Activities Week has been roaring into action all of this week, and as I write is approaching the last day, with BlitzFitMe and other assorted home activities ready to go on a very impressive looking course, with monkey bars and quite a lot of paddling pools – whilst those on all of our trips provide some reports below..
There’s been so much to enjoy, Prep have had an amazing ocean themed week, with beautiful recycled artwork, construction and then deployment of crabbing lines, with most of Mersea’s crustaceans jumping at the chance to be caught by our children, amongst a wide variety of other exciting events.
Seniors have cooked roast dinners in the forest and afternoon teas in Food Tech, they’ve carried oranges up funicular railways constructed in a day and been on trips to ski in real(ish) snow, sleep onboard a battleship, visit the Science Museum and a West End show, and of course challenge themselves on the rides at the obligatory Thorpe Park day.
Not only this, but of course we’ve had residential trips out to Barcelona, Derby, Watersports in France, and the Year 5 and 6 trip to Norfolk. It has been a massive week in all kinds of ways, a huge experience for all involved with lots of fun and lots learned and earned through the kind of real life events which build memories and character. None of this would be possible without the fantastic dedication and support of our great staff team, who have given so much to make this happen. And of course, the man who has designed, managed and led the entire week for his very first time – and created such a rich run of experiences – we all owe a huge debt of thanks to Mr Edgar! Prep Activities Week
The Prep children have been having a wonderful activities week and have been creating many memories!
Bella - I loved it on the boat as I don't normally go on them. I also really enjoyed the climbing frame! Temidayo - I enjoyed the Art. It taught me not to rush. I like how something old that you would recycle could be made into something beautiful. Grace - The crabbing day was great fun. We made our own crabbing lines and used them. I caught 16 crabs which was very exciting! They were all shapes and sizes. Max - I enjoyed being on the beach. I saw a jellyfish - it was fascinating.
We are especially proud of our older Nursery children who joined us as part of their transition to the Prep school at the beach on Tuesday. They joined in all the activities and were extremely well behaved!
Year 5/6 Residential Trip Diary
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils are having a fabulous time in Norfolk on their weeklong residential. At the time of going to press they supplied us with the following diary of their adventures so far….
On Monday July 1st we made our way to Manor Adventure Norfolk Lakes on a coach. On the coach we stopped halfway to have lunch and we were told our groups and who was in our rooms. When we got there we were shown our rooms and we did our first activity… We did Mini Manor Olympics and we had to act like a chicken laying an egg and as if we had won the lottery, but when we got to the bank we had lost the ticket and were so sad. On the first day of Manor Adventure, we all knew it was going to be the best trip ever and we will always remember that first night!
By Lilian, Chloe, Nancy
When we woke up on Tuesday we went to breakfast. Then group 12 did a video activity and we had to make a movie and an advert. Next we did low ropes and at the end we did it blindfolded! The other groups had their kayaking session that morning and were pretty wet! Then group 12 and 13 went to Group Stand Up Paddle Boarding; it was so fun as people kept falling in! After that groups 12 and 13 got separated but both did raft building. Group 12’s raft stayed together but group 13’s fell apart in the water (it was so funny!). After that we had dinner - it was very delicious. Then we went back to our rooms to get ready for fencing. We finished fencing early so we could watch the football game and England were against USA. After the football game we had a chat about the activities for the next day. Finally, we went to bed.
By Bella, Isabelle, Skye
Day 3 On Wednesday we started off canoeing. We did it in pairs - we got extra wet but had lots of fun. We played plenty of games in the canoes which included picking up footballs and throwing them at each other. It got to lunch and we all ate sausage rolls. We then moved on to caving. We started off slowly moving through the cave talking about all the different things in there. After that we were allowed to run around the cave. It was great fun and we all got sweaty. After dinner we had movie night. We finally got to a decision of watching High School Musical. We all really enjoyed the movie.
By Hugo, Freddie and Archie
Today we went sailing. It was super fun, everyone loved it and had a brilliant time. We were all coming in from our boats and Alexa fell in - her legs came further and further apart and she fell off the front of the boat and did the splits! Kayaking was extremely fun; we went around the entire lake and played very enjoyable games like cat and mouse. We even tried tandem kayaking! At the end we all went for a very cold swim.
By Darcy Fareeda and Ben
Day 5(Diary of a birthday girl)
When I woke up I realised it was my birthday - I was very surprised about all the celebrations! When we got to breakfast everyone sang me happy birthday, even the staff - I was very happy. Then we went down to sailing. I was paired up with Scott and Ben. We went sailing relaxed and played - It was very fun!
We almost won a game. It was quite hard but we went along with it, had a great time and learnt a lot of cool stuff along the way. We also learnt how to get the boat set up, so if we ever get a chance to sail again we can do it all by ourselves. And another thing, we did go super fast because when the wind got our sail we had to get it so we were tilted so the wind blew us along really quick.
At the end of sailing I went to lunch, I had a beef burger and it was very yummy. Not as yummy as my birthday cake though! After lunch we put our suitcases in the bus and now we’re travelling back to school.
By Imogen and Scott
Mrs Spurr, Mrs Everitt and Mr Robb have had the pleasure of accompanying 22 Year 7 and 8 students to sunny Spain. Here’s an acrostic poem to explain how it’s going so far...
S is for Students, exploring the limits of their comfort zones and extending their cultural understanding of Spanish history P is for Perfect ambassadors for our school, behaving impeccably on all excursions A is for Agua - the order of the day in scorching heat! I is for Idyllic location in Tossa de Mar N is for nights filled with card games, musical statues, hairdressing and being beaten by just about everyone at Connect Four.
