Dengineering Zone - we need your votes!

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We are happy to announce that Blue Coat has made it through to another Tesco 'Bags of Help' shortlist. On Wednesday 1st Feb (coincidentally Global School Play Day!) voting will open for our 'Dengineering Zone' project.

The Dengineering Zone will be a construction play zone  on a currently blank corner of the school field. Children will be able to build outdoor dens and teepee structures with wood, ropes and tarpaulins. Depending on the level of funding that we secure through the voting, the zone may also include hammocks, a slack line and a large netted climbing structure.

Any purchase in Tesco during 1st-25th Feb will get you a voting token (no minimum spend). A voting box will be located near the tills. You can vote as many times during this period as you visit the store. Voting tokens are sometimes located in a little pot near the tills for you to help yourself to (rather than staff handing them out). Don't forget to pick them up!

First prize (project with most votes) is £5000, 2nd prize £2000, third prize £1000.

You can vote using tokens in the following Tesco stores:

WOTTON UNDER EDGE EXP   GL12 7BT
CAM-DURSLEY     GL11 5LE
NAILSWORTH STROUD EXP   GL6 0DU
STROUD  GL5 4AG
STROUD CHALFORD EXP     GL6 8DE
PAGANHILL STROUD EXP    GL5 4AN
TETBURY GL8 8H
CIRENCESTER EXTRA       GL7 1NP
CIRENCESTER 1   GL7 1HW
CHESTRTN CIRNCSTR EXP   GL7 1XE 
 
The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.

Please spread the word and help the school secure some funds to continue to develop our outdoor play opportunities for young people.



 

 

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LOTCawardBlue Coat's Play Coordinator, Mrs Murray, was awarded the title of Inspiring Educator in the Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom awards last week.
Following a shortlisting of 4 by LOtC judges and then a public vote, Mrs Murray finished in first place and had her very own nerve-racking 'golden envelope' moment at the award ceremony!

A playful Christmas

antler resizeWe've had a busy final week of term. Traditional Blue Coat Christmas events, such as Christmas lunch, Christingle in the hall and class parties, have been held alongside some new festive events.
We had outdoor Christmas trees in the playground for the first time, and a pupil-led decorating session. Wood coins, willow and pine cones were creatively combined with pipe cleaners, sequins, andwhole lot of red ribbon from the Children's Scrapstore! The process was lots of creative fun, the results were spectacular!

Creating space for wildlife and play

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Over 100 native saplings were planted (provided kindly by the Woodland Trust) and three long wildflower 'rivers' were sown along blank edges of the field (seeds provided by the Grow Wild Campaign).

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

A belated Happy New Year, everyone! We've hit the ground running and lots going on in 2018 already.

10 Jan 18 at 11:00am