This week we interview Katie and Cofi who are the captains of Blue House. Blue House have been reigning champions up until last week when Green House narrowly overtook them.
Why did you apply to be a House Captain?
Katie: I knew it would be the right job for me. I make the right choices and I thought I would make a great role model.
Why do you like being in Blue House?
Cofi: Blue is my favourite colour! Also the people in our house are very hardworking.
Katie: Blues have been winning a lot! Plus I get to meet and work with lots of new people. We are a family in Blue House, and not only because there are lots of students from the same families in our House!
Why do you think Blue House to win?
Cofi: All Blue House members work really hard in lessons to get House Points.
Katie: Because we have a great leader! Miss Dean is very competitive.
How are you preparing for the spelling bee?
Katie: Our members have been practicing a lot recently.
Cofi: We will try our best beforehand. We do grammar and spelling tests in class assemblies so we know who is good at spelling.
What will you say to your House if you win?
Katie: Well done! You tried really hard to win House Points for us. Thank you!
What will you say to your House if you lose?
Cofi: Well done! We can have our own celebration for trying hard.
Looking for something to do this half term? The Milton Keynes Art Centre has lots of fun activities for children of all ages. It's a great opportunity to try some new things.
Tuesday 25th October, 11:00 – 1:00
Make a series of plates by dropping clay from high-up with Kirsteen Holuj in this drop plate technique special. The process is role, decorate, cut, stretch, drop!
Wednesday 26th October, 11:00 – 1:00
A ceramic workshop exploring the possibilities of the potters wheel as well as coil building pots. Each Art Camper will become the owner of a beautifully hand crafted ceramic pot.
Zine and Sketchbook Making
Thursday 27th October, 11:00 – 1:00
Explore design and binding techniques to produce your own zine and sketchbook, to be taken home and used to practice drawing and taking illustrated notes – the start of your own Zine.
£15.00 per child, per session
Pay an extra £1 per child for a lunch of vegetable crudités, fruits, artisan breads, cheese and dips
For bookings and enquiries call Milton Keynes Arts Centre on 01908 608 108
As October is Black History Month, each year group at GLPS studied an iconic member of the black equal rights movement. In an assembly on Monday 17th October the work of each year group was presented to the rest of the school.
Year 1 looked at Mary Seacole, a Jamaican lady who despite racial prejudice risked her life to save British soldiers in the Crimean war. Mary did things that few other women did in her time, and is not just a role model to nurses, but to all.
Year 2 studied Walter Tull who was one of the first ever black professional football players in Britain. Walter also served as a soldier in World War One and unfortunately died in battle. Year 2 students made postcards showing Walter as an icon and a role model for all.
Year 3 experimented with segregation after learning about Rosa Parks. Rosa was an African American Civil Rights Activist who became fed up in particular with the segregation on public buses. Rosa refused to move from the 'white area' on the bus and motivated the community to rebel against the racist systems in place. To demonstrate this, Year 3 were segregated in terms of hair colour for their lessons!
Year 4 produced diary entries and artwork based on the actress, presenter and broadcaster Floella Benjamin. Floella is from Trinidad and faced many rejections and discrimination when she moved to Britain, but has since been awarded an OBE for her contribution to television.
Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech was studied by year 5. Year 5 also experimented with segregation by not allowing boys and girls to sit next to each other at lunch time or play with each other on the playground! Portrait prints of Martin Luther King were also made by Year 5.
Year 6 studied Nelson Mandela, who was the first black president of South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison before his election to try and overthrow a racist government and upon his release continued to fight for human rights. Year 6 wrote letters to him while he was imprisoned, and also produced some fantastic Banksy inspired graffiti.
This week the house point scores have really begun hotting up. We had our highest scoring week of the year.
The house captains have been very impressed with the effort and determination of their houses.
This week Green team earned the most points, with an astonishing 170. That turned out to be enough to take them into the lead. Well done Green team, our new house point leaders!
The next House Challenge is just around the corner, and this week we have conducted an interview with our Green House Captains Shobitha and Rachel.
Why did you apply to be a House Captain?
Shobitha: I applied because the role helps me to get to know more people and see what talents they have. I also like to encourage others to work together as a team.
Rachel: I wanted to be a role model and show everyone how to follow our ROOTS. In addition, I wanted to encourage healthy competition and meet new people.
Why do you like Green House?
Rachel: Our Green House is honest, friendly and welcoming.
Shobitha: We all work together! Everyone laughs and is happy, even when we don't win!
Why do you think Green House will win?
Rachel: Because we are the best! We all work together and are currently in second place (not many points behind first place!)
Shobitha: Also because we have Mr Dixon. He motivates everyone to try their hardest to get House Points.
How are you feeling about the next House Challenge?
Rachel: I'm looking forward to it! It's really fun to watch!
Shobitha: I'm really nervous, what if we lose?
Rachel: We won't lose
Shobitha: No we won't, we will win!
Next week, the Blue House Captains will be interviewed to find out how they are feeling about the upcoming House Challenge and Spelling Bee.
Thanks to all of you who voted for our Singing Assembly song. We will be filming our performance next week so don't forget to check the website soon to take a look at our performance.
All you have to do is pick your favourite books of the year on the 'Books are my Bag' website to be entered into the prize draw to win one of ten £100 National Book Tokens to spend in your favourite bookshop. Voting closes on 14th November 2016, with the winners announced on 24th November 2016.
As part of our roots taking care of our minds and bodies we have started looking as a family at healthy packed lunches. Today in assembly Miss Lovelock and the children looked at pictures of healthy and unhealthy food and video clips about healthy packed lunches.
There are a few children who come to school with packed lunches mainly consisting of sweets, sausage rolls or burgers. After half term, if these packed lunches are not more balanced the children will be offered a replacement of fruit instead.
This is our first assembly on this and within the next two weeks Miss Lovelock, the teachers and the children will be talking about this further so that after half term everyone has an even clearer idea about the contents of a healthy packed lunch.