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Spring 2019 Newsletter

We’ve been busy!

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Last June we celebrated our 5th Birthday with an invitation to all our ex-volunteers and current families.  Local author Joe Coates, had younger children enthralled with one of his train stories and older children dressed up and performed the poem “Jim – who was eaten by a lion” by Hillaire Belloc.  After that Pierre, who has been attending as a pupil since our very first session, blew out the candles on our birthday cake.

Kathy presented an assembly at Overdale school based on the Tortoise and the Hare story and invited pupils to try out Butterfly.

At the end of summer term we attended Eastfield Library’s fun workshop and treasure hunt around the theme of the Beano comic, which was nostalgic for some of us staff.  Arthur, our mascot dog, won the photo competition which meant lots of Beano related gifts went into our prize box.  (Children get a prize when they have collected 5 stickers for effort.)  Arthur is a wonderful addition to Butterfly as he is great for relaxing nervous first-time pupils and helps to create a friendly atmosphere conducive to learning.  He often features on our facebook feed avidly listening to story-time with the children.

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By September term we had lost some older pupils and needed to find replacements so we had an enjoyable volunteers’ lunch at MacDonalds, before leaving our fliers at the counter there and then going on to post fliers through letterboxes on the Eastfield estate, and leaving them on counters at Proudfoots and the library.

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On October 4th Kathy represented Butterfly at the launch of the National Literacy Trust’s new Literacy Hub for Scarborough area called “Our Stories”.  Here she was able to network and made contact with Richard Benstead who works for Scarborough Opportunity Area.  She was also able to invite local teacher and published poet, Catharine Boddy to visit Butterfly for a story-telling session.  This took place after Autumn half-term and musician and story-teller Tony Howson also attended .  All present thoroughly enjoyed  their energetic and fun style.

In Autumn half-term we had a special theatre trip to see Stig of the Dump at the SJT which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

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In November Pierre and  Kathy recorded a new Action appeal for Yorkshire Coast Radio.  We also had a training session for all volunteers.

In January, Amy co-ordinated a short facebook video and this has been very successful in  creating interest and has been viewed over a thousand times! Go to https://www.facebook.com/butterflyschoolscarborough/ to view it.

Finally, in February half-term, we had a very special story-telling workshop led by Catherine Boddy and her dance teacher daughter, Laura.

Thank you for your support!

 

 

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End of Year Farm Visit

 

Butterfly School has now finished for the year.

To celebrate a fantastic year, we visited Kathy Bushell’s farm and shared a good lunch. The children enjoyed pony rides and had fun looking at all the animals (and the tractor) on the farm.

Thank you to the children, their families and all our volunteers for a great year. We look forward to seeing you all – and some new faces – in September.