Thursday, 23 December 2010

Yellow snowman visit.

Team colour day was an eventful, fun and messy affair.
The yellow team were joined by a new team member but he soon disappeared in our warm classrooms.
A black hat and carrot are currently awaiting collection in the lost property bin.
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Goodbye Sophie

Last day of term proved eventful with a filmed performance of Street Child for parents and an emotional cheerio from and for Sophie who is leaving us for the land of the big moose and the red maple leaf (Answer = Canada!).

Not far then?

Liam was nominated by the pupils to present Sophie with a memento book with photos and messages.

Cheerio and Good Luck.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Feed the world

The children enjoyed Christmas dinner served up by the staff.

DJ May was in control of the CD player so we had a variety of classic Christmas tunes including "Feed the world" by Band Aid .

Once again Mrs Henchy and her team served up a turkey treat and the children (and Mrs de Sausmarez) wore their Christmas fancy hats and sang along.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Winter Is Celebrated In Style With 'The Snow Queen'

ALL of Newport's children have proudly presented an amazing performance of the 'Snow Queen'
The Snow Queen is a tale about an evil witch who kidnaps Kay and hides him away in her ice palace, guarded by her sprites. Gerda, his faithful foster sister, sets off on a quest to rescue him. With the power of her magic rose and the help of the crows and other characters on her journey, she finally releases Kay from the icy grips of the Snow Queen.

'The performances were amazing, all the children were incredible. I'd like to thank all the staff in all the support they have given' Mrs. Ewing.

Here are some highlights of the production. All photos are part of the CD that can be purchased for £3 from the school office.

Evil ice sprites from 3I

The comedy value of the crows.

The Snow Queen hypnotises Kay into her way of life.

Gerda picks up the magical rose. She then sets about trying to rescue Kay from the evil grip of the Snow Queen.

The whole school join together to sing the finale . The children then went on to perform this play to over 400 adults in 2 evening performances. Well Done to everyone involved: pupils, parents and staff!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Play time this Christmas

Yes its panto season and our whole school has been busy practising their lines and singing in preparation for this week's play "The Snow Queen".

Today there were two "sell out"performances and there will be another final performance on Wednesday evening.

However there was no version of "Ice ice baby" which would have been apt under the circumstances.
Here are a sample of photos of year 5 pupils who have practised and performed so enthusiastically.

The major speaking roles were awarded to Alex and Shannon as the Prince and Princess whilst Liam was the principal footman.
As usual Mrs Ewing and Mrs Lock have directed Snow Queen with great success supported by a team of costume designers and prop makers led by Mrs Wiseman.

Cheerio Chloe Jo

It snowed on "Chloe's" two final days in Newport.

All the pupils had prepared a top secret card which we hope she will receive in her new home in Germany.

All the pupils want to say "Good Luck" and we will miss you.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Newport and Belle Vue Schools OPEN

Monday 6th December 2010

Both Belle Vue and Newport Schools will be open as normal today.

We are looking forward to sharing your poems, snow vehicle designs and pictures from your snow days. Bring your work in to share with your class - the best examples will go on display!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Newport School Christmas Fayre

The Newport School Christmas Fayre will now take place on:

Tuesday 14th December
at: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Come and join us for mince pies, mulled wine and a spot of carol singing!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Belle Vue and Newport Schools Closed Today

Friday 3rd December 2010

Unfortunately, due to continuing adverse weather, both Belle Vue School and Newport School will be closed today.

A new date for the Newport Christmas Fayre will be posted here soon as will any further updates.

Well done to the following children who have already submitted excellent poems through wizkid: Kyle, Kaitlyn, Shannon. Aimee, Arran, Christian, Ellie and Rhiann. Log on to wizkid to read them and to post your own!

Children can log onto their wizkid account to find lots of fun 'Snow Day' activities to do.

If your children cannot log onto wizkid, then here are some ideas for what they can do:

1.) Have a go at writing your own snow poem. You could describe how the snow looks, feels, tastes, smells and sounds. Can you illustrate your poem and bring it in for display?

2.) Can you create a poster to advertise the forthcoming Christmas Plays? The best posters will be used in school!

3.) Fruit and vegetable pictogram/graphs!
Have a look in your kitchen and count how many different types of fruit or vegetables you have. How many of each type do you have? Create a graph or pictogram showing us. We will create a display back in school. safe and wrap up warm!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Judo 4 Juniors coming to Newport next term!

