|National Science Week - March 2013
It was true to say that Science week went off with a bang. It could be heard all around Poynton as the explosions and peals of laughter continued throughout SciTech’s visit.
In addition to that, the children looked superb in their ‘mad-scientist’ outfits – thank you for dressing them for the occasion.
Every child listened and watched Phillip Rose produce magical scientific experiments that astounded the children.
View more photos from Science Week here
5 Times Stockport Schools’ Cross Country Champions
An amazing accomplishment for the children of Lower Park! For the fifth year running our cross country running team won the Stockport Schools competition. It was held this year, at Moorfield School in Stockport. Over 250 children from primary schools in Stockport took part in the competition.
It was an evening to remember for all at Lower Park. With such a close finish to the event, our Year 5/6 boys won their race to claim the necessary points for an overall win. Jamie W finished 1st, George B 2nd and James S 3rd (a magnificent 1, 2, 3!!) Yet all 24 children from Lower Park piled up the points in their races and showed sheer determination to win. They were a credit to the school. Well done to the girls and boys (and the staff and parents too) - a massive achievement!!
Kingswood - 2012
The Year 6 residential trip to Kingswood was, as usual brilliant!!! The thirty nine children took part in a whole range of activities, including fencing, archery, problem solving and abseiling. They also completed three modules of ICT where they created their own interactive computer game.
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Athletics Winners and Record Breakers
23 children represented Lower Park in an athletics competition at Woodbank Park.
The children competed with sheer enthusiasm and determination. The team spirit was a credit to our school. Lower Park were crowned the winners, with our year 5 boys relay team breaking a current record. Well done to all the girls and boys!
New Library 'Official' Opening 25th May & the dedication poem.
Our new library is dedicated to Angela Hanson who died this year after a period of illness. Angela was a governor at Lower Park for over 20 years and led the buildings committee for much of that time. She saw the library being built but did not see it completed.
Angela's husband Alan officially opened the library and unveiled the plaque on which the dedication is written in the form of a poem created by the Year 6 children.
Below you can see Chloe reading the poem, which you can read in full here.
Cross Country - 28th March 2012
Our cross country team participated in an inter-schools event at Moorfield School. The Year 3/4 boys won their race, with George B crossing the line in first position.
In a very close race, the Year 5/6 boys also won their event, with Jamie W storming into first position metres from the finishing line. All 24 children gave their best effort and the results were a true reflection of their hard work. Well done to all the boys and girls for a fantastic performance and for bringing home the shield for a fourth year running!
World Book Day - 1st March 2012
In UKS2, the children's topic was 'Gangsta Granny' and they concentrated on characterization, dialogue and settings. CLICK HERE TO FIND MORE GANGSTAS.
Spot the 'teacher grannies'!
One of the highlights of the day was taking part in the Where's Wally treasure hunt.
Wally was hiding behind some London Landmarks holding letters. The children had to gather the letters and rearrange them to make a word. The word was 'Big Ben.' CLICK HERE TO FIND MORE 'WALLIES'.
In LKS2, the children immersed themselves in Dickensian stories – to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens.
They looked at the characters, the costume, drama and book making. CLICK HERE TO SEE ENLARGED PHOTO
Airport Visit - FS and KS1
Before the half-term holiday, FS and KS1 enjoyed a trip to the Airport Viewing Park. We enjoyed watching the planes land and exploring the on-site aircraft.
The highlight was a close up view of the Concorde and sitting in the Pilot’s seat. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS.
Safety and Security Advice for Year 6
Recently we were paid a visit from Poynton PCSOs Chris and Chris!
The children learned a huge amount about how they could protect themselves, their possessions and property. They were shown a presentation, and spent over an hour asking questions about home security.
Lower Park School Pop Connection Performances at the Baptist Church
One of the major musical events at Lower Park School is the Pop Connection project and 'Community Concerts' that have recently taken place. Miz Porter, from Pop Connection, taught the entire school a range of new songs over three days, and recorded a CD on the fourth day. The following week, the school put on two fabulous performances at the Baptist Church, for parents and friends to enjoy.
