Bee-hold Outdoor Learning at The Acorn School

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A new academic year and already the flowering of knowledge at Acorn has attracted thirty-thousand new recruits to this little school! Yes, you read that correctly. They have two beautiful homes on the hills overlooking Nailsworth and have created quite a buzz in our local community – they are our bees.

The Acorn School holds nature at its heart. Our vision is to enable all of our students to learn about the beauty of the world through first-hand experience outdoors. For

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‘Life in Likes’: our approach to protecting today’s children from the social media revolution

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In this week’s national news it was widely stated that educationists are clutching at straws to try to contrive ways of educating young children to use the Internet and social media safely, and protect them from the anxieties that develop all-too-often in this age of ‘chasing likes’ and online social validation.

What a huge shame it is for these poor children that their social groups are dominated by this modern-day issue, to the point that they feel unable to disconnect because

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Advent Fair 2015

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SATURDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER – This year’s Advent Fair was another successful day, with a warm atmosphere filling our beautiful new hall. Local vendors and old friends of the school laid out a delightful range of wares for fair-goers to browse and buy, and we have no doubt that some of those wonderful things will be found in stockings and under the Christmas tree next month!

Parents and students of the school came together to serve homemade sweets and savouries in a beautifully-decorated café, while hot soups and

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St. John’s Fire 2015

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FRIDAY, 1ST MAY – This year’s St. John’s Fire was held in a field a short walk away from the school. Having finished the school day by 11am, this midsummer celebration was a lovely way to round off the morning and a busy week.

The bonfire was built by our Class 7&8 teacher, and members of his class were chosen to carry flaming torches that were carefully placed in the heart of the pyre. Before long, tall, long, orange flames flared up

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The Acorn School Summer Fair 2015

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SATURDAY, 16TH MAY – After several years’ break, our Summer Fair was finally revived as a charity fundraiser for Acorn Overseas – a charity for children set up in 2010 by Graeme and Sarah’s daughter, Natasha Whiting.

For the past few years, Acorn Overseas has been largely focused on continuous fundraising efforts for the Future Light Children’s Home in Mae Sot, Northern Thailand. We have also been fortunate enough to share a connection with this orphanage through Natasha, and the proceeds

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The Acorn School Advent Fair 2014

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SATURDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2014 – The grounds of the school were already bustling with activity within half-an-hour of our Advent Fair beginning, with parents and visitors immersed in conversations while children wove their way in and out through the milling crowd. Brightly-coloured stalls displaying a range of beautiful, handmade goods lit up the hall, and gave us all reason to return to look over them again and again.

There was no shortage of sweet and savoury treats on offer, and both children and

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Michaelmas Challenges 2014

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On Friday, 24th October, The Acorn School said goodbye for half term with its annual Michaelmas Challenges assembly – a lively gymnastics display that showcases the students’ gymnastics skills and confidence, and shows how far they have all come in the past year.

The hour-long assembly saw our eager young gymnasts, from age six all the way up to eighteen, leaping and bouncing and even somersaulting their way through various setups of the school’s gymnastics equipment. It was particularly warming to

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Michaelmas Harvest Festival 2014

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The last Friday in September saw the Acorn community gather together in our freshly re-plastered halls to celebrate our annual Michaelmas Harvest Festival with songs and poems dedicated to Saint Michael, a symbol of strength and hope. Our families also brought in fresh fruit and vegetables in honour of harvest time, and these were arranged in the hall to form a beautiful autumnal cornucopia.

Following an assembly, where classes recited their poems and everyone joined in with singing our traditional Michaelmas songs,

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Ex-Acorn student, James Lowsley-Williams, is cycling in The Tour of Britain!

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We are proud to announce that one of our ex-students, James Lowsley-Williams, now a professional cyclist, is riding this year’s Tour of Britain (ToB) cycling stage race. The ToB is the UK’s hardest and biggest race and James lined up on sunday for the first stage in Liverpool amongst the world’s best cyclists including the UK’s Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

Photo credit: Larry Hickmott

James attended our school until 2009 when he graduated and took up a

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The Upper School had a great weekend walking in The Black Mountains

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On Friday 21st March Barney, James and the upper school loaded up the minibus and trailer and headed off to Llanthony Priory for a walking trip in The Black Mountains. The weather forecast stated ‘changeable’ – and it was! We had some rain on the way down but it cleared enough for us to set up camp in the dry. Having put up our tents, we donned all-weather gear and went for an evening stroll up the mountain. The rain held

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