Dancing, Drumming, Donations & Dedication!

Over the past week St Giles children have been active in many areas. Sport, music and charity work has played a major part in school recently. We also have some exciting news to bring to you at the end of the Blog.

Year Six went to a dance Festival at Highfields Upper Site which culminated in them making up their own dance. The whole morning was very enjoyable and they worked really hard. Their finished work was impressive!


On Monday Years 4 and 5 held a Drumming Concert. The concert was performed after 30 weeks of music lessons from Wider Opportunities Scheme, that teaches music throughout schools in Derbyshire. They played Samba music, which originates from Brazil. The instruments the children played were Surdos Drums, small medium and large, Ganzás shakers, Agogô bells and Tamborim, with Paul the leader on the Whistle. After weeks of hearing drum noises coming from the hall it was indeed a surprise to hear the wonderfully uplifting concert from Years 4 and 5. Wider Opps will be back in September and the new Years 3 and 4 will be taking up the Ukulele with Paul.

The music in the first video is called Carnival Groove. The second video shows all the instruments up close.

On Wednesday we had a Non-Uniform day as part of our Food for Thought Day. The children came in non-uniform and contributed £1 to help raise much needed funds for our local Foodbank in Clay Cross. In total we raised £70. The Trussell Trust do very valuable work in our community and as part as our Value: Service, this half term collected food donations for the Clay Cross Foodbank, serving our local community. Andrew, the Manager of the Clay Cross Foodbank, led our collective worship. The children asked him questions about the work of the Trussell Trust and he commented on what intelligent questions the children asked. We have been supporting the Clay Cross Foodbank for over 3 years now and all the school’s efforts are always greatly appreciated.

Thursday saw a squad of juniors enter a Rounders Tournament, with two teams Y3-4 and Y5-6, again at Highfields Upper site. The children had a practice session in PE and left school straight after dinner. Mrs Grainger said, “We played at Lumsdale site all afternoon but were not successful however we took part and enjoyed the experience. Players that stood out were Martha in Y6 and Jacob in Y4.” Well done to all the children who took part.

AND NOW FOR THE EXCITING NEWS...........................................

St Giles Primary School has put together a 6 week course of activities for you to enjoy over the summer holidays. We have incorporated 6 of our favourite things we do at School (and it's not maths or literacy!) Are you up for the challenge to complete all 6? Some of the Challenges have been given to us from experts in their field!

We have a wide range of different activities which our children enjoy every week at school. As the children enjoy these activities so much we have set a challenge for them and the whole community to enjoy. These include, Forest Craft, Code Club, Multi Sports, Music, Cooking and Science.

Press the Red St Giles 6 WEEK CHALLENGE button to find out more and sign up for some fun over the summer.

More news to follow over the next few weeks. This is open to all children so share it with your friends who aren’t at St Giles. It doesn’t seem fair that we have all the fun!

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