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Homeward bound!

Our final morning here at Bawdsey Manor, the weekend has gone by in a flash! Our bags are all packed ready for the journey home later today.  After our final activity sessions we will be leaving after lunch and we are looking forward to seeing you all later.  We will keep you updated on our arrival time via text.

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Saturday at Bawdsey Manor

The children slept well last night and ate a hearty breakfast to prepare for a wonderful day in the glorious sunshine!   Our activities have included zip wire, the giant swing, aeroball, coastal walk and raft building and the children have shown amazing enthusiasm, courage and determination in trying new skills.  They are all now very tired and tucked up in bed - another busy day tomorrow!  

Do keep an eye on the photo gallery as we are trying to update it regularly. 

Good night from us all at Bawdsey Manor!

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Bawdsey Day 1

We have had a wonderful first day at Bawdsey Manor - blue sky and sunshine, a most unusual sight!  It is very beautiful here.

All the children have eaten well and enjoyed an energetic evening playing Robot Wars.  Everyone is now tucked up in bed and all is surprisingly quiet!

We are looking forward to an action packed day tomorrow and will try to keep adding photos to the gallery so do keep checking back.

Good night! 

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Athletics Champions!

A HUGE well done to all the Y4/5/6 children who have competed at the Sporting Futures 2019 Athletics festival at Ridlins Stadium today.  They competed in a wide range of track and field events and there were 22 schools altogether in the competition. 


The children did exceptionally weel - 4 individual medals, 3 relay medals, overall Y5/6 winners and OVERALL WINNERS! This is an incredible achievement and we are so unbelievably proud of them all, including Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith who have coached and trained the children so well.


Congratulations Team St Ipps!


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Super Seraph Appeal

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our non-uniform and superhero day today for the Seraph appeal.  We raised an amazing £372.79!  

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St Ipps Space Explorers!

Wow! Look what's in our school hall today! We are loving our learning about space in the planetarium www.wonderdome.co.uk and what a fabulous way to launch our annual Science Days. 

Check back later for photos of the rest of our activities...

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Well done to the Y3/4 Cricket Team!

Yesterday, the Y3/4 Cricket team travelled to Ware to compete in the county cricket finals, representing our district. They played absolutely brilliantly – they won all of their heat matches, were the highest scoring team of the whole tournament but narrowly missed out on the county title in the final match. This places them as the 2nd best team across the whole of Hertfordshire – absolutely fantastic! We are so proud of the team; they have been training hard with Mr Smith and have shown fabulous team spirit and sportsmanship throughout. Well done!

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Red Nose Day 2019

Thank you for all your donations towards our Red Nose Day collection!  School Council will announce the total as soon as they have finished counting.

Keep an eye on the photo gallery later today for pictures of our RND fun.

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District hockey champions!

Huge congratulations to all the Y5/6 children who competed in the district hockey finals today.  One team placed fourth overall and the other team came in first place with a fabulous score of 10-2 against Codicote School.  This makes them the District Hockey Champions and they now go on to compete in the county championship in July.  WELL DONE!  Another fantastic achievement.  

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National Champions!

National Champions!


Wow what a weekend!  HUGE congratulations to the Trampoline Teams who have competed in the national finals in Cannock today.  The boys team came third and the girls team WON!  Chloe also came second in the individual competition - simply fabulous.


What an incredible achievement to win a national title - I just don't even have the words to describe how proud I am of them all.  

Congratulations to the children and their coach, Mr Jefferies!

There are a few photos in the gallery and we will add more as we get them.  

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The Comet Sports Awards - School of the Year!

We WON!!! 


We had a fanatastic evening at The Comet Sports Awards last night and were absolutely thrilled to win the category of School of the Year, especially as we were up against VERY strong finalists.  Have a look at the gallery for some photos of the event - congratulations everyone!


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Caribbean Arts Day 2

We have enjoyed another wonderful Caribbean Day in school today with lots of arts activities, an AMAZING steel drum workshop and even a delicious Jamaican lunch.  Photographs have been added to the gallery and we are looking forward to displaying all the children's beautiful work in our exhibition next week.  Do try to come along to our Open Session on Monday 11th February to see it in all its glory!


Thank you to everyone who has helped with our 2019 Arts Days - to the PTA for funding our visiting workshops, all the parents and volunteers for the extra pairs of hands, to Mrs Harrington Smith and Herts Catering for providing a wonderful Caribbean lunch and to all the teachers and staff for their imagination and creativity.


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Caribbean Arts Days - Day 1

We have had an exciting, colourful day in school today for the first of our Caribbean Arts Days. Take a look in the photo gallery for pictures of what we have been doing!

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Sports Apprentice of the Year 2018

On Tuesday evening, I attended the 2018 Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards with Mr Smith who had been nominated and shortlisted for the award of ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

It was a very prestigious event that recognises and rewards the outstanding contribution of clubs, teams and individuals in all manner of sport and physical activity across the whole of Hertfordshire.

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that HE WON! We are all so proud of Mr Smith’s achievement; it rightly recognises his commitment to sport at St Ippolyts and the impact he has on the whole school.

Well done Mr Smith!


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Our best Book Fair ever!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported our Book Fair this week.  Thanks to your generosity we have an INCREDIBLE £805 worth of new books for our library and classrooms - our best fair ever!  The children will have so much fun reading them!

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Stir Up Sunday 2018

In Collective Worship on Monday we talked about ‘Stir Up Sunday’ and the tradition of making Christmas Puddings on the last Sunday before the start of Advent. Lots of children were able to help out as we made our very own Christmas Pudding and every child in school took a turn to stir it. It is now ‘resting’ and will be steamed by Mrs Harrington Smith so that all the children can have a taste next week if they would like to. This is the same recipe we have followed for several years now and it is always very popular! .(It is vegetarian and nut-free.)

3 oz plain flour

3oz vegetable suet

4oz dark brown sugar;

½ tsp baking powder with ½ tsp mixed spice

4oz raisins

4oz sultanas

6oz currants

2oz mixed peel

2 medium eggs

Juice from a fresh lemon and orange

Did you know these Christmas Pudding traditions?

Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday before Advent, the term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth

the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

It is traditional for all the family to participate in stirring the pudding on Stir-up Sunday, whilst making a wish at the same time.

The pudding should only be stirred clockwise, from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men making the journey to see baby Jesus.

The Christmas Pudding is said to have 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his 12 disciples

The old tradition of putting coins in the pudding is said to bring wealth, health, happiness to anyone who finds one on Christmas Day.


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Remembrance 2018

We have had a very interesting week thinking about remembrance and taking part in a number of activities commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI. Take a look in the photo gallery to see what we have been up to.

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Hitchin Fireworks - tickets available from school

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We are selling tickets for this event after school from Monday 1st October. See Lucy French Monday and Wednesdays. Please have correct change available or cheques made out to Hitchin Fireworks.

Ladder 87 Company, the fire safety company which runs this event, have kindly offered to support St Ippolyts PTA through ticket sales. The PTA will receive a donation of 10% of the value of any tickets we sell so if you are planning on attending this event, please do purchase your tickets through us!

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St Ipps Fest 2018 ~ booking forms coming home today!

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Booking forms with additional information for this event are coming home today.

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Monday morning

Monday morning

We are all packed and ready for our departure at lunchtime. There’s just enough time to squeeze a couple more activities in before we head home.  

We’ve had a fabulous weekend but we will be delivering some very tired children to you later. 

Keep an eye open for text updates on our journey.

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