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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 1st December, 2017

Dec 4, 2017

1 December 2017

Dear Parents


 6P Assembly

Thank you Year 6 for your assembly on Gifts and Talents. We enjoyed the start of the assembly where you talked about your talents and used the titles as acronyms to describe what you need to succeed. One of your examples was music:

M is for motivation

U is for unwavering

S is for success

I is for inspiration

C is for commitment.

You then told the story of The Fox and the Crow (one of Aesop’s fables) to illustrate the message of your assembly. I really enjoyed the acting which helped clearly to explain the story. The final part of the assembly talked about the start of advent and also other festivals that happen at this time of year. The assembly finished with the message, ‘Our talents are our gifts to the world. The greatest present we can give is to share our presence with others and bring light wherever we go by using our talents well.’

Thank you, 6P for an excellent assembly and thank you Mrs Prince for organising it.


Out and About with Year 3 HPSED

I popped in to watch Year 3’s HPSED lesson this week. Nadia explained to me that they had been given a selection of poems to choose from and then learn off by heart in preparation for their HPSED exam. This was the second lesson and they were working on targets that they had been given by Mrs Duke last week. Neelesh performed his poem first and he had been working on adding actions to bring his poem to life. He particularly enjoyed performing the line, ‘Dad went bananas!’ throwing his arms into the air with great expression. His target for next week was to progress onto learning his poem by heart so that he could perform without the sheet. Rohan performed the poem, ‘What For?’ which he had learnt off by heart. This enabled him to add lots of expression and movement to illustrate his poem. His target for next week was to look at his audience. Nadia was up next, performing a poem she had chosen herself: ‘School Kids Rap.’ The poem really flowed with great rhythm as she delivered each line very clearly. Isabelle performed the poem ‘A Big Fat Cat,’ which she had already performed for an examination outside of school. She used her voice really well, altering the pitch and moving her arms in a big circle to help the audience picture the big fat cat. Macaulay was up next with the poem, ‘Bubble Wrap’. He read the poem very clearly with lots of control and expression and at a good pace. Finally, I watched Genevieve perform the poem, ‘What For!’ This is a tricky poem with a good play on words and two distinct voices. She really brought the two characters to life with her facial expressions and actions. I am sure, with a bit more work, they will all do incredibly well in their HPSED examination in the coming weeks. Thank you Year 3 for entertaining me on Thursday morning.


Sporting Achievement

Congratulations to Matthew, in 6P, who was awarded Player of the Season for Lancashire Cricket under 10s at an awards ceremony last weekend. A fantastic achievement, well done!


Year 4 Netball v Oakhill

Well done to all the Year 4 girls who represented school in their first ever netball match on Tuesday against Oakhill. They lost one match and won one match with every girl really enjoying her first away fixture and conducting herself beautifully. They were a pleasure to take to the fixture. Well done girls! Mrs Parsons.


Woodwind Lessons

On Monday, Mrs Adewale, our new woodwind teacher, presented an assembly to the children.  She teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone and recorder.  If your child is interested in learning one of these instruments please collect a form from the office.


Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all the parents and children who supported the Scholastic Book Fair. The school receives commission from the money raised which we are able to spend on books in school. Last year we were able to buy four new sets of class readers which is a wonderful thing for all the children to enjoy. The money raised this year will buy further books for the school library and classrooms.


Rock FM Mission Christmas Appeal

We are still collecting for this appeal. Gifts are needed for all ages but there was a shortage for the older children (7+) last year. Please drop off unwrapped gifts at the office. Many thanks for your support.


Christmas Decorations

The School is looking very festive, thank you to Mrs Bradley and the PTA for coming in today to put up the decorations.


Dates for the Diary:

Next week is the last week of sports clubs.

Pre-School Christmas Show 9am Thursday

Celebration Assembly on Friday.


Merit Awards

RD: Omer  RJ: Tabitha  1W: Lola  2D: Amber  2E: Leo

3H: Aadi  3M: Tim  4S: Hamza  5D: Eryk  5M: Joshua D  6H: Grace  6P: The Whole Class

Monitors of the week: Daniel and Faatimah


Thought for the Week

Genius is talent set on fire by courage. Henry Van Dyke


Yours sincerely


J M Duke


Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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