Wacky Assembly Wednesday was a busy one today and saw the return of Chewbacca as our host. Our assembly started with Mr Stewart telling us about Mental Health Awareness Week and how important it is to look after our mental health, but also about making sure we all have someone to talk to when we feel a bit down.
Today is also National Thank A Teacher Day and Mr Stewart encouraged us to thank all those people who have been teaching us so brilliantly- including our teachers and of course our parents who have been helping us so much recently with our school work at home.
Mr Stewart then shared with us a video that he has received all the way from Hong Kong. The video was sent in by our pupils Archie, Xavier, Teddy and Max who are all currently at home in Hong Kong. The boys wanted to share with us how they have been playing rugby on the beach. What a fantastic video boys- thank you for sharing this with us. Special thanks to Inca the dog for a very special guest appearance!
Then came the first of our very special celebrity guests, introduced by Mrs Capewell in a very sparkly outfit and fancy top hat. Vashti Hardy is one of Mrs Capewell's favourite authors and she very kindly joined our assembly today and answered questions from some of our Terra Nova pupils. Vashti also gave us an exclusive insight into future books she is writing- something for us to look forward to. Vashti has also been assisting Mrs Capewell in judging the entries of the TN poetry competition and was happy to announce the winner was Lily Carroll- well done Lily- we really enjoyed your poem.
Next up was the second of our very special guests, none other than former England Rugby Captain and former pupil of Terra Nova, Will Carling. Mr Stewart had managed to dig out some old trophies that Will had been awarded during his time at Terra Nova- one for rugby as expected but also one for cricket. Will told us all how he remembers his time at Terra Nova, especially his sport lessons and how he remembers the changing rooms in the cellar. Mr Stewart asked Will what his favourite subject at school was and Will told us that he loved art at TN, so much so that he became an Art Scholar at Sedbergh after leaving Terra Nova. Will told us that he enjoys winning and that is what has spurred him on throughout his time at school and also his rugby career. Will also told us it was an honour to captain a team and he felt one quality of a good leader is being able to listen to your team and do the best by them.
Will gave us some great advice on dealing with pressure and feeling confident and positive about such pressures to drive success. He finished the conversation with some words about loving what we do, being resilient and continuing to chase our dreams, whatever they may be.
Mr Pearson has been busy collating all his raffle tickets for his charity haircut competition. He reminded us that all the money raised will be helping children with disabilities be able to engage in the everyday activities that we all take for granted. Between us we have bought over 300 tickets and managed to boost Mr Pearson's fundraising amount to over £1700. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. For the winning 6 tickets don't forget to get your designs across to Mr Pearson and then we can all vote on social media for Mr P's Summer haircut.
Mr Stewart then awarded house point certificates- Bronze, Silver and even 2 Golds this week. Well done to all of you and special mention to Ella and Freddie for being the first 2 pupils to gain gold this year!
We finished as we always do with the 'End of The Show Show' by zooming over to the very talented Westall family for a musical treat. With Mr Westall on the piano and Mrs Westall and Millie singing along it really was a great mash up of 3 of our favourite sing-a-long songs. We were certainly joining in at home and hope you all were too! Thank you to all our teachers, Mr Stewart, Mr & Mrs Westall (& Millie), Mrs Capewell, Mr Pearson and of course Vashti Hardy and Will Carling for giving up their time to join us today.