To see the whole school singing and swaying so enthusiastically to, "We Will Rock You and, "You Are Not Alone" was one of those magical moments that all those that were there will remember for a very long time. The children and staff have loved the project, and now have a batch of new songs to sing in assembly which will remind them all of a wonderful occasion.
Talent Show and Parties - December 2011
Christmas in a school is always special and as usual it was a time for fun and celebration. Children from Foundation and Key Stage One enjoyed games and parties, whilst the older children entertained themselves and the staff by staging a Talent Show. The performances included singing, playing instruments, telling jokes, dancing and drama.
Congratulations go to Alex (centre) from Year 6 who performed an amazing techno robotic dance and walked away with the Talent Show trophy presented by headteacher, Ian Coulson. Joint second prizes went to a fabulous puppet show produced by Aaron and a stunning singing performance from Mia.
Aaron inYear 6 won a competition at Discover Lego, near Trafford Centre. This resulted in a Lego workshop for him and a group of his friends in school.
St James' School in Uganda
Gerry Hambridge visited Uganda for 5 weeks and took the 'Hands of Friendship' and the letters we wrote to the children at St James' School.
With the money raised from our DT Week and Harvest Festival, she also collected toys for the nursery, bunk beds for the orphans and mosquito nets for everyone.
She also bought a CD player when she got there, so that she could teach them some the Pop Connection songs!!
Find out much more, read Gerry's letters from Uganda and see great photos by clicking HERE.
Lower Park Pupils Collect Top Awards
Two of the proudest pupils at Lower Park School must be Francesca in Year 2 and Ella from Year 6 after scooping two of the most prized trophies on offer. Francesca received the Caroline Corlett award, whilst Ella received the Chris Hammond trophy, in recognition of their outstanding attitude, manners and commitment to schoolwork.
Both awards are presented on a termly basis in memory of Caroline, a former secretary and Chris a former pupil of the school.
Lower Park Children Get Active
Year six pupils have recently enjoyed a challenging, but enjoyable three days residential course in the Peak District. Nearly forty children took part in a range of activities including ICT, quad biking, fencing, and other outdoor pursuits.
The highly successful trip was designed to promote co-operation, co-ordination and compromise - all vital skills that will continue to bond the group together during their last year at primary school.
Green Club carry out a 'garden makeover'
On Saturday 16th October the school Green Club along with volunteers and their gardening tools did a general tidy up around the school. One parent even turned up with the large 'Billy Goat' lawn vacuum shown below.
The Green Club's Spring tidy up meant we got everything ready for our summer planting and with the help of Mr Banks, we put up our bird boxes and bat boxes that had been made the previous year in DT week by the children.
Olympic Hockey Player visits School
Alex Danson, the Hockey Olympian met the children in assembly on Friday 2nd July to talk about National Sports Week.
The children have been learning a dance in readiness for the 2012 Olympics.
Emily - Headteacher for the Day
On Friday, the 14th May, Emily swapped places with Mr Coulson, who took her place in the classroom.
Emily did a great job and her policies were very popular but Mr Coulson was not well behaved! Find out how the day went in our 'Head for the Day' photo gallery.
Lower Park's Green Club
On Saturday 24th April 2010 parents, children and friends of the school turned out to help our Green Club with their '“Big, Green Clean Up'.
The school now has a new assortment of bird nesting boxes and very interesting raised beds for growing vegetables. Thank you particularly, Mrs Carding, for your initiative and dedication.
Lower Park Pupils Are Out Of This World! The school is well known for its theme days and activity weeks, and recently children at the school found themselves in the middle of yet another out of this world educational experience. Just under three hundred pupils took part in a whole week of ‘space themed’ activities finding out about the scientific and science –fiction aspects of life in space. They explored a whole range of activities including investigating the sun, moon, seasons and planets, designing moon buggies, taking part in a drama about locating an alien in outer space, and enjoying space-themed dance workshops.
The final day saw every child and member of staff arriving at school dressed as a space character – quite a spectacle of aliens, mad scientists and Buzz Lightyears!!
A Special 'Mother's Day at school
All mums are special, but mothers of children at Lower Park School were made to feel extra special this week. In a magical celebration of their mums, children in Foundation and Key Stage One started the afternoon with an assembly. This included 'what makes my mum special' poems, readings and songs that brought tears of emotion to those in the audience.
