Sycamore Class help launch new book

Our youngest children in Sycamore Class enjoyed a book launch for ‘Molly Moo – the independent cow’, which was read to them by the author, Sandra Derry, at Fairhaven Gardens. We were grateful for the generous gift of some copies of the book for our school library.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet a live author. Thank you to the gardens for inviting our children to this event.


Cluster Poetry Festival

As usual all of our pupils in Years 1 – 6 took part in this festival. Each class had to perform a set poem and a poem of their own choice with actions. In addition an individual child or a pair of children could perform a poem of their own choice.

A new category for Key Stage 2 children this year was for a poem written and performed by the children. This caused a great deal of excitement and showed that we have some budding poets.

Certificates were awarded for each category. Chestnut Class (Years 1 & 2) achieved three silver certificates, Beech Class (Years 3 & 4) achieved two gold and two silver and Oak Class (Years 5 & 6) achieved four gold certificates.

All the children are to be congratulated on their performances and thank you to the teachers who, as usual, worked hard to ensure the children were well rehearsed.  


Partnership Sportshall Athletics Qualifications

On the 19th January 2018, we took a team to take part in the sportshall athletics qualification event at Sprowston High School.  Despite the fact that we were the only small school that entered, the children performed superbly and made the most of the opportunity to practise the events they would definitely do again! 

The School Games finals will be taking place on the 26th February 2018 at the University of East Anglia where they will compete against children from all across Norfolk at a very exciting and energetic event that has always been enjoyed by everyone!

Thanks again to all the parents who transported the children and put up with the slightly late arrival!

Competition Winners!

Congratulations to Mr Grayson and the children in Engineering Club who designed and built a winning Christmas Tree to enter in the Festival of Christmas Trees & Lights at Upton Church in December.

The tree was entered into the Festival with around 20 other exhibits from other local organisations and businesses.  Visitors to the exhibition could vote for their favourite and the Engineers Christmas Tree received over a quarter of the votes.

The tree has been returned to the school and will be installed in the wildlife garden as a sculpture.

On  the children were presented with their prize in assembly by Rev.Garrard and Mrs Joyce Warren, the  Upton church warden.  

Music Concert

Our Christmas Concert was a little late in starting because we were first entertained on the playground by our cheerleaders, ably led by Mrs Drury. They were a little overawed by the size of their audience but enjoyed showing off the chants they have been learning this term.

Our concert involved nearly a third of our pupils and it was great to see many of our younger children playing for the first time.

It is lovely to have so many pupils playing a range of instruments and their effort and concentration was clearly evident.

We had a good mix of Christmas and other music all of which was organised by our peripatetic music teachers.

Trip to the Norwich Playhouse


The Children in Sycamore and Chestnut classes went to the Norwich Playhouse on Tuesday 5th December to watch ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’.  It was a great performance and everyone really enjoyed joining in with the songs.  Chestnut Class have been looking at this classic storybook in their literacy lessons.  Sycamore Class have enjoyed role playing the story and making tiger masks.  They have also used the book to help develop their communication and language skills by sequencing the illustrations and retelling the story in their own words.



This year’s Nativity used a combination of traditional readings and carols as well as some new carols. The children sang beautifully and the Year 6 pupils spoke clearly and carefully to tell the Christmas Story. Mrs Fleet coached the choir, Mrs Lake organised the nativity scene and Mrs Brocklehurst organised the music and whole school singing.

It was lovely to see so many parents and family members supporting their children. The collection at the end raised £91.57 for the charity Nelson’s Journey. The staff will add to this by contributing their ‘Christmas card’ money.

‘Christmas in a Box Service’, Upton Church on Sunday 26th November 

There were a lot of people at the service and there were lots of boxes and gifts which had been donated (some of them had come from school).

During the service we made a Christmas Pudding because it was ‘Stir Up Sunday’.

We had to put in lots of ingredients, in fact it seemed as if everyone in the congregation added an ingredient, to make the huge pudding. Each of the ingredients represented something from the Bible for example; carrot added lightness and reminded us that Jesus is the light of the world; flour reminded us of our daily bread.

