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CHOIR: Christmas Fair in the Square tomorrow (29/11/14)

This is a quick reminder for all those in choir taking part in tomorrow's Fair in the Square.

Please can the children arrive at the market square for 11:20 where I will be waiting. There should be a little stage so make your way there. The children have been asked to wear school uniform (skirts for girls) and can bring along a Christmas accessory such as a hat, festive hair decorations or tinsel.

Thank you to all for working so hard and giving up time to rehearse. See you all tomorrow bringing your wonderful voices!

 Mrs Stewart

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St Ippolyts Church Crib Festival 2014

The children had a lovely time this afternoon when we visited the Crib Festival in Church. It was amazing to see all the different kinds of nativity sets on display. There are some photos of our visit in the gallery.

Do try and go along to see the Crib Festival for yourself this weekend!

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Remembrance Day 2014

This year's Remembrance Day worship was extra special to mark the first world war centenary. We started by gathering in the hall and sharing in a short Collective Worship led by the children in our Young Worship group; we were glad that so many parents could come along.


Then we led over to Church with Revd Ann to join with members of the local community for a ceremony at the war memorial. Each class had made and laid a poppy wreath at the war memorial.


To end, the school choir sang a beautiful song called 'We Will Remember Them', a piece that had been written by musician Will Todd especially for the Hertfordshire Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year. We have a video of the choir singing the song in the hall which we will put on the website soon so keep an eye out.


There are some photographs in the gallery for you  to see.


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Diocesan Harvest Festival at St Albans Abbey

Today the choir took part in the Diocesan Harvest Festival at St Albans Abbey along with lots of other Church Schools from across the Diocese. It was a lovely, vibrant service with lots of singing, drama and readings, led by the Bishop of Bedford. Well done to Lily and Edward who helped the Bishop during the service (ask them about the jelly babies!).

As ever, the choir behaved impeccably and were a credit to St Ippolyts school, we are always so proud of them!



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Harvest 2014

Thank you to everyone who supported our Harvest Festival by generously donating food items, contributing to the collection for the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal and joining us in Church for our service of thanksgiving. The children did a wonderful job of leading the service with readings, poems, singing and showing their art work. 


Our Young Worship group displayed the food donations beautifully around the Church and today used some of them to make Harvest Baskets for members of the local community.


The non perishable items have been split between the Hitchin Food Bank and the Hitchin Sanctuary for the homeless. To read more about this year's Bishop's Appeal visit http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/faith/bishop-s-annual-harvest-appeal/


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The big Camp Out adventure!

What a FANTASTIC weekend of glorious, sunny weather for the first ever PTA Camp Out! It has been a really lovely atmosphere up at the school field as a bunch of enthusiastic campers set up home for the weekend.


There has been lots of fun and games organised by Mr Jefferies, a BBQ and camp fire singing at night, all rounded off this morning with a hearty breakfast in the school hall.  It was lovely to watch families getting to know each other and make new friends.


This is the first time we have tried a camp out and it has been a resounding success so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the PTA in their new venture. Thank you to the Governors for cooking breakfast this morning, to the staff who gave up their weekends-Mrs Stewart, Miss Ingle and Mr Jefferies and to all the PTA committee who have worked so hard, especially Chair, Nicola Allenby. We are also very grateful to the parents and families who 'mucked in' to help with traffic control, BBQing, fire building, cleaning, tidying, moving, carrying......the list goes on - what a team effort!


Do take a look at the photographs in the gallery to see what fun was had by all!

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Goodbye Gem!

Today we said goodbye to Gem, Mrs Blencowe’s Guide Dog puppy, as she leaves to go for the next stage of her training.


Gem first came to us in September last year when she was just a few weeks old and she has spent a lot of time in school since, learning to interact with children, cope with busy places and even go on school trips! Gem will be sadly missed by us all but we know she is going to go on to be a fantastic Guide Dog and will change a blind person’s life for ever when she qualifies.  We are so lucky that Mrs Blencowe shared her with us!


Last week we had some professional photographs taken of Gem in and around school with the children, there is a selection in the photo gallery. We would like to extend very special thanks to local photographer Sharon Cooper for donating her time to take the photographs free of charge. If you need any fab photos taking, look no further! www.sharoncooper.co.uk .

Sharon also put together this lovely video for us which we watched in our Collective Worship this morning:


Goodbye Gem!

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Singing Workshop at Princess Helena College

Our school choir were very lucky to be invited to spend the day at Princess Helena College this week to take part in a music workshop day with Rufus Frowde. They had a fantastic day, culminating in a concert for parents in the afternoon. We were especially proud of them as they were the only school to sing a solo piece, which they did brilliantly! There are a few photographs in the gallery and if you would like to find out more about Rufus, visit www.rufusfrowde.com .


Thank you to PHC for their generous invitation, to Mrs Stewart, Mrs Archer and Mrs Thake for accompanying the choir and to the parents who came along to watch the children in action. Most of all, a big WELL DONE to the children, who were a credit to St Ippolyts School as usual.

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Mr Jefferies in the stocks!

There was lots of fun as school broke up for the summer on Friday. Mr Jefferies bravely volunteered to go in the stocks and there was a long queue to 'chuck a sponge' at him!

Thank you Mr Jefferies for being such a good sport. There are photos in the gallery.

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Leavers v Staff Rounders Match

Year 6 had youth on their side as they once again beat the staff team in our end of term leavers rounders challenge. Check out the pictures in the photo gallery!

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Wind in the Willows

What an amazing, talented bunch of performers we have! The children in Classes 3 - 5 did brilliantly in his year's summer production, 'The Wind in the Willows' and we are SO proud of them all - WELL DONE!


If you ordered a DVD they will come home this week; in the meantime, there are now photographs in the gallery. 


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New uniform supplies!

New design infant book bags, satchels, PE/Gym bags and fleeces now available to purchase from the school office.

Ties and caps also for sale.

See Uniform Page (under parents section) for full details and prices.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Thank you SO much to everyone who came along to our seaside Summer Fair this afternoon. There was lots to see, do and win with games, stalls, refreshments and much more. We even had perfect seaside weather too!


A big well done to the children who took part in the creative competition and the cupcake 'Bake Off' - there were some fantastic entries and it made life very tricky for the judges!


A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the fair such a great success, but especially the PTA committee who have worked tirelessly for the last few weeks and haven't stopped dashing about all day. A well earned rest is definitely in order! We are SO lucky to have such dedicated parents and families at our school and we are very, very grateful for the work that you do.


Watch this space to find out how much was raised. In the meantime, there are lots of pictures in the photo gallery so you an re-live the fun!


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Rounders tournament success!

Congratulations to our Rounders Team who played in the Sporting Futures tournament yesterday. They played brilliantly and came an amazing 2nd out of 17 schools competing! Not only did they play wonderfully, but they showed great attitudes and sportsmanship throughout and represented St Ippolyts School so well. We are so proud of them!


Thank you to all the parents who came to watch and cheer them on and to Miss Lean and Mr Jefferies for coaching and taking them. WellRounders2014 033 Medium done everyone!

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School Council Pyjama Day

A big well done to the School Council for organising a charity Pyjama Day. They raised £113.68 for their chosen charities, Guide Dogs and Hitchin Food Bank. Thank you so much to everyone who supported them!


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Osmington Bay Photos

41 tired children have now been safely returned home with their dirty laundry! It has been a fantastic, action packed weekend and the photo gallery has been updated with lots of pictures for you to see.


Children, please remember to bring your finished journal back to school on Wednesday - you can print some of these photographs out to stick in your book if you would like to.


Sleep well!

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Sunday afternoon

This afternoon we have been dragon boating. In three teams we had races and challenges and had to invent different shouts and chants to do in response to commands.

We did different songs too. The red boat won 2 races, the blue boat won 2 and the yellow won one. It was VERY tiring but lots of fun! Miss Patston and Mr Jefferies went in the dragon boats too.

After the boats some of us jumped in the water - we were very wet! We are about to go to camp fire this evening and can't believe it's our last night here! Goodnight everyone!

By Katie A and Yolly





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Sunday morning update

It's a beautiful, warm, sunny day here in Osmington Bay and our morning activities are in full swing.

Last night everyone was very tired after an extremely busy day and the children were fast asleep within minutes of lights-out (some before!)

Today we are spending the morning doing quad bikes, and trapeze; this afternoon we are all dragon boating, so another packed day in store.

Everyone is absolutely fine, just a bit bleary eyed!



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Saturday Morning

Despite a stormy rainy night all the children slept well and were up bright and early this morning. It was a grey wet morning as we started our first activity but the sun soon came out and it is now a lovely sunny day.

Today the children are doing kayaking, giant swing, survivor and zip wire. It has been a great day so far.





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Bedtime Friday night

....sssshhhhhh all asleep!

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