Cavendish C of E VC Primary School

14/11/2017 Remembrance Service 2017

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On Friday the 10th of November 2017,children, staff, families and members of the community joined us for a shared act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. Each class recited a poem they had learnt before reading the School Roll of Honour for those from Cavendish School who served in the First World War. Special thanks go to Long Melford British Legion for supporting us at the service with their Standard Bearer and Bugler who played a poignant Last Post.


22/09/2017 Colchester Zoo Visit

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On Thursday 21st September Jupiter Class took a trip to Colchester Zoo, as part of their Savannahs topic. It was a lovely opportunity to observe the movement of African animlas and get up close and personal. We were lucky enough to have fabulous weather and the children really enjoyed the whole experience. This included an informative workshop and the highlight of the day, feeding the giraffes and elephants. "I want to stay in year 2 always so I can come and do this again". Much fun was had by all, a huge thank you to the staff and our governor Mr Douglas for making the trip a success.


13/07/2017 Athletics Team through to County Finals

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On Thursday 29th June our year 5/6 Athletics team attended the Quad Athletics Tournament at Thomas Gainsborough. A fab afternoon was had by all with the children putting in a fantastic effort. Indeed their effort was so amazing the team came first place and was awarded Gold position. This put us forward to the County Athletics Finals held in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 7th July, competing alongside 22 other schools from around the region. Although, on the day, we were outside of the top 3 medal positions the children did exceedingly well in their individual events. It was a fantastic opportunity and an amazing day, with the children even able to collect autographs from Olympian athletes who attended the event. Well done Team Cavendish.


08/06/2017 Letton Hall Residential Visit

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In the week leading up to half term Neptune Class, yr's5 & 6, had their annual residential trip, a night away from home! We returned to Letton Hall in Norfolk, a glorious georgian house set in acres of secluded rolling countryside. Once again this was a very successful visit, with lots of activities and glorious weather. The children returned home skilled in food preparation, especially washing up! A must have essential.


03/03/2017 World Book Day

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Thursday 2nd March saw the return of the Annual World Book Day. This year our theme was 'Fantasy Worlds'. Staff and children dressed up as book characters from their favourite book. The school was overflowing with strange and wonderful characters from the world of books, including; Jack in the Beanstalk, Dr Who, Alice in Wonderland, The BFG, The Tin Man, Harry Potter and many more. Our popular story stations were repeated in the afternoon, with many volunteers reading to the children. Much fun was had by all.


09/02/2017 Hockey Tournament

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On Wednesday 8th February 'Team Cavendish' was chosen to represent the school at the South West Suffolk Hockey Quicksticks Tournament! We all travelled to Thomas Gainsborough School for an afternoon of fast and furious nail biting hockey. The team, made up of pupils from years 3, 4 and 6, played extremely well. Indeeed they had only had a few practices in the after school club and were now competing against 26 teams made up from 14 cluster schools in South Suffolk. After a nervous start the final results were; one game lost, one game drew (we conceded a disallowed goal) and a final win. We were ecstatic to say the least. Unfortunately we were out of the points for the quarter finals but a marvellous effort was made by all. Well done everyone.


14/12/2016 West Suffolk Schools Carol Service

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On Wednesday 7th December, we were delighted to once again attend this service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. Children from Saturn and Neptune classes travelled by coach to the Catherdral and spent a lovely morning singing carols at the Cathedral with many other primary schools from around Suffolk.


01/12/2016 Operation Christmas Child

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On Thursday 17th November, a small group of children, from the school council, accompanied by a parent volunteer and a member of staff, made a visit to St. John's Ambulance HQ in Hadleigh, base of this years Operation Christmas Child. Each November thousands of churches, groups, schools and individual donors prepare and collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items and other small gifts to support less fortunate children across the world. Our school donated 39 filled shoeboxes to the cause. The children spent the morning helping volunteers to pack, check, sort and label the mountain of donated shoeboxes with volunteer helpers from Operation Christmas Child. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone, staff and children alike.


14/11/2016 Remebrance Day Service

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At 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month, the whole school, accompanied by members of the public, attended a service at the memorial on the village green to remember those fallen in World War 1 & 11. Each class recited a poem, the Reverend Stuart Mitchell concluded the service with a prayer. We were very pround and fortunate this year to have Ray Cook ( representative of the Royal British Legion) Standard Bearer, in full uniform, accompany us during the service. A proud, solemn and poignant moment.  


