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Mr Furlong and Mr Genders
Last week we were busy learning about General Elections. Year 3 children explained to the rest of the school how a general election works and how to vote. The whole school were invited to register to vote and received a polling card. On Thursday everyone registered cast their vote, either in our polling station or by posting their postal vote.
The results of the mock General Election in the Colman Junior School constituency were as follows:
237 votes were cast.
Turnout was 98%.
The Conservative candidate received 15 votes
The Green party candidate received 37 votes
The Labour Party candidate received 139 votes
The liberal democrat candidate received 22 votes.
The UKIP candidate received 23 votes
1 vote was spoilt.
The candidate for Labour is elected as MP for Colman Junior School.
On the last day of the half term, pupils were given the opportunity to test out their survival skills at Ringsfield Hall. Having built shelters, which were tested by the arrival of a ‘storm’, children then worked together collect useful items- some natural- in order to make food and drinks. The children really did well to join in and make the most of the opportunity, and they were a real credit to the school in their efforts and behaviour. SF
The children from Japanese Club wrote and presented a whole school assembly about Children’s Day in Japan. It is a day to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. Everyone was welcomed to the hall by a recording of traditional Taisho Koto music. Then the children told us all about the koinobori legend and showed us some of the carp they had made as well as telling us about Kintaro, the boy with super human strength. We were treated to a display of the children’s strength as they flexed their muscles wearing homemade kabuto hats. The assembly finished with talk of oak leaf wrapped mochi and a recording of the traditional Children’s Day song.
Kodomo no hi everyone!
On Wednesday 8th March, musicians from the group ‘Chroma’ visited our school to perform a special concert around the theme ‘Birdsong’.
The musicians were;
cello (leader) Clare O’Connell
vocal / loopstation Kerry Andrew
violin Daniel Pioro
clarinet Stuart King
flute Julian Sperry
piano special guest concert only Roderick Chadwick
It was a very lively and enjoyable concert organised by Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Schools Project and below are some reflections from the concert.
‘I thought the music was beautiful, elegant and amazing. I learnt about a new musical called the ’Loop- station’. I’m so happy they visited our school.’
‘When I was listening to the music, I felt happy and calm because the music was meant to sound like birds and they really did.’
‘I thought the music was great because I learnt a lot about the different birds that sing in the morning.’
‘I liked the cello because I think it makes a nice sound. I learnt that the cello and bass clarinet have reeds in them.’
‘It was absolutely fantastic! I felt every word Kerry sang and every beat the musicians played.’
On Thursday 9th March, 14 pupils were selected to visit the John Innes Centre with Ms Smith and Mrs Garrod to hear some more classical birdsong pieces performed by Chroma. It was a fantastic opportunity to listen to the group performing in the big hall.
Below are our thoughts and feelings drawn after the concert.
On Thursday 16th March, 23 children in Years 5 and 6 had the wonderful opportunity to sing at Norwich Cathedral as part of a schools’ project. Leading up to the event, we had some brilliant workshops in school run by the Head of Vocal studies at Norwich School. The children worked very hard learning all the songs for memory and learning their different parts.
Despite an eventful journey to the Cathedral after the mini bus broke down, the concert was fantastic and the children sung brilliantly. We were also able to hear a demonstration of the Cathedral Organ (the fourth biggest organ in the world!) and enjoyed listening to the professional Cathedral Choir sing to us.
A huge congratulations must go to all the children who took part. Thank you as well to all the families who were able to come to the concert and show their support, it made it even more exciting seeing you in the audience!
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Book Day in style at CJS with a variety of events. Everyone looked fantastic in their pyjamas ready for our bedtime story sessions. It was great to hear different members of staff reading their favourite story. We also had a huge response to our decorate a book bag competition and all of the entries looked fantastic in the hall. Children loved browsing and reading each other’s favourite books. In addition children were able to use their £1 free World Book Day token at our fantastic book fair. At CJS we know that reading for pleasure is a hugely important part of children’s learning and it was great to see so much delight being taken in favourite books both old and new.