Grange Community Primary School takes its name from the road our school is on and the good links we have with the community around us including the Firs care home, Cavendish Community Association and Morrisons. We are also involved in the wider community and one event in which we participated even made our children into TV stars! This was a joint venture with the Marine Conservation Society, Sky Ocean Rescue and Ipswich Town Football Club. Firstly, the children took part in a workshop about caring for their local environment (the Ipswich town mascot also turned up for this!). Then they walked to the beach and picked up lots of litter aided by three Ipswich Town players (after some instruction from the children!). We are so lucky to live in this beautiful seaside town and our own school has an extensive outdoor area with plenty of trees and open space.
Therefore this was a fantastic opportunity for our children to help with conservation and give something back. This event was filmed and shown on Sky TV so it had a big impact on pupils, who still talk about it although it happened in September last year!
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We have been through a lot in recent months but now we are looking forward to an exciting future as part of Orwell Multi Academy Trust! Our Academy is supporting us to raise standards so that all our children can reach their full potential and use the individual talents that we know every child at Grange possesses. Our tag line is “Love Learning, Aiming High” so we definitely want our pupils to aim high!
We have put a great deal of emphasis on reading lately and, to this end, we created a new library from an old classroom right at the centre of the school which was officially opened last June by the Mayor. We did a lot of fundraising to cover the costs and received generous grants from the Rotary Landguard Club and Councillors Stuart Bird and Tracey Green to buy the books to fill it up.
We are now able to hold regular Reading Cafés after school, where a member of staff or a governor reads a story to parents and children and then everyone works on a craft based on the book. For instance, at the last one, the book was ‘Supertato – Veggies Assemble’ which is a great book about a superhero potato saving all the veggies in the supermarket from the evil peas. Children and parents then made their own potato people!
Another great event held in the library around Valentine’s Day was ‘Blind Date With a Book’ which was where our librarians matched the brave volunteer children with a book they might not normally read. Luckily we are a fairly small school and staff know the children well, so most of them decided to take the book out for a second ‘date’! What a novel way to encourage reading!
If you would like to get involved in any aspect of life at Grange, have a look at our website www.grange.suffolk .sch.uk where you will find contact details. We hope to have a Facebook page up and running soon, too. Our Chair of Governors, Dr. Kirsty Kirk would be very happy to hear from you or answer any questions you have. We also have a very active parent/teacher association called Friends of Grange which can be contacted via the school.
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