As this is my last newsletter as Acting Headteacher, I would like to thank the school community, children, parents, carers and staff for the tremendous support they have shown me over the last term. It has been a pleasure getting to know even more families at the school gate so thank you for making this incredible opportunity so positive and enjoyable. The children and staff have worked so hard this term. They all deserve a well-earned rest. Do have a look at the year group blogs to catch up on what has been going on over the term. The school has been a hive of activity.
The Winter Fair was yet again a huge success and so well attended by the school community. It gave a fabulous start to the Festive Season and really got us in the mood for celebration. Enormous thanks go to our phenomenal PTA with their creative ideas and all the time they gave to making the event such a success. A new addition this year was the gorgeous grotto, giving a home to Father Christmas for the evening. So many children were enchanted by seeing all the Christmas trees in the library, strewn with cosy blankets, logs and lights. It made the event all the more magical. Also a big thank you to those involved in selling the Christmas Trees. Mine looks beautiful at home!
Over the last fortnight the school has been filled with seasonal treats with something for everyone of all ages. We were all so proud of our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 teachers for their enthusiastic performances of Born in a Barn. It was good to see our new little ones taking their first steps onto the stage and our experts in Year 2 learning several lines and really getting into role. Our 100 strong choir, so expertly led and accompanied by Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Bulman and Mrs Caldwell, performed some beautiful songs about friendship. The talents of the children and the combined effect of their voices singing in harmony were an absolute pleasure to hear. How they manage to sing in so many parts is impressive!
As a grand finale to our week of performances we had our stunning KS2 Seasonal Concert. Who can forget their beautiful rendition of Carol of the Bells which opened the concert, not to mention the old favourite, Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki. Thank you to all of our teaching and support staff for their dedicated efforts in putting all of the performances together.
In the summer term the whole school put on an Art exhibition showing the wonderful work each class had done in response to this painting of Cupid and Psyche. This was part of a project in collaboration with Access Art and The Fitzwilliam Museum.
The Inspire 2020 project involved over 30 schools from around Cambridgeshire. The panel were very impressed with all the work that the children produced and selected a few pieces to go on display in the museum. Last Saturday there was a private view where some work from a few schools was exhibited. It was a wonderful event and the exhibition is now open to the general public until March 2020. It is well worth going along to see as all the children (apart from the new Reception children), will be able to recognise and talk about the painting, and it’s also interesting to see the different ways that other children and schools have responded. Huge thanks go to Ms Boyd for arranging this exciting opportunity.
On Friday 29 November Darcey Bussell DBE, former ballet dancer and Strictly Come Dancing judge, performed at the Stephen Perse School with DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix), her dance fitness event for schools.
Children from Years 3-6 at Milton Road joined 7 local schools to come together to get up on their feet and enjoy exercise. This certainly was the case at this event as all the schools were bursting with excitement to perform the dance that they had been practising in preparation for the day. The genres of dance ranged from Arabic, Japanese and 1980's styles and each school enthusiastically performed their routines and cheered on the other schools. Milton Road children performed an enthusiastic Arabic performance expertly taught by Mrs Quirke, our DD Mix dance club leader. We would like to thank her so much for such an amazing opportunity.
There were some extremely beautiful and thoughtful poems sent in by children in KS1 and 2, making it very hard to choose winners for each year group. In the end, one winning poem was selected from each year and the winners received their writing related prizes in our Achievement Assembly. There was a super effort from all of the children who entered. The winners were:
Year 1 Lori G with The Christmas Poem
Year 2 Ismay M with her poem entitled Snow!
Year 3 Matty M with his poem about Hannukah
Year 4 Oscar K with Winter Time Comes Around
Year 5 Tia P with her poem about Jack Frost
Year 6 Lucia W with her poem entitled Winter S.A.D
EFL Kids Cup
The Milton Road boys' football team took part in the exciting EFL Kids Cup on Friday afternoon at Bottisham. The team was one of 14, taking part from around Cambridge. The teams were split into two leagues before matches at the end were played to decide overall positions.
Each season the EFL organises this cup competitions for junior footballers from schools across the country, with the finals being played in the build-up to some of the biggest matches of the domestic season. The Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 schoolchildren and culminates in three finals across the EFL Play-Off weekends in May.
Each match was 8 minutes long so it was important to play your best game right from the start whistle. The boys played extremely well and managed to win their League over the course of 6 matches. This meant they then had to play the winner of the other League round. This turned out to be Colville Primary School.
After some extremely close football, unfortunately the score was not in our favour: Colville had won by 2 goals to nil. However, the boys returned home in high spirits having been runners up!
Well done to all the boys who played – William, Oscar, Siim, Abie, Isaac, Alfie, Charlie and Ahmed.
It was a beautiful day for the Cambridge School Sports Partnerships Cross Country competition held at Netherhall School on the 29th November. Perfect running conditions greeted the 900 plus runners who had come to compete for their school in this annual event. The atmosphere was electric as all of the runners were cheered on at the start and finish of the course by fellow pupils, staff and parents that had come to spectate! Each race was full of children who were keen to achieve their personal best and make their school proud. We are so pleased with all of the children’s achievements and stamina on the day. The following three children deserve a particular mention as they were placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their events.
Year 5 Girls- 1st Paloma- Milton Road and 2nd Madeline- Milton Road
Year 6 Boys- 2nd William- Milton Road
Well done to everyone who took part!
Happy 2020 Everyone!
We are really looking forward to welcoming Mrs Snape as our Headteacher from the start of January. These are going to be exciting times for the school in its next chapter. I know Mrs Snape is really looking forward to being here all the time. We return to school on Monday 6th January. There is no training day – the children and staff are straight in!
Well it just leaves me to wish you all a very happy holiday period. Whether you are travelling far or staying local, please look after yourselves and enjoy any celebrations you are partaking in. Wishing you all the very best for 2020. How did that happen? The millennium seems such a short time ago!