WHITE ROCK IN THE COMMUNITY
PALM OIL PROJECT WITH PAIGNTON ZOO
Following on from last year’s successful Sculpture Trail at Occombe Farm, this summer we have decided to work together on another project based at Paignton Zoo.
The habitat of the orangutan, tiger, cassowary, and many other species is under threat from unsustainable commercial cultivation of palm oil. The animals’ plight has been highlighted in the media in recent months, however the issues surrounding palm oil are complex and cannot simply be dealt with by a simple ban or boycott. An art topic will give us a good opportunity, not only to make our pupils aware of the exact nature of the problem, but also (and perhaps most importantly), to find out how they can take positive action to improve the situation.
Along with many other conservation organisations, Paignton Zoo believes that promoting the use of sustainably grown palm oil is the best way to tackle the issue. Palm oil itself isn’t the problem – it’s actually a very versatile, efficient, and high yielding crop that provides a livelihood for millions of people in tropical countries. It requires far less space than other similar oil crops, which means that if palm oil were banned, you would need to use far more space to grow the next best alternative. The problem arises from how it is grown, and it’s this issue that sustainable palm oil is trying to address. We want children and adults to see that the choices they make can have an impact on wildlife, and wild places, on the other side of the world. We want to empower children to make changes that make a difference and we want them to help us tell others about why it matters.
Mrs White thought it would be a great way to save on plastic bags by using an old t-shirt and making it into a reusable bag for shopping! She is now sharing her skills with the children at White Rock so that they have their own reusable bag at home! Please take a look at some of the photos below of children making and modelling their new recycled bags!
OUTDOOR LEARNING DAY
WHITE ROCK GETS A BRONZE CERTIFICATE!
We were very excited to receive our Bronze Eco-Schools award. In order to achieve this we met half-termly as a team to discuss what where we were and what we needed to do next. We completed an environmental review to investigate the school's environmental performance, from which we identified the three main topics we wanted to develop within our school. Our team decided to prioritize recycling, so recycling bins were put in all classrooms and general areas around the school. The Eco-committee are responsible for replacing these bins on a weekly basis. After this, we looked at our school grounds and how we can improve them, whilst supporting our community. This is where the idea of a herb garden came to light - the team planted a selection of herbs and lettuces for families to harvest and use when needed, instead of buying single-use herbs in plastic packaging. The final topic we are looking to develop is our impact on marine life. We have carried out a few beach cleans and are looking to encourage families to continue with this. Year 6 have produced some fantastic art work highlighting the impact we are having on marine life. We are now working towards our silver award and will be excited to share the news of receiving this soon!
ECO-COMMITTEE GARDENING FOR THE COMMUNITY
The Eco-committee have been looking at ways to reduce our plastic consumption at school. They came up with the idea of creating a herb garden which can be used by families instead of buying single-use plastic packaged herbs from shops. Today the eco-committee have been busy weeding, prepping and planting the new herb garden. The children have put together a maintenance rota to tend to the garden and this should be available for harvesting in the Summer term. They've planted parsley, mint, rosemary and a selection of lettuces. If you would like to use our herb garden please feel free to come and take a snip at the end of the day during the Summer term!
WHITE ROCK OPENS THE
NEW DEVON LIDL
Thirty of our children were lucky enough to open the new Paignton Lidls this morning. They cut the ribbon with the manager and were all given NSPCC tshirts and a goodie bag. They got to sample the delicious freshly baked cookies too!
In the Community Art work
Have you seen the beautiful art work created by Year 6 on the Year 5 Mezzanine?
They have used recycled materials such as plastic bags and straws to create lovely shapes and patterns. This is to highlight the issues of plastic pollution in our oceans and marine life. The Year 6 pupils have used images from around our community to create this magnificent art
Wednesday 5th December 2018: Choir in the community.
We had a wonderful time today singing a repertoire of Christmas favourites at Primley Court Nursing Home in Paignton. The residents look forward to our visit each year and we really enjoyed that some of them were able to remember the tunes and join in with clapping along, singing, playing percussion instruments or dancing.
Scroll down to see more photos of the danceathon!
DANCE STUDIO CROWDFUNDING PAGE
Help! We need a dance studio! As you know we love dance at White Rock Primary School. Now the school has grown we need additional space to allow our children’s creativity in dance to blossom. We have identified a space for a dance studio but need some help with fundraising. On Friday the 28th September we will be holding a ‘danceathon’. Please get children to come dressed in sportswear for this event. This will be in conjunction with our launch of our first ever crowd funding page. You can donate to this cause on the crowdfunding page or bring in a £1! The crowdfunding page link will be texted out to all parents on Friday 28th Sept. Watch this space to see how much we can raise! Look below to see a video all about this cause!
