School Events 2016/17          
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This page will showcase school news and events throughout this year, so come back soon to see what's new!

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On Tuesday 13th September, year 5 visited Bishopswood Activity Centre in Malvern where they participated in a Viking Activity Day and experienced everyday life as a Viking may have done. They had a great time and learned a lot about the Vikings.


Friday 23rd September 2016

We had a tremendous House Cross Country competition, with all the children taking part and enjoying being able to contribute to their House Points total. Well done to who emerged as overall winners.











29th September - 3rd October 2016

The Scholastic Book Fayre is always popular with our children and parents. Each class visited the book stands in the Junior Hall, and had a lovely time taking a look at the books on offer. Parents and children had the opportunity to buy some of the fabulous books after school. Each purchase earned points for the school and these points were converted into free books for our classrooms. This year each class were able to spend £60 on new books for their book corner. A total of £900 worth of new books for the school. Thank you to everyone you came to take a look.



The children in this year's reception classes have settled in very well and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome them and their parents to our school. We hope you will all be very happy here.



Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th September 2016

Year 3 kicked our Macmillan Coffee Morning week off in style on Tuesday 27th September, with a fantastic selection of cakes. Parents and friends were invited in for coffee or tea and cake for a donation to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Staff later enjoyed some of the left over cakes for a donation in the Macmillan pot.

Year 4 and Reception classes held their Coffee Mornings on Wednesday 28th. Some parents had a double dose, with children in both years (tough life!). Again, there was a fabulous selection of cakes donated. Parents and children had a lovely time, and staff enjoyed some of the left over cakes at break and lunch (for a donation!). The donation pot grew heavier and amounted to almost £370!

On Thursday 29th September, year 2 and year 6 hosted their Coffee Mornings and the cakes donated, once again, made a great display. Some of the left over cakes were sold after school and the money raised climbed to over £670. Brilliant!

Our final Coffee Mornings for Macmillan Cancer Support were well supported by parents and were hosted on Friday 30th September by year 1 and year 5. An amazing £280+ was added to the money raised at the earlier coffee mornings during the week.


The remainder of all the cakes donated were sold after school on Friday. All together, we managed to raise an absolutely staggering total of:


for Macmillan Cancer Support.


You are all amazing, special people who have helped to make a difference by raising money for this fantastic cause.


The children in the Infants were invited to bring in their favourite Teddy or Soft Toy and we all shared in a Teddy Bear Picnic. The weather was perfect and we had a lovely time.


Tuesday 4th October 2016
Thursday 10th November 2016

We had a fantastic time meeting the parents and their children, who were interested in the possibility of starting in our reception classes in September 2017, at our Open Days this term. It was great to see so many of the children come along too. This was an excellent opportunity for both the parents and their children to see our school in action, to meet us all and to see what we do! Below, are just some of the wonderful activities that go on in our Reception classes to make learning fun and memorable.



Autumn Terms

Our year 3 children have been looking at the book 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward and using it as a stimulus for their English lessons. In art, they have created beautiful pictures inspired by their work; some are shown below.


Friday 4th November 2016

Our Inter-House Football competition was divided into two parts to make sure that every child in years 1 through to 6 could participate. Firstly, each year group was divided into their houses and competed in football drills which contained dribbling and passing relays as well as a shooting element. Secondly, the Juniors compete in a 5-a-side football tornament of short matches against each other. Each House fought hard, but it was who emerged victorious. Well done !








Remembrance Day
Friday 11th November, 2016

Thank you for your contributions to the Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal, which will be sent to The Royal British Legion for their vital work supporting service personnel and their families.

Children in Year 6 led a very informative and moving assembly to commemorate Armistice Day. We were reminded why we have Remembrance Day and why it is important to remember. The children recited the poem "In Flanders Field" written by a Canadian soldier and we remembered soldiers who had fallen and those who survived. W
e observed a minute of silence in honour of those who fought and died in all the wars. Mrs. Nash returned to play the traditional final salute to the fallen, 'The Last Post'.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



11th of November 1918 signaled the end of The Great War; the Armistice between the Allies and Germany came into effect. At 11am the guns stopped. The first two minutes silence was held throughout Britain "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" in 1919.


