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Year 3 Rangoli Patterns

100_7438The children in Year 3 have been learning about the Hindu faith. They have read the story of Rama and Sita and learned about some of the customs associated with Diwali – the Hindu festival of light. During Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns on the floor by their front doors, to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. Year 3 enjoyed creating their own Rangoli patterns in the playground.

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Year 4’s Shabbat Experience

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The children in Year 4 spent Tuesday afternoon experiencing how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat (their Sabbath). Mrs Geisler came in to class to help re-enact a traditional Friday night Shabbat meal.  Everyone watched her light the Shabbat candles and listened to her recite Hebrew prayers, before all sampling some delicious grape juice and challah.

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Inter-House Cross-country 2017

On Friday 29th September the annual Prep School Inter-House cross-country competition took place during the afternoon Games periods. There had been light rain earlier in the morning but it had brightened up and so all of the Prep School and staff walked to Woodford Green Cricket Club to face a challenging course, consisting of triangular laps around the Winston Churchill statue.

Proudly wearing their house colour vests, Year 3 ran first in a two lap race. Charlie came home first in an impressive 7 mins 17 secs; fully 43 seconds ahead of Stephen, with Jure 3rd. Chene was the quickest girl, finishing 6th.

In the Year 4 race, Ibby retained his crown, completing three laps in 10 mins and 43 secs, narrowly ahead of Richard, with George claiming the bronze. Mariam was the first girl to finish, coming 7th.

By now the staff and and a throng of parents were eyeing the skies with trepidation, hoping that the BBC weather forecasters were also on top of their game and that it would still remain dry, as predicted.

Alas, it was not to be and the heavens opened with the rain lashing down. Umbrellas were in short supply and those prudent well-equipped adults were suddenly very popular!

Cross country just isn’t cricket, play must go on and Years 5 and 6 stoically approached the start line with a minimum of fuss and cajoling. However, as a concession to the squelchy, slippery conditions underfoot, the race was reduced from four laps to three.

Brandon won, followed by Kabir and Sam respectfully whilst Dannika was the quickest girl.

Cross-country is primarily a team competition and every runner (and the place they secured) contributed to their house’s cumulative total.

Years 3 and 4 Result

1st = Churchill and Pankhurst tied on 117 points; 3rd Morris with 143 points 4th Cavell with 145 points.

Years 5 and 6 Result

1st Morris with 251 points; 2nd Pankhurst with 272 points; 3rd Churchill with 318 points and 4th Cavell on 330 points

Overrall Result

The above sub-totals are combined meaning that in 4th place came Cavell on 475 points; in 3rd place on 435 points were Churchill and …. with only FIVE points separating them, ….. the runners-up were Morris on 394 points, whilst the victors were Pankhurst on 389 points.

Pankhurst therefore retain their status as Cross Country champions for another year.

There were some excellent performances with all children trying hard and clearly enjoying the challenge posed. Many thanks to all who came and spectated, I know your support was appreciated by runners and staff alike. Well done to an intrepid team of marshals, timers, scorers, First Aiders, photographers and “hares” running with the children, for ensuring a safe and hugely enjoyable afternoon.

 

 

Y3 Roman Workshop

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On Tuesday 26th September, Year 3 took part in an exciting Roman workshop. They learned about Julius Caesar, Queen Boudicca, Emperor Claudius, and what life was like for Roman slaves and soldiers. Everyone enjoyed dressing up and handling the different weapons and artefacts.

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Forest School U11 Football Tournament

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On Saturday 23rd September Avon House School competed in the Forest School Open Day U11 Football tournament.

A full squad of ten players, ranging from Year 6 down to a Year 3 debutant in Charlie, played really over the course of a demanding morning played on large pitches.

Encouraged by a hearty contingent of parents, staff and classmates, the team bounced back from the heartbreak of conceding a literally last- second equaliser in the opening match against St Paul’s Cathedral. Divine intervention saw a desperate free-kick by their goalkeeper bobble past every outfield player to trickle into the net and secure a cruel 1-1 draw.

The second match in our round-robin group of five schools, proved the hardest with a new formation of 2-1-2-1 struggling against a powerful, physical St Edmund’s team and a heavy 4-0 defeat ensued.

The boys rallied brilliantly to inflict a 3-0 defeat on Chigwell with Brandon scoring a hat-trick and earning a much coveted Twix bar for his feat!

The final group match, against Forest A, would determine whether we reached the semi-finals of the Cup or end up 3rd in our group, and in the semi-finals of the Plate instead. Two lapses in concentration sealed our fate and left us trying to retain our title as Plate holders in a tussle against local rivals, Woodford Prep.

An early goal was conceded and, in chasing the game, two more followed but the squad earning glowing tributes from rival school coaches for their brand of football, spirit and organisation.

