Celebrating our Cultural Heritage—International Food Festival

From Latvian biscuits to Japanese rice balls and deep fried chicken and traditional London Bread Pudding, there were plenty of delicious dishes to sample at this week’s family event.

Thank you to everyone who shared their plates of food, to all those FROMS members who set up, served and cleared up at the end of the day. We hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy these global goodies together.

Welcoming our visitors from Wiltshire

After last summer's successful trip to the West Country, children and staff from All Cannings School in Devizes paid a return visit to Greenwich this week. For some, it was their first trip to the capital city.

They arrived to a welcome given by their class hosts, Y5. After tucking into one of Donna's delicious roast dinners, they set off to explore Greenwich and admire the great views across the river and beyond. Our Y5 class enjoyed spotting the ancient Greek gods and goddesses they have been learning about in the Painted Hall and helped teach the All Cannings children about them.

Both school groups enjoyed a roof top dinner on Thursday night and some games in the playground.

Friday was their chance to take a boat up the river, ride on the London Eye and explore some of the famous sights and sounds of London.

Pudsey Power

Our School Council led the way with their presentation on Children in Need in mid- November During a Monday morning assembly, they invited as many Meridian staff as possible to choose a lunchtime sporting challenge to help with Pudsey fundraising.

The Palm Tree Room also quizzed us all on what we know about Pudsey at Friday's whole school assembly, ending with a song celebrating our Pyjamas for Pudsey Day!

So it was a day of delicious cakes, a whole assortment of pyjamas paraded around and staff having a go at keepy-uppy, hula-hooping and skipping. After all that, we raised a fabulous total of:

Pudsey Pounds = £526.81

Time Detectives - Open Mornings

It was great to see so many parents and carers at our mini “open” sessions. Children really enjoyed showing all they had learnt as Time Detectives from the prehistoric era through the Stone Age to the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks. From facts about the historical battle of Marathon to dinosaur songs, children presented their findings in different ways.

It was an interactive experience with parents drawing, creating, and being mummified (for demonstrations purposes only, of course!) Thanks to Y3 dad, Bill for his help. There was singing, quizzes, cave painting, code breaking, den building and lots more.

Local MP, Matthew Pennycook Visit

Our local MP Matthew Pennycook came to say hello in November. As well as having a guided tour of school, Matthew spent time in this morning assembly describing his job. He also answered questions from the children and presented certificates and awards.

He was particularly impressed by our own democracy in action. The elections we held last year were to vote for our favourite flooring for the stairs leading up to the roof. The Castle Group showed him the staircase which has been completed with our swimming pool inspired tiles.

2015 Enterprise Week

Seasonal Highlights

A big thank you to FROMS and all involved in organising this year’s Christmas Fair. It definitely was the place to be! Thank you to everyone who came along. As well as the £1100 raised from Enterprise Week, our fun stalls and activities raised a further £700, making a grand total of £1800. A fantastic result for the whole Meridian community to celebrate and another step closer to the fund-raising target for the Ball cage Project.

Other seasonal highlights included being No. 1 on the Advent Window Trail; our annual festive feast prepared by Donna and her team; a visit from a special visitor; the choir performing at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel alongside other schools in our local cluster; a theatre trip for all our children and our school performances. We were very proud of all our children.