A particularly fierce battle was fought in the Flanders region of Belgium. Thousands of men fought and died there; the whole area was devastated and became a sea of mud. The only other living thing found there were the poppies which flowered each year. A poem was written by John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, in 1915 called "In Flanders Fields". The British Legion launched the first Poppy Day Appeal in 1921 to raise money for British soldiers and their families.

SINCE 1921, the nation has come together to remember the sacrifices that hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth Service men and women made not just during the Great War, but World War II and all subsequent wars and conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month,
we will remember them

Monday 14th November 2016

Various fun activities were organised thoughout the morning, both in the infant and in the junior classes and halls, to help the children learn spellings and understand grammar. The Juniors also participated in a House 'Countdown' style competition where children from each house went head to head (and against the 'Countdown' clock) in year groups. They played the letters game, to see who could make the longest words.


It was a very close, nail-biting competition, with lots of excellent words being offered.
At the end, by just 1 point, it was who won.
year representatives were awarded the school 'Countdown' trophy. Well done !

Here are some more photos from Grammar Day ...




Children in Need Charity Day
Friday 18th November 2016

The Children in Need Appeal is an annual, national appeal which raises awareness (and lots of money) to help positively change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and abroad. The children were invited to come into school wearing something spotty for a suggested donation of £1 to the Appeal, and they looked 'spotacular'! Earlier in the week, members of the School Council were selling a 'spotty themed' quiz for 20p. All the correct entries were put in a lucky dip and some were randomly selected to win a small prize. Children were also invited to 'guess the number of spots (sweets) in the jar' for 10p, with the nearest guess winning the jar and the sweets.
Altogether, we raised a fabulous £505. 89 for the Appeal.



Reception Nativity

Friday 2nd December 2016

All the children in the Reception classes have been working very hard to learn their lines, dances, songs and acting for their Nativity. Today, they put on two fabulous performances for the rest of the school and their families. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work, and to parents for their help with costumes. Very well done to all the children, you were amazing.

Year 1 Songs around the Christmas Tree
Tuesday 6th December 2016

Year 1 children have also been working hard learning Christmas songs and put on a lovely performance, singing beautifully to their families. There were Christmas biscuits, mince pies and drinks afterwards. Very well done to all the children, you were amazing.

Year 2 Christmas Play
Thursday 8th December 2016

The children in Year 2 gave a wonderful Christmas performance to their families. The children were amazing and worked hard to learn all their lines and songs. They acted and danced beautifully too. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work, and to parents for their help with costumes. Very well done to everyone.


Junior Christmas Service
Tuesday 13th December 2016

The Juniors held their Christmas Service at St. Philip's and St. James' Church. They performed brilliantly and their family and friends enjoyed a lovely afternoon.

Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Staff and children enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch, with all the trimmings. And, there were crackers too!

Tuesday 15th November 2016

The children in Year 6 had some close encounters with some amazing animals during their 'Animal Day' and they learned incredible facts about lots of different animals.












Thursday 24th December 2017

This year's House Choir competition was based around a Christmas theme. The children have been learning and practicing their songs in House Assemblies for several weeks and sang them beautifully to an appreciative audience of parents and relatives.
     Leach sang Simply having a wonderful Christmastime and Carol of the bells.
     Windrush sang O Christmas tree and Rocking around the Christmas tree.
     Churn sang Merry Christmas and War is over.
     Coln sang Little Drummer Boy.
They were all superb and the judging panel (many thanks go to Mr Clift and Mr Cutress from Bournside school and our local vicar Rev. Gary Grady) had the almost impossible task of deciding who were the winners this year. Their conclusion was that there were certainly no losers as the talent and enthusiasm on show from every house choir was fabulous.
narrowly won the competition with Churn just missing out in 2nd place, followed closely behind by Leach and Coln in equal 3rd place. Fantastic, well done to you all.


Wednesday 7th December 2016

Mrs. Pope and Mr. Watson took a team of year 6 children to compete against other local primary schools in a Sports Hall Athletics competition. The team performed brilliantly and came 3rd in the competition, winning fabulous bronze medals. There were some individual awards too. Well done to you all!