Assembly today was an exciting and particularly inspiring affair with some judo exercises with Judo 4 Juniors instructors.

The whole school were fascinated and enthralled by the moves of Natalie Hall, a Great Britain judo representative for over 10 years along with her fellow instructors who were giving the pupils an opportunity to try judo.

Judo will be coming to Newport next term with morning sessions commencing at 8am .

There is a fee of £40 for 10 weeks tuition with free intial judo suit hire in the first term .

Judo4juniors are affiliated to Camberley Judo Club (CJC) who have produced successful international judokas.

Further details can be obtained from the admin office

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Hot off the e mail - Newport reds have drawn either:

Herne from Petersfield OR Purbrook from Waterlooville.
We will wait for their result and arrange a fixture asap.
With the weather as it is the 3rd round draw has been allowed to pass over until the new year if they cannot play their games.

Games for the 4th round need to be played by 27th January 2011.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Feed the birds

It may look warm in the photo but the weather has certainly got a lot colder recently. Year 5 have been sorting out where to place some "new" bird feeders in the school grounds.
We have placed feeders of fat balls and peanuts in the avenue of trees leading to the front entrance.
"We have a supply of fat balls but could always do with more supplies of peanuts, sun flower seeds or other suitable bird food" Mr Kellett told Mr Edmunds.

Crisis? What crisis?

With the cold weather and the heating crisis in upper school, year 5 were challenged to bring in their warmest and best hats. Engineers and plumbers were called in but no fashion police were called to arrest anyone ..........
and the winner was: everyone!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

No problem with problems.

We've been hard at work in Maths.
The white boards we use are invaluable.
Here is a typical year 5 Maths question involving ratio :

In a large tin of chocolates the ratio of soft centres to hard centres is 3:1. If there are 40 chocolates in the box how many hard centres are there?

Here is a typical year 5 response!

Where's Isambard Kingdom Brunel?

Year 5 have been playing a typical Victorian game that was a forerunner for the very well known "Where's Wally?"

A bridge too far...

This week Year 6 pupils followed in the footsteps of the famous Victorian engineer , Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was reknowned for building bridges. The task of making a strong bridge from nothing but paper, glue and a few nuts and bolts might have been daunting for some however it was greeted with relish by the 13 teams competing in the build a bridge competition.

The teams were briefed by Dr Hayley Tamblyn & Charlene Knox of CardGeotechnics Ltd on the various different bridge types: arch,beam and suspension. Armed with this knowledge, the teams had only an hour to build a bridge that could transport a truck over a gap of 50cm.

Newport's team were praised by Dr Tamblyn on being one of the first teams to pay close attention to constructing a strong reinforced deck. Aaron , in particular, impressed the judges with his attention to detail. Everyone on the Newport team contributed to ensuring the bridge was completed on time.

All the great team work paid off and Newport succeeded in building a strong bridge although they found the testing rather nerve wracking as judged by the expressions on the team's faces.

Well done to Gemma, Aaron, Juho, Irron, Lewis and Cameron who really enjoyed the practical aspects of this challenge and now have a greater understanding of the skills needed to undertake civil engineering projects.


Year 5 pupils are hoping to have a socksessful time in the Christmas fair next week ( Thursday, December 2nd.).

The class were divided into groups, just like in the Apprentice and have been creating socks to fill with sweets for the Christmas fair. It wasn't as cut throat as the Apprentice but there was a lot more glitter just like Strictly Come Dancing. At the end it seemed as if more glitter was left on the carpet than the actual socks.
Year 5 would like to apologise to the cleaners for the glittering carpet they left wasn't them apparently. please come along and buy our socks and help the school .

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

No go for Newport

Newport girls suffered their first league defeat as they lost 1-3 to a very good St Bernadette's team this week.
The girls played very well and Mr Lee the referee sent an email congratualting the girls on their impeccable manners and respect.
Newport levelled with a goal from Meila but unfortunately could not contain the very strong St Bernadette's girls in the second half. Again Mrs Henchy took a large squad of girls to the game and everyone played.
Our final game this year is next Friday (December 3rd) at St Peter's. It is not hard to find and is near St Patrick's. Just ask Mrs Henchy!
This will be the final game for Chloe and Sophie who are both moving abroad very shortly. We will all miss you girls.

B team buzz at St B's

Newport boys B team played another friendly tonight. This time our opponents were St Bernadettes .

Some of the boys were making their school debuts whilst others were making their second appearance in our new red Santander sponsored shirts.

On a chilly but dry evening the boys were bolstered by a few more year 6 boys and they were much better organised against a fast and enthusiastic St Bernadette's team.

After a frantic start St Bernadette's opened the scoring with a great shot past Luke in goal . This didn't deter the boys and there were some close shaves at either end before their best player scored a long range scorcher (which surprised him as well) just before half time to make the score 0-2.

The second half started with Rohil and Jordan coming on as subs and the game remained very evenly contested. Jake went close with a few good shots but Newport let in a really sloppy third from a corner and despite a lot of tackling and dribbling by Muhammet and a great effort from James the game ended in a well deserved win for St Bernadette's.
However this was a great team effort from the Newport reds. All the players impressed but special mention should go to Muhammet who tackled and challenged for every ball.

Team: Luke (captain) Jack M. (vice captn) Arran D., Muhammet, Aaron Y., James, Luke, Rohil, Jordan and Jake . MoM: Muhammet. Final score :0-3.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Elvis was in the building......

All the school got dressed up in spots or stripes or as a celebrity today in aid of Children in Need. Very apt as year 5 have been studying the difficult plight of children in Victorian times.

Year 5 pupils came in an assortment of spotted and striped fashions and celebrities unknown to Mr Edmunds. Kesha ? Selina Gomez?

No fashion police were involved in today's fun fund raising.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Joanna double stunner sinks St Patrick's

Newport girls finally started their league fixtures with a great 4-0 win against Saint Patrick's.

In a game which they dominated they squandered a host of chances before a long throw in was deflected into the goal by the home goalkeeper. Bizarrely there was a second goal just like this whilst Joanna impressed with her strong running and two superb goals to sink any hopes St Patrick's had of salvaging a draw.

Players today were Amelia, Megan, Elise, Meila, Chloe, Rachel, Ellen, Sophie, Shannon D. and Joanna.

This season has started so well and all the girls have had an opportunity to play for the school. We have never had so many girls so keen to play football.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Victorian day

Year 5 went back in time to recreate a Victorian day. It was an opportunity for the pupils to dress up and have a bit of fun and understand the hardships children faced in Victorian times.

Going to school in Victorian times varied greatly depending on how rich or poor you were. Most children at the start of Queen Victoria's reign actually didn't go to school but went to work.

The day passed so quickly that perhaps we should have a Victorian week next year?

Christmas cooperation with Connaught.

On Wednesday morning the year six classrooms were empty, no hardworking pupils or staff were to be seen. Could it be that those strict Victorian teachers, Mrs Lloyd and Mr Edmunds had given out a dreadful punishment to the upper school?

Well, no the reason was not sinister at all.... With the Christmas fair rapidly approaching, Year 6 had been invited by our link secondary school, Connaught, to join them for a morning of packed full of design & technology /ICT.

The schools have been collaborating to make pencil pots to sell at Newport school fair. Year six were split into three groups which rotated around the different tasks. Using the D&T workshops, pupils were given "hands on" experience of the pillar drill and electonic lathes. Miss Land, Head of D&T, briefed the children on the safe use and operation of the machinery. Soon the wooden pencil pots, customised to hold six pens/pencils, began to take shape.

The task of publicising the Christmas pencil pots was done in the spacious ICT suite where pupils, ably assisted by Mrs Williams and some of her year 7 pupils, designed some eye catching posters to attract potential pencil pot customers .

This hard work in the workshop was followed by an energetic work out in the gym however it was not only the body that was exercised in this session. Children were given some tough challenges, using various items of PE equipment. The value and importance of listening and team work were highlighted as can be seen in the photographs. A fun time was had by all under the guidance of Mr Munnings from School Sport Partnership.

All to quickly the morning came to an end, the mission to manufacture the pencil pots had been accomplished. It was a great experience to visit and work at Connaught, with many former Newport pupils keen to greet their former teachers and schoolmates . Many thanks to all the Connaught staff who made us feel so welcome and to Mrs lock for organising the visit.

Just a reminder that these wonderful pencil pots will be on sale at the Christmas Fair on Thursday 2nd December at 6:15pm.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Tricky Tangrams

After studying 2D shape this week, Year 6 decided to apply their knowledge of the properties of polygons...

Eagerly, we tackled Tangram puzzles which originate from ancient China.
This puzzle requires you to piece together 7 shapes in order to form figures and objects.

It's a tricky skill, but eventually we got there!

In the immortal words of Rolf Harris, "Can you tell what it is yet?"