As with many key occasions this year, Remembrance Sunday will be different. Now more than ever, we must remember the sacrifice of those who have died in the service of their country and for the freedom of their people. Watch and listen as Y6 help us to stop and reflect…
Mitzvah Day 2020 – Friday 13th November
Mitzvah Day is when the Jewish Community comes together to volunteer their time and energy in the spirit of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world,” as well as learn about different Mitzvot (religious commandments and obligations) that span across various aspects of Judaism. The aim is to help the broader community as well, giving a helping hand to those in need and the amazing organisations serving them. Mitzvah Day is not a fundraiser; it is about teaching our children and experiencing for ourselves the value and importance of one person helping another.
While we are unable to get out into the local community for Mitzvah Day this year, we have adapted our plans to enable our children to be proactive in still being able to make a difference. We are also requesting that families donate some non perishable food and that the children wear something green.
New addition to the school …
There was great excitement earlier this week when the striking cat pictured here decided to move in! She enjoyed playtimes with the children and was particularly attracted to Reception class! Thanks to the care of Jimmy and a parent, we were able to find its rightful owner. As a further development our feline friend has now been adopted by the parent that took her in.
This week we have also welcomed our student teachers for their first placements, with Ms Zehra in Y2 and Ms Lyon in Reception class.
Protecting the environment – join the discussion with your family….
We would like to signpost our families to an online discussion on how adults can support young people in protection of the natural world on Monday 9th November at 6.15pm. Speakers will include Fluella Benjamin and Tim Smit who runs the Eden project in Cornwall. While the organisation is based in Eastbourne, the themes apply to us all and can lead to developments anywhere in the UK.
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Taking Time to Relax
Take some time for yourself this week, just 20 minutes (or more if you can) to do something you find relaxing e.g. take a bath, go for a walk, read a book, listen to some music, do mindful meditation or take some time just to rest. Taking time to relax is vital to help your mind and body switch off from the everyday stresses and pressures of life. It aids positive thinking and decision making and reduces blood pressure and relieves tension. Taking this time out can re-energise us to face what’s next. Enjoy!
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Attendance and Early Birds
Y2 – 99.3% Y3 – 98.6%
Reception & Y4
Well done to the classes with the highest attendance and best punctuality. Please can we remind parents of the importance of children arriving in time for the start of the school day. Lateness is extremely unsettling for children and can often negatively impact their day.
PE lessons this week: children in KS2 took part in the first ever Virtual Cross-Country Challenge. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 had to complete a total of 1000m (1 km) by running from end to end in their PE lessons. Coach Steve measured out the distance of both the church hall (15m) and the sports pitch (20m), then worked out that Y3 and Y5 had to run 50 laps, whilst Y4 and Y6 had to run 66 laps. The children took this challenge on with such positive attitudes and showed a lot of great resilience to keep going all the way until the end. A huge well done to all the children who took part.
The children have drawn their portraits this week so please get your orders in ASAP…..
Assemblies this term:
|Fri 13th Nov||Y1|
Please see the table below for days and times.
|Before school (8.00-8.40am)|| ||Y6 multi-sport|| Y1 multi-sport|
|After school (3.30-4.30pm)||Y4 multi-sport||Y3 multi-sport||Y5 multi-sport||Y2 multi-sport |
Donations via ParentPay for iPads
Boost your donations by 25%! Any donations you have recently made to the school towards our iPad fundraising, or any future donations to the school, could be eligible for Gift Aid. If you are a UK tax payer and want to boost your donations click here for a Gift Aid form. Please email an electronically completed form to email@example.com or bring back to school with your child. This will help us get even closer to our target. Thank you for your continued support.
- Individual and group lessons are now taking place; if you would like to take up an instrument, please contact Camden Music
- Recorder for Y3 is on Wednesdays
- Class bands for Y4, Y5 & Y6 are on Thursdays. If you would like an additional one to one brass lesson, please contact Camden Music.
There are many wise sayings in the world such as, ‘Look before you leap’. This could mean that it is important to check where we are going to land before we jump off a wall. However, it also has a wider meaning – we should think about the consequences of what we are going to do before we do it. This also highlights that being wise is not about being clever. It reminds us that having an open mind and looking at things from another perspective will help us all in making wise choices in our lives.
‘Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”Proverbs 3:13
Castlehaven Community Centre is a hub of opportunities and events so please go to their website for details of what they have to offer including the projects below:
- Activ8 Programme is a new after school club for children from 8-13 years old.
- The Community Park and and Horticulture Hub runs various family events and activities.
- C-19 Foodbank is currently running for people and families in need at Clarence Hall in the Clarence Way Estate.
- Recent months have seen many changes at Littlehaven Nursery resulting in the provision being recognised as being ‘good’ by Ofsted. Some of our new Reception families speak highly of the nursery and about how much their children enjoyed it. They currently have nursery spaces so please contact them if you would like to find out more.
- We also wanted to let you know that Littlehaven Nursery is currently running a breakfast club for children in Reception and Year 1
Term dates for 2020 – 2021
|First day of autumn term||Thursday 3rd September 2020|
|Half term||Monday 26th – Friday 30th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 18th December|
|First day of spring term||Monday 4th January 2021|
|Half term||Monday 15th – Friday 19th February|
|Last day of spring term||Thursday 1st April|
|First day of summer term||Monday 19th April|
|Half term||Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 16th July|