Seven of our pupils made a presentation during the service explaining how and why we had donated toys and gifts. We sang some familiar songs and accompanied them with percussion instruments. We enjoyed the service.  Grace and Felix

North Walsham Cross Country 2017

On Wednesday 8th November 2017, Fairhaven Primary travelled to North Walsham Rugby Club to take part in the annual Partnership Cross Country Competition.

Despite the cold and the rain, all the children took part with smiles on their faces and performed exceptionally well!

From the 18 children who were involved, 7 children have successfully qualified for the School Games Finals which is to be held at Holkham Hall in March.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and thanks again to all the parents and grandparents who came to support!

Acle Cluster Cross Country 2017

On Friday 13th October 2017, Fairhaven Primary hosted another extremely successful cross country event attended by all the schools in the Acle Cluster. 

All the children who were involved had a brilliant time, clear to see by all the smiles on the start line and even on the finishing straight!  They were also inspired by the incredible support from their friends and family, creating a friendly yet competitive atmosphere!

The final results were:

  • Fairhaven Primary won the overall trophies for Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 girls categories
  • Acle Primary won the overall trophy for the Y1/2 Boys categor
  • Freethorpe Primary won the overall trophy for the Y3/4 Boys category
  • Cantley Primary won the overall trophy for the Y5/6 Boys category

Well done again this year, winning the majority of the trophies available!








School Games Bronze Award

We are very pleased to have been awarded the School Games Silver Award for 2016-17.  This is a Government led scheme for schools to reward them for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

Disaster Relief 20th September 2017

We raised a total of £282.65 to go towards helping the Caribbean recover after hurricane Irma by holding a ‘wear red’ day and an after school cake sale. Thank you to all those who donated on our non-uniform day and made/bought cakes after school.

Upton Organ Restoration

Last October our Year 5 & 6 pupils had the opportunity to take part in a music workshop at Upton Church. This was provided as part of the restoration work taking place on the organ. The session was very worthwhile and was the inspiration for the children in our Engineering Club building their own one octave organ.

This week our older pupils were once again given the opportunity to take part in a workshop to celebrate the completion of the restoration work.

They had an interesting and informative afternoon in which they learnt how the organ uses pressurised wind in different sized pipes to make the notes.

RSPB Community Event – Tuesday 19th September 2017

Last week we hosted our first RSPB Community Wildlife Event, which aims to make the school a hub for promoting the enjoyment and conservation of our local environment and all its inhabitants.

RSPB staff and volunteers set up a range of fun wildlife activities in the school’s garden and nature area. Over 50 pupils and family members enjoyed drawing wild plants and flowers, searching for evidence of resident insects, birds and mammals and making very creative and snazzy ‘spider’ webs. Refreshments were served in the library and children took home free packets of bird seed.

This event was the first of many to come – the next being held on Tuesday 17th October, 3.15-4.15pm, when we will be looking at all things Autumnal. Please do come along, with friends and family!

Thank you to Mr Clennell for organising this great event.

Spanish Language Day 26th September

On Tuesday everyone had fun taking part in our Languages Day. Working in house groups, children had an opportunity to learn a Spanish Dance (the flamenco), cook Spanish food (Tortilla), made mosaics (based on famous mosaics in Barcelona) and learn more Spanish vocabulary.

BBC Young Film-Makers Festival – Keeping Fit and Healthy.

The children of Beech Class have been learning about the importance of keeping fit and healthy and now they want to spread the word!   In this film the race is on to make sure that the whole school gets the message. Featuring guest appearances by Mr Branch as the Mad Professor and Henry the vacuum cleaner – the film was filmed and performed by the children themselves, with a little help from the BBC Voices team. We are pleased to be able to share the results of their work with you, their final film project can be found here:  Click for video

Year 6 Leavers Trip to Gravity and Picnic Lunch Thursday 13th July

All the Year 6 pupils had a fun morning bouncing around at the Gravity Trampoline Park in Norwich. After a warm up and some free bouncing around, there was a session with flashing lights and ‘smoke’ before they finished with two separate volleyball matches.  

We finished the morning off with probably the biggest picnic in South Walsham which we ate in the peace and quiet of Fairhaven Water Gardens.  Well it was peaceful before we got there!

