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Welcome to The Vineyard School

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Welcome to the 90 new Reception children and their families that joined The Vineyard Family this week.

        Reception pupils enjoying the Learning Garden on their first day at The Vineyard School

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Thank You PTA

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Pupils and staff want to say a huge thank you to the PTA for all the hard work and commitment that has made it possible for the school to fund 3 major projects which were carried out over the summer.

Project 1 - Our Lower School Playground has seen some major changes with the addition of painted areas which include hopscotch, a huge number square, target games and lots, lots more.

Project 2 - Our Upper School playground has been completely resurfaced and new sports markings and courts have been added.

Project 3 - As mentioned by Mrs Whymark in last week’s newsletter our Lower School Hall now has a fantastic new media centre which is being used on a daily basis to make presentations and to enhance lessons and assemblies with videos, music and other forms of media

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Welcome Back

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A message from the Headteacher…

Welcome back to the new academic year at The Vineyard. I am thrilled to have been appointed as The Vineyard’s 14th Headteacher since it was founded in 1858. I would like to thank everyone for their warm welcome and it has been lovely to talk to a few of you while I have been doing gate duty before and after school. During our Professional Learning Day on Monday, staff and governors have been considering what makes the Vineyard a ‘stand out’ school and what our values are. I can assure you that there was a very long list! We also thought about the new journey that we are setting out upon together as a community; imagining where we would like our focus to be in order that we continue to improve and be innovative in our educational philosophy and approach. 

The most exciting aspect of school life is the children! I have very much enjoyed getting to know individual children as well as taking my very first assemblies. I have to say a very big thank you to our PTA for raising enough money in order for an Audio Visual system to be installed into our KS1 hall. I have used the system this week and it has been very impressive. In my assemblies with both KS1 and KS2 we thought about new beginnings and how they can sometimes be scary, exciting, fun and joyful all at the same time. We thought also about the steps we can take personally to ensure that we are the best we can be, in order to create our school to be the best it can be. I do hope you have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards Ruth Whymark

 

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Richmond Borough Sports

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©Vicki Sharp Photography

 

The much anticipated Borough Sports Athletics Competition took place on Wednesday 8th June. The sun shone and the organisers once again pulled off a great event, in which teams from 35 schools in the Borough pitted themselves against each other in all four Quadkids disciplines: standing long jump, vortex throw, long distance run and sprint. Our two teams of eight each – children from Year 4 & 5 and from Year 6 – did us proud with their exemplary behaviour and outstanding effort, and we were frequently placed in our heats. Many of our children were placed in the top 20 in both individual events and combined scores and Ava J deserves a special mention as she was awarded the best all-rounder of all the Year 4 & 5 girls. The most exciting moment of the afternoon had to have been the shuttle relay in which all 16 children compete – we started out fast but not first, it took all the effort of the first 11 runners to pull us up into first position and, once there, the final five runners were not going to lose that hard-fought lead. Later we learned that we had missed out on first place by just one second! Both our Y4/5 and our Y6 teams were placed 6th in each age group category and overall we were placed 5th of all 35 schools.

P.S. RECOUNT: It turns out that we were actually placed 3rd of all the medium-sized schools in the
Borough.  Maggie Morrell, from Richmond School Sport Partnership, came to give our competitors
their medals during assembly.

 

Full results are available at http://www.quadkids.org/Schools/London and photos are available at http://www.vickisharpphotography.com/v/photos/boroughsports17 (password: boroughsports17)

 

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London Youth Games 2017

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Having won all our matches this year, we couldn’t wait to compete at the London Youth Games. Upon arrival, we were presented with an opening ceremony which set the tone for the day’s competition. Nervous excitement filled the air as we set up for our first match. Each of our first three games were fought and won with energy and enthusiasm. We couldn’t have been more proud knowing that we were through to the quarter finals. This was the match we needed to win – and we did. It was an extremely tough game and therefore the final score line mattered even more. From this we found out that we had tied with another and had the same number of points. We all knew what that meant…the golden basket. Anxiously, we took our positions on the court and did all we could to score that all important basket. It came in the end from our very own captain! Phew! We had done it. Sadly, we lost our next match but were delighted when we found out we had finished 3rd! A great day overall and thank you to our incredible hard-working squad, Richmond Knights coach and of course, the invaluable Ms Locke.

Louis Witney, 6T & Basketball Captain

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More Sporting Success For The Vineyard School

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The smiles on the faces of our Year 5 and 6 basketballers say it all! 

These ten players gave everything at the Borough Basketball Championship on Wednesday 24th May 2017 and their efforts were duly rewarded. This team has been notable throughout the year for their unswerving commitment and drive and their campaign has not been an unbroken series of wins.  Similarly at this tournament, we did not sail through to the final unchallenged. We finished second in our group, which was enough to win a place in the semi-final, where we met Archdeacon Cambridge who had topped their group. It was a tough game, which we managed to steal in the last minute with a winning basket.  In the final, we faced local opponents, Marshgate, who have beaten us to the title in two of the three Richmond East Tournaments this year. But, our determined and skilful team were not daunted; this time victory was ours as we defeated them decisively. We will now take our place among the school teams representing Richmond Borough at the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace in July.

 We could not be more proud of this team.  Thanks must also go to our Richmond Knights coaches, who run our weekly clubs, and Y1 dad, Richard, who has coached our teams at the tournaments throughout the year.

 If you are interested in joining Basketball Club at The Vineyard, which is held on Monday morning for Y5/6 and Friday morning for Y3/4, please contact Richmond Knights directly (KnightsBasketball.co.uk)

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Ugly Bug Ball in Reception

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Limes, Blueberries and Bananas became bugs for the day today for Reception's Bug Day. The children enjoyed a lovely day playing bug games and dancing at the Ugly Bug Ball.

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Merry Christmas Everyone

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Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's Winter Fair such a wonderful event.

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A Spotacular Day at The Vineyard

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Today pupils and staff came to school adorned with spots to support this year's Children in Need Spotacular Appeal.
If you want to find out more about the good work carried out with the money raised by Children in Need then please visit     www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/childreninneed

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Pond dipping with David Attenborough

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Holly Lodge Pond Dipping

Provisions packed, Mr Cooper, Miss Creedy and a group of 10 children from year 5 and year 6 left The Vineyard School and embarked on their journey to the prickly depths of Holly Lodge in Richmond Park. After braving the long trek across cricket occupied fields, we arrived at our destination. And then we finally saw him, a prized possession of the world of wildlife: Sir David Attenborough.

