Travelling by Tuba
We were delighted to welcome Travelling by Tuba to our school. They performed to the whole school and then spent the afternoon working with year 6 children who then presented their work to their parents at the end of the day.
This week we had a very important job to do for Mr Duke. A local garden centre, Whin Hill Nurseries, has kindly donated some plants to fill some of our planters around school. Mr Duke asked if the children would arrange the plants and then put them in the soil. It was quite a difficult task as we wanted them to look their best! The children did a fantastic job – I’m sure you will agree as you see them around the school grounds. Well done young gardeners!!
Gardening Club 2017
Now that the better weather and lighter nights have arrived, thirty year 3 and 4 children have joined our gardening club in a quest to help Mrs Naylor and Miss Hyde grow some vegetables for our school entry into Driffield Show.
This week, the weather was in our favour and we managed to plant some young vegetable plants. We were glad for the sunshine but now we need rain to help to keep the plants watered!
We will keep you posted with further photos as the plants (hopefully) start to grow. Wish us luck!
Tour de Yorkshire
We were excited to be able to watch the Tour de Yorkshire come through our town.
Here are some photos of the event. We cheered them on and waved our flags and banners.
To celebrate Fairtrade fortnight, Driffield Junior School picked up on the national theme and made an effort to 'Put Fairtrade in their break' and acted decisively to 'stop feeding exploitation.'
All children enjoyed a delicious Fairtrade banana at breaktime and most made the most of the opportunity to buy and consume a delicious bar of Fairtrade chocolate or a Fairtrade wafer biscuit.
To raise funds for their partner school in Malawi, children also dressed in green red and black - the colours of the Malawian flag - and made a donation to that worthy cause.
The children enjoyed their day, learned a little about trade justice and helped their friends at Namadidi primary.
Fund Raiser for St John's Ambulance
Our School Council sold cakes in aid of the St John Ambulance depot in Driffield. This is the second year we have raised money for them to help buy essential resources that they need to save lives in our area.
Valentine's Day Breakfast
Love is in the air at Breakfast Club today! Children ‘loved’ their heart shaped toast and crumpets – yummy!
We are delighted to have hosted the R-evolution bike library. Many of our children were able to borrow bikes and helmets. They will be visiting again with more bikes in the future. Please ask in the school office for more details and to be put on the waiting list.
The year 5 and 6 children enjoyed a special treat recently which was provided by M & M Theatre. The production company but on a very special version of Aladdin which was full of dance, music and audience participation.
On Thursday we had a very special visit from Snake Davis; a world renowned professional musician who has played saxophone on famous songs including Take That’s ‘A Million Love Songs’.
Snake spent the morning giving presentations to all of our pupils in which he performed pieces of music on various woodwind instruments. He also discussed his career and what inspired him to become a professional musician. In the afternoon, Snake held a musical masterclass with pupils who receive peripatetic tuition with the East Riding Schools’ Music Service. As always, our children did us proud and behaved impeccably throughout Snake’s visit.
It was a real treat having someone of Snake’s calibre in to school to discuss his career with our children. As Snake himself said, “If you work hard enough and dream, you can achieve anything!” I hope Snake’s visit has inspired your child to pick up an instrument and get performing.
The Christmas Disco last Friday was a phenomenal success raising a massive £808!! Wow! The children were exceptionally well behaved, very polite when buying their drinks and sweets and they were a credit to themselves and their families. Thank you to the parents and large number of staff who supported this event.
Today we enjoyed our Christmas Dinner and we all wore our Christmas jumpers. A big thank you to our kitchen team, who were at school very early in the morning to get ready.
Mr Humbug sees the Light
We are very proud of all the cast, chorus and helpers in our Christmas Play. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported them.
Children in Need
Children and staff dressed in yellow and/or spots and made donations to the Children in Need appeal.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
We collected 69 boxes in total and our Y6 children helped the local rep to load the van and send them on their way.
Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising Fun Run. The children had a great time and raised £1,892.52 towards new play equipment.
Children's Society Fundraising
To raise money for this very worthwhile charity we sold ice-creams at the end of each of our sports days..