Thursday 2nd March 2017

This year, the children made hats at home relating to their favourite book and wore them into school for World Book Day. There were some very big hats, some very peculiar hats and some very imagination hats. They all had one thing in common - they were all amazing hats.



Thursday 6th April 2017

The Mayor of Cheltenham asked our school to help raise money for local charities, so today, we held a day to celebrate everything that is 'Cheltenham'. The children and staff came to school dressed-up as something that represents Cheltenham and brought in a donation for the Mayor's Charities. £166.50 was raised for CCP and St. Vincent’s & St. George’s Association.
Everyone looked amazing in their outfits: there were: jockeys, horses, cricketers, footballers, dancers, race-goers, scientists, explorers, jazz players, spies and many more. We even had: Eddie the Eagle, Oliver Twist, Neptune, the Hare and the Minotaur, the Eagle Tower and the Cheltenham Town tourist sign!
Mayor Chris Ryder came to thank us for our help and presented the school with a Certificate to show her appreciation. She spent the morning visting and chatting with the children in their classes.



                                                Future Mayors, maybe?

Spring 2017

Warden Hill Primary School is a fabulous resort for a pair of ducks who have delighted us by returning again this year.

They seem to be really enjoying life on our improved pond in the nature area and have taken up residence in our specially built, floating duck house.

We hope they will stay for the duration of the spring and summer.

Please take care not to frighten them if you see them taking a wander!



Friday 16th December 2016

The children sang some Christmas songs and were rewarded by the Staff Christmas Panto. This year it was Cinderella, with star performances from many of the teachers and a special guest appearance from Mrs. Courtman "Hip Hip Hooray!"




We also said "Goodbye!" to Mr. Watson and Mr. Hiatt who both move on to new adventures in the New Year. Good luck, we will miss you.


All Year

Art Project is run by Mrs. Smith every Tuesday. A group of people come together each week to talk about their feelings, every day emotions or dilemmas that can, and do, effect all of us. We also talk about how the project will come together to help make Warden Hill School a better and friendly, kinder place. We love being in Art Project and feel we are very lucky to be a part of it.

      Thoughout the year, the group take on various Art Projects to        help raise money or benefit the children in the school in some        way.

   This fabulous light-up Christmas Tree picture was created and    raffled to help raise money for resources for the Art Project    group.


The HAPPY BENCH is in the Junior playground. If you have some HAPPY NEWS that you are bursting to tell someone, sit on our bench. If you are sad or lonely in the playground, then look for the HAPPY BENCH. You will find someone sitting there waiting to tell you their HAPPY NEWS. They will cheer you up! This is the purpose of the HAPPY BENCH, so use it!

The making of the HAPPY BENCH .....




Our summer term project is this beautful sunflower canvas which was designed and created by all the Art Project members. We had a lot of fun making it.




January 2017

The children had a fantastic experience of 'Virtual Reality' led by 'Google Expeditions' to support their computing curriculum. By putting on a set of 'Google Goggles' the children were able to look in full 360 degrees at different locations relating to their topics, for example exploring incredible creatures under the sea or the stars and planets of our solar system. The staff were able to use their control device to direct the children to particular points of interest and remotely take the children on new adventures in new locations.  The expereince was enjoyed by all.


   The staff also enjoyed their training session before school.


Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important that our children know that MATHS IS FUN! So today, we held a House Maths Day. We had a brilliant Maths Magic assembly in which Mr. Antonious and his glamourous assistants stunned us with amazing maths tricks and fabulous maths facts. Throughout the day there were lots of different maths challenges and fun activities for the children to enjoy, including the 24 Challenge and the Crystal Maze. We all had a fun and rewarding maths day. Congratulations to who were awarded the House Maths Day Cup at the end of the day.




The Great Fire of London

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Our Year 2 children have thoroughly enjoyed their topic this term and it finished with a grand finale of them re-enacting the Great Fire! The children completed some beautiful sketches and sang ‘London’s Burning’ during the re-enactment. Thank you to all the parents who assisted in the constructions at home.





