World Book Day

On Thursday 7th March the children came to school dressed as their favorite fictional character. These ranged from Super Heroes to Mary Poppins and Harry Potter to Thomas the Tank Engine. The children were eager to show off who they had dressed as and their reasons why.

As part of the day and celebrating Shrove Tuesday from earlier in the week everyone took part in pancake races in their house teams. The weather did not dampen their spirits as they tossed and caught pancakes up and down the school hall. A huge thank you goes out to Mrs Stubbs and Mrs Smart for not only preparing the pancakes for tossing but also the celebratory after race party where pancakes were consumed with strawberries, ice cream and the traditional orange, lemon and sugar.

At the close of school children sold cakes and biscuits to parents which class 1 had helped to make as part of their numeracy lesson, to continue to raise funds for the Goat Appeal. A further £38 was made bringing our target of £150 ever closer.

Active Across Ages

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be invited to take part in this ground breaking pilot project. Working alongside one of our partner secondary schools Anthony Gell. Hartington hosted leader training for the students taking part on Wednesday 6th March.

The project is being funded by the Youth Sports Trust and will involve older and younger generations working together to become more physically and mentally active through exercise.  The whole day leaders training event involved the young leaders participating in games, tasks and activities, which will be the foundation for them to build on when devising their own inter generational project to deliver within the communities.

Throughout the day the young leaders demonstrated their commitment to the project by working collaboratively together to deepen their understanding of the objectives of the initiative and how they would be achieved. By the end of the day they were all buzzing with ideas and were eager to complete their action plans.

Goat Appeal

On Friday 15th February the children held their termly Celebration Worship where they shared individual pieces of work with parents, governors and members of the community. This was followed by Community Lunch, a raffle and bingo to raise further funds for our Goat Appeal which is supporting our friends in Uganda. The school is in the process of raising a further £150 to purchase ten more goats plus chickens for their small community. Thank you to everyone involved on the day we raised £62.50 which is a wonderful start to the appeal.



Thursday 7th March is World Book Day and we are planning to raise further funds towards the appeal. This will involve the children dressing as their favourite book character, having pancake races and baking cakes/buns to sell to parents.


Collective Worship Training

On Wednesday 13th February Year 5 and 6 children  from Elton, Biggin and Hartington Schools worked together for a morning of activities, discussion and reflection. This was  led by Alison Brown the Deputy Diocesan Director of Education.

The focus of the morning was Collective Worship and the activities planned by Alison gave the children the opportunity to think and reflect on the content and delivery of Collective Worship in their own schools.

During the final part of the morning the children were given the task to plan a Collective Worship which they would then deliver in their own schools.  The children were encouraged to consider a range of ideas to make their Collective Worship inspirational, interactive and inclusive such as seating, welcome, the delivery of a story, response (prayer) and music.



Rhema Theatre

On Friday 8th February the whole school took a trip to Biggin school for a Internet safety morning. The two schools enjoyed three 15 minute theatre shows performed by the Rhema company showing the children how to stay safe in possible difficult situations when using the internet. The children then divided into KS1, upper and lower KS2 to access workshops which allowed them to investigate the dangers associated with being on line in more detail.


On Friday 25th January Mrs and Mrs Bridden from MAST attended school to deliver the bible story ‘David the Shepherd Boy’.

On Monday the 11th February Michael Tinker from MAST also attended school asking the children the questions ‘What does Jesus say is the best way to live?’ and ‘How can we make the world better?’ His response was through the christian vale of ‘Hope’ Matthew Chapter 5.

As always the children thoroughly enjoyed both visits.

Carol Concert & Santa

Friday 21st December, last day of term began with all the children attending breakfast club for a ‘Big Breakfast’. This comprises of a full cooked breakfast kindly prepared by Mrs Stubbs and Miss Wardle.

This was followed by the children rehearsing the Christmas Carols and narration of the Christmas Story ready for the performance at 10am when the school doors were opened to parents, Rev Benson and members of the community. An outstanding performance was acknowledged by all who attended, people commenting that they couldn’t wait for next years concert. Tea/Coffee, mince pies and biscuits were then served to the congregation.

Later that day the children enjoyed a Christmas party full of games and special food, with a special visit from Santa. School closed at 3:30 after a fun packed day.

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Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.