24 Hour Cyclathon
Our 24 hour cycling marathon brought our whole school community together in the most positive and heartwarming way. From beginning to end, it was wonderful to see so many people – children and adults alike - getting involved, working together, being active… and having lots of fun!
Excitement had been building throughout the day as we saw the kilometers adding up! By the time our school day had finished, collectively, we had cycled the distance from Abbey Road, across the Pyrenees to Spain! By 9am on Saturday morning, 6,133km had been accumulated… as far as the east coast of Canada!
Our biking challenge had been organised by the school’s cycle club to raise money for Heartlink, a charity that had supported Year 5 pupil, George Mosely, as he underwent life-saving heart surgery, Diabetes UK, which helped another Year 5 pupil, Harry Steel, following his recent diagnosis as well as the Home School Association of Abbey Road. Over £2000 has been raised so far. If you would like to contribute, here is the link to the webpage: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/abbeyroadbikeclub
The moment when Harry and George crossed the finish line for the final time was very emotional. So many people had gathered to witness the closing moments of the journey and the sense of community and team spirit was tangible.
Massive thanks to Mrs Dussek, Chris Hunt and the cycling club team for organising the event. Persuading people to ride bikes non-stop for 24 hours is impressive enough… but to do it with a smile, even more so! They are such an inspiration and I remain in awe of their dedication… and stamina!
Thanks to Penny Briscoe for giving up her time to start the official countdown; to our band of parent volunteers, who worked together to count laps, provide encouragement and sustenance. And finally, thanks to children, staff and parents for supporting the event with such enthusiasm. Well done everyone – an awesome team performance!
Children from all year groups enjoyed exploring different world religions today. Through art and design, drama and role play, cookery, reading, writing and music, they learned so much about some of the different religions and beliefs which are represented within our school community.
As well as learning a little more about the differences between religions, we also talked about similarities - and the children enjoyed hearing stories from different religions, which promoted many of the same values and beliefs.
Here are just a few photos from our busy and interesting day.
The Girls' Football Teams Strike Again!
We want to say a big well done to the Yr5s and Yr6s girls' football teams, who went to the Family of Schools tournament on Saturday 29th April. They fought hard against the other teams and the Year 6 team even managed come away with the 1st place trophies. You can see from their faces how proud they were of themselves. We want them to know that we are very proud of them too!
Abbey Road's playground was filled with the friendliest looking bunch of young pirates this morning. They may have been brandishing pistols and cutlasses, sporting tattoos, scars and hooks, but their excited and happy smiles gave them away!
After receiving appropriately piratical story books from a rather special treasure chest in our whole school assembly,
children made their way back to classes (after sharing their costumes and best pirate poses with everyone!). Giant golden coins of the chocolatey kind were up for grabs as special awards for fabulous literacy work and everyone was raring to go!
The day most definitely inspired the children. As I made my way around school, I heard all about the kidnapping of Sunshine and Rainbow Bears, I carefully examined lots of very detailed treasure maps in the hope of finding buried treasure, I read and heard some awesome descriptions and stories, I marvelled at classrooms that had been transformed into giant galleons and enjoyed many, many enthusiastic conversations with pirates big and small all keen to share their learning.
During the afternoon, our 'Book Swap' took place and, thanks to your support, the hall was filled with so many books waiting for new owners. Children chose new stories for younger brothers and sisters as well as for themselves, and it was lovely to see them browsing and selecting with such care.
Here are just a few photos to give you a snapshot of our day.
Young Voices 2017
Glee Club members from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 joined together with over 6000 other schoolchildren at the Genting Arena in Birmingham to take part in ‘Young Voices’ 2017. The children had been working really hard with Mr Marshall to learn the words and dance moves to a number of different songs. After an afternoon of rehearsals with the conductor, choreographer, guest performers and other school groups, we were all more than ready for our dinner and a bit of a break before the audience started to arrive.
The show was totally amazing – being part of something so big, so professional and so impressive was an experience never to be forgotten and although we didn’t get back to school until 10.45pm, and we were all rather tired the next day, we have so many wonderful memories of an awesome day.
Google Come to Abbey Road!
Today all the children in Key Stage 2 got to go on a Google Expedition. This is a virtual reality experience that allows the user to travel to the farthest flung parts of the planet, and beyond! Some even travelled to the moon! Although we can't show you what exactly the children were looking at, we can show you how much fun they had as they peered into the viewfinders!