The assembly was followed by a tea party with all the food prepared by the children. Mums were presented with cards, scrolls and planted bulbs by the proud children.
Pop Connection for the Community
Children at Lower Park School have always enjoyed a rich music and performing arts tradition, but more recently embarked upon a fabulous new venture. They hosted two ‘Community Concerts’, and produced their own CD for family, friends and newly formed fans to enjoy.
Find out much more and see Pop Connection concert photos here. You can also download a 30" rehearsal video clip here
Rave Reviews for the Christmas Shows
The Christmas Recipe (watch a video - see link below) and Aladdin brought the house down with fabulous performances from the Lower Park children.
Aladdin was the first traditional pantomime for many years and was a big production to attempt. We need not have worried, however, as the children really took it over, learned their lines early (and those of everyone else) and produced a wonderful pantomime that thrilled us all
The Christmas Recipe was very different to any previous nativity but was bursting with colour, singing and dancing. As our headteacher Mr Coulson said after each performance, where else but at Lower Park would you find in a nativity: Irish dancing by elves, children wrapped as Christmas presents, a class dressed as birds dancing to Michael Jackson’s ‘Rockin Robin,’ children dancing as snowflakes to Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ and the audience singing along to Take That as the children were ‘stars in the sky?’
Watch the Irish Dancing - Click here to load movie clip.
A Taste of France
The 21st to 25th September was an excellent week in school with the children enjoying a range of 'French' activities. They tasted a variety of French cheese, sampled red squash ‘wine’ learnt new vocabulary and sang traditional songs in French. Not to mention, the Boules competition and French waiter race and painting like Seurat!
Certainly, the children learnt much more about French culture and the language during the week.
**We're Having a Ball - The Prom 2009**
a major highlight for the Year 6 pupils before they leave Lower Park. A time to dress up in smart clothes and posh frocks and arrive at the ball in style. As in previous years luxury 'limos' pulled up outside school to drop off our well dressed pupils. Click on the picture below to see a bigger photo.
Choir Perform With 'Abba'!
On Saturday 13th June
our school choir took centre stage with Abba Reunion - to perform 'I Have A Dream'.
The Abba tribute band performed with the choir at Poynton and District Rotary Club's Open Air Charity Concert at Poynton Park.
Ladybirds and Wood Lice Invade Class!
Mrs Carding has been going back to nature in her class as part of the school's 'Green Project'. One side of the classroom has been taken over by all sorts of creepy crawlies and even tadpoles. Children with magnifying glasses have been keeping an eye on the progress of their new tiny classmates!
Year 5 Swimmers Make a Great Splash!
On April 18th, some year 5 pupils (plus a parent) entered the Marie Curie Swimathon at Hazel Grove Swimming Pool. The team, Joseph's Jellyfish, completed an amazing 5000 metres in an incredible time of 2 hours 9 minutes with each member completing 1000 metres as a relay. In total, they all raised £435 for Marie Curie Cancer which is an amazing achievement and demonstrates the generosity of family and friends who kindly sponsored the team.
The team members were: Devon, Claire, Leigh Mullin (parent), Kyran and Joseph.
Caroline Corlett and Chris Hammond Awards
We are delighted to inform you that the Spring Term Winners of these awards are Isabelle from Year 2 and Oliver from Year 6. Both children have been selected by the staff in recognition of their attitude, hard work, courtesy and friendliness.
Both awards are presented on a termly basis in memory of Caroline, a former secretary and Chris a former pupil of the school. Our previous term winners can be seen lower down the page.
Giddy Up - Racing at Lower Park
The PTA held their first Race Night on Saturday 25th April. It was a great social event for parents and friends of Lower Park School.
All proceeds will go to fund the completion of the Tyre Park for the Children's Playground refurbishment.
Once the bookmakers have added up the total we'll let you know how much was raised very soon.
You can find out more about the PTA here.
Award Winning Pupils
Two of the proudest pupils at Lower Park School must be Chris in Year 2 and Sophie from Year 6 after scooping two of the most prized trophies on offer.
Chris received the Caroline Corlett award and Sophie received the Chris Hammond trophy in recognition of their outstanding attitude, manners and commitment to schoolwork.