Friday 24th February 2017

Today, all of the children took part in House Rugby. The morning consisted of skill-based drills where we practised carrying, passing and scoring tries. The current holders of the cup, Churn, got off to a good start, winning the skills games and giving themselves a healthy lead going into the afternoon tag rugby tournament. During the tournament, Windrush succeeded in winning all 3 of their games, meaning that they narrowly beat Churn to lift their 3rd house cup of the year. Well Done !




Tuesday 31st January 2017

Seventy excited children from Warden Hill and an entourage of adults made the trip to the Genting Arena in Birmingham to sing with 6000 other children in the Young Voices Concert. After lunch, they went into the arena to rehearse (for FOUR hours!) for the evening performance. The children were lucky enough to meet some people who they were going to sing with including: the Beatbox Collection, a guitarist, a jazz singer and Urban Strides. During the performance, they sang a variety of genres including jazz, rock, pop and the blues.
A special thank you goes to Mrs. Flooks, Ms. Albertsen, Mrs. Mayo and Mrs. Toseland for giving up their time.


Friday 17th March 2017

Warden Hill had a wonderful, energetic and exciting day competing in the Inter-House Orienteering competition. The juniors competed around an orienteering course and the infants completed a treasure hunt. The infant and junior scores were then combined to award the House Orienteering Cup. Congratulations to our overall winners - .
A special mention must go to team 'Churn 7' led by Phoebe, who broke the school record, completing the course in an amazing 5 minutes and 56 seconds. Well done!





Thursday 23rd March 2017

Year 3 have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptians and about how they lived, what they ate, their beliefs and their every day life. We learned about the Gods and Godesses they worshipped, their after-life and their Rulers. We even learnt some hieroglyphics.

We decided it would be a good idea to have and Egyptian Day so the staff and children could dress up as something from Ancient Egyptian times and participate in activities such as the Ancient Egyptians may have done. We had an amazing day.

During the day, we made clay cartouches which had hieroglyphics on them, had an Ancient Egyptian quiz in groups and did some wordsearches, crosswords and other puzzles. We performed our amazing assembly about the Ancient Egyptians to our parents and the whole school. Everyone looked awesome in their outfits and costumes - we even had some mummy costumes.

Later that day, we mummified a tomato - we washed the tomato, took out the pips, cleaned the inside and filled it with ACTUAL NATRON. We can't wait to see what happens!

We all enjoyed an Egyptian style lunch with food that the Ancient Egyptian may have had and after lunch we made some super fans out of paper plates and anything shiny that we could find in the cupboards. They were all different and looked beautiful.



Tuesday 14th March 2017

Our Infant children had a very special visit today from Joe and Andrew as seen on The Rhyme Rocket on CBeebies. All the children had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did the staff. Below is a wonderful report written by Anna and Zara.



Thursday 9th March 2017

Year 6 Dance Club went on a trip to the Cheltenham Town Hall to perform a dance which they choreographed at dance club.
We arrived at 9:30 am to have our rehearsal in the main hall. The rehearsal went well and,  after that, we had lots of spare time so we played games in the dressing room or just chatted. After a while, we ate lunch then we got changed into our costumes. We attempted doing our hair and makeup. Some people put on a bit too much makeup! Mrs. Andrews and Miss Porter helped us to tie golden ribbon into our hair.
We watched some of the other performances until it was our turn. We had butterflies in our stomachs when we were waiting backstage to go on. The music started to play and everyone started to enjoy themselves. Our dance was amazing and we didn’t think we could have performed any better. Unfortunately, because we were the second to last act, we had to go straight back to school after our performance. We did a great job and we had such an amazing time.
By Hollie and Isabella

Friday 24th March 2017

The children and staff help raise money for the Red Nose Day appeal by wearing as much red as possible for a suggested donation of £1. Many children and staff sported red noses and other official Comic Relief merchandise.

The children had the opportunity to take part a Joke competition and a Red Nose Design competition.

Winners of the Joke competition were:
Harry in year 4 and Amelie in year 2 who both won an easter egg. Well Done!

Red Nose Design Competition winners were:
Emily in year 6, Emily in year 5, Maya in year 4, Amber in year 3, Daisy in year 2, Callum in year 1 and Isabelle in Reception who each won an easter egg.
Runners up were:
Aoife in year 5, Kira in year 5 and Sophie in year 6 who each won a packet of mini eggs.
Well Done!


