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Inset Days – 1st & 2nd September – No school

Inset days

Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd of September are Inset days, and the school will be closed. Term 1 starts on Thursday 3rd September.
The next Inset Day will be on Monday 2nd November.

There are 4-5 Inset days during each academic year. These days are a chance for the school’s staff team to report back and evaluate the progress being made on various teaching initiatives and programmes. It is an opportunity to check that targets, set by Ofsted, the Department of Education or by the school itself are being met.

The days involve team-building, training workshops, presentations as well as briefings on new educational standards.

 

Mad Hair Day

Friday is Mad Hair Day!
Come to school with a crazy hair style (in your school uniform) & bring a donation of £1 (or more) for charity.

World Book Day Fancy Dress (Tues) Year 6 Book Sale (Wed)

On Tuesday 28th February we’re celebrating World Book Day by coming to school in fancy dress.

Come to school as your favourite book character!

We’ll be enjoying a day of book-related activities

Please bring any unwanted (still in good condition) children’s books and give them to your class teacher.

After school on Wednesday, Year 6 have organised a book sale in Hall to raise money for sports equipment.

 

Friends (PTA) – Cake Sale – 3.15pm

Friday – 3.15pm
The St Andrew’s Friends are organising an end of term Cake Sale – to be held in the School Hall.

Please bring cakes, muffins etc to the teaching kitchen – on Friday morning

Thanks!

Book Fair 7th – 10th February

The Book Fair is back! – from Tuesday 7th until Friday 10th February and will be open from 3.25 – 4pm in the library.

There will be all kinds of books available for ages 3-11 from £2.99 upwards. Stationery items will also be for sale.

The more books you buy, the more money the school will raise to buy more books for the library.

Georgian Tea Dance – Assembly Rooms – Galleries

On the 30th November  – St Andrew’s Day – the whole school celebrated 25 years of St Andrew’s Primary School with a Georgian Tea Dance at the Assembly Rooms.

Children, staff and even some parents dressed up in Georgian-style costumes to dance authentic Georgian-era dances with a live orchestra playing 18th Century tea dance music.

Each class had learned a different Georgian dance and then performed it – as it would have been danced in that same ball room 250 years ago! The teachers did their own dance too!

It was a fantastic occasion – well done everyone!!

There are now Tea Dance photo galleries on the website – one for each year group. The photos are being sold to raise funds for the Cornerstone 2 building project at school.

Click on the link to go straight to the gallery page.

The images have been numbered to facilitate the ordering process.

HOW TO ORDER

Photos are being sold as printable jpgs, which will be sent via email. The 1st photo ordered costs £5 – from the 2nd photo costs are then £2.50 per image (eg: 3 photos cost £10).

Please fill in the Form on the letter sent home (on Friday) and drop this off with payment at the school office.

For those without a Form – please provide the following details: name, email address, gallery name, photo/s number (4 digit number) and drop this off with payment at the school office.

We will try to send out photos before Christmas for all orders received before the end of term (16th December).

World Maths Day

This year we are “growing mathematicians” and on Friday 14th October we will be celebrating all things mathematical on World Maths Day.

Children are being encouraged to come to school on Friday wearing a Maths related costume.

As part of the day, we are holding a Puzzles and Pudding event starting at 2.40pm, in which parents are invited to work with their children to complete maths puzzles, while enjoying a dessert or two! Pudding contributions to the event are welcome and should be brought to the school reception at the start of the day. No nuts please! There will be a special awards ceremony at 3pm.

Sports Day at the Royal Crescent

On Tuesday we had our Sports Day on the Royal Crescent lawn. Well done to everyone, especially to Team Willow for scoring the most points and Mr Elliott for organising the day.

Check out the gallery of photos by clicking on the link below.

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Friends of St Andrews Christmas Fair

This year’s Christmas Fair, organised by the Friends (PTA) will take place in the School Hall from 3.15pm on Thursday 3rd  December. There is no Celebration Assembly beforehand

There will be a Raffle with great prizes, Mulled Wine, Cakes, Tombola, cakes, books and toys and lots more.

The raffle draw will be at 4.20pm.

Small Worlds, Big Imaginations – St Andrew’s work at No.1 Royal Crescent Exhibition

Children at St. Andrew’s school celebrated the culmination of a three-month project exploring small worlds with the grand opening of the exhibition of their dolls’ houses at No. 1 Royal Crescent.

