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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 26th December, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

26 January 2018

Dear Parents

5D Assembly
Thank you 5D for an excellent assembly about Extreme Earth; a subject you have been studying in class recently. The assembly started with five teams representing: climate, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes and the water cycle. They gave us a fascinating insight into our extreme earth. It was clear that this subject had caught their attention as their accounts were clear and vivid and packed with interesting facts. The class then used the words OUR EXTREME EARTH to create a very effective acrostic poem. 5D finished with a song about the weather and the water cycle. Thank you 5D and Mr Drake for an excellent assembly. I know that the subject has really sparked your imagination and has led to some very interesting and creative games in the playground.

Out and About with 5M
5M has been working on the same topic as 5D this week. Daisy explained that they have been writing acrostics based on extreme weather. Josh explained that to prepare for the poems they had discussed the topic as a class and looked at pictures of lightning, floods and blizzards. Kavya explained that they had also been discussing volcanoes and the difference between the terms active, dormant and extinct. Beth said that an active volcano can erupt at any time and Aishah said it has also erupted within the last 10,000 years. Omar explained that a dormant volcano is one which has not erupted in the last 10,000 years but may still do so. Josh said that an extinct volcano is one that has not erupted and is not expected to. Ayesha and Eva explained that the class had been writing acrostic poems, trying to make them onomatopoeic and including personification, alliteration, metaphors and similes. The children had a very clear understanding of the task in hand and the poems below are just a selection of the great work produced by 5M in this lesson. I am sure you all agree they are very impressive!

Acrostic Poems: Extreme Earth
Vicious vile volcanoes destroy everything in their path
Obliterating everyone who dares to confront them
Lava pouring from his tall snarling dangerous head
Civilians desperately running for their lives
Ash pouring in the earth’s life-sustaining atmosphere
Nearly 2000 years ago Vesuvius erupted
On its road for destruction of our precious lives by Aditya

Venom, shoots from a sinister snake,
Or water from a friendly fountain.
Let me ask for my pitiful sake,
Can you shadow the tallest mountain?
All your mighty magma shimmers from your spout,
Never with the tiniest care.
Oh, your volcano will frighten, before a human gives a shout! by Ayesha

Vooming vile volcanoes surround the world.
Outstanding flames illuminate the atmosphere.
Lava leaves the volcanoes head.
Cruel chemicals will fill the air.
As you lift your head ash fills the sky.
Nothing can stop the volcano from erupting.
Orange lava shoots from the volcano. BOOM! by Sophia

Violent extreme magma spits out from its hideaway
Only murders innocent creatures
Lave splatters across the land burns it all down
Catastrophe shudders through the land
Active lava splats through the air: boom!
None can escape this terrible beast,
Only the volcano can stop itself by Sasha

Vile volcano erupting with flames.
Ominous trouble coming closer and closer
Lava spitting out from the volcanoes
Ceaseless volcanoes annoying everyone
Active volcanoes bursting out
Never ending sparks of fire by Zainab

‘The Wind in the Willows’ at The Charter Theatre
Tickets are selling fast! Be sure to get yours by visiting The Charter Theatre Box Office. Performance Date: Tuesday 6th February at 6:30pm.
Year Four - Please remember to return your slips to school to say that you will be attending our Sunday Rehearsal from 12-4pm on Sunday 4th February. Thank you! Mrs Duke

Break-time Snacks
Please could break-time snacks be brought into school in small plastic containers rather than plastic bags for safety reasons. Thank you.

Sporting News
Congratulations to the boys who competed in the Preston Schools’ Football Tournament. They were very competitive in all the games and really enjoyed the experience.

All the Year 5 and 6 boys travelled to Preston Grasshoppers on Wednesday for a rugby contact training session on their 4G surface. This was excellent preparation for their big outing next week to St. Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst, where many of the boys will be playing their first game of contact rugby.

You will be receiving a slip in your child’s school bag requesting help and support for our PTA. We would be grateful if you could fill these in and send them back to school. There will be a short meeting on Monday morning at drop off. It would be great to see lots of you there. Mrs Bradley

Merit Awards
RD: Ariana RJ: Ali 1W: Naina 2D: Joshua 2E: Moin
3H: Ibraheem 3M: Hasan 4S: Saimah 5D: The Whole Class 5M: Aditya 6H: Ahmed 6P: Apala
Monitor of the week: Faatimah

Thought for the Week
Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. Stephen Covey

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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