NEWSLETTER SPRING TERM 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD Friday 16th March 2018 Dear Parents It has been an incredibly busy and fun-filled week at St. Anthony’s Girls. British Science Week has been the stimulus for our curriculum activities with the afternoon lessons focused on the creation of each girl’s own scientific inventions. I have to say, I am amazed by the creativity of each project and delighted to see such effort put in by the girls and their families in the preparation for this week. I look forward to seeing their inventions exhibited next week and the full events of science week will be celebrated in our next edition of the school newsletter. Our good friend and former teaching assistant, Ed has helped us celebrate both International Women’s Day and Science Week by sending the girls the gift of Women in Science - by Rachel Ignotofsky all the way from Vietnam where he is currently travelling. The girls are enjoying finding out about the achievements of women through the ages dating back to Hypatia, a mathematician and astronomer born between 350 –370BC. We have also celebrated the arrival of 7 fluffy new additions to our school… our newly hatched chicks! Staff and pupils alike are completely in love with our new friends and have enjoyed observing them and learning about the hatching process. The girls have experienced the responsibility of caring for living creatures and are very much looking forward to holding the chicks, once they have grown a little stronger. Wishing you a successful week ahead. Laura
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SCHOOL NOTICES Parking Safety Please could I remind you to set an example to other local road users and remember not to park on the double yellow lines or with two wheels on the pavement. By mounting the curb with your vehicle, you present a danger to the very young pedestrians entering our school, and give the message to other road users that this is acceptable behaviour. Please support the school in our efforts to keep the girls safe when arriving and leaving the site. Thank you.
Uniform Sale If you have any outgrown items of uniform which you no longer have a need for, please donate them to the school office. Once we have a sufficient collection of uniform, a sale of these items will be held with all proceeds being donated to charity. All items including PE kits and blouses will be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.
KINDNESS AWARD Romilly, Year 4 Romilly has been recognised this week for her acts of kindness towards other living creatures. Romilly has a keen interest in the welfare of animals and has been particular interested in the care of our chicks in school. Well done, Romilly!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY PARENTS CONSULTATION MEETINGS: 19TH & 20TH MARCH EASTER BONNET PARADE: 23RD MARCH @3:30 IN THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND (YEAR 4 MAY BE COLLECTED EARLY) WHOLE SCHOOL EASTER ASSEMBLY:27TH MARCH 13:00 (FAMILIES WELCOME) LAST DAY OF TERM: 27TH MARCH SCHOOL FINISHES 13:30 EASTER HOLIDAYS: 28TH MARCH—17TH APRIL SUMMER TERM STARTS: 18TH APRIL HALF– TERM BREAK: 28TH MAY—1ST JUNE FIRST DAY BACK AFTER HALF-TERM: 4TH JUNE FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST: 15TH JUNE 8:00
THEMED DAYS/WEEKS MATHS WEEK: 14TH—18TH MAY ARTS WEEK: 11TH—14TH JUNE
SCHOOL TRIPS & OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES YEAR 4 ISA ATHLETICS COMPETITION, BEDFORD: FRIDAY 11TH MAY (ALL DAY EVENT)
RECEPTION CHILD INITIATED LEARNING @ ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS: EVERY WEDNESDAY 1:20-3:00 YEAR 1&2 SPORTS @ MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, HENDON: EVERY FRIDAY 9:30-10:30 YEAR 3&4 SPORTS @ MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, HENDON: EVERY FRIDAY 10:30-11:30
EASTER BONNET PARADE Our annual Easter Bonnet Parade will be held on Friday 23rd March, at 3:30pm. Please support your child in crafting an Easter hat to celebrate the season of spring. They may wish to include signs of new life, such as flowers, eggs or chicks. The design is completely your choice and we will be celebrating all efforts with a parade in the school playground Friday after school (weather permitting). Uniform is not essential on this day and the girls may come to school wearing spring-like colours or party dresses in celebration of the Easter season. Hopefully, we wonâ€™t still have snow on the ground...
Easter Bonnet parade â€“2017
INTERNATIONAL WOMENâ€™S DAY Thank you to our wonderful women speakers who so generously gave up their time to share their careers with the Year 3 and 4 pupils.
