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Sorry, no posts of late, we have been a bit busy. But please enjoy a taste of our Summer Term in pictures…

 

The Treehouse is always a wonderful place to be, but particularly lovely in the Summer months…

 

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We are always on the look out for new fundraising ideas. Our latest, evolved in response to one of the children’s ideas. Having watched Blue Planet II, this child unsolicited, made some posters to raise awareness of the impact of plastic on sea creatures. This led to much discussion amongst the Gang and ultimately action. Our ruminations led us to collecting litter locally, requesting the rich and famous to do the same, before turning it into something beautiful, art…

Our Rubbish Art Exhibition, hosted in the Cart Shed, Preston Crowmarsh (thanks to Esther and Phillip Chamberlaine) was very well received…

By following just one child’s interests, the Gang were motivated and engaged: ultimately producing some excellent art, harnessing a little used medium, of which they could be justly proud; creating some great writing to accompany the pieces they had made; measured in context; saw their work valued and displayed accordingly; honed their speaking and listening skills as they interacted with guests; wrote a persuasive rap and performed it in unison, with intonation and expression; and raised a staggering £2,000 in the process.

I say…listen to the children, and they will show you the way…

Was quite simply the best yet. The number of runners had doubled both for the main event and the Bunny Run; we had over 60 supporters from the village helping it to run smoothly; the organisation was fantastic; in line with Treehouse values no unnecessary plastic or packaging was used this year; and early indicators suggest the amount raised was in the region of £5,000! If you were unable to join us, here are some photos for you to enjoy..

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ORGANISED, SUPPORTED, HELPED OR PARTICIPATED IN ANY WAY.

See you the same time, the same place, next year?

The secret’s out…..!!

Look who is joining the Treehouse Run this year.

This Stormtrooper surprised the Treehouse children in their PE lesson this week and challenged them to a little run. He will be joining us on Sunday 29th April. Can you, or your little one run faster than a Stormtrooper??? Come and find out.

Doing great work, which currently doesn’t often leave any time to write about it! So just a few photos from Friday so that you get the general idea…

Creating primary years that are memorable…

 

No time to blog recently. Maybe a few pictures will begin to explain why…

Anna, a teacher from the Cayman Islands, visited when the term started…

Inspired by ‘Blue Planet II’ we all became very interested in litter…

As we turned some of the litter into pictures, the idea of a ‘Rubbish Art’ Exhibition presented itself! This event is planned for the end of May, watch this space. But to whet your appetites…

We found lots of real reasons to write…

We enjoyed a bit of modelling…

Harvested the remainder of last year’s crops…

Did some cooking, actually lots of it…

Relishing eating it afterwards…

We made useful things out of discarded t-shirts and jumpers…

Some of which were good enough to take to bed!

We made the most of our Friday’s outdoors…

Started filming our entry for the Film Festival this year…

We celebrated a birthday…

Undertook the Big School Bird Watch, with some help from our friends…

Having found a mysterious tin in Basildon Woods, five years ago. This week we had the pleasure of meeting the owner, author and illustrator, Nick Hayes…

As usual, I have only managed to record photographically, a small proportion of what has been going on at The Treehouse.

Suffice it to say, the Gang have an amazing ‘Golden Glow’ just now, the reasons for which is a both a puzzler and a cause for celebration.

All of which I hope goes some way to excusing my blogging absence?

We really try at The Treehouse, to keep business as usual, and play down Christmas until the last-minute. Recognising that for both parents and children, there is just too much going on at this time of year, when everyone is flagging.

But during our last week, the ‘C’ word has finally been embraced, thinking of others, before enjoying some treats ourselves…

We have written cards and wrapped our charity shop finds; made cookies, assembled and delivered hampers, (in driving rain, gale force winds and plummeting temperatures, without a murmur…); visited the Creation Theatre to enjoy this years production of A Christmas Carol, where both the production and the children’s behaviour was exemplary; enjoyed opening presents that were either recycled or useful; played some games that we could ape during moments of flux during the holidays; before finishing the term with a lovely lunch and Secret Santa gifts, (each of which were hand-made, bespoke presents for the recipients),  in our neighbouring pub…

Wishing all of you who couldn’t be with us, a very happy healthy Christmas, that continues into 2018. xxx

From today, Friday 1st December, applications are invited to fill the five places at The Treehouse, that will become available in September 2018. Interested parties should download an application form from http://thetreehouseschool.org.uk/policies/ sending hard or electronic copies to the school by the closing date 15th December 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 19th December 2017.

The Gang are currently deeply engrossed in our shared story, ‘St Cuthbert’s Wild School for Boys’, by Ingrid Skeels.

It has resonated with our children on so many levels, at the main character Jack fails to thrive in his local school and then goes on to thrive at St Cuthbert’s, ultimately saving the day when the inspector Mrs Sharp arrives.

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So imagine our excitement when the author, Ingrid, agreed to pay a visit to the Treehouse! The children were buzzinng with ways that would could bring elements from the book alive, when she visited. Preparations included building treehouses, writing stories, organising a fire and hot dogs for lunch, baking sweet meats and identifying questions for the author…

We could barely contain our excitement. On arrival, Ingrid certainly did not disappoint, throwing herself whole heartedly into a day of St Cuthbert’s celebration…

After the briefest of introductions, which was reriched by the presence of the Gang old and new, old friends and new friends; we knew we were going to have a great day…

As Ingrid relished visiting OUR treehouses and listening to the stories we had written for her…

After a St Cuthbert’s style lunch of hot dogs and tomato soup around a log fire…

We savoured cakes and hot chocolate…

In our treehouses, where the rain did not seem to matter…

The cake that one of the Gang had iced, said it all. We love you Ingrid. And if you haven’t read her book, you jolly well should do. Available on Amazon…

An inspirational lady, an inspirational book, an inspirational day…

Friday 3rd November is nearing….I can’t decide whether I would like the haircut, canoe trip, fishing lesson, blacksmith experience, forensic science taster, artwork, cakes….what to choose!
Tickets are £7.50 and include a delicious Treehouse Supper.  The catalogue can be found at http://thetreehouseschool.org.uk/auction-of-promises/

We’d love to see you there, but you can still bid even if you can’t make it on the evening.  Just let Jo know the lot number and maximum you would like to bid via info@thetreehouseschool.org.uk