We started off the year by the pupils who had acted as Flag bearers atthe Olympic football matches being presented with certificates and telling us all about their adventures. Many of us had seen them on TV- as had people around the world- What a great honour and a great example of volunteering to inspire us all.
Here are the photos of the children at the opening games of the 2012 Olympics, we are so proud of them. There are photos of the Le avers Assembly and the school Awards ceremony.
The Children's Commissioner for Wales came into chat with our Rights Leaders. We also had the Talent show and a visit from some lovely puppies. Of course we are always excited to see the ducks hatch out and then grow.
There are a few shots of World Sports Day Olympic event and the Marathon fun run. We also had a few shots and video of Glee Club who entertained us and their parents.
We added some photos of class one's Pumpkins. Lots more photos every week in the Garden with some of the swallows and the frogs. We had a great time when the Olympic Torch visited the school and we all had photos taken. The individual shots of children holding the torch are just £1 each( for AMAF school) but class shots are online. We have always been active in supporting the Campaign for Global Education and this year the theme was based on the Olympics so the children made lovely medals from recycled tin can lids and scrap foil. We have also being learning about the Rio+20 conference and the theme "The future we want!" As part of that we had books to give away to every junior to help start their library at home.
There are some photos of the Jubilee and our 110th Birthday celebrations here, including the Royal Oak planting. There are a few snaps of some reception children showing us how easy it is to include Fairtrade when cooking for this party. Reception also planted out more seeds that they had harvested. There were lots of activities as part of the Third Welsh Sustainability Week from an extra effort to plant the seed swap to letter writing and campaigning. We finally managed to get hold of some photos of the Football team.
Reception class gave us a wonderful assembly, all about the Olympics as the torch arrived in Cardiff. Class 2 enjoyed their trip to Techniquest and even managed to squeeze in a trip to the Moon! On the21st May the Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan visited the school to see the Dorothy.com resources being used. Millbank was designated a Flagship school.
We had volunteers from BT call in to help us and the children did some more gardening. A few photos of another Litterpick. and some work on Dental health. We all learnt about the need to wash our hands with the glitterbug.
We enjoyed celebrating World Fair Trade Day with a nice breakfast. We visited our local polling station and learnt about why we should vote. We all enjoyed our visit from Author John Dougherty who read us his books and answered our questions. We have done more work on the Campaign for Global Education and also took part in the BBC's World Biggest Assembly. We have started doing work on the Olympics.
We all dressed as characters from our favourite book as part of Book Week on the last day of term. In the morning we enjoyed Class2's Assembly and in the afternoon all the pupils did a survey to say what they thought about school. Easter Bonnet Parade. More photographs of our gardeners and some photos of the children exploring the wildlife in our garden with the microscope. We added some pictures of Venture Week. and some of the dancers performing at the Sherman.
There are some photos of the dance club, before they performed at the Sherman Theatre. Class 1 had visit from PC Julia. Class 3 gave us a fantastic assembly all about Children's Rights Fairtrade and the environment, which included work on their litter survey. Class 4 inter vi wed Rebecca Mathews the Director of British Council Cymru. They were also on the ITV news again about the schools work on anti-smoking. We attended the launch of the School Council Questionnaire at Techniquest one evening, they also gave us an assembly about Rights and organised a fun Sports Relief day for Kenya. We visited the River Ely to collect some samples. There are a few snaps of the Big Pedal event. Science week fun with Mad Science. You can see Fairtrade Fortnight. We have a few photos of St Davids day. Cardiff's JRSO conference and a visit from Jugglestruck about Road Safety.
The infants had a great deal of fun making Funny Fairtrade Fruity Faces on pancake day. The Salmon Eggs have arrived and we are taking care of them. We managed to get some snaps of another litter pick. On Friday we celebrated all the environmental work that goes on at the school with Green Gang being presented certificates from Funky Dragon by our AM and MP.
The JRSO's were busy teaching the infants about the importance of wearing a seat belt. The school Council was very busy this week and you can see their surveys and a visit to the Grand School Council Meeting. The Juniors really enjoyed showing the rest of the school and their families all about what they had learnt about the 70's.
We have a few photos of Class 4 learning about Salmon. Reception were cooking again on St Dwynwens Day and we all enjoyed the Friday Funday for Kenya. There are a few photos about the Send My Sister to school Campaign in Westminster. The RSPB's Birdwatch and some of Class 3 making Welsh Cakes. Roald Dahl Dress Up day, Green Gang's Litter pick and Toy Swap.
There are some snaps of the Christmas Concerts with some videos of the children's songs. Miss Newing Took some nice shots of the Christmas Carol Service at St Davids Church. There are a few of the Xmas parties and games. With all the fun and festivities we still managed to celebrate Human Rights Day and the new logo. As well as those of the children planting some last minute bulbs around the school, following a request to the School Council. The Christmas Eco Tips are here.
