Boxes of Hope leave SJB

Since the early 1990s children and communities in Cumbria have been involved in ‘Boxes of Hope’, a charity that organizes shoeboxes full of gifts to be sent to children in Romania from underprivileged backgrounds. At SJB, the ‘Shoebox Appeal’, as it is commonly known, is given over to Year 6 pupils, parents and friends of the school. Obviously the project cannot run without real generosity on the part of such pupils, parents and friends. This year was no exception and we really would like to say a BIG thank you to all those who contributed. The young children in Romania for whom the shoeboxes are destined may never have received a present before and it is marvellous to do something that can make such a difference to people like this. Thank you all so much!

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Remembrance Parade in Ulverston

SJB Year 6 children were present at the forefront of proceedings at Ulverston’s Remembrance Parade on Sunday 12th November 2017. These children joined the contingent of servicemen and women on parade and attended the special church service. They also laid one of several wreaths at the town’s war memorial. This national act of remembrance seems to be increasingly meaningful for British people of all ages; our children certainly understand that our freedom has come at a cost to so many who have fought to protect and preserve it. They truly were a credit to the school throughout the afternoon and demonstrated great respect as the wreaths were laid. Very many thanks to Mrs Heffernan for accompanying the children for this important event.

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12 of our Year 6 children went to UVHS today to take part in their first Sports Hall Athletics competition.

Events ranged from javelin and long jump to obstacle relays and 3 lap sprints.

Our children came back to school “SAYING” they had placed 4th out of 6…They could only hold their faces straight for about 10 seconds before admitting they had actually won! They then produced the trophy and have a place at the finals next week.

A massive well done to the 6 boys and 6 girls. Thanks to Mr Pearce and UVHS students for organising and thanks to Mrs Parker and Miss Steel for taking them.

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Year 6 rugby at Pennington

14 Year 6 children went to Pennington school today for 2 hours of Tag Rugby.

The weather was wet to say the least but all the players enjoyed themselves. They played 5 matches each and lots of tries were scored. 28 tries were scored by SJB in total and they all left sodden but happy.

Many thanks to Pennington and Burlington schools for joining us and to Mr McQuillan for setting up the pitches.


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Year 5 zoo visit

Year 5 had a full day at South Lakes Safari Zoo on Monday. The weather was bitter but none of the children complained.

Our day started immediately with penguin feeding. Our parent helpers enjoyed this just as much as the kids.

We then had an unplanned but brilliant tour of the park looking at all the Big Cats. Gavin, our leader, was sure to point out individual habitats and was clearly passionate about his work and sustainability. Even those of us who thought we knew it all, still left having learnt something.

We then fed the giraffes and lemurs. The tongues never fail to amuse both pupil and teacher. We just had enough time to watch the tigers charge out of their hut and climb up their poles to eat.

The park went above and beyond for us today. A special thanks to Gavin and we will see you next year.

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The Royal Navy visit SJB

We were delighted to welcome CPOET(WESM) Walker and his wife to SJB. Together they gave a fantastic presentation to our Year 6 children. Chief Walker spoke about his life in submarines – a life not so much on the ocean wave as under it – and the important roles these vessels play in the defence of our country. Mrs Walker spoke about the theme of remembrance and why it is so important to honour our war dead and to give generously to the Royal British Legion, who look after so many of our forces’ veterans. They were a great team and had us hanging on their every word. Thank you so much for such a tremendous presentation and also for al the Royal Navy goodies that you brought in for us all.

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Helen (Alex’s mum) came into the Reception Class to talk about her work as a radiographer. She showed the children pictures of the x-ray machines she uses in hospitals. The children viewed some x-rays on a light box and matched them to different parts of the body. Then they looked at x-rays of familiar objects such as a kettle, a toy digger and a hair drier. Helen showed us a giant picture of ‘Mr Spooky the Skeleton’ and the children labelled lots of different bones on his body. Since Helen’s visit, the children have been really keen to drink all their milk and have lots of exercise to keep their bones strong. Thank you, Helen, for teaching us so much about our bones.

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