Captain Tom / Portland House

Here are some of the cards made by the children in school last week that have been sent to Captain Tom!

We’d also like to say thank you to all of the children that have sent cards, letters or pictures to Portland House. We have received a letter from them which is photographed here. Please continue to send in your pictures to Portland House as they are definitely brightening up their days…

KS1 Computing After School Club

This term in KS1 Computing Club we have been exploring different programming devices and apps including Scratch Junior, Beebots and the Bluebots which use Bluetooth to work remotely from the iPads.  We are getting quite good at creating algorithms and debugging them when they go wrong!

Author Visit

We were very lucky to have a visit from Frank Cottrell Boyce, organised through our link to Booka Bookshop in Oswestry.  The children were mesmerised by his humouruos stories, and he gave generously of his time at the end, signing their books and talking to them about their interests.  It was nice to welcome two classes from Belvidere Primary too, to enjoy this experience.

Sportsability Festival

Earlier this week a team of children attended the School Games Sportsability Festival at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.

We received some lovely feedback from Embrace PE…

“Just wanted to provide some feedback again, this time on the KS2 Sportability Competition yesterday. We took James, Finlay, Evan, Keiran, Emelia and Emily up to the Sports Village for a round robin tournament of 4 activities. These were archery, boccia, golf and new age kurling.

The players represented the school really well winning in archery and kurling and doing well in the other two games. Their behaviour was perfect and they got stuck in with vigour. It was a really good afternoon all round”

Well done all!!

Netball League

Here is the St Giles Netball team who played in the Shrewsbury schools tournament.  They played some tough games against older teams but improved with every game.  Ismina Hall and Phoebe Jenks scored some great goals and Luca Heath was our little pocket rocket in defence.

Well done team!

Reluctant Dragon!

Today Image Theatre came into school to perform the ‘Reluctant Dragon’ show to the whole school!

From the same author as the classic ‘The Wind in the Willows’ – Kenneth Graeme’s short story is magically brought to life by Image Musical Theatre. It is a beautiful and moving tale of a dragon found living in the hills and befriended by a young boy.

With beautiful costumes, an enchanting set, professional actors and wonderful music by Robert Hyman this show will continue Image’s tradition of providing the best touring theatre for primary schools.

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

Our year 5/6 children have been reading The Journey by Francesca Sanna to inspire poetry, as part of their English lessons.  Francesca Pierce went further, writing this poem at home.  Wow Francesca!  I love the atmosphere you have created and the mature vocabulary you have chosen.  It really is awesome!

Christingle Service

It was lovely to see parents, grandparents, staff and children at St Giles’ church for the Christingle service. It is always a special event and reminds us what Christmas is truly about. Many thanks to Reverends Andrew and Stuart for hosting this service for us.

Book Buzz!

The children have been busy completing their voting slips (nothing to do with Boris or Jeremy!) to choose the shortlist for our Book Buzz Book Award.  The points have been counted and the shortlist selected; the chosen books will be announced at our launch event at 3pm on Monday 7th January. 

Multiple copies of the titles will be bought (and we have already reserved the titles with our local libraries).  To run alongside the reading of the books, we would love to organise other events with a view to inspiring children to become life-long readers.  Such events could include illustrator workshops, storytellers, song-writing workshops, author visits, poetry-writing and making comic books.  But all of this comes at a cost…

As a result, we have set up a crowd-funding website to kindly ask for your donations towards St Giles’ Book Buzz.  We would be so grateful if you feel able to donate anything between £1 and £20; all donations will go towards the Book Buzz books and activities.  Please make your donation via  Please feel free to share this link on any social media platforms you may use.

If you would prefer to help in another way, perhaps by donating chosen titles, or helping out at some of the in-school events, please talk to your child’s class teacher.  You are always very welcome!

Once again, thank you for your support.  We look forward to sharing the Book Buzz Book Award with you next term.