Sportshall athletics

I got home at about 7pm this evening after attending the East Norfolk Schools Indoor Athletics Final. It has been a long day and I am glad to be home but am very proud of the children who represented Hillside this afternoon. It was a very tough final with Moorlands, Edward Worlledge, Ormesby and Cliff Park in attendance at Lynn Grove. We arrived here after winning our semi-final in November with Moorlands from our competition finishing as best runners-up across the four semi-final competitions.

When I woke up this morning I must admit I was confident that we could win or come close to winning and to be honest was getting excited that we may get the opportunity to represent East Norfolk in the Winter Games tournament in March in Norwich. However, it was not to be our night tonight and we came up against some excellent opposition.

A few illnesses and injuries weakened us a little but the athletes who went more than made up for this and worked their hardest, often being put in for races at the shortest notice.

Hannah couldn’t be with us tonight due to illness so Jodie did a great job filling in for her in the dreaded Paarlauf race which is made up of 6 laps raced in pairs. Hannah W came in to make her debut and was obstructed in her first race but finished with pride. Unfortunately, she didn’t get the place she deserved. Toby took Taylor’s place in the boys Paarlauf and ran a great race with Josh on very short notice. Georgia jumped in to the obstacle race after ‘rolly-polly-gate’ filling in for Emily who was insistent that she couldn’t do a rolly-polly, even though she did one in the semi-final! Max ran well following his illness, you wouldn’t have known that he had been off school for a week.

I could go on to mention everybody but I would like to say I am incredibly proud of all the athletes and thankful to all the parents for their support they give in all the sporting events we undertake.

There is no need to be disappointed with fifth place tonight as it is fifth place out of around 20 schools in East Norfolk. Ormesby deserved their win today but we will be back next year and ready to go again. Despite some dodgy refereeing and measuring and some less than desirable coaching by other parties, the children didn’t complain once, even though I did, and they were as gracious in defeat tonight as they were in victory when we won the semi-final as few months ago. Well done Hillside, we are all proud of you.


CORRECTION: After a mistake in totalling the scores it transpires that we actually came forth!

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year at school. There was an assembly with Chinese singing, dancing and some Chinese poetry. This was followed by a Chinese Fare in which the children tried Tai Chi, ate Chinese sweets and sampled food, played traditional Chinese games and then we watched a dragon dance. What an exciting day!

Chinese New Year Celebrations on PhotoPeach

Newtown, further thoughts…

On the 14th December 2011 a horrendous massacre took place at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown which claimed the lives of 28 people (including the perpetrator and his mother (who he stole the guns from)). In the days that followed Americans, as well as the whole world, were putting forward (some arguing with each other) their own different opinions on how to try and prevent there from being another similar atrocity in the future and also try to fix an already growing problem in a country that has over 300 million guns (which is more than 1 gun per every adult in America) and has the worst gun homicide rates for a developed country.

It is clear that there is a gun problem at the minute in America.

Is it the people or the guns? asks Andrew

The recent events in America have sparked debate all around the world, a common theme that has emerged is the ‘people or the guns’ debate. Many people argue that regardless of the fact that the people have the guns it is due to the nature of the people that causes the terrible events, ‘It’s the people who kill not the guns’. Other people argue that it is the lack of gun control and their integration to the American Society. Personally I think that though it may be true that it is due to the person’s nature that they do these terrible things, having more guns as some US politicians want can do nothing to help the problem. Having guns can make it comparatively easy for someone to kill multiple people compared to if there were stricter rules and people therefore resorted to more rudimentary and therefore less destructive weapons such as knives or even not carried out the crime. Having more guns to me can in no way improve the situation, can you imagine teachers in primary schools across the US carrying firearms? This could create more problems, as due to human error children may be able to get hold of these weapons and it could lead to many more firearms incidents involving children. In conclusion stricter gun control measures would make sense to me in the US, this would limit the amount of firearms that people are allowed to posses and monitor more strictly the people allowed to posses them.

Ben Brandler’s ten questions

Ten questions to ask yourself:

1. What makes a dream?
2. If you are always looking forward to something, why is that?
3. Is there such a thing as a random choice?
4. What is your most important emotion?
5. Does everything have a definite purpose?
6. How do you describe touch if not by comparison?
7. Is it possible to imagine all questions having answers?
8. What makes laughter a natural reaction to something funny?
9. Are opposites defined by absences?
10. How does knowledge originate?

Stories People Tell

In our IPC topic we are learning about stories. Old stories, new stories, stories from around the world, fairytales,true stories, myths, legends…
This week we have been especially interested in the Cinderella story and have read lots of different versions from countries around the world.
Cinderella is a very popular story in our class but maybe you have a different favourite fairytale. Please take a moment to fill in our survey.

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Working with our friends from the German school

We share our school building with a German primary school called DST. Each week we work with the children in Klasse 1 on some maths games, puzzles and activities. At the moment we are focusing on shape. These photos show us working.

Bug Club keep on digging!


As fast as we dig up those weeds they grow back! Here we are working hard to find our vegetable plot!

Food Bank donations

This year we collected tins and packets of food at our Harvest Festival service. We do this every year, but this time it was amazing. There were so many donations that we had to make several journeys backwards and forwards to the hall to bring them all outside.

Here we are with just a few of the bags.


Once the boot was full we started to fill the back seat.


We know that all of this food will be used to benefit those families who struggle to afford some of things that we take for granted.

Well done everyone who made the effort to bring donations to our Harvest assembly.



The day the Duchess of Gloucester visited our school.

On the 5th October we had a very special visit.

At Heron we have a new part to our school – it has just been built and we needed it to be officially opened. The Duchess of Gloucester agreed to do this. The photographs will show how excited everyone was. Heron Primary School was a sea of red, white and blue!


Heron FM – we are podcasting!

What will be in the next podcast episode?

If you would like to listen to our podcasts tune in to Heron FM! They are available on itunes to download and , even though we say so ourselves, they are very interesting.


Type ‘Heron Primary School podcasts’ into itunes to find all the episodes.


As you can see, Mr Banks has started the next episode with a group of Year 5 children.




Well done!

Sometimes when we want something we have to work hard to get it. Well we would like ipads to use in our school. Our Enterprise Club members are raising money to pay for these. Yesterday they had a cake stall at our Parent Consultation evening. What a good idea that was.

We made

Hello bloggers!

It’s Bonfire Night, it’s Mrs Veck’s birthday, it’s parent evenings and it is Enterprise Club’s first cake sale. None of these are quite as exciting as this… Pass the Blog has come to Heron Primary School. It’s our week to look after the blog and we intend to do this as well as we can!

At last, Pass the Blog has reached Gloucester, England.


In recent weeks year 6 have visited Steam . Here we are in a steam train. We had already been evacuated and spent time in an air raid shelter!