We had a very interesting visit from Clare Stafford who is an award-winning journalist with ten years’ experience in the print and magazine industry. Clare has been researching social media and the business of journalism for many years, including studies and publications on the revenue models of restricted media, the potential for emerging and alternative business models, and the wider impact of technology on media business. She lectures in the UK and in Europe on social media and its impact on journalism.
We were extremely impressed to learn that Clare speaks a variety of languages, has travelled to many places around the world, has TWO names and writes in a peculiar language called Shorthand! ( some of us had heard of this!)
It was very exciting to see the wide range of things that Clare does within her profession as a journalist, maybe we will see some of our pupils' names attached to media 'write ups' in the future having been inspired by Clare's visit.
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Wheelchair Basketball On Thursday we welcomed Nat Pattinson from Cumbria Wheelchair Sports into school. At only 22 years old Nat has had a truly inspirational journey in life. The day began with an assembly led by Nat. It was humbling to hear his story and to be in the presence of someone who has clearly demonstrated incredible courage and determination in life. Amongst other sporting achievements and titles Nat is currently one of the top 12 wheelchair basket ball players in the World and he took the time to visit us in Orton School which we think is amazing! Following the assembly Nat ran workshops throughout the day giving all the children (and some of the staff!) an opportunity to have a go manoeuvring a wheelchair and then playing wheelchair basketball. Everyone had such a lot of fun and it was extremely competitive! Thank you so much to Nat and Laura for coming to visit Orton school you are both an inspiration.
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The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by Heritage Lottery, has invited schools in the Westmorland region of Cumbria to join its ‘Dark Skies Winter Celebration’.
This project coincides with the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival 2018 and provides an opportunity for children to visit a planetarium and work with local artists to celebrate dark skies and winter through art, photography and poetry.
The project has been designed to encourage children to explore and connect with the landscape and share their creativity, thoughts and feelings through poetry, art and performance with the wider community.
Sausage Making Workshop
Food for Life
Orton School have been very lucky because we have been one of the 4 schools that t have been picked for the Food For Life community project. This involves working alongside the Soil Association and Westmorland to learn about how to grow and produce things locally. In June we are all having a big Farmer’s Market. We will be selling homemade/grown produce and products such as cakes and jam we will have lots of fun!
As part of this project Class 4 were given the opportunity to have a go at sausage making with Dave Moreland from Westmorland. It was great fun and Mrs Davidson is going to cook them for our lunch.
See our photograph album for more photographs of this and other exciting and inspiring visitors who have visited our school recently.
Behind the Camera
A huge big thank you must go to Jon Chappell for coming in to inspire our children. He spoke at length about his career as a television cameraman. The children were amazed at hearing about all the exciting places he has visited and the interesting things he has filmed, from the jungle, to the desert, to the arctic circle to name just a few.
We were most impressed with the short film of the Northern Lights that he made this month especially for our children! We loved looking at his camera and drone, and had lots of questions to ask about his job. Many thanks Jon for inspiring the next generation of cameramen/women!
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We were really lucky to have a visit from Cath and Matt Wray, who are both Paramedics with the North West Ambulance Service. Cath is a Senior Paramedic and Matt is an Advanced Paramedic.
They were join by Fred who is their friendly dog,
who was especially excited to meet our younger children.
Cath and Matt also brought with them a Rapid Response vehicle. This is like a mini ambulance, kitted out out with everything they need when dealing with an emergency,
including blue flashing lights and a very loud siren!
Thank you both for coming to visit us, what fantastic role models you are.
Judging by the role play from our younger children and the conversations from higher up the school you have inspired the children...
...we may have some future Paramedics in our school!
Everyone had so much fun on our WW2 day. The children all looked amazing in their outfits and enjoyed taking part in WW2 activities. The finale of the day was when parents joined us for Class 2's celebration and KS2 enjoyed listening to Kyle Blue talking about his fathers role in the war.
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to everyone who contributed a shoebox to this years Operation Christmas Child collection. We were able to donate an amazing 44 shoeboxes this year. These will shortly be heading around the World to make someone's Christmas special.
