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NEWFIELD A group of Year 11 pupils from Newfield School spent the October half term exploring the ice caps, volcanoes and boiling mud pools of Iceland. “It was good to see the glaciation processes happening in real life instead of just learning about it in the classroom” said Michael Colley.


Michael and Dan near an erupting geyser

The students also had the opportunity to see lagoons of ice, glaciers and lava fields as well as spending a day in Reykjavik, the most northerly capital city in the world. “It was a fantastic opportunity to visit a country with so many amazing landscapes” added Dan Jackson. “We were even able to stand on both sides of a tectonic rift, where the Eurasian plate is pulling apart from the North American plate.” The visit was organised jointly between the geography departments of Newfield School and King Ecgbert School, as part of the Learning Partnership between the two schools.

MEERSBROOK BANK This term the whole school watched Dick Whittington performed by M&M Productions, Florence Nightingale visited Y2 as part of their history topic, and Y2 have also enjoyed a bit of Dickens at the CBeebies Christmas Carol at the Crucible. There’s been plenty of focus on reading this term. Holly Bacon (Y6) won an award in the ‘Read For My School’ project and the school received £1000 to spend on books. “Our class won 100 books for our school library. I won a variety of books on different subjects. It might be a while before I’ve read them all. I might be at Newfield by then!” said Holly (right). £125 was raised for Sheffield Cathedral Archer project. The school Pupil Champions delivered the money and donated goods

ANNS GROVE There have been lots of exciting things happening at Anns Grove over the last term. In September we opened our doors for National Heritage Day and had people visiting us from all around the City. They were impressed by our beautiful new building and were amazed by our recycled artwork which was on display in the school hall. The artwork had been completed by children from foundation stage to KS2 during our summer term Art Week. Coffee and cakes were on sale and staff were on hand to lead guided tours around the building. There were some lovely comments from our visitors: “We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the old school and how much the new school has improved from the old days”; and, ”What a great eco-friendly building. The children are very lucky.”

A new Parent Teacher Association has been formed and renamed Anns Grove Voice. Parents and teachers meet every half term to try and raise funds for school and plan some fabulous activities for our children. Our Christmas raffle is proving very popular with the first prize a family photo-shoot worth £175.00, kindly donated by Matt Lollar Photography based at SUM studios.

In early September the children in Key Stage One at Anns Grove Primary School used the Millennium Park as a setting for their story writing. After looking at the well known story book ‘We’re

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Above: Students stood at the edge of a glacier

“Iceland is a tremendous country to visit from a geographical point of view” explained Newfield’s Head of Geography Kaye Elvin. “It was a fantastic opportunity for students to see at first hand the things that they study in the classroom. It was also good to run the trip jointly with King Ecgbert School, as a number of our students will be moving on to their 6th Form.”

in early November. The parent/carer group FMBS ran a Halloween cake sale which raised £145 for Children in Need, followed later in the month by a fundraising Pyjama Day. Other FMBS activities include the successful Yearly Quiz, and the Christmas Fayre.

Please take a look on the school and the Friends of Meersbrook Bank websites for further information.

Going on a Bear Hunt’, we wanted children to write their own version with Heeley locations. The teddy bears that had taken residence in our class rooms for the half term mysteriously went missing and so the children just had to go on a bear hunt!

We followed a map around places like the Crows Nest, the Park, the bike track and climbing wall. Children had great fun chanting well known lines from the story and describing the locations in the Park. And of course, all teddy bears were found safe and well!

Above: Going on a Bear Hunt! Right: New head, Sam Fearnehough

Our very special news, though, this term is that we now have a new Head Teacher, Mrs Sam Fearnehough (above left). Mrs Fearnehough comes to us from Hallam Primary School, where she was the Head teacher for three years. We are looking forward to showing her what a fantastic community we have here in Heeley. 0114 250 0613

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