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Nearly summer, nearly…

The end of the school year is within sight, but not quite yet within reach! Today we had our full transition day for Years 1 to 6 for September 2019, whilst our current Year 6 pupils who will go to Oaklands had a full day as Year 7 pupils ‘over the fence’. Every vacuum needs to be filled, and consequently we have completed the taster and family induction sessions for our future Reception Year pupils.  It was interesting to note that there were more tears from the children when they did not want to leave at the end of the Year R taster sessions, than when they arrived and were dropped off by mums and dads at the start! Great to see such a confident group of children ready to join us at St Peter’s.

Over the next week, please remind your children, as we will in school, to look for lost property, take home lunch boxes and water bottle, and be ready to bring PE kits home for a good wash. When we start the summer holidays, any un-named lost property will be disposed of, so time is of the essence if families want to look for items that have been left in school over recent weeks or months.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Outstanding in our field

The school field has been the site of 4 major events in the last fortnight, showing that our resources at St Peter’s are never under used.  On 21st June, we had our Countries of the World Carnival, the 28th June we held St Peter’s Fest, then our belated Sports Day on 1st July, and most recently on Friday 5th July the Year 4 Camp.

52 pupils and over a dozen staff enjoyed a wonderful evening of games, challenges, fish and chips and marshmallow ‘smores’.  For some pupils it was their first night under canvas, for others their first time staying away from home without a family member.  All the children had a great time, and some of them even had some sleep – until sunrise at about 5:00am!

We are grateful to the many families who put up and took down tents for the children, and for offering their camping equipment for the benefit of the Year 4 classes.  I must thank all the staff who contributed in so many ways to the event, and especially Ms Stapley and Miss Burch who piloted the whole organisation of the camp and led the team of staff throughout the event.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

 

Every penny improves St Peter’s

As I write this blog, preparations are well underway on the school field for our annual St Peter’s Fest. This would not happen without the valuable time of a range of volunteers, and also support from families in the form of raffle prizes, ticket sales and event purchases. We are lucky at St Peter’s to have a budget secure enough to fund the school effectively, but the money raised by The Friends of St Peter’s means that we can then afford the extras that add so much to your children’s education. As you know, a lot of the fundraising in recent years has gone into our new building, the opening of which moves ever closer as, following a handover meeting today, we have taken ownership of the building from Portakabin. The next school project will be to enhance the outdoor learning space for our Year 1 classes, so as you can see the fundraising never stops and every penny goes towards making St Peter’s a better place in which your children can play, learn and grow together.

Next week sees the start of the transition process, with pupils preparing for their classes in September 2019. We do still have 2 spaces in Year R available for new entrants in September, and 1 space in the future Year 3 group due to our usual step-up in class size between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We are also now taking names to add to our waiting lists in other year groups from families interested in a St Peter’s education for their children. If you have friends or family who would like to visit the school with a view to applying for a vacant place or to join our waiting lists, please contact our Admissions Secretary Mrs Pope on 023 9226 2599.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

Carnival time at St Peter’s

It would be impossible for me to put into this week’s blog all of the recent work that has been going on at St Peter’s. Suffice to say that we hit a real high point on Friday with St Peter’s Countries of the World Carnival. It was a wonderful spectacle, and the result of huge amounts of cross-curricular work in every year group from all members of staff. A massive thanks goes out to all colleagues in every area of the school for leading such wonderful learning and adding to a very special day, and to you the families for helping to prepare the children in many different and colourful ways for the carnival. And of course, a colossal well done to the pupils, as it is no mean feat to parade and perform in front of so many adults. Please look at the individual year group and curriculum blogs to see a selection of photos from the carnival, and images of other recent learning across the school.

Mr R Cunningham

Headteacher

Always busy, whatever the weather

We are not exactly enjoying the same sort of June weather that saw heat waves at this time of year in 2017 and 2018. We left it as long as we possibly could before deciding to postpone sports day, and though it is not raining as I write on Friday morning, being out on a soggy field in a cold wind would have tested even the most ardent of athletics fans. We are looking at the school calendar for the rest of term, and working with our PE coaches from CM Sports, to find a new date for sports day to share with families at the earliest opportunity.

Let’s instead look ahead, weather permitting. On Friday 21 June we have our Countries of the World Carnival on the school field, starting at 1:30pm, to which all families are warmly invited. This is a non-uniform day as well, so children may well enjoy dressing up in clothes to match the colours or themes of the country they have been learning about this term: Year R Mexico, Year 1 the Arctic, Year 2 Kenya, Year 3 China, Year 4 Australia, Year 5 India and Year 6 Brazil! We ask that on the day, for the non-uniform contribution, families provide a full bottle of something (soft, soapy or grown-up!) to go towards the Summer Fest bottle tombola.

Speaking of which, don’t forget the annual St Peter’s Fest from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday 28 June on the school field – a Country and Western theme bringing fun for all. Tickets are on sale in the school office.

Do please take a few minutes to click on the Curriculum tab above to see pictures of the wonderful art family learning morning that Mrs Pearson hosted – an amazing feat in a busy school.

And finally, some key dates for Year 6 families are listed below.

