Mr Hulme – Duvall has all the answers!!!

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Panic over – we haven’t been invaded by carrier bag wielding aliens!  The first phase of lots of exciting outdoor developments started this Saturday after a group of very kind volunteers gave up their time to plot the first of many planting spaces.

Mr Hulme -Duvall tells us more,

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‘Amazingly the Sun shone and the rain held off for the first working party. With volunteer Mums and Dads mucking in to help make a wildlife corridor to connect the School grounds. This first phase starts with the transformation of the school grounds around the Eyam Road path, helping to form a relaxing area in which the children can discover the delights of wild flower meadows, orchards, herb and flower gardens. Free trees supplied from the Woodland Trust will form the basis of our new forage trail and wildlife corridor, and help to link the various parts of the school grounds. Future plans include a large insect and butterfly garden, forage walk with bird feeding stations, pond and re vamped woodland area. Again many thanks to those who gave up their Saturday to help in this first working party.

We hope you enjoy the photos of the mornings work.’


No Tricks … Treats all Round!

After a whirlwind week back in school I have momentarily paused to reflect as the school is in the thick of preparations for our Hallowe’en / Bonfire Disco.  It seems a long time ago that we were returning after the summer holidays and the even more recent half term break is difficult to call to memory as I take in another very busy week.

As the school hall becomes illuminated by costume clad infants bathed in disco lights and the sounds of the speakers booming amidst laughing and cheering I think back to our morning assembly and the celebratory certificates that were awarded.  ‘What do we look for in a Norbury Superstar?’ I asked.  ‘Lots,‘ replied my congregation.  ‘Teachers like it when we answer lots of questions and ask them too!’ ‘They like it when we smile and when we always try our best even when it’s tricky.’  ‘They like it most of all, when we enjoy what we’re learning because that means we’ve had fun.’ 

What a reflective group of learners we have.  I really do have the best job in the world.  To prove it – take a look at the fun we’re having right now.




… and even more fun continued.





Match Reports – Another Win for Norbury Hall!

Norbury hall vs Lostock  7 – 1

Wednesday 16th October brought a fantastic victory for Norbury Hall! This glorious victory ended with a 7-1 win, with Josh Edisbury scoring 4 goals,Toby Atherton scoring 1, Alec McLachlan Scoring 1 and Thomas Gibson scoring 1. The captain of the team was Max Billingham, who played in defence and led his team to triumph. Daniel Taylor, who was in net, faced a penalty from a Lostock striker. He dived for the ball, getting a hand to it but it unfortunately rolled into the back of the net. As the final whistle blew Norbury knew they were through!!!!!

Second Match 25 – 1

Recently,  Norbury Hall took part in an amazing football match. Lostock Hall were our opponents in this 26 goal thriller! Norbury played fantastically and our top scorer Carter Lewis bagged three hat-tricks! Matty Allsopp (8 goals) and Andrew Carr (4 goals) were also amongst the goal scorers! Joshua Johnson had no problems and nearly scored a few himself! As much as it was a fantastic victory, their goal was magnificent! The first goal came after only 30 seconds with a great strike from Andy Carr! Also a world class penalty from Jamie Watkins put us 21-0 up. Louis Isherwood was thirsty for a goal and came on from the bench to score a cracking curler into the bottom corner! Matt Minshull powered through from Right Back to score a bottom corner goal! Cole Roberts then came on to score and make it 24-1! Then to top it off Matty Allsopp made it 25-1 with a left foot (outside of the foot) curling shot into the bottom left corner. The home and away support were very encouraging along with Sam Cunningham ( one of our bloggers )!

Sam Cunningham and Matty Allsopp.

‘Norbury Hall – Where learning is vibrant’ Tayla Year 6

Good afternoon everyone.  I have been particularly impressed by the way our learners convey their thoughts this week.  We most certainly have a school full of talented speakers and I was very impressed when showing a visitor around school this week to hear the conversation between learners.  ‘Why don’t we make the ramp higher and shorter?’ asked one Y1 scientist. ‘If we do that’, replied the other, ‘The car will shoot off the end and probably land in the sand tray!’  Wow, I thought, a hypothesis and a conclusion all in a moment’s thought and these children are not yet 6.

