The Meads Primary School - Luton
On Thursday 20th October a group of students went to Luton Rugby Club to represent the Meads in a tag rugby tournament. They had never played together before but after a quick crash course from Mr Cousins and Mrs O'Leary the team was ready to play the other schools in their group.
The first game ended in disappointment with a 4-0 loss to the Ferrars A team, however, the children showed resilience and determination to come back and win their next game against Ramridge 2-1, with tries from Kayne and Ariana. They then went on to win their next game against Wigmore B 2-1 as well, with tries being scored by Jake and Ariana. In their final group game they came up against Hillsborough where they unfortunately lost 4-1, The Meads' lone try being scored by Keelan.
After the results were tallied The Meads came 4th in their group and progressed to the Plate Tournament, ranking as the 2nd best 4th placed team.
Their first game in the Plate tournament was against Farley Juniors. The Meads won 3-2, with Keelan scoring a hat-trick of tries. They then played Downside and came out 2-1 victors, Kayne scored both of the tries and the whole team put in a stellar defensive performance. In their final game they played William Austin and won 3-0, with one try scored by Z'Karee and two by Keelan. Three wins out of three meant The Meads were winners of the Plate tournament.
The children were fantastic ambassadors of the school and showed their values all day. The whole team made brilliant improvement throughout the day and despite being exhausted by the end, had great fun.
Last Wednesday we took 4 children to the annual Luton Veg Fest for the first time. As you may have noticed the area outside the large hall has, over the summer months, been full of fruit and vegetables which the children have loved growing and looking after. This hard work culminated in a festival with lots of other schools to celebrate our successes.
Please click read more to read about the event and see a picture of our award winning veg!
On Tuesday 20th September a group of current and former pupils from the school travelled to London, accompanied by head teacher Mr Jenkins, Higher Level Teaching Assistants Mrs Andrews and Miss Balogh and Business Manager Miss Ansell to receive two National Fiver Challenge Awards for 2016. Last term children from across the school were given the opportunity to start up their own enterprise project , with £5 initial capital and the aim of making as much profit for the school as possible. Out of six categories available, children from the school came out on top of the whole country in two – Most profitable business and Best Community Engagement Project. As part of their prize, the children visited The Rainforest Café for lunch, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not and finally the awards ceremony at The Ham Yard Hotel in Piccadilly. The ceremony was hosted by Liz Barker, a former Blue Peter presenter and featured a speech from young entrepreneur Ben Towers.
A great time was had by all.
Kestrel Class transformed themselves into professional rappers in their Values lesson. Have a listen and see if you can rap along...
As we approach the end of term I am finally able to share some good news with you all. For some weeks now, we have had to keep to ourselves, the project which you will have undoubtedly noticed being installed on the Key Stage 1 & 2 fields. Some time ago we submitted a bid to Awards for All, the lottery funded charity that gives money to worthy causes, for funding to extend our playground apparatus. We were subsequently awarded £10,000 towards doing so, which, together with a further £2,000 provided by our brilliant PTA, has enabled us to pay for the additional equipment you can see on our playgrounds.
Please click read more to see more pictures.
We are delighted to tell you that The Meads Primary School has been awarded the Gold Accreditation from Modeshift Stars. Modeshift Stars promotes sustainable travel and aims to encourage us all to lead a healthier lifestyle. The school has been awarded the Gold standard for its work in promoting walking, biking or scooting to school on a regular basis and thereby relieving congestion around the school gates.
In addition, at the recent Sustainable Travel Awards Presentation Ceremony in London, The Meads were recognised for their fantastic work in this area with further awards for 'The Promotion of Cycling' and for winning 'Best Regional School Overall'. We will now go forward to the national finals to be held next Spring at the Houses of Parliament! See our Facebook page for more details
The Fiver Challenge is a nationwide competition sponsored by Virgin Money and Young Enterprise. It is for young people aged 5 – 11 years, across the UK and aims to inspire creativity and develop enterprising attitudes and behaviours.
The Fiver Challenge, supported by Virgin Money, provides a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial literacy, resilience and teamwork in learning for primary school pupils. Pupils have 1 month to set up a mini business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit and engage with their local community.
Please click read more to see more about the Fiver Challenge and some videos!
What a fantastic day we had in year 2 on Tuesday! We were visited by a school from the coast, called Holme Primary School. In Rabbits, together we discussed our similarities and differences and then drew each other’s hand to show what was different and the same; it was so interesting. Holme School is so much smaller than ours yet has more ground with a wooded area. Compared to our class – Rabbits- where there are 28 children, they only have 12 children in their class. We also found out a lot about each other. After lunch Holme Primary children visited the other year 2 classes where they took part in a logo competition in Hedgehogs and the ‘swamp’ challenge in Squirrels.
We all had so much fun!
Year 2 had a brilliant day at Walton on the Naze. They have done some lovely writing and now have a concrete experience of the seaside, linking to our Summer 2 topic focus.
This Summer Year 1 have been learning about a range of explorers. So we decided to become explorers for one day and went exploring to LEGOLAND. This trip inspired some fantastic writing. Here are some pictures which show us having a great time
Please click read more to see more pictures and watch the video...
To celebrate being awarded the Values Quality Mark again we thought it would be a fitting tribute that all pupils were involved in recording a Values CD. Each class had their own particular song that they have been working hard at learning and rehearsing.
Last Friday, children got the opportunity to put their rehearsing to the test and finally record their songs with Mr Bateman. As a result, Mr Bateman has been able to produce a fantastic and uplifting CD with songs from the whole school for you to purchase for just £2.50.
Below are some samples from the CD that you can listen to.
Back in October the school were presented with the prestigious Achievement for All Quality Lead Status - click this link to see the press release that went out at the time. The link will open in a new tab. Below is an article from Luton Today.
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We have also been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Lead Award for our work in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
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At The Meads we are proud to celebrate each child as an individual with unique needs, aspirations and beliefs. We aim to give each child the opportunity to flourish and develop through a nurturing, creative and engaging learning journey, enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning. Our values programme promotes diversity and unites children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community in our shared vision to help our children to become emotionally intelligent, resilient and socially responsible individuals who set and achieve the highest standards for themselves.
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The Meads have been awarded the Quality Mark as a Values-based School, supporting the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. We have also been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Lead Award for our work in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.