Even Swindon Book Week Poetry Slam 2019 – a celebration of performance poetry

Poetry has been at the heart of our Book Week this year.  The whole school have been exploring poems and considering what makes a good performance.

Each class chose a representative to perform in the semi-final heat.  Performing for an audience takes a lot of courage.  The children had to be bold whilst also displaying the qualities of good performance poetry.  In this round the children performed to six other classes, giving them the chance to see the poetry work that had been developed throughout the school.

Mr Hicks was joined by Y6 children Oliver and Mia to judge the round in Churchward Hall.  They chose performances from Truro (Reception class) and Chippenham (Year 5) to go through to the final.

Y6 children Dylan and Lillie teamed with Miss Shaw in Hawskworth Hall.  The winners were Bodmin (Year 1) and Plymouth (Year 2).

Meanwhile, in Brunel Hall Miss Sly, Adeola and Will judged Teignmouth (Year 3) and Swindon (Year 5) as their semi-final winners.

Afterwards, the judges commented on how fantastic the poetry performances were, how fun it was…and what a tough job it had been.

The next day the finalists performed to the whole school.  Eden (Head Girl), Reuben (Head Boy), Mrs Lowe and school governor Mr Wilcox were now given the tough task of deciding the overall winner.  Plymouth class were awarded the Poetry Slam cup for their performance of a poem they had written, ‘What does Traction Man Do?’

In the spirit of a poetry slam, the whole school appreciated how they had got together to enjoy poetry.

Summer Info – Children Home Alone in the Summer

Home alone during the summer holidays

The NSPCC has released figures from its helpline looking at calls from people worried that young children had been left at home unsupervised by a parent or carer during the summer holidays. Figures show that 849 referrals were made to the police during August 2017 by the helpline, a third of which were for children aged 5 or under. The NSPCC website includes tips and a tool to help parents and carers decide whether or not to leave their on their own for the first time this summer.

Source: NSPCC: Concern over young children left home alone for the summer holidays Date: 19 July 2018

Further information: Is my child ready to be left alone? (PDF)

NSPCC tool: Is my child ready to be left home alone?

Staying safe online in the summer holidays: advice for parents and carers

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a blog outlining ways in which parents and carers can help keep their children safe as they start to spend more time online during the summer holidays. Tips include: have positive conversations with children about the internet; take the opportunity to learn more about the apps, games and services children are using and find out about their reporting and blocking features; and make a family agreement about how all family members use the internet.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 19 July 2018

Further information: NSPCC: Online safety

Game and online safety website for 8-10 year olds

CEOP’s Thinkuknow has launched Band Runner, an interactive game for 8-10 year olds to help build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from risks they might encounter online. The game is hosted on area for 8-10 year-olds on the Thinkuknow website.

Source: Thinkuknow Date: 19 July 2018

Further information: Band runner on Thinkuknow website


Henry Day 2018

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the Henry Day Awards 2018 last week. Also, a big well done and thank you to all performers showcasing the amazing talent we have at the school.


Sports Relief Mile

On Friday, Even Swindon ran around the school in support of Sports Relief. Every year group got a chance to take part, two laps made up a mile (some ran even more!). Check out some of the photos from the day below.