Natalie gave an exciting presentation about her work as a medical scientist with the army. She explained her motivation behind pursuing a career in the army and how her fascination with blood and germs led her into the sciences! Valeria shared her experiences of working as a financial head-hunter and business owner. She shared her thoughts on what led to her success within this field: hard-work and determination!
Bronwen introduced the girls to the joys of working within the creative industries, sharing her experiences of being a journalist, a researcher for arts documentaries and now as a writer.
Jo Honigmann, Chief Exec of a North London based charity, The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, spoke to the girls about her charity work and her career as a lawyer. The girls completed an activity where they had to decide which interests, attributes or characteristics might make them a successful lawyer. Above they are pictured discussing and sorting the various interests and attributes.
A sixth form pupil from UCS gave a presentation about Women in STEM and shared the achievements of scientist, Marie Curie and British Palaeontologist, Mary Anning.
MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST Thank you to the all the parents who attended our Mother’s Day Breakfast last Friday. It was a superb event and we raised £185 for Magic Breakfast. Thank you for your generosity.
WORLD BOOK DAY We invited the school community to bring their favourite story characters to life by dressing up in costume to celebrate World Book Day. The girls (and staff) did not disappoint bringing to life famed characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, the Demon Dentist, Augustus Gloop and Little Miss Twins, to name but a few. In class, Reception enjoyed Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and designed their own props to take part in the story themselves! Year 1 and 2 wrote brilliant descriptions about their favourite book characters and listened to a reading of The Great Pet Shop Panic by the author Katie Davies. Year 3 shared extracts from their favourite books with each other showing excellent expression when giving voice to their much-loved characters! Year 4 …..
BOOK WEEK 2018 Schools and educational settings all across the country joined together in celebrating high qualities tales and storytelling during Book Week 2018! We celebrated a terrific Book Week championing everything to do with favourite books, stories and storytelling, carrying out a variety of book-related activities! We know that storytelling, and story-listening, is a great way to build literacy and communications skills in young learners, and when practiced at home provides one-on-one time with parents and children! We also took part in SHARE A STORY to enjoy the pleasures of reading! Spending just 10 minutes a day sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome and its fun for all involved. We hope to continue this tradition not just lower down the school but throughout all classes for the rest of the year—reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time! We were lucky enough to be visited by Adam, Pastoral Deputy Head at St. Anthony’s Boys, as a group of Y8 pupils to share their favourite tales with us and even treat us to a reading from Charlotte’s Web! We discovered that despite differences in age and gender we shared many in common, such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Chronicles of Narnia, proving great stories can be enjoyed by all!
Each class also took part in a workshop hosted by Perform for Schools. The amazing leader Jen took the girls on a fantastical fictional journey to celebrate their chosen books, bringing the magic of a story to life through acting, character role-play and improvisation.
Reception had great fun immersing themselves in the beloved James and the Giant Peach, Year 1 and 2 focussed on Roald Dahl’s autobiographical Boy and Year 3 and 4 explored the world of Shakespeare through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All workshops were engaging, lively and exciting, transporting the girls into the world of classic stories through
EXTREME READERS We hosted an ‘Extreme Reading’ challenge! The girls were encouraged to send in a photograph during Book Week of them reading in an ‘extreme’ or interesting (but not dangerous!) way! Take a look at our participants!
Soha- Year 1
Anna- Year 2
Clara—Year 2 & Aurelia– Year 4
Sofia - Year 3
Isabella —Year 1
Helena —Year 4
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 9th March 2018 Chloe—REC
Chloe had been working very hard in Maths! This week she was working hard to count back to solve subtraction problems.
For her confidence and enthusiasm when practising and learning her times tables!
Isabella wrote an engaging, imaginative story for her writing assessment! She has been growing in confidence, using powerful words and reading back over her work.
Helena for her imaginative diary entry in the role of Charlie Bucket.
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 16th March 2018 Serena—REC
Serena embraced creative writing! She wrote sentences from a cat’s perspective.
Clara has worked tremendously this week in Maths, tackling tricky multiplication and division problems. She has persevered when things have become challenging and is developing excellent resilience.
Sofia—Yr 3 Carlotta—Yr 4
For her excellent independent research on where our food comes from Sofia produced some wonderful work explaining the steps of fossilisation
RECEPTION NEWS Reception’s trip to Willow’s Activity Farm Last Thursday Reception went to visit Willow’s Activity Farm. We had a brilliant time learning about farm animals and enjoying the country side setting. In the Barn Yard we were able to feed and touch several animals. We saw Willow’s dogs, horses, cows, pigs, goats and held guinea pigs.
