5 years ago today the school lost one of its ex pupils when Hannah Meakin tragically passed away after suffering a bacterial heart infection. The family kindly donated money to the school which we used to purchase our new sound system as Hannah loved the school shows.
Her brother Tom is doing a skydive today in her memory.Good luck Tom! Let's help him reach his £1000 target. The link is below.
It was wonderful to see so many parents turn up to our first Federation workshop for parents led by the brilliant Gary Wilson.
60 parents from Kilburn and Smalley enjoyed a fantastic, thought provoking session on how boys learn.
The feedback was excellent and there was such a buzz in the room.
It is great to see a real benefit of the Federation after just 4 weeks as all our staff and now 60 parents have received first class training which we otherwise would have struggled to afford as single schools.
We look forward to organising another evening like this in the near future.
The staff from our Federation received first class training from National Speaker Gary Wilson on Fridays inset day. He spoke around a range of strategies that were particularly useful to engage boys with their learning but of course was useful for girls too. The day was thought provoking, entertaining and gave staff lots of useful tips and ideas that they can take back to the classroom.
We also welcomed a number of colleagues who joined us from other schools as well as two of our school governors.
Parents from the federation have been invited to a workshop tonight at 7:00pm. By working together as a federation one of the advantages has been that we can afford high quality training and provide workshops for parents such as the one this evening.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Our sports teams are going from strength to strength this school year with another amazing performance last night. Our year 5/6 Futsal team attended a competition,held at Alfreton Leisure Centre , after school. There were 9 teams in total, split into 3 smaller leagues, and we topped our league with wins against Heage Primary (1-0) and after a nail-biting penalty shoot out, won 2-1 against Riddings Primary
We then moved on to a winners league play off for overall 1st place, where we lost 2-0 to Mundy Juniors, and only 1-0 to overall winners, Swanwick.
All our team played exceptionally well but some fantastic saves from our goalkeeper kept us in the game on more than one occasion. A big thank you to all our parents, who came to support and help at the touch line and to Mrs Shaw and Mrs Parkinson.
We have had another fabulous day and it was a real privilege to go to Tesco Carol singing with performance club this afternoon.
They sang a range of carols for an hour and it sounded beautiful. We had so many lovely comments from shoppers and managed to raise £115.
Huge thanks to Mrs Mason and Mr Redgrave for playing the keyboard and leading the singing. Also, thank you to Mrs Hull for her support in organising the children and of course her singing!
Thank you to our PTFA, parents and grandparents for supporting this visit out of school.
It has certainly helped me get into the Christmas spirit children, thank you!
I have just returned from a lovely Christingle service at St. John the Baptist Church led by Rev. Geoffrey Marshall.
Our performance club sang beautifully as always, led by the wonderful Mrs Mason.
It was fabulous to see the church full and brilliant to see all our parents and grandparents join other members of the community.
A fantastic finish to the weekend. Enjoy some pictures below.
Last Friday was a special day in the calendar again as the whole community came together for our Remembrance service.
The hall was full as usual for this moving service and it was led so beautifully by our year 6 pupils. Well done children, we are so proud of you for the respect and dignity you demonstrated once again.
Children laid wreaths on our memorial which were kindly donated by 'Smalley Parish Council' and 'Smalley Old Boys.' The memorial in our car park remembers boys who used to attend our school that fought and died in World War 1 and World War 2.
A huge thank you as always to our staff and to Mr Reckless who played both during the service and the 'Last Post' outside.
Thank you to everyone who attended the service, it is such a dear tradition in Smalley and I know it means as much to you all as it does to me.
It was a real pleasure to welcome our 'Smalley Old Boys' back to school today. Twelve ex-pupils returned for our annual lunch and we enjoyed a run through for tomorrow's Remembrance Service. This is always a highlight of the year for me and it was lovely to see our children chatting about school in years gone by. The oldest member of the group today was 94 and used to teach at Smalley too. The stories are so wonderful to here and reminds me of how lucky we are to live in a period without the cane! The gentlemen were blown away by our facilities and love the new chickens!
Our children were amazing as usual and i am so proud of them.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Drury, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Hull and Mrs Hudson for setting up and serving lunch and to the kitchen for preparing such a lovely meal for everyone.
I look forward to next year already!
Children.....don't forget the homework challenge set by one of our old boys to find out about the Scottish poppy!
It was a privilege to attend tonight's Tag Rugby competition and watch the skill, determination and teamwork of our year 5 and 6 pupils. They played really well, scored some wonderful team tries and came third in their group.
A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw as always for organising the team and to our parents and grandparents who braved the cold to support the team!
Well done to all, I hope Wales show as much skill this Saturday!