Year six have now left but scroll down to read about a big day in the summer term.
Rebecca remembers the day.
On Tuesday 27th June 2017, year 6 went to the University of Winchester for their junior graduation ceremony! Let me tell you all about it.
In the morning, year 6 went on a coach to Winchester. When they arrived, they were split into groups of 10 children and were put with an adult with a group name. Anyway let’s jump to the graduation ceremony!
At first they all had to get dressed into black gowns and a black hat with a black tassel to go along with the outfit! The tassel had a nice ‘2017’ cut out on to the top of it.
The graduation took place in the John Stripe Theatre, at 1:30 to 2:45pm. There were many important people at the graduation, of course the children’s parents, but there was also Miss Dillon, head teacher of Fairfields Primary School, Mr Peter, head teacher of the Costello school, the Dean, who is basically the head teacher of the university and last but definitely not least, the chief executive of Hampshire County Council!
The person who we first met was Jodie Anthony, the widening participation co-ordinator. She did the most of the talking!
The year 6 teachers, Miss Cox and Miss Warwick, called up the children from their class one by one and they walked down from the left hand side and walked up onto the stage where they shook hands with the chief executive of Hampshire County Council and he praised them for a fabulous year! Then they got their certificate from the Dean, and then walked off the right hand side.
After the ceremony, they all had a separate picture taken with their head teacher, Miss Dillon. Once that had happened, they all had to go outside for more group pictures, and family members had the choice to take pictures and videos of the year 6 pupils.
After the pictures, the children went back into the room they started in and took off the gowns and hats so that they could go home. The year 6 pupils kept the tassel that was on the hat so that they could remember the year they graduated from primary school and also just as a nice memory and souvenir.
The day of dragon boating dawned – yet another day of fine sunshine! There was another activity before the big event however and that was rockpooling. We all trekked down to the beach and set to work looking for the tricky-to-find creatures.
After lunch it was time to go. Usually we have to wait ages as a trail of children have to go back for something they have forgotten but, on this occasion, absolutely everyone had what they needed!
We set off and soon arrived at the sailing academy. We were quickly split into three groups. Mrs Freeth and Keith were in the blue boat, Miss Cox was in the red boat and I (Miss Warwick) was in the yellow boat. We rowed up and down the harbour developing our skills and sizing up the opposition – or maybe that was just me being too competitive! Anyway, we had three races and the yellow team won them all. Hooray!
We are now back at the centre just about to have tea. We’ve started packing and are looking forward to the disco – well the children are anyway!
Do not be concerned if your child is missing from the below picture as Miss Cox’s group weren’t present.
After breakfast, we set off on our activities. The weather was lovely again and the main activity today was the hike which provided entertainment based around avoiding standing in cow pats! The view was amazing. Other activities included archery and trapeze. Some children, very bravely, took the leap of faith! We’ve had tea and shared Morgan’s birthday cake and the children are now all (hopefully!) getting rid of any excess energy on the basketball court.
‘I enjoyed abseiling because I have conquered my fear of heights and I also have conquered more than I thought I was going to be able to.’ Grace
‘I thought abseiling would be really scary but it wasn’t.’ Ashleigh
‘I thought I was going to miss all of my shots in archery but I hit two of my three on the board.’ Jackson
‘The trapeze was really fun if you did it a second time because you feel used to it and you have the trust to jump off.’ Sheikh