Back to every part of normal.

Lots of my ‘next step in the journey back to normal’ messages over recent months have been about events and traditions for which the pupils, staff and community of St Peter’s have been longing. This week, though, the ‘next step in the journey back to normal’ has been the return of formal Statutory Assessment Tests for our Year 6 pupils, with our pupils in Year 2 also doing tests over the full month of May. I am delighted to be able to report that all of the pupils rose to this challenge with good spirit, hard work and thorough commitment. The pupils have lived through unprecedented times since March 2020, and for them to have prepared for their tests so thoroughly is a testament to their teachers and their families during this whole pandemic. I am sure that lots of hard work by them, their families, and many colleagues over several years, will be richly rewarded.  Well done to everyone, children and adults, involved.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

A busy start to the summer term

The summer term at St Peter’s started at full speed ahead, which as Year 2 found out in their visit to the Sea City museum in Southampton was the same rate as the Titanic when it struck the iceberg.  This year group led the first school trip of the term as part of their depth study into that fateful vessel.  Meanwhile, Year 5 pupils have hosted specialist visitors as part of their country depth study of India, and have taken part in Indian dance and drumming, as well as Indian art on pottery.  Not to be outdone, Year 4 pupils had a visit from a real-life Viking, Tyrson War-Bear, who brought to life their deep learning day into whether the Vikings were traders or raiders, before designing and making models of their own Viking longboats.  Now wonder we all needed a long weekend after just one week back at school!  Thank you to all the St Peter’s staff who have made these rich learning experiences possible.

On top of all of this, we were able to host in the usual way families from Year 1 to join in a collective worship Liturgy.  Fr Jeremy joined us and it really did feel like a big step on the road to Covid recovery for the school.  Let’s hope it’s the first step of many.

Please do look at individual class blogs and the RE blog to see in more details what is happening across our school community.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Not lost in translation

Huge congratulations go to all entrants to the St Peter’s Foreign Language Writing Competition, all of whom just so happened to be from Year 5. The children all worked on their pieces of writing in their own time, which is a real credit to them. It was a very difficult decision to make, but the panel of teachers decided that the winner should be Grace (5SC) because of her immaculate presentation and the high level of independence that she showed when creating her piece.

The submitted pieces of work have been translated onto audio recording devices around school for other children to listen to and enjoy the talents of our multilingual pupils. The pieces of written work will later be moved to an album in the school foyer so that visitors and parents too can experience the joy!

Thank you to Mrs Atkins, the school lead on English as an Additional Language, for organising the competition.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Lenten preparations for Easter

Over this last week of term, St Peter’s pupils have marked Jesus’ road to Calvary and Passion.  Staged over 3 days, pupils watched 3 Passion Plays depicting the Last Supper (pictured), Judas’ betrayal, and Christ’s Crucifixion.  Classes from Years 5 and 6 performed, and we were able to invite families in to watch each Passion Play over the course of the week.

In addition, all the pupils in the school undertook a journey of faith, a walk of witness and a service of penance in preparation for Holy Week and the Easter season.  The children followed the Stations of the Cross in locations around the school site, before gathering for a penitential service with the Oaklands lay chaplain Miss Heath and Fr Jeremy from Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle.
After two fallow years where our Lenten activities have been interrupted by Covid, it was reassuring to return to tradition, with a range of colleagues devoting great work to make the time significant for the development of pupils’ faith.
Wishing all families a Happy and Holy Easter from the school community of St Peter’s.
Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Diversity Week

This week the pupils at St Peter’s have been immersed in multi-cultural learning through our annual Diversity Week.  Children of different ages throughout the school have done deep learning on Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism, all of which was brought to live by rich artefact boxes of worship items related to each faith provided by Hampshire Resources.  In addition, this year we were lucky enough to have workshops delivered by Rabbi Zvi from the Jewish Community of Berkshire Education branch.  Rabbi Zvi did live video link workshops for Years 5 and 6 on Monday, and then on Tuesday visited the school in person to work with Years 2 to 4.  The workshops included the use of religious items central to the Jewish faith, and had a particular relevance in helping the pupils to understand Jesus’ lifestyle as we approach the time of Passover.  Art lessons included the creation of Rangoli, prayer mats and turbans to name but a few.  Great thanks go to Miss Honeywell, RE Lead, for making these wonderful learning opportunities available to our pupils.

Year 1 pupils exploring items from the Jewish tradition.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

A little help means a lot

When we collected items to help Ukrainian refugees, we channelled the items you gave to school through Stella’s Voice, a charity with a collection depot in Havant.

As you will see below, Stella’s Voice were one of a number of organizations that have been able to get assistance through to those fleeing the war, in this case to Ukrainians who have sought refuge in Moldova.

Thank you all once again for your generosity, and we will continue to be a conduit for donations if more arrive in school.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Spring has sprung at St Peter’s

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

 

Supporting Ukrainian refugees

It is no exaggeration to say that in appealing for essential items to aid those fleeing from war in Ukraine, donations flooded in from the St Peter’s community. Under the direction of Mrs Pearson, the generous contributions were sorted into various labelled boxes by pupil volunteers.  Boxes and bags were then loaded onto the minibus and delivered to the charity Stella’s Voice in Havant, https://stellasvoice.org.uk/ ,  from where they will make their way to those refugees fleeing Ukraine.

As one would expect, St Peter’s children and their families were extremely generous.  However, it is worth noting that as well as donations from our school community we had several donations from members of the wider community who have no direct links to our school but heard that we were collecting. This is a true testament to word of mouth and to the power of community solidarity that reaches out to those in need.

Thank you to everyone for the contributions to this cause, and please continue to pray for peace, reconciliation and justice in eastern Europe.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Please pray for the restoration of peace

Ever and All Loving God,

As we follow news of the mad progression to war,
we pray and we plead for a change of hearts and minds, for de-escalation,
and for dialogue instead of bombardment, violence and aggression against innocent people.

All peoples are Your children. And Your children find themselves on both sides of the current confrontation.  Ukrainian and Russian families will suffer the loss of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, children and grandparents, homes, neighbourhoods, and ways of life.

But You are a God of peace and love, not war and bloodshed. Though the things that make for peace may be hidden from the eyes of those driving the march to war, we pray that those eyes may be opened and that peace may yet prevail.

We pray also that the world may never look away, that we always remember the situation in Ukraine is real. It kills, maims, and destroys and will generate more deaths and more injured, more tears and pain, more fears and hatred.

We make this desperate prayer secure in Your love, through Jesus, our Lord, Amen.

 

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Time for a break.