St George’s Express
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ISSUE 4: 11th December 2009
Roving Reporters Out and About In this edition, our roving reporters went to Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre to interview the manager, Kath Barrett, MBE. Turn to page 3 to see read their interview.
Gifts Galore Find out what toys have appeared most on Santa’s list. Turn to page 10 to see if any of them are on your list.
Christmas Around the World Turn to page 5 to find out how Christmas is celebrated in different countries across the world.
Santa’s Hat Tommy Carey has placed his drawing of Santa’s hat throughout this edition. Can you count how many times you can see it?
Inside this issue: The True Christmas Story
Roving Reporters’ Interview
Story for our infant readers plus a Christmas poem
Christmas Around the World
Puzzles and Jokes
Book and Film Reviews
What’s top on lists for Santa?
Sport, including a report on our very own football team’s tournament.
World Cup 2010
COME ALONG TO THE CHRISTMAS FAIR THIS EVENING! Well Done to Alice Waters in 4D for getting her design on the front cover of the Christmas Fair brochure! Make sure you come along to the Christmas Fair this evening. There will be something for everyone! Father Christmas has taken time out of his very busy schedule to meet you all, and you can even have your picture taken with him. Who knows, you might even receive a gift, if you’ve been good! Look out for our House and Vice captains who will be running stalls, together with our Justice and Peace group.
The School News Team would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Holy Christmas. We hope Santa is good to you and look forward to writing for you again in the New Year.
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The True Story of Christmas Written by Allegra Oduah and illustrated by Megan Forshaw
This is the most important Christmas story. It is the story of the First Christmas, when Jesus Christ was born. In a small town called Nazareth, there lived a lady named Mary. She was soon to be married to a carpenter, named Joseph. An angel named Gabriel came to Mary, to give her a message from God. She told her she’d be expecting a baby and it must be named Jesus. The angel told her that her baby would be the son of God! The emperor of Rome was counting people because everyone had to pay taxes. Mary and Joseph had to travel a long way to return to Joseph’s birth place in Bethlehem. They travelled on a donkey. As it was such a long way, Mary started feeling tired but there were no rooms for them to rest, because everywhere was so busy. Finally a kind innkeeper offered them a stable to stay in. Jesus was born in the stable and the animals were staring down at him. He w a s asleep in a m a n g e r, wrapped in a towel to keep him warm.
On the hills, some shepherds were looking after their sheep. There was a bright light in the dark sky. It was an angel who told them not to be scared and that a new King had been born. The King was the son of God and it was important that they should go and visit him. Meanwhile three wise men noticed a very bright star in the sky. They knew that this meant a new King had been born. They followed the star and it led them to Bethlehem. The wise men gave Jesus gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. King Herod heard rumours of the new King being born and wanted to harm the baby Jesus. So, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt for a while so that they could all stay away from King Herod.
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Our Roving Reporters Page Interview conducted by Georgina O’ Donnell and Niamh Sexton on Thursday 26th November 2009.
Have you heard of The Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre? Well, it’s a very special place, not far from our school, and we went to interview Mrs Kath Barrett, MBE, the manager at the Centre to find out what it does and who it’s for. Q: Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about the Sudbury Neighborhood Centre and who it’s for? A: Sudbury Neighborhood Centre was set up thirty years ago for people who are elderly and not able to get out and about and do everyday normal things. So here, they have social contact and make friends. We have outings, we go shopping for them, they have their hair done, they have a bath, they see a chiropodist [someone who treats people’s feet], they go to the bank… all the usual things we take for granted, but as you get older and frail you can’t do. Q: We hear you do loads of activities at the centre, what activities do you do? A: We have a Keep-Fit class, an art class, we do mental stimulation (word games and puzzles), they do exercises, physical activities and the sort of things YOU might do at school with beanbags and balls but they do them in a much more gentle way, sitting in a chair. This helps to get their muscles moving because they’re not able to move around as freely. We have live music sessions, and we also go out a lot to museums, the London Eye, and even Buckingham Palace. They enjoy themselves ever so much! Q: What is like being manager? A: What is like? [Chuckles] OH DEAR! I’ve been here since Day 1 and the job has changed an awful lot, but its been very interesting and very enjoyable. Q: How do you celebrate Christmas at the Centre? A: We have all sorts of things going on. We’re going out on Tuesday to see the Christmas lights in London, followed by a fish and chip supper at the Centre. We’re going to Christmas Lunch at the Plaza Hotel in Wembley
on the 16th of December, a carol service here on the 17th, we’re going to see Nativity plays at a couple of schools and Wembley High School also throw a party for us. We keep our own party until after Christmas, in January, when things are quieter. Oh and there’s also a lunch here on Christmas Day itself for those who are going to be alone, people who haven’t got any family to celebrate Christmas with. Q: Is it right you had a big a celebration of some kind at the weekend? What were you celebrating? A: It there were open years
was a very big celebration, yes! Well, were over 300 people here actually. We celebrating 30 years of the centre being and the fact that I’ve been here for 30 and I’m retiring very soon!