To confirm my pride I introduced our new Local Authority Adviser to the children and simply asked the question, ‘What is life like at Norbury Hall?’ It really shouldn’t have been a surprise to hear words like ‘amazing’ and ‘brilliant’ but it was certainly a great affirmation to hear that learning is both challenging and fun at the same time.  I have contemplated Tayla’s response – very simply,  ‘Learning at Norbury Hall is vibrant.’  May be this should be our new strap line?  It conjures up images of learners engaged in stimulating and creative opportunities that tap into all the senses and link skills and knowledge.  What a fantastic place to be!

I also feel compelled to thank you on behalf of  one of our Y2 learners.  Without prompt she set about organising and leading her very own sponsored walk to raise funds to support a friend who is poorly.  The money she raised has helped other children who are supported by The Rainbow Trust and Clic Sargent.  She raised an incredible £2,205 – I think that underlines how thoughtful our learners at Norbury Hall can be. Brilliant work Charlotte!

And finally… I have to mention the excellent behaviour of our children on their educational visits this term.  It is always wonderful to receive positive comments from parent helpers and indeed staff at the venues we visit regarding our children and I have received both from visits to Conwy Castle and The Museum of Liverpool.  I rarely get a message from the coach driver and the traffic police but this week I have had both. Following a mechanical breakdown yesterday our Y5 learners had to wait patiently for a new coach and then re start their journey home, getting back very late.  I am told the children were an absolute credit to the school and their parents as they were polite, grumble free and extremely well behaved. Although thinking about it I wouldn’t have expected anything less!  Thank you to all of Year 5 and the Y5 Team for making what could have been a difficult situation run smoothly!

Have a lovely weekend.

Christmas is Coming… believe it or not!

Good morning everyone.

I wanted to highlight to parents that we are working with the support of the PA to develop our very own Christmas cards.  Every child in school will be designing their cards in the next couple of weeks and they will be ready to buy ahead of the rush for Christmas post.  I thought parents might like to know this in advance of starting the Christmas shopping – even though we are only just into October!

Friday 4th October – A Glimpse of life in School at 2pm.

'Sandy sensations'

‘Sandy sensations’


'Brilliant book art'

‘Brilliant book art’

Once again school is a hive of activity.  Lots going on and plenty of Friday smiles and laughter.  I thought you might like a glimpse of that ‘Friday feeling’ for yourselves.  A very busy afternoon around school before everyone meets for Circle Time.


'Sorting things out'

‘Sorting things out’


'Relaxing read'

‘Relaxing read’





Once Upon a Time… Y5 Open Morning

A great big thank you to Y5 for a magnificent Year Group Assembly – our first for Autumn 2013.  It was lovely to see the confidence and smiles on so many faces as they presented their learning after only ’18 amazing days’.

I was also thrilled to see so many parents and friends join us for the assembly and the activities in the classrooms afterwards.  The children have enjoyed sharing their learning and teaching mums and dads just how to do it!!


Showing off the Activ Table

Showing off the Activ Table


Sharing Fairy Tales with Snow White.

Sharing Fairy Tales with Snow White.

Designing Word Art linked to Fairy Tales

 Another good day was had by all. 

Let’s hope that this weekend – we all live happily ever after.


Friday 20th September 2013 Your PA Needs You!

As the weekend is upon us I wanted to remind parents that the PA will be meeting on Wednesday to hold the Annual General Meeting.  We will in school from 7pm where there will be wine and cheese and business will start from 7.30pm.  The PA at Norbury Hall has been responsible for so many brilliant events and ensures that the children get those little extras that make school life extra brilliant!  It would be lovely to welcome some new faces and share some new ideas and it is a great way to get to know the school really well.

Our current project funded partially by the PA is centred around our Outdoor Learning Initiatives.  You will most certainly have seen our brilliant allotment project and you may even have tasted some of our market garden herbs and vegetables.  We are  planning to construct a poly tunnel complete with more vegetable beds, flowers, plants and trees and the PA are helping to make this possible for us.  It means that even in rainy weather we can get out there and enjoy a little self sufficiency!

If you can spare an hour or so to join us next Wednesday then please come along.  We would be delighted to see the PA grow (just like our vegetables).

Have a great weekend.