Monday, 20 July 2020

The End of an Era

It's finally the end of the strangest school term in living memory! After almost four months of lockdown and home learning, we have broken up for the summer holiday - time for a rest for children, staff, and parents.

There have undoubtedly been some tough times for all over the past few months, but also some times of joy, as children have had the opportunity to spend more time with their families, engaging with their learning in a whole new way and discovering new hobbies and interests.

We are all hoping for a return to some kind of normality when we start back in September - things will be a little different, but we are really looking forward to welcoming the children back.

It's the end of an era for our Year Six children, who start their secondary school adventure in September. We wish them all well as they embark on the next stage of their education.


And of course, it really is the end of an era, as we say goodbye to Mrs Hounslow, who is retiring after twenty-nine years at our school, fifteen of them as Headteacher. For many of us, it's hard to imagine EBA without Mrs Hounslow's name over the door. She has played a huge role in the education of a whole generation of children in this village, and has guided the school through many changes and developments in recent years.

We all wish her a wonderful retirement. Please enjoy just a few happy memories of her time at the school - there are many many more!

Sports Day 2004

History Day 2008
Nursery Opening Ceremony 2008

Sharing Assembly 2009
Sports Day 2009

Badgers Class 2010
Carnival 2011

Awards Asssembly 2013

Summer 2013
 Carnival 2013

Roald Dahl Day 2014

First EBA Year 6 SATs 2015

Theme Park Fun 2015
EBA Enterprise 2015

World Book Day 2016
Science Day 2020
In September we will welcome our new Head, Mrs Mercer, and the start of a brand new chapter in the history of Eaton Bray Academy

Talking of new chapters, we couldn't leave this Blog without bringing you the final chapter of the story of Mr Greedy, the courageous rat. And you will be pleased to know that it's a happy ending!

We wish you all a wonderful summer. 
Stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

Friday, 10 July 2020

We're Virtually There...

... it's almost the end of term - only one more week to go!

This week the children have been thinking about endings, and new beginnings. We've seen the completion of some of their home learning ventures - butterflies being released into the environment, and knitting projects being finished - and lots of work that focuses on the future. Rabbits children have created "All About Me" books for their new teacher - Ms Cosgrove will have a lovely time reading them! Badger Class children have been thinking about their targets for next year.


We've received further chapters of the exciting new novel (as yet untitled) that debuted on this blog last month! See A Really Wild Week for Chapters One and Two - please enjoy Chapters Three to Five below:


Usually around this time of year, the villages of Eaton Bray, Edlesborough and Dagnall would be celebrating their annual carnival, with a colourful parade of floats, houses decorated and a funfair on Edlesborough Green.

There was none of that this year sadly, but instead, St Mary's Church organised a wonderful Scarecrow Festival, which meant that last weekend, the population of the three villages was increased by the appearance of lots of fabulous scarecrows! The theme of the event was "Heroes", and one of our Hedgehog pupils helped to create this super dooper Super Hero display outside her house. How fantastic!


There has been more exciting artwork produced this week, both at home and by the children attending school. 

Matisse inspired computer art:

Work based on the art of Lois Mailou-Jones

An African Kwanzaa Wreath


Otter Class children have shared with us how hard they are working on English and Maths - well done children!


And it's great to see that EBA children's love of being creative in the kitchen hasn't diminished as we approach the end of term! Here we have sausage rolls being made - yummy!


Friday, 3 July 2020

EBA Locked Down Talent

Working from home has really brought out the creative side of many of our children. This week there has been some wonderful artwork produced - Rabbits' "Rogue's Gallery" of self portraits, Badgers' impressions of a famous impressionist, a fantastic Egyptian scene, decorative cake making and much more!

Can you put names to the Rabbits Class faces?

Monet's "Poppies" Badgers Class style

We also enjoyed art in the form of ballet

One of the children in Otters Class has enjoyed learning about fractions with the help of pizza this week! Yum!


We welcomed a third "Bubble" of children back to school this week, so we now have just under forty children regularly attending school, and about fifteen staff over the course of the week. Here a taste of some of the work that the children have been doing in school:


It's a very different school day to any that anyone is used to, and all activities remain regulated by strict safety and hygiene considerations, but there is a happy atmosphere, and the children seem pleased to be in the school environment. It's lovely when the sun is shining and the field can be used for exercise and independent play, but on chilly wet days having to have all the classroom doors and windows open for ventilation is not quite so enjoyable!

An exciting new structure has appeared on the school playground - this will become our new outdoor reading area. The building will be painted red to match our school colours, and a garden area created around it - we look forward to the children being able to enjoy books and storytime in what will be a cheerful relaxed space. 


The weather may have been rather changeable this week but there's no doubt that summer really is here, as EBA children have been documenting over the course of the last few weeks. Caterpillars transforming into butterflies and tomato plants beginning to produce fruit are just two of the summery observations made by our nature loving children. 

And after all that home schooling hard work it's good to find time to relax in the sun!

This time of lockdown has been a stressful and uncertain time for many of us. But it's also been a time that has brought out the best in people, inspiring charitable acts, and fundraising for good causes, that have captured everyone's imaginations.

We are so proud of one of our Rabbits Class children, who decided he would like to raise money for Whipsnade Zoo, to help them care for their animals, while they were closed to the public. For several weeks, Daniel grew plants and seedlings and left them outside his house for neighbours and passers-by to take home, in return for a donation. He managed to raise a fantastic £552!

Well done Daniel, what an achievement!