NO 7 - AUTUMN TERM 18/19 Tuesday 18th December 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,
The last couple of weeks at St. Peter’s have been full of festive fun and excitement coupled with some very tired children (and staff) who are looking forward to a well-earned Christmas holiday! I’m sure you could tell how hard you child/children have been working when they shared their books with you at our Celebration of Work afternoon.

As always the KS1 and EYFS nativity began our Christmas Celebrations. Their production of ‘Hey Ewe’ told the Christmas story from the view point of a very curious sheep, played by Isobel Boosey in Y2. Well done to all the cast and to the staff team for a fantastic, heart-warming show.

The children are loving their daily run/jog/walk around our St. Peter’s Metre’s running track. Not only is this improving their fitness levels but it is also keeping their brains alert too! I’m very excited to announce that Sally Gunnell will be visiting St. Peter’s in January to officially open the running track. A big thank you to Niamh Williams for writing such a persuasive letter to invite Sally Gunnell to St. Peter’s.

I know that Santa’s elves are working hard at this time of year collecting Christmas lists and checking-up on children’s behaviour, but if you happen to see one can you get them to take a message back to the North Pole. Please let them know that the children at St. Peter’s won’t be allowed to bring ‘Smiggle’ pens and pencils to school in the New Year because they cause quite a lot of unhappiness when they go missing or get broken.

And finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kind regards,
D. Maurice
Christmas Tree – A big thank you to Jeremys of Henfield, who have kindly given us a really lovely Christmas tree for our School Hall. Decorated by a small selection of children, it looks very grand.

Christmas Starts Here! - On Thursday 6th December, Year 3 Singing Club members joined with Young Voices to take part in a local concert in aid of St. Barnabas House, in Henfield Hall. The children were very much a mixture of excitement and nervousness as they arrived and were all very keen to take part! Supported by Miss Foster and Mrs Powell, several traditional Yorkshire carols were beautifully sung by the children, and the audience were very appreciative. During the interval many people commented on how lovely the singing was, and how they could hear all the words. Miss Foster and Mrs Powell were very proud of all the children who had practised hard and those who were able to come on the day – WELL DONE to Melissa, Ellie, Caithlyn, Jocelyn, Bethany, Martha, Gracie, Emrys, Blythe and Leah. A big thank you too, to all the parents who came and supported their children and to Sidonie Winter who kindly accompanied us on the piano.

Christmas Jumpers – A big thank you for all your Save the Children donations to support your child in wearing a Christmas Jumper last Friday.
Children’s Society – Please remind your child to bring in the money box candle to take to the Christingle Services tomorrow. EYFS/KS1 will be at St. Peter’s Church at 9.30am and KS2 from 10.30am. Parents/Carers are welcome to join us. Please could we ask that children with long hair have it tied back as the Christingles that the children will be holding, will be lit.

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 7th December
Y1 Amina Comanita /Ava Khbach
Y2 Isobel Boosey / April TIngey
Y3 Indigo Little / Tommy Lonsdale
Y4 Theo Neale-Stevens / Bethany Ratcliffe
Y5 Poppy Lockett / Sam Hartwell
Y6 Felicity Denver / Ellie Montero-Burlton / Melissa Johnson
Week Ending: Friday 14th December
Y1 Iris Makey / Megan Barr-Williams
Y2 Atticus Butler / Oscar Dennis
Y3 Joseph Smith-Barry / Harry Edwards
Y4 Rebecca Daly / Alix Duke
Y5 Beth Hollis / Archie Makey
Y6 Melissa Johnson / Toby Mackinnon

Sports Reports
Boccia & Kurling - Well done to the Boccia and Kurling team who attended our second of three matches against Jolesfield on Thursday 29th November. The children had a fantastic time learning a new sport and we won the tournament 18-6.

Paracetamol/Anti-histamine – We are still waiting for a high number of medicine consent forms to be returned. It is essential that we have the permission, as it enables us to give your child paracetamol or anti-histamine if needed. We shall telephone you beforehand for verbal permission, however this form will act as consent, should your child be very unwell and we are unable to contact you. Extra copies are available at the school office.

