The final afternoon of Easter term saw Junior School gather for the monthly achievement assembly to celebrate everything wonderful that’s happened in Junior School during March.

Mrs Sly’s quote this month was provided by Chris. It read: “Somedays you just have to create your own sunshine.” Chris explained what it meant to him, that sometimes if you have a bad day, it’s down to you to make it a good day.

First up to stage to show what they had achieved outside of school were Daniel from Year 3 and Sam from Year 6. Daniel has been awarded his Duckling Award 5 certificate for swimming which he was very proud of. Sam told us about what he’s been up to at the Stoke City Football Academy, and that he’s off to Holland in May to play in a football tournament.

We had a huge number of subject achievers this month, particularly for French vocabulary, reading and the Diwali topic. A particular mention must again go to Daniel in Year 3 who achieved a certificate in all of the subjects announced at assembly! Well done.

As a school we enter the Sumdog challenge on a regular basis, taking part in the Derby rounds. Pupils enter voluntarily and answer 1000 questions in their own time. The challenge tests accuracy rather than speed.

The majority of our Junior School pupils take part, and certificates are awarded for the top 50 in the Derby region. For this round 33 of our pupils were placed in the top 50, with the number one place going to George in Year 3.

Our Year 3 and 4 team won the Derby competition, with Year 5 coming second and Year 6, third.

Assembly finished with the confirmation of a number of Junior School House competitions that have taken place this month. Bemrose won House Hockey and Swimming, and Derby won House Poetry and House Music.

When fed in to the Honour points table, Bemrose are still in the lead, but Derby are now snapping at their heels. And Blackton have moved in to third place overtaking Atkinson. The competition is really hotting up as we move to the final term of the year.