Crich Tramway Museum Visit

Woodpeckers and Y3 had a great day out at Crich Tramway museum on Monday 8th July.  They had a ride on a selection of different trams and were complimented on how well they changed the seating position of the trams for the return journeys!  They enjoyed a sculpture trail walk, picnic lunch in the park and sampled an ice cream and some old fashioned sweets from the sweet shop.

NEDSSP Dance Platform

On Tuesday 13th March Year 3 and 4 children went to the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, to take part in the NED SSP Dance Platform event, performing their ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ themed dance.

In front of an audience of over 400 people, the children performed their dance on the stage and did so fantastically!  The huge round of applause at the end showed how much everybody enjoyed it and how impressed they were.

A huge thank you and congratulations to all the children involved for representing our school and performing  so well. A particular thank you to Mrs Turner for her hard work organising and choreographing the dance. What a wonderful opportunity for all the children involved and a fantastic, confidence building experience.

Well done everyone!

Guinness World Record Walk4WildLife Update

Thank you to everyone who took part or sponsored the children for the Guinness World Record Walk4Wildlife event. We were joined by children representing our cluster of schools and set off on the Woolley Moor Trail. At 2.15pm, the designated time, there  were 73 people walking. It will take a few weeks for the record for the ‘greatest number of  children across the country walking at one time’ to be verified by the Guinness Book of Records but soon all children who took part will be able to call themselves world record holders! We raised a fantastic £319.50 through sponsorship for our chosen wildlife charity the RSPB. Well done everyone and thank you again.

Information on Walk4Wildlife 2017

Swimming – We are the Champions!

Five Stretton Handley children took part in the swimming gala on Thursday 6th April at Sharley Park Leisure Centre, competing in swimming events against approx. 20 other schools. Look at all those certificates! Well done all of you; another great result for Stretton Handley. Thank you Mr Cooke for coordinating our swimming lessons and supporting the team!

‘Chocolate by Design’ Trip Photos

KS2 had a fantastic visit to ‘Chocolate by Design‘ in Chesterfield. We arrived to be led through the small shop, on Packers Row, past the most delicious looking chocolates. More was to follow to tickle our senses. The aromas of chocolate greeted us as we descended the stairs into the cellars where all the handmade chocolates are made. Derek gave us a short talk about the origins of chocolate and how it is made, all the time quizzing the children to make sure they were listening. Sometimes chocolate bribes were used!

What we found out!
What we found out!

The best was to follow when we moved into the chocolate making room. We made chocolate mobile phones, fish, a massive egg and had a ‘decorating chocolate lolly’ competition. Of course we had to taste everything and we may just have got a little chocolate on ourselves!

‘From Farm to Fork’ Tesco visit photos

KS2 and Infant trips to Tesco extra, Clay Cross

‘Chocolate by Design’ KS2 visit

As part of the ‘Food, Glorious Food’ project Kingfisher and Peregrine groups are visiting ‘Chocolate by Design’ in Chesterfield on Thursday17th March to learn all about chocolate and take part in a chocolate making workshop, designing their own chocolate lollipops. See separate letter for information / slips etc. Check out the website for photos later in the week.

‘Food Glorious Food’- Tesco visits

As part of the KS2 topic ‘Food, Glorious Food ‘ and linked to our ‘Healthy School communities’ work we have organised visits to Clay Cross Tesco for a behind the scenes look at food production/ learn about a varied diet as part of a healthy life style and to sample some foods.

Monday 1st February – Peregrines and Kingfishers

Tuesday 2nd February – Woodpeckers.

Please see separate letter for details and permission slips. There is no charge for the workshops and we are asking parents to organise to transport their child to and from TESCO. Thank you. Each day staff will meet children outside at the main entrance at 9.15am to be registered.

‘Aladdin’ Pantomime, Mansfield Palace Theatre

Whole school pantomime visit – Tuesday 15th December
The visit takes place in school time and is fully subsidised by school, including refreshments.


A magical family pantomime.

Gemma Naylor as Princess Jasmine
Philip Martin Brown as Abanazar
Chris Edgerley as Aladdin
Mark James as Wishee Washee
David Rumelle as Widow Twankey

Presented by Martin Dodd UK Productions

BBC Children in Need 13th November

Donate £1.00 or more for Children in Need biscuit decorating (and eating)
Sue Millan our Cook will be making some red biscuits for children in Need Day. During the morning the children will have the opportunity to decorate their own biscuit. The most interesting designs in each group will win a small prize and then the best bit – eating the biscuits!

Please send an apron or old shirt for your child to wear on Friday 13th. Thank you!

Children in Need fund raising ‘Ramble’ Friday 13th November 1.20pm
Donate £1.00 or more and join us on a ramble for Children in Need. We are organising a ramble for children and parents of Stretton Handley. All children will be taking part and we are asking for a minimum donation per child of £1.00 for Children In Need. If you would like to join us please complete the slip attached to the letter sent home to sign up.

We will be leaving school at 1.20 pm. Mr Cooke has plotted the route and children need to wear appropriate clothing. We thought it be fun for children to dress for an outdoor hike – trousers tucked into long socks, walking boots or wellies, jackets with hood, small ruck sack with water bottle, biscuit snack, bobble/ coloured or Pudsey hat etc. The walk is approx. 1 mile and finishes back at school. ( Children accompanied by an adult may go home early if we return before 3.30pm)

Countryfile’s Matt Baker shares his tips on prepping for a walk in town or country –

  1. Work out how long your walk will take and arrange your set-off time accordingly.
  2.  Check the weather right up until the moment you set off. Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices.
  3. Kit yourself out with the right clothing and footwear. If it’s a chilly day, wear thick socks or double up for extra padding. It’s always a good idea to take an extra pair too, just in case those boots aren’t as waterproof as you thought! Make sure your walkers wear jackets with hood. Turn a bad forecast into part of the fun.
  4. Take supplies with you – particularly if it’s a long walk. Cereal and fruit bars are a good source of energy. Make sure you’ve got plenty of water too.
  5. When planning your route mark potential pit stops.
  6. Take a first aid kit.
  7. Other essential items: a pack of hand wipes and a couple of plastic carrier bags (always handy).  Chuck a hat and pair of gloves in the bottom of your bag even if you think you won’t need them.
  8. OK, I know I’ve just told you to take water, snacks, money, phone, extra socks…but, as far as possible, travel light! Share the load by distributing essential items around the group in a good ruck sack to keep your hands free.
  9. Get a good night’s sleep.
  10. Show the world why you’re walking and wear something Pudsey.
  11. Put a checklist together before you set off of things to spot during your walk. Include specific birds and plants, stiles, sheep – as well as particular landmarks that you’ll pass. You could also include a list of games to play; I spy, the shopping list game, ten questions etc. Turn off your technology and turn on your senses.
  12. Make your walk count even more and pick up litter as you go (there’s a use for those plastic bags I mentioned!)
  13. Plot your route before you go using a good old-fashioned map – and remember to take it with you.
  14. Always follow the countryside code.
  15. And remember – you might be hiking up Ben Nevis or taking a gentle stroll with children and the dog. It doesn’t matter how long your walk is or where it takes you, what matters is that you have fun and raise money.