20/10/2016 Audley End House Visit

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This week Neptune class took a step back in time and paid a visit to a Victorian Country House, Audley End, and had a fascinating insight to the differing lifestyles of those who lived there during the Victorian era. Children and staff embraced the visit wholeheartedly by dressing in Victorian Style clothes and becoming servants for the day. Much fun was had by all and many interesting facts and lessons learned.


07/07/2016 Romeo and Juliet

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"One beautiful summer evening in Verona, Italy, there lay the beautiful daughter of Lord Capulet, who goes by the name of Juliet...." This week saw three performances by Neptune, our year 5/6 class, take on the Shakespeare tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Set with a 1950's spin the children gave 3 marvellous performances to parents/family and the whole school. After intense rehersals and line learning they were set. Amazing performances by the whole cast but special mention has to go to our Romeo and Juliet who excelled in their roles. Well done everyone.


16/06/2016 BRAKE Giant Walk

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On Monday the 13th June the whole school participated in our Gaint Walk for the BRAKE charity. Staff, children and parents completed a 3 and a half mile walk around and across fields in the village. We were very lucky that the weather stayed fine and glorious views were to be enjoyed by all. The children all did extremely well especially the younger members of the school. A big thank-you to all the parents that came along to support us.


09/06/2016 Dance Festival and Strawberry Fayre

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On Friday the 27th of May, before the half term break, the whole school presented  their annual Dance Festival to parents and families. This was combined with the Strawberry Summer Fayre run by the PTFA. A delightful afternoon was had by all, the weather stayed kind and the children had great fun performing in front of an audience. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the children and the PTFA at the Fayre.


26/05/2016 Bikeability!!

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During the week of the 16th of May Neptune class bought their bikes to school and spent an enjoyable 4 days completing their Bikeability training. Bikeability is todays cycling training programme. It is like cycling profiency only better! It's about gaining practical skills and understanding on how to cycle on todays roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. We are pleased to announce that the whole class gained their level 2 certificate. Much enjoyment was had by all, learning essential skills for riding and keeping safe on their bicycles.


14/04/2016 National Curriculum Tests 2016 SATS

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If your child is in year 2 or year 6 they will shortly be taking their SATS tests. Sats are compulsory National Tests, as set out by the Department for Education, that all children in primary school settings, aged 6-7 years (KS1) or 10-11 years (KS2) are required to take. The Testing and Standards Agency have produced a document along with a video to give further information to parents. At Cavendish children in KS2 will sit their SATS during the week of May 9th and children in KS1 will sit their SATS during the week of May 16th. Please access the DFE information via the highlighted link above. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any concerns.


24/03/2016 Maundy Thursday Easter Service

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Today sees our Easter Maundy Thursday service at St.Marys church. The whole school gathered together with parents and visitors to celebrate Easter. Each class gave a short performance with readings taken from the Easter Story. The PTFA provided tea/coffee and cakes at the end of the service.


24/03/2016 Fleeced!

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This week saw Saturn Class production of Fleeced, based on the classic tale of Jason and the Argonauts. Saturn have been researching Ancient Greeks this term and this was a fitting end to their topic. After much rehearsal and extensive line learning the class staged 3 performances of their production to the school and parents alike. A big thank you to parents for providing costumes. All the children have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks and perofrmed wonderfully in front of their audiences.


17/03/2016 Science Week

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This week the school has celebrated Science Week. We had visits from Thomas Gainsborough Academy, Samuel Ward and Stour Valley schools. There was a different theme each day and each class had a chance to participate in a fun science lesson. Today also saw a presentation about the International Space Station. Children designed and made their own vehicles to take part in a competition to see whose vehicle would travel the furthest. Great fun was had by all.


03/03/2016 World Book Day

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The whole school celebrated World Book Day in a huge variety of costumes. Our theme was Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales. We had Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (Staff), Peter Pan (complete with crocodile), Dashing princes and Pretty princesses, to name but a few. There were story stations with volunteer readers and a competition to find the best outfit. Much fun was had by all, children, staff and adults alike.


