Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Grant us, O Lord, the will to accomplish all that pleases you; the strength to do all that you command and the reverence to respect all that you have made; for your own name's sake. Amen.
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
School Council met last week and one topic on the agenda was sandals! Councillors were concerned that shoes could be very hot and uncomfortable in the summer months. We agreed that during the summer term, sandals could be worn in school. We had a long discussion about the types of sandals which we thought would be safe on the school playground and the type which wouldn’t be safe to wear.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the horrific incident this week in Westminster. The City of London Police have asked that we pass on the following guidance to parents, carers and staff.
You will all be aware of the shocking events at Westminster this week. The Metropolitan Police Service is not advising that people change their plans, lock down buildings, or anything of this kind. We do continue to advise, however, that all our communities and partners remain alert but not alarmed.
Businesses in the Westminster area should be prepared for likely congestion that will potentially last for several days.
In common with all Police Forces across the UK, the Metropolitan Police continually trains and plans for incidents of this type and several of those plans are being put into place now.
Many of you will have customers or staff who will look to you for advice/guidance.
Our advice to you is:
· Remain alert not alarmed
· Review your plans
· Report all suspicious sightings as soon as possible
We regularly review our safety plans and emergency arrangements. We have provided additional guidance today for school trip leaders about managing risks during educational visits around London. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Did you know that in Tower Hamlets and the City we have some of the poorest dental health in the country? You may have seen a recent report on the news about the huge increase in the number of extractions of baby teeth: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39327425
The NHS Community Dental Services will be visiting the Children’s Centre on 2nd May, 2017 from 9.30-11.30am. All parents are more than welcome to attend.
If you’re interested in improving your family’s oral health or would like information and advice about keeping your children’s teeth clean and healthy come along to our workshop.
The Governing Body of the school met last week for its termly meeting. Among topics for discussion were pupil progress, residential trips, and new initiatives in mathematics.
Governors also approved a new policy on Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) that had been proposed by Mr Wilson and the Senior Leadership Team. The policy emphasises the importance of safe and healthy relationships and brings forward the teaching on body changes during puberty to ensure children within the school are adequately prepared for these.
The review of this policy is well timed as Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, recently announced proposals that will make elements of SRE mandatory in all schools from 2019.
We are aware that SRE has the potential to be a controversial subject amongst parents. The new curriculum has been designed to sit within the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme and makes use of the PSHE Association scheme of work, which teachers have already begun to use in other areas. It has also been the subject of extensive consultation with governors and parents, through discussion groups and a questionnaire. We hope you were able to contribute to that.
Parents expressed a range of views during the consultation process. There was general and broad support for the new curriculum and a clear feeling that the subject should be taught in the same manner as other topics in the PSHE curriculum. Parents also requested that faith and cultural contexts be explained and that teaching should be sensitive to these. The teaching team already considers such sensitivities in its delivery of the Religious Education curriculum and we are confident that topics within SRE will be delivered in the same manner.
If you wish to contact the Governing Body on this, or on any other matter relating to school strategy, you are very welcome to do so via the school office.
Mr Matt Piper
Vice Chair of Governors
We held a meeting with parents and carers today about the Key Stage 2 assessments. If you didn't get chance to come along, take a look at the video below for all the information you need.
We had a morning telling jokes to each other on the playground today. Thank you for your effort to get dressed up and join in with the fun.
I've just returned from Stansted Mountfitchet. The children are having a glorious time. We had an excellent day yesterday and enjoyed 3 different activities- gardening, archery and shelter building. In the evening the children had the opportunity to explore the grounds and play in the different activity areas. We settled down inside with board games when it got dark and enjoyed a hot chocolate before bed time.
Everyone slept fairly well- two rooms we're excellent and we had very few tears indeed about missing home.
This morning everyone woke up bright and early and after a short period of free time we had a breakfast of croissants, toast, cereals and porridge. Ms McCarthy inspected rooms at 8.45am and then children enjoyed a play on the adventure playground.
There is a full day of activities on Tuesday including mountain biking, campfire building and art. It's roast chicken for lunch followed by Jacket potatoes for the evening meal.
And, just one more sleep before the children get home on Wednesday. There will be more photos on the website and twitter later on today. Don't worry if you don't see a picture of your child - some children don't like having their picture taken and we don't have a very reliable internet connection at any of the Centres we visit! I can assure you, everyone is having a great time!
Thanks to Ayala who kindly donated a new squad kit for the children to wear when they go out on competitions. Ayala are fitting out the new hotel just by St Botolph’s Church. The children had their first outing in their new strips at Kobi Nazrul this week. We are pleased to announce the team won this inter-school competition!
Over the next couple weeks we're mounting some new art displays in the entrance hall. What wonderful work?!
Our new scheme of work in RE promotes learning about major world faiths. As part of our implementation of the new curriculum the staff are taking part in visits to local faith groups to extend their professional learning about different faith traditions.
This week we visited Bevis Marks Synagogue, just down the road from school. We learnt about the Sephardic tradition at the Synagogue and little about the worshipping community and discussed some of the key practices in Orthodox Judaism.
In the coming months we’ll be off to a couple of other institutions—we’re in discussions with a local Mosque to arrange a visit in the Summer term and we’re hoping to plan visits to other settings in the coming year. We’d be very happy to hear your suggestions.
We’re also hoping to hold a faith and education workshop in the summer term where we’ll be inviting parents and carers in to talk with staff and a guest speaker about faith and education in the context of inclusive Anglican schools serving diverse communities.
Thanks for coming along to our discussion about home–school learning and the little red books we used in the Early Years. You’ve give us lots of ideas about how we can develop these next year including sharing more information about our approach in different areas of the curriculum. We discussed having a growth mind-set at the meeting and a video called, Austin’s Butterfly. You can find out more about these ideas in the video collection below.
We are working with HAWTHORN GREEN RESIDENTIAL HOME to create a new show that will be written by me entirely from the words of the elderly and performed by the young people. The children have already visited the residential home and will be working in Performing Arts to develop this new show. We're hoping to perform the piece at the Rag Factory in East London and the Barbican in the City of London.
You can find out more on Dom's website, including it's interesting name ...The Fly Tipping Project!
Parents, carers and children in Year 6 have been receiving confirmation of their offers for secondary school places this week. This year has been a particularly difficult one across London. There has been a 2% rise in applications to secondary schools. As a result, many more children have been unable to secure their first choice of school. The problem is particularly bad in London—affecting around a third of applicants.
The first thing you should do if you don’t get your preferred school is not panic! It’s worthwhile finding out more about the school you have been offered a place at. If you haven’t visited before, it might be enlightening to go along and see the school in action. Schools change very rapidly and you may not have applied because of an undeserved reputation. It’s worth keeping an open mind.
If you want to appeal the decision we can support you in various ways. If you want to make an appointment to see me, I’m happy to help where I can. We can’t directly influence the decision but we can help you navigate the appeals process. Any appeal about a decision has to have a strong argument and a sound basis for making the appeal. It is considered by lay people who make a final decision for each school. We can also come along with you to appeals if that helps and we can arrange translators if that’s required.
You should also bare in mind that it’s a long period between now and September. After this initial round of offers some places will be declined, some people with move away and some children will take up places in the academy sector. This opens up school places for you– if you’re high up the waiting list you often stand a good chance of getting into school by September, 2017.
Finally, congratulations to those children and families who received their first choice or were admitted to schools in the independent sector. We know you’re going to leave our school proud Cassians with many lessons learnt which have laid excellent foundations for your future.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
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