N E W S L E T T E R 10th February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Film Nights - Huge congratulations to the successful Film Nights run by some of our Year 6 students. With your support the children have exceeded their target for funds to repair and update the Memorial Garden and will be working hard with Anthony over the coming weeks to decide how to spend their budget. Well done to Marisa Meinecke, Lily Smith, Henry Crowther, Nina Walford, Eliza Easterbrook, Imy Bates, Tilly Crowther, Leonie Rodway and Isabella Cridland.

St. Peter’s goes ‘Shoeless’ - As mentioned in my letter last Friday, following recent news items and research, it is thought that children who learn with no shoes on are more likely to behave better and obtain better grades than peers.  The children have decided to trial this ‘shoeless’ initiative with YR allowed to wear slippers, Y1 working in their stockinged feet (no slippers), Y2, Y3, Y4 & Y5 choosing either option, and Y6 trialling stockinged feet only. All children should wear school shoes to come to school and then change in class.



The Horsham District Primary Schools Basketball League got underway last week with the first of three meets at Henfield Leisure Centre, contested by nine teams from four schools - Kingslea, St Peter's (Henfield), Southwater Junior Academy and Billingshurst. 18 matches ensued over three courts to provide the watching audience of teachers and spectators with some fine entertainment.

A young St Peter's team, mainly composed of Y5’s, improved as the night went on as their teamwork developed. Alfie Potter's shooting was good and the dribbling skills of Alex Carter and Edward Robinson were also notable. A 24-8 victory over a Kingslea B team saw St Peter's finish in fifth place and Kingslea B sixth. The next event was held last night and we will feedback in the next newsletter.

Cross Country

Following trials at Steyning Primary School, six of our pupils qualified for the Southern Area Cross Country Final held at Windelsham House on 27th January. Our girls squad ran first along with 80 other girls from local qualifying primary schools. They were shortly followed by the boys squad who ran with another 80 boys.


All our pupils put in a superb performance and each of them came in a top 30 place. By coming in the top 15, all our Y6 children successfully qualified to Southern Area at the School Games Cross Country Finals to be held this Saturday at Hickstead.  We will keep you updated on how they do. Congratulations to all the runners for their achievement.


Our Y5 boys football team had a 5-1 win against Steyning Primary school this week. In a well matched game, our strong defence and fast paced running down the wings paid off with some great finishing and gave the team a well-deserved victory.  Well done to all the boys.



Our Swimming team came an overall second place in a very tightly swam event against our 3 local schools, Steyning Primary, Jolesfield and Upper Beeding. All our swimmers put in a sterling performance with many races being won or lost by a fingertip. Congratulations to them all.

World Book Day - We are excited to announce that as a school we will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March.  All children are invited to come into school dressed as their favourite story book character. Their chosen character must appear in a story book and the costume can be as simple or as elaborate as they wish.  (As children in YR are wearing their ‘Sunday best’ for visiting St. Peter’s Church, they don’t need a costume). To finish the day, Parents/Grandparents are invited to come into school at 2.45-3.05pm to read a book with their child, and all children will be given a World Book Day voucher to bring home.    

Parent/Teacher Consultations – Forms will be coming home next week for Parents to complete and return with their selection of times.  Appointment times will then be confirmed after half-term with a slip coming home with your child.  Please do look out for this.  Gudrun from Steyning Bookshop will be at the consultations with a selection of books should any child wish to spend their World Book Day voucher, or indeed buy any other book.

INSET Days 2017/18 – with holidays being booked, I thought it would be helpful for Parents to be aware that Monday 4th September will be an INSET day.  This means that the Autumn Term will start on Tuesday 5th September.

Finally, I wish everyone a happy and relaxing half-term break.  Unlike other Counties, our half-term is the week beginning 20th February.

With kind regards,

S. McCulley


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Fri 10th:        Class Reps Meeting, 2.15pm

                   Feel Good Challenge Drop-in, 3.15 – 4.15pm

Mon 13th:   Y4 visiting The Globe, London

Tues 14th:   Y5 Mindfulness Day

Thurs 16th:  Spring Music Concert, 6.00pm

Fri 17th:        YR Assembly

w/b 20th:   Half-term

Tues 28th:   Y3 visiting Henfield Museum


Thurs 2nd:   World Book Day

                   YR visiting St. Peter’s Church, Henfield

                   Y2 SATs Information Meeting, 3.30pm

                   Y6 SATs Information Meeting, 4.30pm

Mon 6th:     Open Afternoon, 2.00pm – 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,             (details to follow)

Wed 22nd:  Y5 Chanctonbury Challenge visit Red Oaks

Fri 24th:        Y4 Assembly

                   Red Nose Day

Fri 31st:        Y5 Assembly

                   Last day of After School Clubs

                   PTA Easter Eggstravaganza!


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


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


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


Mon 3rd:     Reserve Sports Day

Tues 4th:      Y6 Leavers Assembly, Lancing College