Dear Parents/Carers,

Chanctonbury Challenge - The second challenge “Too old for Tech” was held last Wednesday when the children had to use their social and ICT skills to create a powerpoint with a resident from Red Oaks. The children were brilliant and a very enjoyable morning was had by all. David (from St Peters) and Harley (from Steyning Primary) worked with John to make a powerpoint entitled `John’s Varied Life`. All the powerpoints will be shown at the awards ceremony in July. The third challenge “Working in your Wellies” takes place today when the children will be going to do some gardening, planting things that they will eventually cook with.   

Comic Relief – An amazing £660 was raised for Comic Relief. Well done to the Charity Reps for arranging such an enjoyable fundraising day.

Y5/6 Houses of Parliament Visit – We had a very successful trip to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament last Wednesday. It was a hectic day trying to get everything we wanted to see and do done in the time we had but ultimately it was very successful and we got to sit in the House of Parliament whilst Theresa May delivered her Article 50 speech. A piece of history for all the children to put in their scrapbooks!

Staff News – we have 2 sad farewells to make this term, to Mrs Ringshaw and Bob Tucknott.  On Thursday Mrs Ringshaw will be leaving St. Peter’s, having supported all year groups since she joined us in 2014 as a supply teacher and more recently as PPA Teacher.  Mrs Ringshaw was much valued among the staff and will be very much missed. We are also saying a sad goodbye to Bob Tucknott, one of our Premises Officers who has decided to retire owing to ill-health. Bob has been at St. Peter’s since 2008 and during that time has been a popular member of the team, assisting with the day-to-day running of the premises and helping staff with all sorts of jobs each day. On behalf of everyone we thank Mrs Ringshaw and Bob for their support and commitment to St. Peter’s, and wish them both well for the future.  They shall be missed.

Y1 Paradise Park Visit – Y1 had a fantastic time at Paradise Park last Friday, with even the weather being kind and staying dry.  The children enjoyed looking at the models and fossils, with the hi-light of the visit being a trip on the train.

Eco Award

The Eco-Committee have worked very hard leading the school towards the bronze Eco-award which we are going to apply for this term.  We would like to share with you our school Eco-code:

St. Peter’s school can make a difference

Addressing environmental issues

Valuing the world that we live in

Everyone working together

Observing our beautiful Earth

Using our resources wisely

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Preserving and protecting our planet

Learning how to be more Eco-friendly

Acting on behalf of everyone

Nature needs us

Each and every one can save the planet 

This is our Eco-code

Local residents & Parking – Please could we ask Parents/Carers to be mindful of local residents when parking for the school run in the morning or afternoon. This morning I have received a complaint of aggressive verbal language being used by a Parent towards a neighbour of St. Peter’s.  Henfield Leisure Centre is happy for Parents/Carers to use their car park which leaves the roads clear for our local residents. There is a one-way system in place and we would urge Parents, when leaving, to use Staples Barn as an exit road leaving Fabians Way clear for oncoming traffic.

Sports Reports

Y5 Football

On Friday 17th March a small group of Y5 children played in the Horsham District Sport Development Cup. On yet another grey and cold afternoon, the boys played their socks off against some very stiff competition. Whilst we looked great in some games, we really struggled in others and finished the afternoon winning 2 out of our 4 games. Well done to all the boys, scoring some glorious goals, making super saves and winning some tricky tackles. Thank you once again to the parents who came to support and drove the children to the tournament.

Y6 Football

On Friday 24th March, the Y6 football team represented St Peter's in the Horsham District Development Cup. The team faced our toughest matches yet, needing to win both games in our group. Unfortunately despite winning one game comfortably, we ended up drawing with Greenway school which led the team to face sudden death penalties. Sadly we lost 5-4 so we're unable to be placed within the top 4 teams. Our next game we drew, which led to sudden death penalties yet again. This time we won, which put us through to face a final game against Billingshurst Primary. Once again we drew and so faced our third penalty shoot-out. By this point nerves were frayed and we were all feeling the pressure. Despite excellent keeping by Liam, we lost this round of penalties, leaving us to take 6th place. A massive well done to all the children who played; we faced 3 of the toughest teams of the tournament and they should be proud of their achievement. 

Y2 Multi-sports

On Friday 31st March, a group of Y2 children attended a multi-sport event held at Steyning Primary School. The children learnt 3 new games; Alaskan Rounders, Rainbow Rounders and Handball. It was a great opportunity for the children to try out new skills, mix with other schools in our locality and generally have a fun filled afternoon. Thanks to two of our Y6 Sports Ambassadors who came along to support Y2, who were able to take part in running activities.

Sussex Primary Schools U11Basketball Finals

St Peter’s School, Henfield qualified for the finals as third out of its local competition so weren’t much fancied but their improvement and fighting qualities, led by pocket battleship Tristan, saw them punch above their weight and Waterfield were the first to feel the force in a fantastic match that finished 14-all before the real shock of them taking out Birchwood Grove 8-6 took place. St Peter’s then moved into the top group with a shot at the title, Birchwood having to be content with going through to the second pool and Waterfield unbelievably into the lowest tier. The top group produced matches and excitement to give a fitting climax to the proceedings. Holmbush started things off by edging out St Peter’s 12-11. Could the title be heading to the South Coast? St Peter’s kept huffing and puffing to try and keep their hopes alive but try as they might they couldn’t force the St Joseph’s train off the tracks, the match ending 16-10 to the Haywards Heathers’ advantage. St Peter's finished third overall out of nine teams after a very impressive performance.

Finally, St Peter's would like to thank Henfield Football Club's Under 12 team for donating their old kit to the school. They were fortunate enough to get a new kit just recently courtesy of their sponsor "Coles Automotive" and as their kit was in such great condition gave it to us. Thanks also to Alex, Richard and the team at Coles who came up with the idea.

Confirmation Service – If any child in Y6 is interested in being confirmed, the Bishop of Chichester will be visiting Hurstpierpoint Church on 13th July to confirm children and adults. Please contact Revd Paul for further details on admin@henfield.org.

St. Peter’s closes for the Easter holidays this Friday, 7th April returning for the Summer Term on Monday 24th April.  I take this opportunity to wish all the children, families and staff of St. Peter’s a lovely Easter and enjoyable break. 

With kind regards,

S. McCulley

Headteacher

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CALENDAR DATES

April

Tue 4th:          Chanctonbury Challenge - Wiston Flower Farm

Wed 5th:        Y6 Junior Citizen afternoon

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

Fri 28th:           PTA Fun Run

May

Mon 1st:        Bank Holiday – school closed

Tues 2nd:       Summer Term After School Clubs start

Wed 3rd:       Chanctonbury Challenge

w/b 8th:        KS2 Test Week

Fri 12th:           PTA School Disco

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

Tues 23rd:      Y5 visit to Brighton (details to follow)

Wed 24th:      Chanctonbury Challenge

Thurs 25th:     Y2 Singing Festival – Steyning Primary

w/b 29th:      Half-term

 

June

Tues 6th:        Class Photos – JP Photographic

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

                      Y4 Orca African Drumming concert, 2.30pm

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 visit to Houses of Parliament

Tue 11th:        Y6 Leavers Party, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Wed 12th:      Parent Report drop-in, 3.30 – 5.00pm

Thur 13th:       Y5 Connect to the Countryside trip

Mon 17th:      Y6 Leavers Service, St. Peter’s Church, 2.00pm

                      Chanctonbury Challenge Presentation Day

Tues 18th:      Changing classes afternoon

                      Parent drop-in to meet new Teacher, 3.30-4.30pm

Wed 19th:      Y6 final Assembly

Fri 21st:           Last day of term