What a day! A huge thanks to parents and staff for contributing to another fantastic event. Our focus of the day was our ‘Book Bistro’ with the library being transformed into our very own Parisian book café. Whilst having a snack and a drink at the bistro, children chose a library book that tempted their tastes from a wide selection available. Our Key Stage 2 children had to choose ‘blind’ from a menu that simply gave a taster of what the book was about.
Fancy dress parade
We also had our annual parade judged by our very own Mr. Campbell and the CO. During this, the CBF narrative challenge was launched. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to share their creativity and imagination through writing and we would encourage the children to have a go and submit an entry. The closing date isn’t until 5th June, which gives plenty of time to think of ideas, draft and develop their stories.
Winners of the fancy dress competition
Cafe bistro – choosing a good book!
Activities continued in classes throughout the day. FS1 shared
their favourite stories in ‘Thinking Thursday’, FS2 created their
own book covers, Y1, talked about what World Book Day was
and why they chose the character they dressed as, Y2 made
their own potato book characters, Y3 shared mystery objects
that they brought from home to develop into a comic story, Y4
explored characters down in the Forest and Y5/6 produced
story ‘mash ups’ (think Miss Trunchball at Hogwarts with a
whole range of other characters!) Phew! What a busy day!
We also must thank Cyprus Children’s Books for kindly giving
each child a free book in the spirit of the World Book Day
tokens that are given out in the UK. The children certainly
enjoyed the opportunity to choose a book to take home.
Today children from year 3/4 and year 5/6 competed in the annual Girls’ Football Tournament at Akrotiri. It was amazing to see their determination, encouragement and outstanding teamwork. Each girl represented this school amazingly and I was very proud to see them applying all of the skills and tactics that they had been practising in PE sessions this term. Year 3/4 won their league, winning two games and drawing one. Year 5/6 finished joint first overall and narrowly missed on a trophy by one goal difference. Mr Smith (PE Leader)
To promote Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11th February, our Digital Team worked hard to plan and deliver an assembly to inform the rest of the school about the importance of being safe online. During this assembly, we discussed the use of avatars as a positive way of expressing ourselves as well as a way of protecting our online identity. We also shared the SMART rules.
A huge well done to all of the pupils who took part in the netball tournament on Monday. We faced some very tough opponents, but I was especially proud to see them putting into practise all of the things that we have been learning in our PE sessions and supporting each other with fantastic team-work. Once again, they represented the school superbly and are an absolute credit to us all! Mr Smith (PE Lead)
Children in Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to learn about the medicinal powers of a variety of herbs that were used during the Medieval Period and are still used today. They explored the cause of the Bubonic Plague and how it was spread. Using a special blend of herbs and vinegar each child made their own batch of the Four Thieves Vinegar Plague remedy which was used to ward off the Plague in the 14th century.
Year 2 had a wonderful day at Kolossi castle, near Limassol. At school the children’s topic is ‘Tunnels, Towers & Turrets’ and they have been learning about how people in the past used to live and work. They also took with them the wonderful swords that they had designed and made in Design & Technology and put them to good use during a sword fight. What a great, but tiring, day!
Today was our last school event of the year as all families met up for the Carol service. The service was led by Rev. Coles and the school choir performed for a packed service. The Christmas card competition winners were announced and two children were awarded the Commander’s Coin for their contributions towards the Remembrance Day Service back in November.
As a school we were also very proud that one of our excellent teachers, Miss Debs Smith, was awarded, a Commendation because…
Debs Smith has worked tirelessly to support the wider life and ethos of Ayios Nikolaos Primary School. Her dedication and passion in ensuring an engaging curriculum for all children goes above and beyond our usual high expectations of a class teacher. Over a period of 14 years she has worked with the school, local Cypriot and military communities to create a unique curriculum ensuring that Ayios Nikolaos children and families leave with wonderful and lasting memories of Cyprus, Ayios Nikolaos Station and the school. It is in recognition of these qualities that Debs Smith is awarded a Station Commander’s Commendation.
Today was a fantastic day full of festive celebration. The children came to school in their smart Christmas clothes and Christmas jumpers. Then Santa visited each class and gave us all a present. A massive thank you to the Ayi Nik PTFA who funded Santa’s visit (carrots for 20 reindeer are quite expensive from the Forces Store). All the children sang him a Christmas carol or two and we had a great time.
Later we all went to the Mess for our Christmas lunch. The whole school sat together with our teachers and had a lovely dinner with yummy chocolate cake for pudding. Thank you to the wonderful staff at the mess and to Mrs Niblett (Ayi Nik PTFA & LSA) for organising this meal!!!