Probably the most significant thing for the whole school community last week has been the presence of our visitors from Guangzhou in South Eastern China. I continue to be grateful to the families who are hosting these children, including Mr & Mrs Turner who have had three children in the boarding house and with them over the weekend. Mrs Fraulo & Mrs Crofts have been looking after the adults. It has been most pleasing to see the way in which our children have 'adopted' the visitors, who have appreciated their support. Fortunately many of them have very good English and are able to benefit from being in class as well as enjoying, in some cases, a taste of boarding with a trip to Farmer Fred's. This week some of them will be going into Nursery on Monday and into Reception on Tuesday to help them celebrate Chinese New Year.
Another major visitor to Hunstanton was HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Save the Children, who arrived by helicopter to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the local branch of Save the Children
Princess Anne was presented with a posy by Scarlett Hallard, while children from Divisions lll and IV and Mr Whitehill and Miss Hubbard looked on.
Picture of the Week
Ruby Turner Smith is awarded Picture of the Week, for her wonderful rainbow trout with lemon. Congratulations!
King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cross Country Championships
Mr Turner was pleased to take a strong group of qualifiers to Lynnsport last Monday, who all ran well. Each race had over fifty runners with just the top ten qualifying for the County Finals at Holkham Hall on Weds 28th February. Orla Jamieson, Maisie March, Gracie Mae Meek, Tabitha Meek, Archie Rowe, Will Saunders and Ruby Turner-Smith all qualified by coming among the top ten in their races, with Maisie, Tabitha and Archie gaining silver medals for coming second in each of their age/gender groups.
U13 Netball v Norwich School - Wednesday 31st January
The weather was horrible to start with but then it cleared up. I won the toss and chose first Centre Pass.
The first quarter started as an even game, with both teams passing well, but neither scoring any goals.
In the second quarter we did really well, scoring 3 goals, 1 by Olivia and 2 by Ruby. Norwich didn’t manage to score. At half time it was 3 – 0 to us.
In the next quarter Maude scored 3 goals and once again we managed to stop Norwich from scoring.
In the last quarter we played really well as a team. Ruby scored 3 more goals and Norwich scored 1.
The final score was 9 – 1 to us. Well done everyone, we played really well together with quick, accurate passing and feeding the ball into the circle. My girl of the game is everyone for working as a team. Well done!
Elinor Macewan (Captain)
U12 Netball v Norwich School - Wednesday 31st January
Unfortunately Lily and Kitty were ill, so Mabel and Sydney came to the rescue and played in their places.
I lost the toss and they chose first centre pass.
The game started well with us scoring 2 goals in the first quarter. Norwich School didn’t manage to score.
In the second quarter we let the cold temperature get the better of us and they scored, but luckily Daisy and Mabel followed it up with 3 lovely goals.
After an encouraging team talk from Miss Quinn, we confidently came back on the court. We were intercepting the ball well, particularly Emily Minney in Goal Defence. We scored another 4 goals in this quarter.
In the last quarter we had a convincing lead of 7 goals to 1 so we swapped our positions around. I went into Goal Attack, Daisy went to Centre and Emily and Thaleia swapped Goal Defence and Goal Keeper. Mabel then scored 2 goals and I scored 1.
This was a very good game girls and you should all be ‘Man of the Match’, but I am going to choose Mabel because she scored 6 goals and Sydney because she was very good, intercepting quickly and finding spaces so that everyone could pass to her.
Thank you Miss Quinn for coaching us.
Elise Barber (Captain)
U9s Triangular with Wisbech & Gresham's - Friday 2nd February
In our first match of the season we were joined by Scarlett as we went to Wisbech to play a triangular match. It was a really cold afternoon and the surface was quite slippery, which affected all of the teams. After watching Gresham's play Wisbech, we were all very cold, so in our first match against Gresham's we started slowly and weren’t as strong as we could have been. Scarlett was playing well in goal and made some good saves but Gresham's kept up the pressure and we conceded 2 goals. Jaybe also got hit hard on the hand and had to go off. We were warming up though and after a half time talk from Mr Whitehill, we started the second half well. Unfortunately, we had another injury when Caleb got hit on the chin really hard by a ball. He recovered quickly though and carried on to play some great hockey. Gresham's then scored another lucky goal so we lost the match 3-0.
The second match against Wisbech started late, so we only played one long half. We had a very strong start with some good attacking moves and runs from me and Benjy. Edward and Archie got some good tackles in too. Caleb also made some great tackles and showed some good stick skills. We struggled to make accurate passes though so couldn’t take advantage of our good midfield play. Harry defended well and Scarlett played well again in goal making a couple of good saves. Wisbech scored two goals but we didn’t let our heads drop and all got stuck in until the final whistle, but lost 2-0.
In our next match we need to make sure that we pass accurately and when we take free hits that we pass to our team mates. Also we need to make sure we use all of the space so we can pass to each other and have room in the D to shoot.
My man of the match was Caleb for his all round good play but most importantly for carrying on playing well after his bad injury.
Will Saunders (Captain)
The Informal Concert was sadly affected by illness, with three performers away on the day. However, it certainly didn't lack in entertainment and well done to Mabel Crane, Joel Haslam, Orla Haslam, Lily Hawkins, Sydney Hipwell, Elinor Macewan, Maisie March, Tabitha Meek, Ethan Newton-Walters, Maude Poulter, Kitty Robinson and Ruby Turner-Smith for their contributions.
This will be the only Informal Concert this term as we will be holding a Music Competiton in the second half of term on Thursday 8th March. The children and their music teachers have known about this for a while and have hopefully been preparing their performances. If any children who have their lessons externally would like to take part please remind them that they need to see Mrs Crofts before half term.
The major event of next week will be our whole school charity walk on Thursday. Thank you to those parents who have communicated their intention to walk and their choice of food. Final details of timings will come out at the beginning of the week. We are grateful to parents for supporting the walk either in person or by donating money on their child's behalf.
I look forward to seeing some people shortly for the Italy v England Rugby match and others on the touchlines during the week or on the walk.