Our recent House Poetry Recitations Competition was an absolute triumph, with pupils battling it out to win the coveted House Cup. Following several rounds of fantastic solo and House recitations celebrating this year’s theme of ‘all around the world’, Quantocks were crowned as this year’s champions. Well done, Quantocks! Well done, too, to those pupils who scored points for their beautifully written and illustrated poems (more on that later in the week) and to pupils in EYFS, Spanish Club, Junior Choir and more, whose performances interspersed the main proceedings. Many thanks to our guest adjudicator, Mr Alex Nash, Head of English at Radley College, and to Mrs Byrne and Mr Silk for all their work with pupils behind the scenes.
Year 6 had great fun at their social recently. They pitted their wits against each other at The Boardhouse Café in Crewkerne, before returning to school for more fun in the dorms. They also started their rehearsals for ‘Oliver!’ a few weeks ago and enjoyed a surprise visit from actor James Purefoy on Wednesday evening. James gave pupils a masterclass in choreography, before teaching them about stage presence and bringing your performance to life. The children absolutely loved it (as did Mr Silk!). Thank you, James.
Huge thanks to the organisers and volunteers at the Weymouth Music Festival who gave our musicians a wonderful morning last Saturday. Our Brass Ensemble and Rockin’ Reeds each performed a set and six pupils performed in solo classes, receiving expert adjudication from Clare Jackson. We are thrilled that Alvin and James were invited to perform in the Festival Concert on Friday!
6LC presented a wonderful section assembly last week about the power of pets. From Albert’s hilarious sketch about a jellyfish to Piper’s ‘which animal are you?’ quiz, the class made a compelling case for pets which kept the audience (including Dr L-C’s dog, Angus) entertained throughout. And the best bit? It was topped off by a brilliant class rendition of ‘Pets, Glorious Pets!’. Well done, 6LC.
Many thanks to Amber and Afaq from Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, who delivered an interesting and informative STEM lecture on engineering for Years 3-8 before half term. The pair talked about the different forms of engineering, why we need engineers and which pathways pupils might take to become engineers themselves. The children were captivated, asked numerous questions and learned lots from the experience. Our biggest thanks to you both for an exceptional lecture and an excellent way to sign off the first half of term.
This year’s Community Art and Orchestral Morning on Saturday was an absolute triumph, with an 80-strong orchestra made up of local musicians of all ages and abilities coming together to play a selection of music by Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Their rendition of Symphony No. 7 was incredible, and the feedback we’ve received from those who took part (including local musicians, pupils, parents, staff and OPHs) has been very special indeed. Hats off to everyone involved and especially to the man behind it all, our very own musical maestro, Mr Shortman. We were also honoured to welcome renowned portrait artist Kelly Frank, who ran the most amazing interactive workshop for local children in Years 4-6 based on the work of Aubrey Williams. The children used their hands, mouths, feet and more to create a range of vibrant and colourful pieces – all while listening and responding to the music of Shostakovich. Huge thanks to Kelly, along with Rob, Aimie and Mrs Palmer, for a fantastic morning of creativity. And if that wasn’t enough, we also displayed an exhibition of artwork by pupils in Years 1-8 in the Grundy Hall, showing how each year group responded to the music of Shostakovich in their art lessons with Mrs Palmer. What a morning! Proud to be Perrott.
There was much excitement in Nursery this week as our youngest children listened to stories about Pancake Day and then made their own pancakes for snack time. Judging by the big smiles and empty plates afterwards, we’d say they went down well…
Year 3 have been reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes in their English lessons with Ms Bresland. The children enjoyed some interesting discussions about bravery, conflict, and machines versus nature, before illustrating and annotating their own iron men (as seen on their classroom display). They also penned their own alternative endings, designed posters to promote the story, and wrote and illustrated newspaper articles about the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon landing in Australia!
Year 6 pupils went on a history trip to The Tank Museum at Bovington this month, to consolidate their learning about life during the Second World War. They got to dress up in a range of military attire, handle artefacts, and explore the replica 1940s shop, house and Anderson shelter. It was brilliant! Afterwards, they were able to go inside tanks from all over the world and from different time periods, which they loved. Big thanks to Mr Finch and all at Bovington.