Dear Parents/Carers,

Author Visit – On Monday 19th June Helen Peters came to Y1, Y2 & Y3 to talk about her books. Helen wrote books for older and younger children, whatever their age. The children’s younger books were called ‘A sheep dog called Sky’, ‘A duckling called Button’ and ‘A piglet called Truffle’; and books for older children are: ‘Evie’s Ghost’, ‘The Secret Hen House Theatre’ and ‘The Farm under Water’. These are some of Helen Peter’s quotes: ‘Always choose your words carefully’ and ‘if you don’t like your writing, then the reader is bound to not like it either’. Written by Emily & Scarlett, 

Y3 Circus Skills – A fun-filled day of circus skills was enjoyed last Tuesday with Mr Phil Blackmore teaching various tricks e.g. tight wire, plate spinning, peacock feather balancing, scarf juggling, stilts to name just a few. A big thank you goes to the 51% of KS2 Parents who kindly supported the day with the £1.50 donation, and then to the PTA for covering the £144 shortfall. 

Y6 Production ‘Aladdin’ – Well done to Y6 who put on two amazing performances of Aladdin on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July. Full of energy, the cast received a standing ovation both nights and it reflected the hard work and effort they put in to the show! It was great to see so many smiling faces and we hope they have lots of lasting memories! 

Houses of Parliament – Our second group of Y5/Y6 children visited The Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey on Friday 7th July. Despite the heat and long coach journey, the children were able to see inside the Great Hall of the Palace of Westminster and have a tour around. 

Staff News – I am delighted to report that during the Summer holidays Miss Duncliffe, Class Teacher for Puffins will be getting married to Stuart Goddard. We wish Miss Duncliffe and Stuart a glorious wedding day and happy future together as Mr & Mrs Goddard. We also welcome back after maternity leave, Mrs Boghurst to Y1 and Miss Watkins as our Inclusion Manager. 

As ever at this time of year we have sad ‘goodbyes’ to make – Mrs Kulin, Y6 Class Teacher, Writing & Music Subject Leader will be heading off to Bangkok with her husband to continue her teaching career; Ms Adams, our SENCO who although only here for a year has covered the role wonderfully and now moves onto a permanent position at Grovelands Community Primary School in Hailsham; Mrs Jones, Y4 Orca Class Teacher and Mrs Whinder, Y1 Seahorses Class Teacher who are both ending their temporary contracts and continuing to teach at other schools. Thank you for all you have done during your time here. 

We are also saying very sad farewells to a number of Teaching Assistants, some of whom have been at St. Peter’s for quite a number of years and will be greatly missed. Our thanks go to each and every one of you for your commitment and unwavering support to the children and staff. We wish you all well for the future. 

Y2 Cake Sale! - This term, the Y2 children have been working towards earning their "Wildlife Action Award" as part of their topic. Last Friday, they held a cake sale in aid of the RSPB and raised more than £140. Well done Y2 and thank you to all the Parents and Carers who donated the tasty cakes! 

PE Uniform – ALL children must have the uniform PE kit of ‘house’ t-shirt, black shorts, black plimsolls (EYFS/KS1)/trainers (KS2) in school from September. PE kits should stay in school throughout the term. 

Attendance – A big WELL DONE goes to the 20 children who have maintained 100% attendance throughout this academic year. This is a tremendous achievement and one to be proud of. Awards – 

Prince Wildlife Shelter – during the Summer term, a group of Y3/4 pupils have met most weeks, to create a shelter in the Wildlife Garden. They have worked with Anthony, our Premises Manager, to clear the land and build the shelter, which will eventually be used as an outdoor learning area. The pupils have worked with great enthusiasm and they are very proud of what they have achieved so far. Our thanks go to Anthony, for all of his guidance and support. “I have enjoyed making the shelter” – William “I like being outside in nature and digging” – Harry “I have enjoyed it because I like weaving branches and building the shelter in the wildlife” – Ollie “I like listening to the wildlife. I really like nature” – Charlie “I like weaving branches and digging” – Riley “I enjoyed being outside” – Jude West 

Sussex Recycling Challenge – Congratulations to Alex Carter, whose poster came within the top 20 in West Sussex and has been submitted to the National Challenge with a chance of winning an ipad. Please visit ngchallenge to vote for Alex’s picture Y2 

Universal Free School Meals - Children currently in Y2 will no longer be eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals when they start Y3 in September. If you are not entitled to pupil premium, hot school meals will now need to be ordered via the mealselector website - If you have any problems, please contact the Chartwells office 01243 836130/ 

