There are two 'Uke' Groups- one for the beginners and an advanced group. The 'beginners' are keen and enthusiastic and have worked hard on C, F, G7, Am chords . They have already learnt several 'rock n' roll' songs and are now focused on Christmas songs.
The advanced group know about fifteen chords including the infamous Bb, which is really tricky. Both groups will play in the Christmas Concert on 19th December which I am really looking forward to.
Another really enjoyable evening last Friday. The quality of the shots are improving and more children have mastered the basic finger technique. Many can use the thumb shot effectively and Marco is an expert with the power-shot. In the New Year we will pick a team to take on Northgate High School. They have a club and are looking for opponents.
Carmen has stretched her lead with Holly, Ben and Cameron in hot pursuit. Joel and Charlie picked up extra points for super shots and Emily bagged a couple of extras for quality play and sporting behaviour. Can't wait until next Friday.
Another good evening at the Carrom Club. There was some stiff competition amongst the players, with some remarkable shots. One piece was seen to roll around the board twice before pirouetting several times on the brink of a pocket, before deciding to go in. This provoked elation from one side and muted admiration from the other. Another piece flew off the board due to the raw power of the flick. This reminded me of the shot that resulted in Hamzah's mum having to duck swiftly to avoid being struck, at the Carrom Evening last year.
This week also saw the appearance a mum who arrived early and ended up playing a game. After some instruction from Mr Button she demonstrated real ability.
At the moment the leader board has Carmen and Cameron scrapping it out for first place.
Lucy, Zander, and Danny picked up the 'Player of the Match' points this week.
Mr Button, despite a much improved performance this week, has yet to score. Better luck next week!
French Club runs every Tuesday lunchtime and lots of enthusiastic year 4 linguists come to practice their French! These photos were both taken in Jigsaw Week, when we had lots of fun playing with all the French jigsaws. More photos to follow later in the term!
Yes-it's back- Carrom. When the light goes away and the footballers cannot see the ball, we move inside to play Carrom.
Carrom is a game that has been played throughout India and South East Asia but it has become increasingly popular throughout much of the rest of the world. We have been playing it here for the last three years. The children compete in a league in order to become club champion. Last year it was Sam Radley.
At the end of the season, there is a 'Carrom Evening' where the children bring along an adult and play as a pair. Last year's winning pair were Carmen and her Dad.
The children take the game very seriously. We set the hall up like an old fashioned whist drive and the children play three, fifteen minute games. They play to win but in a very sporting manner.
After the first session Cameron, Carmen and Holly have moved into an early lead. Alex, Charlie, Grace, Molly and Zoe picked up extra points for some great shots and sporting behaviour. Sadly this cannot be said of Mr Button- he introduced the game to Mrs Higgins, gloated over his own shots and was heard to chuckle at the quality of his opponents’. Needless to say his score at the end of the evening was zero.