Wyburns had an absolutely fantastic day today with Pete from Nebula Artistic (www.nebulaartistic.com). We stomped, clapped, body-popped and finger-clicked our way into a frenzy! Even some of our governors joined in!
Every class participated in a Stomp-style, dance workshop, and the day culminated with KS2 performing to the rest of the school in the lovely sunshine.
Year 2 had a fabulous morning at the Infant Music Festival today. They joined pupils from Barling Magna, Ashingdon and Richmond Avenue to sing and play music and celebrate all things 'weather'!
The children sang out with great relish and particularly enjoyed the demonstration of the conductor's collection of brass instruments. PL was amazing and actually played the tuba - even though it was bigger than her!!
Well done to all the pupils and teachers of Year 2 who worked really hard preparing for this spectacle.
The brilliance was shining out across the hall. Our maths quiz team were on fire!!
Four pupils from Year 6 competed today in the Essex Schools KS2 Maths Competition and secured a phenomenal second place - our highest ever finish! They managed to rack-up a terrific score that on another day could have been a winning one - but we were pipped to the post at the last minute.
We were so proud of your performance. The teacher from another school who worked with you sought me out to tell me how brilliant your teamwork, enthusiasm and perseverance were. Congratulations and Go Team Wyburns!!
Today we went to for afternoon tea with the Ladies' Fellowship at Rayleigh Methodist Church. The children performed a selection of songs that they will be singing at the Young Voices, O2 Arena concert next week. The ladies seemed to really enjoy the show; joining in with some of the more familiar ditties!
After the sing-song, the children enjoyed refreshments kindly provided by the ladies and sat and chatted with the members about how times had changed since they were at school. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and only wish we could have stayed a little longer to hear some more stories.
Many thanks to Rv Phil Warrey and the ladies for enabling this visit to take place and particular thanks to the Fellowship for their generous donation to our school fund.
Well goodness me - what wonderful singing!! Once again, the children pulled out all the stops and put on a truly magnificent, sometimes moving, and certainly memorable performance. We raised the roof and kick-started Christmas with a bang!
Thank you to all of those who so generously contributed to our collection for Little Haven's Children's Hospice, across all of our Christmas performances. In total, you raised a staggering £343.39 - I think this might be a school record!
Many thanks also to Rev. Phil Warrey and all of the volunteers from Rayleigh Methodist Church for hosting us. A particular thanks to Keith with his wonderful organ - this really adds to the occasion. Finally, thank you to Heather Glynn, Chair of Rochford District Council, for attending as guest of honour. She was very complimentary and thoroughly enjoyed herself - presenting the school with a wonderful book on trains!
Rayleigh Methodist Church were very pleased to host Wyburns Christmas Carol service on Wednesday 16th December.
The standard of the singing from the children this year was even better than last year. They obviously are enjoying their singing, and get a lot of value out of it. Singing is good for body and soul! The children that read the Christmas story and prose were word perfect, and were great little performers putting a great deal of effort in. The practicing that they had done paid off handsomely. I was particularly impressed by the prayers that the children had written themselves, and they were prayed with great feeling and faith.
Again one of my new favourite carols Wise Men (from Out of the Ark) was performed, and the children have promised to teach me this when I go in for assembly on Friday. The church was packed with all 230 seats filled, and the parents, grandparents and friends were most appreciative of all that the children did. The congregational singing was also much better this year – thank you parents, grandparents and friends for singing out well.
At the end of the service we took an opportunity to say thank you to all the teachers from the school for all the hard work they have done. Parents, be rightly proud of your young people, and of the school that they attend. It is always a pleasure to go into the school for assembly, the atmosphere in the school is just right, the right amount of respect, the right amount of joy and right amount of positive learning.
We look forward to opportunities for future events and working together. We wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Rayleigh Methodist Church has it’s Carol service on Sunday 20th at 4pm, followed by mince pies. If anyone would like to come along and teach our congregation Wise Men, we would love to see you. www.rayleighmethodistchurch.org.uk
Rev. Phil Warrey
Congratulations to the netball team who won 13 - 0 this afternoon! We are all so proud of them because it was only their second match of the season. We were not only impressed with their netball skills, but also their enthusiasm and team spirit. Here's to the next match in 2016.
Well done everyone! GO TEAM WYBURNS!
