NEWSLETTER AUTUMN TERM 2017
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD Friday 1st December 2017
Dear Parents Thank you to all who were able to make it to the Carol Service yesterday evening. It was a very special and joyful event which marked the beginning of the season of advent in our school community. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, and is marked during mass by the lighting of the first purple candle on the advent wreath. This is called the "Prophecy Candle" and recalls the prophets, particularly Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Jesus Christ. It represents hope or expectation of the coming Messiah. Many people in our world may struggle to find hope in their current situation. For those experiencing poverty or sickness, hope may be difficult to sustain. Through our actions, we can bring hope to others whose circumstances may have left them feeling hopeless. During our upcoming Christmas performances, we will be fundraising to help bring hope to those in need. The girls will be selling Christmas decorations to fund raise for their chosen charities. We look forward to seeing you all at our Christmas performances. Laura Flannery
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SCHOOL NOTICES WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER We will be supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign on Wednesday 13th December.
We encourage the girls to bring in an old or no longer wanted plain jumper that they can festively decorate in school. Donations to this cause can be made online at: https:// www.savethechildren.org.uk/donate. All proceeds go directly to Save the Children supporting their work saving children’s lives worldwide.
LAST DAY OF TERM
Please note that the last day of term, Wednesday 13th December, will be a half-day. All children must be collected after their lunch at 1:30pm.
We will be singing at the carousel next to Barclays from 1:30pm—2:00pm. We hope to see many of you there!
AN HOUR OF CODE We will be running an ‘Hour of Code’ workshop for parents on Thursday 7th December 2017 at 3pm until 4pm. What is ‘The Hour of Code?’ ‘The Hour of Code’ started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science. Come and join us! No experience needed!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT IN HALL: 5TH DECEMBER 9:30 –10:30 HOUR OF CODE: 7TH DECEMBER 15:00 SCHOOL REPORTS: 8TH DECEMBER REC/YR1&2 CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: 11TH DECEMBER 14:45 YR 3&4 CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: 12TH DECEMBER 15:00 CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN: 13TH DECEMBER LAST DAY OF TERM: 13TH DECEMBER 1:30PM FINISH FIRST DAY OF SPRING TERM: 8TH JANUARY (SCHOOL STARTS USUAL TIME)
THEMED WEEKS ‘FESTIVALS’ WEEK: 4TH-8TH DECEMBER We will be exploring all the key festivals that take place at this time of year, from looking back at Diwali (Hinduism), the Prophet’s birthday (Islam), Bodhi Day (Buddism) and Chanukah (Judaism). Learning activities will take place related to each event.
SCHOOL TRIPS & OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES RECEPTION SCHOOL TRIP TO SEE FATHER CHRISTMAS AT LYRIC THEATRE: 8TH DECEMBER RECEPTION, YEAR 1&2 SWIMMING @ ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS POOL: EVERY MONDAY 10:30-11:30 YEAR 1&2 SPORTS @ GOLDERS HILL PARK: EVERY FRIDAY 9:30-10:30 RECEPTION CHILD INITIATED LEARNING @ ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS: EVERY FRIDAY 1:20-3:00 YEAR 3&4 SPORTS @ GOLDERS HILL PARK: EVERY FRIDAY 10:30-11:30
KINDNESS AWARD Last Week: Sofia (Year 3) This Week: Juno (Rec) Sofia was recognised for her consistently positive attitude towards all peers and teachers. She always has a smile on her face and readily compliments her peers on their successes. Juno shows kindness to all adults at St. Anthony’s Girls, especially Vida and Kerry who work extremely hard to deliver us a delicious hot meal each day. Juno always greets our kitchen team with a smile and remembers to say please and thank you.
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 24th November 2017
Using the vertical method for addition.
Aima produced informative and wellpresented work about Shabbat this week in RE.
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 1st December 2017
Isabella produced a fantastic setting description for her writing assessment.
Sofiaâ€™s informative science work this week â€“ investigating different types of skeleton.
RECEPTION NEWS This week Reception were lucky enough to see snow in London! We went on a brisk winter’s walk to enjoy the snowflakes. During our walk we saw a Bog Baby in the frozen pond! We discovered how the cold can freeze water. During Literacy we created our own Bog Babies and designed a home for them. We decided our Bog Babies will live in a bucket
In Maths we are learning about 1 less. We have enjoyed finding one less using bottles, bears and numicons. We love singing ‘10 green bottles hanging on a wall’. We have our own green bottles and practice finding one less.
