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In-Focus Principal: Stuart Williams Vice Principal: Kelly Jackson www.catmoseprimary.com

ISSUE 22

Hindu Workshop Day

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Children In Need

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Author Visit

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Focus on: Jonathan White

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Focus on: Oak Class

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After School Club

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PTA

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Letter to Santa

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Children in need: Page2

News in brief This has already been a very busy term with Children in Need, the Hindu Workshop day, a visit from an author and Basket Ball Coaching to name just a few of the events that have happened at Catmose Primary recently. All of our pupils take part in such a wide variety of events and I am proud of each and every one of them. I was particularly proud of our pupils on Remembrance Day as they held their minute silence. Everyone took part and understood the need to pay our respects to the service people, in the past and present, whose brave actions keep us safe. Kelly Jackson Vice Principal

HINDU WORKSHOP DAY Each class enjoyed a Hindu Workshop day at Catmose Primary school to celebrate Diwali. Beech Class have created a report to share their enjoyment of the day: Beech Class thoroughly enjoyed the Hindu Workshop that took place. The pupils were engaged through stories,

music and artefacts from India. The best surprise for Beech Class was opening their eyes to see their friends Laura Williams and Ben Hearn dressed as Hindu Gods. They both looked fantastic in fineries from India and the pupils left the workshop with a smile and the desire to learn more.

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AUTHOR VISIT

CHILDREN IN NEED The pupils wore their pyjamas to school in order to raise money for Children in Need. They took part in a wide range of class activities and collected money for this worthy cause. All monies collected were then placed on a Pudsey Bear by the pupils. Well done to all those involved.

FOCUS ON: JONATHAN WHITE, SPORTS COACH NAME: Jonathan White CLASS: Sports Coach FAVOURITE FOOD: Pasta with chicken and bacon FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD: Old Trafford football ground BEST TEACHING/SPORTING MEMORY: Scoring 135 for Wakerley and Barrowden Cricket Club in a cup semi-final or taking 9 wickets for 7 runs for Wakerley and Barrowden Cricket Club against Stuart and Lloyds of Corby in the Rutland League BEST JOKE: Knock knock....who’s there?....Doctor....Doctor who?.... exactly.

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Author Andrew Fusek Peters visited Catmose Primary to share his books and love for writing with the pupils. They took part in a whole school assembly, with Silver Birch and Willow classes getting to take part in an exciting workshop afterwards. From the book sales and work that followed the visit we can safely say that the pupils have been inspired to read more and to try writing their own stories. A very enjoyable experience for all. Alex Tradewell, Year 2, wrote the following news report on Andrews visit: Yesterday Andrew Fusek Peters read his poems and books to us. He also played the didgeridoo, and let us have a go. He had a brown one and white one. He was selling his poetry books and was giving out postcards for the best questions. He was funny.


FOCUS ON: OAK CLASS Oak class have been really busy since we came back from our half term holiday. With so much to say, here is a snippet of just some of the activities we have enjoyed. In our 3i work, Oak class have been learning about arts from the different continents. We started off in Europe, learning about Leonardo da Vinci, Bach, Darcey Bussell, Louis Smith, and even attempted our own Mona Lisa drawings! As part of R.E., the children took part in a Hindu workshop, with a fantastic retelling of the Rama and Sita story with lots of elaborate costumes. We all got an elephant or peacock stamp put on our hand to remind us of some of the important Hindi symbols. As a sign of respect on the 11th, we decorated our board with thoughtful poppies - filled with our kind words about the brave soldiers. Oak class have been really hard workers and I’m very proud of their efforts. Keep it up team! Miss Redding and Lisa.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB The Catmose Primary after school club has started really well and it’s great that so many of you are using the facility already. The club runs every day from 3:30 until 5:30 in Cedar Class for just £5 per session, which includes a sandwich tea and drink. For catering and staffing purposes, could we please ask that places are booked at least the day before with the office and secured with the payment. We are in the process of setting up the ability to pay using parent pay - the system already in use for lunches and the breakfast club - and will let you know as soon as this is up and running.

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PTA We are very proud of our active PTA, known as Catmose Primary Friends, here at Catmose Primary. This tireless group of parents plan and run a wide variety of exciting events for both pupils and parents and raise funds to buy some of the ‘extras’ within school, such as the Trim Trails. All monies raised go towards providing the pupils with fun resources or events within school. Any parent or guardian is welcome to join the team, whether a full member or as an extra pair of hands at events. Andrea Holton, Chair of the PTA, welcomes new members and would be happy to speak to anyone interested in joining.

LETTER TO SANTA

HAPPY BAGS Christmas is such an exciting time of year for children, so why not bring even more magic by ordering a personalised Letter from Santa for your child and, at the same time, support the NSPCC and ChildLine during the festive season. By visiting http://bit.ly/NSPCCletter you’ll be taken straight through to the Letter from Santa website where, for a suggested donation of £5 (or any other donation of your choice), you can order one of these special letters to be delivered to your child in the run up to Christmas.

Wed 27 November 2013 Catmose Primary Friends will be working with the organisation Bag 2 School The purpose of the day is for your child to bring to school in the morning any unwanted clothes, bedding and shoes. The collection of textiles is then bagged up and sold to importers and wholesalers from many countries in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia. In return we get 50p per kilo. The money raised will used by the PTA for the various events that take place at the School.

Every pound raised helps ChildLine and the NSPCC be there whenever a child seeks help.

MR SMITH Mr Smith has resigned from his post at Catmose Primary. We wish him the very best for the future and thank him for all his work during his time at Catmose Primary.

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