Unicef Day for Change

The children, staff, parents and carers of Charles Dickens Primary School came together last Friday to celebrate Unicef Day for Change and to raise money for children in danger throughout the world. Children donated money to wear blue clothing or their favourite sports kit to school. They took part in football and other sporting activities throughout the day, along with activities to raise awareness of Unicef’s commitment to protecting children and promoting their rights. After school, parents and carers helped children to sell cakes, books and toys to raise even more money for the charity. Finally a huge crowd of children, teachers, parents and carers descended on Mint Street park to watch the annual parents vs teachers football match. Despite a valiant effort by the parents team, for the first time in five years, the teachers actually won!  A massive thank you to everyone who went out of their way to make the day such a success, and a huge thank you to Mr Vanson for organising the day so efficiently.

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Key Stage Two Sports Day – they came, they ran, and they got very wet!

We have a super sports day with the children in years 3 – 6 on Friday. The children competed in their house teams over a series of activies including javellin throwing, sprinting, relay, passing wet sponges to fill a bucket of water, egg ( water balloon) and spoon.

We finished the morning with our ‘fastest of the fastest’ races with the fastest girl and boy in each phase competing in a final spring race. We also held a parents race.

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Overall the winners were Blue house closely followed by red house ( amazing effort given the lower numbers of children in red house!).

Overall fastest boy Yr 5/6: Ryan (Micawber)

Overall fastest girl Yr 5/6: Asia (Micawber)

Overall fastest boy Yr 3/4: Ayomikun( Copperfield)

Overall fastest girl Yr 3/4: Giulia (Copperfield)

Congratulations to Mr Windle ( staff race winner), Nathan Emoike ( parents and ‘brothers’ winner) and Asia’s mum as the winner of our mums race – all were just so quick!!

Key Stage One and Reception Sports Day

Fuelled by lots of water breaks, and the sun made bearable through time under gazebos ( thank you to Trinity Newington Residents Association for the loan of the gazebos), 180 children had lots of fun at their annual sports day.

The sporting offer was a mix of running, jumping, balancing and lots of teamwork. The favourite ‘station’ is always ‘pass the sponges’ where the children work in their house teams to transfer sponges from the front to the back without losing lots of water to fill a bucket.

As you can see from the photographs, the main aims and more important than winning, were having fun and working cooperatively – the children did an excellent job at both! Well done everyone for great listening skills and super behaviour.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to watch – the children were very impressed when they saw some of the banners to cheer the teams on!

Thank you to Mrs Worley for organising such an excellent afternoon. Thank you also to her team of Year 5 pupils who led the different activities and did an wonderful job of showing the younger children what to do – you were all outstanding role models!

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KS2 Sports Day

Congratulations to all the competitors at KS2 Sports Day. You withstood the heat to run, throw, jump, carry, balance, relay, javelin and sprint for event after event. As ever, this great day out culminated in tug-of-war (the mothers beat fathers again and the parents beat staff yet again), final races between the fastest of the fast and the announcement of the day’s winners. This year the trophy went to……The Yellow Lions!

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Key Stage One and Reception Year Sports Day

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So it rained…

But that didn’t stop our small and super athletes. We would have loved all the mums and dads to be there cheering along but unfortunately we just couldn’t all fit in the hall! All the children coped with the new location and extra hard assault course really brilliantly – well done everyone!

Hopefully you can see from the many many photos ( as promised) that everyone enjoyed themselves and tried their very best for their ‘house’. The javelin was thrown across the MUGA, water ‘eggs’ were carried on spoons and lots of golden, silver, bronze ‘stickers’ were awarded.

Thank you to Mrs Worley and the KS1 and reception staff for delivering such a fun sports day.

Year 5 and 6 at The London Youth Games

Well done to our squad of gymnasts from years 5 and 6 on representing Southwark at the London Youth Games, held yesterday at Crystal Palace.

Brea, Sara, Deniz, Deborah, Amy and Thomas all performed in the floor work and vaulting competitions against some very stiff opposition from all over London and Croydon. Everyone put in 100% effort and we were extremely proud of each of them.

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We were placed 9th out of 29 teams in the vaulting section, which we think is very impressive given the school has only been teaching gymnastics for a short while. We now have a target to beat for next year.

Whilst we were at the games, we saw some amazing sport including diving ( see photos), athletics, swimming, tennis, football and dance! It was very inspirational to see young people competing at such a high level.

Cycling at CD

Thank you to Southwark for awarding us a grant to promote safe cycling in school. This money has been used to get bikes and helmets as well as secure lock up units for them. Our aim is to get children who may not have bikes at home, or who lack confidence on them, to learn to ride over lunch and after school. We will also be having a Dr Bike at the Summer Fair for children, parents and staff. We are delighted to have worked with Recylcing http://www.re-cycling.co.uk/ – a local business at the arches at Elephant and Castle. They provided us with bikes at a bargain price because they too believe in getting as many children as possible on bikes. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this!

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Tour de France

The Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, is coming to London on Monday 7th July. 200 elite athletes will have ridden from Cambridge to finish the third stage on The Mall on Monday afternoon.

We expect the event to pass along Embankment at around home time so there may be an opportunity for you to see the exciting climax with your child.

Because of the event, there will be road closures and some images of where will be affected are attached. The roads are planned to be reopened as soon as possible but they may remain closed until 6pm. For more detail go to www.tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance or call 0343 2221234

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Key Stage 1 Multi-Skills

It was the first session this week, with a mixture of Year 1 and Year 2 children with a focus on core-stability, balance and co-ordination. The children loved the game of ‘Popping Pirates’ – working in pairs, one partner performing a balance, and the second partner having to balance as many different pieces of equipment (cones and rubber rings) on the child performing the balance for as long as possible!

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