Once he had opened the brand new nature trail, we began hunting for new species in Holly Lodge's pond dipping area. Leeches, Ramshorn Snails and Water Boatmen were only a few of the many creatures we found and then proudly showed Sir David.

Sandwiches and cakes followed, as we listened to a moving speech by Mr Attenborough.Then finally, the pinnacle of the day arrived; we showed our competition entries to him and talked about our inspiration behind them. Sir David also signed them all; something we will all treasure for ever. Before we left some of us were interviewed about our day.

Overall we had an amazing day and would like to say thank you to Mr Cooper and Miss Creedy for taking us.

By Amelia 6C and Lucas 6T

One of the organisers of the event, Nick Farrer, was so taken with the politeness, behaviour, confidence and knowledge of our pupils he sent the following email to Ms Pearse:

I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of the nature trail at Holly Lodge yesterday and I was so impressed with your pupils that I wanted to let you know. I lost count of the number of people who commented to me on how polite they all were, how smart they looked, how engaging and confident they were and how very impressive they were. They spoke very knowledgeably about both the pond dipping activity and their prize winning adapted animals! Many of the distinguished guests asked me which school they were from and were delighting in watching them at work and chatting to Sir David Attenborough. They really were wonderful! Very much a credit to their teachers and to yourself. I enjoyed talking to them very much and I know many of the other guests did too. What a fabulous experience for them to meet and talk extensively to such a scientist!

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The Vineyard Grand Opening

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Our youngest pupil opens the new look Vineyard School

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More Sporting Success at The Vineyard School

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Well done to The Vineyard School Football Team who have a 100% successful record this season. All season the boys have performed outstandingly and have scored 22 goals and conceded only one. Most memorable amongst their victories was their win 9-1 win over St Richard’s School which included outstanding defensive performances from our talented captain Luke and, this season’s most improved player, Fin. Xavier, who made outstanding progress as a player last year, continued his improvement and is now a player of real talent, all three boys’ contribution to the team were considerable. Up front, five times scorer, Jack and Stefan consistently put in outstanding performances and scored some great goals; particularly notable was Jack’s screamer in the 6-0 win over Marshgate School and Stefan’s brace of goals in our 2-0 over St Elizabeth's.


Most pleasing this year has been the inclusion of three Year 5 boys in the team. Super striker, Luke, who scored 5 goals and Charlie, who put in some excellent performances which included some flashes of brilliance, particularly his dribble from the half way line in the 2-0 win over against St Elizabeth’s School which almost resulted in the goal of the season, if it hadn’t been for his shot narrowly going wide. Another valuable Year 5 addition to the team was Oliver who was drafted into the squad following our talented first choice goalkeeper, Nathan, breaking his arm. I am sure next year’s team will continue this year’s winning ways with these three in the squad.


Other squad members that deserve a mention are Max who scored a great goal in our 6-0 win over Marshgate; Jamie, whose silky skills impressed at the Richmond 6-a-side tournament, our talented towering defender Jan and Daniel, whose skill and determination contributed to the team's successes.

I would like to thank all the boys and girls who have attended my Wednesday morning football club. They were a pleasure to coach and always gave 100% each week. A big thank you must also go out from me and the children to Richard Schomberg (parent of Louis, Year 5) who ably assisted me each week and worked hard on improving the childrens' skills with great success.

Mr Rosewell

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Even More Vineyard Sporting Success

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The Vineyard Year 3/4 Basketball Team were crowned Champions of the East Richmond Schools Sports Partnership Tournament 2015.

Louis (4S), who was voted the tournament's MVP (most Valuable player), was delighted with the team's success. He said: 'All the team were magnificent, we put in some fantastic performances; we were unbeatable. We played 4 games and won all of them, scoring a total of 120 points and conceding only 14. Our best victory was against St. Elizabeth's, we won 30 points to 6, the team's passing and shooting were phenomenal.'

The Victorious Team were: Rory (4L), Maddie (3SB), Elena (4L), Bruno (4L), Louis (4S), James (4S), Leon (4S),
Freddie (4S), Chloe (4L).

'We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Stutz (parent), our team coach, and his able assistant Miss Witham.'

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Football 9 - 1 Victory

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 Congratulations to The Vineyard football team.

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Cross Country Club Report 2014

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Please click below to read Helen's latest Cross Country report

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Victorious Vineyard!

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To read Freddy's report on how we won the cup, please click below.

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Madge's Tea Party

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Just to say ...

A big thank you to everyone at The Vineyard for giving me such a lovely last day.

Thank you to Ms Pearse, all the staff, PTA and parents for the cards, gifts and good luck wishes, not to mention the fantastic tea party!
Special thanks goes to all the children for the all the lovely cards and good wishes and a huge thanks to all those who participated in the afternoon assembly and all the staff who gave their time to arrange the lovely tribute.
I will remember the time I spent at The Vineyard with great fondness and hope to visit you all very soon.
Madge

 

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Goodbye Madge

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Goodbye Madge

 It is with great sadness that I need to inform you that our Chef Manager, Madge, is leaving us at the end of next week. Madge has been with us for six years, a long time to be part of our community. She is moving on to a new post involved with training and development.

Madge has been a staunch supporter of the school. The children have loved her food and we have been proud to be producing between three hundred and fifty and four hundred and twenty meals a day under her leadership. Her commitment has reached beyond the dinner hall; she has supported and cooked with us for many PTA events and will be sadly missed for her support of our fundraising activities.

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Richmond Football Tournament

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Please click below to read Luke and Charlie's exciting report and find out how we got on.

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Harvest Festival Message from 'SPEAR'

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Thank you to everyone who donated food items at our Harvest Festival assembly.

Please click below to read a message from Heidi, from SPEAR

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Solar Panels

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Solar Panels

Our Solar panels have been installed and are soaking up the sun's rays to generate electricity for the school.

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A Big Thank You to Parents

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A Big Thank You to Parents

 

Ms Buckley, Mr Cooper and Miss Tuck would like to thank parents for  the  refurbishment of the Year 6 classrooms. They are thrilled with their new surroundings.

