Being Safe On Bonfire Night
With public displays being cancelled this year, the Fire Safety Team from Devon and Somerset Fire are concerned about the increased risks associated with private displays at home. Due to the fact that Devon and Somerset Fire are unable to visit our school, they have put together a safety pack and we are delighted to be able to share this resource with you. Please take time to look at the activities and talk to your child about fire safety. By raising fire safety awareness, the team and Devon and Somerset hope to reduce the pressure on the emergency services at this potentially busy time of year.
Shakespeare, Shackleton and the Antarctic Adventure!
Can you imagine following in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton and travelling to Antartica?
Well our school flag set off on that very adventure earlier this year and has been safely returned to us (after a lengthy period in isolation of course!).
Explorer Ruth took our flag on her trip and they luckily returned to the UK via South America just before UK lockdown was imposed.
Antony and Ruth from @LiketoBeorg have kept it safe and we feel grateful for the image of Ruth with our flag by Shackleton’s grave in South Georgia. Ernest Shackleton travelled many times to the area on his expeditions and his widow chose the Grytviken Cemetery for his final resting place after his death in 1922.
We feel so lucky to have been part of this adventure and wish Ruth safe travels in her next expedition, filming wildlife in a secret location!
Win prizes and get Maptastic on Walk to School Week
As part of Walk to School Month staring October 5th, Plymotion are asking you to take photos of your walk to school, using the school walking map (below) or playing the games on back of the map. Send your photos, creative writing or drawings about your walk to email@example.com You can even personalise the school map with areas you enjoy most on your journey to school. You can also tweet your entries by tagging Plymotion team @plymotion - Plymotion will announce the winners throughout the month.
The Douglas Haigh Cup of Kindness
Every year, each class teacher nominates a child who has shown kindness and care for everyone and everything around them. They are role models for the school. Once the finalists have been announced, each staff member casts a vote for their overall winner.
Our 2020 nominees are:
The winner has been decided and we will reveal the result on the last day of term!
Well done to all of our nominees. You will receive your nomination certificate in class tomorrow and you can view a digital version below!
Reading Week - Make Reading Your Superhero Power!
This week, we have been celebrating our love of reading and uncovering our super powers.
We have all visited the Star Book Café and had the opportunity to discover new genres of book and we attempted to break some world records!
On Friday, we dressed as our favourite super heroes.
Sport Relief 2020
Sport Relief brings people together to fight inequality and make the world a better place for all.
Your child is invited to wear sports clothing on Friday for a suggested donation of 50p. This year is a special year for sport at Shakespeare as our girls' football team has reached two regional cup final competitions and as a result will be travelling to Cardiff and Bath in March. To help fund the coaches to these events, we will be using half of our Sports Relief money this year which we feel is a worthy cause and shows our great support to the girls team.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.
Be The Best You Can Be Week
This week, we have been looking at what and who inspires us. We looked at the lives of inspirational people such as Greta Thunberg, Ed Sheeran, Sir David Attenborough, John Williams, Banksy and Ken Nedimyer. The children then wrote about their favourite person and a few children presented their findings in assembly on Friday.
On Thursday Afternoon, we were honoured to host a wealth of guest speakers who talked about how they chose their careers and the path they took to achieve great things. We would like to thank the following people for their time:
Ted Higgins - F1 car mechanic
Squadron Leader Dheeraj Bhasin - Senior First Officer for BA and RAF Fast Jet Pilot
Matt Cole - Sheep Farmer
Janette Owen - Stage Manager
Simon Sykes - Building Surveyor
Rose Bonsier - Deputy Chief Electrician
Jade Scott - Business Networking Group
Richard Tremain - Royal Navy Recruitment
Rhianna Greeley - Solicitor
Hannah Creasy - Social Worker
Sophie Bailey - Podcaster
Babs Horton - Creative Writer
Simon Spry - CEO of LAT
All the children were amazed how some of our speakers have overcome hurdles to capture their dream job. It certainly has inspired their young minds to think outside the box and aspire to achieve great things.
On Friday, the children dressed up as the profession they hope to take on when they are adults. We had everything from footballers and YouTubers, ballet dancers and photographers, zoologists and doctors to teachers and welders. Every year, the staff at Shakespeare feel this week opens up a world of opportunity for the children to share more about their dreams for the future and the interests they have.
A fantastic week had by all!
Christmas Choir at Transit Way
Our wonderful choir performed some festive tunes at Transit Way to bring Christmas alive for the shoppers. Everyone enjoyed the songs and bringing cheer to everyone’s day.
Election results are in...
All results overseen by Elmer!
Reverse Advent for Foodbank Plymouth
Each day, one class has been collecting items for Foodbank Plymouth as part of our Reverse Advent initiative. It’s a fun way to give a little back this Christmas.
The displays are looking spectacular and the totals are mounting up.... which class will collect the most? Find out on the last day of term!
Elmer visits Shakespeare!
We are delighted to be hosting the LAT Elmer for the two weeks before Christmas.
Elmer will be busy in the school, getting involved in some of the festive fun and the day to day learning that takes place.
See what he had been doing in the photos below.