Headteacher’s Newsletter – 9th December 2016
The end of term is just under two weeks away, and the children are still working very hard to learn lines for next week’s Christmas Nativity performance. The Dragon’s Apprentice Team from Year 5 – the News Warriors, continue to raise money for their chosen charity and you have all helped to raise over £1000 for the Karibyu Nyambani Welcome Home Ministries. Thank you so much. Year 5 made the trip to Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon to take part in the annual carol concert organised by the Catholic Children’s Society and sang beautifully. Year 4 enjoyed their Roman day workshops and Year 5 had just as much fun at today’s Greek workshops. This Sunday we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, the third week of Advent; it is a time to rejoice knowing that Christ will soon be with us once again in the form of a baby.
The Word of the Week is: CHRIST – Without Christ in our lives what would happen? Christ is at the centre of all that we do, He is our inspiration; the one who helps and strengthens us. As the cardinal told us earlier in the week – Jesus Loves Me Very Much. But how do we love Jesus in return?
Advent Mass – It was lovely to see so many children and families coming together to celebrate as a community at our annual advent mass. Thank you to everyone who took part in the beautiful liturgy.
27 Mile Challenge – We managed to raise just over £1000 which is an incredible achievement. You ran, swam, cycled, walked, scooterd and trained to complete your challenge. The money will be sent through to the charity over the next week and will be used to support the needs of the orphans who are cared for by the Welcome Home Ministries. WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU! Tim Stevens from the Karibyu Nyambani charity has confirmed that he will be at Monday morning’s assembly to collect the donation and to share with the school some of the work the charity undertakes for the orphans. Please make every effort to attend.
Workshops – The school was taken over by Greeks and Romans this week. Children from Year 4 and 5 took part in a series of workshops that helped them to deepen their understanding of these two very influential ancient civilisations. Dressed in head to toe in togas and chitons the children looked amazing. We hope that you enjoyed the activities children and that the fruits of your learning will be taken through in to your topic work.
Brass Instrument Concert – It was good to see so many of our children showcasing their talents with the school at Thursday morning’s assembly. They played with confidence and their performance really showed that practice does pay off. Congratulations and thank you children.
PTA News Tea Towels – they have arrived! They will be on sale at the Junior school in the dining room before assembly on Monday morning and at the cake sale on Friday after school. They will be available from the Infant school before all KS1 performances. Get in quick! This is not an annual activity. We only produce the tea-towels every three to four years. If you have pre-ordered the tea-towels will come home with your child next week.
Christmas Cake Sale – Friday December 16th after school in the dining room. We are not holding Class cake sales this year so please, bakers from all years, send in some of your fabulous home baked, festive creations to make this a bumper cake sale.
Festive Dress Up Day – Tuesday December 20th. Pay £1 and come dressed in your Christmas jumper or other festive finery.
Easy Fundraising – Register Now! There are currently 64 people registered with easyfundraising. Between them they have raised over £490 for the school – just by purchasing online from websites such as John Lewis, Amazon and Argos. It would be fantastic if we could have over 100 people registered by Christmas. Go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ssaspta to register and then make sure you activate a donation when you shop. It is the simplest way to support the PTA. Thank you.
Coding Club – Coding Club has finished for the year and will recommence in the Spring term. Thank you to Mr Shallcross and Mrs Layne for helping to organise and run this very exciting club.
House Points – Congratulations to the children of John who were this week’s winners with 606 points.
2nd Place – Mark 587 points
3rd Place – Matthew 570 points
4th Place – Luke 566 points
LAST WEEK WE BURNT 1100 KWH OF ENERGY. THIS WAS A DECREASE OF 36 KWH FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. CAN YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU DID TO HELP LOWER THIS FIGURE? CAN WE REDUCE THIS FIGURE EVEN MORE?
Attendance – Congratulations to Class 3 who had the best attendance this week with 96%
2nd Place – Class 2 and Class 6 – 95.4%
3rd Place – Class 7 – 95.1%
Future Dates – Thursday 15th December – Christmas Performance in the Church at 7:00pm CHILDREN TO BE IN THEIR SEATS AT 6:40PM AT THE EARLIEST
Friday 16th December – Pyjama and Movie Day
Monday 19th December – Children’s Christmas Dinner Day
Tuesday 20th December – Children’s Class Parties
CHILDREN MAY WEAR THEIR CHRISTMAS JUMPERS AND OTHER DECORATIONS FOR THE LAST WEEK OF TERM
WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER – SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY AT 1:30PM
BIG QUESTION – “If I hit a triangle once, is that music? What if I hit it a million times?”
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCvz7uflMIU
Thoughts Before Christmas
“Don’t be thinking of Christmas yet –
we haven’t reached December.”
Well that’s what people tell me.
But why? Don’t they remember
two thousand years have passed
since Jesus came down to this earth?
So I shall give my whole life long
to celebrate his birth.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!