Issue 84 - 02/10/14

Dear Parents
Here is the latest school news:

Harvest Festival at St Peter's School
Our Harvest Festival this morning was led by Year Three pupils. The theme for their assembly was sharing and they ably performed the traditional tale of The Little Hen as a cantata with some super solo singing as well as great acting from the whole class. The children reminded us of the importance of team work and how we can achieve much more when we all work towards the same goal. The 'Sharing Day' song sung by the whole school family really emphasised this point.

National Poetry Day
Today is also National Poetry Day.  This year's theme is 'Remember?' and using this theme, in some classes we have chosen to look at how poetry can express the different emotions surrounding war, from the perspectives of families as well as past and present members of the armed forces.  Other classes have used part of the day to share and enjoy their favourite poems.

PTAFA Harvest Supper
We look forward to this evening's PTAFA Harvest Supper at which a very good number of pupils will be singing and performing poetry.  Thanks are extended to families who are supporting the event this evening.  It was a sell out once again!  We are limited on seats because of the dining aspect of the evening, but this year we also made available an option for families who were not able to secure a ticket, to come along after the Supper and watch the performance from the side area of Sunnylands Hall.

Sunnylands Nursery News
The Foundation stage staff welcomed Sunnylands Nursery parents to an information evening last week, which was very well attended, the atmosphere reflecting the family-friendly spirit of co operation that exists between our staff and parents. We have a serious commitment to forging strong home-school links because we believe this also benefits children's learning and development. I know that many parents are eagerly awaiting our 'Come and Play' days after half term, when they will have a chance to take part in a Nursery session.
Nursery children love Autumn! The lovely colours and signs of this season around the School grounds have provided a source of inspiration for much creative work, which is now on display in the classrooms.

Music News
Year One has had great fun using percussion instruments to play rhythm patterns and making up question and answer music. The children can read and play four patterns which is quite and achievement just one month into the school year! Year Three have been busy learning lots of songs for their assembly and they delighted Mrs Cruickshank by singing the songs spontaneously during the day too! Year Five have been busy arranging the song 'There's Something About a Soldier', singing and playing guitar, tuned percussion and drums with great enthusiasm.  This is in readiness for their forthcoming trip to Holdenby House, which links to history studies about life in Britain during WW2.

School Council
Class Councillors have been elected in Key Stage Two.  They are: Agastya Ghosh (Y3), Daisy Styles & Thomas Holford (Y4), Ashleigh Meadows & Jude Alton (Y5) and Esha Nath & Nicole Mukhtar (Y6).  Class Council meetings will take place over the next couple of weeks in readiness to inform future agendas for the School Council which will meet after half term.  I wish the new School Councillors success in their roles of responsibility.

ISA Hi 5 Netball Tournament
At the time of writing our team is taking part in the above tournament and I look forward to sharing news of their performance in the next bulletin.  The pupils who are representing St Peter's School are: Orla Drury, Casey Lim, Millie Webb, Joshua Nyoni, Oliver Laskey, Kiran Conway and Ruby Allan.

Humorous History snippet.....
A discussion took place in Year Four about the reasons why Henry VIII married six times: consolidation of power, for love and for the need for a male heir. These were complex ideas which Mr Holmes felt the children were grasping really well....until one pupil asked if people that divorced today were beheaded.....back to the start of the lesson!

The next bulletin will be out on 16th October.

Reminders: Key Stage Two Cinema Trip
Please log onto ParentMail+Pay to make payment for the Key Stage Two cinema trip because this is due to take place on Monday.  If you have difficulty logging on then email or call Mrs Hughes and she will issue you with a new password.  We strongly recommend that parents make a note of passwords and any 'memorable' information that has been requested. 

Macmillan Fundraising
Thank you to all those who attended, baked and /or bought cakes in support of our fundraiser last week.  Coffee and cakes made £94.20.  Emily Laskey in 5JL and Oliver Laskey in 6LD sold conkers to pupils to raise funds for Macmillan.  They made £21.90.  Well done everybody! Altogether a total of £116.10 was raised. :)

Year Six News
Year Six pupils had a fabulous sunny day out in the countryside on Monday when they visited Newton Field Centre. Armed with field equipment they walked down to the River Ise to investigate and measure the river speed, the river profile and the meander. Water samples were also collected to take back to the Science laboratory. The afternoon was spent using microscopes to identify and classify invertebrates from the river, making sketches of their most prominent features. The invertebrates and their scores on the 'purity intolerance scale' were used to assess the water quality. The trip provided an invaluable hands-on experience of collecting and recording data, working with field equipment, handling live material and investigating scientific and geographic questions.
A big thank you to Mrs Webb who arranged a visit by her friend Dimitri, an avid historian and knowledgeable Greek gentleman, who was willing to come in and talk to Year Six about his heritage. The visit included asking questions and listening to information on Greek Mythology, the influence of the Ancient Greek civilisation on our modern world and how the lifestyle led by this civilisation differs from our modern day British upbringing. Dimitri was impressed by the general knowledge and enthusiasm with which pupils participated in the discussions.

Brooke Priory Cross Country Competition
The following pupils are involved in a fairly gruelling run on Saturday.  Good luck to: Aneesa Wickremasinghe, Daisy Styles, Ava Brammer, Alice Champion, Ali Altunkaynak, Zana Paynter, Joshua Nyoni, Mille Webb and Asher Conway.  The last two Year Six pupils have taken part each year since they were in Year Three!

Pupils' Christmas Lunch
Please note that the date for this is different to that shown on the calendar card distributed last week. Christmas Lunch for pupils will be on Friday 12th December. 

            Yours sincerely
            Mrs Maria Chapman