Our Class Assembly – The Mock Trial of Sam Jones & Pip Harris

Well done everyone this was a superb assembly!


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

🇬🇷Our Greek feast🇬🇷

Yesterday Eagles prepared, presented, cooked and eventually ate a superb feast of the finest Greek cuisine.

The menu:

Starter- Greek salad (check out their presentation!)

Main- Lamb Koftas with pitta bread and Tzatziki dip

Vegetarian main – Peppers stuffed with rice, chopped olives and feta cheese.

Side dishes- Olives and feta cheese

Dessert- Baklava

Well done to all the children for all their hard work throughout the day and a big thank you to all the TA’s who worked tirelessly throughout the day to prepare everything.

Eagles Wax Museum is open for business

Friday saw the first Eagles class Wax work museum open for business with all the children from across the school paying a visit before the parents came in the afternoon. Eagles class played their roles superbly, entering into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up as their chosen ‘celebrities’ and learning mini biographical speeches to perform throughout the day. On display we had a whole host of different celebrities who have interested, inspired or invented something amazing including Jessica Ennis, Eddie the Eagle, Ed Sheeran, Edwin Beard Budding, Barack Obama and Darcey Bussell. Thank you ever so much to all the children and parents who took the time to visit our museum and spend so much time listening to each of the children, I hope this was a really valuable experience for all of Eagles class.