On Wednesday 23 November, Junior assembly enjoyed their third Inspirational Speaker this term. Katy Adams, mum of Emma (Yr2) and Daniel (NB), is part of the Early Intervention team at the well-known charity Barnardo’s.
Katy’s current career followed the interesting path of studying for a Modern Languages degree at Cambridge, becoming a Corporate lawyer in London, moving to New York, where she became involved in a children’s charity, and finally, returning to the UK and being offered her current position at Barnardo’s.
Katy’s enthusiasm for her role was obvious and the children were totally absorbed by her story and message. She showed us the latest Barnardo’s powerful TV advert and a short clip about the work she does with the charity. She is involved with trying to improve the attachment (a special type of bond) between parents and children under five; children’s brains grow fastest in the first five years of life and good, responsive parenting is crucial to future development. She also works with older children who have suffered trauma due to experiencing extreme stress .
Our pupils heard about the ‘Five to Thrive’ approach and the 5 ‘blocks’ of Barnardo’s work in this area: Respond/Notice, Cuddle, Relax, Play and Talk. We were all fascinated by Katy’s explanation of how the neurons in the brain work and the positive difference this work is making to the lives of children. Katy advised us to do what we love, to not worry about not knowing what to do in life, to grasp every opportunity, to try volunteering, to be prepared to sacrifice a big salary to do what you love and to realise that life is not all about work. This was a great way to start the day with real life lessons and how satisfying it is to be able to make a difference.
We owe Katy a huge thank you for taking the time to come into school, for making a real difference to our day and, most of all, for inspiring us
Mrs J Flynn – AGT Coordinator
Last week, the Young Shakespeare Company made their annual visit to Lady Barn.
This year, the production was Twelfth Night. The Year Five and Six children were immersed in the hilarious tale of the twins, Viola and Sebastian. Many of the children were given individual parts and all helped to act out the storm and other group scenes.
By the end of the performances, the Upper Junior pupils were all laughing along with Shakespeare’s clever use of mistaken identity. The actors, as always, made the dialogue and plot understandable and hugely entertaining.
The Year Five children are already looking forward to next year’s visit and the Year Six pupils will take many happy memories and an understanding of the play with them when they leave Lady Barn.
Mrs Bruce – Head of Upper Juniors
Recently, parents and children from Lady Barn enjoyed a family weekend away at the Glaramara Activity Centre near Keswick in the beautiful Lake District. Fun and adventure was had by all and it was an ideal opportunity for families to make new friends in the wonderful landscape of the Borrowdale Valley. Well done to everyone involved and a sincere thank you to Mr and Mrs Prendergast for coordinating another great weekend away.
It has been a thoroughly enjoyable start to the year in the Music Department and things are really starting to get busy now! We currently have over 150 children singing in the choirs and around 100 children in the different instrumental ensembles which are running in school every week. Each morning I am greeted bright and early by a different set of children for the clubs on offer ranging from Year Three Recorders to Grade 2 Theory.
As you can imagine Christmas is an important time for us and we are working hard in preparation for the Christmas Fair and Carol Service but before that we have been delivering some additional treats.
Last Wednesday, 16th November we held our very first Music Recital in Scott House. This proved to be an amazing celebration of the quality of musicianship at Lady Barn. Well done all the pupils that contributed and thank you to the parents who attended. Before the half term holiday over 140 performances were heard in Music lessons throughout the Juniors to decide who was going to performan at this special event. If you weren’t chosen this time – don’t worry, there will be more Recitals throughout the year so keep practising!
In addition to this we also witnessed some brilliant performances on Open Morning from our various ensembles. The Junior Choir gave an “Open Rehearsal” performance where children and families could see exactly what goes on in our weekly practices.
I know the children are all looking forward to performing on the various occasions that we have to come and we look forward to welcoming you to our events.
Mrs Drennan – Head of Music
Recently, Year Two children were treated to a guest reader in Story Club. Mrs Clarke, who is a talented voice over actress and the mother of Daniel in 2P, came to read The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson. The children thoroughly enjoyed the reading and Mrs Clarke’s use of many different character voices. Thank you Mrs Clarke.
I was very happy to watch the boys take responsibility in delivering three excellent performances at Cheadle Hulme School. It is very nice to sit back and allow the pupils to express themselves without having to continually give direction.The results clearly show how much maturity and game management the Year 6 boys have acquired over their time at Lady Barn.
Collectively, every player worked tirelessly for the team and I am convinced the large parental support would have been delighted with what they saw. Very well played boys!
- CHS A 3 LBHS A 4 (Paddy M 2, Ashwin M 1 & Oliver W 1) Mom – Oliver W
- CHS B 1 LBHS B 3 (Rian S 2, Freddie B 1) Mom – Kayden D
- CHS C 0 LBHS C 4 (Charlie B 2, James C 1 & Ali B 1) Mom – Charlie B
Mr Pietkiewicz – Head of PE & Boys’ Games
Last academic year pupils from Year Two were invited to assist in the recording of ‘Tree Fu Spell School’ for CBeebies BBC Radio. All the pupils did exceptionally well!
The episodes featuring our pupils are now available on the CBeebies website , click on the link below to listen.