The wonders of a short week – the time really has flown and life in school has been very busy as we’ve rolled 5 days of activity into the 4 days available! It has been great to see the sun shining today as we have had so many outdoor activities going on at the end of the week!
Crowning of Our Lady
Well done to our Year 4 classes who led the rosary in the Prayer Garden this afternoon and laid flowers at the feet of Mary. We crowned the statue with flowers , to the age-old hymn, “Mary we crown thee with blossoms today.” As Catholics, we pray to Our Lady, that she may take our petitions to Jesus, just as she did for the wedding couple in Cana. Hard to say no to your Mum!
It was lovely to hear Year 1 reciting the prayers of the rosary so confidently this week – as they missed May in school last year, this is their first experience of the month of Mary and they are participating enthusiastically! Year 1 will also lead our whole-school Mass for the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday (13th May at 2 pm) and everyone is very welcome to join us via Zoom for this special feast day.
Cricket Taster Sessions
Children across the school have been fortunate in the last couple of weeks to have enjoyed Cricket lessons with Surrey Cricket. As detailed elsewhere in the newsletter, they are keen to recruit new talent and so children who have enjoyed the sessions are encouraged to sign up to train with them. We hope we will be able to continue to work with the team, who have also shared some great cricket coaching tips with our teaching staff!
Today’s weather really allowed for Forest School at its finest and Y3 Topaz Class were the lucky children enjoying time in the outdoors in their wellies! Educational research shows that outdoor learning is beneficial not only to children’s academic outcomes, but also to their emotional and physical wellbeing, so we are very lucky to have the space and capacity to continue this exciting provision! This term’s focus is “Trees” and the children’s learning is cross-curricular including music, clay and folk tales, in addition to doing some planting and conservation of our environment.
This week, Year 3 Ruby Class have had their Mission Week, with a focus on planting for pollinators. They led this morning’s Collective Worship via Zoom and it was good to hear them leading the singing so beautifully, as classes joined in from all corners of the school. Well done Ruby Class! In the coming weeks, YR Red Class and then YR Orange Class will have their first ever Mission Weeks and we are looking forward to sharing in those too.
Well done to Year 4 who have begun their Bikeability (Cycling Proficiency) training this week – it was great to see them riding confidently on the playground and growing in confidence with signalling and manoeuvring. Year 4 Bikeability will be completed later in the term and Year 6 are looking forward to their training on the local roads in a couple of weeks too.
Hall Extension Update
Having met with the contractors this week, I am pleased to share that the hall is likely to be ready for use by the children soon after half-term. They are more or less finished with the construction and now laying flooring and completing the internal decoration. The partition doors are being fitted today, which will enable the space to be divided into two teaching spaces when we don’t need to use the whole space.
We hope to have the opportunity to invite parents and donors to informally view the improved facilities in the second half of the summer term, with a more formal opening after the tiered seating and final works are complete in the Autumn Term. Once updated Government guidance is available for these dates, we will be in touch with more details.
Wishing all of you a lovely weekend.
All best wishes
Label Items - Please label all of your children's items. There is a large number of school uniform and water bottles in the lost property box with no labels on.
School Dinners - Please book your child's hot dinners on Scopay in advance. The menu can be found here but please note that occasionally there will be last minute changes depending on the deliveries the kitchen receive.
Chance to Shine Cricket - In the past two weeks, each class has been lucky to take part in a Chance to Shine cricket workshop run by Surrey Cricket. All the children had a fantastic time learning different cricket skills including throwing, catching and batting and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity Surrey Cricket provided. If your child came home buzzing about the game, they may wish to sign up to Surrey Cricket’s Dynamo programme for all ages and abilities or the All Stars programme for advanced players at https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/SearchResults
The Big Ask survey
Surrey County Council wants to encourage every child and young person living in Surrey to take part in a new national survey. Launched on Monday, 19 April, by the Children’s Commissioner for England, "The Big Ask" survey wants to hear from as many children as possible. The aim is to inform the Government what children and young people really think and to help improve children's lives in the future. The survey is for children and young people between 4-17 years old. It is completely anonymous and does not ask children to submit any directly identifiable information. Please note; Easy read versions of the survey are also available. For more details and to complete the survey, visit; The Big Ask survey. Teaching staff, please use the Activity packs and lesson plans. These resources are suitable for children aged 6-17
AlleyCatz - For all new starters: for an hour slot with a dedicated advisor, please ensure you book an appointment. Please book as soon as possible to reserve your preferred date. This can be done via our website following the link below: https://www.alleycatz.co.uk/pg/13/Booking. For existing pupils: if you wish to book an instore appointment, please do so athttps://www.alleycatz.co.uk/pg/13/Booking. Please be aware that we are unable to take telephone orders during August and the first week in September.
Whilst the store will be open to all throughout the summer, priority will be given to pre-booked appointments
Exchange period during the summer is extended to start of September
Shortages - please note that we remain subject to container delays with our manufacturers so early booking/purchasing is highly recommended.
PA Bags2school - There will be a collection for Bags2School on 17th May. Please click here for more info. Please drop off your bags outside the school office by 8.45 am on that day in time for collection. Thank you.
Pizza night - There will be another Doughies Pizza night on 11th June. More details will be available on Classlist in due course. .
Wellbeing resources recommended by Dr Alison D'Amario, Educational Psychologist for the Xavier trust can be found here