Gilwell trip – Day 4

Today was one of our busiest days, packed with three full activities, more new arrivals and a final night movie time with popcorn!

In the morning, children were excited to welcome Mofsina and Ruth to the lodges. Over the day they’ve enjoyed supporting groups with a range of activities.

Some of activity highlights included bullseye after bullseye in the archery and rock climbing races (including between the adults – unlucky Alex who was beaten by Anisha!).

It was fantastic to see the looks of triumph on children’s faces after conquering their fears and learning a new skill. Meanwhile, groups learned orienteering by following maps and gathering clues (despite George briefly leading his group round in circles!)

At dinner, we sat down to filling burgers with chips and salad. After eating we gave a well deserved round of applause and three cheers for the hard working kitchen staff who had kept us fuelled with such delicious food and always with a smile.

The day finished with a relaxed movie night and children brought sleeping bags to the hall. We enjoyed “The Incredibles” along with a snack of warm popcorn.

Looking forward to seeing all our families tomorrow and sharing our stories with you all!

October 10, 2019 at 23:19 1 comment

Gilwell trip – Day 3

Another unforgettable day over at Gilwell!

Day three began with beans on toast and cereal for breakfast followed by thorough room inspections. Points were added for creative, humorous and entertaining welcomes (of which there were many!) We all completed one activity in the morning as more children had the chance to defy gravity on the 3G swing and others cooked up a storm making pizzas in the forest. Lunch was a calm affair as children enjoyed a mixture of sandwiches and crisps.

After lunch, we completed another activity, climbing to dizzying heights on the climbing wall and working together to solve team building problems. As the weather held out, we took the short walk to the hill to take in the incredible view and catch up with friends from different lodges. Before heading back to the lodge, children visited the Gilwell shop, filled with unusual toys (light-up teeth?!) and spent their spending money on gifts for their families.

The evening began with sausages and mash in a rich gravy accompanied with a mixture of fresh vegetables. This was rounded off with an indulgent chocolate cake! On our return to the lodges we had the exciting surprise to find two very special guests: Monica and Muslimah from school. Children enthusiastically shared some of their experiences and gave our guests a tour.

All day, Alex had been weather-watching, hoping the clouds would clear and finally we could enjoy a campfire together. At 7pm, the news came through – the campfire was happening! Taking our places around the fire, George and Alex led a selection of classic singalongs (including “Bungalow”!) Monica ended the experience with a story about the magic of campfires. – Paul

October 10, 2019 at 00:20 1 comment

Gilwell trip – Day 2

After a good night’s sleep, both lodges woke up to a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast with lots of tasty cereal. We have had an action packed second day at Gilwell with lots of exciting activities. Shaz was amazing throwing the Tomahawks with her crazy skills, some of the year 6 children were brave enough to go 15 crates high while others conquered their fear of heights, reaching the top of the climbing wall. Lunch was amazing as we had cheese and tuna baguettes followed by delicious cookies and jam doughnuts. Mmmmmmm. After dinner we headed back to our lodges and had an evening filled with quizzes, games and a mug of hot chocolate before bedtime.

October 8, 2019 at 22:35 2 comments

Gilwell trip – Day 1

Hello everyone! It’s year 6 here!

We said our farewells at school and arrived at Gilwell safely. Excited children made their beds and had lunch before their first activity. The rain didn’t stop the children’s excitement as they threw axes, climbed walls, swung up high and much more! Dinner was delicious and all allergies were catered for so no child missed out on dessert (very important part of the day!) After a film night, the children went off to their rooms for their first night away. Will they, or won’t they sleep?!

We will be updating the blog every evening so keep checking the Ben Jonson website for stories and photos of the children having a fantastic time.

October 7, 2019 at 20:47 9 comments

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Another successful Macmillan Coffee Morning. Thank you to everyone at Ben Jonson for the marvellous contributions and kind donations all in aid of this worthy cause.

The total sum raised will be announced next Friday, but more importantly, the winner of the Bake Off (which was a baking competition between the staff) will be announced on Monday. We’re a very kind and competitive school. – Shaz

A massive thank you to Shaz who hosted this amazing event for all our staff, who not only enjoyed all these lovely treats but helped to support Shaz raising money. Curious to find out our school star baker. Watch this space!


September 27, 2019 at 14:40 Leave a comment

Seaside Trip 2019


To celebrate the fantastic year we have had at Ben Jonson Primary School we went to Chalkwell beach on Thursday 11th July. This trip was to honour the hard work and support of our parents and families as well as the joy of children who attend Ben Jonson.

We would like to thank Ocean Regeneration Trust for funding this trip which allowed us to travel by coach.  This was a great opportunity for parents and staff to come together to celebrate their child’s achievement. This was our way of saying thank you to the children, parents and staff for working together as a team.

We also had the pleasure of having Lynne Roberts (Vice Chair of Governors) join us in our celebration. The day was filled with lots of fun and laughter from both adults and children all ages. We had a feast with samosas, biryani and brownies as well as lots of other delicious food items.

All families had the opportunity to build their own sandcastles and paper boats. Children then took their paper boats to the paddling pool for a boat race which was incredible to see as they were all very competitive!  It was wonderful to see everybody work together as a team.

The trip ended on a high as we surprised everyone with a medal to celebrate their hard work and achievement! We had a great time and hope to do this again next year!

– Shireena

July 15, 2019 at 15:15 Leave a comment

Summer Fair 2019

Can I thank all parents and children for spending so much money this year at the Summer Fair! There was a wonderful range of activities, food and entertainment which made for a very colourful scene.

It was great to see some of our parents contributing to food stalls and adding to the general excitement of the afternoon. We were blessed with lovely weather which made for great photos that I am sure you will all enjoy.

Thanks also to all the staff at Ben Jonson for making it such a success. Due to everybody’s contributions we made a staggering £1500  in just 1 hour!

The money raised will be spent on playground equipment for children to make sure they are having the best possible playtimes and lunchtimes. Enjoy the summer! – Charlie

Bring on Summer Fair 2020!!!

July 12, 2019 at 11:49 Leave a comment

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