Trip to skillzone


Today we spent an informative and fun afternoon learning how keep ourselves safe at Skillzone; where life scenarios are mocked up and explored with the help of a guide. Today we explored the home, roads, railways, safe and unsafe streets, the park, police custody and our own mental well-being. It was a memorable experience for staff and pupils alike !


Internet safety afternoon

On Thursday we were joined by Mark constabulary who taught Eagles a little more about the importance of staying safe on the internet and specifically what – and what not – to share online. It left us all thinking carefully about our digital footprint and Mark will be back with us later in the year for a follow up visit.


The Mock Trial of Sam Jones & Pip Harris

On Friday Eagles (and a selection of Goshawks) attended court at Ebley house to compete in a mock trial competition. Gastrells entered 3 teams, 2 playing the role of the prosecution and 1 playing the role of the defence. This was such a fantastic experience for the children who had the chance to be magistrates, solicitors, witnesses, ushers, court clerks, court artists and many other roles for the morning.

Friday’s competition was a culmination of 3 week’s of hard work, all the children have worked great in their respective teams demonstrating exceptional speaking and listening skills and confidence. As well as this they now have a great appreciation for how a magistrate court runs and a greater appreciation for the effects of online bullying.

‘Memories to last a lifetime and experiences that will change you forever’ – Residential 2017

What an incredible week it was!

I really hope you all found residential as brilliant as I did. I not only loved joining in with the kayking, rafting building, abseiling, high ropes (not so much!), underground maze and all the other amazing things we did on residential, but I absolutely loved watching you all conquer fears, work together in a team and support each other.

I personally would like to thank you all for making it such a superb week from start to finish, I would also like to thank Mrs Smith, Miss Saunders and Mrs Pigott for all their help in making an amazing week.

Without a doubt you will have made memories that will last a life time and had experiences that will change you forever.

Mr M


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I thought I would also share my top 5 moments on residential (feel free to share yours) – not in any order
1. The fearless attitude from many on the high ropes – ‘Mr M, how many polos will you give me if I do this next bit with no hands?’
2. The raft completely collapsing (in fact I loved this whole session)
3. ‘Emptying’ our wellies after the underground maze!
4. Listening to music on the bench after the evening walk – Little things like this are what I love!
5. Black magic, The manor art gallery and all the other riddles

Remember we have loads more photos at school so bring in your memory sticks to be able to take them home