Monthly Archives: October, 2020

Have a safe half-term break

Hampshire County Council has asked us to share the following important public health message with you all:

Coronavirus infections are continuing to rise, and Hampshire is on ‘Medium’ COVID alert level.

We need your help to stop the spread of the virus, so please continue following national public health guidance this half term.

Remember ‘hands, face, space’ and the Rule of 6: which means no large gatherings indoors or outdoors.

Let’s all work together to Keep Hampshire Safe.

Mr R Cunningham



Festive fundraising – already!

Thank you to all families who have been able to order Christmas items from their child’s drawings this week.  The Friends of St Peter’s usually does so much to help raise extra funds for the school, and next week would normally have seen the Monster Ball parties for children on the Friday before the half-term break.  Alas, that and our children’s Christmas parties will need to be cancelled, but the Friends of St Peter’s continue with their efforts through the Christmas picture orders.  There is also a growing stock of nearly new uniform for sale at very accessible prices – information and contact details are available on the website via

Thanks must also go to our Art teacher Mrs Pearson who taught the lessons in which the festive images were produced, and who has coordinated the project in school.

Congratulations to former St Peter’s pupil Mason Mount, who scored for England last Sunday night.  Mason was at St Peter’s between 2003 and 2010, and is now a regular starter for Chelsea.  His winning goal at Wembley Stadium in the UEFA Nations League secured a 2-1 win over the top ranked team in world football, Belgium.

Mr R Cunningham

Learning and living RE

Over the two weekends of 3rd and 10th October, a selection of pupils from St Peter’s made their First Holy Communion.  Please keep in your prayers Aimee, Kieron, Connie, Teddy, Harriet, Thomas, Luca, Brayden, Jonah, Sophie, Georgia, Sophia, Lola, William, Edie, George and Harrison.  They were joined by children from other schools for whom we also pray.  It was a delight to share Mass with these children and celebrate with their families; the young ladies looking simply splendid and the chaps looking very smart indeed.

In school during the month of September, RE lessons for pupils have had two themes.  Firstly, the children discussed what they could do to live out the school mission statement of ‘Walking hand in hand with God to make our world a better place’.  Next, pupils have studied the creation story, ranging from ordering the days of creation by the youngest children to pupils in Year 6 considering how they can be responsible stewards of God’s creation in the twenty first century.

Thank you to St Peter’s colleagues who raised £107.73 for Macmillan nurses on Friday 2nd October in donations for cakes during the inset day.

If you know of any families who are looking for a school place for Reception in September 2020, please direct them to contact the admission secretary Mrs Pope  to provide their own contact details to join our mailing list for updates on the application process via 02392 262599 or

Mr R Cunningham

One month done!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is September done!  It has been quite an undertaking, yet thoroughly successful, so I am delighted to have the first month of the school year under our belt.  It is also great to report that whole school average attendance for the month of September was 98%, which compares incredibly well to other attendance figures for attendance (national 91%, Hampshire 94.4% and Havant & Waterlooville 95.1% in September 2020).

Over the course of this week, the Senior Leadership Team has met with every class teacher to discuss class and pupil priorities that have been identified over the first four weeks of term.  Each colleague has a clear action plan in place for the children they teach to support any catch-up needed as a result of school closure, and also strategies to embed and drive forward the learning for this school year.  During the Inset day on Friday 2nd October, colleagues will be looking at whole school outcome targets, and developing lesson planning and resourcing to work towards the successful achievement of these for your children.

Thank you all for the support given as we have navigated our way through September.  We know that different ways of doing things still lie ahead of us in this term, and we will continue to look for ways to refine and improve our practice to make the school day ever more efficient for pupils and families alike.

Mr R Cunningham