A week after receiving the OFSTED logo Lower Park has received another. This time it's the Sports Activemark Award. It means that it is acknowledged that the school continues to provide a very good level of sport provision, both in the curriculum and in extra curricular clubs.
The winner of the Christmas talent show was Zak. He sang a wonderful song that would have impressed even the real Simon Cowell. Second was Georgia also singing and 3rd were Louis and Adam telling jokes.
Children in Key Stage 1 enjoyed a great afternoon playing traditional games such as marbles, jacks, hopscotch, pick-up-sticks, tiddlywinks and cat's cradle. The Lower Park Times editor remembers playing them all many many years ago when he was a schoolboy!!! Take a look at the photos on the games page.
The ‘Golden Oldies’ Are A Big Hit!
To enhance their history topic, children from the Junior department were privileged to welcome some grandparents (and one mum) into school. The group of volunteers spent a morning with the children to explain what life was like in the 1940s to 1980's.
The pupils were shown a huge variety of resources from petrol and food ration books to vinyl records and concert programmes. The Year 6 children made numerous cups of tea for their visitors and showed them around the school.
Pictured: Deputy Headteacher Cathy Beddows, (second from left on second row from front) with pupils, parents and grandparents
Food Glorious Food
At Lower Park School School meals have always been good at Lower Park , but now pupils at the school have even more reason to look forward to dinnertime, as a new state of the art kitchen has been opened.
After receiving 'The Healthy Schools Award' last year, the staff and children can look forward to a greater range of hot and healthy meals, together with a range of exciting choices from the Salad Bar.
Summer Fair 2008 Photos
Relive all the fun of the fair through a selection of photographs in our fair gallery.
A Day at the Seaside Photos
In the second last week of June the school playground and field became a beach.
Children laid out towels, played in sand pits and enjoyed traditional beach games. Take a look at the Seaside Photo Gallery here.
Lower Park School pupils in Years 3 and 4 recently had a fascinating day going back in time to the Roman era. To enhance their history topic they were taken into Manchester to meet a ‘real live’ Roman soldier.
They visited the Museum of Science and Industry and took part in several workshops to find out more about the Roman way of life, including how to march in Latin, apply Roman hair gel and how to recognise a Briton!
A Massive Cheer for Our Champion
Sophie, a Year 4 pupil from school, recently won the National Under 9 Individual Cheerleading Championships.
This fabulous accolade was the result of many long and dedicated hours put in by Sophie and her supporting family.
Eggs and Flowers
Key Stage One and Foundation Stage put on a magnificent set of performances to tell the Easter story. Now an annual event, the 'Eggs and Flowers Service' delighted friends and family and resulted in literally hundreds of chocolate eggs being donated for less fortunate children connected with 'The Mustard tree' charity in Manchester. Patients at St Ann’s Hospice in Cheadle received numerous of cheerful bouquets of flowers donated by children from Lower Park.
World Book Week
As part of this year's activities the school was lucky to be visited by children’s author, Nik Perring who ran writing workshops for the children.
The week also saw the arrival of class teddy bears to help diary writing! More about the bears in this newsletter. On World Book Day itself, pupils were encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters. Even the staff dressed up!
You can see a selection of photos of the characters on our World Book Day page.
Poynton Golf Club Donation
We were delighted to receive a donation of £300 from Poynton Golf Club. The club conducts fundraising activities throughout the year and makes an annual donation to a school of its choice.
(Pictured: Left to right Martin Crank (President) Ian Coulson (Headteacher) and John Duke (Treasurer) with Lower Park pupils)
The donation will go towards a sound system to be used in assemblies and presentations enabling all children to hear and be heard more easily.
Lower Park School ‘Star Awards’
Following a highly successful term at school the staff faced a difficult decision in order to choose the candidates for the prestigious and highly prized Caroline Corlett and Chris Hammond trophies.
The two selected pupils were Molly (Year 2) and Ella (Year6), who have shown a consistently high standard in work, attitude and citizenship.
Kingswood 07/08 - Year 6 Residential
**Watch Video Clips and View Photos**
Assault courses, fencing, quad biking, laser battles and the creation of computer simulated games sounds much better than class lessons, but the children found the activities just as challenging.