 

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Y6 Production

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 Please click below to read a report written by Tanmay and June.

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Sponsored Walk 2014

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2,282 miles walked by 474 children

 


Well Done and Thank You to everyone involved.

Click below for to see more of the fantastic photographs of the day taken by Matthew Ford.

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Sponsored Walk

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The sun is shining so the sponsored walk is going ahead today. As its going to be a hot one don't forget your hat and your sunscreen. There is no need to bring water as every child has a water bottle that will be filled at school and then topped up at marshalling points around the park.
We hope that you can join us for the celebratory cake sale and tea party on the KS1 Playground after school.

Good Luck Everyone!

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The Vineyard Victorious

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The Vineyard School entered the Lawn Tennis Association's prestigious "Surrey Schools Summer Tennis Festival 2014" this week and came out victorious against a stellar field of schools from all over Surrey.
The event took place on Tuesday, June 3rd at Redhill Lawn Tennis Club and the Vineyard was represented by two Year 6 pupils, Jamie Kober and Tanmay Thanawalla.
The round robin doubles format of the event pitted The Vineyard against another local school, the Russell and the well known tennis powerhouse of St George's College School. The Vineyard managed to beat both these opponents without the loss of a game and in the final, Jamie and Tanmay overcame another school rich in tennis tradition, Dulwich College, for the loss of only one game.
This was a hugely successful and tremendously enjoyable tournament for The Vineyard and James Kober, their accompanying coach stated, " the boys competed to a very high standard and they were both an absolute credit to The Vineyard."

For more information on any tennis coaching at The Vineyard or Ham & Petersham LTC please contact either James Kober on 07466-808515 or JP Guillonett on 07831-806232.


 

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3 Peaks World Record

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Daniel Rushby in 3W is the youngest ever person to complete the National 3-Peaks challenge in under 24 hours! 
 
James (5S) and Daniel Rushby (3W) completed the National 3-Peaks Challenge in 23 hours, 38 minutes and 2 seconds! They started at 6pm on Tuesday May 27th 2014 and had to get up and down the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, a feat which involved around 26 miles of walking (42k), 10,000 feet of ascent (3000m) and 11 hours of driving. Both boys were great, they didn't stop walking and completed the mountains in record time: Ben Nevis in 4 hours 45 minutes, Scafell Pike in 3 hours 50 minutes and Snowdon in 3 hours 55 minutes.

Daniel is the youngest person ever to complete this challenge! The former record holder was a boy called Jack from Stoke Row School near Henley; he was a month older than Daniel so has graciously handed over the title (and even made a donation to our charities in the process).

The fantastic support of friends and family has raised over £7,000 to date for the Vineyard Community Centre in Richmond and the National Eczema Society. The Vineyard Community Centre exists to serve our local community, helping those in crisis and giving hope for a positive future to anyone feeling isolated or marginalised. They run a morning drop-in centre for the homeless and others in crisis in Richmond, a community cafe and the Richmond Foodbank, which provides emergency food for local people in need. The National Eczema Society aims to improve the quality of life of people with eczema. Although it may not be the most high profile of conditions, eczema affects more than 6 million people in the UK, including 1 in 5 of all children. James and Daniel's youngest brother Ben suffers from eczema and has to endure the ritual of daily moisturising to relieve the itching.

If you would like to make a donation or would like more information about their challenge, please visit their website:

www.virginmoneygiving.com/FamilyRushby.

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Vineyard Kids do Ben Nevis

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This weekend 30 children all current pupils and siblings will be climbing Ben Nevis the highest mountain (@1400 metres) in the UK . For all of these children it is the completion of the ‘3 peaks in 3 years’ challenge. The fundraising website is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/vineyardkids2014.
The money raised will be eaqually split between The Vineyard School and Bombolulu.

 

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School Travel Plan

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Everybody knows how much easier it is to travel when the streets are clear during the school holidays.

With more children being driven to school than ever before, blocked roads and congested school gates are a familiar sight. Most children live within walking or cycling distance of their school so it makes sense to give parents and children some school-run alternatives.

School Travel Plans (STPs) are a key tool used to manage traffic and transport across the borough. A STP is a plan that sets out how a school intends to increase levels of walking, cycling and use of public transport for the journey to and from school.

The Vineyard School's Travel Plan

We at The Vineyard School are setting our targets high and hope to achieve Sustainable Travel Accreditation for our Travel Plan. To achieve accreditation we have to undertake a number of initiatives aimed at reducing car journeys and promoting more environmental friendly forms of travel. Many of the initiatives are driven by our School Council who, throughout the 2013/14, will be delivering assemblies, promoting green travel competitions and holding coffee mornings aimed encouraging the Vineyard community to take public transport, walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Other School Travel Plan initiatives include:

 

  • Wow, the walk once a week scheme
  • Walk to school week
  • Cycle, walking and scooting safety sessions
  • Cycle maintenance sessions
  • Numerous assemblies promoting green travel
  • Coffee morning for parents promoting our School Travel Plan
  • Newsletters to the school and local residents
  • School Travel updates on the website
  • Sponsored Walk
  • School Travel Plan noticeboard
  • Promotion of car sharing by teachers
  • Walking Bus
  • Additional cycle shelters
  • Relocation of existing cycle and scooter shelters
  • Provision of teaching on environmental issues/travel
  • School assemblies on green travel and safety delivered by School Council and Junior Safety Officers
  • Signing up to Eco-Schools

There is more detailed information on our School Travel Plan in the 'About Us' section of our website.
Our full School Travel Plan can be viewed under Policies in the Parents' Zone section of our website.


