Issue 85 - 16/10/14

Dear Parents
It is entirely possible that pre half term tiredness is starting to kick in for your child.  I certainly think that St Peter's School's Michaelmas Term Part One has kept everyone busy!  Next week we have parent consultations.  All requested appointments have now been confirmed so please check your child's bag for the information.  The last school day for pupils before half term is Thursday 23rd October. 

Sunnylands Nursery News
Sunnylands Nursery children have been taking inspiration from the changing weather and season. They have made some lovely handprint hedgehogs that are adorning the outside area of Sunnylands Nursery. Bulbs have been planted ready for the spring! The colder, darker days have led us to look at nocturnal animals, especially owls. We have listened to the 'WOW Said the Owl' story, which ends with the little owl wondering about the beautiful stars at night. The children have also looked at the 'Starwalk' app on our iPads, which has certainly given them a sense of awe and wonder at the amazing night time celestial displays they don't usually see because they are tucked up in bed!

Production Club
We have now cast out next show: The Pied Piper.  What incredible talent we have.  Mrs Eyles, Mrs Cruickshank and I have been really encouraged by our cast's responsiveness in rehearsal. So far, three scenes and three songs have been set and rehearsed.  On Tuesday, despite parent teacher consultations running, there is a rehearsal, which Mrs Eyles and I will lead.  We have a lot of work to get through but we are encouraged that the attendance and application of the cast is excellent.  Tickets will be on sale from mid-January, with parents of cast members being offered booking first.  Performances are on the evenings of Wed 11th and Thurs 12th February 2015.  Also, a gentle reminder to parents of cast members that some of you need to go on to Parent+Pay to pay the fee for Production Club.  If you are having difficulty logging in to Parent+Pay then please contact the School Office for advice.

On-line Safety
I grow increasingly concerned at the risk posed by children's access to the internet, and yet such access also provides plenty of enriched opportunity for learning.   If your child is given internet access at home then I encourage you to click on the link below to just ensure that as your child grows and as his or her internet use increases, you are able to talk to him/her about keeping safe.  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has updated advice for parents and it is worth referring to the site frequently.  This is not simply about exploitation.  Children engaging in or being victims of online bullying through social networks is a real concern for many parents.

Year One News
After their staggeringly sophisticated performance of a class-composed poem at the recent PTAFA Harvest Supper, Year One pupils have continued to work with poetry.  They have focussed on rhyming, finishing a given poem and then also adding verses of their own.  Well done to our budding poets!

Year Two News
In Literacy lesson this week the children have been taxing their brains trying to find different ways of improving sentences. This included changing 'boring' verbs to interesting ones, also adding adjectives and adverbs.  The children thought hard and came up with words such as 'anxiously', 'strolled' and 'scarpered'. In Numeracy, mental skills have been stretched by solving three digit addition sums using knowledge of doubles, near doubles and number bonds to 10.

The next bulletin will be out on Thursday 6th November.

NSPCC / Child Line Fundraising
Words just cannot accurately how grateful Kathryn Brown, the charity's local representative was when she came in to count the donations up.  More money has come in over the last two days.  At the last count on Tuesday nearly £800 was raised.  That is amazing!  Kathryn came in to a School Assembly today to thank the pupils.

Brooke Priory Cross Country Competition
Congratulations to pupils who represented St Peter's School in an arduous cross country run on 4th October.  After taking part in every event since the age of seven, Millie Webb proudly received a medal at the event for coming in 6th.  There were many, many runners in each race!  Our Year Four girls' team were third place medallists and Daisy Styles received a second place medal.  Well don

Football News including ISA U11 report
St Peter's School football team played their first game this year when they travelled to Naseby for a friendly on Wednesday 8th October. Mr Holmes is training up some new players this year and it is a steep learning curve for some of our experienced pupils! The team gave 100% effort and improved as the game progressed, though on this occasion a win was out of their grasp.  Earlier this week St Peter's School football squad travelled to Birmingham for the ISA Midlands 5-a-side football tournament. Despite a poor opening game the subsequent improvements made by all the players over the course of their remaining three matches gave signalled great optimism for the remainder of the year. The children gave 100% effort and conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion at all times.  e to you all!

Space Craft Club
Mrs Haynes reports that children in Year One and Year Two attending this club have enjoyed several exciting 'space' themed sessions. They began by singing and rapping to two songs to help them learn about the names and characteristics of the planets. Since then they have been working on making their own images of the solar system by creating marble ink planets. They are now looking forward to crafting a starry background by splatting white paint.  This certainly sounds like a Jackson Pollock moment that many of us grown-ups would also relish!

             Yours sincerely
            Mrs Maria Chapman