Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
We are now coming up to the second Sunday of Advent and in the Gospel readings we hear John the Baptist reminding people to repent and to prepare themselves for the feast of the birth of Jesus – Christmas. We can prepare by giving thanks to God, saying a prayer each time you open a window on your Advent calendar, making a special effort to consider other people’s needs and giving to charity.
On Wednesday we were treated to the most wonderful Nativity Play, performed by our EYFS children. Our young children performed and sang so beautifully. Well done to FS1 and FS2 children and staff!
We now await the performance of our KS1 children on Tuesday 12th at 2:00pm in our school hall which will tell the story of Christ’s birth. It promises to be a special event and I look forward to seeing parents there.
On Thursday 14th December our Key Stage 2 children (Years 3-6) will be leading our annual Carol Service at Our Lady’s Church, Lisson Grove at 2:00pm. All the children have been practising and it will be a beautiful event of carol singing and readings. All parents and families are warmly invited to attend.
As you are aware, we are in full swing preparing for our Christmas Fair which will be happening on Wednesday 13th December 3:30-5:00pm - I do hope you can all make it! It is not too late to lend a helping hand if you are able to. Please join Mrs Moon on Monday the 11th December from 11:00am if you are available to help or let the school office know if you can help to set up, man a stall or clear up. Your support is much appreciated! Children are asked to wear Christmas jumpers on Wednesday (Children can wear their own clothes) - no donation is requested, as it is just for fun!
Monday is Mince Pie Monday and we will be collecting donations of mince pies for our Fair. Children should be in full school uniform.
There is still time to sell our Christmas Fair Raffle tickets so, to be in with a chance to win some great prizes, please return your sold ticket stubs and monies to the school office by Monday the 11th December. Thank you to everyone who has already done so. All funds raised will go towards creating our school's new computing suite. The winning tickets will be drawn at our Christmas Fair on Wednesday the 13th December. If for any reason you are unable to sell tickets please bring them back and hand them in at the school office on Monday, as we have had lots of parents asking for more raffle tickets to sell - therefore we will happily pass them onto them!
This year our Christmas Lunch will be held on Monday 18th December and, as in previous years, we would like to include all children and staff regardless of whether they bring a packed lunch on other days of the year. The cost of the meal is £1.90 and payment must be made via ParentPay please. Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 do not have to pay as it will be covered by the Universal Free School Meals scheme. Children in receipt of Free School Meals do not need to pay. If your child usually has a packed lunch regardless of whether they are in KS1 or KS2 and they wish to have a school Christmas Lunch, please inform the school office so that a lunch can be ordered for them. If your child usually has a school dinner you do not need to let the office know.
Our school nurse, Jackie, will be holding a talk about head lice. If you have any concerns or wish to have further information about how to check for and treat head lice, please do come along on Monday 11th December at 9:15am.
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Miss C O'Connor
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
11th December Monday - Deadline to return raffle tickets and monies
11th December Monday - Jackie, School Nurse will be giving a Headlice talk - 9:15am
11th December Monday - Mince Pie Monday - Please bring in donations of mince pies
11th December Monday - Choir performance at Regent Hall
12th December Tuesday - Year 5 to attend Westminster Cathedral Carol Service
12th December Tuesday - KS1 Christmas Production for parents 2:00pm
12th December Tuesday - Class 13 visit the library
13th December Wednesday - Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Fair (3:30-5pm)
14th December Thursday - KS2 Carol Service 2:00pm at Church of Our Lady's
15th December Friday - EYFS trip to London Zoo
18th December Monday - Christmas Lunch
19th December Tuesday - Last day of term 1:30pm finish (Fit for Sport will be running until 4:30pm)
4th January Thursday - Children return to school, please be in the playground by 8:55am
15th January Monday - Deadline for Reception September 2018 applications
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the hope and light you bring to our lives. Please help us to bring light and hope to others as we journey through Advent. Amen.
Well done to class 5 and 14 - they won the attendance cups this week and both achieved 98.1% attendance.
NOTICES AND REMINDERS
Reception and Nursery Applications - September 2018 entry
Applications for admission to Reception Class are invited for children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014. Please be aware that in addition to the Supplementary Information Form and supporting evidence for the school, you must also apply to the Borough in which you live, completing the 'Common Application Form' (CAF) online via the Borough Website. Closing date for all forms in the 15th January 2018.
Applications are also invited for Nursery Class for children born between 1st September 20114 and 31st August 2015. Please call at the school office for an application pack.
Parents wishing to view the school in action are welcome to attend our open morning on Tuesday 9th January at 9:30am.
Year 4 visit Kidzania!
Our year 4 children had a fantastic time at Kidzania in Westfield - an interactive indoor city run by children. They got to choose from a range of real life entertaining activities and they really enjoyed trying their hand at being fire fighters, bankers, bakers, police officers and much more. We can see from the pictures that they had a brilliant time!
Seashell Christmas Lunch
The Seashell Restaurant kindly gave us a Christmas meal for 30 of our children. Names were pulled from a hat and the lucky children received a Christmas lunch including chocolate ice cream for dessert! Thank you very much to everyone at the Seashell for their kind offer - the children really enjoyed their delicious festive lunch!
Year 6 Residential Trip to Sayers Croft
Our Year 6 children had a brilliant time at Sayers Croft - a beautiful, safe site with 56 acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds and fields. They participated in outdoor experiences and adventure sessions designed to be individually challenging and aimed at teamwork. The children learned how to use supportive language to encourage one another whilst sharing responsibility for each other's safety under the supervision of experienced instructors. Everyone had not only an exciting and fun time, but also developed important life skills.
Year 3 experiment with light and dark!
This week Year 3 worked through some investigations on our Science topic of Light and Dark. We thought about how we could see things and what we need to see, as well as what happens when light shines on and through different objects. We have done lots of learning about how to approach this scientifically and put that into action!
Class 7's Air Quality Study
This week Class 7 welcomed Holly back from the charity Sustrans who has been working with us on a project about air quality in the local area. We had the results back from the investigation we carried out in the local area and the tubes that measure the pollution. We used this information to draw bar graphs in class. Our next challenge is to think about what we can do to help make our air quality better. If you have any ideas please share them with us!
Our School Nurse, Jackie, will be holding a talk on head lice on Monday 11th December at 9:15am. All parents are welcome to come along for information on how best to stay lice free!
Campion won the house cup this week. Well done!