Latest news on our School Travel Plan

  • The School sent out details of our participation in the Walk to School Week
  • The School Council presented an assembly on Green Travel and the Walk to School Week scheme
  • The School Council announced our Greener Travel poster competition
    - A4 poster on any aspect of environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school
    - Closing date Friday 16th May 2014
    - Posters to be handed into the school office with full name and class written on the back

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The Iron Man

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Following a literacy unit of work on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, we had an exciting lesson planned out for making our own models of the main character (Iron Man). Firstly, we had to bring in all of the materials we needed to make our Iron Man; the year 4 teachers provided each group with some masking tape.
We had 90 minutes to make the model and to plan out the design so we had to work quickly. There were different varieties of the Iron Man and, even if I say so myself, they were all amazing.
After about 45 minutes (despite the fact that it felt like 15minutes) of hard work, we went for assembly. Luckily, there was still another 45 minutes to go! Back to work, by this point everyone was exhausted however, still energetic.
At the end, when everybody had finished, we took pictures of the model Iron Men. As a result of year 4’s hard work, we got reward time the very next day.

by Rubie & Shirav

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Year 5 Maths Challenge

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On Tuesday 1st April, several children – Jemma Rubens, Zoe Mak,Lily Quick, Xavi Altern, Asher Kapinos and Lily Johnson were selected to take part in an out of school maths challenge at Greycourt School. The eight rounds included observation, shapes and missing cubes. Xavi stated: “Everybody enjoyed it and, on top of it all, you could LEARN!” It was also fun. In Asher’s own words because: “Not only the children did it; our parents and teachers attempted the challenge whilst they cheered and watched.” We all agreed that it was an amazing experience although the questions were difficult. We were delighted to find that our positions were second and fourth.

In conclusion, we all enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes maths. Make sure you practise maths and good luck to upcoming competitors!

By Jemma, Asher, Xavi, Lily Q, Lily J and Zoe, Year 5

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Trip to Richmond Park

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Henri Rousseau observational drawing

On Tuesday we went to Richmond Park because we were going to make a jungle season. We drew some plants and animals like leaves, flowers, ducks and bees. We didn’t just draw shapes of plants and animals. We did the veins of a leaf and the details of an animal. We walked around and looked at all the exciting animals and plants, some we haven’t seen before like a leaf with tiny flowers under it. Some we see every day like roses.

By Leila Year 2

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The ‘Fourth Plinth’ Competition

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Tuesday saw an amazing influx into the school of wonderful artworks made at home and submitted for the Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth Schools’ Award competition. The brief was to create a three dimensional work in any medium inspired by the contemporary sculptures which have adorned the empty ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar square in recent years. One winner from each year group has been selected to be submitted to the London wide competition. The winning designs from all the London boroughs will be photographed and the photographs displayed in an exhibition at City Hall later this year. Keep your fingers crossed for our six entrants! A huge number of children entered the competition, bringing artworks of an extraordinarily high standard. KS2 hall was filled with models including a stag, double decker buses, lions, cars, the London eye, abstract works, Peter Pan, miniature gardens, Big Ben, boats, a monopoly game, a maypole and a huge stick of rock, to mention but a few. Illustrating the theme ‘What London means to me,’ the sculptures showed wit, humour, creativity, literary and geographical knowledge, as well as great design skills and engineering ability. This made the task of choosing six ‘winners’ almost impossible.

Eventually Miss Kay and I selected six works to be submitted to the City Hall competition – congratulations to Ryutaro and Freddie UB from YR, Eva A and Elena D from Y1, Lucas H and Dalya from Y2, Dinelle and James G from Y3, William and Lara H from Y4, Lottie and Grace from Y5, Poppy and Kate H from Y6. Everybody had an opportunity to view the other entries on Tuesday, but regretfully, because of the building works, there is nowhere to display the models in school so they must be taken home.

We hope, though, that children and parents had as much fun creating the works as we did judging them, and in this respect every one is a winner!

Ms Randall

Click below to see some of the competition entrys

 

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Building Site Visit by School Council

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Building Site Visit by School Councillors Lucy and Otto (Year 3)

Last Friday we were luckily enough to visit the building site with Mr. Rosewell. We were really excited and honoured because we were the first children in the school to do this. We even visited the site before Ms. Pearse! She was very jealous.

Our visit started off in the Primus Meeting Room where we had an induction from Site Manager, John Gover. This included a talk about health and safety on the site and first aid procedures. Next we were given our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) this consisted of a hard hat, safety shoes and a hi vis jacket. He also took our photographs which were put on to our site pass.

 After our induction John walked us over to the site, we were very eager to see the new classrooms. As we walked over to the building site all the KS1 children ran over to the fence to see what we were doing; we felt very special.

First of all John talked to us about how the roof was going to be constructed and the different materials that were being used by the builders. The first rooms we looked at were the old 2S and 2K classrooms; this was particularly thrilling because these were our old classrooms. Things have really changed; it is now a colossal empty space.

Next we looked at the new classrooms, it was really weird because there was no roof and you could see the sky. We were really surprised by the size of the classrooms, they looked really big but Mr. Rosewell reminded us that all the furniture still had to fit in.

After we had seen all the new classrooms we walked back to the meeting room and took off our PPE. It was all too good to be true; this was one of the best things we have ever done at School! When we got back to class we were full of it, we told our classmates all about our fantastic visit.

 Lucy and Otto (Year 3 School Councillors)

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The Vineyard is Top of the League!

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National League Table Success for 2013 Y6 Vineyard Pupils

The National League Table results for the 2013 KS2 SATs results were published yesterday. The 2013 cohort of pupils was particularly strong; this was reflected in some stunning results for this year group.

Vineyard pupils were in equal first place across the whole country for the new Level 6 paper for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. As this subject and examination was entirely new to the curriculum, the result is particularly pleasing. 

Congratulations for being No. 1!

Vineyard Pupils of all abilities ranked 13th across the whole country for their combined scores on the reading, writing and maths papers.

Vineyard higher ability pupils in maths ranked equal 18th place across the whole country for Level 5 and above results.

These are amazing results and we congratulate both pupils and staff for their outstanding efforts.

 

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Away in a Manger

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This year's Reception and Year 1 Nativity play, Away in a Manger, was a roaring success. Eva, who played Mary, said that she was very nervous before the show, but after a while she relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed it. Michael, who played Maurice the Mule, said he was very excited before he went on stage and even more excited at the end. 
Merry Christmas from all the Receptioon and Year 1 children.
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Harvest Assembly

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A big thank you to the children of 3W who put on a wonderful Harvest Assembly today entitled 'Countdown to Harvest'. The theme was the importance of saying thank you at harvest time and thinking of others less fortunate than ourselves. The children and parents also sang favourite harvest songs including Cauliflowers Fluffy and Conkers!. Thank you Misss Wilson, 3W class teacher, and Mr Marsden for putting on the assembly and to parents and carers who kindly donated food which will be be given to our friends at Spear.