On Wednesday 14th October Wyburns' girls football team went to The Deanes School to play in a tournament.
The first match was enjoyable - mainly because we won! The score was 1 - 0 to us, thanks to TD; in fact all of the goals were thanks to TD! The next match could have gone either way - the opposing team was evenly matched with us, therefore we drew 0 - o. Although there were no goals, it was extremely enjoyable. The next match we won 2 - 0, again thanks to our top scorer, TD. The final match did not go as we would have liked it to, but it was an incredible game and everyone played very well. Out of all four matches, our amazing goal keeper, KD, only let in one goal; keeping an almost clean sheet!
After all of the games were done, we sat by pitch one and spectated over Groewood's match - for our progress to the semis rested on the outcome. Unfortunately, Grove did win and we were knocked out.
Match report by SM and LB
Well played all of the girls - you gave a fantastic team performance and only narrowly missed out on progressing to the semi-finals! Your brilliance shone out!
Miss Burns and a team of budding (female) artists have been decorating the KS1 girls toilets with an amazing mural. The team worked together to first develop their design in chalks and, once they were happy with the final design, worked through their own break and lunchtimes to create the final look in paint.
The toilets now have a vibrant and fun feel, making them a more pleasant place to visit - even educational! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this brilliance!
Today we were honoured to be joined by the Chair of Rochford District Council for the grand opening ceremony of our new after school provision - the WASP Club!
The Chair, Heather Glynn, officially opened our vibrant new extension and spent time with the staff of the new club, as well as some Wyburns pupils. She enjoyed a tour of the school and was very complementary about all of the colourful walls and classroom displays that add to the happy ethos of our school. The Chair commented on how polite and well-behaved the children were, and she particularly enjoyed listening to the amazing singing of Classes 3 and 4 during their production rehearsals! She had such a wonderful time at Wyburns that she hopes to come back and visit us again in the near future.
There are still places available for WASP Club, please speak to the office for further details including times and costs.
Our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning was another roaring success - thanks to all of those who joined us for the fun!
Toad Hall Nursery very kindly made some amazingly-decorated crispy-cakes and two representatives came along to donate them. Thank you very much - they were especially delicious!!
Thanks too to Sainsbury's Local who, once again, donated cakes for our pupils to enjoy.
When Mrs T has finished counting her ill-gotten gains, we'll let you know how much was raised.
Thank you everybody!
Well done to all of you who donned denim and brought some money to support this wonderful charity.
You managed to raise a total of £231.88!
This smashes last year's total of £190 out of the park - what brilliance!
We are really lucky to have been visited by a swarm of honey bees this week! These amazing creatures are on the move looking for a new place to make a hive and on their way have been resting in our trees. Unfortunately, a school playground is not a great place for a swarm of bees, so we called John from the Southend Beekeepers' Association to come and help us out.
John thought our swarm was quite a large one - holding around thirty to forty thousand honey bees!! Having put on his protective equipment, he used a vacuum device of his own making to carefully suck the bees off the tree and into a collection box. He will now take them back to his apiary at Pitsee and give them a new home.
What can I say?! The standard of talent on display this year was the highest we've ever had.
Archie from Class 4 got the party started, leading us in a fabulous rendition of Spandau Ballet's 'Gold'. From that point onwards, we had dancers, footy stars, violinists, hula hoopers, comedians, impressionists and singers. What a range of talents. Mrs Sansom, Rev. Phil Warrey and I (aka Danni Minogue, Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne - thanks Archie!) found an near impossible task to judge.
We did reach consensus, however, and are winners were:
Lamara, Rosie, Lucas, & Isabel
Sonny, Eddie and Ethan
Evie and Olivia
Well done to everyone!
We were delighted to welcome Rev. Phil Warrey from Rayleigh Methodist Church back into school today to lead our Easter assembly.
With the help of some Lego pictures and some enthusiastic volunteers, he recreated the story of Jesus' last days and the resurrection as understood by Christians.
Many thanks also to the Friends of Wyburns representatives who joined us to draw the Easter Egg raffle - the proceeds of which will be donated back to school to purchase items to enrich the children's learning experiences. Thank you for your generosity and support.
Today our Junior Governing Body had the opportunity to visit the chambers of Rayleigh Town Council and meet with the Chairperson - Councillor Eddie Dray.
