Thanks to the PTA who organised a fabulous Christmas Market this year in school. We raised an enormous £1500 for school projects. And we had a great time!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Getting around the City
Do you remember the video booth that was installed in the main entrance hall of the school? You may have even shared your thoughts? You can now find the video online– it’s topic is getting around the City. The responses focus on the accessibility of City assets and how families feel about the environment of the City of London. Do take a look if your get the chance. You will find it on the Corporation of London’s public YouTube channel.
A local group of parents and residents in Aldgate are planning to present a national petition to the Prime Minister to convince her to act on air pollution. As you will know, our area of central London suffers from poor air quality and the school is very supportive of any action to help things improve.
You can support this local campaign by visiting: http://www.wecanwin.co.uk/my-son-cant-wait.
The group are also making a film on air pollution in the City of London with Munsur Ali, an ex student from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School and resident on Mansell Street. They aim to launch this in the new year.
There are lots of measures we have in school to help mitigate the effects of poor air quality. We monitor the air with stations around the school site and inside the school building. This helps us to make decisions about physical activity in the outdoor spaces. We’re also fortunate to have the support of the City of London Corporation who have recently made available a grant of £50,000. We plan to use this to install air filtration systems into the basement among other measures.
Ultimately, the only way to really improve things is to improve air quality across our City. I strongly encourage you to get involved.
Our children have been making their voices heard recently by writing to Sadiq Khan about this very issue. You can see some of the writing on the head’s blog.
During both Holiday Play schemes and term-time Playcentre, we have been running a Stop Motion Animation workshop using whiteboards, plasticine, models and 3d objects. The children's animations were made independently and they also learnt to use Dragonframe software to capture their work.
Thanks to the following children for their brilliant animations:
Raya, Yasmin, Fermin, Oliver, Ravi, Kush, Lily-Rose, Niya, Layth, Amelie, Maya, Freddie, Philip, Bradley, Georgia, Joseph, Gabriel, Romilly, Harper, Tristan Archibald, Veronique Seymour, Nicole, Harrison, Fermin, Joshua, Zackand Harvey.
Thank you so much for your donations to the First Love Foundation. First Love give food, support and advice to local people in crisis. Your generous gifts were collected today by the Foodbank. If you want to find out more about how you can help them visit their website: https://www.firstlovefoundation.org.uk/foodbank/ .
As the building work on the new building on Mitre Square comes to a conclusion, the focus is shifting to the development of the public square.
We’re excited about these improvements but there will be very significant changes to parking arrangements over the coming months. Old style permits for cars will soon be no longer valid and will be replaced with a new permit arrangement. You will need a valid permit to park on Mitre Street if you need your car to pick up or drop off children.
It’s expected that there will be a limited number of spaces to park on Mitre Street which you will need a permit to use. Permits will issued on the basis of need and we will invite applications from parents and carers later in the autumn term. We strongly encourage parents to travel to school by public transport or on foot.
Please look our for further announcements. You're also welcome to pop in to chat to a member of the leadership team about matter.
Year Two spent Wednesday morning in the roof garden learning about where potatoes came from (Peru) and how they arrived in this country.
They measured out the size of Sir Francis Drake's ship, The Golden Hind - which is about the same size as the roof garden and was home to 80 sailors for three years! Drake was the first Englishman to sail all the way round the world in 1580 and he is credited with bringing back the potato. Potatoes were first cultivated by the Incas and there are about 3,000 different varieties grown in Peru.
Year Two learned how to 'chit' potatoes. This means the tubers are left to sprout in a cool, light place before they are planted. The potatoes will be ready to plant in mid-March when we celebrate St Patrick's Day! This year we are growing an early potato called Rocket that will be harvested in the Summer Term and Maris Piper (the chip shop favourite) that will be harvested in the autumn term.
The gardening and food tasting sessions are run by Friends of City Gardens volunteers. If parents wish to join in and help they would be very welcome. The sessions are from 09.30 to 10.30 every Wednesday.
We held our annual Dare Graduation today. This valuable initiative involves practicing police officers working directly with our Year 5 to work through a programme of life skills, problem solving and drug resistance education.
The children worked really well this year and every child managed to Graduate from the programme. Today we were joined by representatives of City of London police, parents and carers. Children were given a Dare t-shirt, a commemorative pin and a certificate.
We all gave them three cheers as they became graduates of the Dare programme, 2015. Well done Class 5!
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