After a 3 hour journey and the satnav taking us past Wembley, we arrived at a packed Lea Valley athletics stadium. Over 3,000 competitors were already warming up, getting into the zone and preparing to race. We started with team relays and both the boys and girls teams performed admirably, finishing 6th and 2nd in their heat respectively! Well done!
As the morning gave way to the afternoon, it was time for the individual races! Hundreds of competitors filed into the race pens to take their places on the multitude of rowers in the centre of the arena. First up was the Year 8 girls. 3 minutes of intense, hard work saw Charlotte and Tilly finishing strongly in their heat. The Year 7 boys cam next and both Tom and Danny performed admirably against some of the largest year 7 boys I have ever seen! Last up was Amy, our Year 7 girl. Against tough opposition, she pushed herself to her limit and did herself proud. The day really was a fantastic experience for our young athletes and they should all be proud of their achievements. A special well done to Charlotte and Danny who gained 2nd places within the East Dorset squad for their age groups. A big thank you also to the parents who came all that way to support, not only their only children, but everyone who competed for the East Dorset team.
The internet is a wonderful tool, full of exciting web sites and applications for us to use. As we become regular users of technology it is important that we understand the risks and dangers that we might face.
Today we learnt about 4 areas of online safety and discussed them as tutor groups with our tutors. It was great to hear so many interesting discussions between the children and staff, during lessons and in the playground at break.
If you would like the see any of the presentations that we used today with the children, just click below to download them.
Our staff have been spotted in a number of places and positions recently showing how cool (and important) it is to be in a habit of reading.
Can you read in an even more obscure (and safe) place or position? Submit your photographs to email@example.com for a chance to win our competition by Friday 31st March.
Five CMS pupils have successfully gained a place at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in London. They will compete alongside other East Dorset pupils against the best in the country. The event will be taking place on Friday 17th March so all the pupils are hard at work training! Well done to Amy, Danny, Tom, Charlotte and Tilly.
Year 7 have continued to impress me with their drawing skills as they progress through a unit of wotk focusing on faces
Wednesday 8th February saw the Cranborne Year 7 netball squad compete in the Poole and East Dorset Area Tournament for a place in the county finals. From the off, we had the more difficult side of the draw with Castle Court, St. Edwards and Allenbourn being potential stumbling blocks.
What we thought would be our most difficult
game, Castle Court, was a convincing win: 8-3, followed by another convincing win against Swanage: 8-1. We then came up against St. Michael's who gave us a very competitive game and ended up pipping us 5-4. St. Edward's came
next and what started out as a close game, ending as another good win for the Cranborne team.
It all came down down to the final game against Allenbourn as to whether we could clinch our spot in the semi finals. We knew it would be a well-faught game and it was! End to end action and feisty, competitive play with no team ever being more than one goal ahead. In the final seconds, with the game at 4-4, our GA scored!
We'd done it! On goal difference, we had won our side of the draw and now faced Parkstone Grammar in the semi-final. Another tough game where we worked hard but were outclassed by their extremely tall GS. Parkstone won 17-5.
This meant we faced Allenbourn for 3rd place play off and a place in the county finals. We were taking nothing for granted having narrowly beaten them in the group stage and another very tight game ensued. Unfortunately, this time, it wasn't to be with Allenbourn taking the game 9-5.
The Cranborne team finished 4th out of 14 teams and played some fantastic netball. I was so proud of both their efforts and the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the tournament. Well done girls!
CMS has this week welcomed its inaugural crop of Humanities Leaders who, like our Sport and Languages Leaders, champion subject areas. The English Baccalaureate has increased the importance of Geography and History and with our advocates in place we hope to improve the profile of the subjects in the school and enhance engagement in them through a number of initiatives driven by the Humanities Leaders.
The Leaders have set up a weather station in the outside classroom (which recorded over 2cm of rain this weekend!) and are looking at initiatives with the Ancient Technology Center, a variety of planned trips and the piloting of our new assessment systems in Humanities.
Tuesday 24th January was a cold and very foggy evening but that did not discourage over 50 parents from attending our maths workshops. Feedback from parents was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to everyone who attended and to the maths teachers for their extra time and efforts. Presentations and handouts from the evening are accessible below (including answers to those sample SATs):
On Tuesday 24th January, CMS are inviting parents to join us for some maths workshops. We are hoping to give you all a taster of what your children experience in their maths lessons.