Dance studio crowdfunding video 3.mp4
Exploring the art of the portrait from paint and pencil to photography and phones...
Our Year 4 and Year 6 children have created a collaborative artwork celebrating one of Torbay's most famous and influential people: Agatha Christie. The portrait will feature alongside artists such as William Holman Hunt and William Blake.
20 other Primary and Secondary schools will also exhibit their artwork, and all the children from White Rock will receive a Golden Ticket to enable an accompanying adult to visit the exhibition free of charge. Teens and Children can visit free of charge.
Torre Abbey Museum is open daily throughout the summer from 10am until 4pm.
PARENT AND CARERS COME IN FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES
Wow! White Rock managed to raise a whopping £638.74 for the SDGS Gymnastics! Well done guys!
GYMNASTICS CLUB FUNDRAISING EVENT
Wednesday 7th December 2016: Choir performance at South Devon College's Christmas Market
It was a pleasure to perform - for the third year running - for South Devon College's Christmas Market. Members o the public attended and it was great to hear them sing along to some well known Christmas favourites. This was a chance for the college to invite atteliers, who were skilled at crafts, to have stalls at their annual market and proved very popular with a wide cross-section of our local community.
Year 1 and 2 Harvest Festival Singing
Year 3 and 4 singing for Harvest Festival
Year 5 and 6 singing for Harvest Festival
Anode Harvest Festival
On Monday Nigel from Anode came into our Whole School Assembly and spoke to the children about the charity and their work around the local community.
Anode is a Charity that provides a holistic service to help an individual through challenging times by engaging with one or more of our programs. We look to build a foundation that encourages self belief, independence and responsibility. Our Motto is "Changing Lives, Giving a Voice and Fighting Poverty" and we are passionate about helping out where needed. We recognise that each individual is unique and we are committed to helping people connect with HOPE!
White Rock Primary School recently held a 2 week Careers Curriculum. The focus of the fortnight was to educate the pupils about the different professions and career paths available to them and to identify the skills and strengths that they will need in order to be able to fulfill those roles in the future.
Members of the parent body, as well as local volunteers, kindly gave up their free time to talk to the children about their profession and what their job entails. Visitors included a chiropractor, a satellite installation engineer, a hotel manager, members of the NHS, a yoga instructor, a paramedic, a police officer, a businesswoman who runs two companies - an iphone fixing business and a gate manufacturing business, a physiotherapist, a member of the BBC and a member of an airline cabin crew.
One year 4 pupil said 'The Careers Curriculum was very enjoyable. The different visitors inspired me to think about what I would like to do as a job when I'm older. I also found out about jobs I never knew existed.'
Tuesday 5th July - White Rock Primary School - Torbay Primary Maths Challenge Winners AND Runners-up!
On Tuesday 5th July, 8 pupils fro Year 6 went to Torquay Boys Grammar School to participate in a Maths Challenge against other local primary schools. The 8 pupils were split into 2 teams and had to complete various Maths challenges in a specified time. The White Rock pupils performed brilliantly under pressure and were awarded first place and runners up. We are all extremely proud of their achievements!
White Rock pupil raises £86 for Rowcroft Hospice
Swimming Gala at Brixham pool - Saturday 25th June 2016
27 children from Years 3 - 6 volunteered to represent White Rock at the annual swimming gala yesterday at Brixham pool. All children who participated were amazing and should feel very proud of themselves. We swam against children from two other primary schools and the competition was fierce with all swimmers giving their very, very best. In the end, there was only 4 points in it and White Rock came an extremely commendable second place. A huge well done and thank you to everybody, including parents, who attended this event - roll on next year!
Thursday 19th May 2016: Devon County Show
We were thrilled to perform with our choir and dance group at the county show. Despite the rainy conditions during the performance we managed to draw a crowd and it did not dampen our spirits. We had a wonderful day exploring the show and it was also very special to be the first school from Torbay to perform there.
Choir and Dance Club performing at Devon County Show 2016
Our recent parent/carer lunches have been a huge success. Each Wednesday all parents and carers from one year group are invited into school to have cooked lunch with their children. Siblings and other family members are also invited to join them. The children have enjoyed sharing their lunchtime experience with adults and the adults have lots of positive things to say about lunchtimes at White Rock.
'It’s amazing to be invited in to share lunch with Allissia, a real privilege. Her friends have all come over as well. It’s been lovely. The food is much better than we had when we were at school.'
'It's great to see what they children do at lunchtime, how they behave and to find out more about the food they are eating.'
