This week we have been thinking about how we are ‘All different, all equal.” The children have explored this in various ways and we are looking forward to sharing their learning with some of you tomorrow morning. As a little flavour, Year 3 have been thinking about the parallels with Sikhism, which they are currently studying, Year 4 have written recipes for friendship. In Worship and Praise, the children sang, “It’s good to be me, It’s good to be you, it’s good to be different but together”. Our children have really embraced the theme of celebrating difference. If you would like to find out more, please do come along in the morning. If you haven’t already signed up, please do email the office so that we can make sure we have enough seats!
This year in school we are focusing on ‘being healthy’ and what that means in our daily lives – physically, mentally and spiritually. When we come back after Christmas on the 4th January, we will be kick-starting seven days of special activities in which we will be asking children to consider what being ‘healthy’ is all about. This will be the start of many activities that will happen throughout the rest of the school year.
As part of this work, we will be thinking about how a healthy environment contributes to positive attitudes and mental wellbeing. With this in mind, we would really love to plant a bank of spring flowers that can greet the children as they come into school in the New Year. We think it would be really lovely if all the children could be involved in this, so we would like every child to bring one spring bulb (crocus, snowdrop, daffodil, tulip etc.) into school by the 24th November. Bulbs should be brought into school in a small named paper or plastic bag.
Children will then have the opportunity to plant their bulb on Monday 27th November. This means that the first shoots will be showing by the end of January, and once in full bloom, the bank will also represent the themes: ‘All different, all equal.’
Today and tomorrow, the children in Key Stage 2 will be coming home with reflective slap bands or a reflective key ring. These have been kindly donated to the school. As the darker evenings draw in, please do encourage your children to ‘be seen’ as they walk around, particularly on some of our unlit paths.
So, we have a busy few weeks ahead of us before the end of the year. Key Stage 1 are well in the swing of rehearsals for their Nativity and you should have received your forms to order tickets for the performances. Please do return your requests as soon as possible. Next week, you will hear more about the Key Stage 2 Christmas celebration. This takes place on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th and the evening of Thursday 14th December. It is really important that the children all return for the evening performance too as they are part of their class team. If your child cannot attend, please let us know straight away.
For those of you who use Franks Hollow (not to park in, obviously…) some warning that the road will be closed from November 20th for 3 weeks. If this affects your journey time, please plan accordingly.
I have been asked to share the consultation on admissions for Hayesbrook, so please find that attached if you are interested.
We are gearing up for the Christmas Fair – if you can help out at all, please contact your PTA rep.
27th – Christingle Service and bulb planting
30th – St. Andrew’s day (team may wear blue)
1st – Class 3 Assembly
4th – KS1 Nativity dress rehearsal (to school only)
5th – KS1 Nativity (afternoon performance)
6th – KS1 Nativity (evening performance)
8th – Year 1-4 Flu Vaccinations
8th – Rock steady concert (1.45) followed by Open classrooms (2.45)
13th – KS2 Christmas Celebration (afternoon performance)
14th – KS2 Christmas Celebration (evening performance)
15th – Children’s University Afternoon
18th – Drama Club Panto
19th – Christmas Lunch and last day of term
20th – INSET Day
4th – Start of Term 3
4th – Healthy Week