St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018

St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018

St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018

FRANCES TAYLOR

Acting Head of School

Superstar!

 

…that was the name of this year’s nativity and Superstars they were – all of them!  This lovely story about the true meaning of Christmas was told by the whole school, through song, actions and words.  To a packed church for both performances the children  demonstrated their ability to learn a lot of songs and words as well as their admirable confidence to perform in front of others.   We love this time of year and listening to the children joining in with every word we know they do too.  Do enjoy watching this film of the performances put together by our very willing parent volunteer Mr Martin – Lawrence – thank you!

Maple Class Trip to Pooh Corner

Maple Class Trip to Pooh Corner

We had a brilliant adventure last week, walking to the local shop ‘Pooh Corner’. We had some juice and cakes, then read a story about Winnie the Pooh. We brought money and all paid for our cakes ourselves and then we had time to go to the playground on the way back to school. What a fantastic adventure, thank you so much to all of our volunteers and workers at Pooh Corner for making us so welcome.

Remembrance Week Walk to War Memorial

Remembrance Week Walk to War Memorial

Today we each carried a cross, marked with the name of a victim of the war from Hartfield. The children amazed us with the respect and reverence they showed as they walked through the Churchyard, past some of the heroes’ graves stones, and then, led by James Castle, each laid a cross at the village War Memorial. The crosses have been left on display for us all this Remembrance weekend.

Pause Day

Pause Day

This week the whole school has gone ‘off curriculum’ to learn about World War 1 in commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War 1 in 1918. We have written prayers, poems and read stories all linked to the week of Remembrance. On Wednesday we had a pause afternoon and worked together to make poppies and medals.  We then went up to Church where Rev Julie and Katrina led us in a service where we could learn and understand some more of those who fought in the war.  Every child was then given a wooden cross with the name of somebody linked to the local area who gave their life in war. The hall displayed photographs of these people for the children to find and identify. At the end of the week we then walked as a school down to the War Memorial where we gathered and each laid our cross in remembrance. An amazing end to an amazing week when children showed such respect and reverence.

Thrive Day

Thrive Day

We are a Thrive school – a school that puts children first and uses the Thrive programme to support them. Mrs Leahy organised a wonderful day where the whole school could access thrive activities for the whole day! All the teachers and teaching assistants are trained in Thrive and under Mrs Leahy’sguidance were able to deliver some great activities for groups of just 8 or 9 children throughout the day. By the end of the day the children had tried out ten activities each!

Malawi Day

Malawi Day

Our Starfish Malawi champions arranged a Starfish Malawi Day – and it was brilliant! The whole school came dressed in the Malawi flag colours of red green and black so we all looked the part too. An amazing well done to Seren, Elodie, Ellie, Phoebe, Ellen, Elouise, Ashleigh, and Daisy who worked tirelessly and supported the teachers on the day. Children were able to learn all about Malawi and made flags, choreographed dances to the Starfish Malawi song, made starfish and tried out a true and false quiz all about Malawi. In the afternoon we were honoured to have a visit from Chris Knott, the founder of the Starfish Malawi charity who led an assembly for us and worked with year 5 and 6 to learn even more! A great day – thank you everyone!