Year 6 and Reception joined together this afternoon to find out who their prayer friends are. They had lots of fun spending time playing and getting to know each other!
We hope that by providing Reception children with a Year 6 prayer friend, they will have that extra layer of support and comfort as they get to know another familiar face. Year 6 are then there to look after them on the playground when necessary, talk to them about school, and accompany them to Mass, modelling how to behave and engage in prayer. Being a Prayer Friend is something which all children love and take very seriously – many long term friendships have begun from Prayer Friends.
I’ve just pledged our support for this year’s Anti-Bulling Week which runs from November 11th-15th.
The theme this year is “Change Starts with Us” and we’ll be joining in with the nationwide Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12th November!
We’ll let you know more about what we’ll be doing in the coming weeks.
Year One will be going on a trip on Thursday (19th September) and so we are looking for any parents who are able to come with us and would like to attend. It will be for the whole day from 9.30am until 2.45pm. If you are interested please let us know by just popping into the Year One classroom at the end of the school day.
Thank you in advance
Yesterday, Year 4 enjoyed finding lines of symmetry in 2D shapes. In pairs, the children cut the shapes out before folding them to see whether or not they are symmetrical and, if they are, how many lines of symmetry they have. Ask your child what he/she found out about line symmetry in regular polygons.
Year 6 really enjoyed playing our own version of Yahtzee today! They had to use the dice to create 7-digit numbers that met different criteria whilst competing against their team to also create the highest possible number for that category. It really got their brains working as they had to reason through their choices. Our classroom was full of so much mathematical vocabulary (in between the screams of glee and groans of frustration!).
Year 6 took part in their first shared class liturgy of the year today in our lovely prayer garden. Children helped to read scripture based on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’ before we shared our resolutions for the new acadmic year ahead.
Year 6 were reverent and active as they led us in the readings and bidding prayers of our first whole school mass this morning. They are looking forward to finding out who their prayer friends are in Reception at the end of the week and helping them in their faith journey too.
Dear Year 4 parents/carers,
As you are aware, Year 4 are going on their first trip of the year this Friday, to Go Ape! at Coombe Abbey. On Friday morning, they should arrive at school at the normal time. They should however come in their school PE tracksuits. They should also bring with them:
- A coat or jacket (just in case it is cold or wet)
- A packed lunch*
- An additional drink and snack
*Those children who receive free school meals will have a packed lunch provided. If you usually pay for a school dinner and would like the school to provide a packed lunch, please let the office know by the end of the day tomorrow (Tues 10th Sep) so that the catering staff can ensure that this is ready.
We will be travelling to Go Ape via two minibuses and a car.
Our adventure session at Go Ape is during the morning. Once we have finished this we will have lunch at Coombe Abbey and complete some additional activities around the country park during the afternoon. We will return to school for the end of the normal school day.
If you child is nervous/worried about the trip please reassure them that we are going for fun and to challenge ourselves – they will not be forced complete any particular activity! In all honesty, I’m a little nervous (and excited) too! Also, if you are yet to pay, please do so via Sims Agora at your earliest convenience.
Mr A Cooke
Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely summer break and it’s great to welcome all the children back to school. This is a very important year for your child and family as they will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 17th May 2020.
Whilst the children will be undertake the majority of their preparation to receive the Sacrament in school, a vital part of the faith journey is the support they receive from their parents and the parish. This is such an important experience for your child. We acknowledge that parents are the first faith educators of their children but it is the role of the parish and school to support them in this. With this in mind Fr Michael has arranged a programme centred on the Easter Vigil for those children wishing to receive the Sacrament and their parent(s). As you may be aware, Fr Michael is leaving All Souls this month to take up a position within the Diocese of Plymouth and Fr Paul Burch has been appointed as the new Parish Priest at All Souls. Therefore the programme will be led by Fr Paul and Barbara McGowan (parish catechist) and supported by the school. The programme is as follows:
|Saturday 5th October 2019
||Silence & Chips
||5 – 6.30pm
|Saturday 9th November 2019
||Fire & Stories
|Sunday 1st December 2019
|Family Mass &
Y6 Presentation: Advent & Easter
|9.30 – 10.30am
|Sunday 9th February 2019
||Family Mass &
Y6 Presentation: Creation & Sustainability
|9.30 – 10.30am
|Saturday 14th March 2019
||Baptism & Belonging
||5 – 6.30pm
|Saturday 4th April 2019
|Sunday 5th April 2019
Y6 Read The Passion
|9.30 – 10.30am
|Sunday 3rd May 2019
|Family Mass &
Y6 Presentation: Our Committment
|Sunday 17th May 2019
||Sacrament of Confirmation
As you can see, the first session is interestingly called ‘Silence & Chips’. This will take the form of a period of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and then a fish and chip supper to celebrate the start of the program.
Please return the reply slip attached to the letter sent out via email acknowledging receipt of this information and indicating your menu preference for those parents and Y6 children having a fish and chip supper. Please return it to school by Wednesday 18th September 2019.
For the children in Year 4 who didn’t receive a copy of the clubs letter tonight, it can be downloaded here and should also have been emailed. Apologies that this didn’t go out as planned.