Events and news linked to the Island of Culture 2014 will appear on this page.
Viking Challenge Day
As part of the celebration of our Viking heritage we held a challenge day during Viking Week.
Organised by the school council and Mrs. Collister, the children were divided into different Viking Tribes, each led by a member of staff.
The challenges lasted 15 minutes and involved;
Elders' Artefact Challenge
Viking Dress Challenge
Steal the Treasure
Rescue the Warrior
Burning Viking Ship Burial
The afternoon finished with an inter tribe tug of war.
Year 4 Visit to St.Catherine's Church, Port Erin
This half term in RE the Y4 class have been learning about the Easter Story. As part of Island of Culture, St.Catherine's Church in Port Erin is holding an exhibition of silk paintings by local artist Mary Gulland. The class travelled to the church to follow the Easter trail and to spot the Easter eggs hidden within the painting. Toby Robinson from the church talked to the children about the exhibition and had devised a trail which tied in really well with the RE curriculum. The children enjoyed finding out about the church and spent time thinking about the questions.
Cultural Celebration of Manx Vikings
Year 3 and Year 4 children are doing a major topic on the Vikings this term. They are putting on a play that is based on some elements of Viking life, stories and beliefs called 'The Not So Vicious Viking'. The whole school will be involved in a Viking week at the end of the term and along with other southern schools, we hope to produce a collaborative Viking art display which will take place at the airport in July.
We are also pleased to welcome some history students from St. Johns College, Oxford who will be recreating a Viking Dig for the children in Y3 and Y4.
8th January 2014 - Polly Casson Bollywood Dance Workshops
Polly has been teaching Bollywood Style dance sessions for some time and we have managed to arrange some workshops while she is at home. Polly now lives in Barcelona and more information about her and her experiences can be found on her website.
Ballafesson Brass came to give the children a concert in the school hall. They played many well-known tunes and the children enjoyed the sounds of the brass band.
Manx Litfest - September 2013 Website
As part of the school's Island of Culture programme, we are pleased to be involved with Manx Litfest agin this year. On Friday 27th September we are pleased to welcome author Joe Beech to our school. Joe will be talking to the Y6 children about dyslexia and how to be a successful dyslexic. He has written 'The little book of Dyslexia' and has studied to become a teacher.
On Friday night he will be at the Villa Marina where there is a free event where all are welcome to come and listen to him talk about his experiences.
Isle of Man Bank National Story Day (Friday 27th September 2013)
Curtis Jobling will be coming to school with an interactive talk for the Y3 and Y4 children.
Curtis is an author and illustrator who is probably best known as the designer of the BAFTA- winning BBC show Bob The Builder. Early in his career he worked as a model and puppet painter on Wallace & Gromit’s A Close Shave and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! As an author and illustrator of children’s books, his works include Dinosaurs After Dark (with Jonathan Emmett), Skeleton in the Closet (with Alice Schertle), My Daddy, Cheeky Monkey and perhaps his most notorious character Frankenstein’s Cat, now an animated series in its own right commissioned by the BBC and sold to broadcasters worldwide. His most recent work revolves around the Werewold series, aimed at older children, which include: Rise of the Wolf, Rage of Lions, Shadow of the Hawk and Nest of Serpents.