Dear Parents/Carers,

It’s hard to believe that this is the first newsletter of 2019 as Christmas already seems like a distant memory! The children are working hard and having a lot of fun learning about their new topics. Y3 had a dragon messing up their classroom at the beginning of term and Y1 saw pictures of dinosaurs running around the St. Peter’s Metres track!

Thankfully, there was not a dragon or dinosaur in sight when Sally Gunnell arrived to officially open the track on Monday! Sally spoke to all children about how she found out that she was quite good at running when she was at primary school and about how important it is to keep our bodies and brains healthy. After cutting the ribbon Sally did a lap of the track with our Sports Ambassadors and KS2 School Council Reps. We are very grateful for Sally taking the time to visit us. Watch out for new clips in the local media: http://www.thedistrictpost.co.uk/news/2019/01/gold...

Talking of online links, listed below are some relating to the WorthLess Campaign in case you missed them. The low funding of West Sussex schools is still unresolved and schools are struggling more than ever before to adequately staff and resource them. The WorthLess Campaign is working tirelessly to ensure our children benefit from fairer funded in comparison to the rest of the country.

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2019-01-11/schoo...

Kind regards,
D. Maurice
Headteacher

Children’s Society – Revd Paul Doick has asked me to offer his sincere thanks, on behalf of the Children’s Society, for the £986.91 raised through the candle shaped collection boxes. This is a fantastic amount beating last years amount by £150.

House Cup – Well done to Hawks who came to school on Friday 11th January wearing their own choice of clothes, in recognition of winning the house cup last term. The final points were:
Phoenix: 2514, Eagle: 2204, Kestrel: 2539, Hawk: 2619

Chanctonbury Challenge - On Tuesday 15th January, our Y5 Chanctonbury Challenge children visited Steyning Grammar School for an afternoon of Forest School. They learnt how to build dens, cut wooded discs and started their own miniature camp fire. To end the afternoon they got to toast marshmallows!

ANIMAL OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to our ‘Animals of the Week’. This award is given in recognition of a good piece of work or a learning achievement.
Week Ending: Friday 11th January

  • Y1 Jasper Edge / Jasmijn Konnen
  • Y2 Sofia Taylor / Ella Sherrington
  • Y3 Harrison Sherrin / Emrys Pollington
  • Y4 Timofei Alexeenko / Jensen Pang
  • Y5 Hannah Draper / Grace Gribbon
  • Y6 Caitlin Smith / Sid Allwood
  • Week Ending: Friday 18th January
  • Y1 Zachary Jowett / Abigail Ratcliffe
  • Y2 Euan Devlin / Elsie Church
  • Y3 Emily Hunt / Jack Cannon
  • Y4 Sienna Bantock / Elsie Peterson
  • Y5 Joseph Crowther / Oliver Shunter-Smith
  • Y6 Abby Furber / Niamh Williams

Sports Reports
Indoor Athletics - Wednesday 16th January saw our annual indoor athletics competition at Steyning Grammar. A team of 25 children from Y5&6 were exceptional in both their competitive nature, team spirit and behaviour. Despite taking a major blow with absence, the team really stepped up to the plate and produced some amazing results.

Our parlouf teams were all outstanding and it was interesting to see the different strategies the children selected to use. The parlouf is run between 2 children as a team over 6 laps. They can choose to run whichever laps they like in any order. Some chose to run 3/3 laps, some 2/2/1/1, some 2/2/2. A huge thanks to Cooper, Max and William who all stepped in at the last moment to support the team. We finished overall in 2nd place just behind Steyning Primary. Well done to all the children and thank you to the parents that came to watch and support.

Girls Football - On Thursday 17th January, some Y6 girls took part in the Girls Football Area Partnership Finals. Back in October we played in our first ever girls football tournament and qualified to represent our school at the finals alongside Steyning. Despite it being a very chilly afternoon, the competition was very exciting and standards were extremely high from all schools involved. Our girls did not disappoint and I’m proud to say they played some of the best football I have had the pleasure of watching.

After the preliminary round, of which we played 4 matches (winning 2 and drawing 2), we finished runners up in our group. This meant we played in the semi-finals against The Globe Primary Academy. By the end of full time the score was still 0-0 so 3 minutes of extra time was added on. We held our own but just could not seem to get that elusive goal.

Unfortunately, The Globe managed to slip a sneaky albeit very tatty goal past our defence and keeper, to score in the last 30 seconds of the match.

Despite their obvious disappointment, the girls held their heads up high and went on to beat the other semi-finalists to come 3rd overall.

Well done to all the girls who played, they hadn’t conceded any goals up until the semi-finals. Special mention to Niamh for her amazing assist and to Amelia, who showed great determination and played the best game I’ve seen her play.

Thank you to all the parents who braved the cold to support the team and well done to all the girls. You truly showed what women’s/girl’s football is all about and why it continues to go from strength to strength. If your daughter is interested in playing football both inside or outside of school, please do speak to me, Mrs Searles.

Staffing – Congratulations to Mrs Boghurst in Y1 who has confirmed that she and her husband are expecting their second child, sometime in June. Mrs Ellis-Somerville has kindly offered to cover Mrs Boghurst’s maternity cover to be the Seahorses Class Teacher, full time until the end of term.

Arrangements for September will be confirmed later in the year. Unfortunately, I am saddened to inform you that Miss Crouch, Y6 Pelicans Teacher, will not be returning to us following her leave of absence for personal reasons. Miss Crouch is a valued member of staff and we are all very sad to bid farewell to such a talented and committed teacher. I am sure Parents/Carers will join the staff and I in wishing her well for the future.

