Friday 23rd March - Issue 62


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HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

This Sunday we will be celebrating Palm Sunday - our chance to praise and thank Jesus for the many good things in our lives and for always being our friend.  As we look forward to Holy Week and continue in our preparation to celebrate the most important event in our Christian faith, the Resurrection of our Lord, we will holding special Liturgical assemblies next week led by classes 8,9 and 11.  Parents of the children in these classes are welcome to join us in the top hall  - please see details below.

On Wednesday we welcomed Cllr Nickie Aiken and representatives from TfL to St. Edward's to meet with our school council to discuss ideas on how to improve the traffic congestion and pollution in the immediate vicinity of our school.  Most importantly, our School Council were interested in working towards a solution to  minimise the pollution created by the bus stand adjacent to our school playground.  The meeting was was very successful and I wish to thank Cllr Aiken, TfL and Mrs Sheila D'Souza for their time and support.  I also wish to say well done to our School Council for expressing their views so articulately - they were wonderful representatives of our school.  

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Today our different keystages held fundraising events for our chosen Lenten charity - Mary's Meals. They are an organisation that work in some of the world's poorest communities by providing a daily meal in school for children and by offering relief to those suffering, in any part of the world, as a result of humanitarian crises or poverty.  It was great to see all the messy hairstyles and costumes.  Thank you to to all the children who returned their collection boxes - we all had lots of fun and all for a very worthy cause!

The Elms will be running an Easter Camp at St. Edward's during the Easter holidays - please contact them directly to book a place for your child.  Leaflets have been sent home with children and you will find details below.

School closes on Thursday 29th March at 1:30pm for the Easter holidays.  Children come back to school on Tuesday the 17th April.

Have a lovely weekend and don't forget to change your clocks forward by an hour!

Best wishes,

Miss C O'Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

26th March - Palm Sunday Liturgy - Class 8

28th March - Maundy Thursday Liturgy - Class 9

29th March - Good Friday Liturgy - Class 11

 

MARCH DATES

26th March - Class 8 - Palm Sunday Liturgy

27th March - Flamenco Workshop year 3 to year 6

27th March - Bikeability - Rec to Year 2

27th March - Class 5 and Class 4 Hyde Park Science trip

28th March - Class 9 - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

29th March - Class 11 - Good Friday Liturgy 

29th March - School closes for Easter holiday at 1:30pm

APRIL DATES

17th April - Children return to school. Please be in the playground by 8:55am ready for the bell to ring.

18th April - Class 8 visit Chelsea Physic Garden

20th April - Class 7 visit Chelsea Physic Garden

25th April - Science Day


WEDNESDAY

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PRAISE

Dear Lord Jesus, as Holy Week approaches, we thank and praise you for giving your life for us, so that one day we too may know the joys of heaven.  Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Well done to class 3 and class 10 - they have won the attendance trophies this week!

 

PUNCTUALITY

There were a total of 81 lates this week. We need to keep working on our punctuality! Children should be in the school playground before 8:55 ready for the bell to ring and seated in class ready to learn by 9:00am.  Children should not be arriving at school at this time. It is essential that children attend school punctually if they are to achieve their potential. Lateness not only adversely affects a child's attainment but also their personal and social skills and makes it difficult for them to settle for the day. They are also missing valuable learning time.  Lessons start promptly and when children arrive late in the classroom it becomes disruptive.  Punctuality is an important life skill so please help your child with this.

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NOTICES AND REMINDERS

KS1 Superheroes!

KS1 are part of the Young Readers Programme with the National Literacy Trust. They had their first event today, "Superhero Day" as they are superheroes at reading!  The children got to pick a new book using the five finger test and began to read them. They can't wait to get another new book at the next event! 

Our EYFS children enjoyed the day by coming to school with messy hair!  All the money raised from today's fundraiser will go to Mary's Meals.

 

Year 3 visit Westminster Cathedral

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On Thursday Year 3 were lucky enough to visit Westminster Cathedral and watch St Vincent de Paul school present the stations of the cross. It was wonderful to be able to take part in this special celebration getting ready for Easter. A big thank you to St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary for inviting us!

 

Maths Challenge

Four lucky children were chosen to attend the Christ's Hospital Year 5 London Maths Challenge at The Guildhall on Thursday 22 March 2018. Let's read on about what they thought about their day:

Our visit to Guildhall was an incredible time.  There were lots of maths problems and other fun things to do and 34 teams.  Firstly we took our places in the massive hall and the instructor explained to us what to do.  Then we had 8 minutes to do our word problems which were very hard.  We swapped tables to do our activities.  We continued until it was the final event and five questions.  The time at Guildhall was an amazing experience and as a reward, we ate some buiscuites which were available at the back of the hall.  We then had a photo with some of the people at Christs Hospital boarding school.  Finally we came back to school.  We wish that we could go again!  A big thank you to Ms Barbe for taking us.