Pond News

We have newts in our pond!  The children discovered them during Gardening Club.  It’s fantastic to see wildlife starting to enjoy our newly refurbished pond area.  Thank you again to Mrs Minns for planting, and the parent’s for digging and laying turf.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by The Pantaloons at Fairhaven Water Gardens Friday 7th July 2017

The Children in Oak Class were joined by pupils from across Acle Cluster for a livelyand amusing performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performance was suitably adjusted for the younger audience but still used Shakespeare’s language. The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance particularly as they have been studying the play.

Royal Institute Maths Masterclasses May and June 2017

Each year The Royal Institute run a series of maths sessions in Norwich for able Year 6 pupils. These take place over six Saturdays and places are highly sought after. We were exceptionally fortunate to secure places for four of our pupils this year.

On Saturday 24th June, Megan, Lillibelle, Ysabell and Edward were presented with certificates for completing the six week course.

Count on Norfolk

This county wide initiative was launched during the half term break supported by Radio Norfolk. Our involvement with the Family Learning Programme, which offers courses to support parents in helping their children, and our consistently good maths results, led to Fairhaven being asked to take part in the launch. One of our parents, Louise Coke, who attended the Family Learning course, was filmed in school with her children and the course tutor. This was shown on Look East. Later in the week both Mrs Coke and Mrs Dix were interviewed on Radio Norfolk.

This was rewarding on two levels. Acknowledgment of our good results over a number of years, and also the value of the Family Learning Courses, which we have been most fortunate in being able to offer almost every term for the last three years and at times before that.

Girls’ Kwik Cricket

On Tuesday 13th June a team of 10 girls travelled to Norwich Cricket Club in Postwick to take part in a Kwik Cricket tournament.  The girls did really well and won one game and lost three (although the point difference was very low). It was a very hot and sunny day and lots of fun!  Megan

Mixed Kwik Cricket

On Wednesday 14th June 10 children travelled to Norwich Cricket Club in Postwick to take part in a mixed tournament. We came 6th out of 14 teams, winning 2 games and losing 2.  It was a very hot day but everyone had lots of fun. Thomas

Junior Apprentice

The Friends of Fairhaven would like to say an enormous well done and thank you very much to all the children who took part in the Junior Apprentice Challenge.  The challenge required the children to think creatively and like a business person.  It is not easy to decide what to do with only £2 but they all had so many interesting ideas.  Altogether the amount raised was a staggering £1104.41; the most made on any event ever!  The top 3 earners were as follows;

Noah MW for making and selling bags.

George H, Rosie H, Taya and Macy for cleaning cars.

Louis and Zac B-S for making and selling cakes.

Robotics Roadshow

On the 17th May 2017, Beech Class headed to the Kinesis Centre at Carrow Road (Norwich City’s Football Ground) to attend a ‘Robotics Roadshow’.  Everyone was incredibly excited prior to leaving but were really surprised to see that, on this particular day, it was solely for our class of 23 children!

To begin with, the children were introduced to terms relating to robots before having an opportunity to build and programme their own VexIQ!  These robots are very similar to Mecano or lego and the pieces slotted together easily.  They then had to use computers and a particular program to create a code in order to tell the robots what to do to complete three different challenges!

Key Stage 1 Football Festival

On the 27th March 2017, these six children from Year 1 and 2 took part in the Key Stage 1 Football Festival held here at Fairhaven.

They were involved in six different football activities ranging from dribbling, passing, throwing and shooting either against the clock or to score points.

They all had a great time and showed wonderful enthusiasm throughout!  This translated into a joint bronze medal with Lingwood, Acle achieved a silver medal and Freethorpe were victorious, achieving a gold medal.

World Premier

The whole school have been able to watch a world premiere of the film made by Beech Class with the support of BBC Voices.  This was the first time the film had been seen in its entirety.

Beech Class went to Cinema City, along with other children from the Acle Cluster, to view all of the films made by the schools. Having professional help to make the film was an amazing experience but seeing it screened at a real cinema was a great ending to the whole project.

Legacy Challenge

A number of children have completed the PE Legacy Challenge gaining bronze, silver and gold certificates. This has been especially pleasing as they have had to use their own initiative to complete the challenge.

