Fun, Football & Faith!

At St Giles CE Primary School we have had a busy and productive week.

The beginning of the week started with Forest Craft; Years 1&2 did some pond clearing and tree identification around the school grounds before sheltering from the rain and fire lighting. While Class 2 were doing Forest Craft Reception were (picture taken over the fence while forest craft were walking past) extremely busy in the mud kitchen.

On Tuesday afternoon St Giles School took part in the Fair Trade football tournament at Cavendish Fields with other schools from around Matlock. Our Sports Ambassadors, Lucy and Joe Year 6, worked out team formations for each game and spent time thinking about the best positions for each team member.

Joe has written a match report for us.

1st Match St Giles 0 Wirksworth B 1

It went well. We nearly got a goal and the goal we conceded was lucky but I decided to use the same formation for the next match.

2nd Match St Giles 1 (Lucy) Churchtown A 2

We did better than the first match and went on with more confidence.

3rd Match St Giles 0 All Saints B 8

Joe had no comment

4th Match St Giles 2 (Joe) St Josephs A 2

This was the best game we played. We had the best defence.

I think it was spectacular and we had a good team.

The team finished as winners as St Giles won the Fair Play Award. This was presented to the team who showed the best attitude, team spirit and sportsmanlike conduct.

Mrs Swift said, “The children’s behaviour was impeccable. They showed respect to the teams they played. When they weren’t playing a match Joe took the team off to play practice games and do football exercises. They organised themselves without any adult help and conducted themselves responsibly. I was extremely proud of their attitude and behaviour.”

On Wednesday we sent a small team to Highfields to compete in the Highfields Cluster primary schools Cross Country event. Our Sports Ambassadors, Lucy and Joe Year 6 attended the event and Lucy had been training for the Cross Country.

Lucy has written a report for us about the Cross Country.

We went to cross country with a team of 12 and we did really well. Even though we didn’t win however, we all tried our best.

Our super squad of runners were:

Lucy Newberry [3rd]

Maisy Field

Nicole Brocklebank

Lucy Lichters-Swain

Ella Wilson

Ellen Cork [2nd]

Brooklea Spencer [5th]

Lawrence Harvey

Joe Bunting

Rocco Ball

Teddy Edwards

Felix Woodward

Lewis Cope

Year 5/6 did 3 laps of the field and year 3/4 did 2 laps. I have to say it was a hard course, a lot longer than last year for all of us but we did really well. The girls did a different race from the boys so we were all split up. We were accompanied by Mrs Granger - she did a good job looking after all of us.

The Cross Country course was a gruelling one this year but the children pushed on and did their best. Lawrence was accidentally tripped over which caused what he can only describe as a “Rugby Scrum” but walked away in good humour.

Friday we held our Harvest Service at St Giles Church. The children walked down from school; parents and friends joined us.

Each class took part in the service. The infants made paper plates and told everyone what their favourite food was. David likes pizza, chips and sauce. Daisy made a plate of carrots, peas, mash, chicken and gravy, Jolie’s favourite food was carrots and lettuce. Sonny and Aidan also spoke at the front of the church.

Class 3 sang a well-rehearsed song to the congregation called “We thank you”. Embracing the meaning of Harvest.

Class 4 used the word Harvest to express a poignant message about sharing and how some people are starving. They showed everyone that in the word Harvest you can also spell Starve and Share.

Father Mark gave a blessing and explained that the church would be decorated this weekend with Harvest Food ready for the Sunday Service.

During the service we shared biscuits but there deliberately weren’t enough for everyone. Willow Bridger, Class 3, said, “After the service we broke biscuits in half and shared them with the person next to us. We shared so as everybody got a little bit of something rather than one person getting everything”.

We are still collecting pens, pencils, rubbers, pencil sharpeners etc. for the orphanage in Sri Lanka and will be collecting for over the next week. So if you want to give to this worthy cause just pop it into school.

This week has been very busy and very active. We have learned about winning, losing, team work, our environment and sharing with others.

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