11 September 2015
The children have really enjoyed getting back in to a full week this week with activities starting and a full timetable of lessons. As always, the children have adapted quickly and are full of energy and enthusiasm for each lesson and activity.
Congratulations to all our student councillors who have been chosen to represent their class for next term. I look forward to meeting you all next Wednesday at our first Student Council Meeting. Student Councillors: 1D-Isabelle 1W-Sara 2M-Alex 3J-Joshua 3M-Emma
4D-Elizabeth 4S-Hamdaan 5H-Zara 5M-Amelia 6H-Manahil and George
Out and About
I really wanted to see how our Reception Classes were doing this week in their first full week at primary school. As I walked into the classroom I had to do a double-take and make sure I wasn’t in a Year 1 or 2 class. RD were just starting a French lesson with Mrs Morrice. They were all sitting around the whiteboard listening intently to what she had to say. The children were taking it in turns to say ‘Bonjour!’ to Mrs Morrice. Anoush said, ‘Bonjour Madame Morrice!’ very clearly before being followed by Luca and Lily who both said it with confidence. The class all then said ‘Bonjour!’ together before Mrs Morrice asked them to say ‘Salut!’ and wave which she explained was another way of saying hello. The children were loving the interaction and taking it in turns to take centre stage. Moin then said, ‘What about bye-bye? When will we do that?’ Hiba answered straight away saying, ‘When we leave.’ The pupils then had to welcome each other. I watched Hiba say, ‘Bonjour Haya!’ and Haya returned the greeting beautifully. The children’s next task was to make a finger puppet with which they could greet people. They all jumped up straight away, all saying ‘Bonjour! Bonjour!’ over and over again and got busy.
I then went next door to RF. Sophie, Thomas and Eliza were captivated with an IT program, following instructions to paint different animals. I asked Eliza if you could use different colours, to which she promptly replied, ‘Yes! You can do that!’ before proceeding to show me. I moved on to watch Jaya and Bethan painting pictures of castles and Bethan said that she had visited a castle in the holidays and Jaya said she had enjoyed her trip to Cyprus in the holidays. The children tidied up for snack time. Joshua came up and told me what he had tidied up and also showed me that he had mastered how to use a whiteboard.
The children were incredibly relaxed in both classrooms, enjoying each other’s company and exploring the activities. You definitely wouldn’t have realised it was their first full week at school.
I can’t wait to come back to see you later in the term and see what you are all up to!
Jumpers and Cardigans
Please could we make sure that all children have a named jumper (boys) or cardigan (girls) in school. It is part of the school uniform and it keeps them looking smart (no shirt tails hanging out!) and feeling warm during the autumn and winter months. All boys except Year 6 should be wearing shorts until half-term
We still have lots of lost property from last term at the back of the Dining Hall. This will be the last week it is available before it is donated to the school shop.
HPPTA Film Night
Next Friday, 18 September, is the first HPPTA film night of the year. The film being shown is Cinderella and tickets are available from the office at £5 each.
New Parents’ Coffee Morning
Our new parents’ coffee morning is next Friday after drop off. Invitations have been sent to all new parents who have joined us this term.
Juniors who are not picked up at the end of the day go to the homework room. Please sign them out from there from the teacher on duty.
Dates for Next Week
Tuesday 15th Year 5 Curriculum Evening 6.30pm.
Friday 18th New Parents’ Coffee Morning
HPPTA Film night
RD: Evie RF: William 1D: Lameesa 1W: Sam 2M: Hashbala
3J: Joshua 3M: Abdullah 4D: Apala 4S: James 5H: Faheema 5M: Clare 6H: Hannah
Monitor of the week: Hassan
Thought for the Week
(from Friday night’s film: Cinderella)
Have courage and be kind.
J M Duke