We managed to raised a fantastic £435.70 for Red Nose Day!

Thank you   

Friday 7th April 2017

The Infant children all took part in an Easter egg hunt. Small chocolate eggs had been hidden in and around the school by the Easter Bunny, and the children had a great time finding them.



Also, our school was invited to decorate an egg, as part of an Easter Art Project for the Regent Arcade.

This amazing egg was designed and decorated by all our children and went on display in the Arcade from 12th to 24th April, along with four other eggs that were decorated by other primary schools.

They made an 'eggtastic' display. Visitors to the arcade voted on the 'Best Egg' and the egg with the most votes won a prize for their school.

Friday 23rd June 2017

Our Inter-House frisbee competition was great fun. Every child participated in ultimate frisbee drills containing elements of passing, running and catching, in relays. Then each House, represented by a team of 8 Ultimate Frisbee Club players, played 12 minute matches against the other Houses. All the points from the drills and the matches were added together, and the 2017 Ultimate Frisbee Champions were . Well Done.

Friday 23rd June 2017

Some of our children represented our school at the Inter-Schools Althletics meeting at the Prince of Wales Stadium today. They performed brilliantly, and our school came an impressive 8th, out of all the Cheltenham schools. Our year 5 & 6 boys relay team came second in their event and our individual medal winners were Lottie, Gus and Isobel. Well done to you all!

Saturday 24th June 2017

Our PTA Summer Fayre and Motor Show was a huge success on the day; many thanks to everyone who came along to support our school. A very special thank you must go to Tom (Dad of Millie and Jack) for the inspiration behind the event and for all of the ground work linked to inviting all the cars along, and to our very small but amazing PTA team, without whom, we would not be able to afford all the little extras we are able to give our children. We raised an amazing £3709 on the day and there is still more to come in. The money will go towards the redevelopment of the playground markings, in both the infants and juniors. Below is a photo collage of the Motor Show, with photos kindly taken and donated by Sam Hill (@s.hphotographyy), an ex-Warden Hill student. They are amazing! Thank you Sam.

Friday 30th June 2017

On Friday 30th June, 10 people from Year 2 went to St. James’ school to do athletics. When we got there we were put in groups of 4, 2 people from St. James’ and 2 people from Warden Hill. We went around 8 different activities which were run by energetic coaches. The stages were javelin, jumping, running, ball throw, discuss throw, bean bag throw and others. Warden Hill scored 226 points and St. James’ scored 174 – so we won!
Molly said “My best bit was when they announced who won and we clapped both teams because we all tried our hardest” and William said “I liked the javelin because I could throw it the furthest”.
It was really fun to do the different events and we really enjoyed going to another school because it was fun to meet new people and work with people who we don’t usually work with. We’re looking forward to being in the juniors where we can’t wait to represent the school in lots of different sports!
                                                     By Caitlin and Oliver



Our Forest School is a tremendous asset to the school giving our children the opportunity for amazing, all year round, outside activities and lessons.


















Monday 22nd - Thurs 25th May 2017

During Sports Week, the children take part in many different disciplines and events with the Houses competing against each other. Points from all the events are added together to determine our overall Sports Week champions.
This year, our events were House Netball, House Rounders, KS1 Sports Day, KS2 Track, KS2 Field and KS2 Multi-skills Carousel.
We had a fabulous week and we'd like to thank everyone who was able to attend our Sports Days this year, it was so lovely to see so many of you there and our children appreciated it too.
House Rounders was won by and House Netball was won by . Our overall Sports Week House Champions were who finished in true style with a lap of the field! Congratulations and Well Done to you all.

Monday 12th - Friday 16th June 2017

During ‘Healthy Schools Week’ we ran a number of activities to help educate the children on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. We reminded them about the importance of having 5 fruits or vegetables every day, and of having a healthy breakfast. Each day we ran a different activity on our new mile-a-day track, encouraging the children to be active, and the walking bus proved as popular as ever. It was lovely to hear parents saying things like “...and they even ate a tomato with their dinner…”

Friday 3rd February 2017

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Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha


Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha


Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.

Friday 3rd February 2017

We feel it is important tha

Meanwhile, why not take a look
at some memories from previous years.