We really enjoyed Africa Day at the school. and there are some photos of the tree planting and the Thanksgiving Service as Mr Peter said his goodbyes.
There are photos of Class 4 visiting St Fagans, Class 1 at the Bear Factory and Central library. We are adding more shots to the London Trip so keep checking. Mr Peter and the Pupils visit the Fairtrade shop. The School Council have been meeting with Cardiff Primary School catering to represent the views of young people, whilst Green gang are consulted by Funky Dragon on their work too.
We had a great time welcoming Mr Peter the head teacher from the AMAF school in Kenya to Millbank. Lots of songs dancing and -as ever- lots of fun too! In fact we had a special FUNd raising day for Children in Need and our Kenyan food fund. You can see Mr Peter in with class one teaching them about Kenya and with class six to learn about Fairtrade with Katarina from Sweden. We also had a visit from Techniquest. Class 5 also took some photos of their visit to the Crucial Crew. The Fire service came in to give important safety messages to pupils.
Class two had a great time in Fforest Fawr exploring the sculpture trail drawing with charcoal jumping in muddy puddles and having lots of fun.
Halloween is also a great excuse to dress up and have lots of fun. The infants love cooking and have been busy designing healthy fruit *bleep*tails, Pumpkin Soup as part of the fun Halloween theme. They also cooked a yummy Apple Pie as part of the fun RHS's "GET YOUR GROWN UPS GROWING" event which we all enjoyed.
The School Council had been busy on training sessions and represented the views of the pupils on the consultation for the long awaited nursery at Millbank. Of course you can see some of the School Councillor of the week and other activities on their page.
Pupils took more water samples and learnt about the environmental aspects of Cardiff Bay. They have been busy learning about WW2 during our integrated afternoons. WE had lots of fun on the MACMILLAN world's biggest coffee morning event. Class one had lots of fun exploring the park and reading a book under a spreading oak tree. The PDSA came in to talk to us all about taking care of pets and we also saw a gorgeous puppy. Ysgol Judo put on a fun display for the children. The local library presented the children who had completed the Summer Reading Challenge with certificates and a medal.
Class Four told us all about the dual problems we have in the world of obesity and hunger as part of our Harvest Festival Service. They collected lots of food and visited the Cardiff FoodBank to see how it will be used to support those in need in our community.
As part of our celebration of the 30th World Peace day the children planted an Olive tree. The theme this year is linked to Democracy day and was 'Make your voice heard' which was very apt given the work promoting the pupils voice at the school. We held the School Council and Children's Commissioner Ambassador elections on World Democracy Day, with pupils voting in a proper ballot box.
On World Water monitoring Day the children took part in the world's biggest Chemistry experiment by testing the River Ely, they took some samples of shrimps back to look at the microscope. They revisited the river bank on the UNEP clean up your community weekend to collect 2 bags of waste
The leavers Assembly is here.Children have done another survey in the school Garden, this time it was counting the butterflies. They had also made a giant butterfly as part of the infants display. The children did a bit of cooking the food harvested from our garden. Our MP came in to tell us about the importance of Global education and the we got a letter from 10 Downing Street too!
We have a few snaps of class one doing their Assembly as well as playing "in and out the dusty bluebells" with Miss Newing. The Rev Jan Gould came in to chat about a lovely summer playscheme around music. There are a few of the BikeIt breakfast, and our visit from European Teachers who told us all about Children's Rights in their schools. A few snaps of the Summer Fayre which included the 'Millbank's got Talent competition'.
The Ambassadors celebrated 10 years of the Children's Commissioner for Wales. The elusive French club have a few photos. The reception children went paddling canoes at Cosmeston Lakes. We had Enterprise week and we also celebrated Eye Health week with a free pair of sunglasses for every child at the school. There are some snaps from the launch of he Thomas the Tank Engine stamps.
Green Britain day is really important to us for recycling and saving energy. We also took part in the Launch of the Wales Sustainability week event at Chapter. Another important event is Global Education. The Children have been busy photographing all sorts of insects and wildlife visiting our garden. Some of our own elected members such as School Council and our Ambassadors went over to the polling station to learn about elections.
There are some photos and the ITV Wales news story of the Save the Children's Group launch of the animation on smoking. There are some snaps of Nick the pilot's visit to the infants to talk about his work. The fantastic stunt cycle team display we won as part oft he UK's PEDAL POWER competition.
There photos of RED NOSE DAY, including the staff netball match and fashion parade. Class Four learnt about Children's Rights with Save The Children down the bay. There are lots of Class Fives Assembly, and the JRSO's events.There have been a few for cycling such as BLING YOUR BIKE and DR BIKE and lots of fun for Fairtrade Fortnight including the Pancake Day and the BIG HAND FOR FAIRTRADE BANNER WRAP.