Wednesday 20th April 2016
Choir and dance perform to honour the Queen's 90th birthday
It was a real honour to perform at South Devon College this evening for over 85 guests who had come together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday. Our choir and dance group worked extremely hard in preparing a suitable programme as a prelude to a gala dinner at the college. Local dignitaries and the public seated themselves in the theatre and gave the ensemble rapturous applause. We had wonderful reviews and the organiser wrote to us and said: 'You should be very proud of what you all achieved on Wednesday and I am really honoured and privileged to have had you at the performance.'
Networking evening video - final small file.m4v
27th January: Holocaust Memorial Concert
Our Year 5/6 choir joined together with other schools today to sing at the United Reformed Church in Exeter. This was to commemorate the six million Jews who died as a result of the Holocaust and to also make a stand against genocide.
The performance was very moving and featured a song by the composer Stephen Melzack. He made a trip from London to watch the performance of his composition. One of our Year 5 students was selected out of all the schools to sing a solo and it was a very touching moment in the concert.
Holocaust Memorial Concert
Daniel in Yr2 has been awarded a Green Blue Peter Badge
Daniel worked hard with his Grandad to build a Bird Box. The Blue Peter team were so pleased they decided to present Daniel with a green badge. Green badges are awarded for sending in pictures, letters or makes about the environment, conservation or nature.
Wednesday 16th December 2015: Choir's performance at Primley Court Nursing Home
Today the Year 5 and 6 members of the school choir visited Primley Court Nursing Home to sing some Christmas songs to them. This is the second year running we have performed at Primley Court and it was very well received. The residents sang and clapped along as the choir brought back fond Christmas memories for them. It was wonderful for the choir to see the wonderful effect their music had on the audience members. It really brought Christmas to them through their singing.
Thursday 10th December 2015: Performance at the Memory Café
Our Key Stage Two choir and cheerleaders visited the Memory Café in Paignton today to perform for their Christmas gathering. The memory café is an extremely essential resource in the local community for people who have dementia and for their families and carers to come together. It runs social events too to ensure that sufferers and their families feel they are not alone. The choir and the cheerleaders put on a great concert and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole audience. The organiser of the café stated:
'Many thanks for a magical afternoon, we all really enjoyed the cheer leaders, and the choirs special brand of entertainment.'
Tuesday 8th December 2015 - Riviera Christmas Charity Concert
Tonight our Year 5/6 choir sang at the Riviera Christmas Charity Concert at the Riviera Centre in Torquay. This was a collaborative performance alongside five other primary schools in Torbay. The choir have been rehearsing each Tuesday evening towards this event and tonight saw the choir, for the first time, rehearse with the other schools as one huge choir! This took a lot of concentration to sing with so many other children. It was a wonderful evening. Sharing the stage with the choir was the Brixham, all male, Orpheus choir. The choir joined the very large audience in singing carols, embellished by the wonderful sounds of Riviera Brass. One of the highlights of the evening for the choir was to be greeted by the Chairman of Torbay.
Next year the Year 5/6 choir will join forces again with the other primary schools in a special trip to London to sing for the Holocaust Memorial Concert.
Tuesday 1st December - Choir Performing at South Devon College's Christmas Market
Children in need fundraising
Making a difference to life with the Rotary Shoe Box Appeal
Thank you so very much for all of your kind donations.
A BIG THANK YOU FROM ANODE
FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER - CANCER RESEARCH FUNDRAISING DAY
On Friday 23rd October, three year 6 girls organised a fundraising day for Cancer Research. Children came to school wearing either pink or blue and took part in a fun-filled afternoon of games in the hall. The school raised an incredible £390 for this great charity. The girls took the funds directly to the Cancer Research shop in Paignton who were extremely grateful!
Mad Mascot's Tea Party
We were invited to represent our school at a local community charity event at Beverley Holiday park. The children were a credit to our school and enjoyed the fun games and events that were organised by local attractions. They even got to sample the 'Bake-off' cakes! They were delicious!
White Rock to embark on an 'out of this world' educational project
During the summer holidays, two kilograms of seeds took off from Florida bound for the International Space Station. After several months on board, the seeds will be sent back down to Earth and then packaged with identical seeds that have stayed on Earth.
White Rock are hoping to receive two packets of these seeds to grow in school. We will embark on a voyage of discovery to see what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.
We will put our data on a national online database so that our results can be compared across schools in the UK.
Our Alpaca amazing Alpaca, covered in Andy Wahol pop art inspired portraits of every child in the school, is in place by the front gate. Enjoy visiting other Alpaca's on the 'Torbay Alpaca Trail' over the Summer.