“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
― Albert Einstein
Attendance and Punctuality
The attendance this term has been really strong and last week, for the first time, we had three classes with 100% attendance which is amazing! The other classes were also very strong giving us a whole school attendance of 99.3%. While each week comes with uncertainty of what it will bring, it is clear that families are doing all they can to ensure children are maximising learning by coming to school.
Reception – 100%; Y1 – 100%; Y5 – 100%
Y2 & Y4
As you will know, the infants have been busy rehearsing a nativity show and the juniors writing a Christmas song – all in their class bubbles. We are hoping that our plans to record all of these will come to fruition over the next two weeks. Then we would like to share them with you and are planning to do this in two ways – one via Vimeo using a password protected link and the other via a DVD. We will seek a contribution towards costs for both of these which you will be able to access via ParentPay. It is important that you log on to Parentpay and select whether you would like the link or the DVD, so that we know how many we need to order.
Important notice for any parents that have not agreed to school productions being uploaded onto the school website: please look out for a letter seeking consent to upload a password protected video. It has been send home in your child’s school bag. Unfortunately, without consent your child will not be able to take part in the filming.
Our communal displays have been adorned with a sea of faces created using different media and the style of various artists through the genre of portraiture.
Wellbeing Top Tip of the week – Practise ‘radical self-acceptance’
‘Radical self-acceptance’ is the ability to accept everything about ourselves and our life without question, blame, or disappointment. We are all doing the best we can in these challenging times so it’s about time we take some of the pressure off ourselves. This week, let’s manage our expectations about what is achievable right now and be proud of all of the things we are doing each day, however small they may seem!
Winter Fest Photography Competition with Castlehaven Community Centre
Thank you to those that have submitted a photo for the competition, here are some wonderful examples:
This weekend, get out your phone cameras, digital, manual or indeed any camera to capture a winter mood that has inspired you. The closing date of the competition will be Tuesday 1st December at 6pm. Please submit images directly to school: firstname.lastname@example.org.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…
Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas School Dinner
We are having Christmas dinner on Christmas Jumper day, Friday 11th December. Please find the Christmas Menu attached. You will also need to bring £1 to school if you are sporting your Christmas jumpers.
If you are normally on packed lunches, the dinner is a one-off payment of £2.45 and payable on Parentpay on the day. Please would you let Miss Stenmark know ASAP if your child is having the vegetarian option or if you do not want your child to have the Christmas dinner at all. E-mail: email@example.com
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Quality time with family or friends
Try to find some time to do an activity as a family or household, such as going to the park, playing a board game, cooking together, or making arts and crafts. Spending quality time together can strengthen our relationships, help us to reconnect with others and encourage positive communication. Bonding with loved ones increases dopamine levels, which helps us to feel good and promotes positive wellbeing.
Follow this link to see our updated art page.
DIY Wreath Kits available for purchase on Parentpay! Your contributions toward this fundraiser are much appreciated. There’ll be a Zoom wreath decoration class as well. More info to follow on that.
We need your support for prizes: despite not having a Christmas Fair, the very popular Christmas raffle will still go ahead! Please confirm if you can provide an item, such as: vouchers (books/stores/experiences); items that children (and parents!) would love to win; or homemade goodies such as a tray of cookies. Please let the school office know via email or phone ASAP if you have something to donate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A character trait that goes hand in hand with wisdom is humility. People that are humble are the ones who realise they don’t have all the answers and seek wise counsel when faced with a significant choice. We need to ensure that we instil humility in our children, and train them to seek wisdom from trusted sources all the days of their lives and to ask God to give them wisdom. Being humble helps children learn to be courteous and respectful to other people. Humility will teach your child to listen to others and increase their desire for learning from others; this in turn will foster personal and intellectual growth.
“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”Luke 14:11
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|