St. Leonard’s CEP Academy enjoyed world Book Day. All the children dressed up as favourite book characters. During the week the children explored new books and authors, wrote stories and created books for other year groups.
The Dance Club at The March CE Primary School have performed at the Alexandria Theatre in Bognor. The pupils had been rehearsing hard, before and after school to produce their wonderful routine. Lion King was the theme and they amazed the audience with lifts and animal dance motives. They received much applause and deserved their Gold medals which they shared during morning worship in school. The children were commended and told that they were a credit to the school.
A huge thank you to their teacher for her additional time and commitment and also to the parents for the wonderful costumes and effective makeup they provided.
Move over Dali – you have competition!
Pallant House Gallery have held an exhibition of outstanding Art from pupils at The March CE Primary School. This was the culmination of artwork from budding artists who produced it over a period of 5 weeks.
Alex Bogard, Learning Co-ordinator at Pallant House had invited the academy to be a ‘School in Residence’. An after-school club ran in the studio with all resources and materials supplied by the gallery. The children had ‘free rein’ to the exhibitions in the gallery and were inspired by the current exhibition of Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden.
Alex Bogard enthused, ‘I am so impressed by the standard of art produced by Years 5 & 6 pupils.’
As a result of their success the school has asked to be in Residence again next year.
On 22nd January, a group of teachers and pupils attended an awards ceremony at Hastings Museum
and Art Gallery. Pupils said, “to become a Heritage School, we had to demonstrate that we had delivered an effective heritage project that included learning outside the classroom.”
The academy embarked on a centenary project that involved every class studying about World War 1. Staff from Historic England and Humanities lead for Christ Church CE Primary & Nursery Academy, supported staff in accessing resources that helped pupils to learn more about St Leonards during WW1 and its impact on local families at that time.
Classes designed scrapbook pages which can be seen at the Hastings Museum and Year 4 sent cards to local residents informing them about the soldier from WW1 who had lived there. Members of our local community happily displayed posters about their past resident in their front windows.
The academy are proud of the work and research carried out by pupils.
The academy marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with a special Remembrance Service for Year 1 to 6 in Christ Church.
They were so pleased that Major George Bryce, a member of the congregation at Christ Church, was present to lead the pupils in a minute’s silence.
The service celebrated all the knowledge pupils’ had gained about the community during that time and gave them an opportunity to express their thanks in memory of those who had given so much.
Mark Talbot, DCAT’s CEO has led collective worship at St Leonards CEP Academy focusing on DCAT’s Vision and Values. A year 3 pupil commented,
‘I think Mr Talbot was really brave. He told the whole school he was afraid of birds. That is a brave thing to do. He was really funny too. He talked about potential and how DCAT can help us to have that and I found that interesting. I really liked meeting him.’
St Leonard’s PE staff are nominee’s for an innovation award.
The academy is also the subject of an Active Sussex case.
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The March CE Primary School has joined the trust as from 1st December 2018.
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Christ Church recently purchased a smoothie making bike as part of their Healthy School Project. The aim of this marvellous machine was to raise awareness of healthy choices, not only in what to eat and drink but also in the value of exercise.
Children from across the academy had the opportunity to find out about how the bike worked as well as designing and making their own smoothies.
Mr Kamara, Headteacher from our link school in Hastings, Sierra Leone provided the pedal power and children chose a range of healthy ingredients to create their super smoothies.
Hayden from Year 6 said, “I made a melon, honey and apple juice smoothie. It was the best smoothie I’ve ever had, sweet and really tasty.”
At the end of September, twenty five Year 6 pupils and three members of staff, took part in a Big Sleep. They built structures using cardboard boxes and slept on the floor of the academy hall. The feast was purely water and biscuits; with no treats available! This event was to raise money for the Sea View Project but also to encourage awareness of the plight of homeless people; their lack of comforts and privacy.
One young person complained that he hadn’t slept a wink but others quickly commented, “Well what do you think it must be like for somebody sleeping on the street.”
Sponsors were very generous and the academy raised over £250 for the charity. Children and adults commented that they would do it again but they enjoyed going back to their own beds!