If you would like to find out more about the good work that Spear do then visit www.spearlondon.org

 

 

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Ofsted Report - OUTSTANDING!

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Despite the considerable changes that have been brought into place by the OFSTED inspectorate, The Vineyard School has once again been awarded outstanding in all categories of the inspection.

Indeed, the report highlights how the school has continued to improve following their previous inspection. The areas which are scrutinised by a team of three inspectors are: the academic achievement and progress of all pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the school’s leadership and management. All four were deemed outstanding.

This outcome followed a rigorous inspection of all aspects of school life including lesson observations, meetings with children chosen at random, a detailed examination of school data and documentation, collation of parental opinions and an inspection of school books. The report commented upon the consistently high standards throughout school and noted that pupils reach the highest academic levels with children leaving the school with a love of learning whilst being over a year ahead of other schools in their attainment; thus, they are extremely well equipped for secondary school.

Teachers’ commitment, subject knowledge and skills throughout the entire school were praised whilst the Head, Judy Pearse, and her leadership team were referred to as ‘inspirational’. The Inspectorate also noted the wide and varied curriculum provided for the children through the teaching of music, the arts, sport and the many visits organised by the staff. In addition, that pupils are encouraged to be responsible for their environment and are actively involved in fund raising activities for various charities, such as a partner school in South Africa, was mentioned.

Daphne Mather, Chair of Governors, commented that: “Although we are aware of the exceptional educational provision that The Vineyard provides, it was extremely gratifying to have our opinions ratified by the OFSTED inspectorate. We are all extremely proud.”

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Vineyard Kids do Scafell Pike

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On 13th July, 56 Vineyard children, supported by an army of parents and carers, will attempt to climb Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. Starting at just a little above sea-level and climbing to a height of 978 metres, Scafell Pike is a steep challenge. With fierce winds and none of the comforts of more well-trodden mountains (such as a train, a café or even a loo!), the summit of Scafell Pike can feel like you’ve landed on the moon!

The children are hoping to raise lots of money for our school and for our new partner school, the Bombolulu School of Promise in Mombasa. Please support them by sponsoring them through the following website:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/VKDSP

You can find out more about our preparation for this challenge, as well as previous and future challenges, by visiting our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VineyardTriplePeakers).

If you or your child would like to get involved in future challenges or simply to join us for some local walking, please contact Helen Locke (hrlocke@gmail.com) .

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Bombolulu School of Promise

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        Happy Children at Bombolulu School                             Hugh and Paul after their talk to the children

 

We are delighted to announce our new link school is the Bombolulu School of Promise, Mombasa, Kenya. We intend to forge strong links with our friends at Bombolulu including shared school projects and raising funds to help them improve their educational opportunities.

We are no longer linked with Lambani School in South Africa as there have been changes made to the way that LINK, the organisation that coordinates international school partnerships, now operates. LINK now collects charitable funds from Great Britain and then distributes the money to various deserving projects across Africa. At a School Council meeting back in March it was decided that it is important we are linked with one particular school so that we can receive news from our linked school, work on shared projects and see how any funds that we have raised are being spent. As a result we decided to move away from the new LINK set up and select a charity that supports one particular school. We looked at a number of possible schools in economically developing counties and chose The Bomolulu School of Promise.

Last week Paul and Hugh from The Bombolulu Charity came in to speak to the staff and children and launch our partnership. They showed us photographs and told us all about the good work they do to help the children at the school. Paul and Hugh suggested that the first project we could help Bombolulu with was the resurfacing of the children's playground. The current playground surface is inadequate and is prone to flooding. Helen Locke, a Vineyard parent who is organising a sponsored climb of Skarfell Pike next month, has kindly agreed that some of the money raised will go towards this project. This is a great start to our relationship with Bombolulu.

We wish our friends at Lambani School all the very best for the future and look forward to helping and establishing close links with our new friends at Bombolulu School of Promise.

If you would like to find out more about The Bombolulu School of Promise click here

Click on read more to see some photos of the children at the school.

 

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Borough Sports Day

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 Borough Sports was one of the most terrific, tough and tricky days throughout many years at The Vineyard School. 

 

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Anyone for Tennis?

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Well done to our Y3/4 Tennis team who took part in this year's Surrey Lawn Tennis Association Competition.
Click below to read a report.

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Bug Day in Reception

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The Bumblebees and Ladybirds all had a fun Bug Day today. The highlight of the day was the Ugly Bug Ball.
Click on read more to see some of the children's work.

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World Book Day

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All the children had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. Thank you to all the parents for helping to get the children's book character costumes ready - they really looked a picture! We were lucky enough to have three inspiring authors visit the school and the children learnt a lot about the process of writing a story. Hopefully the day has left the children feeling enthusiastic about both reading and writing!
A very big thank you to Miss Mitchell for organising the day.

Click on read more to see some more pictures taken on the day.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Wednesday of this week saw our Chinese New Year celebrations at school. The children enjoyed making lanterns, listening to a Chinese story teller, watching a Chinese Lion Dance and lots, lots more.

Click on read more for the children's accounts of the day and to see more photos.

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Paralympian visits The Vineyard

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We were lucky enough to have John Cavanaugh, the paralympian archer visit our school. He told us all about his experience in the Paralympic Games. He brought in his bow and arrows and showed us how to shoot it correctly. He also showed us his gold and silver medals that he had won. In the London Olympics he came in 7th place. He hopes to be in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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Tag Marathon

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Yesterday children, staff and parents got their running shoes on to raise money for solar panels. Despite the rain and mud a great day was had by all. Congratulations to all who ran and a huge thanks to all the parent helpers who helped turn the event into a truly enjoyable and memorable experience for the children. In total over 500 miles were covered and over £21,000 raised.

The biggest thanks of all though must go to David William whos hard work, energy and enthusiam made the day possible.

Click on read more to see Daisy's account of the day and more images from the marathon

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Rat Attack!

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This week Year 4 put on an outstanding performance of The Pied Piper of Hamelin for the school. Parents, pupils and staff were entertained by rapping rats, tap dancing cats, disco dancing and amazing singing and acting. A big thank you to all the Year 4 children and staff for providing such fantastic festive treat.