Q: Have you really been here 30 years and will you miss it when you retire? Yes, I’ve been here 30 years and yes, I WILL miss it! [chuckles again] Q: Who’s going to take over your job once you’ve truly retired? A: We have just appointed the lady actually, on Tuesday night and she hasn’t even accepted the job yet, so I can’t say too much, but hopefully my replacement has now been appointed. Q: Well, thank you very much for taking the time to allow us to interview you. Would you like a copy of our newspaper when it’s published? A: I would very much, yes, thank you!
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A Story for our Infant Readers Story written by Orla Pitts and illustrated by Claire McHugh and Tommy Carey
The Naughty Little Boy
They then put it into a big cupboard which they kept, in case Tommy apologised and told the truth.
“I didn’t do it!” cried Tommy. The elves were angry. “He did put the gum in his sister’s hair!” I know he did! The naughty boy!” Tommy had been very naughty. It was the day before Christmas and Tommy’s mum had said that only good children were allowed presents. “I will give you one more chance to tell the truth before I tell Santa not to give you your presents!” Tommy was very scared. He wanted his presents but he didn’t want to get into out trouble. What should he do? “I didn’t do it” Tommy said, frightened. “Go to bed and don’t come down again until I say so!” Tommy’s mum was very angry. Tommy lay in his bed crying. He thought about what he had done and was sorry.
Tommy had now stopped crying and he was thinking of his lovely toys calling to him through the darkness of his room. He thought about watching his sister ripping open her presents and not being able to join in all the excitement. He could not bear it any more. Tommy ran downstairs and burst into the kitchen, crying. “Mum, I am so sorry! I did put the chewing gum into Grace’s hair! Please forgive me!” Tommy stopped, breathlessly, looking at his mum. “Of course you are forgiven you silly sausage! Now go back to bed! Or Santa really won’t come!” Tommy’s mum said. The next morning was bright and snowy and as Tommy and Grace opened their presents the elves smiled together. Tommy had turned into a very good boy and should be very proud of himself!
The Christmas elves threw Tommy’s new truck, books, tricycle, scooter, toy robots and flying alarm clock into a large sack with his name on.
A Christmas Poem Poem written by Orla Pitts I excitedly shook the wrapped up boxes, Listening to the sound that they made. A jingle, a rustle or a bang, bang, bang, I wonder what could be inside!
On the doomed DVD was a scribbled note, “Please watch me!” signed mum and dad. I suspiciously picked up the dreaded DVD, And carefully put it into the player.
The brightly coloured wrapping paper, The pinks, blues and the reds. The beautiful satin and velvet ribbons, I wonder what could be inside!
The television screen came to life, And there was mum and dad! They spoke to me very loudly and slowly, “Come upstairs into our bedroom.”
I’ve a vision of me giving into temptation, Ripping the presents open in glee. But crying sadly at the terrible sight, That now lay before my disbelieving eyes!
I ran speedily up the stairs, jumping two by two, Wondering, what was going on. I opened my parent’s bedroom door…… Wow, an amazing sight meets my eyes!
Not what I wanted, a brand new phone, But a shiny new DVD packed up in a box, Come on mum don’t you know, That CD’s are the thing nowadays!
The room was crammed with toys galore, Dolls, prams, shoes, clothes, earrings, phones and sweets! I love you so very much mum and dad! This is my most brilliant Christmas yet!
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Christmas Around the World Article researched and written by Hannah Carbery
Spain In Spain, it is a very festive time at Christmas. On Christmas Eve, as the stars come out, tiny oil lamps are lit in every house, and after Midnight Mass and Christmas Dinner, the streets are filled with dancers and spectators. There is a special Christmas dance called the Jota and the words and music have been handed down for hundreds of years. They dance to the sound of guitars and castanets.
China Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call "Trees of Light," with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese Children hang muslin stockings and wait for a visit from Santa Claus, who they call Dun Che Lao Ren, which means "Christmas Old Man.
