St Leonard’s athletes win Gold to represent Hastings and Rother

Pupils from St Leonard’s CEP Academy have won the Hastings and Rother sports hall athletics GOLD medal. Mr Ray, the sports coach commented, “I am so proud of them all’, their effort, perseverance, team work and courage was there for all to see.”

The children beat 65 other schools to win the gold medal. They will now represent Hastings and Rother in the Sussex finals later in the year.

An Autumn of Creative Learning Journeys at All Saints CE Junior Academy

Year 6 took part in a Victorian Day! Dressed up in Victorian costume, the children had a taste of what school would have been like and were visited by a Victorian inspector. They used ink and a dip-pen to write, played traditional games and were taught about advances in engineering. As well as this, there was an opportunity to handle artefacts and inventions from the period. It was a fantastic finish to the learning journey!

Year 6 CSI used their science skills to solve a crime at the end of their topic last term! Amongst other things, they used chromatography to test inks, analysed handwriting styles and matched up finger prints to discover the identity of the culprit. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and immersed themselves in the business of forensics.

Year 5 Graffiti Art Project. After weeks of looking at urban art, having a graffiti artist visit the school and planning a design for the wall of the ‘Language Lounge’, Year 5 finally presented a ‘Grand Reveal’ of their completed graffiti style art work to family members and friends on the last day of term . Everyone was very impressed with the finished art work which provides an amazing focal point to our playground!

Hastings Castle. As the culmination of the learning about the ‘Battle of Hastings, ’ Year 4 pupils visited Hastings Castle. The pupils were able to explore the castle ruins and imagine what it may have been like in on the site in 1066.

Sierra Leonne Football Tournament

Year 6 went to a football tournament supporting Sierra Leone. The event was an inter-school tournament with many schools participating. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams played brilliantly, supporting and cheering for one another. The girls’ showed real team spirit and positive attitude throughout all their games, improving from game to game. The boys’ team went on to win the entire tournament! It was a gripping final and they earned the top spot which was amazing.

Thrive Garden Parade – Year 3 took part in the Thrives Garden Parade. This parade is now a annual event and involves several of the schools in the Hastings and St Leonard’s area. The parade celebrates children’s aspirations, creativity and achievements.

Remembrance at Central CE Academy

On Friday 10th November, the whole academy assembled at Central’s amazing poppy display, to observe a 2 minute silence during a service of remembrance.  Thank you to the volunteers from the Bognor City Band who played the Last Post.

At Central academy this year we gathered all together, to have a remembrance service. A musician played ‘The Last Post’ with his trumpet; the song was very peaceful. We made some blood coloured poppies to remember those who died in the wars. We all made them with red silken material, black pipe cleaners and a green balloon straw to make it look like a straw. It was fun! We went outside in our individual classes and planted our poppies in silence; we also stood for a two minute silence to show our respect for the people who died for us. We are very appreciative!

By Heidi Masters and Kiera Ewins, Year 6.


War time rations at St Leonards

Year 6 at St Leonards have been learning about WWI and WWII. They used only war time rations to prepare a meal that included a chocolate cake made without eggs and chocolate! Mr Berhane was in school that day and enjoyed sharing lunch with the children.

Viking day at St Leonards


Pupils of St Leonards have been learning about Vikings and made the following comments.

On Viking Day we made Viking bread, longboats, longhouses, runes and maps. I loved Viking Day.


On Viking Day we had a big battle. I enjoyed the battle because we fought like Vikings and Anglo Saxons

On Viking Day we had a big fight. I enjoyed the bread with honey and apple juice because it tasted really nice and it was like a Viking feast.

On Viking Day we made yummy delicious Viking bread and ate it with honey at the end of the day. I enjoyed the battle because it was such FUN!

On Viking Day, we acted out a fantastic raid and we took turns to be Anglo Saxons and Vikings.

I enjoyed making the bread because it was very interesting to know what the Vikings ate. We ate it with honey and apple juice.

St Leonard’s Harvest

Children sang, reflected and shared prayers of thanks at the St Leonards Harvest festival. Donations of food were given to the Hastings Foodbank.