Another whirlwind week in the life of the school and it has been great to see the children making the best of the good weather we are enjoying. From the “Newman Mile” daily runs, to reflection on the wonder of creation in the Prayer Garden, from creative play in the EYFS outdoor area to exploring the insect houses in the Environmental Area – we are truly blessed at Cardinal Newman with lots of opportunities for outdoor learning. On Monday evening it was great to see the whole field full of sports: Tag Rugby, Football and Cricket, all being enjoyed by the children in the sunshine. Long may it continue!
At the moment, the forecast for Sunday’s Start of Year Mass is (just about) holding up to be dry, though the rain seems to be getting closer and closer to the time of the Mass! If necessary, we will move Mass (and the picnic afterwards) into the school hall, but let’s hope we are lucky! We are looking forward to celebrating the start of the school year with the whole school and parish community. Father Richard will also be presenting the new Prayer Council members with their badges and blessing the representatives from our school who will be attending the Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome next month. Do come and join us at the Mass and bring your friends and family along with you! The more the merrier!
There will be a whole programme of school events for the Canonisation of Cardinal Newman coming out in next week’s newsletter, so keep an eye out for that. If you are interested in following national and international events relating to the canonisation or finding out more about our school patron, a good website is: www.newmancanonisation.com.
As Roisin and Maya have written elsewhere in the newsletter, we have started the year with some training for the children in online safety. Although this is covered in our Computing and PSHE Curriculum, it is very important that we keep refreshing the children’s knowledge as the challenges change each year! The Key Stage 2 children took part in a workshop, which Roisin and Maya have described. The link for the parent information section of the Internet Legends website is here: https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/parents. The NSPCC website has the most up-to-date information for parents on parent controls, how to get the right settings for your children to use Minecraft safely and the age restrictions on sites like Fortnite and Musically which are not aimed at Primary children. Every family will have different needs and boundaries, but it is helpful to be fully informed and to train your children from the very start of school to follow the SMART rules:
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Our huge thanks once again go to Air Products for sponsoring the Spectacular Science Show which the children have enjoyed so much today! Air Products are very supportive of our school and we are blessed to have their patronage to enable us to provide even more exciting opportunities to the children in their Science learning.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and hope to see many of you on Sunday for the Mass.
GARNET CLASS ASSEMBLY - FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Garnet Class's Mission Week will end with their assembly next Friday at 9.00am
SAPPHIRE CLASS MASS - FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Sapphire Class Mass is next Friday at 2.30pm, parents are very welcome to join the class.
SPECTACULAR SCIENCE SHOW
Children in KS2 enjoyed the exciting Spectacular Science Show this afternoon. It included a variety of experiments to demonstrate chemical reactions, the Bernoulli principle, the science of light, how rockets work and much more.
This was a great opportunity for our children to see a show which has been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Institution in London and is presented by Mark Thompson, a broadcaster and astronomer.
We are very grateful to Air Products plc who sponsored this event for us.
We will have photos next week.
"BE INTERNET LEGENDS" ASSEMBLY
On Monday two people from Google came to talk to us about internet safety, cyber bullying, phishing and hacking. They taught us how to keep our information safe, how to make sure our passwwords are hard to guess - it should be eight letters long. They showed us a game called "Be Internet Legends" - just find it on Google. The assembly was really fun and interesting. By Roisin and Maya, Sapphire Class
I'd like to express a huge thank you to all the families that donated footwear for the charity Sal's Shoes at the end of the summer term. We collected 214 pairs of shoes which the Year 5 Prayer Council helped to pack and box up. They are all on their way to new feet! Mrs Sharp
Thank you to everyone who supported the Year 1 Cake Sale last Friday - it raised an amazing £252.55