This year, as I’m sure you could tell, we have had a huge push on our community aspect as a school by organising even more extra-curricular events for our children and community. We started with our Great Belmont Ramble in November - a whole school walk around Londonthorpe Woods, with a huge number of family members attending, all in aid of Children in Need. The support we received blew us away.
This was followed up with some football related events as the World Cup was taking place in Qatar. First, we all watched England’s opening match of the tournament and soon after we took part in Premier Education’s World Cup Penalty Shootout. This was a competition for schools where each class had the opportunity to play their own penalty shootout tournament. The scores of all the classes were then added together for one total. We were very pleased to find out we had won the tournament and were awarded 6 free coaching sessions for our children!
In December, we held our first ever Belmont Christmas Cinema event, showing 3 films voted for by the community, with sell out shows throughout the day/night. The year was rounded off with the FOBS Christmas Fayre which was again a fantastic event with great support.
The new year gave the children the opportunity to take part in Learning for Well-Being Week as well as Stand Up to Bullying. We also had a fantastic variety of book characters for World Book Day and celebrated Red Nose Day with a scene of green and red, as this year it fell on St Patrick’s day.
Another FOBS inspired event in March saw a visit from the Easter Bunny before another opportunity to get active for International Dance and International Circus Day. These two days were supported by Inspire+, with a coach coming in to work with the children. Parents were invited to come in and join their children for their circus sessions with some even getting involved in acrobatics and circus skills - it was great to see adults working alongside the children! For International Dance Day each class learnt a routine which was then performed for all parents at the end of the day and what a brilliant performance it was. During the term, we also held learning celebrations for Art, DT and Geography, which gave the children a great opportunity to share what they had been learning and show their fantastic end products.
Next up was the King’s Coronation picnic, with each class performing a British song as Year 5 took us through the life and times of King Charles. The performances were all brilliant and the amount of attendees was outstanding.
Our final events of the year were both sport related. First, the Togher Trials, our school funds fundraiser. The children took part in 5 activities throughout the week: boxercise, an obstacle course, football, running and a water butt race. This week also saw me take on the Togher TRIALathlon: a 25 mile bike ride, 3.5 mile run and a 1 hour swim (a total of 1,450m swam in the hour), with the money raised being split 50/50 between the school fund and Young Minds charity. A total of £1,125 was raised through the TRIALathlon! We then had our Sports Day, another event with an impressive turn out of support, with the children competing in a number of different races and activities.
Our final event of the year was the FOBS Summer Fayre. It was another brilliant achievement from them this year, with lots to do and take part in including the Belmont Talent Show which was unfortunately cut short due to the weather!
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported or took part in any of the events and to the children who played a part in organising or helping; it wouldn’t be possible without you all. Next year we look to continue this and keep expanding all we can offer our children. I would be more than happy to take ideas for what events you would like us to offer so feel free to offer any.
What a busy but brilliant year we have had. I hope you have enjoyed it all!