If you go down to the woods today… Years 1 and 2 have been making woodland creatures from clay, complete with shelters to protect them from the weather. On Friday, they will find out how effective their shelters were and if their creatures survived the week. Thanks, as ever, to our incredible Forest School leader Ms Bresland!
The Perrott Hill Science department is proudly taking part in a project to help restock the River Axe with salmon. Supported by The Axe Rivers Catchment Associaton (TARCA), formerly Axe Vale Rivers Association (AVRA), we have recently installed a tank and cooler in the Science foyer so that pupils can monitor the hatching and growing of the young alevins. Thank you to the West Country Rivers Trust for donating the equipment, in the hope that more schools will one day be involved in similar projects.
Years 3 – 8 have had a brilliant day immersed in the art of performance poetry, thanks to Mr Carmichael and Miss Williamson from The Poetry Slam. The winning teams will be performing in assembly later this week!
Special thanks to Bryanston School biologist Drew Paterson for his excellent lecture on re-wilding for Years 3-8 yesterday. Mr Paterson’s hopes for re-introducing wolves to the Highlands of Scotland after a 375 year absence particularly caught the imagination, as did his discussion on how their re-introduction into Yellowstone Park has increased the numbers of birds, beavers and bears and ultimately changed the course of the rivers running through the area. Fascinating stuff.
We are so proud of our Pre-Prep children who starred in a brilliant Christmas production of Hey Ewe! this week – with some hilarious performances. Well done to you all, and well done to all staff involved. Encore!
Well done to all our Year 7 Speech Competition finalists, but especially to Lucy, Georgie and Stanley who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively with their excellent speeches on Water Aid, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the World Wildlife Fund. A special thank you to our adjudicator, Mr Charlie Scott-Malden from Radley College.
The Perrott Hill Eco Clubbers headed up to the art room today for some ‘Art in Science’ cross-curricular work. The children painted abstract art on canvases using acids and alkalis with natural pH indicator found in purple carrot juice. A great idea Mr Andrews!
Our Year 2 String Programme is in full swing, with every child in Year 2 now being the proud ‘keeper’ of their very own violin. Many thanks to our wonderful Music Teacher Mrs Greenwood, who also runs the 0-3 Music Group on Monday and Tuesday mornings, for being such a source of inspiration and excitement.
We are pleased to announce that the Big Tree Plant is now underway! Many thanks to The Woodland Trust for the delivery of 45o trees this week, and to our Head of Science Mr Andrews for his inspirational talk about the importance of replenishing what we use. It’s great to see so many staff members and pupils getting stuck in.
Perrott Hill played host for the annual Year 6 Mock Trials this week, where six local primary schools – Perrott Hill, East Coker, Preston, Ash, Hambridge and Chilthorne Domer – battled it out in a courtroom presided over by a team of real-life magistrates from the Yeovil Magistrates’ Court. The defendant in the dock was the fictional Terry Shepherd, who was being accused of graffiting the door of a local business, with each school having to present a case for either the prosecution or the defence.
The overall winners were Ash Primary, with Perrott Hill coming second and East Coker third. Adjudicating magistrate Mr Lindsay Wilson commended the level of confidence with which the children spoke, telling them ‘it takes real guts to stand up and speak in front of your peers, and I was really impressed by all of you.’ A special thank you to our Chairman Ms Mary Ellis and adjudicating magistrates Mrs Susanna Hanson and Mr Wilson.