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Author’s pirate tales enthrall Reception pupils

Posted on Tuesday 30th July 2019 at 6:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of author Ali Smith with some of the Reception class children.

Monday 10th June saw the children in Reception at St Michael’s Primary School, Stoke Gifford receive a visit from a children’s author as part of their topic: Just Keep Swimming.

Self-published author, Ali Smith, is a teacher in the South of England who has always loved children’s picture books and wanted to write her own. She has now written 20 books about a pirate named Captain O, who is inspired by her nephew, Owain. She has also used the names of her own children and nearly all of her nieces and nephews as characters in the series.

Photo of Ali Smith reading one of her stories to some of the Reception class children.

As part of her visit to St Michael’s, Ali went to each of the Reception classes, reading some of her stories and answering questions about being an author. The children were enthralled as Ali read four of her Captain O stories, using props and actions to engage her audience. They then had an opportunity to ask Ali a number of questions including “How did you become an author?” and “Who draws the pictures?”

One of the stories, Captain O and the Rainbow, included the dilemma of choosing a pot of gold or your friend, and as this question was put to the children, they were able to discuss the pros and cons of each option. One child claimed they would choose the gold because “then I would be rich” whereas another chose their friend because “I would have someone to play with”.

As part of her visit, Ali had signed copies of her books that had been ordered, which were gratefully received by the children. Upon leaving, Ali said: “It’s a real joy to inspire children to read and write their own stories. Everybody loves a pirate!”

If you would like to read any of Ali Smith’s Pirate O books, they are available to purchase on Amazon.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 20). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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“Fantastic” fireworks at St Michael’s School

Posted on Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 9:41 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a crowd of people watching the fireworks display.

This year’s fireworks display at St Michael’s School took place on Saturday 10th November. Starburst Fireworks put on a show that thoroughly impressed the 1,300 people who attended and DJ Jay Dormer, from ‘Make it a Success’ mobile disco, entertained the crowd with great music.

Although the number of people who attended was lower than the previous year, most likely due to the weather, the event still raised an impressive £2,000. This money is going to be used towards replacing some old playground equipment that is no longer safe for the children to play on. The school’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) are hoping that this will be done in the new year, especially if they receive any additional funding from the Aviva Community Fund.

The PTFA has received some fantastic feedback from the event, including:

  • “All we can say is AWESOME and THANK YOU to all those involved with making the event such a brilliant spectacular.”
  • “Tonight’s firework display was brilliant, best yet!”
  • “Great evening as always, the fireworks, music and organisation were 10/10.”
  • “We have been to Disney World and seen their fireworks show and nothing has ever come close to that. However, I think they might have some stiff competition now from St Michael’s in Stoke Gifford!”

More: Event organisers thank volunteers and sponsors »

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Success for St Michael’s School summer fair

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 10:59 pm by Laura Mortimore

The St Michael’s Primary School summer fair took place on Saturday 30th June and has been deemed a huge success by the organisers. The Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) spent months planning and organising the event, which raises vital funds for the school. There were numerous stalls and activities at the event including a bouncy castle, face painting and pony rides.

Laura Walker, chair of the PTFA, said:

“The summer fair is a much anticipated event in the school year.”

“It was great to see so many children and their families enjoying themselves in the beautiful weather, whilst raising valuable funds for the school in the process.”

“We have a fantastic group of volunteers who worked very hard and without whom the day would not be possible.”

As a result of all the hard work of those who organised the event and helped on the day, the fair raised an incredible £4,500. This money will be put towards replacing some of the outdoor play equipment.

Throughout the year, the PTFA organises a number of events in order to raise money for the school as they aim to extend the opportunities available to the children at St Michael’s. The money that it raises goes towards many causes, including new resources and educational excursions.

Photo: Families enjoying the gladiator ring and police car.

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (Jun/Jul 2018)

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 1:15 am by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

June has seen the arrival of summer as the sun has shone down brightly on the village of Stoke Gifford. Here’s what has been happening this month.

St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s enjoyed their yearly ‘Church on the Green’ on Sunday 24th June where there was a large turnout to enjoy stories, songs and a picnic. This was then followed by the England v Panama game being shown in the Auditorium.

Local residents may have noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the church tower. Work is continuing to be done to repair parts of the building and the scaffolding is expected to be up for approximately 11 weeks.

Coming up in July is the family fun and World Cup Final event. On 15th July, the St Michael’s Centre is hosting a fun day on The Green starting at 1pm. A BBQ will be provided and guests are asked to bring drinks and accompaniments. Afterwards, the World Cup Final will be shown in the auditorium. All ages are welcome to attend.

More: St Michael’s School and Abbeywood School. Key dates for July. »

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