Our honourable friend

Former Calder House pupil to stand as MP in 2015!

Write on!

Natasha wins story writing competition!

Learning about Islam

Hamida Shaffi visits Calder House to talk about Islamic culture and her muslim faith

Once upon a time...

Pupils build a story with top children's author Christopher Hill at the Bath Literary Festival

Summer Term Leavers

We made a difference to these ones! 

Canoeing Adventure

Splashing out! Calder House goes kayaking.

Joe's Journey

Joe walks to school - from Malmesbury!!

English Speaking Board Exams

Something to SHOUT about ...our best ever results in ESB exams!

Sports Day: Summer Term 2013

Mr Day on why he felt so proud at Sports Day

The start of a journey not just a race

From "no" to "maybe" and from "maybe" to "I can" ...Mr Perks explains how at CHS our x-country race is the start of a much bigger journey


Why Calder House?


A man was walking along the beach one day. Ahead he noticed another, older man picking up a starfish that had become stranded on the sand and throwing it back into the sea.

Why do you bother?” the man asked him. “The beach goes on for miles and countless starfish get stranded every day. You can’t really make a difference.

The old man looked at the starfish in his hand and then he threw it to safety among the waves. “I can make a difference to this one,” he replied.

Countless children feel stranded at school. For some Calder House can make a real difference.

Calder House Magazine

Read all about it! Click here to download the latest issue of our school magazine showcasing work from every pupil at the school - including articles, stories, poems and interviews.

Bristol Zoo vists Calder House
Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
Report (and terrible joke) by Mr Perks:


Click here to see pictures of this fantastic two day event. 


A guy walks into a restaurant, sits down to order, and asked the waiter does he serve crayfish. The waiter says "yes". The guy says "I'll have a pizza". He points to a chair and says, "and a plate of chips for my crayfish friend here."


OUTSIDE, a watery winter Sun is trying its best to soften the hard ground.  Its white light skimming off the school barn’s slate roof, picking out the delicate-but-sharp silhouettes of our imposing trees, like filigree against the powder-blue wash of the sky.


INSIDE, there is a bristling of excitement as the team from Bristol Zoo pull – like magicians – a wild (and, so we learn, increasingly rare) British Crayfish from a water-tank, allowing each of our students to stroke the crustacean’s exoskeleton.


Watching crustacean and child’s eyes meet was a tad creepy!  Two different species staring at each other with suspecting eyes, the one not understanding the other.  As part of our collaboration with Bristol Zoo, and our work for the local environment, Calder House’s young scientists were there to learn how to do their bit to protect our native species of Crayfish.  We learned how (yet another) American species is muscling in on the British version, stealing its food and homes.  We learned the importance of cleaning our wellies after visiting local rivers (the American Crayfish carries a fungal contamination, the spores of which remain alive-and-well in the mud on our boots).


BUT, there was more to it than that.


I think – if we’re honest about it – that, at first, we all kind of thought the crayfish a wee bit . . . well . . . ugly.  There, I said it!!  HOWEVER, by the end of the session with Bristol Zoo, something had changed.  We all had not only a sympathy for it’s (very real) battle against extinction, but a better appreciation of its strange beauty.  On opening the blind, Oliver described the crustacean’s exoskeleton as being, ‘. . . like bronze armour, gleaming in the sunlight.’ 




Of course, I was impressed – initially –with the descriptive language some of our children use, and the love-of-words this clearly demonstrated.  But, then, I realised that Oliver’s words suggested something more.  An appreciation of the crayfish that he certainly had NOT had when he first set eyes upon it.  Calder House’s young scientists did not just leave that lesson with a pitying affection for a species that we have actually observed in local streams and rivers (the last one we spotted when on a wildlife walk at Motcombe Farm!).  Nor did we JUST leave with a better understanding of food chains and predator-prey relationships, but we learned to engage - as more caring citizens – with our local, natural, environment. 


Responsibility for the future of our local streams and rivers belongs to children, and – at Calder House – there is the expectation that our students will rise to the challenge.

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