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London Youth Games

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Last weekend the 2013 London Youth Games, Europe’s largest annual youth sports event began with the cross country event at Hampstead Heath. Team Richmond came third overall in the girls' competition and first overall in the boys' competition. This is the first time the girls' and boys' results have been separated and what brilliant results they are! This also means Team Richmond are Cross Country Champions for the third year in a row.

This is a tremendous result considering over 1700 of London’s fastest runners were competing from 32 different London Boroughs. One of the youngest competitors was Eric (Vineyard 6C) who qualified for the U13’s whilst still 10. Congratulations and well done to Eric.

 

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2012: A Very Special Year

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2012: A Very Special Year

2012 was an historic year for this country and The Vineyard School played it's part by marking the events that made it such a special time. Mr Rosewell and Daphne Mather, Chair of Governors, have put together a book of large colour photographs of The Vineyard community enjoying the year’s two major historic events – the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and London 2012. The book, entitled 2012: A Very Special Year, is on display in the reception area outside the office so please take a good look. The book includes photographs of our maypole dancers performing for Her Majesty; the wonderful PTA tea and cakes tent; children waving their Union flags at Holly Lodge; The Vineyard’s famous ‘human flag’; scenes from Jubilee Day; our colourful Olympic opening ceremony; athletics at both KS1 and KS2 sports day; the day the Olympic torch came to The Vineyard; the visit from 4 time Olympic Gold medallist, James Cracknell and lots more.
If you would like a copy of ‘2012: A Very Special Year’ you can order one from the school office. The large hardback version (as displayed) with a printed cover and dustsheet will cost £60 and a slightly smaller softback version can be purchased for £25. To purchase one please hand in a named envelope containing a cheque (made payable to The Vineyard School) and an indication of whether you would like a hard or softback version. Your order needs to be made by Friday 26th November.  

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Popupolympics

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During the summer Vineyard families took part in the Popupolympics at Kings Meadow, Kingston. As with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics The Vineyard's Popupolympics were full of great sporting achievement, excitement and more importantly was great fun.
The Popupolympics, brain child of Vineyard parent David Williams, aimed to raise money to install solar panels at the school which will save energy costs and will help the environment.The total raised was a terrific £6,000!
A massive thank you to all the families who took part and helped to raise such an amazing total.
Although £6,000 is a fantastic sum it will only get us a 4KW solar panel. Our aim is to purchase and install a 10KW panel which will need a further £10,000 so keep your eye on the website and newsletters for future solar panel fundraisers.
Thanks again to the families who took part and a massive thank you to David Williams for organising the event.

To see more photos taken on the day click on read more.

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Olympic Dreams

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The Vineyard Chamber Choir sang with other choirs from schools across the borough last night at Richmond's Olympic Dreams Concert. As well as some uplifting singing, the audience were treated to an amazing evening's entertainment that included an Olympic style opening ceremony, dance and poetry.

Click below to see more photographs taken at Olympic Dreams

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Summer Fair

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This year's Summer Fair was a resounding success. A big thank you to parents, staff, governors and children who helped to make it such a fantastic afternoon. Particular thanks must go to Tone Ward, the event organiser, who worked tirelessly on behalf of The Vineyard Community to make it an afternoon to remember.

To see more photos please click below. All photographs courtesy of Gail Foggarty

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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

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Friday 1st June was our Diamond Jubilee Day. Mr Marsden organised a wonderful day of celebration to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60 years as our Head of State. This followed the Diamond Jubilee event down on Richmond Park where our country dancers performed for Her Majesty.
Click below to see two Power Point Presentations of our Jubilee celebrations.

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The Vineyard performs for Her Majesty

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On Tuesday Her Majesty The Queen visited Richmond Park to celebrate her Silver Jubilee. The Vineyard School made a huge contribution to the Queen's special visit. The highlight of the day was a wonderful Maypole dance performed for the Queen by our country dancers. The PTA kept visitors to the park refreshed all day with tea and cakes and despite the rain hundreds of our children lined the road in the park and waved Union flags. It really was a very special day; we hope the Queen enjoyed herself.

Click below to see some photographs of the celebrations.

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Basketball Champions!

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Year 3 and 4 basketball team win back their title!

The year 3 and 4 basketball team competed in the Richmond Knights tournament at Christ's
school on Tuesday 1st May and came home victorious, having won all four games to regain their title as champions!

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Budgie Found

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                'Fernando' the Budgie

Mr Rosewell caught an escaped blue budgerigar on the school field on Monday evening. If you hear about anyone locally who has lost one please call the school.
At present 'Fernando', is residing at Mr Morley's house where he is being very well looked after.

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Madge's Apple Crumble Recipe

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Madge Lynch, our school chef, is often asked by the children for recipes. One particular favourite that Madge is often asked about is her delicious Apple Crumble, click below for the recipe.

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Living Eggs

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At the beginning of this week we welcomed 'living eggs' to Year 1 ready to hatch! The children watched and waited and there are now 6 lovely fluffy, chirpy chicks. We look forward to seeing them grow over next week, after which time they will go back to the farm.

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Richmond Knights Basketball Tournament

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Richmond Knights Basketball Tournament

 This week our Year 3 & 4 basketballers took part in the Richmond Knights Basketball Tournament at Christ's School.
To read a report of the day click below.

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Visit to The Royal Ballet School

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This week Mr Marsden's Country Dancing group visited The Royal Ballet School.
To read the children's report of the visit click below.

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The Richmond Borough Football Festival

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Last Friday The Vineyard took part in the Richmond Borough Football Festival. Despite the freezing conditions our team put in an excellent performance.

Click below to read Sam's report of the day and to see more photographs.

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Pandora's Premiere

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Last week saw the premiere of this year's blockbuster movie, Pandora's Box. The film was very well received by the audience of Year 6 pupils and their parents.

Click below to read Alisa and Joe's report and see some more photos of the evening.

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The Olympic Factor

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The visit to The Vineyard of The Official London 2012 Olympic Torch has inspired a number of sporting successes. Click below to read reports on Richmond wide tournaments in basketball, rugby, cross-country and football.

