February 2017

Joke of the Day:

Q: Why did the orange go to hospital? 

A: Because it wasn't peeling very well!

 

Q: What did the traffic light say to the car?

A: Don't look now, I'm Changing!

By Joy 

VISIT TO THE HOUSES OF PARIAMENT:

Our trip to Westminster Palace started at St Mary's School in 2 cars heading for Newark train station.  It took 30 minutes to get there but it felt like 5 minutes. After running inside to escape the rain, we got our train tickets from Mrs Crooks and headed across the walkway to the waiting room.  We stopped in that to wait for the train to come.  After 10 minutes the train was here for us to get on to carriage C . We got on, sat down in our seats and wondered what we should do - Poppy suddenly came to the rescue and whipped out a Sudoku book!  That kept us occupied for most of the journey. For the rest of the time we looked for the stations and  spotted The Emirates Stadium.

 Once we got to London we immediately got off the train to go to the toilet.  We then headed for the underground to take us to Westminster Palace. We tried to get a standing up lunch quickly to miss the rain, yet as soon as we picked a spot it started raining harder.!  After lunch, we went into the HP education centre and it  was just like going through customs at an airport.  We had to be checked before putting our bags in a cage for safe keeping and then walked into the building itself…Parliament! Our guide talked to us about laws and what happens in parliament.  We saw the House of Lords and the House of Commons the guide told us what happened in the two rooms and then we saw something interesting…the procession into the House of Commons! (That is the march that goes into the House of Commons) We then went to The Great Hall which is where the Queen had her Diamond Jubilee feast. Afterwards we took part in some role play.  Joy was The Speaker and Aaron was Black Rod. A special guest came to talk to us, it was our local MP, Mark Spencer and we had the chance to ask him questions.

After sharing sweets took the underground back to Kings Cross Station. We were there with plenty of time so we had tea, coffee or hot chocolate for a treat and went to Hamleys to get a souvenir.  Everyone got something! At 6pm we got on the train to go back to Newark for our parents to pick us up - what a day to remember!   By Henry.

 

RSPB meeting and new visitor center: 

On 14th November we had a visit from Sarah Wallis from the RSPB.  It was to talk about the new visitors centre at Sherwood Forest and to offer our opinion on what play equipment would work well.   We told her what we would like to see in the forest and surrounding areas.  We asked for a range of obstacle course sand climbing frames in the tree-tops.  We also wanted to see a little learning area which teachers could bring their pupils to and learn about the wildlife. 

All council members were rewarded with a special edition gold leaf badge for our contribution which we shall wear with pride. By Dan

Supporting Charities:  We had an amazing last term regarding supporting charities.  We had two events, the RBL Poppy Appeal and Children in Need day.  For CIN we sold cakes, Pudsey merchandise, we dressed down with a spotty theme and guessed the number of sweets in the jar - there was 365! With all that we raised £415.

In the Poppy Appeal we sold slap bands, wrist bands, bobbles, poppies and crayons.  The money we raised help the veterans and the families of the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force.

We would like to say thank you for your help and support - it was our best result yet!

By Aaron 

Christmas Appeal 2016  On Tuesday 8th December, the school council members took the Christmas Appeal donations to Ollerton Food Bank.  We all went and were joined by Mrs Edwardes and volunteers from the food bank.

Our school generously donated about 50 bags containing  Christmas treats such as chocolates, biscuits and mince pies. There was also donations of toys for children's stockings.

Whilst we were in the food bank they received an urgent request for 100 bags to help homeless families in our local area - what good timing!  By Poppy

 

Fresh n fruity Friday Fresh n Fruity Friday had a collection of tasty fruit donated from parents.  The fruit included coconut, pineapple, mango, melon, Sharon fruit, dragon fruit, dates, sour cherries and pomegranate.  All of them are exotic and popular. Our favourites were melon and pineapple, the most unpopular were sour cherries!

If you would like us to run another Fresh n Fruity Friday, please let the school council know.  By Erin & James.