Welcome Back!

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Welcome back to school, we hope you have had a restful break and enjoy your first day back!

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St George’s Day

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Today is St George’s Day- the Patron Saint of England.

 

The medieval legend of St George and the dragon is over a thousand years old. The tale goes that the dragon made it’s nest by the fresh water spring near the town of Silene in Libya. When people came to collect water, they inadvertently disturbed the dragon and so offered sheep as a distraction.

After time, there were simply no sheep left to offer the dragon and so the people of Silene decided to chose a maiden from the town by drawing lots. When the results were read, it was revealed that the princess was to be the dragon’s next victim. Despite the Monarch’s protest his daughter Cleolinda was offered to the dragon…

However, at the moment of offering, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion. St George dismounted and drew his sword, protecting himself with the sign of the cross. He fought the dragon on foot and managed to slay the beast and saved the princess. The people of Silene were exceptionally grateful and abandoned their pagan beliefs to convert to Christianity.

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National Picnic Day

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Today is National Picnic Day- let’s hope the weather is fine!

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Arrrghh… We’ll be seein’ ya me hearty!

On this day in 1782, famous female pirate Anne Bonny passed away- she famously sailed with notorious pirate ‘Calico Jack’ between 1718 and 1720, near the Caribbean.

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Happy Birthday Your Majesty

Today will be Queen Elizabeth II official birthday- did you know she has 2 birthdays, this is because she has an official birthday in April and her second birthday is in Summer? This was so she could celebrate it with her family and not during the busier months of work at the Palace.

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Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble

On this day in 1611, the first performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’ was performed at The Globe Theatre.

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Land ahoy!

On this day in 1770, British explorer Captain Cook first sighted land, which is nowadays known as Australia.

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A legend passes on

On this day in 1955, scientist Albert Einstein passed away.

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National Haiku Poem Day

Today is National Haiku Poem Day.

“Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. A Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

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Easter Sunday

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Today is Easter Sunday- according to the Bible, today is the day Jesus rose from the dead (resurrection).

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