During topic we are learning about police officers and road safety. We know you must stop, look and listen before you cross at a zebra crossing. We created our own stop signs and practiced driving safely.
YEAR 1 & 2 NEWS Year 1 and 2 received some exciting news this week! We have discovered that the poems we submitted to Young Writers’ Little Riddlers poetry competition have all been selected for publication and we will be published authors in February 2018! We are so pleased with this result and proud of all the effort we have been putting into our Literacy work this term. We can’t wait to write more poems on a different theme! We are reaching the end of our work on The Dark and so have spent this week retelling the story from alternative perspectives such as putting ourselves in the dark’s shoes! Last week, we built up fantastic descriptions for Laszlo making sure to include 6 different perspectives. We made sure to include a number, size, position, texture, colour and ‘doing’ sentence about Laszlo. In Science, we have been investigating the differHere we are hot-seating ent materials the Dark! found around us – from objects in the classroom to things outside in the park. We identified different materials such as glass, wood and rock and have begun to talk about their suitability for different products!
In History, we discovered what happened to the conspirators after the end of the Gunpowder Plot and how the King issued a proclamation to capture his former bodyguard Thomas Percy. We were asked to create our own Wanted posters to help the King’s ‘loyal subjects’ track the plotter down! We used description found in King James’ original speech to describe his appearance and outlined details of his crime and why he was wanted.
Did you know he had a ‘great broad beard sprinkled with white’ and a ‘slight stoop’!
YEAR 3 NEWS In Science, we’ve been classifying animals including humans into categories based on their skeleton type: Endoskeleton, Exoskeleton and Hydrostatic Skeletons. We’ve also been discussing the pros and cons of having these different skeletons.
We discovered that while exoskeletons serve as a fantastic suit of armour against predators, many creatures must shed their exoskeleton to develop, meaning they can be unprotected and powerless for some period of time. Learning about some key features and symbols of Judaism this this week sparked all of our interests. We listened to the song ‘Come, my Beloved to Meet the Sabbath Bride’, which is often sung as Shabbat begins. We particularly liked listening to the Hebrew language.
Coding this week involved selecting the write codes for our character to do a series of actions and movements! We were engrossed!
We thoroughly enjoyed a very informative trip to the Houses of Parliament with the Year 4s! We visited the Queen’s Robing Room and saw some amazing portraits of our Kings and Queens. We stood in the House of Lords where some very big decisions have been made and walked through the oldest existing part of the Houses of Parliament, the Westminster Hall. Typing an email to a character from Into the Forest
We then thought of some issues we are passionate about, created our own campaigns and had a debate!
YEAR 4 NEWS The highlight of the fortnight was our trip to The Houses of Parliament! We left school early on Wednesday morning, eager and excited about our day ahead. When we arrived we had to be security checked before we were allowed to enter the Education Centre. This was rather like an airport which we all found very exciting!
We were greeted by Emily who gave us a very insightful tour of the Palace of Westminster, including the House of Lords, Central Lobby and Westminster Hall which is the last remaining part of the original Palace of Westminster. We were not allowed to visit the House of Commons as it was being prepared for Prime Minister’s Questions. Nevertheless, we enjoyed every minute of our tour. A highlight for us was Westminster Hall which has hosted many important speakers such as the Queen, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. The centrepiece of the hall was the magnificent Christmas tree. We all agreed that it was the biggest Christmas tree any of us had ever seen! After our tour we took part in a workshop called ‘Campaigning and Parliament.’ Our workshop teacher explained what a campaign is and how we could campaign for something important to us. We rated the effectiveness of different methods of campaigning. We then created our own campaign which we really enjoyed! We now know how we can make our voices heard in the future!
Varjak Paw continues to captivate our imagination, learning of mischevious Varjak’s tales and adventures. The story provided great stimulus for our writing. We recently wrote a diary entry to describe Varjak’s daily life and struggles on the tough, mean streets away from his comfortable home he left behind. I know where I would prefer to live if I were Varjak!
In our Geography lessons we have enjoyed using ipads and laptops to conduct our own research, scanning the text and selecting important information. We have been researching modern day Greece and Athens, thinking about the reasons why a tourist might want to visit. We are developing our independent research skills whilst learning a great deal about a fantastic country steeped in history.