Friday 15th December - Issue 51

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HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

I wish to extend a massive thank you to everyone who helped make our Christmas Fair such a huge success!  Everyone had a brilliant time and there was festive cheer all around - it was wonderful to see so many of our families there!  

Our fair would not have been possible without the help of all the parents who volunteered on the day and in the run up to the event - thank you so much for all your help, be it making decorations, setting up and manning stalls and helping to clear up afterwards.  It is so encouraging to see parents working alongside staff to create opportunities for our school.  The generosity of the St. Edward's community never fails to overwhelm me and I am grateful to everyone who donated prizes for our tombola and raffle and all the many mince pies - once again thank you! Thank you to all of our teachers and teaching assistants who stayed after school to run stalls - the children loved seeing their teachers on the stalls!

My gratitude also extends to our community contributors and donors who provided delicious food and drinks and fun activities:

  • The Seashell for their tasty fish and chips
  • Firebrand for their delicious pizza
  • Tesco, Lisson Grove for the warming hot chocolate
  • Darrel from The Globe for his festive mulled wine
  • Vibe for their fun Christmas Photo Booth
  • Donations from Marks and Spencer and Boots

Last but not least thank you to Mrs Moon for co-ordinating the event and making sure that it all ran smoothly.  I am very pleased to say that we raised £1790.00 and this is going towards creating our new ICT suite which will be of great benefit to St. Edward's children for years to come.

Here are the winning Raffle numbers.  If you weren't at the draw and you are one of the lucky winners, please bring the corresponding numbered ticket slip to the school office to claim your prize.

  • 1834   Watch uncollected 
  • 1737   £125 Seashell Restaurant voucher 
  • 382   The Landmark Afternoon tea
  • 541     £200
  • 1085   £60 Seashell Restaurant voucher 
  • 1879   Dinner for 2 at The Sports Bar and Grill 

We have certainly had a very busy week at school and I am sure that the KS1 Nativity and the KS2 Carol Service was enjoyed by everyone who attended.  I must congratulate the children on their wonderful performances -  I am truly proud of how well they conducted themselves!

Our school Christmas Lunch is 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. As it is a special day all children may wear their own clothes including CHRISTMAS JUMPERS on Monday. 

A reminder that school closes for Christmas holidays on Tuesday 19th December at 1:30pm. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Miss C O'Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

DECEMBER DATES

18th December Monday - Christmas Lunch and Christmas jumpers (Children may wear their own clothes underneath) 

19th December Tuesday - Last day of term 1:30pm finish (Fit for Sport will be running until 6pm)

JANUARY DATES

4th January Thursday - Children return to school, please be in the playground by 8:55am

8th January - Epiphany Mass at Our Lady's Church - Whole School 

9th January Tuesday - Open Morning at 9:30am

15th January Monday - Deadline for Reception September 2018 applications


THE WEDNESDAY

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JOY

Dear Lord Jesus, as Christmas approaches, please  help our family to experience the joy that you bring, and to share your joy with all those that we meet.  Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 3 and class 10 are our attendance cup winners this week!  Well done!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

 

KS1 Nativity

Well done to our Keystage 1 children on their wonderful production 'A King is Born'.  They acted and sang so beautifully and the entire show was a joy to watch!

 

Christmas Fair

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who was involved in making our Christmas Fair such a success!  To all the parents who helped in the preparation and running of the event - I am very grateful as we could not have done it without you!  It was wonderful to see so many of our families at the fair and your support is greatly appreciated!

 

St. Edward's Choir

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The school choir have enjoyed a successful end to the autumn term. On Tuesday 5th December the choir, which has 34 members, performed in The Long Room at Lord’s. Hosted by MCC and in front of an audience of local residents the children sang two African songs, Tongo and Baningati . Each child also received a gift of a cricket bat from MCC.

On the evening of Sunday 10th the choir performed at Our Lady of the Rosary ‘s Carol Concert. Not only did they perform two songs, they also got to accompany Cerys Matthews when she sang ‘Go Tell it to the Mountain’. Cerys, who has worked with some of the world’s greatest singers, including Tom Jones, was so impressed with the children and praised them for their professionalism, dedication and beautiful voices.

Finally on Monday 11th, the children performed at Regent’s Hall in Oxford Street, as part of the massed choirs of Westminster primary schools. This was the culmination to the term’s work, which has seen the choir children commit to two lunchtime rehearsals and an after school session every week since the beginning of October. Performing in three part harmonies and also singing in French, alongside a fourteen piece orchestra from The Royal College of Music, they performed four pieces one of which was a ‘world premiere’, performed for the first time ever!  The children were a credit to our school and stole the show with their amazing vocals.

Thank you to all the families who have supported their child being in the choir. There will be more to come in 2018!

 

EYFS Visit London Zoo

Our EYFS children experienced the magic of Christmas by enjoying London Zoo’s Living Nativity.  During their visit they journeyed through the scenes of the Nativity, met the Wise Men and their camels, saw Mary in the stable and talked to the Shepherds as they tended their flock.  They then joined Santa and he told them about the animals he meets when he travels around the world.  All the boys and girls received a small gift to take home with them.

 

Learning in Class 4

This week class 4 discussed habitats and how they are not just very small and in the school grounds, but can also be massive and all over the world! They looked at images/videos of different habitats and discussed the features and what they think will live there. The children  talked about which animals are best suited to each habitat and how creatures are perfectly adapted to one habitat but wouldn’t survive in a different one. In groups, they recreated a habitat in a shoe box diorama and presented them to the class!  Thank you class 4 for sharing your learning with us!

 

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.


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

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


HOUSEPOINTS

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Southwell are our house cup winners this week - well done!