Please note that there is no longer a whole school mass tomorrow (Monday 9th December).
… is a time of waiting and preparation ahead of the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.
We began the first week of Advent with a class prayer service led by Isla, Simeon and Bridget in which we were reminded about the importance of and meaning behind the Season of Advent.
We then created our class wreath for our prayer focus as we remembered the significance of the symbolic Advent wreath.
Throughout this season of Advent, Year 6 have been given the mission of being a Secret Saint to another member of our class. Each day, they will have special acts of kindness to carry out. This is to help us take daily moments to pause the hustle and bustle of everyday school life and prepare our hearts and minds for the second coming of Jesus.
We have also spent some time with our prayer friends, using scripture to explain to them all about the theme of the first week of Advent: HOPE.
As always, they listened and participated in the shared prayer service beautifully!
We have lots of other lovely things planned this Advent too, including:
- singing Christmas carols at the Maudslay on Monday 9th December (friends and families very welcome!)
- taking part in a ‘Rewind to Christmas’ workshop at Queen’s Road Baptist Church on Wednesday 11th December
- watching the Early Years and Key Stage 1’s Nativity to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas
- singing at our annual Christmas Carol Concert at All Souls’ Church on Wednesday 18th December
Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmaz Bazaar another huge success!
We hope you all had as much fun as we did and managed to win a little (or big!) something too!
Thank you to all school staff, the PTA members, School Council, Choir, parents, helpers, stallholders, children, grandparents, guardians & all visitors for being part of our day.
We could not do it without you!
Our next event is Santa’s Grotto on Thursday 12th December! For more information, please see our weekly newsletter.
Children from Year 1 and Year 2 entered into a young writers competition for which they had to write their own acrostic poem. We are still awaiting the results of the winner but they have contacted us to say that the poems were that good, they want to publish some of them in a poetry book!
Well done to all the children who entered and to those who have been selected to be published! I think the certificates, stickers and bookmarks are very well-deserved.
Please return all consent forms to publish these poems to Mrs Hartwell by no later than Monday 2nd December.
One of the stations involved mixing a base (bicardinate soda) with an acid (vinegar) and observing the reaction it made – ask us what we found out!
Another involved milk and food colouring to make some art in a petri dish – it was fascinating to see what happened and learn why – ask us all about it!
The last station allowed children to explore the interesting world of oobleck! Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? Why?
Thank you to everyone from Wariwck Chem Soc for getting our brains thinking!
On Friday afternoon, Year 4 braved the weather (and mud…and puddles) and walked down to Lake View Park to complete an orienteering course. At first, they definitely underestimated how tricky it would be in comparison to navigating around the school grounds, but eventually become more adept at using the map to find the markers.
It was great fun…and we even made it back in time for the end of the day! A massive thanks to Mrs Quinn and Mrs Rae for coming out in the rain to join us – and to Mr Youson for driving down earlier in the day to set up the course and then set the children off.
Through P.E. sessions this term, Year 5 have honed their boxing skills week by week. At first we set ourselves small goals of working with a good form and keeping in time to the rhythm. In the final few weeks of the term we have advanced to a range of punches (straights, hooks and uppercuts) as well as setting up our own boxing routines with a partner on the pads.