Year 6 Leavers' Events
The Final Day
We made it to the final day and spent part of the morning celebrating all the good stuff that has gone on throughout the year. There were certificates and 'thank yous' for our School Councillors, Play Leaders, Sports Captains and Deputies, Bronze Ambassadors, Reading Buddies, Housecaptains and Eco Warriors. It's these sorts of times when you realise just how many people it takes to make a school successful and, if it wasn't for all of our fine pupils, (and our amazing staff!) we wouldn't be able to do half of what we do!
After all of those celebrations, it was also time to say goodbye to Miss Hine and Miss Bennett who have spent two years working at Portway and training to be teachers themselves. Both of them start new jobs in new schools in September and will enjoy having their own classes of Year 4 and Year 3 pupils - we know that they will do a fabulous job!
We also said goodbye to Miss Rose who is off to work in a school in Basingstoke. Glee Club performed a surprise flash mob of the song 'For Good' from the musical 'Wicked' and you can see this on the clip below. (it was a bit emotional!) They also presented Miss Rose with a photograph and the latest Glee Club CD so that she has no chance of forgetting them!
Finally, it was the turn of Year 6. They are a super bunch of pupils, some of the finest Portway has ever seen and we shall miss them a lot! There have been lots of events lately that have showcased their hard work and talents, Swan Boy being particularly moving. The author, Nikki Sheehan, even wrote her latest blog all about our musical adaptation of her novel! You can read what she said by clicking on the following link - Nikki Sheehan's blog. Year 6 performed the song 'Raise Me Up', which was the finale of the show and we couldn't finish the school year in a better way or with a better message:
'Just be who you want to be
Never let them tell you what you ought to be!
Just be, with dignity,
Celebrate yourself triumphantly.'
and the 'Year 6 Steps to Success':
1) Pursue the truth
2) Learn something new
3) Accept yourself and you'll accept others too!
4) Let love shine
5) Let pride be your guide
6) You change the world when you change your mind!
Great lessons to help us all in life! We hope that everyone who is part of the Portway family has a super and relaxing summer! We will look forward to beginning a year of new challenges with you all in September but, for now, celebrate yourselves triumphantly!
Year 6 Leavers' Trip to Paulton's Park
Today Year 6 have enjoyed a trip to Paulton's Park - this has been a fun day for them and a way of saying thank you for all their hard work during their time at Portway Junior School. They have been a smashing year group and, after Tuesday, they will be very much missed. There are a few photos of their trip in the album below.
Swan Boy production
Year 6 recently performed their end of year show to parents and friends at Portway. This year their showcase was based on the story 'Swan Boy' - a novel by Nikki Sheehan - as pupils' classwork this term has involved exploring the themes of the book. These tell the story of Johnny who is struggling to settle into a new secondary school. Throughout the novel, Johnny discovers his inner strength and learns more about how he can become the person he wants to be; themes that resonate strongly with our Y6 pupils at this time in their lives.
The performance of Swan Boy allowed pupils to show off the results of their incredibly hard work; there were solo performances, brilliant acting and dancing - including an interpretation of the Swan Lake ballet. The author, Nikki Sheehan, also visited the school to see some of the pupils' work and was blown away by the creativity and hard work of everyone involved. Everyone who has been part of this should feel very proud of themselves, we will certainly miss Y6 when they leave!
Below are some photos and a couple of video clips of some key points in the show.