On Tuesday 2nd May Forms 5 and 6 enjoyed a drama workshop led by an actor from the Young Shakespeare Company. The girls explored the story of “Twelfth Night”, appreciating the comic consequences of mistaken identity. The girls played different characters with great enthusiasm and created the atmosphere of a violent storm through a range of sound effects.
Throughout the week the year 6 girls have been participating in a bikeability course, both level 1 and level 2.
Level 1 covered basic bike handling skills including: using gears, controlling the bike with one hand, stopping quickly and safely and avoiding objects.
Level 2 was delivered on residential streets close to the school and taught the girls to cycle confidently on-road, amongst real traffic. This involved turning left and right from, and into, minor roads and making decisions on safe riding strategies.
The girls enjoyed learning new skills and gaining confidence on the road.
Reception, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a fantastic opera workshop with Opera Bespoke. They enjoyed learning about Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute. It was an absolute joy to see the children mesmerised by the beautiful music.
Shaw House – Swift Fundraiser
Following the informative and entertaining talk given by local RSPB representative, Catherin Day, Shaw House decided to support swifts in Chiswick for its annual fundraiser. They chose to set the school an especially tricky challenge. Now, here at Chiswick and Bedford Park there are many skills and attributes that we pride ourselves on, but was it going to be possible to be silent for a set time?
There were worried faces throughout the school and secret smiles from the staff. A sponsored silence was set for Tuesday 21st March and of course, the children rose to the challenge magnificently. The money raised from the ‘Guess the name of the bird’ competition and the Sponsored Silence started to pour in and totalled an amazing £3,300!
With the proceeds, the school has bought swift boxes, other necessary materials and has set aside some money for web cams to be bought once swifts find our boxes to be ‘highly desirable residences’. The remaining amount was presented to Catherine Day to be used by the RSPB to support swifts in Chiswick.
Reception children enjoyed a trip to Chiswick Fire Station. They had great fun using the hose, climbing into the cab and wearing a helmet. We all got a bit wet!
On Monday 20th March, the pupils attended the Easter Service. It was lovely to have so many parents joining us to enjoy the wonderful Easter bonnets that the younger children had made.
Thank you to Father Edward for conducting the service.
As its fundraising event this year Shaw will be supporting The Chiswick Swift Project in association with the RSPB. It is especially exciting to support a local concern. Swifts are in decline both locally and nationally, so we are hoping to help improve their plight.
We aim to raise money to purchase swift nest boxes together with other necessary equipment. Swift nest boxes are suitable for schools as they are very clean birds.
There will be two fundraising activities. Firstly pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a sponsored silence with the rest of the class on Tuesday 21 March. They will also guess the name of a soft toy bird (with bird song). The winner will receive the soft toy bird.
If we are fortunate enough to raise more than enough money to buy all the necessary materials, then any further proceeds will go to the Swift Project/RSPB in Chiswick.
Class RW greatly enjoyed performing an assembly to the whole school and their parents. They delivered some interesting facts about Jungles and enjoyed acting out the story of ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’. They showed great enthusiasm with their dance moves. They waltzed, tangoed and rock and rolled across the dance floor. As for their freestyle ………………………..!