04/02/2016 Welcome to our Candlemas Service

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Today the whole school will gather at the church to celebrate and learn about Candlemas. On this day all candles to be used in church during the coming year are brought into church and blessed. The Day of the Candles or Candlemass is celebrated in many parts of the world. In pre-christian times it was known as the "Feast of Lights" and celebrated the increasing strength of the life giving sun as winter gave way to Spring. Each class has prepared a short piece about Candlemas and will perform this in Church accompanied by hymns and the blessing of the Candles procession.


17/12/2015 Christmas Lunch

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Wednesday 16th December saw our annual Christmas Lunch. The whole school gathered together in the hall for festive fun. Everyone joined together for a delicous roast turkey dinner, followed by chocolate Yule Log or Christmas Icecream and crackers all round, (donated by PTFA), served by staff, eaten with enthusiasm by the children.


09/12/2015 Nativity Performance

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That time of year has arrived again, Reception class with years 1 & 2 had two performances of our annual nativity, this year being Shepherd Little, produced and directed by Mrs Lewis and Mr Shore. With an army of helpers behind the scenes. Great fun was had by all, the children gave excellent performances and looked completely delightful in their various costumes, including; Mary and Joseph, Angel Gabriel, the three Kings and Caesar Augustus. A big thank-you to you at home who helped with costumes and those who came to see our finest moment.


03/12/2015 WWII Visit to Duxford

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Neptune class dress as evacuees, accompanied with ration style packed lunches and gas mask boxes, to go back  in time and experience a war time evacuee Christmas at Duxford Imperial War Museum.


27/11/2015 Christingle Service 2015

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On Thursday 26th November the whole school attended our Christingle service in St.Mary's church. Thank-you to the many friends and families who attended this service with us. The children made Christingles, the candle represents the light of the world, the orange is the globe, the red ribbon,the blood of Christ and the sweets are Gods gift to us all.


18/11/2015 Children In Need

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Friday 13th November: Pyjama Day!! Children came to school dressed in their PJ's accompanied with their 'teddy' for our annual Children In Need activities. Donations were given for dressing up and making a tasty sweet treat for breaktime. Much hilarity ensued at the Teddy Olympics in the afternoon.  Pupils reflected on those children who face great difficulties and challenges in their lives.


18/11/2015 Diwali

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12th November: The school celebrated the experienc of Diwali, the Hindu and Sikh festival of lights. Several activites took place throughout the day's celebrations, including; Making coconut Bafis, a sweet delicacy that the Hindus offer to the Gods, Bollywood dancing, Rakhi Bracelet making and Diva Lanterns sculpted from salt dough. The children divided into their house teams and shared the story of Rama and Sita and how good triumphed over evil through courage, teamwork and hope.


18/11/2015 Rememberance Day Service

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On Wednesday 11th November at 11 oclock the whole school gathered at the memorial, on the village green, to pay  respects and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have kept us safe in past and present conflicts. Thank-you to the members of the village and families of the school who joined us in this moment of silence.


18/11/2015 Tag Rugby Festival

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On Tuesday 10th November: Pupils from Neptune Class took part in the local area Tag Rugby Festival with competing teams from local schools. Great fun was had by all and the team came home with a medal each for Best Teamwork!


18/11/2015 Tree Planting

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On Monday the 9th November: This was a fantastic event, superbly organised by Mrs Samways our Forest Schools Leader. The whole school and over one third of our total number of parent families came to help prepare the soil and to plant an amazing 420 trees! Governors and staff also contributed making this a truly whole school event.


05/11/2015 Guy Making!!

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The children divided into their house groups and spent an enjoyable afternoon amongst straw and old clothes creating 'Guys' for the village Bonfire and Firework display.


20/10/2015 Leaf Angels in Forest School

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Pupils from Jupiter class performing 'Leaf Angels' during a Forest School session.

Forest School is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn in the natural environment. The activities are varied and depend upon the children's interests but include field studies, bush crafts, conservation and teambuilding.


08/10/2015 Kagera Day 2015

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Whole school house activities, visitors came to the school and enabled us to explore Christianity as a global religion, specifically culture and life in our link diocese town in Kagera, Tanzania. Activities included exploring African Music, learning Swahilli and food tasting.


13/07/2015 Cavendish awarded outstanding in SIAMS inspection

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