Mun, Noor H, Natole and Swithin - Year 5. 

 

Year 5 create Cirque du Soleil stage designs

Rolls Royce Engineers were in to help support our students' with the working mechanisms of their Cirque du Soleil stage designs.  They will be working on these in the upcoming weeks as the creations involve a great deal of skill and intricacy.

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Art Club

We are getting ready for Easter! The art club children painted wooden egg cups which they will finish decorating in the next session.  We look forward to seeing them when they are finished - I am sure they will look great!

 

Easter Holiday Camp at St. Edward's

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

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SPORTS

London Youth Games Tag Rugby

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Our team of year 5 and 6 tag rugby players visited Crystal Palace on Thursday to take part in the annual London Youth Games Tag Rugby event.  They were chosen to represent Westminster. They put there team work and game skills to good use and had a great time competing against schools from all over London, displaying admirable sportsmanship.  They came 18th out of 33 boroughs.  Well done!


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

 Congratulations to all children who received certificates at this morning's assembly!

Congratulations to all children who received certificates at this morning's assembly!

Congratulations to Roman Leo, Ahmed and Levio on being awarded their gold Mathletics certificates!


Friday 16th March - Issue 61


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HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

As we continue on our Lenten journey, we were very pleased to welcome the Rt. Rev Nicholas Hudson (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster) to our school on Tuesday.  He spent the afternoon with us visiting classrooms and meeting with staff and our school council.  Here are some of his words about his visit to our school: 'I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the children in their classes.  I was impressed by their willingness to engage with all the questions I put to them.  It was heartening to hear their enthusiasm for the Gospel story of Easter; and to see how well they had been taught.  I was struck that even some of the youngest children could express their belief in the Resurrection.' and 'I came away deeply touched by the joy which is so obvious at St. Edward's.'  We were delighted to have Bishop Nicholas spend time at St. Edward's! 

Any parents of year 6 children who wish to meet with me regarding their secondary school offers must please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Elsewhere in this newsletter there is information regarding an Easter Camp being held by the Elms at St. Edward's during the holidays.  Please contact the Elms directly to book a place for your child.  You will also find information about various upcoming opportunities and events on offer in our local community - please see below for details.

A reminder that school finishes for the Easter holidays on Thursday 29th March at 1:30pm and children return to school on Tuesday 17th April.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Miss C O'Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

26th March - Palm Sunday Liturgy - Class 8

28th March - Maundy Thursday Liturgy - Class 9

29th March - Good Friday Liturgy - Class 11

MARCH DATES

21st March - Class 9 and 10 visit Lords Cricket Ground

26th March - Class 8 - Palm Sunday Liturgy

27th March - Flamenco Workshop

27th March - Bikeability - Rec to Year 2

28th March - Class 9 - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

29th March - Class 11 - Good Friday Liturgy 

29th March - School closes for Easter holiday at 1:30pm

APRIL DATES

17th April - Children return to school - please be in playground by 8:55am

18th April - Class 8 visit Chelsea Physic Garden

20th April - Class 7 visit Chelsea Physic Garden

25th April - Science Day

 


WEDNESDAY

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FOLLOW

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for giving your life for us and for calling us to follow you.  Please help us to be your faithful followers so that our world may become a better place.  Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Well done class 4 on achieving 97.3% attendance and to class 14 on achieving 99.5% attendance.

PUNCTUALITY

There were a total of 73 lates this week.  Although this is an improvement on previous weeks, we still need to try harder to be on time for school!  Children should be in the school playground before 8:55 ready for the bell to ring and seated in class ready to learn by 9:00am.  Children should not be arriving at school at this time. It is essential that children attend school punctually if they are to achieve their potential. Lateness not only adversely affects a child's attainment but also their personal and social skills and makes it difficult for them to settle for the day. They are also missing valuable learning time.  Lessons start promptly and when children arrive late in the classroom it becomes disruptive.  Punctuality is an important life skill so please help your child with this.

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NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Maths Masterclasses

'This term, Angelo and I were chosen to attend the Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses.  We attended on a Saturday morning for six weeks with pupils from schools all over London.  During the classes we had all kinds of different teachers.  We learnt maths including Binary and the power of 2, arcs, space and magic.  My favourite lesson was the first lesson of Binary.  Miss Wilson and Mrs Pini came along to some of the sessions to help out and join in the fun.  We would like to thank Miss Gaebler, Mrs Pini and Miss Wilson for the opportunity.' by Amel

Class 11

Amel and Angelo

 

Art Club

This week the theme in art club was St Patrick's Day!  Whilst listening to some Irish music the children did some fun 'pot of gold' finger painting, tissue paper shamrocks and also hand print leprechaun cards.