France On Christmas Eve, children leave their shoes by the fireplace to be filled with gifts from Père Noel. In the morning they also find that sweets, fruit, nuts and small toys have been hung on the tree. In Southern France, a log is burned in people’s homes from Christmas Eve until New Years Day. In the north of France, children are given gifts on 6th December, which is St. Nicholas Day, instead of Christmas Day. The adults give each others presents on New Years Day.
Italy At noon, on Christmas Day, the pope gives his blessing to crowds gathered in the huge Vatican square in Rome. In Italy the children wait until Epiphany on 6th January for their presents. According to tradition, the presents are delivered by a kind ugly witch called Befana, on a broomstick. It was said, that when she was told by the three kings that the baby Jesus was born, she was busy and delayed visiting the baby. She missed the Star, lost her way, and has been flying around ever since, leaving presents at every house, in case he is there. She slides down chimneys, and fills stockings and shoes with good things, for good children, and it is said she leaves coal for children who are not so good.
Christmas Eve is known as Nochebuena or the Good Night. It is a time for family members to gather together, to rejoice and feast around the Nativity scenes that are present in nearly every home. A traditional Christmas treat is turrón, a kind of almond candy.
India Christians in India decorate mango or banana trees at Christmas time. Sometimes, they even decorate their houses with mango leaves. In some parts of India, small clay oil-burning lamps are used as Christmas decorations. They are placed on the edges of flat roofs and on the tops of walls. Churches are decorated with poinsettias and lit with candles for the Christmas Eve service.
6th December is Nikolaustag, St. Claus day in Germany. A shoe or boot is left outside the door on 5th December hoping that in the morning you might find presents, if you were good - or, unfortunately a rod if you had been bad. In some homes a room is locked up before Christmas. On Christmas Eve the children go to bed but are woken up at midnight by their parents and taken down to the locked room. The door is opened and they see the tree all lit up, with piles of parcels on little tables.
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How to More Make Stained Glass Window Entertainment Biscuits Recipe provided by Greta Mariani
Remember to have an adult to help you and ALWAYS wash your hands before you start! Preparation time: less than 30
Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with crushed boiled sweets.
Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later. Bake the biscuits in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown.
Remove the biscuits from the oven. While they're still warm, check that the holes are still there. If not, then push a straw through again. Do not remove the biscuits from the baking tray until they have cooled because the boiled sweets need to harden. Once the sweets have hardened, gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack with a palette knife to finish cooling.
Cooking time: 10 – 30 minutes Ingredients: For the biscuits 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp salt 2 tsp ground ginger 100g/3½oz butter 175g/6oz soft brown sugar 1 free-range egg, beaten 4 tbsp golden syrup 1 packet of wrapped fruit-flavoured boiled sweets, in different colours To decorate: 1 tube of ready-made white icing (available in the baking sections of most supermarkets) (optional) a narrow ribbon (for hanging on tree) Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. 2.
For the biscuits, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ginger together in a bowl.
Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, and then stir in the sugar.
In another bowl, beat together the egg and the golden syrup, and then pour this mixture into the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.
Crush the sweets in their wrappers using a rolling pin. You can have some fun with this one!
Roll the dough out on a floured work surface to about 0.5cm/¼in thick, and then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas themed cookie cutters. Transfer the biscuits to baking sheets lined with baking paper.
10. If you like, you can decorate the biscuits with piped white icing. Thread ribbons through the holes in the biscuits to make loops for hanging from the tree.
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Puzzle Pages Puzzles provided by Hannah Fallon
Across 4 Merry ______________! (9) 7 Brings presents to good boys and girls. (5,5) 9 These are made of wax and have wicks. (7) Down 1 A sock filled with goodies on Christmas day. (8) 2 Circular decoration often hung on doors (6) 3 A red and white treat (5,4) 5 A gift (7) 6 The sound bells make. (6) 8 Ice crystals (4) 10 A vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow. (6)
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Find the following hidden words: Santa, Jesus, Stable, Joseph, Mary, Christmas, Tree, Decorations, Elf.
Some Christmas Cheer What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps! What do snowmen eat for lunch? Icebergers! Where do snowmen go to dance? Snow Balls! How do snowmen travel around? By icicle! What sort of ball doesn't bounce? A snowball! How do you know when there is a snowman in your bed? You wake up wet!
Try and fit the words into the boxes. Each word is only used once.
