There are wide range of special events in the Colby School diary, marking and celebrating the seasons, local traditions and national events. As well as the traditional Christmas, Easter and Harvest celebrations, we also hold a Remembrance Service, Sports Week, Eco Week, and Science Week. We mark Handwriting Day, Superhero and Inspirational People Day and World Book Day with activities and dressing up, as well as an annual Christmas Fun Run.
Our traditional Sports Day in the summer term is eagerly anticipated by the children and is an opportunity for them to earn points for their respective houses as well as being a great spectacle with plenty of team spirit. In the morning, a round robin of less competitive events sees all children able to earn points house points. With friends and family invited to watch, the afternoon sees the children take part in various distance races and sprints, as well as obstacle races and other activities that involve team building and cooperation.
Every October, Eco Council lead a week of events and activities on an environmental theme. In the past this has included renewable energy, food waste and food miles, litter and recycling, and the marine environment. Litter picks at school and in the local area, workshops, study trips, and special visitors invited to school to talk to the children, are just some of the activities organised.
In the Autumn term, KS1 prepare for their Harvest Festival. As well as decorating the Hall and bringing in donations for a local food bank, the children perform songs, poems and readings on the theme of the Harvest to parents, grandparents and the rest of the school.
As part of our annual Remembrance Service, led by Key Stage 2 pupils, the children and staff of Colby School are joined by members of the local community, the Royal British Legion and Colby School families. Children perform poems and readings that they have written, as well as songs about the Second World War and other conflicts. Mrs Towers plays the Last Post and the service finishes with Head Boy and Head Girl giving the Citation. A two minute silence is held to remember the supreme sacrifice made by so many in times of war.
Christmas Nativity and Christmas Play
At the end of the Winter Term, KS1 perform a traditional Nativity play in the school Hall, with family and friends in the audience. Staff work hard to give the children confidence to perform their part, learn songs and stage direction, and this is certainly one of the highlights of any child's time at Primary School.
KS2 children take part in a Christmas themed play performing a whole host of songs, dialogues, jokes and silly antics.
At the end of the summer term our Year 6 pupils who are about to leave for High School take part in a Crazy Sleepover at school. During the day, Year 6 take part in various activities including a trip to the cinema and amusements in Cromer, Paintballing, and a day at Great Yarmouth Pleasurebeach. Year 6 pupils stay in school for three nights and, on the last night, the rest of KS2 join them for a night of 'craziness'. This is a very unique opportunity for the children and they all enjoy being with their friends and getting to do activities they wouldn't normally do, camping in their classroom and staying up late.
At Easter, we have lots of themed activities, a special Easter After School Club and a dress up day.
Ruby class take a trip to our local church in Felmingham for a day of Easter arts and craft activities.
Superhero and Inspirational People Day
Every April, we celebrate Superhero and Inspirational People Day. The children are asked to think about what it means to be a hero and consider people that inspire them, whether that is a famous person, a historical figure, friend, family member or fellow pupil that they might look up to and admire. A dress-up day sees children coming into school dressed as their hero.
World Book Day
In March, we celebrate World Book Day with lots of special activities. At the end of the week, children and staff come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
Christmas Fun Run
At the end of the Christmas term, the children take part in a sponsored Christmas-themed Fun Run around the school field and along Bridge Road in Colby. The children love to dress up in their Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and sparkly accessories.