Sports Reports Congratulations to Hawks who were the overall winners of Sports Day. The points were as follows: KS1: Phoenix: 1437, Eagle: 1282, Kestrel: 1445, Hawk: 1702 KS2 Phoenix: 536, Eagle: 544, Kestrel: 589, Hawk: 495 

Netball Silver medal winners Southern Area Games. This year for the first time ever our netball team won the area partnership finals to earn a place at the Sussex Games to play netball as part of the Southern area team. We had a fantastic day at the mini Olympic style event held at the K2 on 28th June. The children competed against the best schools from the whole of Sussex and were amazing! They finished in second place; earning the silver medal and contributed to the gold medal won by the Southern team as a whole. Huge congratulations to all the children involved for a wonderful achievement. 

Table-Tennis – for the first time ever, we have held a table tennis competition and our winners were Ellie Boniface, Freddie Crawley and Reece Kent/Alex Carter for the boys doubles. Well done! 

Holiday Club - Henfield Leisure Centre are running a holiday club throughout the holidays, 7.30am - 6pm. The children can do various activities from trampolining, bouncy castle, football, arts ‘n crafts, Sharky's soft play area and lots more!!! You can drop your children off anytime for as long as you like. Lunch is also available. To book, please call 01273 494984. 

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers – A massive ‘Thank you’ for all the vouchers that have been donated. We reached our target of 9,132 being collected and have subsequently ordered skipping ropes, tennis balls, footballs, rugby balls, table tennis bats and bean bags. 

Seahorses Rug – Henfield Lions visited Seahorses last Friday to see their new rug: ‘It’s really comfy because its fluffy’ (Arthur), ‘I like it because it is really colourful’ (Jessica), ‘I like it because it is big and it fits us all on’ (Martha), ‘It is good because it has loads of animals and insects’ (Rory). Thank you again Henfield Lions. 

I wonder ….. Places are still available in the ‘I Wonder…’ holiday club running at St Peter's Church, Henfield on 21-23 August. For more information please contact Louise on 01273 495532 / 

HJ Burt Challenge – The winners of the ‘My Dream Home’ challenge have been chosen and our new Reading Shed has officially been presented by HJ Burt. Do look out for it by the Infant double doors, on the playground. Congratulations to the following children: 1st 2nd 3 rd YR Barney Harris Alfie Penfold Bryony Stubbs Y1 Harrison Clowe Tommy Lonsdale Molly West Y2 Sara Manfredini Noah Gargano Jimmy Thomas Y3 Evie Francis Rosanna King Max Rowley Y4 Robyn Thomas Lili Allwood Riley Langridge Y5 Fraisie Ellis. 

Y5 Chanctonbury Challenge - reached its conclusion yesterday with the children returning to Wiston Flower Farm to harvest the flowers planted last term. Back at Steyning Grammar they also cooked lavender biscuits, beetroot & chocolate cake and courgette bread with the harvested ingredients which were shared at the presentation evening. Invited guests from all parts of the project came along, celebrating what the children had achieved over the last few months with a medal being presented to each one by Mr Wergan, Headteacher of Steyning Grammar. It was a lovely evening and a fitting end to an enjoyable time. We were very proud of our children who had taken part so enthusiastically: Shae Stevens; Edward Ridgwell; David Taylor; Faith Streeton; Sophie Ray; Phoebe Clarke; Isla Moir and Chiane Shinkawa. 

Y6 Leavers - with the production, Lancing College Leavers Service, our own service at St. Peter’s yesterday, their party and the final assembly for parents tomorrow, Year 6 have had a very full final two weeks. As a cohort, we are very proud of them and wish them every happiness and success at their new schools and for the future. Good luck goes to: Donna, Joshua, Daisy, Maddy, Freddie, Issy, Tilly, Alfie, Katy, Sam, Ren, Kitty, Brendon, Mert, Max L., Megan, Oliver M., Annabelle, Adam, Asmus, Millie, Harvey-Jack, Alf, Hattie, Billy, Oliver S., Deanna, Conall, Cameron, Finlay, Imogen, Nina, Domenico, Gina, Hettie, Oliver C., Jean, Henry, Eliza, Oliver F., Stanley, Alastair, Neeve, Falcon, Eddie, Nathan, Bethany, Marisa, Max M., Evie, Liam, Harvey, Archie, Leonie, Lily and Nina

Finally, may I wish all our children, families and staff a lovely Summer break. I look forward to hearing about all the holidays/activities enjoyed when we return in September. A reminder that Monday 4th September is an INSET day with St. Peter’s re-opening for the 2017/18 academic year on Tuesday 5th September. 

Kind regards, 

S. McCulley