It is hard to believe that we're about to enter Lent next week! This is a very reflective time in school as we begin to examine our own lives and consider how we can challenge ourselves to become more like Jesus. The children have been thinking about their Lenten promises and considering how they can make more room for Jesus during this time of prayer and abstinence. They've also been deciding how they can help those in need through almsgiving and have come up with many innovative ideas. As Margaret Mead said “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
On Wednesday we will be sharing an Ash Wednesday Mass with the parish at 10am; please join us if you are able.
This has been a week of changeable weather but despite the rain and wind the children have been keen to enjoy that fresh air! Lunchtime sport club continues to thrive with Anthony and it is lovely to see so many children enjoying the activities.
Inside school, learning continues to be nurtured as the varied curriculum evokes great excitement in each year group. Our Reception children are continuing to explore all things jungle and have produced some lovely body shapes in their dance this week. In Year 5 Mrs Briggs has been offering fraction surgery as children have deconstructed concepts and put them back together to create a fuller understanding. As for our Year 6 children, well they are really challenging themselves to problem-solve, take risks and learn from each mistake. On Tuesday their writing day enabled them all to try using those many skills they have acquired and I must say that they've produced some fascinating tales!
The weather has certainly become colder this week and coats have been a 'must' during break times. Undeterred though, the children have continued to run around outside making every minute count! Learning has continued to engage children and reading some of the wonderful writing produced this week has been a joy. I have to say some of the story ideas have been incredibly imaginative! The teachers met with other local schools on Wednesday to moderate writing across the cluster and to identify key features of age related writing for each year group. This is a process which will hopefully assist in ensuring consistency across all our schools.
Our Year 6 children continue to lead the school with great efficiency and compassion; they really are turning into great ambassadors for us all. On Tuesday I met with the House Captains to plan House meetings for this term. They were full of ideas and are very keen to develop the strength of their Houses and encourage House members to participate in events and feel a sense of belonging and ownership. We are all looking forward to observing House Captains leading their first meeting in February.
It is hard to believe that we have already completed two weeks of the spring term! The children have arrived back after Christmas fired up and ready to face the new challenges of the spring curriculum. As I walk through school, I continue to be amazed as I see so much learning going on all around and the thirst for discovering new things which so many children display! Our Reception children have started their new topic exploring The Jungle Book and are just flowing with brilliant vocabulary and so much confidence. They are grasping new challenges and developing their independence which is fantastic to see!
It has also been great to see how quickly our builders have got down to work, they seem to have been on a mission! Already most of the old materials have been removed including the toilets; the area is so big! The children have had great fun trying to work out where everything used to go! Mrs Gregan is keeping a photographic record of each stage.
Next week the remodelling will begin as the new spaces start to take shape. We are all very excited and are looking forward to watching this development grow!
A Happy New Year to you all!
It has been lovely returning to school following the Christmas break and hearing the many stories which the children have shared; Father Christmas clearly had a very busy time in St Anne's! We started the week together reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas and thought about how each one of us could bring God's word to life by finding time and space to welcome Him into our daily lives; a challenge for us all! On Wednesday we joined the rest of the parish in church to celebrate mass together. Thank you to everyone who accompanied us, we truly do value these times we spend praying together as one large community.
What a lovely end to our Christmas in school! On Tuesday our KS2 children shared the birth of our Lord through song and scripture in church. Their beautiful singing was so powerful and seemed to fill every corner of the church and when combined with the real emotion of the words spoken by our Year Six children, bringing God’s word to life, the whole community was moved. I know so many of you were touched by this experience - thank you for your phone calls, cards and e-mails. I am always inspired by the children who bring together the Parish family to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Through donations and raffle ticket sales we have raised a goodly sum towards helping St Peter's, our link school in Uganda, thank you. We do not have a final figure yet and will let you know the total during our first week back in January. We are making headway on our journey towards funding those new toilets and kitchen in Uganda! The plan is to put a link on the website so that you can track our progress - together, we will make that difference and so appreciate all your efforts and support.
It never ceases to amaze me how the story of Our Lord's birth can be told with such emotion and maturity by our youngest children. Each of our Nursery and Reception children played their part through dance, song and drama, leading the whole audience on a journey to find Jesus in the arms of Mary. We have all heard the story so many times but to see each step through the eyes of a child helps us all to remember the importance of Christmas. It was indeed a very 'Starry Night' and one which all the audience saw afresh. I'd like to thank the whole Foundation team who worked together to nurture the children's understanding of this special time.
This morning we shared this Christmas message of joy and hope with our Year 1 and Year 2 children as they told their story of ’A Present for the Baby’. It was told with such care and compassion; the acting, singing and dancing was a joy to behold. They will share their story with families on Monday and Tuesday morning of next week and I'm sure like us you will all be moved! Our KS2 children will then be raising their voices in song later on Tuesday, telling the story of the Nativity in Church at 2pm and again at 7pm; you are all most welcome.