Well done to every player and many thanks to our keen supporter

NSPCC ‘Speak Out’ Campaign visit school

On Friday 22nd September, we were visited by the NSPCC. The children met Buddy, the NSPCC mascot, and took part in different assemblies and workshops.

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Pre Prep Assembly

The ladies from the NSPCC spoke to the Pre Prep about their right to be happy and to feel safe.  Buddy helped the children to understand the different ways they may be hurt by others and how they might be feeling. The children were told a story about a child named Sam who was not happy, but Sam spoke to her teacher to help solve the problems she was having, and things got better for her. The pupils discussed who their trusted adults would be at home and at school. At the end, they learnt the phone number for Childline, using actions for the numbers.

 

Prep Assembly

During the Prep assembly, the children learned what to do if they are ever in a situation where they feel they may need help. Bricks were used to represent problems a child may be ‘carrying’, and ways to help ‘lighten the load’ were suggested. These included speaking in confidence to parents, teachers, family, friends and Childline.

They watched clips showing stories of children who the NSPCC have helped, and were encouraged to Speak Out and Stay Safe™.

Year 5 and 6 NSPCC Workshop

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Year 5 & 6 took part in a workshop delivered by the NSPCC on children’s rights and speaking out and staying safe. The children discussed real life scenarios and thought about what is right and wrong. They talked about their feelings and what makes them feel happy and safe. They learnt that abuse is never a childs fault, and found out information on Childline and how they listen to your worries, giving advice on what to do next. Following the workshop, the pupils wrote a list of the people, places and things that make them feel happy and safe and also created a chatterbox containing facts about Childline.

 

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On Friday 22nd September, we were visited by the NSPCC. The children met Buddy, the NSPCC mascot, and took part in different assemblies and workshops.

Pre Prep Assembly

The ladies from the NSPCC spoke to the Pre Prep about their right to be happy and to feel safe. ‘Buddy’ helped the children to understand the different ways they may be hurt by others and how they might be feeling. The children were told a story about a child named Sam who was not happy, but Sam spoke to her teacher to help solve the problems she was having, and things got better for her. The pupils discussed who their trusted adults would be at home and at school. At the end, they learnt the phone number for Childline, using actions for the numbers.

Prep Assembly

During the Prep assembly, the children learned what to do if they are ever in a situation where they feel they may need help. Bricks were used to represent problems a child may be ‘carrying’, and ways to help ‘lighten the load’ were suggested. These included speaking in confidence to parents, teachers, family, friends and Childline.

They watched clips showing stories of children who the NSPCC have helped, and were encouraged to ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’.

Year 5 and 6 NSPCC Workshop

Year 5 & 6 took part in a workshop delivered by the NSPCC on children’s rights and speaking out and staying safe. The children discussed real life scenarios and thought about what is right and wrong. They talked about their feelings and what makes them feel happy and safe. They learnt that abuse is never a child’s fault, and found out information on Childline and how they listen to your worries, giving advice on what to do next. Following the workshop, the pupils wrote a list of the people, places and things that make them feel happy and safe and also created a chatterbox containing facts about Childline.

The non-uniform day raised £445 for the NSPCC

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Chigwell Football Festival

On Saturday, the u11 football team took part in the Chigwell football festival. The boys were very excited to get the season off to a good start, and that was what they did. The team were playing with passion and showing their hard work was paying off. They were passing and moving and putting constant pressure on the other teams. There first game ended up in a 0-0 draw with the attack unable to finish the end product. They followed this up with an exciting 1-1 draw against a tough opposition. Following this their confidence was high and they went out from the off scoring 7 goals and finishing the game 7-1 against Woodford Wells. With confidence at its highest, the boys lost a bit of positioning and were punished by Chigwell losing 2-1. The final game was the most exhilarating game and somehow it finished 0-0 vs St Aubyns. There were missed penalties, the woodwork being hit numerous times and some great saves from both keepers. It was an excellent effort from the boys, they played some great football and look forward to playing in the Forest tournament next week.

Squad: Hayden (GK), Yusuf, Jacahri, Finlay, Benyamin (C), Ibby, Alexander, Brandon.

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Y6 to Fairlop Waters

Year 6 really enjoyed their trip to Fairlop Waters this week. The children learnt how to navigate a canoe and a sailing boat. They were able to stay relatively dry in the morning however a few unlucky children capsized their canoes! In the afternoon it was time for raft building. After much discussion and effort building the rafts, it was time to test them out on the water. Team Fairlop glided across the lake to win and even helped another team to dismantle their raft once they had finished.

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‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’

Congratulations to all the children in Years 5 and 6 for a superb effort in their production of ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’. They have worked tirelessly over the past few months, learning their lines, songs and dances, and everyone performed with confidence and enthusiasm.

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