Red Nose Day

It was great to see so many of the children (and staff) wearing red  on Red Nose Day. The children were split into House Groups and covered large red noses with the loose change everybody had brought into school. The children then had the challenging task of sorting and counting the money. When put together the whole collection came to £181.45.

There was an amazing array of cakes for the after school sale organised by The School Council. This raised a further £91.65. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

Cluster Engineering Day

Four pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 took part in this annual cluster event held at Freethorpe School. They were tasked with working as a team to design and build a machine which could transport an egg safely across a metre wide gap.

The children returned excited and very pleased with their model making. They had successfully completed their machine and managed to get the egg across the gap without it breaking. They may not have won but the enthusiasm they showed was reward itself. It was especially good to hear them being so complimentary about the model which was chosen above theirs.

“It was a fun day and I really enjoyed the activity.” Ollie

Well done Florence, Ollie, Evie and Stanley T.

Family Learning Engineering Day

Once again it was lovely to see so many families working together in a friendly but nevertheless, slightly competitive atmosphere in the school hall. Twenty six families signed up for a session and the hall was buzzing with inspiration (and perspiration) as families designed, cut, glued and modified in their attempts to build the best aircraft.

The sunny day meant it was excellent flying weather and, whilst some of the launches were a little haphazard, all of the aeroplanes managed a short flight and some traveled a considerable distance across the playground. Well done to Amelia and Thomas whose aeroplanes flew the furthest.

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came into school to work alongside their children and to Mr Grayson for organising and overseeing the day.

Sports Hall Athletics Finals

On the 3rd March 2017, 12 children from Fairhaven CE VA Primary took part in the Sports Hall Athletics Finals, part of the Norfolk School Games.

They all had to take part in two field and two track events across the day in order to jump the highest, throw the furthest or run the fastest.  The children competed well as both individuals and teams, scoring well in many of the disciplines.  We were unsure of how we were getting on as only the running events could be viewed properly and outcomes observed however they won 6 out of 8 of these!  The field events took place over several rounds and combined totals added to form the final results.

Once all the events were complete, all the competitors gathered for the final results.  As they were read out, it became clearer that we had done very well!  When 2nd position was called, it was official, we had won the Norfolk Schools Sports Hall Finals for the second year in a row!

Well done to all the competitors who not only performed superbly but showed excellent sportsmanship and support for others.  Thank you also to the parents for their help with transportation and support throughout both the qualification event and final!

Acle Cluster KS1 Multi Skills Competition

A big well done to Amelia, Zac, George H, Stanley, Rose and Willow for taking part in the Multi Skills competition at Acle Recreation Centre this Thursday.  Willow and Rose won gold medals!

Beech Class and BBC Voices

Beech Class had a fantastic trip to the BBC on Tuesday 28th February, where they edited the film they are making for the Cluster Film Festival. They had a tour of the BBC studios and the Millennium Library. The children really enjoyed this opportunity and it was a great experience for them.

Cluster TAG Rugby Festival

On the 24th February 2017, two teams travelled to Redmayne Fields (Norwich Schools Sports Ground) to take part in the Cluster TAG Rugby Festival.

Both the Year 3/4 and 5/6 teams played 6 games each with neither team losing any of them!  Both of the teams played with respect, a great deal of team spirit, enthusiasm and real determination to seal the overall victories!

Yr3/4                        Yr5/6

1st Fairhaven           1st Fairhaven (on try difference)

2nd Freethorpe        2nd Freethorpe

3rd Lingwood           3rd Cantley

Yet again, we had great parental support which definitely gave the children encouragement!  Finally, a massive well done to all those that took part, they were all a credit to themselves and the school!

On the 24th of February 2017, groups of children took part in the cluster tag rugby tournament. We played 6 games winning all of our games and the year 5/6 team won 5 drew 1. The team that was the hardest for year 3/4 was Freethorpe but after the two mistakes they made we won with a score of 6-4.  The games were tough and tight but year 3/4 won with 30 points and with just a point’s difference the 5/6 team won.  We came away with 2 trophies and gold medals all round. It was a great day and everyone came back smiling.