Attendance – WELL DONE to the 91 children who have maintained 100% attendance this term. Provided they are in school on Wednesday, children will be given a 100% attendance sticker. Congratulations also to Y6 Polar Bears for leading the way in class attendance at a brilliant 98.35%.

PTA Update –
Well what a term that was! From Fireworks to Christmas cards, via some pretty awesome advent calendar prizes, we have had quite the eventful time this Autumn and Winter. We are incredibly excited to have a brand new Chair, Scott Percy, leading the charge and we know you’ll join all of us in wishing him the best of luck for 2019 and all the fundraising and fun that has to bring!

We really look forward to announcing our next events in the New Year and hope you’ll be as enthusiastic about them as we are. We couldn’t do any of this without your fantastic support so a huge thank you to each and every one of you.

All that remains to say is Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you on the other side!

Staffing – You may have noticed that we have a number of new faces amongst the staff. We welcome two university students who are completing their final placements with us to become teachers. Miss Peacock is in Y3 Sharks and Miss Adamuv in Y1 Seahorses. We also have a new Teaching Assistant, Miss Saxby in Y4 and a work experience student, Miss Ware in YR. Please do say hello if you are in their classes.

Y5 Stunning Start - As a stunning start to our Under Attack topic next term we would like the children to come in dressed up as Saxons on Monday 7th January. Outfits can be very simple e.g dark trousers and a long t-shirt with a belt. The children will need to come to school dressed in their costume as they will be wearing this all day.

Parent Assemblies – Please may we strongly remind all Parents/Carers and Visitors that video and still image recording is strictly prohibited when in school, particularly at any performance, assembly, event. Also, mobile phones must be switched off.

Playground Post Box – From a request made by Class Reps, we have a second post box located on the playground on a wall near to Octopus classroom door. Please do use it to return any letters/permission slips/forms that you need to hand to the School Office. It will be emptied daily.

House Cup - Congratulations to Hawks for winning the house cup for this term. The final points were:
Phoenix: 2514
Eagle: 2204
Kestrel: 2539
Hawk: 2619

After School Clubs – Confirmation of club places will be coming home today. The majority of clubs will start week commencing Monday 14th January 2019, with the exception of French and Tennis which will begin on Monday 7th January and Karate and the Chelsea football taster session which are both on Wednesday 9th January. There are still spaces in Minibridge, Dance, Y5 Netball and Mindfulness. For those of you who did not see the email explaining Minibridge, its an educational card game that aims to improve memory and communication abilities and is lots of fun. Playing in pairs, it will help to develop and fine-tune a wide range of skills, including counting, mental arithmetic, listening, concentration, reasoning, observation and planning.

Should your child be unable to attend an after school club then please either write to the club organiser, or telephone the School Office to advise of your child’s absence. Registers will be taken every week, with a phone call made to Parents/Carers for any child absent.

Census Day – Thursday 17th January
The Chartwells choice menu has been confirmed for the next census day, which will be:
Main: Beef Burger in a Bun & Chips
or Veggie Nuggets & Chips
Side: Baked Beans or Salad & Ketchup
Dessert: Sticky Toffee & Apple Sponge with Custard or Melon Slices
Drink: Blackcurrant Squash, Milk or Water
To give us maximum funding please could we ask that all EYFS/KS1 children collect a hot meal, even if your child has bought a packed lunch in to enjoy. The more meals that are collected, the more funding we will gain.

Wed 19th: KS1 Christingle Service, St. Peter’s Church, 9.30am
KS2 Christingle Service, St. Peter’s Church, 10.30am
Last day of Term
2019 January
Thurs 3rd: Spring Term starts
Mon 7th: Y5 – Dress as Saxons Day
Wed 9th: Y6 SATs Information Evening for Parents
Mon 14th: Sally Gunnell opening St. Peter’s Metre’s!
After School Clubs start
Fri 1st: Y6 Young Voices Concert at the O2
Mon 4th: Y2 visit by Rainbow Theatre
Fri 8th: Y3 Parent Assembly, 9.00am
Fri 15th: INSET Day – school closed
w/b 18th: Half-Term
Fri 1st: ‘Celebration of Work’, 2.30pm – 3.15pm
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
Tue 19th: Y1 visit Paradise Park
Fri 29th: Y1 Parent Assembly, 9.00am
After School Clubs finish
Fri 5th: End of Term