On Thursday 7th June 2018, Year 4 welcomed some visitors from the Crossness Pumping Station as part of their topic on the Vile Victorian. The session began with a demonstration of their incredible working recreation of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s sewageworks solution to the Great Stink of 1858.
The children then joined in the action in two shifts as toilet flushers all across town from Battersea to New Cross, and pump engine operators at Deptford or Crossness Pumping Stations, processing Victorian London’s waste through Bazalgette’s system of pipes and pumps and out into the river Thames at the countryside site, around which Thamesmead would be built some many years later. Further volunteers released the sewage from the Crossness reservoir into the Thames at the high tide mark, whenceforth it was carried out to sea. Using the superbly-constructed model, it was possible to monitor and record the exact volumes of waste as they proceeded efficiently through each stage. We discussed the merits and also some thoughtful disadvantages of Bazalgette’s sewage solution regarding oceanic pollution.
The remainder of the session saw the children as mechanical engineers designing and creating their own model boxes with hand-operated beam engines, resulting in Jack-in-the-Boxes, starfishes and ballerinas. It was certainly memorable day for children.
Rapturous applause, whoops and hollers of delight fell about the hall at the culmination of year 4’s astounding SNAP theatre performance of ‘A Victorian London’ on Thursday 24th May 2018. Esteemed maestro, ‘Andy’ had orchestrated the audacious ensemble in merely six days, spread across the first summer half term. Professional actor, Meghan, and dancer, Catie, also lent their expertise to the production. The dazzlingly bright shining stars of the show were, of course, each and every one of the children. Aged but 8 or 9 apiece, the plucky rascals defied their erstwhile limitations to present their VIP audience with a heart-wrenching tale of woe and resilience, that took their character, ‘Margaret’, back in time to the Woolwich workhouse, over the picnicking hillocks of Greenwich Park, through the rigours of two courthouses, a grandiose mansion and a villain’s squalid den, to ultimately face an actual tidal wave aboard a convict ship bound for Australia! It was a tale of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, of injustice and suffering, of resilience and hope and of the mysteries of time and fate. Viva Margaret Greenwood.
On Monday 21st May 2018, children from Heronsgate took part in a KS1 inter-school benchball competition at Linton Mead Primary. Children from Heronsgate performed amazingly well, adapting to the new rules and working as a team to take 1st place! They had fun and were certainly happy with the result.
Our recently appointment Junior Travel Ambassadors at both the Royal Arsenal and Thamesmead campus did a traffic survey on the roads outside school to highlight any road safety issues. They saw lots of safe road-crossing and families walking/scooting to school, but they also saw many cars pulling up on the yellow zig-zag lines making it unsafe for some children crossing the road.
Our Junior Travel Ambassadors will be working hard to encourage more families to walk to school and prevent unsafe congestion!
Please help us by parking in a safe place or walking to school.
Here’s some comments from our Junior Travel Ambassadors:
“I want people to do good hand-holding, watch traffic lights,
walk to school, scoot, cycle, take a car to a place near school walk the rest of the way, walk in groups and lastly, take the bus.” – J
“We want to encourage people if they live far then you can drive and park your car and walk the rest of the way to school.” – V
“I wanted to be a JTA because I want to change the way people in our school use transport in their daily lives. Some people are making pollution in our local area, which is causing people to have asthma and other sickness, and I want to stop that.” – J
“I want to be JTA because I want to make the environment better and I want to stop accidents and I want to help people while crossing the road!” – D
“It is very important to cross the road with care make sure you are safe, don’t just run across the road you can get hit by a car.” – E
On Thursday 3rd May we celebrated ‘Heronsgate Day.’ The theme was ‘Responsibility: Being Responsible for the Earth; Being Responsible for Ourselves.’ With this in mind, all classes found out about the problems for our environment that plastic is causing, especially in the oceans. We created ‘sea creatures’ out of plastic waste to help us remember this. In KS2, many classes also practised first aid including putting someone into the recovery position and how to contact emergency services. In KS1 and Reception, many classes learnt about personal safety online and when crossing the road. We also danced together and sang the school song.
Year 3 visited the British Museum on Tuesday 24th April 2018 as part our learning about Ancient Egypt. We saw mummified bodies, sand burials and learnt all about the mummification process. We were shocked to see how big some of the statues were, but they were beautiful to look at, especially as they were highly decorated in hieroglyphics. We look forward to continuing our learning back at school.