The assault course was just one of the challenging activities. Find out what else the children got up to in the Kingswood Photo Album. This year we even got videos of the assault course. (Note: you may have to download the free real media player here to play the clips).
View Photo Album here
Video 1 - Assault Course 1
Watch clip (54")
Video 2 - Assault Course 2
Watch clip (3'06")
Video 3 - Assault Course 3
Watch clip (49")
Video 4 - Assault Course 4
Watch clip (40")
|Radio 'Lower Park' - Silk 106.9 Visit
Our school is to become a Silk 106.9's 'School of the Week'.
Radio reporters from the station have been outside school asking parents about Lower Park and, under supervision, children talked to the interviewers on Wednesday 8th May during playtimes. The whole purpose is to feature the good things that happen here for children.
Comic Relief - March 2013
Red Nose Day was a great success with the fundraising activities some children arranged for the day. The raffle arranged by Amy J and friends was drawn in assembly with literally hundreds of tickets having been sold. The raffle raised a great £208. The bake sale arranged by Ellen J was also magnificent, the variety of cakes and biscuits was very tempting indeed.
The sale raised a fantastic £143.55. There was also nail painting arranged by Anya S, Eleanor M & friends and a bracelet sale arranged by Leah D, Charlotte K and friends the money for this is still being counted! There were also several red noses around school. Well done to all the children.
Great news from St James Primary School and Orphan Care in the village of Nakakabala, Uganda
Children from Lower Park School are thrilled to hear the latest news about the classroom that they have helped to fund in Uganda.
At a special Parents' Day the new classroom, decorated with 'message bricks' bunting sent by pupils at Lower Park opened.
***CLICK HERE FOR NEW PHOTOS AND GERRY'S REPORTS***
Lower Park School Pupil Donates Birthday Money to Help St James School in Uganda!
One child was even more keen to keep up to date with news from St James. Over the last eighteen months, George has been so touched by hearing about the children in the school, that he gave his birthday money towards the project.
Mrs Gerry Hambridge, who set up the special relationship between Lower Park and the school, gave him a list of projects that his money could help. After some consideration, he chose to fund 'George's Den'. This is a large enclosure and home for the school hens, to ensure that the birds do not wander off and become lost.
Planting in Diamond Jubilee Wood
The first sapling in our new wood was planted by the eldest and youngest child in the school.
An oak tree has been planted in our Diamond Jubilee Wood that will be known as 'Angela's Oak', named after one of our former governors Angela Hanson who sadly passed away in February.
Angela's daughter Kate McLean and family planted the oak tree and during science week (12th to 16th March 2012) children were also involved in planting more saplings.
Inclusion Quality Mark
"I am delighted to be able to inform you that, once again, the school has been successful in gaining the Inclusion Quality Mark. Following a thorough assessment made last term, the Assessor has concluded that we are, ".....a very inclusive school." The assessor roamed around school quizzing the children, support staff, governors and teachers, but the final report is, again, a delight to read. Our first award was in 2007, so this renewal is very pleasing". (Ian Coulson - Headteacher)
St James Orphanage Developments
A classroom 'building site'. Our fundraising is helping to build a new classroom for the children at St James School, Kamuli in Uganda.
Watch out for future developments.
Year5/6 Mosque Visit
After studying Islam in RE, all children in years 5 and 6 went to a mosque in Cheadle.
They were able to witness the 'call to prayer', and tried on some authentic outfits
Lower Park Helps Build Ugandan Nursery Classroom
Following their topic of Africa, the oldest children at Lower Park School were keen to support their link school in Uganda.
Facilitated by Gerry Hambridge, they have now exchanged letters with children at St James School, and learnt more about their lives. Wishing to help complete the nursery classroom, Lower Park pupils were keen to hold an African Craft Sale, selling goods that Mrs Hambridge brought back from her most recent Ugandan visit.
From wire bicycles and baskets, to bongos and bracelets, the range of crafts was enormous. A staggering ₤400 was raised, and Lower Park School would like to thank all pupils and parents who were so generous and supportive.
