Blue Peter Badge Joy

Derby Grammar School | 15 Jun 2018 | Top News Story | ISC Icon
Derby Grammar Junior School boys love Blue Peter. So they put their heads together to come up with ways to win one of the coveted Blue Peter badges.
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Blue Peter badge winners

Derby Grammar Junior School boys love Blue Peter. So they put their heads together to come up with ways to win one of the coveted Blue Peter Badges.

As a group they decided to write a poem, story or create a labelled picture about a subject they love.

With the support of Year 5 teacher, Mrs Hamilton, 26 pupils submitted their entry, along with a 50 word letter that explained why they felt they deserved a badge and what it would mean to them.

There’s never a guarantee of a Blue Peter badge, so they were waiting on tenterhooks to find out if they had been successful. So how delighted they all were when, eight weeks later a letter and badge from Blue Peter arrived on their doorstep. They are now being proudly displayed on their shirts or blazers.

Twins Danny and Alex are both aged 10 and in Year 5 at Derby Grammar School. Alex explained that as well as his 50 word letter he chose to write a poem. He said: “My poem was called What lies beneath the ground and it was inspired by recent a visit with my family to the Jurassic coast.”

Danny added: “It was really exciting when we got the letter from Blue Peter and the badge through the post. Alex had opened his first and mum told him not to say anything so it didn’t spoil the surprise for me.”

Mrs Hamilton added: “All of the boys worked on their submissions themselves. Their work was fantastic and a real joy to read.

They all clearly love the programme and it was wonderful to see the excitement on their faces when they brought their badges in to school.”

About Derby Grammar School

Derby Grammar School is Derbyshire’s leading independent day school for boys aged 4 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18.  Our Primary School, Senior School and co-educational Sixth Form are housed in a stunning setting within our own grounds in Littleover, Derby.

Three principles lie at our core: excellent teaching, incredible opportunities, and a supportive, friendly atmosphere.  These are the things that make us special.  And they are the reasons our pupils come into school each day with a smile, eager to learn and expand their minds.

We strive to ‘bring education to life’. The enthusiasm of our teachers sparks excitement and interest for curious minds. We create an environment where our pupils’ strengths are sought out and celebrated. Our small size enables us to do this; we know and treat each child as an individual.

Academic success can be seen each year in the excellent GCSE and A level results our pupils achieve. But an education at Derby Grammar School goes much deeper.

Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities provide an excellent basis to further develop the personal skills and interests of each of our boys. Activities include clubs, trips, competitions, concerts, plays, visits and sporting fixtures. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is run throughout the school, and our charitable work is central to building the character of our pupils.

Derby Grammar School pupils emerge as confident, knowledgeable and considerate individuals who are ready, willing and more than able to take on life’s challenges – and succeed.

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