It’s been so rewarding to see the children bonding over fears and thrills at the amusement parks, spending time learning about recent history at FC Barcelona and less recently at Sagrada Familia cathedral, and speaking Spanish to new friends at the water park. They’re a credit to us as a school, and their parents. A huge thank you to the staff who’ve made it so enjoyable, and the children for their musical stylings on our coach journeys too!
Year 10 Girls’ Trip to Derby
We arrived in the beautiful and tranquil Gate House on Monday afternoon after Mrs Gwynne’s excellent minibus driving. The girls have enjoyed the luxuries of: an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna to wind down in the evening after our adventurous days. We have all enjoyed a variety of day trips including the following: Cadbury’s World, Alton Towers, Rock Climbing and an Escape Room. Mrs Allwood would be proud of her GCSE students, who have risen to the challenge of cooking en masse, particularly Issy and her delicious spaghetti bolognaise. Overall, the girls have been a credit to Gosfield and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities on offer. Water Sports Trip
Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly
There were some quite emotional parents as Year 6 celebrated the end of their time in Prep last week. This included a dramatic tour of key highlights from their time in each year of Prep, some of which came as quite the surprise to parents and other staff members there! Being such an innovative year, they flashmobbed us with a rendition of Queen’s ‘I want to break free’ at the start, and concluded with a moving chorus line to demonstrate they’re not just great comedians. Many thanks to Miss Wiggins and Ms Edwards for making this all happen, and of course for a great year for all our children in Year 6! Speech Day and the Last Two Days of Term
A reminder that in the last two days of term we will have a normal school day on Monday 8 July, with some rehearsals for Speech Day. Photographs of prizewinners will be taken on this day and be available to purchase online. School finishes at 3.50pm on this day, therefore there will not be any after school activities and Buses depart at 4pm.
Speech Day is of course on Tuesday 9 July, and I hope everyone has received their invitation; attendance by all pupils is compulsory. We politely request all parents and guests to follow our dress code of formal garden party attire. We very much look forward to seeing you at our final celebration of the year, and may I remind you to let us know via ParentMail if you will be attending our Speech Day and how many seats you require.
On the last day of term normal lessons will be followed by House Assembly, which is then followed by Speech Day itself at 11.30am. Photographs of all prizewinners and buffet lunch for parents and pupils will take place afterwards. Buses depart at 1.30pm, and if your child would normally travel on school transport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that your child will be using the service on this day. Review of Cricket Academy
This has been a tremendous first season for all our cricket teams in the new Gosfield School Cricket Academy. The hard work started in the Autumn term, with weekly sessions for our scholars under the direction of our excellent cricket coach Ben Stephens and the PE department. Despite some early losses as the teams found their feet and how to play best with each other in their respective teams we went on to record an impressive run of victories, as has been recorded in these newsletters and you can see in the table below.
A number of matches fell victim to the rain, but to record an 80% win percentage in our first full season is a remarkable achievement. We are delighted with our teams’ successes, look forward to further developments next year as we continue to strengthen and enjoy the game – and most importantly as we look to involve all pupils in the sport at all levels. It has been great to see the development of so many players this year, from complete novices to those confident to take on the hard ball game; and it has been great to see the development of a cricketing culture throughout the School, including the spirit and ethos of fair play and respect. Many thanks to Mr Stephens, the PE department, our visiting professional Henry Shipley and the grounds staff.
Girls Yr7-8 XI
Girls Yr5-6 XI
National School Equestrian Association Success
Congratulations to the Gosfield School Equestrian Team who braved the scorching temperatures last Saturday and ALL qualified for the NSEA Show Jumping National Championships later this year.
Nathan Year 9, Poppy Year 8, Zak Year 7 and Alexa Year 6 all jumped lovely rounds in the 70/75cm resulting in them finishing on a score of 12 faults earning them 2nd place and qualifying for the National Championships in October.
In the 80/85cm Poppy and Daisy both Year 8, Zak Year 7 and Alexa Year 6 all had brilliant rounds from everyone with the team finishing as the only team on a score of zero earning them 1st place. Daisy also got 4th place individually and Zak got 7th.
Unfortunately in the 90/95cm Alexa's pony was unable to compete therefore Daisy and Poppy, both Year 8 jumped as individuals. Poppy had a very unlucky 4 faults. Daisy jumped a great round to win the class individually.
We extend a huge thank you to Mrs Twin for looking after the arrangements for our Equestrian Team.
Boots to Africa
Are your children about to get new sports shoes over the summer ready for the new school year? If so could they bring their old ones back at the beginning of next term to place in the Boots to Africa bin placed outside Meadow Court? Any type of sports shoe or trainer is welcome and will make a huge difference for those in need. Thank you! Prep School Information Evening
Prep School Information Evening The Prep School would like to invite parents for an information meeting early next term to introduce the topics for the year, classroom routines and homework expectations. These will run during week commencing 9 September at 4.15 until 4.45 pm in the Prep classrooms on the following days:
Year 1: Monday
Year 2: Wednesday
Year 3: Wednesday
Year 4: Thursday
Year 5: Thursday
Year 6: Tuesday
This has been a fantastic year of Growth for all of us at the School. We’ve achieved so much and come so far in all kinds of ways. It’s easy to accept as normal now what we didn’t have just this time last year – our new DT Workshop, the Cricket Academy, IT devices for all Seniors, to name just a few of the more tangible changes. Everything we do is designed to ensure our children are happy at School with their friends and teachers, in lessons and out - and challenged to grow as young people we can be proud of. I very much look forward to welcoming you to Speech Day to cap the year with a fine celebration of our successes outside in the sun, and I look forward to more achievement and inspiration next year as we continue on our journey to grow and enjoy our time at School with one another. Thank you all for your support this year, may your Summer be filled with light, leisure and adventures. We will see you on the first day back of the new School year, Wednesday 4 September!
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