Lower Park School Gymnastics
Our gymnastics team returned victorious after competing against 7 local schools at Wilmslow High School. Both teams, with children aged 7 and 8 years old, represented the school magnificently, and should receive recognition for the way in which they presented themselves and performed their routines.
Charlotte from Year 2 achieved a ‘full house’ coming first in all three categories and with the help of her excellent teammates, the Year 2 children won the overall title in their age category. The Year 3 team also did very well too with Cameron achieving a silver medal for his Body Management routine. Well done to all the gymnasts.
Lower Park Schoolchildren Lend A Hand
The children in Key Stage Two made a ‘Hand of Friendship’ with a written message to be given to a child in one of the African schools. At home, they became a ‘Helping Hand’, either doing a chore or completing an activity, in return for a small monetary reward. The money raised from Year 3 and 5 children will buy items for our Chikambuso link school (click here to see photos of Chikumbuso school), whereas St James School in Uganda will benefit from the money raised by Year 4 and 6.
At a fabulous Harvest Festival Service, the children sang, acted and spoke about how they had been helping at home and about our adopted schools in Africa. Mrs Hughes and Mrs Hambridge spoke about the two schools during the service and each lady will take approximately £100.00 to each school on their next visit, together with the many messages written on the children’s ‘Helping Hands.’ Well done the children!
Athletics - Stockport - Summer 2010
Our Athletics team competed in an inter-schools' event at Woodbank Park on Wednesday evening. All 24 children were a credit to Lower Park. They deserve to feel extremely proud of their efforts and teamwork.
View photos below.
New School Head elected in 2010 Election
Isabella races home for Lower Park .
Robert and Niall (right) race round the bend in a relay race.
Lucy racing through on the inside.
Emily in Year 4, leader of the 'Cool School Party', was duly elected Headteacher for 14th May. Find out more about the debate leading up to the election and the vote itself by clicking on the photo below.
Congratulations to Ross L. who was selected to play football for Macclesfield District at Preston’s Deepdale Football Ground last week. Unfortunately, injured in the game, Ross has done very well to be selected and has enjoyed the experience.
Joe P. deserves a special mention too by being selected and signing forms for Bolton Wanderers FC’s youngest teams.
After trials, 9 boys were selected and enjoyed a day at a Premiership match at the Reebok stadium too.
'We Are the Champions' - 27th May 2010
Lower Park has won the Schools’ League competition and have received a very handsome cup. On Tuesday 27th May, our ‘A’ team played at Vernon. Going into the game we were level on points and the winners of this match were to be crowned league champions and progress through to the next round of the Knockout Cup. In a well-contested match, we fought hard and our determination secured a 1-0 win!
(Back Row L to R: Danny, Rob, Kyran, Tom, Niall, Bobby, and Joe. Front Row L to R: Liam, Ed and Alex ('B' Team goalkeeper)).
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A fantastic achievement and a huge well done to all the team for bringing the cup home to Lower Park. Congratulations to our 'A' team for their continued enthusiasm and teamwork throughout the season and for not losing a single game!
Girls Receive Top Awards
The last 'whole school' assembly of the term was a hugely enjoyable affair. The children heard the Easter story, and celebrated the achievements of two very special children. Laura from Year 6 received the Chris Hammond Trophy, whilst Joanna in Year 2, was presented with the Caroline Corlett Award.
Both girls were nominated by their teachers in recognition of their outstanding attitude, behaviour and contribution to school life.
World Book Day - oink oink!
Nearly three hundred children and thirty staff came to school dressed as their favourite book character in recognition of World Book Day. Key Stage One and Foundation pupils took part in a range of activities, ending the day with a book themed fashion show.
Years 3 and 4 enjoyed writing book reviews, whilst the older children wrote ‘Quest’ stories. A highly successful and thoroughly engaging ‘World Book Day’ for all!!
Guess the story!
During the last term at Lower Park, the numbers arriving for a school dinner on Wednesdays has risen enormously. Due to a new initiative, families have been invited to eat a school dinner with their child and this has proved to be highly popular.
It has given children the opportunity to invite their parents, grandparents and older siblings to sample the wide variety of food on offer.
