Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas everyone we hope you have a very jolly Christmas. Have you cleaned up all of your elf on the shelf’s mess? In school we have been getting into the Christmas spirit by doing nativities, Christingles and crafts. The PTFA are doing a secret Santa next week. All of our crafts have been hung up in the corridors and will come home to decorate our Christmas trees more.
We hope you have a lovely Christmas and one question have you put you’re Christmas tree up? I have!
We have got one more week of work until we finish for the holidays and can’t wait for the celebrations in school next week.
Merry Christmas everybody and have a Happy New Year
by Mia and Ava
Year 5 and 6 are doing a Christingle based on the Christmas story with lots of songs and lines for our family and friends. Year 5 will sing 2 special songs that are both in Latin: Year 5’s is Gaudeamus and Year 6’s is called Gaudete. They are very complicated because they’re in a different language but we are working very hard on them. Year 5 and 6 are going on Wednesday the 18th of December to St Cuthbert’s Church.
We will be walking to the church and some people will be walking back and some will be picked up by their parent/carer.
Years 3 and 4 will have their Christingle service on Tuesday 17th December and have also been practising very hard! Each year group have their own special song to sing as well. Year 4 will be singing Drummer Boy and Year 3 will be Infant Holy.
We can’t wait to see you all there!
by Phoebe, Florence and Ruby
Today, in the afternoon, Mr Frowd visited our school to perform another amazing assembly (just like he always does.)
He started off with a joyful song all about Christmas day. It filled everyone with excitement and they were eager for another one to start.
After he had sang the song, he made all of us laugh by telling us what a normal person would do in Mary’s situation after discovering what was ahead of her.
He also talked about the gaps in the Christmas story which nobody noticed and that should have been filled in. At that point, everybody was laughing their heads off, he started to talk about how he wouldn’t have been calm in her situation.
Eventually, he ended his assembly by singing another song that calmed us down so we were ready to go back into class.
It was a really good assembly and we’re sure everyone will be itching to see it again.
By Mollie and Eleanor
On Thursday, Year Five went to the Coal Mining Museum. We took part in lots of fun activities including going down a mine, exploring a victorian room full of fascinating facts and we did a quiz to see what equipment we knew.
Then we went to a large room where a women acted what it was like when they mined the coal. Everyone was really enjoying it when some people came up to the front to do some acting.
Next the really fun part it was time to go in the coal mines. It was a little cold down there but we got to spread coal on our face and explore all the different machines that there were. We couldn’t believe how dark it was down there! We are glad we don’t work there!
By Flo and Phoebe
This week, on Thursday, Blakehill had an interesting visitor come in to show us different rock instruments and how to play them. He taught at a place who wanted to convince to us to learn new musical instrument.
The instruments that he showed us were the electric guitar, drums and keyboard. They even offer singing lessons! .On the guitar he played Senorita and lots more songs and everyone sang a long. He certainly got everyone rocking, rolling and having a fantastic time.
We all had to vote on which instrument we thought was best and it was mixed response with different children preferring different instruments.
We had a great time watching the performance and enjoyed joining in by clapping to the songs. It certainly was an experience and are hoping to have more assemblies like this in school.
By Hannah and Ava
On Wednesday, the choir embarked on a journey to Morrisons where they sang some traditional Christmas carols to the shoppers and family. In total they sang 14 songs. They organized it with a break.
The dedicated members of the choir, sang 7 songs then had a break where water was handed out. Then they sang the same seven songs again to give a opportunity to hear them sing again. The crowd, immensely enjoyed We Three Kings of Orient Are as the choir sung it with such enthusiasm.
Personally, I enjoyed Infant holy as I enjoyed the pleasant smiles that arose during that joyful song. The choir has made our school proud we are so glad to have such a phenomenal team and choir to work with.
On Friday the 6th of December, Mrs Keighley (our head teacher) held an inspirational assembly about a book called’ My Princess Boy’.
First, she played an amazing song that was named Rainbow-land by Mylie Cyrus. At the beginning, no-one knew the words to sing along but as it got going, lots of people started to join in with the wonderful lyrics.
When the song had finished, Mrs Keighley started reading a book called ‘My Princess Boy’. It was based around the theme ‘Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover’.
We thought this was a good assembly as it taught us not to judge people for being themselves.
I ( Mollie) thought that it was great for younger children because of the moral behind it. I ( Eleanor ) thought that this assembly was a brilliant example for kids to not judge people for what they look or sound like. I ( Ruby ) thought that it was a brilliant assembly.
By Mollie,Ruby and Eleanor
On Tuesday, in the school Hall, we had a very fun and exciting evening at the Christmas fair. It was a jam packed event with lots of fantastic things to do. In addition to the all, in some classrooms we had things like Santa’s Grotto, which had lots of eager children waiting, decorating biscuits, hook a bauble and other fun things to do.
In the Hall, there were drink tombolas, a chocolate tombola and a sweetie stall. At the other side, there was a table where you could get hot drinks and buns. It sounds tasty! At the chocolate tombola, many goods were there to be won. Mr Sidebottom described the event as manic!
Did you go? Well you should have!
Everyone had a fantastic time and really got into the Christmas spirit. We hope to have another fair next year.
By Leah and Freya
Last Saturday, St Cuthberts held their annual Walking Nativity which has been running for an amazing thirteen years!
They started in the church where glow-sticks and pins were handed out. There was a little introduction where Natalie (one of the church staff) told us all about what happened when Mary got a visit from the angel and how they had to go to there home town to get counted. After that, the other angel told us how Natalie couldn’t go due to her broken foot.
Then the choir sang Silent Night and we 3 kings to try to cheer up Mary as she was very grumpy! The choir has, as always, made Blakehill very proud with the fantaastic performances performing to the wider community. We are sure this excellence will continue through the years.
by Mia and Ivy
On Saturday, some of the choir will be doing St Cuthberts walking nativity.
The walking nativity is an event that St Cuthberts holds every year near Christmas time. What you do is walk for a bit and stop, then you do one part of the nativity to the next until baby Jesus is born. I wonder when where it will finish?
The children will start off in the church singing a few Christmas carols. After that, they will go walking around playing a part of the nativity. Don’t worry though they are going to be with an adult. Soon after dazzling the crowds, they will return home ahead of another performance in Morrisons next week .
By Mia, Eleanor and Leah