The children learnt about the work and workings of the Town Council and had the chance to ask questions. They saw the seal of office and the Class 6 representatives even got to wear it!
As usual, the children's behaviour was excellent and they were a real credit to Wyburns. Well done all of you!
Despite Mother Nature's best efforts to dampen our spirits, we enjoyed an excellent morning experiencing the partial solar eclipse today.
It was lovely to see so many families joining us to share in this rare celestial event. Although we could not see the sun, thanks to the cloud cover, it was noticeably dark, cold and quiet at the height of the eclipse.
Many thanks to those of you who joined in with our extra special 'Feel Good Friday'! And a particular vote of appreciation for the Friends of Wyburns for the very welcome bacon baps and hot drinks. The money that was raised helped to fund the safety glasses that every child was given as a memento of the day.
We really enjoyed ourselves and hope that you did too.
Oh my goodness - your brilliance really shone out today KS1 - we were so proud of you!
Your singing was amazing throughout and your performance to the other schools of 'Hey Hey We're the Monkeys' and ''Eye of the Tiger' were fabulous. You were confident, clear, musical and were clearly enjoying the occasion.
Your behaviour all morning was exemplary and it was a real pleasure to accompany you on the trip - well done.
What an amazing day!! You all looked so fabulous in your disguises - I couldn't recognise anyone! On top of that, you were raising money for Comic Relief.
A particular well done to Lucas and his friends from Class 5, who organised the after school sale. It is really great when the children come to us with ideas that will help other people.
We will let you know exactly how much we raised when the final count-up is in.
On Thursday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day! Each class started the day with a Big Write based on a book they had read in class. We then shared our favourite books with another class. In the afternoon we all designed our own book boxes and completed a range of other activities. Well done Wyburns! What fantastic readers we have!
Don't forget your entries to our EXTREME reading competition! Make sure you give them to your teachers by Wednesday at the latest.
More pictures to follow soon......
The Sports Hall Athletics event was great fun and there was much brilliance on show. One of the main aspects that stood out for me was CM who won the boys 'get up and run event', which made him the fastest out of all of the schools! Although, we cannot forget the teachers events - I can't speak for Miss Thoupos, but I thought I was amazing;-). Well done Wyburns you made us very proud once again!
Wowweee!!! OUR BRILLIANCE REALLY SHONE OUT!! You were fabulous everyone. You sang like superstars, behaved like angels and were excellent company all day - and it was a long one, so well done.
Despite the A13 being shut, we made in time for the children's rehearsal. Spirits were high and we danced and sang all afternoon. The concert itself was spectacular. The children really enjoyed the performances by the "famous" artists: Lucy Spraggan, Tom Billington and the group Mike Lowry. I'd be grateful for any clues on who they are!! The true stars of the show for me were the children. Wyburns out-sang, out-danced and 'out-behaved' every school around us - we shone.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported us. Hopefully next time we'll be able to secure some seats not up in 'the gods' and you'll be able to see us more clearly - blasted lighting rig!
Well done to all of those who took part in the mountain biking or boccia and new age curling events at The Deanes School yesterday.
Overall we came 4th with a 1st place for DP in the B final and a 3rd place for KS in the A final. Everybody did really well on a very challenging course.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the boccia and new age curling festival. It was great to experience some new sports and meet new people.
Thank you to all the parents who transported and supported their children.
Well that was a different experience for all of us - including me! Everyone played their socks off. We took a heavy beating by Grovewood in our first match, but we picked it up after that; scoring lots of tries and showing some great skills. Well done guys we placed 4th overall and we were really proud of your performance.
Wowee! We had so many heroes in school on Wednesday. We've never seen so many Batmen, Cat Girls, Spidermen and princesses in one place ever! We also had some real-life heroes such as, Emily Pankhust, Florence Nightingale and 'My Dad'! The staff threw themselves into the occasion as well- with Key Stage 1 all coming as The Incredibles. I'm just sorry I wasn't there to see any of it myself, but I understand there was a special visit from my rather strange cousin, 'Enigma'. Well done to everyone and thank you for your generosity. You managed to raise £179.14 for Children in Need.
