thomas Tallis secondary school for judo sessions.

On Friday 12th June, we held our annual SUMMER BBQ. This was very well attended. As well as the BBQ food, it was an opportunity for the children to display some of their many talents on the stage on the field.

Book Week took place from Monday 15th June. The theme this year was 'food in literature' and there were numerous activities that took place throughout the week: a local author, Andrew Donkin, visited classes, classes decorated their class doors with book themes, there was a book competition, children and staff dressed as book characters on the Friday and there was some book-related cooking sessions too. We also ran the Scholastic book shop.

On Monday 15th June, the morning Nursery children went on a trip to the Thames Barrier.

On Thursday 18th June, the morning Nursery children went on a trip to the Thames Barrier.

On Friday 19th June, some children from Year 5 & 6 went to Charlton Park to compete in a cricket competition.

On Monday 22nd June Year 5 went on a trip to the Planetarium.

On Wednesday 24th June, Year 6 did a Junior Citizenship workshop.

On Wedneday 24th June, Recpetion class went on a trip to the Transport Museum.

On Thursday 25th June, Year 4 attended Sportathon.

Science Week was held this year between Monday 22nd June and Friday 26th June. All classes have participated in either a Woodland Walk or Looking After the Animals session with the rangers in Maryon Wilson Park. During the week, all classes have spent a whole morning on science full-investigations: Year 6 made 'squishy circuits' using conductive playdough, Year 5 looked at the evidence for life on Mars, Year 4 investigated air resistance using spinners, Year 3 discovered how to make boats waterproof, Year 2 had a 'living/non-living' treasure hunt, Year 1 did experiments to find out if roots absorb water, Reception studied floating/sinking and water displacement via the stories of The Thristy Crow and Mr Archedes in the Bath and the Nursery considered what materials could effectively be used to plug a hole in a bucket. On Friday afternoon, parents were invited to the Science Fair.

On Tuesday 30th June the Nursery children went on their annual trip to Westbrook Bay.

On Wednesday 1st July the Infant Classes held their sports day.

On Thursday 2nd July the Thorntree Gymnasts went to an event at Crystal Palace.

On Friday 3rd July the Junior classes held their sports day.

On Friday 3rd July, Reception class went on a trip to the London Aquarium.

On Friday 3rd July saw the Third Parent Walk.

On Friday 3rd July FOTA organised a very successful Wine Tasting Evening.

On Tuesday 7th July we held an Instrument Concert to give those children learning to play instruments an opportunity to perform.

On the 7th, 8th and 9th we did 'class swaps'... classes had lessons with their new teacher for next year.

On Wednesday 8th July Year 6 went on a trip to Charlton House.

On Friday 10th July Year 2 went on their annual trip to Westbrook Bay.

On Tuesday 14th July Year 6 did their brilliant production "Oliver".


Fundraising 2014-2015:

Jeans for Genes £350

Poppy Appeal £66.47

Christmas Craft Market £252

Christmas Fayre £227.30

Save the Children £170

MacMillan Cancer Support £218

Ned Boulting's Bicylce £600.88

 Phil the Bag - 89 bags: £134.40

Valentine's Cake Sale - £171.50

Red Nose Day £280

Unicef - Nepalese Earthquake Appeal - £600

BBQ and cake sale £592.56