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This section of the site is dedicated to the little people of Shiplake! We encourage children and parents to stop by and share their unique experiences of the villages.

Much of the content here has been provided by our friends at Shiplake Village Nursery and Shiplake Primary, for which we are very thankful.

Shiplake Primary School Report Summer 2017


As we welcome the children back after the Easter break, I find it hard to believe that we are already moving into the Summer term.  The Summer uniform has made its reappearance – let’s hope the sunshine does too!

During our busy and very long Spring term, so many activities have taken place alongside our busy  curriculum timetable.  During March, each class  had the opportunity to take part in an activity during Henley Youth Festival week.  The Reception class travelled to Nettlebed School to take part in a ‘Blunderbus’ activity, Year 1 went to Trinity School to attend a ‘Singing with Lucy Hewes’ workshop and Year 4 took a ride to Badgemore School to take part in a ‘Solid Steel Drumming’ class.  Our school was delighted to be able to host a ‘Create ‘n’ Make’ craft morning for the children in Years 2 and 3 and the Young Shakespeare Company made a welcome return to Shiplake, performing their production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the children to enjoy.  We were pleased to welcome Peppard School to enjoy the performance with us.   All activities were  very well received by the children (and parent helpers who had joined us!)  Some of our pupils also entered the HYF Entertain, Sing, Young Dancer and Dance competitions.  The opportunity to perform on a stage at the Kenton Theatre is something they will never forget!  Twenty eight Shiplake pupils took part in the HYF Go Kids run at Swiss Farm.  Everyone arrived full of energy and enthusiasm and were keen to have a go. The three courses were each challenging in their own way but Team Shiplake took them in their stride and were determined to put in their best effort. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the run and it was wonderful to come away with some silverware too. Year 1/2 girls and Year 1/2 boys came first as school teams - the year 3/4 boys team placed 3rd overall as a school team too. We were extremely proud of all the children who took part in the Henley Youth Festival this year and all the events were extremely well organised by the Henley Youth Festival Committee.  

Our School Parliament voted to support Comic Relief this year and held two very special events to raise money for the charity.  On Friday 17th March they organised a special cake sale for both pupils and parents and were delighted to raise over £200.  The following Friday - Red Nose Day, everybody was able to come to school wearing their own ‘home’ clothes and ‘mad’ hair – all for a donation of £1!  The overall total of £380 was raised but so much fun was had by all.  A special thank you to Mrs Capstick for helping the School politicians plan for the event.  Very well done to everybody involved!

The last week of term saw our annual ‘Decorate An Egg’ CompetitionWe had some amazing entries for the competition this year, with over 100 children taking part.   The creativity of our children never ceases to amaze me – the judges found it very difficult to choose winners and in a couple of year groups we had to award two prizes!   Our new ‘overall’ prize winners were Jack and Charlie R with their wonderful  ‘Mount Eggverist’ creation.  Congratulations to our other 9 prize winners!    All our main prize winners were given a chocolate Easter egg to enjoy during the holidays.  In addition, as all the children had put so much thought and effort into their entries this year, we have also gave a small bag of Easter sweets to all entrants as a ‘thank you and well done’.  

Katherine Page-Howie

Article created / last edited: 10 August 2017

Shiplake Primary - exciting Red Watch visit!

We were very lucky on Wednesday to have a surprise visit from Watch Commander James Harris and his wonderful fire crew ‘Red Watch’. They arrived in their fire engine to talk to the children in Key stage One about fire safety. Year Two’s visit was also linked to their history topic, The Great Fire of London. The children learnt how fire fighting equipment had changed since 1666. The children were given two pieces of homework; firstly to find out where the smoke alarms are in their houses and secondly to learn their address in case of an emergency.

Each of the classes had great fun firing the hose to see if they could knock down the cones and they were all able to climb aboard the fire engine to explore the inside too. The teaching staff had a lot of fun also trying on the kit which was incredibly heavy and rather smelly.

Article created / last edited: 13 March 2017

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