On Tuesday 11th November the whole school gathered together for a very special Remembrance assembly to commemorate troops from Britain and the Commonwealth and to mark 100 years since the start of World War I. Children and staff joined together to think about not only those who have lost their lives whilst serving for their country, but also those individuals and families who lives have been effected by conflict. We watched a short film clip that focused on the poppy installation at the Tower of London and the significance of what it represents. The whole school then joined together to observe a minute's silence, which concluded with The Last Post.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
From Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914
There were lots of high spirits at the end of the Basketball tournament. Unfortunately, we were not quite as successful as last year, but it was a great experience for the team and we played brilliantly. If we'd had one more game I believe we would have won. You made us all very proud. Role on future fixtures!Mr Baker
Today at school MP Mark Francois came in and spoke to us about Junior Governor meetings and what we do to help the school. We talked about what is going on inside school and some of the issues in our local community. We showed him our new code of conduct for moving around school at lunch and break times. It was really interesting speaking to someone who is an MP and does something similar to us, but in the Houses of Parliament! It was fun speaking to him and we will hopefully see him again soon.
MM & TF Year 6 Junior Governors
I had the great pleasure to be invited to take part in your Harvest Festival in September, and it was a wonderful occasion. I was really impressed by the positive and welcoming atmosphere in the school, how well the children behaved, and how keen they were to take part in the harvest service we had. Just simply to see them all coming into the hall with smiling faces, was something that really cheered me, and made my day.
It was a joy to be there, and I enjoyed the contributions of each of the classes. It was good to see how encouraging the teachers are, and also the pleasure the teachers had in seeing their students perform so well. It is clear, that you have a good team of teachers at the school.
We heard and enjoyed each other’s contributions, we sang together, we thought about the plight of others together, and we prayed. What a wonderful afternoon.
Please can you also pass on our thanks for the generosity of the parents and children who brought gifts of food to be distributed to those in need in our area?
Phil Warrey (Rev)
Thank you everyone for your generosity!
Since last autumn, six music ensembles made up of primary school children and talented musicians from Fitzwimarc have been meeting. Each group created musical pieces and these were performed in a concert on Friday 4th July at the Mill Hall, Rayleigh. Our ensemble performed their original piece, with confidence, to a packed, very warm, Mill Hall. The creativity and teamwork were' brilliant'. Thank you and well done.
Wowee! The Wyburns Warriors were absolutely brilliant at District Sports Day this week!
They ran, jump and threw their hearts out and made us feel so fantastically proud of them. They could not have given any more than they did - and, as you can see from our photos, they enjoyed a fabulous morning of sport.
Well done to the whole team and many thanks to all of those who came along and supported us.
Year 4 tennis at Deane’s school
Well, what can I say! What an eventful afternoon it was!
Everyone played 3 games, each playing one child from each school.
I was really impressed with some of the tennis skills on show, considering the little practice we had- (just keeping a rally going with me!)
No one lost all 3 games, everyone won at least 1 game, S F came out unbeaten winning all 3. Super play! We ended in second place overall, losing out by 1 game. We won 14/24 games which I think is brill!
WELL DONE YEAR 4
Wyburns Girls played their first match in a friendly against Grovewood on 7th May 14. They were very excited, as was coach Mr Baker, and the rain held off for some tremendous play. Fantastic teamwork led to a 5-2 victory. Go girls!!!
A huge thank you to the parents and children of our Kit Car club.
After a 'technical hitch' Mr Stone was unable to attend the event on Saturday 26th April at Ford Dunton. But everyone pulled together to ensure we raced in every event. 'Team Dads' rallied to ensure the car complied with all the rules and in the face of adversity we won the 'Greenist Bodywork Award'.
It was an amazing day enjoyed by all. Fabulous teamwork. You were all brilliant.
Wyburns basketball team showed grit and determination at their friendly against Grovewood last week, 25th April 14. It was fast and furious and we were all on the edge of our seats as basket after basket dropped in; nail biting stuff as the teams were drawing in the final minutes. Well done to Grovewood, who snuck a final ball before the whistle, but fantastic play Wyburns- you were stars!
Tuesday 11th march Year 3 and 4 footballers excelled at the Castle Point and Rochford Schools football tournament, run by the FA as a fair play tournament. The boys played 6 games and didn’t loose once. They were unbeaten! It was a super team performance and the boys were a credit to the school. Many thanks to the parents who stayed and supported on that cold morning! Hopefully this is a sign of thing to come for sports at Wyburns! J
Mr M Baker