As you will see from this weeks blog the last two weeks have been super busy at St Paul’s. It is wonderful for your children to have so many different experiences to enhance their learning at school. New themes will begin in the summer term which the teachers are busily planning at the moment- information around these will come out in the first week. If you want to see the theme for the term, the long term plan for each class is on the website.
As this week has been Holy Week we have had various acts of worship led by the children. On Monday, Foundation/KS1 children guided the school through Palm Sunday, on Wednesday, years 3/4 re-enacted The Last Supper and the Washing of Feet and finally on Thursday years 5/6 led the Garden of Gethsemane and the Crucifixion. All of the children have been fully involved in the events of Holy Week.
It seems so hard to believe that Easter is upon us and we are at the end of the spring term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this term and want to wish you all a happy and holy Easter. I will look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday 12th April
Books at Bedtime…
What a fantastic evening for foundation and key stage 1 children. It was great to see the children come back to school on Friday in their pyjamas and with their teddy bears. There was a great deal of fun while the children listened to the story, ‘Going on a bear hunt’ and then acted out the story, walking through the squelchy mud. They created some wonderful moving teddy bears. One of the highlights was the cookies and hot chocolate! A big thank you to the team for supporting making this event possible.
Social Networking- Facebook
We have been finding recently as a team that staff are receiving requests from parents and sometimes children to be ‘friends’ on facebook. It is the school policy that staff are not friends with parents or children. Please do not be offended if a member of staff does not accept the request.
Uniform after the break will not change into summer uniform so please can you ensure that your child/ren come to school in the correct uniform and footwear. We will notify you when ties can be left off. It is not acceptable for KS2 children to be coming to school without a tie, this is the expectation. The same with footwear- school shoes must be worn, not trainers. In the summer when the weather warms up there is an expectation that girls do not wear open toed sandals- this links to health and safety. If you want clarification before you buy please speak to your child’s class teacher or the office staff.
Parliamentary Outreach Session…
Report from Hannah N in year 6
On Monday, we had a visit from a member of staff who works with the Houses of Parliament. All year groups gathered in the school hall with the exception of foundation and year 1. After introductions, we began to discuss what we knew, what we would like to know and about the ways in which the debating procedures happen within Parliament.
Lots of debates took place in and out of the classroom and St Paul’s was turned into Westminster for the afternoon. One of the main topical issues was whether homework should be delayed until year 9, this proved more popular than whether we should remain with the E.U. We all had a very lively afternoon putting our opinions forward and after the fors and against were all counted up, the fors won by 1 vote.
Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon, and who knows a future M.P. could be amongst us!
Report from Brandon in year 5
This week year 5 and year 6 had an unexpected visitor. Her name was Roz and she told us a lot about the Houses of Parliament, the House of Commons and the House Of Lords. My favourite part was when we debated about homework. It was such fun!
We learnt about how the Bill gets past and what it’s called. It’s called Parliament Ping Pong!
Thank you to Roz Burch the Parliamentary Outreach Officer who guided us through the afternoon.
Children in years 5 and 6 have also been involved in basketball and football tournaments- the reports from these are on the newsletter. We are always very proud of our children as they are such good advocates for the school.