The Michael Morpurgo Talk

On the 13th of October the older members of Gillamoor School went to a question and answer session with children’s author Michael Morpurgo. The Milton Rooms in Malton were jam-packed full of eager children waiting to see him. He talked about his life for a bit and then started answering questions from each school in great depth. The whole talk was loosely based on his WW1 book, Private Peaceful but he also talked about other books of his. His inspiration for the fantastic book was a famous museum in Belgium called ‘In Flanders Field.’ He saw a letter on the wall addressed to a soldier named Private Peaceful. He explained why perhaps his books are a little sadder than others and it made me think about his books a bit deeper. Many of his stories deep down are based on his own life, places around him and people he has met.

By Nancy

P-Factor Competition

Some of the junior class went to the P-Factor on Friday the 10th of October. The P-Factor is a poetry competition in Ryedale junior aged children. During the day we first all did some workshops with some of the authors who were judging the P-Factor.  Once the workshops were finished we had our packed lunches.

 After lunch the P-Factor competition began. 12 schools entered the year’s P-Factor in The Milton Rooms. After everyone had done their poems Andy Seed announced the runners up and the winners. We came second and each got a very nice medal!!! Langton Primary School came first and won the P-Factor and received a trophy. Even though we didn’t win we had a lot of fun and hope to do it again next year!

By Esme and Jasmine


Year 5 and 6 Football Tournament


DCIM101MEDIAOn Friday the 10th of October 2014 the year sixes and me went to Ryedale school to do a football match against 4 other schools named St Benedict’s, Kirkbymoorside, Nawton and Helmsley. There was a girls and a boys tournament we only entered the girls because we only had a girls team.

Out of those four games we played, we scored five goals and came 3rd! The best we’ve ever done! Lilli says “I enjoyed it very much and we could not have played better.” Nancy says, “we performed very well considering that we don’t have a large selection of children to play.”

by Lottie


“Autumn Days”

Harvest Service

The Harvest Service was a successful event.

First Reverend Mark introduced the service to the packed church, full of our friends and family. We opened the service by singing Thank You Lord, followed by the superb infants presentation. The most of the infants wore tabards spelling out the word harvest and then they all said a paragraph about harvest and helping others. At the end they all turned their back to the audience and at the back of the tabards it spelt thank you and they all shouted THANK YOU!

After that we sang Good Things before the juniors took the stage for their presentation. To start their presentation Jasmine and Emilia took the audience’s  attention and read their autumn prayers then the other juniors shared their poems, prayers and play. The play was all about the Food Bank and how we are helping them.

To finish the service we sang Autumn Days and Reverend Mark lead a final prayer.

by Hannah. N


Balloon Powered Cars!!

First we watched a video that gave us some ideas about what to make. After we watched the video we got on with our design.

We practiced in our jotter. It took a few days to finish our designs and when we finished our final designs and when we got on with our cars.

It took ages to finish our cars. We got out all of the tools and materials we needed and after a safety talk from Mr Dean we began. We worked and worked and worked and finally they were done. Some people added decoration to their cars.

After all that hard work we went to Fadmoor Village Hall and had an excellent time!

Everybody got a turn to race their cars. Elisabeth’s won, she managed to cover 27 floor boards (around 2.2m says Mr Dean).

After everybody had a go we split into two teams and debated which transport invention we thought was the best devlelopment ever.

by Ed.


Cross Country Success!

Friday 3rd October 2014

What a fantastic day! All of the juniors who took part in the local small schools cross country run should feel incredibly proud and be smiling from ear to ear. The course was very undulating over long grassy fields and even included climbing over a fence, twice! It really was a cross country course and a great introduction to those new to the sport.

There were two races spilt into boys and girls. The first the Year 3 and 4 race was a little over a mile and our only junior boys did a super job and came in 9th and 10th. The girls did equally as well, with our first two achieving 17th and 20th.

The second race for the Year 5 and 6’s, was just as good, and although on this occasion we only had representatives from the year 6 girls, they ran an excellent race and between them succeeded in winning the top spot for the girls race! Overall their places were: 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Georgina who won this second race was presented with a certificate and so were the winning girls team.

Well done to everyone who took part and to those pupils, parents and friends who came along to support them.

A great start to our sporting year.

Team Gillamoor