School Year 2016-2017
Aladdin and Pineapple Studios
On Thursday 29th June 2017 a small group of children had the experience of a lifetime - a dance and music workshop at the world famous Pineapple Studios in London followed by the West End performance of Aladdin!
Fourteen very excited members of Merton choir, art and dance clubs boarded a coach at 9.00am bound for London. On the way we passed many famous buildings and landmarks in the capital - the London Eye, Tate Britain, MI6 building, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The Shard and the Chelsea Embankment to name but a few!
Once at Pineapple Studios the children were introduced to their artistic coaches, Jennifer and Natasha, who taught them the opening song - 'Arabian Nights' and dance to Aladdin which they performed with great enthusiasm.
After a short break for lunch we headed across the city to The Prince Edward Theatre for our matinee performance. Aladdin was a spectacular feast of sound, colour and special effects that left the children amazed.
Thank you Mrs James
Basingstoke Schools KS1 Football Competition
On Friday 28th April 2017 Merton Infant School took part in the Basingstoke Schools KS1 Football Competition at the Brighton Hill Power League pitches.
Fourteen teams had entered the competition which was run in a 'round robin' for the preliminary stages, before progressing to the 'knock out' rounds.
After coming top in their group Merton Infants had a 'bye' straight into the quarter finals.
Triumphant in the quarter finals the eight excited boys stormed through to the semi-finals, cheered on by Miss Whitney, Mrs Beard and some vocal parents who were able to attend, all braving the rain.
After superb performances by all the boys, Merton found themselves in the final against Rucstall!
And so it began...... Merton were quick off the mark scoring an opening goal within a matter of seconds 1-0 ...... followed by another a couple of minutes later 2-0.
The action began to settle down in the middle section of the match until Albie suffered a tackle which left him rolling in agony on the astroturf!! A quick substitution was made so the game could continue....
Amazing goal keeping skills by Adam kept the score sheet unchanged until the closing minutes when Rucstall managed to find the back of the net 2-1.
Fully recovered Albie made a dramatic return to the pitch in time for the final whistle.
HURRAH Merton 2 - 0 Rucstall Final score
Phil Jeffs, who organised the event then presented a triumphant Merton Team with the winning trophy.
The boys were 'over the moon' with their performances and were greeted by an ecstatic Mrs James upon their return to school.
On Friday 31st March Merton Infant School had an 'Italian Day' as part of our on going commitment in 'Celebrating Cultures'.
Children were encouraged to dress in Red, White and Green clothing and were treated to an Italian themed menu of Pizza or Pasta Bolognaise. They also had the opportunity to make Pizzas in their classes.
All the activities for the day were based on an Italian Theme - so check out some of our photos!
Spring into Reading Evening
On Tuesday 28th March Miss Smith hosted another fantastic reading evening - 'Spring into Reading'
The event was extremely well attended and all the children and adults were able to enjoy the activities laid on by the staff. The parents were also able to gain valuable knowledge and skills to help their child with reading and phonics.
Refreshments were provided by FOMs.
Whole School trip
On Monday 13th March 2017, 247 excited children and 53 adults set off for a whole school trip to the INTECH Discovery Centre (Winchester Science Centre).
It was a beautiful, sunny day as the three coaches began their journey.
Below are some of the photographs taken that day of the children exploring and getting very 'hands on' with all the different activities and experiments.
It certainly looks like fun was had by all (children and adults alike!)
School Choir performing at Tesco
On Monday 12th December, the Merton Infant School Choir caught an early bus and travelled to Tesco, Chineham to perform a selection of Christmas songs in the foyer for parents and shoppers alike.
The children were very excited and we even had an impromptu rehearsal standing waiting for the bus, much to the delight of the other passengers.
The children all sang their hearts out and a staggering amount of £77.00 was raised for the Tesco Toy Box appeal.
School Year 2015-2016 Memories
The Lion King and Pineapple Studios
On Wednesday 6th July 2016 some children from Year 2 went on amazing trip to London to attend a workshop at The Pineapple Studios followed by watching The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.
Our day started with the children watching a special DVD that had been sent to us showing the 'making of' and 'behind the scenes' of The Lion King.
With their appetites whetted, 12 very excited children took their seats on the minibus as we set off on the journey.
The River Thames, Houses of Parliament, The London Eye and BIG Ben were just some of the sights to greet us as we entered the capital.
Eventually we arrived at The Pineapple Studios with 5 mins to spare before our session.
We were met by Amy and Jennifer at the studios who took us to one of their studios where they told the children they would be learning the dance and song to the opening scene of The Lion King!!
Gradually, they were taught how to move like birds, wildebeest, zebras and gazelles before learning the opening words...
'Ingonyama nengwe namabala' (a lion and a leopard come to this open place)
and finally putting it all together with the music......they were all magnificent!
At last it was time for the main event. After a short journey in the bus we arrived at The Lyceum Theatre ready to take our seats. The whole place was buzzing with excitement as we climbed to the Royal Circle and found our places. The lights dimmed and the music began..............IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! Some of the children were literally on the edge of their seats with excitement and singing along to the songs.
All too soon it was finished and we began our journey back to Basingstoke.
It was a long day but everyone (staff included) had so much fun.
Christmas Dinner Day
On Tuesday 15th December the children and staff at Merton Infant School all enjoyed a fantastic Christmas dinner cooked by the school's amazing kitchen staff.
Tables were laid with red and white cloths and each child had a cracker to pull. The children also had fun making party hats and place mats for their dinner.
With Christmas music playing softly in the background the children and lunchtime supervisors were served their dinners by Mrs James, Miss Smith and the class teachers, LSAs and Admin staff.
Have a look at all the fun we had!