What do you get if cross a snowman and a shark? Frost bite!
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Book Reviews Provided by Ross Sullivan and Hannah Carbery
Alex Rider Series By Anthony Horowitz
The Bromeliad Trilogy By Terry Pratchett
Gift of The Gab Morris Gleitzman
The Alex Rider series of books are great. They are about a school boy who is suddenly thrown into the world of spies and MI6. It is an exiting series and it will keep you reading for ages. If you like action then these books are for you. It is so easy to imagine that you are actually in the book. I would give five stars for every one… more if I could!
The Bromeliad trilogy is a brilliant series of three books (that’s what trilogy means). It is about gnomes who once lived under a shopping centre. Then out of the blue, a group of gnomes, who were not born in the shopping centre, show up with a talking black box and tell them that the shopping centre is going to be demolished! So they decide to try and get away by driving a truck! Will they manage it and, if they do, how will they survive on the outside world?
This is a brilliant book written by an Australian author called Morris Gleitzman. This book is about a girl called Rowena who has parts of her throat missing and is unable to communicate without using sign language. Her mother was a brilliant talker but was killed in a car accident in France. Rowena is determined to find out who did this to her mother. Read it to find out. This book is available in the school library.
The perfect trilogy by Terry Pratchett and I would definitely give it five stars. Brand New!
Film Review Provided by Greta Mariani
Disney’s A Christmas Carol This is an animated version of a classic novel by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is an amazing film. The fabulous tale is about an old man named Scrooge and how from an old, grumpy old man, he becomes a happy and friendly man. Scrooge’s business partner has passed away. Since then, Scrooge has hated Christmas and its traditions. One night, when Scrooge is lying on his arm chair, he thinks he has seen the ghost of his old business partner. The ghost tells him that he is going to see another ghost the next morning. From that night, his adventure starts with the three ghosts.
The first ghost shows Scrooge his past Christmases. The second ghost shows Scrooge all the bad things that will happen in the future. The final ghost shows him all the bad things that happen due to his bad temper and hatred towards Christmas and then… The third ghost shows Scrooge a grave stone, with his name printed on it! Scrooge prays as hard as he can only to find that it was only a dream. From then on, the old man turns into a happy old man, and instead of hating Christmas, he loves it!!
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Presents Galore Lists supplied by Alistair Lai and Charlotte Altmann-Bart We’ve done some research into this year’s top presents for Christmas. Here’s what we’ve come up with. Are any of these on your list to Santa? Bakugan Battle Pack Bakugan is based on the series about creatures called Bakugan and the battle brawlers who control them. Take on the Bakugan challenge, a card game with action figures that are hidden inside magnetic marbles, which pop open when thrown, to reveal the fierce warriors inside.
Ben 10 Alien Force Kevin's DX Action Cruiser Just like Kevin's cool green muscle car in the show, the Action Cruiser is loaded with unique features. Shoot DNA alien capsules filled with planetary powder when switched to battle mode. Includes a Kevin figure.
Go Go Pets: Hamsters Have fun with these interactive realistic hamsters. They are intelligent hamsters that talk and move around their habitat. There are 4 to collect. Mr Squiggles is the modern day Hamster Houdini! When he's not hiding or playing tricks you'll find him tumbling around in his little exercise ball. Num Nums is shy but sweet. Pipsqueak is super sweet and smart, and Chunk the surfer Hamster has a big heart and an even bigger belly!
Kidizoom Multimedia Camera (In pink or blue)
Bendaroos Flexible Building Sticks Bendaroos are magical, flexible They stick to paper, windows always hold their shape. There colours to twist, turn, bend and you want.
Silvanian Families Caravan The Sylvanian Caravan has everything needed for staying away from home. Open up the roof and side to find a very kitchen area with sink, cooker, drawers, cupboards and even a fold-out ironing board. There’s a seating area which changes into a double bed and coffee table. There are 2 further fold-out bunk beds as well. Near the back, there’s a shower room with fold-down loo and a sink.
Baby Annabell Doll 2009 Baby Annabell is just like a real baby. She babbles, gurgles and really sucks on her dummy or bottle. She drinks real water from her bottle. If you take the bottle away or she is woken she cries real tears. After drinking she will burp, yawn and go to sleep. If you rock her she closes her eyes and will go to sleep. If you talk to her she will respond with happy sounds.