 

Year 4 have fun learning about electricity!

In Year 4 , children have been studying electricity, its components and how it works. This week the lesson focus was static electricity and therefore children had the chance to learn about this topic by using balloons and carrying out scientific experiments. All the children had lots of fun learning that static electricity can be found all around us and that it is built up on the surface of an object through friction!

 

Easter Holiday Camp at St. Edward's

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

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SPORT

Basketball

On Tuesday, Mr Abbas and our Year 5 & 6 Basketball team went to Little Venice Sports Centre to compete in the annual Westminster schools tournament.  Our team did brilliantly to finish 3rd out of 16 schools.  They displayed great team work and were excellent ambassadors for St. Edward's!  Well done!

 

London Youth Games Megafest

Mr Abbas and a team of children went to Barnes yesterday to play rugby in the London Youth Games Megafest.  This proved to be invaluable preparation for the London Youth Games which will be taking place next week.  Our St. Edward's team have performed fantastically and will be representing Westminster.  Well done to all the boys and girls who are taking part in the LYG - I am sure you will do St. Edward's proud!  A big thank you to the parents who accompanied our team - without your support and help these outings and events will not be possible.


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

Gold Mathletics Cerificates

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Congratulations to all children who received achievement certificates at this morning's assembly.  Keep up the good work!

 

Gold Mathletics Cerificates

 Congratulations to Ruby Ann, Selena, Mateusz, Jonabel, fiona, Niklas and Niala on being awarded their gold Mathletics certificates!

Congratulations to Ruby Ann, Selena, Mateusz, Jonabel, fiona, Niklas and Niala on being awarded their gold Mathletics certificates!


HOUSEPOINTS

Southwell are our house cup winners this week!  Well done!


Friday 9th March - Issue 60


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HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Lent is a time of prayer and reflection and to help us fully understand the depth of Jesus' love for us Year 4, 5 & 6 children visited the Church of Our Lady today to pray the Stations of the Cross.  Thank you to Mrs Jones for leading us in prayer. 

Our year 6 children have now received their secondary school place offers.  Parents will need to confirm by the 15th March 2018 whether or not they wish to accept this offer.  You may accept or decline the offer via the website using your login and password: www.eadmissions.org.uk.  If you do not respond by the 15th March your offer may be withdrawn. Any parents who wish to meet with either myself to discuss their offer must please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Thank you to the parents who turned up to our 'Keeping our children safe on line' meeting. It was very informative and we had great feedback from parents. You should all have received your Digital Parenting magazine which has lots of interesting and useful information to help you.  https://www.commonsensemedia.org is a fantastic website which gives helpful information on different games that your child might be using online. It allows you to find out what content they may be viewing and if it is suitable for your child.

We will be hosting a parent workshop on 14th March at 9:00am in the bottom hall - please see details below.  Parents will explore the benefits of the use of positive discipline and communication with their children. They will have the opportunity to make a routine chart to support children in planning their days and making decisions.  Places are limited to 15 so please register your interest with the school office.

I have noticed that children are regularly being collected late from after school clubs.  I wish to remind parents that they need to collect their children promptly at the end of sessions - if not, it may result in their child losing their place in the club.

On Thursday 1st March, despite the freezing weather, St. Edward's was transformed into a book character wonderland!  There were some particularly great outfits this year and it was a pleasure to see the whole school enjoying a day dedicated to reading and all things literate!  There are some wonderful pictures below. I hope that every St. Edward's child will put their book token to good use so don't forget to visit a book store soon!

Wishing all our St. Edward's mothers and grandmothers a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday!

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Miss C O'Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

26th March - Palm Sunday Liturgy - Class 8

28th March - Maundy Thursday Liturgy - Class 9

29th March - Good Friday Liturgy - Class 11

 

MARCH DATES

14th March - Parent Workshop: Rewards and Routines 9:00-11:00am.  Please register with school office

26th March - Class 8 - Palm Sunday Liturgy

28th March - Class 9 - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

29th March - Class 11 - Good Friday Liturgy 

29th March - School closes for Easter holiday at 1:30pm

APRIL DATES

17th April - Children return to school - please be in playground by 8:55am

18th April - Class 8 visit Chelsea Physic Garden

20th April - Class 7 visit Chelsea Physic Garden


WEDNESDAY

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SELF-GIVING

Dear Lord Jesus,  thank you for giving your life for us.  Thank you too for all the kind people in our community who show us your way of love and self-giving. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Well done to FS2 on achieving 96.4% attendance and an extra special well done to class 9 on achieving 100% attendance!