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Armistice Day marked at The Vineyard

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Armistice Day marked at The Vineyard

The children and staff at The Vineyard paid their respects to the fallen today by observing a period of silence at 11 o'clock. All children attended an assembly on Thursday on the significance of the Armistice. The assembly was delivered in a sensitive and age appropriate manner and ended with a short period of reflection.

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The Circus comes to The Vineyard

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Following the entertainment provided by Happy's Circus, the school laid on a Circus Week. This included the children working on a wide range of cross-curricular circus-themed activities including learning to walk on stilts, writing poetry and our Circus Creative Arts Day. Click below to see our Circus Powerpoint Presentation which includes photographs of the circus itself and the some of the highlights of our themed week's activities.

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London Youth Games

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London Youth Games

Congratulations to The Richmond Team who were victorious at this year's London Youth Games held at Crystal Palace. Basketball ace Tim, from Year 5, took part in the games as the youngest member of the Richmond Basketball team. Well done to Richmond and Tim!

Please click on read more for Tim's report.

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Richmond Borough Sports

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Last Wednesday The Vineyard took part in the annual Richmond Borough Sports at St Mary's University. Our children competed in the 75 metre sprint, 600 metre long distance race, long jump and the vortex. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you the staff and parents who braved the rain and supported the athletes.

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Wimbledon here we come!

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Last week the Year 3/4 Vineyard Tennis Team went off to compete in the Richmond School's Tennis Tournament at Greycourt. The children returned to school with gold medals and an enormous trophy, which almost matched the size of their smiles.

Click on read more to see photos of the victorious team.

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The Sponsored Walk

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Despite the rain all year groups had a great time on our sponsored walk. We all got very wet but the rain somehow made the day even more of an adventure. Although some year groups had to cut short their walk and despite the heavy rain everyone enjoyed the day.

Hannah from dolphins class said: 'I loved the sponsored walk, the rain made it even more fun. I got very, very wet. We walked all the way to Petersham Playground but when we got there it was too wet so we went under a shelter to try to keep dry, then we turned back to school. As soon as we got back I changed in to my dry PE kit. It was nice to be warm and dry again. We had a special assembly and we had a cake. My cake was lemon, it was nice'.

Money is still being collected and next week we should have some idea of the amount raised. If you haven't brought in your sponsorship money yet please could you bring it in to the school office as soon as possible. The money is going towards a new outdoor classroom which is to be installed next week.

Click on read more to see some photographs taken by Dylan and Joel's mum.

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Disco Fever

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The KS2 Hall was rocking last night as junior children danced the night away at their annual disco. The children had a fantastic time. Thanks to DJ Charlie Farlie and all the parents and teachers that helped to make it such a great evening.

Click on read more to see photos of the evening.

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The Richmond May Fair

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This year's Richmond May Fair was a great success, due in no small part to the The Vineyard School community. Shreya (Year 4) was this year's beautiful May Queen, our choir sang their hearts out at St Mary Magdalen's Church and our maypole dancers performed for the crowds down on Richmond Green. Parents and Governors also played their part selling delicious cakes and smoothies from our PTA gazebo.

Thanks to all who played their part, especially Mr Marsden who worked so hard to make it a May Fair to remember.

Click on read more to see other photos from the Maypole

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Solar Connect comes to the Lambani School

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Solar Connect comes to the Lambani School

The Vineyard School is delighted to announce that the money raised by the 3 Peaks Team is to be spent on the installation of solar panels and the purchase of ICT equipment and training which will allow the children at our link school in South Africa to use the internet. The total cost of the project is £3,600 which will come out of the  £5465 raised by our team of parents who completed the 3 Peaks Challenge last year to raise money for our link school in South Africa. Any money not spent on this project will be kept aside and spent on the Lambani School at a later date. One exciting result of Lambani going online will mean we can set up lines direct lines of communication with our friends in South Africa.

Please click on read more for a detailed outline of the project, a powerpoint presentation and a video showing how Solar Connect has been used in other schools in South Africa.

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Year 3 Tobago Party

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This half term Year 3 have been working on a cross-curricular study of Tobago.This has involved producing powerpoint presentations; designing tie-dye t-shirts; studying the geography of the island and lots of literacy work based around the book 'Gregory Cool' about on a boy who goes to live in Tobago.

To end the half term's work with a bang the children had a Tobago Party with Tobagan food and music: there was even limbo dancing.

Click below to read Ella, Isabella, Jamie and Tanmay account of the party.

 

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'Egg'citing news from Year 1

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Year 1 are proud to announce the arrival of 10 new chicks. 10 eggs arrived at The Vineyard last week and the children in Year 1 have monitored their progress carefully. One by one the eggs have hatched into 10 healthy chicks (9 girls and 1 boy) and they are now happily chirping away in their incubator under the care of the Year 1 children. The chicks have become the stimulus for class discussions; writing and numeracy activities; learning how to care for living things and the understanding of life cycles.

Oscar in Seahorses says: 'They are very cute and it is very exciting watching them hatch. They peck at the shell from inside; this is called pipping. I love our chicks, especially the boy. We are going to name them soon; I think we should call the boy chick Oscar'.

Year 1's new arrivals

The day by day progress of the chicks can be seen on the Year 1 fronter page

 

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The Vineyard Strikes Gold

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Larry with the children

It’s not every day that an Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist comes to visit our school but on Wednesday we were honoured to welcome Larry Achike to The Vineyard. Larry signed autographs and had his photo taken as the children worked through a strenuous programme of sponsored exercises as part of the Super Sports Challenge.

After the children had recovered Larry delivered a whole school assembly where he demonstrated how to do the triple jump and told us what it was like to be an Olympian. The children and staff were totally enthralled by our special visitor. There were gasps of amazement when he hopped, stepped and jumped from one end of the KS 2 Hall to the other. Kelly, from Dolphins class, was lucky enough to be chosen by Larry to join him at the front at the assembly. Click below to read Kelly’s account and see some photos of the event.

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Vikings Rock!

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Year 4's Christmas production was a musical extravaganza which took a trip through the early middle ages looking at how invaders and settlers have shaped English history. It was educational, colourful and very entertaining. A big thank you to Year 4 pupils, teaching staff and parents who helped to make it such a resounding success.

Click on read more to see some of the highlights of the show.

