Welcome back to our final half term of 2018/19 and our brand new website; we hope you like it as much as we do and find it full of interesting information and support! The children have all arrived back with big smiles and a real determination to continue along their own individual learning journeys. I can’t wait to see what they achieve over these final six weeks.
We've all returned to a very busy week full of wonderful opportunities as we’ve continued to explore our 'Health and Happiness'. This is always such an exciting theme which the children and staff fully embrace. The week commenced with our annual KS2 Sports morning which provided opportunities for the children to run, jump and throw their way through a variety of events. The morning finished with a nail-biting relay which produced an almost photo finish! Plessington were victorious which led to great cheers as it has been a long time since we’ve seen those red ribbons! Well done children; what great teamwork!
There was great excitement with the arrival of a large cave bus on Wednesday as children entered the dark unknown. Children from Reception to Year Six had a go; many surpassed their own expectations and managed to navigate through the darkness. It was lovely to see those who approached with nervous anticipation, overcome their fears, and achieve what they first deemed impossible; growth mindsets in abundance! At the same time archery was tried and enjoyed with so many children hitting that magic centre target!
Today we have brought the week to a conclusion with a combination of fun and health as we've completed our Gym Jam Jog. It was such a glorious event with a real community spirit.
The morning began with a huge downpour as the rain relentlessly fell from a dark sky. With lots of prayers, and just before 8am, as the children were arriving, the rain eventually stopped and smiles abounded. With great enthusiasm the children ran round the playground with their friends and families, all trying to beat old records; I do believe that some even reached the golden 100 and Jayden in Y5 managed 144, wow! With encouragement and support from parents and grandparents, there were smiles everywhere. This was followed by a healthy breakfast in the hall, where our lovely staff ensured that everyone was served and everything cleared afterwards; this help is always greatly appreciated. Thank you Jacqui for the tasty toast!
Mrs Nel is now in the process of collecting all sponsorship monies, thank you for returning it today and if you haven't yet managed to collect it please send back to school early next week. All money raised will help us to keep improving our outside space. The children have plans!
Loving and Compassionate
All classes have started to explore our two half-term virtues (Loving and compassionate) as children have been challenge to consider how they are reflecting them in their daily lives. We have delved into the whole concept of empathy, a virtue so necessary for being a good human being. In the Christian tradition, it is never enough simply to be attentive: we must allow ourselves to be moved by what we see, especially by the plight of those who suffer or are less fortunate than we are. Why not spot and celebrate these virtues at home!
Walk, Scoot or Cycle
All the children are trying hard to encourage family members to walk, cycle and scoot to school and are having great success.
It has been lovely seeing families arriving and leaving together; what a healthy group you are! We just pray that the miserable weather will give way to some much needed sunshine so that we can get out and about and use the outdoors to enhance learning and have fun.
Physical development continues to be a crucial aspect of learning at school and we place great value on quality PE lessons which inspire children to develop healthy lifestyles.
Well done to Reception and Year 6, 100% full attendance and hopefully you will enjoy the extra playtime minutes, a real bonus when we have better weather.
Thank you to everyone for paying in early dinner money although sadly we shall be sending some reminders this week for dinners, trips taken etc. Please could parents check when a trip is coming up, if you have paid for your child. We can only run them if we have sufficient funds to pay for the group and we subsidise some of the sports trips in order to make them more affordable.
Please can we send out a plea to our current Year 4 flute students and 3 of our Year 5 flute students - please ring the office by Monday to let us know if you are carrying on with lessons as our wonderfully talented teacher Mrs Maddocks needs numbers before we can finalise provision.
What a busy week this has been! With only five weeks left and so many opportunities and events to fit in, this half-term is already proving to be extremely busy. Please make sure you keep an eye on the calendar to ensure you enjoy every moment with us.
Enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed) this weekend as you spend time with your families.