Ask, Seek, Knock. Matthew 7:7
This half term our theme is Courage. We will be learning about Moses, Esther the Brave, Ruth and Elisha the Prophet. The children will also learn about Guru Gobind Singh and Nirvana. We will be celebrating the Christian festival of Candlemas and learning about Epiphany. We will also be revisiting our school values of : Generosity and Forgiveness. Reverend Pat Townsend, Dave Woods and Chris Tabor will all be leading Collective worship this half term. Our Spirit Ambassadors will be leading a worship with the support of Mrs Broderick. During class assemblies the children will learn more about our school vision from Matthew 7:7, which is "Ask, Seek, Knock."
Following the church service in the morning, children returned to school to have their Christmas dinner. The whole school joined in with the celebrations. There was music and the table were beautifully decorated. Many thanks to the PTA for providing decorations and crackers for all the pupils. A huge well done to all the kitchen team for cooking such a delicious dinner.
Wednesday saw the whole school visit St Peters Church for a Christmas service, complete with carols and a talk and blessing from Rev. Pat. The choir sang and the school orchestra also played. It helped the children remember the true meaning of Christmas.
The pupils from year 3 and 4 delivered three amazing performances of this years Nativity, Dunchurch Tonight. The first was to pupils from the rest of the federation, and the following two performances to a packed hall of parents and carers. The singing was amazing, with a new selection of songs picked by Mrs Fairbrother. The children did a fantastic job of remembering lines and stage directions. Well done to all involved. Pictures courtesy of Mrs Page, Offshoots Photography.
Monday was year 5 and 6's turn to put on their panto-style performance, which was full of fun. The play saw two children learn to put aside their differences and recognise each other’s strengths. In so doing, they discover the true ‘gold’ that can be given at Christmas! They performed three times and had the audience singing along to The 12 Days of Christmas.
Dunchurch Statue - December 2019
Looks like the Dunchurch fairies have struck again. This time they have adorned the statue of Lord John Douglas Montagu Douglas Scott as the snowman Olaf from the film Frozen II currently running in the cinemas. The pranksters have decorated the statue for over 40 years, last year it was the Grinch and previously it has been Paddington, a smurf and postman Pat among many others. The Lord was a Guards Officer and MP who lived in Dunchurch and owned lands around the area. He died in 1860 aged 50 and his family are still one of the largest landowners in Europe. One of our school house's, Scott, is named after him. No one knows who dresses the statue every year but this is all part of the mystery that makes it so endearing.
Cookery club have been busy on Wednesdays after school cooking up a storm. In preparation for Christmas they made mince pies, carefully mixing and rolling the pastry before sculpting it into intricate Christmas designs.
Sunday afternoon saw the annual switching on of the village Christmas lights. Children from year 4 re-enacted the nativity and the choir led singing of Christmas carols, accompanied by members of the orchestra. The event was well attended and the village now looks magical.
Each year we are very lucky to receive a donation of money from Dunchurch Festival Group towards a school project. In the past we have put the money towards projects like renovating the spare classroom and the trim trail. This year we asked for money towards an exciting project to create banners for our school hall to depict the school's Christian Values of Peace, Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Thankfulness and Forgiveness. Mrs Beech and Woody kindly collected the cheque on Saturday.
On Friday we held a lantern walk from the school to St. Peter's church. The children made paper lanterns in workshops after school led by our R.E. co-ordinator Mrs Broderick. There were over 40 children and their families involved. On Friday evening the children paraded through the village and into the church, where Reverend Pat Townsend blessed the lanterns and the children. We were delighted that many people from the village came to watch and joined in and the elderly residents from Tanser Court watched out of their windows. After the blessing, we paraded back to school and hung the lanterns in our Quad. We finished off the event with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
What an exciting afternoon the children in year 3 and 4 had with the author and illustrator Alex T Smith! He spent an hour with the children sharing extracts from his two series of books - Mr Penguin and Claude. He also taught the children how to draw Mr Penguin and other characters. We are very lucky that he left us some signed sketches which are now on display in the library and also a copy of each of his books, so that children can borrow them from the library. We hope this inspiring visit will further increase the love of reading our pupils have.
The whole school took part in a special Remembrance assembly led by Steve Cook. Each child created a poppy to be placed at the front of the hall and on Monday the school observed a two minutes silence.
In preparation for the very exciting visit from Alex T Smith, an author and illustrator, a publicist from Kenilworth Books spoke to the children about what illustrators do. The children were really excited as she brought with her original art work from 3 famous illustrators, to demonstrate the drafting process that occurs before a book is even sent to a publisher. The art work will remain in school for the children to look at until Thursday.
Well done to DBJS' boys football team for a tremendous victory yesterday in the regional final of the English Football League's Kid's Cup. The competition is one of the country's largest national football competitions with over 16,000 children involved. After winning a qualifying competition, our team played Willows from Stratford at Coventry City FC's training ground. The boys won 9-1, a remarkable margin of victory, considering Willows themselves had won their own qualifying tournament to get to this stage. Later in the year we will play against teams from across the south of England. Victory at that stage will see the boys playing in the national final at Wembley in May. A big thank you to Mr James for coaching the team.
We are delighted the new trim trail installation is complete and children from across the school are enjoying climbing, swinging, traversing and balancing their way round the obstacles. The trim trail has been purchased with money from the Sports Premium Funding, Dunchurch Festival Group and also from the PTA.
The Friends of Dunchurch group approached the school and asked if they would like to contribute to the village remembrance display by painting commemorative rocks. Lots of children from across the school volunteered to paint a rock, with images of poppies, candles and crosses to help remember the fallen soldiers. Two pupils then took the rocks to the village and placed them on the memorial outside St Peter's Church.
DUNCHURCH DELIVERS DREAMS
On Thursday 24th October the pupils at Dunchurch Boughton Junior School had an Aspiration Day to learn about different careers. Everyone had fun jumping from class to class listening to a variety of presentations.
The day started with a job quiz which matched children’s skills to potential careers. During assembly the children guessed the different jobs of four mystery people. Mrs Miller, Co-head of School, joked she felt like she was on ‘Question Time’! The adults had mystery items to aid the children’s discovery. Eventually after extensive questioning, the pupils worked out what everyone did: a doctor; a spy, a British Transport Police Inspector and a radio presenter.
During the day the corridors were buzzing as the children experienced diverse future pathways. Each classroom had a different person explaining their jobs, including ex-professional footballer, Brian Borrows who had this advice for the pupils listening on how to deal with mistakes: “Yes, be disappointed but use it to get better!”
Other speakers on the day were an animator, a business owner, a vicar, a dentist and an engineer. Mr. Anstruther told reporters, “I am explaining how I became an engineer and the rules about my job.” Children also got hands on experience with some of the roles during the afternoon workshops.
Mrs Miller explained that she hoped the children would learn about some jobs that they possibly didn’t know about before. Also that the day might open the children’s eyes a little bit to more jobs that are available in the world and start to think about their future and dreams and start to go for them. It seemed to work as one pupil told us “Before we did careers day, I never thought about what I wanted to do, but now I want to be a Social Worker.”
A small group of children worked alongside a radio broadcaster to report of the day's events, this was then broadcast on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. Mrs Read, Co-Head of School, who organised the day, was delighted that it was such a success and thanked all the adults who had given up their time to work alongside the children and inspire them to achieve great things.
Written by the Dunchurch team of reporters.
Children from across the school helped Mrs Miller plan and deliver a special assembly to say a big 'THANK YOU' to our vicar Rev. Pat. The children performed two plays written by pupils and sang a song composed by another child. Rev. Pat was presented with cards, flowers and chocolate cake.
A selection of pupils from year 6 represented the school in a Tag Rugby tournament... here is their match report:
We arrived at St. Andrew’s Rugby Club with high spirits. We were chosen to represent Italy in the tag rugby tournament. Our team started in a pool of four schools; Oakfield, St. Marie’s 2nd team, Northlands and ourselves. Fortunately, we beat Northlands with a score of 6-2, rising from a previous score of 2-0. We then proceeded onto playing against Oakfield, luckily beating them with a result of 3-2. After that, we moved on to a third game opposing St. Marie’s, in which we drew with an end score of 2 all. As luck would have it, we came out on top, because of try difference and progressed to the semi-finals. Our semi-final game was against a very good side (Our Lady’s). It was an end to end game, full of tries and the game went into extra time in which we started with the ball, ran up the wing, got tug, laid it off and we scored a try… sealing the victory and moving us on to the final. The Mayor of Rugby arrived as the final kicked off and two professional rugby players stood on the side line observing both teams skills. It was a very tough game against St. Marie’s 1st team. This was a game full of tactical plays and teamwork. We went 1-0 down and at that moment we didn’t think we could pull it back, but somehow we found a bit of hope and brought it back to 1-1. Then they scored to make it 2-1 but again we fought back and somehow scored a try. We thought it was going to extra time, but in the dying seconds their defender dropped the ball which A pounced on and scored the winning try. Overall we had a great time and to top it off we won the tournament bringing home the trophy. This means that we get to be flag-bearers and do pitch side activities at the Ricoh.
Representatives from Gardening Club and Mrs Broderick attended the Ben Hall to collect our platinum award. The children had the opportunity to try on the Mayor's robes.
The whole school enjoyed watching the tour. We came back with a bag dropped by one of the cyclists. The children have been guessing what it contained. All will be revealed soon.
The past week has seen the quad redeveloped from a tired space into a new exciting area which includes spaces for: games, reading, gardening, reflection, eating, performing and playing. Children are now accessing this area at lunch and break time, as well as during lessons. There are still a few final touches to be added but it is already being well used.
The children enjoyed working with an artist to create Poles with our school values on. These are displayed in the quad.