October’s Primary School Achievement Assembly was another mega-celebration of extraordinary talent across the school. So many things to celebrate that have been achieved in and out of school.

Zach (Y3) began by showing us his brand new blue belt. He travelled to Birmingham for his karate grading and achieved the highest score in the group. Harley (Y3) then showed us his certificate for achieving the Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 2 award. It included basic sailing skills, ropework and how to avoid a collision, and capsizing! Harley is also a keen swimmer and took part recently in a City of Derby Swimming Club swim camp which included intensive swim sessions and circuit training.

Jack (Y3) proudly showed us the medals he achieved over the summer. One was for a mini-sports event and the other for being the man of the match in his cricket training with Derbyshire County Cricket Club, which included a coaching session with Wayne Madsen.

Ben (Y4) is now a Sixer in his 1st Rolleston cubs group and brought his top in to show us. He’s the youngest Sixer in the pack. He also explained some of the badges he’s got on his top, including ones for science and camping.

Ollie (Y5) has showed us all of the belts he’s been awarded in Taekwondo over the past two years, and today he showed us his latest belt. It’s a red one. As part of his grading he had to break a three inch board with a kick! There’s only one more belt to achieve and then he’s on to his black belt, the highest rank possible.

Sam (Y6) told us about his latest tennis win, coming first in the David Lloyd Club tennis championship. And the runner-up was George (Y5) – a DGS double!

Ryan (Y4) is another pupil who enjoys martial arts. He brought in his purple karate belt to show us.

Jack then told us all about his recent visit to see the Knife Angel at Derby Cathedral.

There have been a number of significant achievements within school this month. These included Musa (Y5) who has done some fantastic research comparing the Aztecs to the modern day and also a great Scratch true or false quiz. Kian (Y5) who has written a great letter about the Open Day and Charlie (Y4) has done some phenomenal work in maths.

Jackson (Reception) has done some great work on his letters, Daniel (Y5) has impressed us with his reading record entry – a newspaper report, Abhi (Y4) has done some outstanding independent work on words, their word class and meaning, and finally Srujan who Mrs Sly has singled out for his constant and impeccable politeness.

Awards were given out to mathematicians who took part in the latest SumDog challenge, for attainment in subjects, for Honour points and to the boys who took part in the #schoolssittogether lunchtime activity on World Mental Health Day last week. One of these included a certificate to Reception pupil Viraj. When he started with us in September he couldn’t swim, but at Achievement Assembly was presented his 10 metre swim certificate – what an achievement in such a short time!

It’s early in the year in the Honour point race, but Bemrose have a very slight lead on Atkinson, followed by Derby and Blackton.