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Buddy bag foundation

Making a difference to children in emergency care.

On Friday 4th October the pupils from all year groups Reception through to Year 6, their parents and teachers packed 180 Buddy Bags. This was an effort to give back into the wider community and make a small difference, to quote Freddie aged 5 “how they were filled bags for children who don’t have anything.”

The Buddy Bags are rucksacks with essential items: pyjamas, underwear, books, crayons and toiletries. The most important item is the bear that goes into the bag last. Before placing it into the bag the bear is given a hug and a love.

The Buddy Bags are funded through fundraising, sponsorship and donations.

The Buddy Bags are then distributed to women’s refuges in the UK that deal with children who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Each participating centre will keep a stock of Buddy Bags that can be handed to children when they are placed in emergency care.

Warwickshire Junior book awards

Thursday 11th July, 3 pupils from years 4 and 5 attended the Warwickshire Junior Book Awards run by the School Library Service. They had read, reviewed and rated four books prior to attending. They were lucky enough to meet and talk to all the authors and have their books signed!

Stravinsky’s FIREBIRD

9 year old Daisy organised our trip to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. She made the phone call to book the tickets, sent an email of confirmation. Organised costs and travelling arrangements and worked alongside teachers on risk assessments. On the day she led us confidently from Birmingham Snow Hill to the Symphony Hall. There we had fantastic seats to watch the production of Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Music is like making a cake

Stratford Climate Action Day

The Eco-Committee were invited to produce a display for the Action Day on Saturday 22nd June. There was a lot of interest from the general public in what the school and nursery had been working on. We also came away with a lot of new ideas for them to try towards their Eco School Gold Award (Green Flag).

A bit of fun with the thermal imaging camera!

Peter and the Wolf Puppet Show

Rob from Sea Legs Puppets came to Merrydays and Henley Montessori on Friday and performed  Peter and the Wolf. The skills and craftsmanship were amazing and the pupils from the youngest to the oldest, the teachers and parents all  thoroughly enjoyed the show and holding the puppets after. We are already looking forward to his return next year.

Community Relationships

The children of Merrydays Montessori Nursery have always liked visiting the pond in the grounds of Dell Court, Henley in Arden. Over the last few months relationships between the residents and the children have developed and the staff of the nursery wanted to be able to give something back to the community. Firstly, in December the children sang Christmas songs with requests from the residents and then shared afternoon tea. When the weather was more favourable, they were invited to play croquet. Last Thursday, they took along their puzzles and song spoons and shared them. A good time was had by all, the residents enjoyed the interaction with the children giving them something different to  focus on and the children developed their communication skills.
We are looking to develop this as a more regular programme.