This is a new initiative to Lower Park. Essentially, this is a parent ‘voice’ where matters that are neither PTA nor Governors’ areas of work can be discussed and clarified.
Find out what the hot topics being discussed are here.
Drummer Boy Receives Talent Trophy
The last Thursday of term at Lower Park was a time for celebration for the entire school. The Infants enjoyed parties, whilst the Juniors entertained themselves and the staff by staging a Talent Show. The performances included singing, playing instruments, telling jokes, dancing and drama.
Congratulations go to Charlie from Year 6 who played a jaw dropping drum solo and walked away with the Talent Show trophy presented by headteacher, Mr Coulson. Second prize went to Niamh with a singing and dance act and dancers Imogen and Ellen coming third in the contest.
Fair breaks all records
During the end of term assembly, pupils were surprised as two very special children were presented with trophies in front of their proud parents. Tom from Year 6 was delighted when he received the Chris Hammond trophy, whilst the Caroline Corlett trophy was given to George from Year 2.
Both children were nominated by teachers for their outstanding attitude to school life, represented by their kindness and consideration for other pupils, and determination and motivation in class. Although winning the award is a remarkable achievement in itself, it was an even prouder time in the Tom's household, as he is the third child in his family to receive such recognition by the school.
Christmas Fair breaks all records
A great many people came along, the children provided the entertainment – and the cream on top is that the fair raised over £3,200.00 – a record for a Christmas Fair at Lower Park.
Thank you for supporting the fair by coming along, donating presents or helping on the day.
The 'Christmas' Choir Perform
The school choir recently mixed with members of the local community as they sang at the leisure centre for the disabled swimmers group.
Lower Park Helps at Harvest
Lower Park School children recently took part in a wonderful Harvest Festival, not only to celebrate the variety of crops that are gathered in around the world, but also to make a wonderful gift of non-perishable foods that could be donated to others.
The celebration, which was extremely well attended by parents, friends and relatives, was packed with songs, drama, poetry, and videos made by the children, and introduced the school’s new Samba Band. Staff and children were keen to support the local charity, The Mustard Tree, after learning more about the work done in Manchester.
Pictured: Jez, from The Mustard Tree, with Pupils from Lower Park School.
Pupils Attend Workshops at High School
During Anti-Bullying Week, Year 6 children from all the Poynton Primary Schools were invited to attend workshops at Poynton High. These were initiated and led by teams from the Police Force at the High School, with officers doing follow-up activities in the Primaries with children aged 8-11.
Pictured: Pupils from Lower Park School with officers from the Anti-Bullying Police team.
Summer Fair 'Pulls' in the Crowd!
As usual there was a wide selection of stalls ranging from face and nail painting, tombola, bran tub and hook-a-bag to coconut shy, penalty shoot-out and well wanging.
There's a selection of photos on our Summer Fair 2009 page. There'll be more coming soon.
Yo-Yo Tricks in Assembly at the NED show!
At a recent assembly children were treated to the NED Show. The performance was all about yo-yos and magic and the patience and determination children (and adults) need to have to master these skills. The motto is Never Give Up (focus, persistence) Encourage Others (kindness, shared learning) Do Your Best (diligence, excellence).
Year 6 Visit the Hollies
Ever since the Hollies Pre-School started to be constructed the Year 6 children have watched the progress through their classroom windows. Once it opened they were keen to have a look inside and Mrs Gallagher and Mrs Chadwick arranged a visit where they were able to meet and play with some of the children.
Mothers' Day Tea Party and Assembly
special assembly for Mothers' Day and a tea party afterwards with cards, presents and food made by the children.
Take a look at our 3 photo galleries starting here.
World Book Day 2009
As ever this annual event proved a great success in both Key Stage 1 and 2. This year KS1 celebrated the books and characters of Alan Ahlberg with pupils dressed up as burglars (even staff), robbers and cops as well as Funny Bones characters. In Key Stage 2 however there was a foreign theme with books such as The Hungry Caterpillar and The Three Little Pigs translated into French. Children and staff dressed in traditional French costume.
Find out more about the day in this Beacon and view photographs of Years5, 5/6, 6 and the staff all dressed up for the occasion here.
