Visit from the R.N.L.I (15.1.15)Posted: 16th January 2015
On Thursday 15th January Mike Aldcock came to speak to Spratton about the R.N.L.I who save lives at sea. It was really fun because five of us got to try on all the kit! He showed us lots of videos and I learnt that their latest boat is called ‘Shannon’ named after the River Shannon. He said that the strangest thing ever rescued were two ferrets on a rock. They rescued them to stop the owners putting themselves in danger. They undertake about 23 rescues a day and most of the people they rescue live inland. All rescuers are volunteers who do all sorts of jobs for a living.
Home Clothes Day (15.12.14)Posted: 12th January 2015
Following our ‘Festive Jumper’ Home Clothes Day on Monday 15th December, we managed to raise a total of £346 for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Carol & Christingle Services (17.12.14)Posted: 18th December 2014
The Christingle and Carol Services in St Andrew’s Church are always a wonderful way to finish the Autumn term. The church was, once again, decorated beautifully with the Christingles made by pupils in Years 3-5. It was lovely to hear the sound of Junior Song, the Year 7 & 8 Choir, Mums’ Choir and the Brass Group fill the church. We were treated to solos from Lauren Hewett and James Gowen, along with a quintet of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ from Holly Brankin-Frisby, Myfanwy Fleming-Jones, Alys Hemmings, Charlotte Kemsley-Pein and Helena Thomas. It is a very special time of the year and the music and the readers really made everybody think about the true meaning of Christmas.
Year 2 Christmas Play (10.12.14)Posted: 17th December 2014
In true Pre Prep tradition, Year Two performed ‘The Apprentice’; a lively nativity, to an enthusiastic audience of friends and family. What a lot of work was needed to make Bethlehem fit for all of the visitors due to arrive imminently. The workmen of the town had to take on extra apprentices and everyone busied themselves cleaning and tidying. Simeon, an old carpenter had to abandon his trade and let his trusted apprentice, Sarah go. But her skills came to shine with the arrival of Mary and Joseph. The innkeeper needed a quick repair to the manger, a wise man had a crook with a snapped off top and another had a broken box. Thank goodness Sarah was there to help. Year Two sang out with gusto and the soloists silenced the room. Words and stage positions were learnt to perfection. All of the hard work from months gone by came together in a performance worthy of the applause received. Year Two would like to thank all involved; Mrs Hanford, Mrs Fuller, Mrs Smith, Mrs Bennett, Mrs Fountain, Mr Woodman and the ladies who helped with costumes. We are already looking forward to our next venture on stage.
Year 8 Visit Air Ambulance (13.12.14)Posted: 15th December 2014
On Saturday 13th December a group of Year 8 pupils went to Coventry airport to visit the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Air Ambulance and its team. The air ambulance is one of the charities we are raising funds for this year.
When we arrived, we went to the operations room and met the team. There were four people on duty; a paramedic, two doctors and a pilot. One of the doctors is the father of a Spratton Hall pupil and the other serves in the RAF.
Whilst we were there, a call came in and they had to go out to a road traffic accident near Tamworth. It took them 45 seconds to get airborne and they were at the accident 5 minutes later. The person trapped in the car was freed and taken to hospital by ambulance as her injuries were only minor.
When they came back from the mission we got to look around the helicopter, an Augusta 109, which is the fastest one that the charity can buy. It costs five million pounds. There is lots of special equipment in the helicopter and each rescue mission costs an average of £1,700. The charity needs to raise £1.7 million every year to keep going.
Also based at Coventry is the Children’s Air Ambulance which specialises in moving ill children between hospitals.
By Henry Harrison (8W)
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