Mr R Cunningham

Headteacher

 

  • Year 6 Performance ‘Joseph’ at Oaklands Catholic School, Tuesday 16 July at 6:30pm.
    All families throughout the school are welcome to the show, ticket information to follow.

 

 

  • Year 6 Leavers’ Mass at St Peter’s in the school hall, Friday 19 July at 1:30pm followed by afternoon tea.  Year 6 families welcome.

 

 

  • Year 6 Celebration fun day, Monday 22 July.  Strictly pupils only – because they’ve earned it! (Sorry parents!!) 

 

 

  • Final day of the school year for all pupils – Tuesday 23 July.

 

 

50p for the meter?

We all know that little projects around the house never stay little, or cheap!, once we’ve embarked on a bit of DIY. The other option, of course, is to get a professional in to do the job. Typically these never run to time as the handyman or woman also has ‘a couple of other jobs on at the moment’, usually in some obscure place far away that leaves our job half done. Well, the same applies here, and many children and families have been asking when the new building will be opened. We are in the process of sorting out a power supply issue that arose long after all of our pre-build checks were completed and signed off. A key factor in this lies off our site, and involves equipment that needs to be imported from abroad. Once we have the power connected, contractors will be able to complete and address any points arising from a snag list, and then the finishing touches should fall into place. So, for now, we just have to have another cup of tea and a couple of biscuits, in the spirit of all good DIY projects and builders everywhere.

Mr R Cunningham

Headteacher

Opening up on mental health

As many of you will know, this past week has been nationally noted as Mental Health Awareness Week. It is now commonly accepted amongst experts that half of all mental health conditions in adults are established before the age of fourteen. This is why the mental health and well-being of children and young people is now gaining an ever higher profile in the media and the health care sector. Mrs Pelling, our Child and Family Support Worker, sent our e-mails to families this week with information booklets on emotional well-being and positive steps to maintain good mental health. To complement this, pupils had an assembly on Friday which used some of the material that can be found in the following link

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/resources-for-schools/talking-mental-health-animation-teacher-toolkit/

Families may want to make use of some of the content to become better informed on children’s emotional resilience and well-being strategies, and are always welcome to contact Mrs Pelling for further information and advice.

Mr R Cunningham

Headteacher

Testing times, put in perspective.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers our pupils in Years 2 and 6 who have been working even harder than usual recently, as the children in each of these year groups are undertaking their SATs in May. The debates about the rights and wrongs of testing children in primary schools are endless and often frustrating, so instead let us focus on the pupils and their personal development. I know that the staff in both year groups have worked hard to help the children be as well prepared as possible for their transition to the next Key Stage in their education. Even without the tests, colleagues at St Peter’s give their all for each child, providing support, encouragement, challenge and inspiration for the pupils in their classes as they grow and flourish through the year groups. It is important to remember that whatever the results of a test, and however they are used to rate and rank a school, exam results do not change a school’s most precious commodity – the children themselves. Long before the papers are issued, we are all very proud of the effort, commitment and hard work that our pupils have put in this year, and we know that when the time comes for rest and relaxation these will be well deserved.

Mr R Cunningham
Headteacher

The Friends of St Peter’s – proud but not loud!

As I write this blog, I am enjoying the Key Stage 2 Silent Disco.

I am not in the disco.

It is in the hall next to my office.

But it is silent, which is why I am enjoying it so much!

This does, however, give me an opportunity to praise and promote the excellent work done by our amazing PTA The Friends of St Peter’s. Last Friday the children in Key Stage 1 and Early Years had a great time at their Greatest Showman themed fundraiser, joining in with plenty of songs from the show, and even a couple of numbers that appear on the Radio 2 playlist.

The Friends of St Peter’s will soon be gearing up for their major fundraiser and biggest event of the school year, the annual and very much enjoyed St Peter’s Fest on Friday 28 June from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. All families and friends of the school are warmly invited to the Wild West themed event, and the Dolly Parton tribute act will be joined by class group dance routines prepared by our sports coaches. There will be plenty of stalls and sideshows as well to entertain all ages from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between. Ticket details will follow in due course, as will information about a pupil non-uniform day on Friday 21 June 2019 (our Countries of the World Carnival Day) where the donation for coming in own clothes is traditionally a bottle filled with any liquid (soft drink, shampoo, grown-up pop, etc).

The Friends of St Peter’s are always looking for volunteers to help with any task, small or large, and welcome any time that people can give up to help lay on events and raise money for the school. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Chair Mrs Charmaine Bennett via the school office, and she will gladly give you any information you need.

Mr R Cunningham

Headteacher

Almost ready to move in

Over the Easter break there was a big drive on the installation works for our new building.  The ground works around the building and the fencing have now all been completed.  There remains some internal decoration and installation to do, and we hope to have full access granted during the month of May once the water and electricity are fully connected.  These photos show just how well the building fits in with the style of the rest of the school, and we are looking forward to making full use of the extra space to bring even more opportunities to our pupils’ learning.

 

Year 4 today embarked on the first field trip of the summer term with a day visit to Winchester.  As part of their Anglo-Saxon studies, the pupils visited the ever beautiful Winchester cathedral.  Massive thanks go to Miss Stapley, Miss Burch, Mrs Lavery, Mrs Osmond and the parent volunteers who made the trip possible.

Mr R Cunningham

Headteacher