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Form 4 have been in York this week. They visited a chocolate factory, enjoyed a river boat cruise, became archaeologists in the Jorvik Centre, walked along The Shambles, and had a fabulous disco on their last evening! More photos can be found on twitter @orchardhs
We are delighted that all the children have now returned safely from their residential trips to Flatford Mill, York, and the Isle of Wight. It is obvious from all the photographs we have seen that they have all had such a wonderful time. I would like to thank you, the parents, for trusting us in allowing your children to take part in these trips and your feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the Orchard House staff who escorted the children on these trips. Trips are enjoyable but hard work in normal times, but to conduct a trip during the pandemic has been a huge task, and I am very grateful to all staff ,and particularly the trip leaders and Miss Furneaux, who supported me in making these trips become a reality. All the hard work in the preparation for the trips was validated when I saw the immense joy and excitement on your children’s faces as they set off from school on the first residential trip in two years! I thoroughly enjoyed being part of these trips too and I will cherish the time I was able to spend with your adorable children in my last few weeks here at Orchard House.
Congratulations to Luke who came equal 29th out of 2000 entries in the SATIPS GK Junior Challenge. The Junior Challenge was particularly hotly contested with over 60 pupils within 10 marks of the winners. Children answered general knowledge questions in categories including sports, science and technology, history, religion, music and art.
On Monday, the Form 6 parents and children played in a charity netball game to raise funds for the school charity, Glass Door. Mums and dads donned bibs and attempted to outplay their children. A very big thank you to Miss Furneaux and Mrs Glynn for umpiring the hotly contested game in which the Jaguars narrowly beat the Panthers. Thank you to everyone who played and generously donated – over £500 was raised for Glass Door.
This week the children in Form 1F had fun planting seeds. They look forward to watching them germinate over the next week.
Yesterday the children in Form 1 took part in a ‘virtual’ history workshop and learned about the life and work of Florence Nightingale (who ‘zoomed’ in from Crimea!) and how she helped to improve the hospitals for the soldiers fighting in the Crimean war. The children learned about the difficult conditions in Victorian hospitals and how the nurses prepared the basic medicines to be given to soldiers fighting in the Crimean War.
In spite of the warm weather, the children in Lower 1 have had a fun and busy week. They have been making Father’s Day cards, ties, and portraits of their fathers. In their PE lessons they practised their under and over arm throwing. In maths they practised number bonds to 20 and in phonics worked hard practising their words and sounds. In computing lessons this week, the children enjoyed using laptops and are becoming very proficient with the keyboard.
The artists in Mrs Remuinan’s art club have been creating works of art in the style of Paul Cézanne.
Our wonderful team of parent volunteers who run the second hand uniform sale will be holding a sale on Thursday 1 July (please note the change of date).
Parents will be allocated a dedicated time slot during the morning for the sale which will take place in the playground at Newton Grove – details will be circulated to parents in due course. Parents will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines and masks should be worn at all times.
Clean uniform and PE kit will be collected at drop off in the playgrounds at 2 Rupert Road and 16 Newton Grove during the week of the sale. Please remove all name tapes and ensure uniform is clean and in good condition. All proceeds will go to the OHSPA.
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M V Edwards 18 June 2021