Y4 Shakespeare – In the week before half-term I had the pleasure of watching the accumulation of Year 4's work on William Shakespeare. The children had rewritten the play "Romeo and Juliet" using a mixture of narration, modern prose and Shakespearean language. It was a delight to see them perform to each other and so impressive considering the difficulty of the task. Sadly, Shakespeare is not often tackled at primary school, especially by Y4's, so it is down to the faith of Mr. Stenning and Mrs. Jones and their talent at making the lessons so engaging, that has enabled such a positive outcome for the year group. A big ‘Thank You’ to the Teachers, TAs and student teachers of Y4 and a huge well done to the pupils.

Spring Music Concert - Congratulations to all musicians who participated in the Spring Music Concert on Thursday 16th February. It was a hugely successful evening, with around 50 children performing a wide variety of instruments, showing off the talent of St. Peters! All children involved should be extremely proud of themselves. Thank you to all parents for any donations, a total of £106.78p was raised which will be put towards musical equipment for the school.

Our Maths Investigators w/e 3rd February :

Y1:   Alec Ballard

Y2:   Oscar Sherrington / Bethany Ratcliffe

Y3:   Emily Manfredini / Cassiel Shirfield

Y4:   Jack Woodley / Roel Konnen

Y5:   Felix Venter / Sophie Ray

Y6:   Maddy Clancy / Max Moir

‘Young Writers’ - 28 Y6 children were successful in the Young Writers' 100 word "Crazy Creatures" story competition in December and have the opportunity to have their work published in a book.  Congratulations to the children concerned.

Y4 Maths Challenge – Congratulations to Joshua Law, Joe Nicholson, Caitlin Smith and Abby Furber for their spirited participation in the Maths Challenge at Christ’s Hospital yesterday.

World Book Day – We had a fantastic array of characters and bright, colourful costumes in school yesterday as part of World Book Day.  Thank you also, to our visitors who joined us in the afternoon to read with the children. 

Open Afternoon - A reminder that on Monday, YR – Y5 will be opening their doors between 2.00pm – 4.00pm, and Y6 from 3.15pm – 4.00pm and inviting Parents/Carers into class to share in children’s learning. Please come into school through the main entrance and continue to your child’s classroom.  Once finished, and if before 3.15pm, please leave via the office entrance, remembering to sign out on the way.  Children are not allowed to leave school any earlier than 3.15pm.

Parent/Teacher Consultations – If you haven’t yet received confirmation of your appointment, slips should be coming home today. Gudrun from Steyning Bookshop will have a selection of books on display, should any child wish to spend their World Book Day voucher, or buy any other book.

A huge THANK YOU!

Thanks to your generosity and support, the school ICT suite is being given a much needed makeover with essential new equipment and furnishing as well as a snazzy new colour scheme over the Easter Holidays. This new facility will be state of the art and make an immeasurable impact on the school’s ability to engage with the pupils through technology. Look out for some fabulous photographs of the new facility after the Easter break and thank you once again for everything you have done to help make this possible.

Absence from school - To those parents who choose to take your children out of learning for days at a time but claim them as sick, please don't. It makes it difficult for your children on their return to talk about things they have done and for teachers to relate to them appropriately if they have been told to "keep quiet" about where they've been.

Staffing  update - Mrs. Kulin will be leaving us for a new post in Bangkok at the end of this year. Long in the planning, she is finally ready to reveal the new plans she and her husband have been putting in place. We wish her well and thank her for her years of dedication to the children of St. Peter's.

S. McCulley

Headteacher

CALENDAR DATES

March

Mon 6th:     Open Afternoon, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

                   Y6 Open Afternoon, 3.15pm – 4.00pm

Tues 7th:     Parent/Teacher consultations, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thurs 9th:    Parent/Teacher consultations, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Fri 10th:        Y1 Assembly

Fri 17th:        Y3 Assembly

                   PTA Quiz Night, 7.30pm

Tues 21st:    Y5 Music Festival, Steyning Grammar School

Wed 22nd:  Y5 Chanctonbury Challenge visit Red Oaks

Fri 24th:        Y4 Assembly

                   Red Nose Day

                   Class Reps Meeting, 2.15pm

Fri 31st:        Y5 Assembly

                   Last day of After School Clubs

                   PTA Easter Fiesta

April

Wed 5th:     Y6 Junior Citizen afternoon (details to follow)

Fri 7th:          Easter Service, St. Peter’s Church, 9.30am

                   Last day of Spring Term

Mon 24th:    Summer Term starts

Thurs 27th:   Y6 Isle of Wight Residential Meeting, 6.00pm

                    Y5 Isle of Wight Information Meeting, 7.00pm

May

Mon 1st:      Bank Holiday – school closed

w/b 8th:      KS2 Test Week

Fri 12th:        PTA School Disco

w/b 22nd:   Y6 Residential to the Isle of Wight

w/b 29th:    Half-term

June

Tues 6th:      Class Photos – JP Photographic

Wed 14th:   Y3 visit to Butser Ancient Farm (details to follow)

Mon 19th:    Henfield Cricket Tournament

Fri 23rd:        Open Afternoon, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Thurs 29th:   St. Peter’s Day Service, St. Peter’s Church, 9.30am

Fri 30th:        Sports Day

July

Mon 3rd:     Reserve Sports Day

Tues 4th:      Y6 Leavers Assembly, Lancing College

Wed 5th:     Y6 Production

Thurs 6th:     Y6 Production

Fri 7th:          Y5/Y6 Westminster Abbey/Houses of Parliament        trip (limited places, details to follow)