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The Innkeeper's Christmas

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This year's nativity play, The Innkeeper's Christmas, was a roaring success.

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Santa Vists The Vineyard

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Santa Vists The Vineyard

This Year's Christmas Fair was the best ever! There were lots of attractions including a crafts stall, a tombola and tasty refreshments; the star of the show though had to be Santa!

A big thank you to all the parents who worked so hard to make it such a resounding success.

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The Best Playtime Ever!

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All the children agreed that today they had the best playtime ever!

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Cross Country Competition

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On Friday, 26th November, The Vineyard School's Cross Country Team braved the freezing temperatures and joined teams from other local schools for the inter-borough competition in Richmond Park.

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New Bicycle Shelter and Benches

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A big thank you to Transport for London (TfL) who have provided us with a new covered bicycle rack. This was made possible by the Vineyard's continued commitment to enouraging more environmentally friendly and healthy forms of travel through our School Travel Plan. We will be installing a new scooter rack in the next few weeks which will be situated behind the bicycle shelter.

Please ensure that any bicycles and scooters left on school premises are securely locked.

The efforts of the school in trying to reduce car usage has also been recognised and rewarded by an additional grant from TfL which we have spent on 3 new benches for the KS1 playground.

Click on read more to see our School Travel Plan

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Thank you PTA

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The children at the Vineyard would like to say a big thank you to the PTA for providing them with new surfacing for the playground climbing frames. The two climbing frame areas now have a brightly coloured, safe rubberised surface which was paid for by our generous PTA.

The designers of our new surfaces, pictured above, chose an underwater theme for the keystage 1 climbing frame and 2-D shapes and a big red snake for keystage 2.

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Hindleap Warren

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Hindleap Warren

Hindleap Warren, located in the Ashdown Forest, was thoroughly enjoyed by the eccentric year 6 of The Vineyard School. Many people who aren’t usually confident showed great confidence in most of the activities. Everyone made lots of new friends and learnt how to do new things like keeping a room clean and tidy. There were loads of fun (and scary!) activities including the trapeze (which was a favourite of many), archery, Earthwalks and the Forest Adventure where we got SERIOUSLY MUDDY!!! The night walk with Mr Cooper was scary though very fun! Finding your way through the pitch black tunnels was cool, especially when Jessie found that Sam’s boots glowed in the dark. It was a very tough last day at Hindleap Warren because of the week of awesome events. But leaving was not a choice.

By Jessie and David, Y6

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The Primary Prom

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The Primary Prom

On the 6th October the Vineyard Choir took part in the Primary Prom at The Royal Albert Hall. Click on read more to read Tessa's account and to see photos of the day.

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Road Safety Competition

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Our Junior Safety Officers (JSOs) delivered assemblies today on road safety awareness. The assemblies' theme was 'Be Safe Be Seen' and emphasised the need to take extra care when crossing the road now that the dark winter evenings are drawing in. As part of this initiative the JSOs launched a poster competition; click on read more for the competition details.

 

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Wendy's No Wash Week

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Wendy's No Wash Week

Wendy Turner Webster, Patron of the animal charity VIVA and Vineyard mum, is having a 'No Wash Week'. During the week beginning 29th of November Wendy will be doing lots of mucky jobs to highlight the plight of factory farmed ducks. If you wish to sponsor her please visit www.JustGiving.com/WendyTurnerWebster .

If you want to find out more about the work of VIVA visit www.Viva.org.uk

 

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Harvest From Our World

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A big thank you to the children of 3S who put on a wonderful Harvest Assembly today entitled 'Harvest From Our World'. In addition to telling us about harvests from around the world, favourite harvest songs and hymns were sung including Cauliflowers Fluffy and Thank you for the Harvest. Thank you Miss Sheppard, 3S class teacher, and Mr Marsden for putting on the assembly and to parents and carers who kindly donated food which will be taken down the hill to our friends at The Vineyard Project.

 

 

 

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New Link School for the Vineyard

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New Link School for the Vineyard

We are delighted to announce our new link school is the Lambani Primary School, Limpopo Province, South Africa. We intend to forge strong links with our friends at Lambani including shared school projects and raising funds to help them improve their eductional opportunities.

Due to the amazing efforts of our 3 Peaks Challenge Team, who raised £10,930.96, we are able to donate £5465.48 to Lambani. We are currently in conversation with Lambani through the Link School Development Team to choose a worthwhile project to spend the money on; two possible projects are the installation of solar panelling and the building of latrines. The Vineyard school is also going to benefit greatly from the 3 Peaks Challenge through a very generous donation of £4372.38; the other beneficiary is the Mountain Rescue Team who will be receiving £1,093.

Click on read more to find out about our friends at Lambani School.

If you would like to find out more about Link Community Development go to www.lcdinternational.org

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Quality mark awarded to the Vineyard Kitchen

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Quality mark awarded to the Vineyard Kitchen

The Vineyard canteen can now proudly display the Red Tractor logo which is awarded to kitchens that have met a range of food standards. The Red Tractor logo guarantees that the food our children are eating has met standards that cover the production of all meats, fruit, vegetables, salad, flour, cereal and dairy products.The standards cover how the food is sourced, food hygiene, animal welfare and care for the environment.

If you want to find out more about the Red Tractor mark then visit www.myredtractor.org.uk

 

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Record Breaking Roast Dinner Day

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Record Breaking Roast Dinner Day

 

Take part in the record breaking 'Roast Dinner Day' on Wednesday 29th September.

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Welcome Back

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Welcome Back

Welcome everyone to a new school year.  We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready to make 2010/11 the best year yet at the Vineyard School. It has been a great start to the year; the children have returned happy and full of enthusiasm.

We particularly want to welcome our new families and staff members and hope they are quick to settle into the Vineyard community.

In addition to some staff changes we also have some changes to the school building and grounds including a new toilet block in year 1; new blinds in year 3; new lighting throughout the school and to be completed very soon, newly resurfaced climbing frame areas in the KS1 and KS 2 playgrounds. We have our generous PTA to thank for the resurfacing work which will create an attractive and safe area for the children to play on.

There are lots of exciting events happening this year so make sure you keep your eye on our website for school information and news. 

We look forward to seeing you at the meet the teacher meetings which are taking place over the next two weeks.

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