Peanut the Playful Puppy Peanut just loves being stroked, hugged and fed. The more you play with him the more playful he'll become. Feed him his bone to hear him chomp and bark, then rub his back to see him wag his tail. To make him really happy stroke his head and he will raise his ear and tilt his head to look up at you.
An easy to use digital camera for children. It takes pictures, videos, has flash and a colour screen. You can plug it into your TV or computer and it even has built in games that you can play.
Princess Peppa’s Palace A huge playset that folds away. When you open it up there are seven rooms to play with. When you’ve finished it folds away into a beautiful palace.
GX Racer Tightrope Terror Let your cars do incredible stunts on the tightrope.
Santa Facts Supplied by Anton O’ Donnell
On this game you can take park in alpine skiing, ice hockey, speed skating, bobsleighing, figure skating and snowboarding. Great fun for Christmas Day!
Date of Birth:
6 December (St. Nicholas Day, around 300 A.D)
Lapland, North Pole
Merry old man, white beard, red and white clothes
Delivery Dates: 24th-25th December, also 6th December (Poland) Other Names:
Italy - BABBO NATALE Morocco -BLACK PETER France - PERE NOEL Russia - GRANDFATHER FROST China – SHENGDAN LAOREN Germany-CHRISTINDL
Russia, Greece, sailors, prisoners, bakers and wolves!
8 flying reindeers + Rudolph of course (1939)
The Monopoly game that lets you build and create the perfect city. It has 80 3D buildings for you to develop your property. You can build houses, schools, skyscrapers or even stadiums.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on Nintendo Wii
building sticks. and walls and are 12 rainbow create anything
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Sports School Sporting Events - Boys Football Tournament on 4th November 2009 Article written by footballer, Ross Lally Team sheet Liam Estrella-Winkworth:GK Mark Holmes:RB
Kie Martinez:RM Philip Medeiros: RM
Michael Sayce:CM Jamie Carey:CM Jamie Coffey: CM
Nathan Tontoh:CF Game 1 (1-0)
Game 2 (7-0)
Game 3 (9-0)
We were looking forward to getting 3 points in this game. We attacked brilliantly and defended superbly. Ross Lally scored a cracker from a free kick from 18 yards out. Later in the game, Philip put in a great cross and Jamie Carey also got a touch from a corner. Stephen took down the opposition’s Number 9 in the box and they were awarded a penalty. But, our very own Petr Cech saved it! Well done Liam!
It was our second game and we were looking good and feeling confident because we were playing good football. In the first 10 seconds, Nathan scored a great goal followed soon afterwards by another. A third goal was scored by Philip, followed by yet another two from Nathan and yet another from Philip. Then, Jamie Coffey scored an absolute stunner of a goal that will definitely go down as the goal of the tournament. Well done Jamie!
Although we were getting tired, Vaughan School suffered a humiliating defeat. St George’s beat them 9-0! Ross with 5 goals, Nathan 3 goals and Philip 1 goal. And well done to Liam for not conceding any goals! It was an amazing pitch and an amazing day. St George’s are top of the league! NB: Ross, Nathan, Stephen and Philip were scouted by Fulham FC at the end of the game. Well done to them!
Football Club Histories Researched and written by Stephen Lally
Continuing from our last edition, when we told you all about the history of Watford Football Club, we shall now give you a brief history of another great club, Queens Park Rangers. Queens Park Rangers are a professional football club based in Shepherds Bush, West London. They date back to 1882. They have played at several other football grounds, but currently play at Loftus Road. Their colours are blue and white at home and black and red away. They are one of the richest football clubs in the world, as owned by Flavio Briatore, an Italian businessman who was a manager of two formula one racing teams. Jim Magilton is the current manager of the “hoops”, as they are known, and he joined the club earlier this year. They are in the Coca-Cola Championship.
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World Cup 2010 Information provided by Sorrel Monteiro
Qualified Teams Africa South Africa—Hosts Algeria Cameroon Ghana Ivory Coast Nigeria Asia Australia Japan North Korea South Korea Europe Denmark England France Germany Greece Italy Netherlands Portugal Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Switzerland North, Central America and Caribbean Honduras Mexico USA Oceania New Zealand South America Argentina Brazil Chile Paraguay Uruguay
Groups Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay France Group B Argentina Nigeria South Korea Greece Group C England United States Algeria Slovenia Group D Germany Australia Serbia Ghana Group E Netherlands Denmark Japan Cameroon Group F Italy Paraguay New Zealand Slovakia Group G Brazil North Korea Ivory Coast Portugal Group H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile