School news

Lots of positive news from our schools so far this term:

Barrow CEVCP School has a fabulous new teaching block.Helen Ashe, Headteacher: "We are now all really looking forward to Barrow children being taught in our wonderful new classroom block for the next academic year. Our grateful thanks go to everyone involved 

Pupils at Capel St Mary CEVCP School have created a stunning quilt made up of 240 hearts to recognise the impact of the coronavirus as part of a Hearts and Hope art project. Pupils knitted their own heart with a message for what they were grateful for, or had been thinking about, during the pandemic. For more on this story, please see the EADT.  Well done to everyone involved!

Public Health Suffolk would like to encourage all local schools to take part in the Suffolk Says Thanks campaign by utilising the resources on its website and by linking with a local care and residential home. Guidance for schools is available here. So far, the following church schools are taking part in the Campaign:

  • Bedfield CEVCP
  • Great Barton CofE Primary
  • Hartest CofE Primary
  • Ixworth CofE Primary
  • Kersey CEVCP
  • Long Melford CofE Primary
  • Norton CEVCP
  • St Peter and St Paul CofE Primary, Eye
  • Stoke by Nayland CofE Primary

We would love to hear your stories if you are taking part!

Staff and pupils at St Gregory CEVCP School have looked at Harvest a little differently this year. As they were unable to hold a Harvest Service at St Gregory's Church, bring donations of food to distribute to local charities, and share God's gift of food, they decided to share something else that He gave us instead - hope. 
Daniel Woodrow, Headteacher: "Each class has discussed what makes them hopeful and the children have produced prayers, pictures, poems and posters around those ideas for our 'Harvest of Hope'. We are going to use them to make cards to send out to friends, family and the local community and we have also used them to make this video." To see the Harvest of Hope video please click here.  The school has received 50 requests for cards and the Head is appearing on BBC Suffolk Radio to talk about the wonderful Harvest of Hope.

Further congratulations to St Gregory CEVCP School for being awarded the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award for the school's work during lockdown. Also for being featured in the TES for their idea for T6 leavers last term. The school created iron-on transfers of children’s signatures to decorate school shirts. For more, please see the TES. The school also created a virtual video celebration for students to say goodbye to their teachers and school friends at the end of last term. For more please see the EADT

Stoke by Nayland CofE Primary School has a new ICT suite and has has made extensive improvements in other areas including a ‘Hideout Hub’ and a spiritual garden. For more, please see the EADT.

Thorndon CEVCP School has adopted a rainbow values’ system, with each colour representing one of seven different principals that are used to help oversee school life. The values include responsibility, perseverance, co-operation, kindness, friendliness, honesty and respect. The values are now featured on school uniforms and the school logo. For more on this positive story, please see the Diss Express.

Staff and pupils at Thurston CofE Primary Academy took part in a ceremony in September to celebrate the start of construction on a new site for the school. This new site will allow the school to accommodate 420 pupils. For more on this story, please see the EADT

Key worker pupils from Bardwell CofE Primary School have welcomed back returning pupils with an uplifting version of Here Comes the Sun. For the Bury Free Press article, please click here

Pupils at Barnham CEVCP School held a Silent Disco, please click here to have a look at the fun!

Pupils at Bentley CEVCP School entered a competition to design an altar cloth with the bible verse from the school's Christian Vision, which was judged by members of the Open the Book team. Please see the beautiful photos. The winner was Myles who used the footprints in the sand poem with Jesus walking alongside him on the right. The rainbow reflects God's promise from the Noah's Ark story too.
The altar cloth was made by parents, children, staff, Sandra from St. Mary's church at Bentley, and a community sewing group.  We are looking to dedicating this in church at some point.

Pupils at Bramfield CofE Primary and East Bergholt CEVCP Schools have been able to enjoy lessons in the open air. A parent at Bramfield kindly donated a tent (photo opposite). While a local events company kindly donated two tipis to East Bergholt.  
For the EADT article on East Bergholt, please click here

There was a great response from families at Great Whelnetham CofE Primary School to a VE Day Bunting Project.

Nicky Tyler, teacher was inspired by a feature on Look East  - people were encouraged to make bunting and display it in their windows. This beautiful montage was put together.


Headteacher at Mellis CofE Primary School, Paul Ryle has thanked parents for their support after 92% of eligible children returned to school. For the Diss Express article, please click here.  The school was also in the news when one of the pupils received a letter back from a giant, for more on this fun story from the Diss Express article, please click here

Last updated 8 October 2020.

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