PUNCTUALITY

Children should be in the school playground before 8:55 ready for the bell to ring and seated in class ready to learn by 9:00am.  Children should not be arriving at school at this time. It is essential that children attend school punctually if they are to achieve their potential. Lateness not only adversely affects a child's attainment but also their personal and social skills and makes it difficult for them to settle for the day. They are also missing valuable learning time.  Lessons start promptly and when children arrive late in the classroom it becomes disruptive.  Punctuality is an important life skill so please help your child with this.

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EVERY MINUTE COUNTS


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Class 10's Assembly - World Book Day

Class 10 held a special assembly all about World Book Day.  They told us how it is celebrated in schools all around the world and is a celebration of all books, authors and illustrators!  Everyone can enjoy reading - it feeds your imagination, is a great way to relax and to learn!  Thank you class 10 for a brilliant assembly!

 

Class 12's Assembly - Internet Safety

Class 12 presented a very informative and interesting assembly all about internet safety.  We all use the internet daily and so it is very important that we are aware of how to do so safely. Thank you class 12 - you shared some very useful and practical tips on how everyone can use social media and the web responsibly!

 

WE Day at Wembley Arena

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On Wednesday 14 children from Year 4, 5 and 6 were given the exciting opportunity to go to ‘We Day’ at Wembley Arena.  We Day is an annual series of stadium-sized events, bringing together over 160,000 students and teachers with leading social activists, cultural icons and musicians to celebrate the power of young people to create positive change. This year's inspirational speakers included Katie Piper (author, charity campaigner and TV presenter), Musharaf Asghar (from Educating Yorkshire), Princesses Eugenie & Beatrice.  They spoke about their extraordinary stories of leadership and change, hoping to inspire the next generation to make a difference. There were performances by musicians Tokio Myers, Alexandra Burke and The Tenors with the Kenyan Boys Choir. The atmosphere inside the arena was amazing with everyone singing, dancing the WE Day dance and cheering!

'When we went to a WE DAY concert very important people from Britain talked about our rights.  They said we should stand up to a bully and we should have our rights.  There were people who shared their past problems and they told everyone how they fixed their problems.  Some people made their own charity to fix their problems and now they feel free.  We heard people like Harvy and Tokio Myers perform for us.  We has so much fun!'  By Woud

 

Year 4 explore maths in art!

Year 4 had a school trip to the Courtauld Gallery and had the chance of observing and discussing different art work. Therefore, Anabel from the gallery came to visit us this week for a follow up activity where children had a chance of observing links between Art and Maths. Children created symmetric shapes, angles, shapes and observed this in some elements of Nature. During the sessions the children used printing to explore symmetries, tessellations and  rotation. They used compasses and created clay tessellations applying what they learnt. The final works were fantastic and the children ad lots of fun during Maths!

 

Class 7's Air Quality Project

On Thursday Class  7 welcomed Holly back from Sustrans. This session we focused on writing a song to show what we have learnt about air pollution. We worked really hard to think of words linked to air pollution and then rhymes that we could use to write our lyrics. We then put these together in groups and presented them back to the class. We are looking forward to putting the words to music and then producing a music video!

 

Year 3 - Mountain Studies

This week Year 3 have been learning about why water is essential to survival. The children have been doing a comparison study and been thinking about living in the mountains in the Kumaon. In the Kumaon people have very different access to water. They have to go and fetch it from wells, standpipes or rivers rather than having it piped into their homes. Year 3 took the opportunity to go outside and explore how it would feel to have to fetch all the water they needed. It was very tiring! 

 

World Book Day 2018

This year we ceelbrated the 21st World Book Day, and on Thursday 1st March, children of all ages came together to appreciate reading.  The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.  I sure you can tell from the pictures that the whole of St. Edward's had fantastic fun!

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The following children received certificated for their excellent World Book Day costumes:

FS1 – Nyeem, FS2 – Maja

Class 3 – Ethan, Class 4 – Ransom, Class 5 – Luca

Class 7 – Latifa, Class 8 – Iris

Class 9 – Poshya, Class 10 – Alfie

Class 11 – Tommy, Class 12 – Isabella

Class 13 – Jemima, Class 14 – Mohamed

 

Class 4 visit our local library

Class 4 went to Church Street Library to see a performance called Young Herbert's Horrors. They had a great time seeing the show! Here is what some of the children thought about the performance:

"I liked when Herbert found his mum!"  Reese 

"I liked when Herbert never ate his vegetables!" Sarah 

"My favourite part was when the flag was a silly flag!" Sinuo 

 

Art Club

Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children have been very busy painting and creating in art club - they made wonderful surprises for Mother's Day!  

 

Parent Workshop

St. Edward's will be hosting a parent workshop on Wednesday 14th March.  If you are interested in attending, please register with the school office - places limited to 15.

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ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

 Congratulations to the children who received certificates at this morning's achievement assembly!  Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to the children who received certificates at this morning's achievement assembly!  Keep up the good work!


HOUSE POINTS

Well done to Southwell on winning the house cup this week!