Mrs Davidson had a 'Special Birthday'...(she was 50!)
We decorated the dining hatch with banners and balloons.
She loved it!
Happy Birthday Mrs D.
We raised a terrific £200-48 for Breast Cancer Research.
What a fantastic amount thank you everyone for your support.
It was lovely to be joined by some Year 7's...also in pink!
Laura Samuels, British Champion Triple Jumper, came to visit and put us though our paces!
As you can see in the photos we were all kept very active.
Laura talked to the children about her life as an athlete, answering lots of great questions. She was very inspiring and a brilliant role model. It was lovely to welcome her to Orton and we will be watching the Commonwealth Games in australia next year in her hope of seeing her compete.
Class 4 become quiz masters!
Orton School had a visit from the Royal Air Force today.
One of our year 6 pupils has a sister in the RAF who whilst on a 'flying visit' to England she kindly came into school to share with us some of her experiences and tell us about her career in the RAF..
A Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, currently serving in the USA, she has served as a Flight Instructor on the EA-18G Growler at NAS Whidbey Island. Assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 as part of a US/UK four-year exchange program, her role includes instructing US Navy and Royal Australian Air Force aircrew students of all experience levels through a year-long training syllabus. After graduating from Initial Officer Training in 2006, she completed Weapons Systems Officer training in the UK, and joined 617 ‘The Dambusters’ Squadron operating the Tornado GR4 strike aircraft. There, she deployed twice to Afghanistan, flying over 75 combat missions in support of Coalition operations, and was selected to deliver Squadron electronic warfare instruction. She then qualified as an advanced flight instructor with XV(R) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, teaching novice and transition aircrew to Tornado, and became the Electronic Warfare Instructor for the Tornado GR4 fleet. A graduate of Durham University, she holds a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) First Class Honors degree in Law with Politics, and a Masters in Air Power in the Modern World from King’s College London. Her personal awards include a 904 Expeditionary Air Wing Air Officer Commanding Commendation and selection for the Chief of the Air Staff’s Fellowship Scheme with King’s College London.
After a slide show presentation the children asked lots of interesting questions, some sharing their knowledge about a range of Jets.
It was a very inspiring visit and one of our Reception children summed it up with the comment ' I have never seen a lady like you'. A lovely sentiment and thought provoking for our girls that they too could have a career flying high speed jets.
Class 2 meet Harold the Giraffe on the Life Education Bus.
The last week of the Autumn term has been very busy.
We have had Christmas lunch, been carol singing at the 'Drop in ' at the Methodist Chapel and Westmorland services, entertained by our teachers, wishing Miss Potter well for her Wedding Day and had our Christmas party.
Phew it's been hectic, we are all ready for a well earned rest!
Goodbye Phil Dew
When Phil Dew came to deliver his last school assembly as Methodist Minister,
we had lots of surprises for him!
As well as singing him some songs with our own words as a thank you to him and giving him books made by each class wishing him well, Year 6 devised a challenge for him involving hoola hoops, dishes and bbq skews....
...not fortgetting of course the prize of a packet of Harribos!
Phil has been coming into school every other Wednesday for many years to share with us his unique fun and thought provoking assembies, inspiring us in our Christian values.
His assemblies have ranged from 'Mini Olympics' reminding us that doing Our best is whats important in life, not being The best... to his wonderful Easter and Christmas videos spreading God's Word in an age appropriate way for us all.
He will be greatly missed, but leaves us (and past pupils and staff)
with many wonderful memories.
Thank You Phil Dew
( We shall of course still see him around school in his role as Grandad)
Blue skies, warm sunshine, birds singing, the smell of freshly mown grass...... children laughing, cheering and supporting each other, parents doing the same....back to school for ice creams.
Perfect ingredients for our sports day.
Summer Music Concert
On the afternoon of Tuesday 14th June, we were entertained
by the musical talents of the children of Our School.
We enjoyed a variety of musical pieces played on a vast selection of instruments.
The school choir, led by Mrs Simpson, began our musical extravaganza by singing
'We are the Champions'.
