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School News

Diocesan Art Project 2018

A Skills Day for the Art Project was held on Friday 13 July at Trinity CEVAP School, Stowmarket. 13 schools are taking part this year, on the theme "Stewardship of Creation". Dave Morris, Project Lead had participants experimenting with making sculptures from chicken wire and using natural elements to create amazing pieces of work.

The Exhibition of the artwork will take place in theCathedral cloisters in Bury St Edmunds from 13 - 22 November 2018. More on this in our next newsletter. Thank you to Trinity for allowing us the use of their dedicated art room, for organising the art materials and looking after everyone so well.


Reflection at St Gregory CEVCP School, Sudbury

On Friday 25 May The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich, opened and blessed the new Outdoor Reflection Area and Reflection Room at St Gregory CEVCP School, Sudbury. These areas had been designed by the School Council and the governing body's Ethos Committee and were made possible by generous donations from local groups.

The Outdoor Area has artwork on display that Year 6 completed as well as a labyrinth, painted pebbles and a new bench for the children to use. They have also added a Bug Hotel, Fairy Garden and Mud Kitchen. The school hope that the children enjoy resting, praying, reflecting and finding peace and quiet there.

The new Reflection Room, which has been designed and resourced as a place for the children to go for their counselling sessions, therapies and to talk and feel safe, has a range of art and
music resources to help the children express how they are feeling as well as lots of new books to help with issues such as self-esteem, friendship and bereavement.

At the opening and blessing of the outdoor area the school choir sang John Rutter's Look At The World and following the opening, guests, who included Karen Harman representing the Diocese, enjoyed refreshments and spoke with our School Council.

A celebration of diversity

In February, Sir Robert Hitcham CEVAP School, Debenham held a Diversity Week based around the theme of Africa.  Working in mixed age groups, pupils from Year 1-6 learnt about life in a village in the region of Kagera, in Tanzania. In a series of workshops, they found out about school, tasted tropical fruits, were taught about the importance of protecting wildlife and learnt songs in Swahili. The workshop days ended in an assembly where pupils shared their learning and sang their new songs together. 

The Kagera sessions were arranged through the Diocese of St Edmundsbury, which has a link with this Christian community in Tanzania. The workshop leaders, who had visited Kagera, were very knowledgeable and encouraged pupils to participate, ask questions and try new experiences. We are very grateful to our Friends of School who paid for the workshop sessions. 

It was very important that the pupils were aware of diversity within Africa and understood that there are cities, sky scrapers, wealthy people and a rich range of languages and cultures. We used images and video to find out more about different places and the lives of children. Throughout the week the pupils learnt more about life in Tanzania, found out about famous Africans and considered how their lives are similar or different to those of children in other countries.  Each class chose to extend their learning in different ways. Using African art and fabric as a starting point, children created a range of paintings, fabric designs and their own pieces of tie dye. 

Our Early Years pupils braved a chilly trip to Africa Alive to find out about African animals. Their learning in the week included the use of stories, a role play hut and African based art and music.

At the end of the week, we welcomed parents to view the pupils’ work and hear about their learning. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 treated their audience to a beautifully performed song, ‘Mungu na sisi milele’, God is with us forever, which they had been learning in their music lessons. This included accompaniment from pupils playing a wide range of instruments and the djembe to keep the rhythm throughout. 

50th Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to St Mary's CofE Primary School, Hadleigh who celebrated their 50th birthday on 15 March 2018.

The special day celebrated the life and impact of the school by sharing children's research about the history of the school and Hadleigh; followed by a buffet lunch for invited guests and a party lunch for children.

Bishop Mike officially opened the school's spiritual garden following a special service at St Mary's Church.

A wonderful day was had by all.  The EADT also featured this story, please click here to read more.