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The Bath Preservation Trust and 5x5x5 = Creativity have been working closely with the children at St. Andrew’s to create dolls’ houses inspired by the current exhibition of 18th and 19th century dolls’ houses at No. 1 Royal Crescent.

The breadth of ideas is wonderful and working on this scale has clearly captured the children’s imaginations. Every child at St. Andrew’s has worked on a doll’s house and created tiny furniture, decorations and people. Miniature food has been made from Fimo and the walls are adorned with little paintings of Mr and Mrs Andrews by Gainsborough.

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The whole school has explored small worlds as a cross-curriculum project and have been reading and writing about books such as Brambly Hedge and The Borrowers. There are houses for mice, a replica of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in a Georgian style, a fire station, a farm and an antiques shop. All the dolls’ houses are full of incredible detail; do visit the exhibition, which runs until 13th December.

More photos on the blog: https://smallworldsproject.wordpress.com/

Yrs 4 & 6 visit the Houses of Parliament

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Year 4 and Year 6 were excited to arrive in the capital city of London on Tuesday 13th October. Greeted by its incredible skyline, we made our first stop at the Palace of Westminster. The children were taken on a tour of the Parliamentary buildings and even got to observe debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords! Following the tour the children learned all about the monarchy in Britain dating back to King John and the Magna Carta. After the workshop, we all delighted in a beautiful walk along the river before getting on to a river cruise boat! On the way the children all marvelled over the eclectic mix of architecture and listened carefully to the informative commentary on the boat. After a quick stop at the Tower of London to look at Traitors’ Gate, we made our way back down the river and safely home to Bath.

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Here is what some of the children said…

“I thought the amount of security was astonishing! There’s so much because they are keeping people safe and they will do anything to keep Parliament protected.” (Imon)
“It was epic! The boat trip was amazing and it was inspirational to see all of the buildings such as the bridge that the women built during the war.” (Gaia)

“The Houses of Parliament were fantastic. It was brilliant to see how much goes on there; my highlight was watching debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.” (Vita)

Great Bath Bake Sale – Bath Abbey

Its back again! On Saturday 3rd from 11am – 3pm, the Great Bath Bake Sale is taking place at Bath Abbey.

Money raised will be donated to local charities and the Friends of St Andrews (PTA).

To get involved, you can donate cakes at the teaching kitchen on Friday (2nd October) or bring them to the St Andrew’s stand at the Abbey on the 3rd October.

 

Sports Day on Royal Crescent Lawn

On Tuesday July 14th, from 9.20am, the  St Andrew’s annual Sports Day will be taking place on the Royal Crescent Lawn.

There will be running, jumping, throwing, skipping, balancing, relays – even the grown-ups might have their turn!

If bad weather is forecast, the event will be held on Wednesday 15th instead. Please be sure to check book bags and the website for any updates.

Check out the photo gallery for photos of previous Sports days

Year 2 celebrate new Zebra crossing on Lansdown Road

Year 2 were the first class to use the new zebra crossing when they walked to St Swithin’s for their School Without Walls placement.

They wore fantastic zebra masks and a few children got to replicate the Beatles album cover – look out for the photos in The Chronicle!

The children are following up work from their School Without Walls trip to Wells cathedral and we are looking forward to seeing the efforts of their creative collaborations.

St Andrew’s Summer Fair

This year’s Summer Fair, organised by the Friends (PTA) will take place after school on Thursday 2nd July. The top playground will be full of fun things to do.

There will be a Summer Raffle with great prizes, Face painting, Hook a Duck, Splat the… Strawberry!, Tombola, cakes, books and toys and lots more.

At 4pm there will be a performance by Year 1 and the Recorder groups.

The raffle draw will be at 4.20pm.

Bike to School Day

On Friday we celebrated Sustran’s Bike to School Week with a Cycling Extravaganza. All week, children have been encouraging their parents to ditch the car and instead cycle, scoot or walk to school. In class, they have been learning about bike safety and essential maintenance as well as the environmental benefits.

St Andrew's School Cycling Extravaganza Obstacle Course

At the end of the week, children had the opportunity to put their learning into practice on a cycling obstacle course. There was a bike maintenance stall and a “bike wash” to teach children the importance of keeping your bike in road-safe condition. Adam in year 4 said, “It was fun!”
Charlie in year 6 added, “It’s fun to cycle and it’s better than driving in a car”.

