The Village
The lovely village of Upavon
The River Avon
Running through the Village
St Mary's Church
A beautiful church at the heart of the village
Those pesky Geese
Upavon's much loved Geese
The hillside above Upavon
Some of the beautiful countryside around Upavon

News from Rushall School April 2017.

It has been another busy and exciting term here at Rushall!

We had a SIAMS inspection from the Salisbury Diocese. This focuses on the religious education, Collective Worship, and Christian atmosphere at our school. Following that day of inspection we have been graded as Good by the Diocese!
Our Collective Worship was rated as Outstanding, and this is a tribute to our wonderful staff, Head Teacher, and the Reverend Jennifer Totney - who all work hard at involving the children and bringing them a deeper understanding of faith.

One of the main highlights of this term was our super DT and Engineering week.

On Monday we had a visit from Wessex Water, and they told us all about water purification and lots of their work to help us all have water in our homes. We also started building buggies for our race later in the week.
Tuesday was the day of the plane! Paper planes were made to different designs and were flown in the hall. We investigated why some planes flew much further than others!
On Wednesday we welcomed Isabel the inventor and her friend from the Oxford Centre of Innovation and we helped her figure out why some of her inventions needed extra work! Umbrellas should not be made of tissue paper...
Some of the children visited the Air Ambulance HQ in Devizes that afternoon and learned about their work!
Thursday found a deserted school as everyone had gone on a day trip to the Winchester Science Centre where there is a planetarium and lots of exciting science activities.
Friday morning meant that Airbus staff came along to explain about satellites, there was a dramatic rescue of Old Bear from the attic by parachute , and then the climax of the week as we raced the buggies we had been building!

As if there had not been enough going on that week, we also had a visit from the Ofsted inspector!
He was very interested to see all of the activity going on around the school too.

As a result of the inspection the school was delighted to receive an official Ofsted rating of "Good".
Areas singled out for praise included our use of phonics, our strong school community, and our excellent staff and governors.

Chair of Governors Mrs Sharon Prance was delighted with the Ofsted report and said " We are very proud of our supportive atmosphere here at Rushall, and we are very pleased that this is something Ofsted recognise. Our staff and Head Teacher work very hard to give every child at Rushall a strong sense that they can achieve anything if they try. We also appreciate the support given by parents and Governors, and this was all reflected in our Ofsted rating."

We finished the term by making Easter bonnets with our parents for a parade around the school today, followed by an Easter Service led by Reverend Jennifer.

We are looking forward to yet more exciting events at Rushall School next term!

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