After the Barn we met Peter Rabbit and saw his sister’s show, Cotton-Tail’s Adventure. We also played in Peter Rabbit’s Adventure playground!
Receptionâ€™s trip to Willowâ€™s Activity Farm YEAR 4 NEWS After lunch we faced our fears and rode the giant rainbow slide! We loved racing down to see who would come in first. On the farm we met Tristen the Tractor. We had a bumpy tractor ride and counted all of the sheep on the farm.
Before we went home we each had the opportunity to milk Daisy the Cow! At the end of the day we each felt life real life farmers.
RECEPTION NEWS This week we pulled and heaved and tugged and yanked until POP! The turnip came flying out of the ground! During Literacy we acted out our story, The Gigantic Turnip. We also enjoyed pretending to be cats who were too tired to pull out that turnip.
During Maths we have been perfecting our subtraction skills. To help us subtract we have been practising our ability to count backwards. We take turns at being the teacher and counting backwards on the interactive whiteboard.
STEM Week During Topic we learnt about the life cycle of a chick. We made observations of our eggs while they were in the incubator. Next week our chicks will be strong enough to come out to play. We are so excited!
YEAR 1 & 2 NEWS This week we have brainstormed our own superheroes inspired by Traction Man! To begin, we had to decide whether or not weâ€™d like to be superheroes ourselves! To write this discussion we used a special sentence recipe: sensing verb + for/ against + conjunction + description - I would like to be a superhero because I could wear interesting outfits for each mission! In the end we decided the threat of baddies or bulging muscles was worth it and created our own superhero characters!
Did you know Mary Seacole holds the honour of being named the Greatest Black Briton?
We are really enjoying our new History topic focussing on Real Heroes! To start, we thought about significant people in society like Queen Elizabeth or Albert Einstein. Then we looked at the significant, heroic professions some people do such as nurses. We have been looking at the history of nursing and so far have learnt about two very courageous, independent women from over 200 years ago! They were named Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
We have come to the end of our Habitats topic in Science. We have found out so much about different habitats such as the desert and rainforests, learning about the animals and plants that live there and how they all depend on each other to survive! To finish, we learned about food chains, showing the relationship between animals in a habitat and their nutrition. We created our own food chains including: a producer (a green plant that produces its own food) -> a consumer (a herbivore) -> a predator (a larger consumer that is a carnivore). In our food chains the -> stands for eaten by! Most humans are omnivores and are at the top of the food chain! Can you create your own food chain showing what you eat?
YEAR 3 NEWS— 1 NEWS &YEAR 2 NEWS 3 Our science topic has taken a prehistoric turn, provoking interesting questions and new interests into the formation of FOSSILS.
Did you know fossilisation can only take place in sedimentary rock?
After learning the steps of fossilisation when an animal or creature sinks to the bottom of the sea floor, we made our own fossils! We imprinted some clay with a shell to create a ‘natural mould’ and filled the mould with Plaster of Paris (mimicking the minerals that enter natural moulds when real fossils are formed) to form a cast of the mould. We waited 24 hours for our cast to harden and we were very excited to reveal our very own fossils.
From exploring space, to seeing the makings of the modern world, to discovering tomorrow’s world and finishing with a fun, interactive delve into the Wonderlab, the Science museum ignited a spark in all of us to understand some of the science and maths that shape our world.
YEAR 4 NEWS We have thoroughly enjoyed our action packed STEM Week where we took part in many exciting maths and science activities. A particular highlight was the opportunity to design and make our own inventions. The inventions had to be something that would help the environment and be made out of 100% recyclable materials. Here are some photographs of us hard at work!
In Topic, we have been thinking about where our food comes from. We thought about groceries we buy and where they are grown. We discovered that many items in our shopping trolley have travelled a great distance to reach our plates! We used Ipads and laptops to investigate the concept of food miles: how many miles our food has travelled. This discovery raised an interesting topic of debate: Should we import our food? We debated this in class, considering the benefits of importing food vs the environmental cost of transporting produce. What do you think? We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the Royal Albert Hall to watch the schoolâ€™s matinee of Classical Spectacular! We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon!