You're never too old to enjoy bubbles!

The end of term was busy with a wealth of festive and creative activities. These included a fantastic carol concert shared with the local community. One of the highlights was the Junior play which was a testimony to the talents and focus of the KS2 pupils. “Out of the Blue” combined the Creation story and the story of Jonah to underline the salvation story that is Jesus. We were thrilled by mime, verse and singing of a very high standard.

The last day of the school saw the school end of term concert run by the pupils. This must have been the best ever, as we were treated to piano music, a variety of songs including rapping and flute playing, ably hosted by Holly and Swazini. And who will forget the humour and strong message of the senior nativity play.

In the midst of it all, it was good to have opportunities to remind ourselves of the wonder that Christ came to live among us and to offer Him our praises and thanks.

Part of being a Christian School is demonstrating our love for our neighbour; last school year our total school giving and fund raising was over £7,000. That is something we can all praise God for as we are such a small school.

As a small school we encourage our pupils to be active in the wider community and we have pupils achieving great things out of school.

In the juniors, Joshua (Y6) was awarded distinction in grade 2 piano; Josiah (Y6) gained a first place in a Honda Cadet Karting competition; Millie (Y6) won gold in a gymnastics competition; Freya (Y6) helped her netball team win a local tournament which takes them through to the National level of the competition and Rosie (Y4) has won prizes in both a local dance and a reading competition.

In the seniors, Jessamy (Y8) took her grade 4 clarinet examination; Rachael (Y11) has reached grade 7 cello and gold standard in Tap and Ballet ;  Khahisa (Y7) won the Essex League 3km race and went on to represent Essex in the South England where she came first again; Theo (Y9) has produced his first single, called “We are Free” and Abigail (Y7) gained her yellow belt in Kung Fu.

December was the date set for the first review of the school development plan. We can report that most of the action points have been achieved.  Not on the plan, but in process, thanks to a group of mums, is a plan to refit the kitchen. We are approaching various retailers in the hope of finding second hand or ex-display units. We have been given paint and flooring by B and Q and are grateful to them for that. We are also grateful to those who have organised the construction of a fence outside the back door. This will allow us to cross off an item from a previous development plan – at last!

The chicken club is well and truly up and running and sold over 220 eggs this term. Yet again it is good to see families getting stuck in to this mini enterprise, which adds so much value to the school experience.