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Headmaster's News, Friday 13th December, 2019

Dec 13, 2019

School News

What a wonderful Nativity our Reception and Infant children produced on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening! The quality of the performance for children of such a young age was quite incredible. They sang and spoke with great confidence and poise and, as an audience, we really felt part of the show. Thank you to Mrs Jones, Ms Eccles, Mrs Street and all the Infant and Reception staff for producing a fantastic show. Well done!

5H Assembly
Thank you 5H for your very interesting assembly on Friday all about how Christians celebrate Christmas around the world. We learnt so many facts, including: ‘The British Post Office expects to handle over 100 million cards each day at this time of year’; ‘Latvians believe that Father Christmas brings presents on each of the 12 days of Christmas, starting on Christmas Eve’; ‘In Colorado, an enormous star is placed on the mountain. It can be seen for miles around.’ You also told us about your preparations for the holiday season to make this a special time for everyone in your house. Thank you 5H and Mrs Haythornthwaite for an excellent assembly.

Year 6 visit Bethany House
On Wednesday, our Year 6 children walked up to Bethany House to sing carols, read Christmas poems and talk to the residents of Bethany House. It is a lovely opportunity for the children to give something back to the community, thinking about and listening to another generation of people. It was very rewarding to see the two generations coming together, chatting enthusiastically about families, Christmas and winter. It was also interesting for the children to hear about the residents’ own experiences and childhoods. Photographs will be on our School Facebook page.

Pre-School Christmas Show
This was the first show of the Christmas period. The children were all very excited to show their parents what they had been practising with Miss Burns in their dance lessons. The children took turns to demonstrate a range of moves and dances around a Christmas tree. We watched the Robin Dance, the Christmas Pudding Dance and the Angel Dance, just to name a few. The children really impressed the audience with their ability to memorise moves and dances as well as with their confidence. They also came together for a number of whole-class dances which they were delighted to perform. Well done also to Genevieve and Talia who narrated beautifully throughout the performance and who also joined in to support the younger children with a number of the dances. Congratulations to the whole of Pre-School and to Miss Burns for this lovely show.

Winter Fayre
Thank you to everyone who helped at the Winter Fayre. The children and staff had worked hard all week making gifts to sell, from reindeer food to winter-themed hot chocolates. It was a lovely way to end the week! Thank you to everyone who donated gifts for the raffle, which were made into very tempting hampers, and to Mrs Bennett who made a winter cake for the Cake Raffle. Overall, the Winter Fayre made £650. Thank you to Ms Eccles and the PTA for organising this very successful event.

Christmas Decorations
Thank you to Mr Desai and our PTA for helping to transform the school with our traditional Christmas decorations. The children were very excited to see the decorations go up and for the Christmas celebrations to begin.

Christmas Party Day
The Christmas Party has been in full swing today: the PTA provided lots of activities; we had a visit from Father Christmas and then an entertainer and disco at the end of the day. Thank you to all the PTA and Ms Eccles for giving the children such an enjoyable and fun-filled experience.

Christmas Lunch
Thank you to the kitchen staff for providing a fantastic Christmas meal yesterday for the whole school. There was turkey, Christmas pudding and, most importantly, Christmas crackers! The children finished with a hearty ‘Three Cheers’ for all the staff for all their hard work this term.

Nursery News

News from the Nursery
The children have been busy looking after the dolls in our Nursery Baby Clinic and demonstrating high levels of care and attention. We went to watch the Infant children in their Nativity and we sat all the way through, fully engrossed and beautifully behaved! Thank you to all the infants for letting us come to see your very entertaining performance. This week, we have been putting our baking skills to the test and we made some delicious Christmas-shaped biscuits. Over the next few days, we have plenty of Christmas activities planned to keep us in the festive mood!

Happy Christmas from the Early Years Team!

News From The Sports Field

Tennis Success
Rohan, 5M, travelled all the way to Norwich recently to play in the National Under 10s Championships. He finished 7th out of 34 competitors which is an excellent achievement. Well done, Rohan!

Year 4 Football
We entertained our neighbours, St Maria Goretti, at football last Friday on our all-weather pitch. All the boys in Year 4 were invited to play and really enjoyed the experience. Although we lost both games, the boys played a good standard of football and continued to show improvement from their recent games. Well done!

Merits and Awards

Week ending 6.12.19
RB: Nitya 1D: Khadijah 1W: Ahmad 2E: Shreya 2J: Ariana
3M: Maryam 4D: Anoush 4S: Sophie 5H: Anshi 5M: Udita 6P: Edie
Monitors of the week: Stephen and Hiba
Week ending 13.12.19
RB: Billy 1D: Thomas 1W: Harriet 2E: The Whole Class 2J: The Whole Class
3M: Aibhlin 4D: Diya 4S: Eliza 5H: The Whole Class 5M: Arianna 6P: Saimah
Monitor of the week: Inas, Hiba and Alaia


Tuesday 17th December, 6pm – Carol Service
Wednesday 18th December – Term ends at 3.30pm

Fact of the Fortnight

Giant flying turkeys as big as kangaroos once roamed Australia.
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