By Florence M and Freya W

Performance Success at the Cluster Poetry and Prose Festival

We take all of our pupils in Years 1 – 6 to this event as we think it is important to give them the opportunity to learn poems and perform them to a large audience.Every child took part in at least one of the group presentations and represented the school fantastically well.

The hard work that went into learning the words and actions, and speaking out was well rewarded because, as a school, we were awarded 7 gold and 5 silver standard certificates. Well done to everyone and thank you to all the parents who came along to support their children.


Partnership Tag Rugby

On 18th January some year 4 and 5 children went to a rugby tournament at the UEA.  There were nearly 200 children at the tournament.  As there were only 2 small schools in the tournament we automatically qualified for the finals.  During matches you had to wrap up warm, all of our hands and feet were numb.  In the end we won one, lost six and drew one.  It was a great day and we came home with a medal.

School Dinners 

Congratulations to Mrs Neave for retaining the top rating of 5 for food hygiene following a visit from Broadland Environmental Services. 

Partnership Sportshall Athletics

We competed at the Partnership Sportshall Athletics as a small school but no other small schools entered. This meant we competed against much larger schools but we still won beating the next school by more than 50 points. High school pupils helped with the event and the organiser made it fun.

There were team obstacle races and relay races. We won most of these. Everyone in the team won at least one race. We had an enjoyable morning.

Father Christmas

In spite of his very busy schedule, Father Christmas managed a visit on the afternoon of our Christmas lunch. He brought the children some exciting new play equipment for the playground and some activities for when break times have to be indoors.


Christmas Concert

Some of our budding musicians entertained their peers and parents at our end of term concert. For some of them it was their first performance in front of an audience and for all of them it can be a daunting experience. The children played confidently and the rest of the school were a fantastic audience. Thank you to our music teachers; Mr Maynard (guitar), Mr Pidgeon (piano) and Mrs Viigi (violin) who ensure the concert is a success.

At the end of the concert Mr Pidgeon was presented with a leaving gift from the school.

Nativity 2016

We were pleased to see the church packed with parents, friends and governors for our annual nativity. This year our attempts to rehearse the children were interrupted by absences as the children succumbed to the sickness bug. However, on the day they sang beautifully, spoke clearly and acted out the story enthusiastically. Thank you to all the staff who work hard to ensure the children were prepared and the costumes were ready.  Donations given in church will be sent to The Red Cross Syrian Appeal



Christmas Fayre 2016

It was good to see so many family and friends in school to support this event. The children enjoyed preparing for, and manning, the stalls in their classrooms while The Friends did a fantastic job providing refreshments, selling raffle tickets and ensuring everyone got to see Father Christmas. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this such an enjoyable and successful event. Final figures are not yet available but the afternoon should have raised about £500.

Malawi Partnership

In Malawi most children attend primary school which is free but families have to pay for secondary education so not all children are able to continue their education. For a relatively small amount (£60) a bursary can be provided to pay for a year of secondary education. We had a sum of money left from past fundraising for Malawi which we have recently sent to be used as a bursary. We are now supporting Loveness Chirwa, who is 15 and attends the Mchisu Secondary School in Dedza close to where our partner school Mtendere Primary is located. Her ambition is to train as a nurse so we look forward to hearing about her progress in the next few years. 


It was lovely to see the brightly coloured shoeboxes being brought into school during the week before the Samaritan’s Purse (Shoebox) Service at Upton Church.

These were all taken to the church and a number of our pupils were present to celebrate the first Sunday in Advent. Five children gave short presentations about filling and sending their shoebox to a child who may receive nothing else this Christmas.

Once again, than you to all the families who provided filled boxes and/or attended the service. 



Legacy Challenge

As you will have heard from your children, we are going to attempt to complete the Legacy Challenge as a school.

We will do some events at school to help you complete the different challenges and some you will have already done or will do at home. It is a fun way to  learn about being healthy and it aims to help us start making important steps to taking to looking after our own health and the health of those around us.

We look forward to meeting our Bronze, Silver, Gold and Challenge Champions!

