Dominic Mensah

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Heronsgate had two fantastic days at Royal Arsenal and Thamesmead with the exciting visit from Dominic Mensah – a GB Tumbling Athlete from Inspired Through Sport!

This is a video of Dominic at the 2018 British Championships!

Inspired Through Sport are dedicated to supporting British Athletes and inspiring the next generation of sporting heroes! They help GB’s best on their journey to success through a #GIVINGBACK athlete support programme.

The children at Heronsgate had a fantastic time with Dominic who delivered an inspiring assembly and even showed us how he can do a standing back flip on our stage! The children then got to have a session with Dominic where they took part in a exercise activity and learnt about health and fitness! The children enjoyed asking Dominic lots of questions about his sporting journey!

Our radio presenters were also very excited to interview Dominic for our Heronsgate radio station where he answered lots of questions and talked about his aspirations for the future!

Our children and families raised an amazing £1181 across the both school events, which helps Dominic to progress in his sporting career. Heronsgate will also be receiving a large proportion of the sponsorship money to buy new PE equipment for the school! Congratulations to all the children who fundraised!

We hope to welcome more inspiring athletes next year at Heornsgate!

Sports Day 2019

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At the beginning of July, we had a fantastic time during our sports days! The children started with field events, where the classes went around a circuit of events including, throwing, catching, football shooting and basketball scoring. Each class collected points for their house teams! In the afternoon, they competed in a range of races including hurdles, sack, egg and spoon, skipping and sprinting! When all the scores were calculated, the winners were all the Millennium red classes who got 4535 points!! Well done Millennium. Thank you to all out parents and carers who came to support the children in their races!

Road Safety Workshops

Year 4 classes took part in a road safety workshop where they learnt how to keep safe when crossing the roads and wearing a seatbelt while travelling in a car. The children wore costumes and props to role play a range of road and car safety scenarios. We will now be looking forward to reading the children’s applications to become Heronsgate’s new ‘Junior Travel Ambassadors’ to help improve road safety for all children at Heronsgate.

Early years also took part in active road safety workshops with our local road safety officer. The children had the opportunity to dress up and role play crossing the roads safely. They also learnt about all the dangers we should look out for when walking outside, and the correct way to wear a seatbelt!

Year 4 and a visiting Magician!

In Year 4 we have been reading ‘Leon and the Place Between’. To help us with our writing we watched a real life magic show with Andy the Magician. It was mesmerising and the audience was astounded!

Police visit Reception!

The Reception children were delighted to have three friendly local police officers visit at school. The visit was linked to their topic ‘Our Local Area’. The officers talked to the children about what the police do to help in the local area. The children also learnt that they shouldn’t talk to strangers and they should not be afraid of policemen! It was exciting for them to try on various parts of the uniform including the helmets, hats and jackets. The officers also gave all the children a special colouring book with tips about keeping safe when online and on the roads. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learnt so much!

Year 4 and the Crossness Pumping Station

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.