Infant and Junior Trip Highlights

Here are a of the highlights from some of the fun and educational experiences from our lower school pupils:

The infants and juniors visited Braintree Museum. The trip included experiences to show the children what it was like during Victorian times.

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The infants also took part in the Tesco’s Farm to Fork initiative and had a great time learning about where their food comes from.

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The juniors also visited Aerozone at Stansted Airport. Haven’t they been busy?!

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The Seniors have also been busy on trips including a trip to see the Lion King in London amongst other adventures.

 

 

 

Family Week 2015

At the end of the summer term each year at TCST we have Family Week. This is a whole week of trips and activities where the whole family can join in. Parents and siblings often join the teachers and pupils. At the end of the 2014/15 year the students enjoyed lots of activities such as high ropes at Great Notley Country Park, fruit picking at Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, trying out tennis, the youngest pupils visited a splash park and the whole school enjoyed a day at Hatfield Forest where we held a den building competition and many pupils made the journey from the school in a convoy of bikes. Here are some of the dens…

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Pumpkin Carving

20141017_111912In an assembly earlier this month I spoke about why we did not celebrate Halloween at the school as some amongst us found it a contradiction to their faith. It was an opportunity to highlight the differences there are and how we can respect each other’s traditions and understandings but still have fun. God’s not grumpy.

At the time I had been impressed by the attitude of World Vision who have seen the tradition of pumpkin carving as an opportunity to highlight the plight of children in Syria where real fear punctuates their day.

 

And then today this happened…

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We are very fortunate to have Jenny an Early Years’ teacher brought up in Pennsylvania. This is what she told me.

When I was a child growing up in Pennsylvania, USA, harvest time was eagerly anticipated for the celebration of festivals. Part of the excitement was the annual pumpkin carving. We loved to scoop out the slimy insides and cut faces or stars into them, inserting a candle stub inside and setting them to glow on our table.We would sit around the the pumpkin singing harvest and thanksgiving songs as it smiled happily at us.

I never associated the carved pumpkins with Halloween or with anything scary or sinister but have such happy memoires of their happy grinning faces and the competition to carve the best one.

I think now of the pumpkin as a little beacon of light- it’s a natural lantern fashioned by our Creator to provide us with food… or a fun project to celebrate harvest time with our children. It’s good if we can redeem the pumpkin and its happy face and win it back and associate it with good things.

Take a look at World Vision’s way of redeeming the pumpkin…

Family Week 2014

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While the seniors were away on their camp, the juniors cast off their school uniforms and the mums and dads were let in!

The week was punctuated with a camp in Tom’s garden, with a walk round Hatfield Heath and a tasty BBQ. Then a “peaceful night” in the fresh air.

And how did the week end? A presentation of our version of Alice in Wonderland and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Essex Food and Farming Day at Writtle College

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Juniors enjoyed an educational visit along with 3000 other school children learning about different aspects of the environment. We had Mrs Marriage to guide us around the exhibits!

We learnt about modern and old types of harvesting and what farmers do with cow poo! We leant about the many everyday products that are produced from the land. We saw pigs, cows, sheep, alpacers and a beautiful owl.

We saw sausages being made and Tiptree Jams talked about their jam making process and gave us all a miniature jar of jam. We saw sheep being sheared and learnt about selective breeding and the many products that come from them.

We basked in a sunny day with a picnic lunch sitting on a bale of hay!

Houses of Parliament

10338715_879302102095188_2034237961079876197_nAfter a project that involved dramatising the gunpowder plot and debating lots finally the Juniors were able to visit the Palace of Westminster itself.

Getting there on the underground and posing with Big Ben was just the start!

We were taken around and learned a lot about our ancient democracy. Some of us nearly incurred the wrath of Black Rod by “nearly” sitting down in the Commons. Phew that was a close one.

We also had fun trying to work out who the statues were of the prime ministers in the lobby. It made Emlyn feel very old as he could remember a  few of them. He found Margaret a bit scary but was reassured by Harold and Edward.

Then to St James’ Park for lunch and a viewing of the pelicans.

Miles’ Sponsered Bike Ride

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On a dark morning in mid-October last year, Year 6 pupil Miles took up the challenge of riding his bike 20 miles to school in an attempt to raise money for something fun for the school’s playground.

Although he was late for register, Miles’ challenge raised just under £300 and with a little project management help from another school parent, Linda Cole, today he saw the fruit of his efforts.  Many thanks to all of Miles’ sponsors.  Please see his time lapse video below …