Time and Tide Museum

Chestnut and Sycamore Class visited the Time & Tide Museum this week to Survive the Stone Age.  They went back in time and met a Stone Age hunter-gatherer. Learnt about how clothing was made from animal skins and built a shelter using birch, twine and animal skin.

Visit to St George’s Primary School

Before the visit to the Time & Tide Museum the children went to meet the children at St. George’s Primary School.  This gave them the opportunity to make new friends and learn about their families, hobbies and school life.

GR8 AS UR Fun Day
As part of our involvement in theGR8 AS UR pilot scheme, the whole school took part in a fun day on Wednesday 2nd November.The day began with a special assembly during which two people told the children about how they celebrate being different rather than seeing their differences as an obstacle to doing anything or to achieving goals in life. The children were particularly amazed by Tanyalee Davis who is a Canadian entertainer, performing all over the world, a mother, a wife and a dwarf.The next part of the day consisted of each class having a workshop session during which the children had the opportunity to collect stickers for answering correctly questions linked to the GR8 AS UR project.
Cluster Cross Country at Fairhaven 
On the final day of half term, the 21st October 2016, we hosted the annual Acle Cluster Cross Country event.  Over half of all the children in our school took part and in fact more children were on the field than actually in school that particular afternoon! All the children ran brilliantly, trying their very best and smiling as much as possible!  We were victorious in four of the six age groups winning both Year 3/4 girls and boys trophies and both Year 5/6 girls and boys trophies. Freethorpe won Year R/1/2 trophies for the boys and girls. Thank you to all the adults who helped with running club which enabled our children to be well prepared for this event. 
Cluster Netball / Basketball

This competition was held at Acle Academy where some of their pupils assisted in running and refereeing the netball games and demonstrating basketball skills. Mrs Lake took our netball club players who are well practised in the rules of High 5 Netball in which the players have to rotate the positions in which they play.The children thoroughly enjoyed the competition although they found the other teams to be stiff opposition.throughout the competition. This means every player has to demonstrate a range of netball skills.Four of our children also took part in a basketball shooting competition.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the competition although they found the other teams to be stiff opposition.throughout the competition. This means every player has to demonstrate a range of netball skills.

Four of our children also took part in a basketball shooting competition.


Cathedral Day 19th October 2016

We were very fortunate to be able to take all of our Year 3, 4 and 5 children to Norwich Cathedral to take part in the very popular Cathedral Day events. These are always over-subscribed and places have to be booked months in advance.

Before the event children prepared prayer flags some of which were read out in the cathedral. This year’s theme was understanding The Trinity and the children took part in range of activities based on the The Trinity and courage, compassion and commitment.

They were involved in singing, dancing, drama, art and discussion activities situated all around the incredible cathedral building.


Oak Class trip to Ranworth

On Wednesday morning, Oak Class hopped onto a coach and headed to Ranworth.  Once we got there, we were split into three groups.  One group did the habitat trail and got to hold skulls and stinky owl pellets.  One group went on a boat trip which was amazing and one group completed a work sheet in the conservation centre.  The groups changed round and we all had a go at the different activities.  Soon it was time to go back to school.  It was very sad  but we had a great time. Flo Taya & Zak

Chestnut Class trip to Football Festival at the UEA 

Chestnut Class went the UEA and played football on the Astro Grids. This was a Sports Partnership event and there were lots of children from other schools. We were in The Red Seven Team and played lots of short ‘ten minute’ matches’. We lost two matches and we won two so we were quite pleased. We were really hungry when we got back to school for a late lunch. Ellie and Felix

“We didn’t just do football we also did some hand ball and ball passing. It was a fun morning and I learned some more football skills.”  Ellie

“I learned how to be a better goalkeeper and that you can’t shoot from a ring in the box, on the Astroturf.”  Felix


MacMillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who came along to The Friends coffee morning in aid of MacMillan.  There was quite a lot of cake!  

School Games Silver Award

We are very pleased to have been awarded the School Games Silver Award for 2015-16.  This is a Government led scheme for schools to reward them for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

School visitors

The children had a visit from  Neil Hartley from St John’s Ambulance visited the children in assembly as part of the organisation’s campaign to ensure everyone (even children) know what they can do to help in an emergency.