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Marlborough St Mary’s pupils raise money for eco projects

Marlborough St Mary's Otter class holding their sale of unwanted itemsMarlborough St Mary's Otter class holding their sale of unwanted itemsThe Year 5 Otter class at Marlborough St Mary’s have raised over £777 for the Rainforest Trust UK and World Wildlife Fund.  Their interest in these charities and the work that they do has been encouraged by studying eco issues and South America in school.

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St John’s students join Greta in Bristol

St John's students march with Greta in BristolSt John's students march with Greta in BristolNo more coal, no more oil, keep our carbon in the soil.  Whose future ? Our future.  St John’s academy student climate change group joined the voice of thousands at the Youth Strike 4 Climate event in Bristol last Friday February 29. L ed by Greta Thunberg they marched through the streets of Bristol undeterred by the appalling weather - in itself indicative of global warming.

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St Francis School achieves gold in the Green Tree Schools Awards

St Francis School pupils holding the Woodland Trust 'Gold Award' wooden plaque with Mrs Ashman and Miss Couse at the entrance to the school's Kindling Forest SchoolSt Francis School pupils holding the Woodland Trust 'Gold Award' wooden plaque with Mrs Ashman and Miss Couse at the entrance to the school's Kindling Forest SchoolSt Francis School in Pewsey is celebrating their gold award from the Woodland Trust’s Green Schools initiative – the Green Tree School Awards.  The gold award recognizes the green activities carried out at the school. These include tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling. 

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St John’s Academy declares a climate emergency

St John's sixth form climate change group (SEA) - from left to right - Nicole Franklin,Ted Warner, Josh Fellows, Fabian Avis, Holly McKay, Olivia Eden, Lucy Jones with teacher Jonny FriendSt John's sixth form climate change group (SEA) - from left to right - Nicole Franklin,Ted Warner, Josh Fellows, Fabian Avis, Holly McKay, Olivia Eden, Lucy Jones with teacher Jonny FriendOn January 31 St John’s Academy declared a climate emergency.  This follows on from the UK government’s declaration (the first government to make such a declaration) in May last year.

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Oare pupils are eco warriors with the help of Orlando the penguin

Oare pupils with Excalibur Academies Trust swords and Orlando the penguinOare pupils with Excalibur Academies Trust swords and Orlando the penguinPupils at Oare School are eco aware and setting a good example to other Excalibur Academies Trust Primary Schools.  They have been chosen to be the first school to host the fluffy Environmental Champion, the Penguin of Power, as he begins his tour of Excalibur Primary Schools.

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Living Books burst into life at St John's for World Book Day

Living Books - l-r: Rav Babbra, Elisi Vunipola, Shelley Rudman, St John's students and Ben Prater with World of Narnia and Snow Queen in the backgroundLiving Books - l-r: Rav Babbra, Elisi Vunipola, Shelley Rudman, St John's students and Ben Prater with World of Narnia and Snow Queen in the backgroundThe National Literacy Trust 2019 research reveals that only 26% of children now read daily compared with 43% in 2015.  However, according to Anne Stokes, St John’s Manager of Learning Resources and librarian, “St John’s bucks this trend, especially with boys.”

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Preshute pupils learn about life in The Gambia

Preshute pupils role play travelling to The GambiaPreshute pupils role play travelling to The GambiaPupils at Preshute Primary School spent two days last week learning about life in The Gambia. The school has been linked with two Gambian schools, one Christian and one Muslim, for a number of years and several Preshute pupils have Gambian pen-pals.

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Local children’s author shares writing tips with Preshute pupils

Children’s author, Jane Hardstaff, who grew up in Manton, and later went to live in London visited Class 6 at Preshute Primary School, on January 20. 

Author Jane Hardstaff speaking to class 6 at Preshute Primary SchoolAuthor Jane Hardstaff speaking to class 6 at Preshute Primary SchoolShe has written three books including The Executioner’s Daughter and The River Daughter.  Her dad was a biology teacher.  When she was growing up she wanted to be just like her dad as he took her on lots of adventures.  She enjoyed collecting bugs and playing in the river but when she grew up she became an author.

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St John’s Academy student is National Schools Rackets champ

Taken on the Bridgeman Court at the Queen’s Club:  (l to r) R Wakely, M Sutton (Cheltenham College), A Renwick, D Makey (Chairman, RPA Rackets Professionals’ Association)Taken on the Bridgeman Court at the Queen’s Club: (l to r) R Wakely, M Sutton (Cheltenham College), A Renwick, D Makey (Chairman, RPA Rackets Professionals’ Association)Alex Renwick, a St John’s Academy Year 13 student, is the new National Schools Rackets Champion.  Alex triumphed in the 2019 Renny Cup final held at The Queen’s Club on 14 December.  He beat his opponent from Cheltenham College in three straight games.

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