Recorders, clarinets, flutes, guitars, piano, keyboards, singing what a treat we all had!
The concert was well supported by families and the local community who were amazed at the talents of the children.
Many thanks to the music teachers and volunteers
for all their hard work over the year.
The 'Queen' came on Friday 10th June
to join our garden party to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Whilst here she also officially opened our new eco classroom 'The potting shed'.
As you can see we were joined by parents and members of the local community
on this momentous occasion.
(Can you spot the 'Royal' Corgi?)
Happy Birthday Your Majesty.
On Friday 13th May we all took part in a skipping workshop.
Antony from http://www.skipping-workshops.co.uk/ came and spent the day with us.
Antony took each class for a session and taught us the basic skills needed to become a confident skipper. He also shared with each class a 'Party Piece' skipping skill which we performed at the end of the afternoon to each other and parents.
We all had a great day, developing and learning skipping skills
and have been practicing at playtimes since!
May Pole Dancing
Olive and Chris Bland have once again kindly given up their time to come into school, this time to teach Class 4 the art of May Pole Dancing.
Everyone had great fun and shared their new skills with everyone on the school field
as part of the May Day celebrations.
Thank you Mr and Mrs Bland.
A walk up Cuckoo lane, a yummy picnic lunch
(Thank you Mrs D and Mrs D)
music, singing, prayers and bubbles.....
Egg decorating competition
After the Easter Service at church it was back to school for the results of the
egg decorating competition.
There were 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of Easter eggs for each year group.
What a difficult task to judge!
Tag Rugby Festival
Some of the children from classes 3 and 4 took part in a rugby festival at Penrith.
The sun shone and it was a beautiful day to be outside in the fresh air.
Joining other local schools the children played a number of rugby games before returning to school for a little later than usual lunch.
What a super day we had on Friday 18th March, raising money for Sport Relief.
The day began with some children delivering an assembly reminding us why we were wearing red and telling us about some of the people who would benefit from monies raised.
After that the whole school took part in the Sport Relief Mile.
Some of us ran, some of us jogged and some of us walked. Along the route there were balloons and lots of parents marshalling to keep us on the right path!
Thank you parents for giving up your time.
After lunch we decorated some buns and biscuits with red icing and sprinkles whilst class 4 set up some challenges for us to take part in with our bikes, scooters and roller blades.
The challenges were great fun and included being squirted with water, balancing a beanbag on our helmets
and having to limbo under some sport relief balloons attached to a cane!
We all had a brilliant day and raised a massive
Thank you everyone.
Years 3 and 4 hockey players have gone through to the Eden Quick Sticks hockey finals.
This will be held at Kirkby Stephen on 14th April.
Watch this space!
The whole school ‘travelled’ to seven different countries, Germany, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Greece for our ‘Europe Day’.
The children came to school dressed in colours of the flag and spent the day working in mixed age groups to find out fascinating facts, make models, study famous artists and composers, learn songs and dances and taste food from their country.
After a fabulous ‘European’ lunch prepared by Mrs Davidson and Mrs Douthwaite, the day finished with a celebration of all their work in an assembly for parents and friends.
Well done everyone!
Photos to follow!
Classes 2, 3 and 4 had an interesting visit to the Kadampa Buddhist Temple at Ulverston http://manjushri.org/ on Tuesday (thank you to FoOS for contributing to the cost of transport).
On arrival we went to the Temple, which was beautifully decorated. Our guide for the day was impressed with our knowledge about the Buddhist faith and through some role play we learnt even more. Next we joined in with a short meditation session, enjoyed exploring the Temple and finding out more about the Buddhist faith. After lunch, a lovely woodland walk in the centre grounds led us to the seashore where we enjoyed looking for shells, unusual pebbles and fossils on the beach. The day was enjoyed by us all, especially as the sun shone throughout!
Local harpist, Mrs Sue Millard, very kindly brought a folk harp and lap harp
into school to play to the children.
She demonstrated a glissando, how music can be happy or sad and gave the children lots of 'harp information'.
Thank you very much Mrs Millard, the children really enjoyed your visit.
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