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Harvest festival thanks

A huge thank you to all of you who kindly donated items for our Harvest Festival assemblies this morning…both the Barn and the Prep Hall boasted impressive displays of dried food and other items which were later packed up carefully by Sixth Form and Year 7 pupils. Rob from Norwich Food Bank collected the haul at break time, and took them back to the Norwich distribution centre to be sorted and made available to local people in need. Thanks again!

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Donations for our Harvest Festival assembly…

Our annual Harvest Festival Assembly will be taking place on Monday (2nd October) – all pupils should have brought a leaflet home about this today. We will welcome any contributions of  tins or dried produce and the other items listed on the flier below for our displays – please bring them into Reception any time up to Monday morning. Our donations will be collected by a representative of the Norwich Foodbank to help people in crisis.

Thank you so much for your support.


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Watch out – there are pirates about!

A big thank you to all the  parents, grandparents and friends who came to see our Nursery pupils perform their fantastic pirate-themed assembly this morning and share some proud moments with them afterwards. The children presented some of their recent project work, including some beautiful artwork and a very catchy counting song featuring the captain of a pirate ship! They all looked amazing in their pirate outfits. There are more photos to come over the next day or so. Watch this space!

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A Golden Touch from Phase 3!

Phase 3 pupils presented an excellent assembly yesterday, based on the Ancient Greek myths they have been studying in their English lessons.  The audience of pupils, teachers and family members were treated to an outstanding performance of the story of King Midas, in which the children acted, danced and sang with confidence and beautifully clear voices.  The tale ended with a song reminding us of moral that we should all follow: ‘It isn’t gold, it isn’t wealth, the most precious thing is life itself’,  before the children spent some happy moments with their proud families.

A big thank you to all the parents, grandparents and family members who came along. They now know what their children are wishing for, thanks to the mini Powerpoint displays  that appeared at the end of the assembly!




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Tales of the Desert from Years 3 & 4

Thank you to all the parents and family members who came to see Years 3 and 4 present their excellent class assembly on Tuesday. The theme was deserts – a topic they have been working on this term. The children gave us lots of fascinating facts to think about, topped off with a multiple-choice quiz for the audience. The musical content of the assembly was particularly lovely, with the children singing and moving effectively to a backdrop of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song. The powerful visuals highlighted the need to protect our precious world and its habitats and prevent deserts from growing bigger and bigger. Afterwards, the children enjoyed some proud moments with their families. Well done, everyone!

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A thank you from Norwich Foodbank

Thanks again to all our families who generously brought in food donations for our Harvest Festival assembly earlier this term.  We have just received a Certificate of Appreciation from Norwich Food Bank – as you can see, it  shows that we donated enough food to feed 80 people for three days…significantly beating our total from last year (50 people). Very well done, everyone!





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All aboard the Hethersett Harvest Express!

Many thanks to all families who generously sent food donations for our Harvest Festival assembly this morning. Destined for Norwich Foodbank, the items were collected today by the Foodbank’s Project Manager Hannah Wordley…but not before the sixth formers and Miss Mann had made an impressive train sculpture with them! The ‘Hethersett Harvest Express’, complete with steam engine and two trucks, sat in the courtyard for all to admire until the items were bagged and collected at break time.




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Food Bank Harvest Festival Appeal

Our Harvest Festival assembly is on Monday (3rd October) and we would be grateful if pupils would bring in non-perishable food donations for Norwich Food Bank, either tomorrow (Friday) or on Monday morning, please. As part of a competition the Food Bank is organising, our Sixth Form will be making a sculpture from all the items brought in, so please do donate generously to make it as impressive as possible! The most-needed items are: long-life milk, 500gsm granulated sugar, long-life fruit juice, tinned tomatoes and instant mash – but all items are welcome! Watch this space for a photo of the result. Thank you so much for your support.

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Action-packed Year 6 assembly

Thank you to the parents who came to see Year 6 in an action-packed assembly yesterday – we hope you enjoyed their presentation of some of the exciting topics they have covered this term in history, science, maths and English. The children acted out a short scene from the book they have been working with in English,  ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman, gave us a ‘discovery’ scene based around the explorations of Victorian author John Lloyd Stephens and architecht/illustrator Frederick Catherwood in Central America and showed off some amazing models of Mayan temples they had made, which involved applying  mathematical principles. Finally, they shared some interesting information about light (including how a periscope works!).  Leoni brought a real periscope in to show – it is from an F4 Phantom UK and owned by her father. It would have been used to navigate and helped the aircraft crew to see forward.



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Year 6 impress with rainforest homework

Year 6 certainly impressed Mr Peace with the amount of homework that they completed over the Easter holiday! They were set four tasks, of which three were optional, and all were connected to the recent geography topic on ‘Rainforests’. The children had a choice of making a rainforest diorama in a box, a model of a rainforest home, or a decorated Kayapo headdress,  or  producing a short presentation of facts about the Kayapo people of the Amazon. Lots of merits were up for grabs and, following Year 6’s completion of seventeen projects in total, many certificates will be presented at the next Commendations Assembly! Well done, Year 6! See the full gallery of their work here.

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