We were delighted to welcome the schools music service guitar and vocal band into school today. They gave an inspiring performance and got the whole school joining in and clapping along to the music.
Visitors to Breakfast Club
We welcomed staff from our local Tesco store this morning (26th April), who provided a range of healthy breakfast options for pupils to try.
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration
We celebrated the 90th Birthday of our Queen by wearing red, white and blue and having a party lunch. Each pupil also received a special bookmark to remember the occasion.
Here are the winners of our whole school egg decorating competition with their brilliant designs.
Pupils really enjoyed watching a demonstration from our cheer leading team followed by a netball match between two teams of staff.
Fair Trade Breakfast
We enjoyed our fair trade bananas this morning. The classroom smelt lovely. It was a deliciously tasty start to the day.
It was great to welcome Reverend Amos to our assembly this morning. The theme was about treating others as you would like to be treated, and Rev Amos spoke about the fact that most world religions have that theme at their core. The children really enjoyed singing along with Reverend Amos and seeing some year 3s enacting the story of the Good Samaritan.
Touring Theatre Production
Year 3 and 4 welcomed a highly entertaining and professional theatre company, who presented a production of Pinnochio.
St John Ambulance
Driffield Junior School have once again shown their generosity and support for the community by raising over £300 for St John Ambulance. As well as already supporting many nationwide charities this year, they decided to hold a fundraising event for a local charity within Driffield. In return, St John Ambulance workers, Paul and Karen, delivered an assembly to all children and shared basic first aid tips in addition to holding a question and answer session. They are looking forward to promoting more community events with St John Ambulance in the near future.
(Pictured are some members of the school council with Paul and Karen)
Long Service Award
Jenny Kelly has been presented with her 25 years of service award today. She received a certificate and shopping vouchers from the East Riding and some lovely flowers from the school. Some year 6 children were kind enough to present her with her gifts.
Our Suppport for Namadidi Primary School
Through various events we raised funds to send to Namadidi Primary School in Malawi. Here is their response to our most recent donation:
A massive thank you to Driffield Junior School who provided some funds for Namadidi Primary School. just to mention a few, the school managed to buy boxes of chalk, flip chat, teachers guide books. dusters, pencils, pain killers and many more. Thank you, Thank you.
Former pupil, Laura Potter and her group Serene Winds visited Driffield Juniors to perform their adaptation of the opera Hansel and Gretel. Based in Wales, the group of professional musicians are currently touring the UK. Children loved the performance, finding it, “Awesome”, “Outstanding” and “Inspiring.”
DRIFFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD
Driffield Junior School is the first school in the East Riding to be awarded the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award by national charity the Nurture Group Network.
The accolade is awarded to schools which demonstrate exemplary practice in supporting a range of pupil needs in nurture groups, which help children to make the most of school and learning.
Nurture groups are teacher led, small classes which remove barriers to learning.
Driffield Junior School’s nurture group teacher, Adele Wilkinson said she is delighted that the school’s achievements have been recognised nationally, only two years after the group was set up.
“Driffield Junior School is the first school in the East Riding to be accredited with this award and I am grateful to the whole school team for the support and hard work that everyone has put in to make this possible. I am extremely proud of the children themselves and the massive amount of progress they have made,” she added.
Headteacher Linda Laird said: “While we are proud of the nurture provision that we can offer at Driffield Junior School we will not be complacent. Through rigorous self-evaluation and continued research into good practice elsewhere, we shall continue to improve our nurture class further in order to remain a beacon of outstanding practice.”
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “I am delighted that the inspirational work at Driffield Junior School has been recognised in this way. It is a model that many schools can learn from as the benefits for the whole school community are clear to see. Congratulations to all involved.”
Nurture Group Network chief executive Kevin Kibble said: “Driffield Junior School has evidenced its success in running an outstanding nurture group, and the beneficiaries of their hard work every day are the children attending the school, their families and the wider community. Our standards to achieve this award are exacting and many congratulations are due to the staff and pupils at the school.”
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Our school council pupils organised and ran a very successful coffee morning in aid of MacMillan raising the amazing total of £599.09. A very well done and thank you to everyone who was involved, donated ingredients and attended.