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Award Winners 2022

Congratulations to our award winners 2022

Mrs Liz Holford – Chair of Governors

Bella – Sportswoman of the Year

Emi – House Captain for St Mother Theresa House (Winning House 2022)

Henry – Sportsman of the Year

Laura – Mrs Daley Reading Award

Summer – Key Stage 2 Governors’ Award

Phoebe – Key Stage 1 Governors’ Award

Jacquie – Musician of the Year Award

Mr R Cunningham – Headteacher

Hampshire Day

Happy Hampshire Day, and also Happy Saint Swithun’s Day, on this 15th July 2022.

St. Swithun’s Day is a day on which, according to folklore, the weather for a subsequent period is dictated. In popular belief, if it rains on St. Swithun’s Day, it will rain for 40 days, but if it is fair, 40 days of fair weather will follow.  Well, in this current heatwave, I think we’d all welcome 40 days of rain!

Pictured here is the Hampshire flag, which was gifted to St Peter’s by Mrs Cairns on the occasion of her retirement in April 2022 after 25 years of service to the school.  It will be flown annually each 15th July, just as we fly the flags of the home nations on their patronal feast days each year.

Mr R Cunningham

All in a good cause

Committed as ever to good causes, pupils at St Peter’s this week have shown their altruistic side.  Members of the School Council held a bake sale, raising £127 to fund the development of an eco-garden in school with the purchase of compost bins.  Meanwhile, Year 6 pupils set out on a sponsored walk from school to trek the paths of Purbrook, incredibly raising over £1000 for the homelessness support charity Two Saints.  This came out of a study unit the pupils had done based upon stewardship and commitment to those in need in the communities around us.

Meanwhile, a team of 5 pupils from Year 5 (Ellen, Max, Johan, Jack and Lola) went to Horndean Technology College this week for an inter-school competition involving English, Maths, Science and PE.  From the 9 competing schools, St Peter’s came out in first place.  Congratulations!

Well done to all of the pupils involved in these events, and a massive thank you to staff and volunteers for enabling these to happen.

Mr R Cunningham

Our school feast day

This week at St Peter’s we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate the Feats of Saints Peter and Paul with an outside Mass – followed of course by ice cream treats for all pupils and staff at lunchtime to mark our patronal feast day!

Mr R Cunningham

Philosophy for Children

During the second half of the summer term, both classes from St Peter’s Year 6 will be experiencing lessons at Oaklands as a completion of their Philosophy for Children study.  Each fortnight, the pupils in Year 6 have a lesson with the Headteacher in which they explore and discussion different concepts and arguments.  For the final 3 lessons of this school year, under the guidance of RE teacher Miss Hogan in Oaklands’ chapel (pictured below), the children will undertake a programme of study in Philosophy and Ethics in which they explore the presence of God in our lives.

This is an excellent bridging opportunity between primary and secondary school, as well as challenging the pupils to put their reasoning and debating skills to the test at an extended level.

Mr R Cunningham

The wonderful Friends of St Peter’s

Our brilliant PTA The Friends of St Peter’s organised a Fathers’ Day gift sale this week, enabling the pupils to buy a little something for dads, grandads, uncles or special adults in their lives.  This was ahead of their main fundraiser, which saw a welcomed return of St Peter’s Summerfest on the school field on Friday evening 17th June.  Great fun was had by all at this circus-themed event, with music from a local band and lots of stalls for children and adults alike to enjoy.

Mr R Cunningham

EAL Award for St Peter’s

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School has been awarded the Hampshire County Council Silver “English as an Additional Language” Excellence Award. The Award acknowledges all the fantastic work that takes place at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School to support students for whom English is an Additional Language and their families.
In order to have achieved it, many members of staff made a valuable contribution under the guidance of the school’s EAL Leader Mrs Lauren Atkins.
Mr R Cunningham

Jubilee celebrations

To mark the Platinum Jubilee, pupils at St Peter’s have decorated the doors to their classrooms ahead of the Red, White and Blue party afternoon on Friday 27 May.

Year 6 chose British sporting heroes over the decades.

Year 3 filmed their own coronations with a 3-D monarch.

Year 2 invited us all to take tea with the Queen.

The music room had disks for a dance through the decades.

The Pumpkin Room mounted its own Queen’s Guard.  Attention!

Well done to all of the pupils for their hard work on their decorations, and thank you to all
the staff who coordinated this colourful pageant.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Mrs Carter-Hall has been busy making patriotic pastries and
British buns for the children to enjoy during an afternoon of activities, games and celebrations.

Thank you to our fabulous catering team who provide for us all year round.

Mr R Cunningham

All back together again

For the first time in over 2 years we have been able to hold whole school worships in the hall again.  I have to admit that standing before over 430 children to lead worship for the first time in 26 months was really quite daunting until the point at which the pupils began to sing.  Then voices, hearts and spirits were lifted, and my nerves evaporated.

By happy fortune, the theme of the worship came from John’s Gospel (13:24) of Christ’s new commandment ‘Love one another as I have loved you’, with an emphasis on the solidarity that those words of scripture bring.  Despite the many and various ways that we have been dispersed over the past 2 years, we have never lost sight in our school community of the Christian and familial love that binds us together.

At the conclusion of our worship, we were able to announce following recent hustings and voting the names of our elected House Captains (Year 6), House Vice Captains (Year 5) and House Leaders (Years R to 4) as shown in the picture above.  These children will take on responsibilities in our 4 school houses of St Oscar Romero (yellow), St Mother Teresa (green), St John Paul II (blue) and St Mary Elizabeth (red).  Thanks go to Mrs Edge who has devised and launched our new house system for St Peter’s.

Mr R Cunningham

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