We welcome Mrs Roberts back to St. Peter’s on Tuesday 12th February, who has been on maternity leave following the birth of her second daughter. Mrs Roberts will be returning to her role of Deputy Headteacher, and will also be taking on the Pelicans Class Teacher position, job sharing the role with Mrs Burbridge. Mrs Burbridge is already familiar with us having provided class cover in the past. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Roberts back, and Mrs Burbridge to Year 6.

Finally, we will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Young at half-term. She has been providing intervention support lessons across all year groups and filled in with staff absence. We thank Mrs Young for all the support she has given to children and staff, and wish her well in her new position at a school in Durrington.

Weather – With weather forecasters warning of possible snow and colder conditions coming, we wanted to confirm the arrangements, should St. Peter’s be unable to open. A decision will be made by 7.15am on any morning in question as to whether we will be able to open, taking into consideration the weather at that time, the forthcoming forecast, the state of the roads and the number of staff able to safely get to school.
Should we be closed, a text message and email will be sent to all Parents/Carers confirming no school for that day, with a statement also placed on our website. This procedure will take place each and every day, where the weather is questionable.

PTA Update
Hello everyone. I hope you’re all getting in to the swing of the new school term now. We certainly are here at PTA HQ!

We’re super excited to announce that our first event of the new year will be taking place in February. Look out for further communications next week confirming the date of our Winter Disco. Yep, it’s time for the mini people to perfect their floss, choose their favourite tune and get ready to get groovy. We’ll be back to you with the specifics very soon so watch this space.

Speaking of dates for your diary, our new chair Scott is holding the first 2019 PTA meeting on Wednesday 23rd January from 8pm at The White Hart. We’d be thrilled to see any of you who would like to continue volunteering or volunteer for the very first time so please do come along if you’d like to find out more. It’s always a fun evening and at worst you’ll get to meet some of the other parents whilst having a drink on us!

For more information on the PTA visit: St Peters PTA Facebook
To contact us please email: ptastpeters@outlook.com
PTA

E-Safety Coffee Afternoon - 8th February - There will be a short presentation and an opportunity for questions with our Computing Lead, Miss Redfern, and our Safeguarding Lead, Miss Watkins to discuss e-safety. Please join us in the school hall at 2.15pm.

After School Clubs – We still have spaces in Y6 Netball, Minibridge (Y3,4,5,6), Dance (Y4,5,6), Mindfulness (Y3,4,5,6) and Y5 Netball. If your child is interested in attending any of these clubs, then please contact the School Office.

Current vacancies for viola or violin lessons
If your child would like to start learning a musical instrument at school, this could be your opportunity! My name is Lesley Milward and I work for the West Sussex Music Trust. I have been lucky enough to be the violin teacher at St Peter’s School for the past 12 years and have seen several of my pupils progress to play in the County Youth Orchestra and beyond, although I get just as much pleasure and satisfaction from seeing pupils just enjoying playing.

I currently have spaces available for violin or viola lessons but I would really love St Peter’s to become a specialist viola school for the County as this is, in my opinion, a very special and under-played instrument. It’s taught and played in a very similar way to the violin but the sounds are lower. Viola players are always in demand too!

If you think you might be interested in applying for lessons on either the violin or viola (but particularly the viola), and your son/daughter is in Year 2 or above, then please speak to the office who will give you my contact details. I’d be very happy to talk to you if you have any questions or you might like to look at the Music Trust website www.westsussexmusic.co.uk.

CALENDAR DATES – 2018/19
New entries and changes are hi-lighted in red
January

  • Tues 29th: YR Village Walk, 9.00am

February

  • Fri 1st: Y6 Young Voices Concert at the O2
  • w/b 4th: Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Mon 4th: Y2 visit by Rainbow Theatre
  • Fri 8th: Y3 Parent Assembly, 9.00am
  • E-Safety Coffee Afternoon, 2.15pm
  • Class Reps Meeting, 2.15pm
  • Fri 15th: INSET Day – school closed
  • w/b 18th: Half-Term

March

  • Tue 5th: Y5 Swimming Lessons start (details to follow)
  • Fri 8th: School Mid-Year Reports out
  • Tue 12th: Parent/Teacher Consultations, 3.30 – 6.00pm
  • Thur 14th: Parent/Teacher Consultations, 5.00 – 7.30pm
  • Fri 15th: Red Nose Day
  • Tue 19th: Y1 visit Paradise Park
  • Fri 29th: Y1 Parent Assembly, 9.00am
  • ‘Celebration of Work’, 2.30pm – 3.15pm
  • (Please note change of date from 01.03.19)
  • After School Clubs finish

April

  • Fri 5th: End of Term Service, St. Peter’s Church, 9.30am
  • End of Term
  • Tues 23rd: Start of Summer Term

May

  • Wed 1st: Y5 Music Festival (details to follow)
  • w/b 13th: Y6 SATs Week
  • w/b 20th: Y6 residential to the Isle of Wight
  • Fri 24th: YR Parent Assembly, 9.00am
  • w/b 27th: Half-Term

June

  • Fri 21st: Y2 Parent Assembly, 9.00am
  • Mon 24th: Henfield Cricket Tournament
  • Thur 27th: St. Peter’s Day Service, St. Peter’s Church, 9.30am
  • Fri 28th: Sports Day

July

  • Mon 1st: Reserve Sports Day
  • Thur 11th: Y5 Connect to the Countryside (details to follow)
  • Fri 12th: Y6 Parent Assembly, 9.00am
  • Celebration of Work Afternoon, from 2.30pm