Our families that are celebrating Diwali will have a very different festival this year, but we hope that you manage to ensure its message and importance shines brightly!
Our wonderful Y6 librarians are unable to run the library as usual but are very enthusiastic in wanting to share their love of reading with the school. Below they are reading a story to Y3…
Y1 will bring you great cheer in their assembly when you click this link and they share the story of the Gingerbread Man.
Thank you to families for supporting Mitzvah Day with so many food donations.
The autumn term at HTSS would normally have seen KS2 working with the English Touring Opera Company and the infants preparing to perform a nativity for families. While the ETO has had to be postponed, we are able to produce a nativity on film for families which the children are very excited about! We are delighted to enable KS2 to work with a specialist in each class writing and performing a song; this too will be filmed. Our usual end of term brass band concerts are unlikely to happen, but we have arranged for these to also be broadcast to families. Further information on how and when will come in due course.
Urgent notice: Artwork for Christmas cards has now gone home with every child. If you want to order your child’s design on cards, cups etc., this must be completed by Monday 14th November; the designs must also come back to school on Monday. We have to send them off to printers, so sadly there is no flexibility on this.
Winter Fest Photography Competition with Castlehaven Community Centre
Winterfest Photography Challenge
Castlehaven community centre, in collaboration with our school, invite the local community to get behind their cameras in time for the festive season this year. You can use phone cameras, digital, manual or indeed any camera to capture a winter mood that has inspired you, whether it be an object, a person, a self portrait, an interior, an urban setting or a scene from nature. Children and parents competing from Holy Trinity & S Silas can submit images directly to school: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date of the competition will be Tuesday 1st December at 6pm. We will be announcing three prize winners via a live Zoom ceremony taking place on December 9th at 5pm. Zoom details for the session will be sent out nearer the date by email. Please be sure to give your name, gender and age when submitting your photographic entry and please ensure to send your photo as an attachment on your email…We look forward to all your entries! Information on prizes to follow…
Geography Dress Up Day – Friday 27th November
This half term has seen a focus on geography. As a celebration of the subject we have organised a day to get creative and dress up in some relative way to a country, a landmark or a geographical feature!
The money raised will go towards the Royal Geographic Society, a charity who reach millions of people each year through their work in advancing geography and supporting geographers.
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Pause and Breathe
When you notice you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or worried, take a moment to pause and breathe.
Deep breathing calms our nervous system and increases oxygen flow to the brain. This helps us to think more clearly and enables us to problem-solve. Next time you are stressed, try breathing in through the nose, holding it for 5 seconds and breathing out through the mouth for 7 seconds. Repeat this at least 5 times and see if that helps you to feel a bit calmer.
Relationships Education Policy and PSHE Curriculum
You will have received an email requesting your time to look at the teaching of relationships at our school and share any thoughts or feedback that you might have. The deadline for this is Friday 27th November.
Follow this link to see our updated art page.
Attendance and Early Birds
Reception – 98.6% Y3 – 99.3%
Y2 & Y6
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.
The cut off for this is today at 3pm
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.
Wisdom isn’t about what you know (this is knowledge/information) but about what you do with what you know – the application of your knowledge. Being wise doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with age or intellect. Although it is a gift, it is a virtue that needs to be nurtured. The Bible has specific books of wisdom in which, through poetry, story and proverbs, advice is given on how wisdom might be developed.
The book of Proverbs helps us to see what wisdom is, often contrasting it with foolishness; the book also explores some of the characteristics of wisdom including: highlighting a thoughtful use of silence, a reluctance to say too much and a caring attitude toward those less fortunate. This reflects the emphasis we place on teaching children how to share care, courage and co-operation and the positive impact this has on their character development.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.Proverbs 8:11
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|