A Busy Week in Early Years

Early Years visited Church Farm’s orchard to pick apples. The mouldy apples were given to the pigs as a treat. The class enjoyed eating freshly picked apples of many varieties.

On Wednesday Gary arrived with a huge John Deere tractor much to the delight of all the pupils. They enjoyed climbing into the cab to flash the lights and beep the horn.

Today we walked to the ‘Farm Shop’ to buy fresh bread. The children enjoyed eating the bread with honey supplied from a bee keeper, who visited the school yesterday.

Many thanks to Church Farm, the bee keeper and Gary for making these activities possible.

Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby

Today, Year 3 and 4 traveled to Fremen College to take part in a tag ruby festival. The event was a huge success. The children would like to thank all the 6th form helpers who refereed each match and the Year 9 pupils for running a warm up and supporting their teams.

The children were split into year groups and competed against 3 other teams in the same year.

Year 4 steadily progressed as the day went on after narrowly losing their first match, drawing their second and winning their last match.

It was lovely to see Year 3 working and supporting each other as a team and they managed to win 2 out of 3 matches and were overall pitch winners!

All the children worked hard and enjoyed the event.

This year the leaders were giving wristbands with sporting values engraved on the band. These were given to the children that best represented the value written on the band during the competition.

Well done to Eve and Harry who were both awarded the respect band, Libby who was awarded the honesty band and Bertie for receiving the passion band.

UKS2 Tag Rugby Festival

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Upper Key Stage 2 were keen participants in the UKS2 Tag Rugby Festival held at Royston Sports Ground. Competing against much larger middle schools, who are generally able to select their teams of 7 from up to 200 pupils, we travelled to Royston with our team of 6 (including one Year 4) determined to do our very best and have an enjoyable afternoon of sport.

The handicap system ensured we were playing against other Year 5 teams and, in our group, we lost two matches and won the third. Hooray!  We all played really well and tries were scored by most team members. Everyone can hold their heads up with pride because, even when we lost, we played a great game and enjoyed the challenge.

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Bishop opens new classroom

On Wednesday 12th October the Right Reverend Dt Michael Beasley, Bishop of Hertford stopped off at Ardeley on his way to Lambeth Palace to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Following breakfast with school staff  +Michael met with Jackie Hayward (Chair of Governors) and Wendy Waygood, lay reader from St Lawrence church who was standing in for Father Mike who was on holiday.  A quick tour of the school  was followed by the Bishop leading our Collective Worship at which there were a large audience.

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John Clark, our inspirational architect from Hox Design, Paul Newland of Newlands Construction, Samantha Young from Hertfordshire County Council, school Governors, Churchwardens and a good number of parents and volunteers enjoyed light refreshments before gathering, with all the children and school staff, around the outside of our new classroom.

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Armed with a sharp pair of scissors, a bucket of blessed water and a sprig or two of rosemary plucked from the school gardens, +Michael officially  opened and blessed our new, purpose built Early Years Unit ensuring that the children who start out on their journey through education with us at Ardeley have a space for learning that is specially designed and created with them in mind. 

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The building itself is innovative in design, carefully constructed and creatively furnished by our Early Years staff who worked tirelessly through the end of last term, the school holiday and the start of this term to bring their ideas to life.

There has been tremendous team work needed to bring this space out of our imaginations and into reality and the occasion of the Bishop’s visit served to underline all the hard work done by so many people to make this possible.

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KS1 Multi skills Festival

KS1 travelled to Edwinstree Middle School on Thursday afternoon for an interschool, multi skills festival.

While there the children tried a whole range of new and familiar activities aimed at improving their athletic skills, team work and sportsmanship.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school in the way they behaved.

Thank you to Mrs Streatfield and ‘Nannie Spurs’ for being our helpers.