Orchard Church of England Primary School

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Orchard School Council 

Orchard’s Got Talent!!!!

The school council have decided we should have a talent contest at Orchard to give our budding singers, dancers and performers the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of the judging panel and the whole school.

This year’s competition will be open to children from Foundation to Y6. Each class will have their own heats and 2 acts will go forward to a whole school final. The final will take place on Wednesday 10th July, in the afternoon.

Auditions will take place in individual classrooms, week beginning 1st July so that the finalists are notified in plenty of time to practise for the following Wednesday.

It promises to be another great event and we can’t wait to see what talent is out there, so get practising!

Shoe Box appeal 2018


On behalf of the School Council we would like to ask for your help on a scheme we are participating in, called the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. The Scheme aims to fill shoeboxes with useful items for people less fortunate than ourselves in eastern European countries. Children in over 130 countries have received a shoe box since 1990.


Our aim is to send filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged families.


Items that can be included in a shoebox must be new. Below are some suggestions:


  • New small toys: games, puzzles, soft toys, balls, cars.
  • School supplies: pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, felt pens, paper, colouring books, notepad, chalk, crayons.
  • Toiletries: soap, flannel, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush (no bottles)
  •  Something to wear: hat, scarf, gloves, necklaces.
  • Sweets: lollipops, chews, toffees, boiled sweets (no chocolate)
  • Food: Pasta, rice, instant coffee, tea, tinned foods (vegetables, meat and fruit), packet of soup

If you would like to fill a shoebox at home an empty box can be collected from school; please follow the instructions below.


Alternatively, should you feel a whole box is too much we would happily accept donations of the above and then put together some shoeboxes with the help of the school council ourselves.


Please send donations or filled shoeboxes into school by Wednesday 24th October.


We appreciate your support and hope that together we can bring some joy into the lives of children who would otherwise have nothing this Christmas.


Yours sincerely


Mrs Lang and the School Council





  1. Collect the empty box from school.
  2. Decide if your gift is for a boy or girl, family or elderly person and decide if the boy or girl is 0-2 years 2-4 years, 5-9 years, or 10-14 years old.
  3. Wrap the box in Christmas wrapping paper ensuring the lid can still be opened and stick the correct boy/girl/family and age sticker on the lid.
  1. Things to put in the shoe box - toys: soft toys, tennis balls, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument - educational supplies: pens, pencils, erasers, notepad, pencil case, stickers, etc. - hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, soap, flannel, etc. - other items: sweets, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces, etc.
  2. Secure the lid with a rubber band (Please do not seal the boxes)

We need to receive the shoe boxes or donations in School no later than Wednesday 24th October so that they can be collected and delivered in time for Christmas

Thank you to everyone who supported Children in Need. We raised an amazing £388.33!!

Also a huge thank you to the School Council for organising and running the Children in Need Fair.

Photos below from our Anti Bullying Assembly November 2017



What we do in school council.

In school council we organise worldwide events and special occasions which happen throughout the school. One of our particular favourites was when a school council team (from a school called Coleman) came to look around our school. They said it was a lot smaller compared to theirs but we had better technology.

Here is a quote from one of their school councillors:

“Your school has brilliant screens/computers and draws under the table to easily get into. Your books are amazing: you’ve got PSHE one side and French on the other!” they were his exact words.




Coleman primary schools visit

When Coleman school came to visit we showed them around our school and showed them different features. Our school councillors each showed a few of their school councillors from the same year around. After we had showed them around we got together and asked/answered each other’s questions. Coleman said that we should go there and they will show us around.