Silk FM Radio Stars
Local radio station Silk FM has been searching out new stars for its weekly 'schools slot.' Presenter Andy Clewes visited Lower Park to find more about how youngsters enjoy life in and out of school.
In an interview with four of the oldest pupils, he asked them about a wide range of activities including their favourite lessons, school dinners and memorable moments. He was also keen to find out about their future ambitions, and in a lighter moment what they would do if they became Prime Minister for a day or won a million pounds!!
Road Safety Officers!
Katy and Laura
from year 6 are doing a fabulous job as Lower Park's Junior Road Safety Officers. They have involved the school in a number of competitions and quizzes. In addition they keep a scrapbook of their achievements, make announcements in assembly and maintain a Road Safety Information Board in the school corridor.
Christmas Shows 2008
In true Lower Park tradition the 2008 productions were an astounding success and a real credit to the children, staff and helpers who were involved. You can see a selection of photos from The Scarecrow's Christmas by clicking here and some from the Rocky Monster Show here.
Kingswood 2008 - School Trip
A great trip but the freezing conditions and blustery winds was enough to drive us quite literally 'up the wall'!
Veteran Relives His War Years
As part of Community Hour, children from Lower Park School were delighted to meet local author and war veteran Fred Hirst when he gave a fascinating talk on his life during the war years.
He was keen to share his memories which led to the writing of his book 'A Green Hill Far Away'.
Pictured: Fred Hirst with children from school.
**Lower Park School Pupils Evacuated?**
Don't panic! There's nothing wrong at school - it's all in the past! View Photos here.
To enhance their World War 2 history topic, Lower Park children from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 dressed in period clothes and spent a day at the Stockport Air Raid Shelters and the Stockport Story Museum.
The youngsters imagined what it would be like to be evacuees and travelled back in time to discover what it would have been like to live during the war years. They also found out how children during World War 2 would have coped with food rationing, the Blitz and home life. View Photos here.
Superb Playground Equipment Opening
On 28th June, the same day as the Summer Fair, our new 'Trim Trail' was officially opened.
Find out more in the 27th June Lower Park Beacon.
**A 'Classy' Beach Photos**
To go along with the seaside theme, part of Mrs Carding and Mrs Marshall's classroom was turned into a mini beach complete with deckchairs, sand, pebbles, parasol, gazebo, buckets and spades. If you can't take a trip to the beach in person take a look at some of the photos here.
PTA Go Potty!
As part of their annual plant sale, PTA members and parents sorted over 900 boxes of bedding plants into over 160 orders and delivered them across the whole of Poynton.
This year was the best yet -
raising over £1500 for the School! A huge thanks to all the parents who volunteered to deliver the plant sale order forms and helped on the day.
School Supports Charity Bike Ride
Lower Park School pupils and parents are always very generous and following a very special assembly this proved no exception. Sisters Debbie Rowarth and Trish Calthorpe explained how their personal physical challenge of cycling from London to Paris would benefit sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis.
Children at the school were told more about the MS Society and how funds raised would support people in their own homes, fund further research, provide a MS phone helpline, give grants to adapt people’s homes and provide respite breaks for MS sufferers and their carers. In response to this, the children organised an out of uniform day, dressing in the MS Society’s colour of orange, and raised just under £250 If you wish to add to this figure, you can make an online donation here.
Pictured: Trish Calthorpe and Debbie Rowarth with pupils Ella and Rachael
At Community Hour on Friday 25th March Mr Mullin, one of our parents, spoke to the children about his job as a fire-fighter. He managed to dress Mr Coulson in a complete smoke protection outfit – and he had to be 'rescued' from a burning building by Daniel W! Well done Daniel and thank you Mr Mullin!
Everyone at school looks forward to the end of term, but at Lower Park it is always the time when two special trophies are awarded to outstanding pupils.
Harry, from Year 2 was awarded the Caroline Corlett trophy, while Caitlin, from Year 6, was presented with the Chris Hammond trophy. Both children were nominated by their teachers as a result of their fantastic contribution to school life, attitude and behaviour.
Christmas Show - The Wizard of Oz
Another great performance from Key Stage 2 to match last year's Bugsy Malone. Apart from the cast, each class took a key role in delivering a scene from the show. *** View the photo gallery here. ***