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The head, Sue East, delighted in the event, “Cycling is great exercise and it also gets children out into the fresh air. This incentive has also encouraged members of staff to bring their bikes to school, with people cycling in from Peasedown and Bathampton. Sadly, many of our roads are too narrow or congested to enable younger children to cycle independently to school so I really welcome an event that provides a safe and fun opportunity for bike riding!”

Local ward councillors were invited to see the spectacle and Cllr Chris Pearce said he thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, Cllr Andrew Furse was excited about the event and commented, “It will encourage more children to cycle to school”.

Being such a centrally located school, teachers at St. Andrew’s hope all the children will continue their efforts to alleviate traffic and pollution in the city. We can all help the environment by cycling, scooting and walking to school especially now that summer is finally here!

Bath Music Festival – St Andrew’s Performance

During the Festival-opening “Party in the City”, St Andrew’s children (Year 5) will be singing with pupils from Bellefield School, Trowbridge in a 20 minute performance at St Swithin’s Church.
From 5pm, the children will sing a 2 act opera, inspired by the magical Peto Garden at Iford Manor.
The piece is the culmination of the 2015 Iford Arts Education Project that the school has been part of.
For more information see the bathfestivals.org.uk website

St Andrews School 2015 Election Hustings

Last week at St. Andrew’s School, there was a huge buzz around the school as we held hustings ahead of the General Election. Five of the potential candidates to become MP for Bath spent the morning at St. Andrew’s School. The candidates started by visiting each of the classrooms in turn, talking to the children and answering questions about their party policies: the environment, future technology and homelessness were issues that concerned all.

After a short break, the whole school, teachers and parents were invited to the hall to hear a two-minute presentation by each of the candidates: Steve Bradley (Liberal Democrats), Oliver Middleton (Labour), Dominic Tristram (Green Party), Ben Howlett (Conservative) and Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst (Independent). Then, the candidates had to face questions from the floor!

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Louis in year 1 asked “How will you make the world more grassy and stuff?” Diane in year 2 was concerned to know “Will you make Bath bigger?” which lead Ethan in year 3 to confirm “Will you make it smaller to make more green parts?” Logan in year 4 asked “What will you do to change the future?” Maya in year 5 was worried about food waste and Maisie in year 6 asked a challenging question about future technologies.

It was exciting to see the children ask such difficult questions, demonstrating their uncertainty about the future and desire to protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

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The children then had the opportunity to vote using the council’s real election booths and an actual ballot box. At the count, it was incredible to see that all the children from year 1 to 6 had engaged in the political process choosing carefully and voting in secret.

And the winner is…?

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Steve Bradley (Liberal Democrats)

Check out the photo gallery for more images/info

After lunch there was a full afternoon including an exhibition and concert of the children’s work this term on the BBC’s Ten Pieces, an Easter Bonnet parade and Easter competitions with prize-giving by the mayor, Cherry Beath. A new parent summed up how we all felt: “You’re all so impressive. I felt so proud to be a new part of St. Andrew’s today: what a fab school!”

Solar Eclipse at the Royal Crescent

The children at St. Andrew’s school experienced the solar eclipse today in spectacular fashion!

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After a miserable, grey start to the day, the children were disappointed that their pinhole cameras weren’t working, but they enjoyed making models of the earth, sun and moon as well as shadow puppets.

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As the skies cleared, the children were delighted to see the eclipse through the safety glasses (kindly sponsored by Specsavers) and their pinhole cameras. They also saw projections and had the phenomenon explained by experts from the Herschel Museum and Bath Astronomers Society.

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Thank you to everyone who made it possible to witness the eclipse!

For more images, check out the Solar Eclipse gallery here

Glow Exhibition at the 44AD gallery

St Andrew’s are exhibiting some of their work at the Glow Exhibition, hosted at the 44AD Art Gallery in Bath.
The exhibition coordinated by the organisation 5x5x5=creativity, features many of the ‘Glow’ moments from 5x5x5 projects and partnerships, including School without Walls, Forest of Imagination and work with many schools, artists, children and young people.
The Glow exhibition runs from Wednesday 11th March to Saturday 22nd March and is open 10am – 5pm

The Gallery is at 4 Abbey St, Bath, BA1 1NN