Not only have the children at Beechwood benefited from the recent IT refurbishment but so have children in the Gambia!
Thanks to Mr Blackaby and the 2nd Woodley Scout Group our old computers are being sent to the Gambia to help children in their schools.
Please find below a letter of thanks from the people arranging the shipment…
Many thanks to the 2nd Woodley Scout Group for all their help in providing us with the latest consignment of computers.
Please tell Beechwood Primary School that these ‘obsolete’ computers will be exported to The Gambia, West Africa where they will used to introduce pupils in local schools to the wonderful world of Information Technology.
Whilst we in the UK take for granted E-mails and surfing the net etc. these students are only just learning about the World Wide Web.
By donating computers no longer required by our modern society, people in third world countries are only just coming to terms with the wider world.
Please, on behalf of my colleague who organises the exportation, accept many thanks to all for their generosity and support.
As soon as I have photographs from the schools I will forward them to you so that the children in England can see how the computers are making such an impact on the local Gambia Communities.
Beechwood Primary School in Woodley has had a great start back to the summer term, with the launch of their new bike club. The primary school is now the proud owner of 20 children’s bikes, all available for the pupils to ride, having won a grant for the bikes.
Following a pitch to Myjourney, a sustainable transport government scheme, where Beechwood had to present what they would use the bikes for, the school won a grant to enable more sustainable transport. Beechwood spent the funding on a bike storage shed and 20 lightweight aluminium children’s bikes for pupils in Year 3 and above to use.
The bikes will enable pupils to join the new Beechwood Bike Club, where they will receive bike training and they will also be used for PE lessons. For students that live further away from the school, they can simply borrow the bikes, without having the issue of how to get their own bike to school, to take part in cycling proficiency tests.
Gordon Davies, headteacher at Beechwood Primary School said: “We are delighted to have won the grant from MyJourney and expand our sports offering even further to our pupils.
At Beechwood, we pride ourselves on offering our youngsters a wide range of clubs and activities both during school time and when lessons have finished. We work hard to ensure that children find out what they are good at, and these bikes are a fantastic opportunity to open up the world of cycling to them. I’m sure it won’t be long before we are seeing the next Chris Hoys in the making!”
Last half-term Years 5 and 6 visited Winchester Theatre to watch Theatre Alibi’s production of I Believe in Unicorns. They had been studying this book within their English lessons. The show focused around a young boy grappling with a country at war and the struggle he, his family and his friends faced due to this.
The actors and actresses were brilliant – a real joy to watch; they recreated the story perfectly.
After the show the children were lucky enough to meet the cast and the director and ask any questions that they had. This was something
that they particularly enjoyed, and that we’re thankful to Theatre Alibi for organising.
Winchester Theatre Trip [I Believe In Unicorns] – February 2015
At Beechwood we are always doing something interesting, previously it was the Titanic however this time we wanted to do something more hands on!
Today we are helping to save the River Kennet, supported by Ark – a charity dedicated fighting water pollution. Children in year 3/4 have been given the task of hatching 120 trout eggs, and in the process also finding out where our food comes from.
In the wild just 1 out of 100 eggs survive predators and pollution to become an adult fish, so it is not an easy task for any budding Nemo’s! Children have to understand the importance of keeping the water (and rivers!) clean, otherwise our fish wouldn’t survive. They also need to carefully monitor the temperature (fish don’t like hot showers, but prefer a rather chilly 10 degrees!), and the tank must stay dark and calm.
(Young fish are the shy retiring types – and normally hatch under stones away from currents and sunlight).
At first several eggs didn’t survive and had to be carefully removed, however under the children’s careful watch over 50 eggs have hatched, and are now wriggling around eating their egg sacks. Exciting news but it is not over yet as tomorrow we need to start feeding them to help them grow into a young fish that can survive in the wild.
By the time we let them go into the wild they will be 10cm long, and will eventually grow to be over 3 times that size!
So tomorrow when you are having dinner, think of the struggles your poor fish has endured to make it to your plate!
It has been a great experience for the children to see the changes and the stages on the life cycle of a trout and how hard it is for some creatures to survive if we don’t look after their environment. We are planning to release them back into the river in around 6 weeks to increase the declining number of fish in the river.