Issue 94 - 07/05/15

Dear Parents

Please read on for the latest news from St Peter’s School and Sunnylands Nursery.

St Peter’s School Celebration of Reading Week
‘Storytime on the South Lawn’, ‘My Favourite Book’ assemblies and Teachers’ Story Swap……..these were some of the events taking place at St Peter’s School last week!
In her storytellers cloak, Mrs Eyles enthralled us with tales of ‘The Old Woman in the Vinegar Bottle’ whilst Mr Holmes talked to us about his treasured collection of comics, which got him hooked on reading from an early age. During the Teachers’ Story Swap, Mrs Lee was to be found in Year Six reading a chapter from our old favourite: ‘Paddington’ whilst Mrs Cruickshank shared some happy memories of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ with Key Stage Two.
Over the course of the week, pupils enjoyed participating in three competitions: to create the best book review, the most beautifully decorated bookmark and also to complete a literary quiz. Book prizes were awarded to five children and these were presented during our Whole School Assembly: Casey Lim (6CV) and Tom Styles (Reception) won the bookmark competition, Sherry Naeem (3JC) won the quiz and Agastya Ghosh (3JC) and Zara Warne (1KS) won the book review competition.  Well done to all our entrants-there was some super work!
Another highlight of the week was the arrival of the Book Fair with the Late Club Mobile being transformed into a bookshop for the week. Emily Laskey of 5JL reports: St Peter’s Book Fair went down a treat. There was fantastic support from parents and children, so thank you to all who attended! The Mini Librarians, Mary, Emily, Zana and Naomi all helped out after school on different nights to sell the books and performed the tricky task of writing down everyone’s name and purchases.
Because of our excellent sales figures, we earned a large number of free books for the school which will benefit all year groups.

Key Stage One French Morning
There was a decidedly party feel to Friday last week for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Two, for it was French Morning! In Sunnylands Hall, Nursery children sang “Le train de la Cantine” helped by the older pupils. Reception Class danced the Cancan and then Year One acted the ‘Three Little Pigs’ in French of course! Year Two sang masterfully “Si tu as la joie au Coeur which is the French version of “If you’re happy and you know it”, followed by a Grand Finale of “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” sung by all the children. Reception and Nursery enjoyed a ‘baguette et fromage’ picnic, with Gruyere being the pupils’ cheese of choice! In teams, Loto was played in French, and there was also a French Quiz, Petanque and French colour and number games outside.

Citizenship Assembly about General Elections
Pupils in Year Two to Year Six attended a School Assembly aimed to help them gauge a basic understanding of what a General Election is, how often it can take place and what it means. The role voters can play in making decisions about who will take decisions, when and how people vote and who is entitled to vote was also explored.

Sugar Swap Challenge
It has been decided to give pupils more time to join in with this event. If it has been hard to make sugar swaps every day then maybe taking a more flexible approach will help support School Council achieve their goal of supporting Diabetes UK. If your child has already completed a Sugar Swap Challenge then please send sponsor money into the School Office.  Thank you.
There will be news about tomorrow’s Key Stage Two Summer Concert and also about the Year Five & Year Six Residential in the next bulletin. I wish all Key Stage Two pupils good luck during Assessment Week and in particular, GOOD LUCK to Year Six pupils who will be sitting their SATs.  They are ready!





Key Stage Two Swimming Gala

Last Friday pupils had the opportunity to showcase the extent to which their swimming skills have improved over the course of the year, whilst those in Year Three were able to experience the excitement of taking part in their very first School swimming gala. With thirty two races on the programme, including a distance swim and butterfly stroke race, our older swimmers’ skill and stamina were indeed tested. Over the course of ninety minutes we were taken to high levels of excitement, with pupils cheering each other on and parent spectators showing much appreciated sensitivity in supporting each race, right up until all swimmers had reached the finish. Congratulations to Pitsford on winning the gala this year!

Our netballers are a great team!
On Tuesday afternoon our netball team took part in the last leg of the Kettering League. They played against Hall Meadow, Millbrook, Meadowside, Barton Seagrave and Loddington and Mrs Van Rensburg is delighted to report that all five matches were won. The results were made possible by the whole of the team giving their very best and working as part of a team. We are extremely proud of our team who over the three weeks played twelve matches of which they won ten, drew one and lost just one. So out of a league of twelve schools we are runners up once again in this local competition! This has secured us the opportunity to represent Kettering in the Summer School Games on the 9th July 2015! Mrs Van Rensburg is so proud of the team. :)

Mrs Tye’s News from Gardening Club
What an enthusiastic group we have in Gardening Club! We have planted giant sunflowers in pots to take home to grow in the garden and we are busy tidying up the daffodils ready for next year. Year One and Year Two gardeners have planted potatoes, lettuce, pumpkin and sweet corn, the latter of which is a first time plant for us.  Mrs Tye’s green fingers sense that there are bumper crops ahead


            Yours sincerely
          Mrs Maria Chapman