On Tuesday 7th November we had a very special visit from a theatre company who presented The Wizard of Oz to the children. This was a special reward for those children who have demonstrated good behaviour at school during the last half term. At Morven Park we use the Good to be Green behaviour scheme which provides an effective way to promote positive behaviour in the classroom and around school and allows for the recognition of pupils who behave appropriately. Take a look below to see how much fun the children had...
Wow! What a spooky night we had last night at our fabulously ghoulish Halloween Disco. There were two separate disco's, one for children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 and a later one for those children in KS2. You will see from the pictures below that the children really made an effort with their scary costumes. Special thanks to all of our PTA members who have put in so much effort organising this event and decorating the Centre.
The 4th annual Morven Park Scarecrow Festival took place on Thursday 19th October. Each year group chose a theme before designing and constructing their scarecrows. At the end of the day parents/carers were invited to view them and vote for their favourite. First place was awarded to Y4 with 'Strictly', second place went to Y2 with 'Three Little Pigs' and third place went to Y6 with 'Superman'. You will see from the pictures below that we have some very creative children, which is your favourite?
This half term we've had lots of fun during our lunch breaks. We recently had a whole week of special lunches with the theme 'Food from Around the World'. During the week we visited America, India, UK, Italy and China and enjoyed some very special dinners from these countries. The theme for today's meal was 'Minions'. The Centre was decorated by Mrs Hamilton and, I'm sure you will agree, looked fantastic. Children enjoyed an all day breakfast of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, beans, potato slices and tomatoes or jacket potato with various fillings. A selection of fresh salad was available from the salad bar. For dessert children chose from a Minion cupcake, complete with banana decorations, fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit.
Well done to Rae-Ann and Jack who won a trip to Waterstones in our reading assembly. To win all you have to do is read 50 times at home and then hope your name is pulled out of the hat in our termly reading assembly.
What an amazing Summer Fayre we had on 13th July! The PTA did an amazing job organising all of the attractions which included bouncy castles, go-karts, pony rides and many, many more. There was a BBQ, a chocolate fountain and cakes galore! The children had an active part in the fundraising by having their very own 'enterprise stalls'. The rain held off and everyone had a fabulous time!
On Thursday 6th July pupils from Year 6 attended their Prom, Yvie from Class 12 has written the following:-
Today was the Year 6 Prom and I was so excited. I left school earlier so that my aunt could do my hair. I was so ready to go and dance and say goodbye to all my friends. I walked in and met up with my best friend, the music was blasting, people were going into the Centre, some were dancing and the food was arriving (it looked so delicious!).
Awards were made for Prom King and Queen who were Billy and Isabella. Prom Princes were Ronan and Charlie and Prom Princesses were Skye and Ilia.
We played musical chairs, danced and talked all night. There was a presentation on the big screen of everyone through the years, people were crying when they saw it.
Just before the end Mr Watson gave a speech and we were presented with our Year 6 Leavers hoodies, they had everyone's name on the back.
What an amazing year of sport we've had at Morven Park! Today we celebrated all the sporting achievements the children have had throughout the year. It was also a chance to recognise those groups and individuals who have gone the extra mile, both at clubs and at competitions to achieve their very best.
At our Sports Awards Assembly we were lucky enough to have some very special guests to talk to the children. Michael Johnson, ex-professional footballer with Notts County, Birmingham City and Derby County was guest of honour and gave out our special awards.
Ex-Morven Park pupils William Else (Notts County Academy), Korben, Nathan Bell along with Tyreace Palmer (Notts County Academy) gave out our football medals and ex-pupil and GB swimmer, Lily Boseley presented our netball medals.
Wow! What an amazing, action packed day we've had! Today, the whole school came together to celebrate Morven Park Day. Each year group chose and performed a song relating to this year's theme, 'Carnival Celebrations' including 'Let me take you to Rio', 'Let's get loud', 'Three little birds', 'Spice up your life', 'Feeling hot hot hot' , 'Just want to dance the night away' and Carnival de Paris/Can't stop the feeling'. Zozo, our African Drum teacher joined the celebrations with a performance of 'Merengue/Soca' with the children. The violin group and Super Singers showcased their talents with 'Circle madness', 'Walk on mars/morning sunshine' and 'You're the voice'. We'd like to say a special thank you to members of the Ashwood Church who presented their roadshow of music, fun and games. The children really enjoyed the games, especially those involving the teachers! The day concluded with a street party on the playground. We've had a fabulous day and would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and members of the PTA - your help and support really is invaluable.
EXCITING SPY DOG AUTHOR VISIT!
On Tuesday 13 June Andy Cope, author of the Spy Dog series talked to Years 2 - 6 about being an author and his inspiration behind his books. Andy also brought along Star - Spy pup herself! He then set the children various writing challenges.
The children spent time in classes completing the task whilst Andy and Star visited classrooms to discuss ideas. We then came together to share writing and some of children were lucky enough to win a prize. After school, Andy did a very popular book signing. An amazing day with plenty of smiles, positivity and happiness!
This term the theme of our special lunch was 'All the Fun of the Fair'. The Centre was decorated with a funfair theme and the menu included hotdog or burger, oven chips, BBQ dipping sauce, sweetcorn, baked beans or salad (from our new salad bar). The children finished their meal with a choice of ice cream with chocolate or strawberry sauce, fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit. A record 308 meals were served today and children agreed it was really delicious!
Our healthy tuck shop is proving very popular with our KS2 children. Mrs Cornish runs the tuck shop which is open every day at first break serving a variety of items including rice cakes, fruit/vegetable pots, plain popcorn, tube yoghurts, ice pops, plain and flavoured waters. Items are priced between 5p - 30p. We have recently purchased new bistro style tables and chairs which I'm sure you will agree look very smart.
What an amazing Easter Parade we had today! We welcomed so many parents, carers, family members and friends into school to watch our annual parade. Children were invited to submit entries in various categories including Easter hats and masks, egg transporters, Easter cakes, decorated eggs and Easter gardens. There were performances from the fabulously talented Morven Park Dancers and Morven Park Super Singers. We would like to thank the staff from Morrison's supermarket who judged the entries, I am sure you will agree that this must have been such a difficult job! We'd also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the event for all your support. Take a look at the children's creations below.
Wow! What an amazing World Book Day we had today. This year our theme was 'Heroes and Villains of books'. Children and staff came dressed as their favourite book characters and work was done in school relating to our theme. Take a look at the photo's below to see the fun we had.
The Morven Park annual Pancake Day Races took place today, Tuesday 28th February. Children from all year groups took part in the races which were held on the playground. Despite the chilly weather the children had great fun. Thank you to all the parents who 'volunteered' to compete in the parents race!
On Wednesday 25th January M&M Theatrical Production Company visited school with their performance of Peter Pan. M&M Theatrical Productions are the UK’s largest touring children's theatre company and experts in primary school productions. The children laughed and cheered and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon of pantomime entertainment.
On Monday 23rd January 24 children, Miss Burgin, Miss Halford and Miss Fawcett visited St Michael's Environmental Centre in Hathersage, Derbyshire for a 5 day residential visit. The week is filled with outdoor activities for the children to enjoy. On Monday the children visit Speedwell Cavern where they journey through the underground cave system in boats. Speedwell is set in the heart of the Peak District National Park at the foot of Winnats Pass. Afterwards they visit Peak Cavern with its unusual rock formations. On Tuesday the group splits into two with half taking the train to Grindleford followed by a walk back to the centre through Padley Gorge. The remainder of the group take a walk through the moorland of Stanage Edge with its stunning views over Hathersage. Wednesday is orienteering day. On Thursday the children split into two groups again to take the train to Grindleford or walk Stanage Edge. By Friday the children have had an amazing activity filled week and after packing up they visit Treak Cliff Cavern which is famous for its unique Blue John stone and houses some of the most beautiful cave formations found in the UK.
On Wednesday 11th January children from Y5 attended the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena. The children took part in an afternoon rehearsal followed by an evening concert. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children who all had an amazing time. Thank you to the parents who attended, I am sure you will agree it was a great night.
Today the children enjoyed a delicious 'Toy Story' themed lunch. The menu of the day was Nottinghamshire sausage, oven chips with baked beans or salad from the new salad bar. For dessert magic chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce or fresh fruit salad was served. Take a look at the pictures of the dining room below, I'm sure you'll agree that it looked fantastic!
Today we had a very special visitor in school. As a reward for good behaviour, William the Wizard came in to entertain the children with his magic and wizardry. The children were also presented with their Good to be Green Certificates.
On Friday 25th November Nottingham Road Safety Partnership visited school to promote their road safety message. This is what they had to say...
‘It was a fantastic opportunity for Nottingham Road Safety Partnership to talk to parents and children about staying safe while in the car. We were able to demonstrate, using the giant buzzwire, that you can’t do two things at once. This shows that drivers can’t text and drive at the same time; this also gave us the chance to talk to children about not to distract whoever is driving when they are in the car. We were also able to give advice to parents, using a height chart, about car seats and the law’.
Today, the children from dance club invited their parents/carers into school to see their Christmas dance show. Dancing a Viennese Waltz to 'Mistletoe and Wine' the children looked very professional in their festive costumes. It was lovely to see so many parents/carers in the audience, your support really does make a difference.
On Thursday 1st December children from the various musical groups and the performing arts club presented a spectacular Christmas Concert. Both performances proved extremely popular; in the afternoon the children performed to clients from the local residential homes with an evening performance to their parents and family members. The Performing Arts Club did a sterling performance of the Grinch complete with guest appearance from Walter, the Cockapoo!. Musical performances came from the Morven Park Super Singers, guitarists, violinists, keyboard players, rock band and recorder club. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their support in putting the concert together and to the PTA for providing the refreshments.
On Monday 21st November 22 children, Miss Burgin, Miss Halford and Mr French visited St Michael's Environmental Centre in Hathersage, Derbyshire for a 5 day residential visit. The week is filled with outdoor activities for the children to enjoy. On Monday the children visit Speedwell Cavern where they journey through the underground cave system in boats. Speedwell is set in the heart of the Peak District National Park at the foot of Winnats Pass. Afterwards they visit Peak Cavern with its unusual rock formations. On Tuesday the group splits into two with half taking the train to Grindleford followed by a walk back to the centre through Padley Gorge. The remainder of the group take a walk through the moorland of Stanage Edge with its stunning views over Hathersage. Wednesday is orienteering day. On Thursday the children split into two groups again to take the train to Grindleford or walk Stanage Edge. By Friday the children have had an amazing activity filled week and after packing up they visit Treak Cliff Cavern which is famous for its unique Blue John stone and houses some of the most beautiful cave formations found in the UK.
Today, we showed our support for Children in Need by creating a giant Pudsey Bear on the playground made entirely of coins. Thanks to your generous donations we raised £362.59. Take a look at our picture below.
Breast Cancer Awareness is a charity close to our hearts at Morven Park. Today children came to school dressed in pink with wacky hairstyles in exchange for a donation and at break time we had a cake sale. We are delighted to say that we have raised an amazing £435. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and biscuits.
A huge thank you to the PTA who put on another fabulous Halloween Disco for the children. There were two disco's, one for children in FSU/KS1 and one for the children in KS2. The Centre was decorated by members of the PTA and I'm sure you'll agree, the children looked amazing in their scary costumes! Take a look below.
The 3rd annual Morven Park Scarecrow Festival took place today, Friday 21st October. Each year group chose a theme and constructed their scarecrow which were then displayed on the playground. At the end of the school day parents and carers were invited to view the scarecrows and vote for their favourite one. First place went to Year 4 with 'Noah's Ark', in second place was Year 5 with the 'Builders Hole' followed by the Foundation Stage in third place with 'Funny Bones'. Take a look below at our fantastic scarecrows, which is your favourite?
Today we had another amazing themed lunch - 'Superheroes and Villains'. The dining room was decorated by the midday team and children were served a special yummy lunch. Children were invited to make and decorate their own superhero or villain mask which they wore during lunch.
Following on from the article below, Lily and her family would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and staff who supported the Children's Mitochondrial Disease Network at their latest fund raising event. Last week a concert was held which raised a whopping £7,000 for the charity. What an amazing achievement.
During our special Achievement Assembly today we congratulated Lily from Class 6 for her amazing fund raising for the Children's Mitochondrial Disease Network. Lily decided to raise money for this worthwhile cause by having her own stall at the school summer fayre in July where she personally raised £33.27 by selling jewellery. The Children's Mitochondrial Disease Network also raised £123.67 on the day from their own stall. Well done Lily!
At Morven Park, we continually strive to improve pupil attendance. This is done in partnership with parents/carers and is essential to children's attainment at school. Children who have achieved 100% attendance during each half term receive a certificate and are also entered into a prize draw to receive a gift voucher. At the end of each academic year those children who have achieved 100% attendance during the entire school year are presented with an 'Attendance Ted' and a wristband. They are also entered into a draw with the two lucky winners each receiving a bicycle of their choice. During the last academic year a total of 40 children achieved 100% attendance, the two lucky winners of the draw are Chelsie (Class 4) and Victor (Class 7). Congratulations to you both.
Well done to William, who received a Kindle in assembly this morning, as our reading challenge winner. William is pictured below along with the other children who received a prize in assembly this morning for reaching 50 or more times at home.
On a sunny Thursday 14th July our Summer Fayre took place. The event, which was organised by the PTA, took place on the school playground, Morven Park field and in Morven Park Centre. There was a whole host of stalls and attractions which included face painting, the Play Bus, pony rides, bouncy castles, 'Bugs and Bones' alongside a number of hot food stalls and refreshments. The PTA are pleased to announce that £1,682.66 was taken on the day. Thank you to everyone for your support.
To coincide with Euro 2016 we have had a Euro Football Challenge at school. Congratulations to Annalize, Theo, Emelia, Chelsie, Cody, Frankie, Carmella, Cory, Matthew, Callum, Carys, Thomas, Simran and Leon who have each been presented with a football.
On Tuesday 12th July the talented dancers from the after school Dance Club put on a short performance for their parents and family members. Dancing to 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Spirit in the Sky' the children looked fabulous in their new costumes. It was great to see so many parents/carers attend the event - your support really is appreciated.
On Thursday 7th July pupils from Year 6 joined together to celebrate their time at Morven Park with their school Prom. The Centre was beautifully decorated and a delicious buffet laid on. During the evening the Prom King and Queen were announced and children danced the night away to the disco. Congratulations to the following children who were voted Prom King and Queen.
Prom King ~ Louie
Prom Queen ~ Grace
Prom Princes ~ Bradley and Ian
Prom Princesses ~ Caitlin and Katie
We would like to thank members of the PTA, parents and staff members who ensured that this truly was a night to remember. Take a look at the pictures below to see what an amazing time everyone had...
Today we celebrated Morven Park with an action packed day of fun, singing, games and laughter. We were so pleased to see so many parents, carers and family members join in the fun with us whilst we performed our Disney themed songs and dances. During the afternoon we were joined by Ashwood Church with their summer roadshow where teachers and children were involved in lots of games including 'do you wanna build a snowman?' (out of toilet roll!!) and collecting eye balls from a bucket of gunge! The day concluded with a whole school street party. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the PTA members and parents/carers who helped to make the day such a huge success and, of course to members of the Ashwood Church for making it such a special day.
The Star Wars dinner on 19th May was one of the best dinners we have had. There was a choice of burger and chips or a variety of different sandwiches. It was galactically good! All the amazing decorations and food add up to make the best dinner ever. We loved it!
Written by Lucy-Rae, Hallie and Holly from Class 14