NHS Thank you April 2020

At the front of the school our Key Worker Children put together a special thank you to all the NHS staff who are doing such an amazing job during this unprecedented time. A text went out to invite all of our children at home to put their messages on the gate whilst they were out on their daily exercise.

May 2020

The Staff put together a Video called I’ve Got that Feeling to help cheer up families and children at home during the pandemic. There were some lovely comments on Facebook which really helped to raise staff morale. Children enjoyed the film and enjoyed seeing the teachers and staff.

Miss. Cramp’s class independently put together a film to say how much they miss their teacher and their school. It was lovely to see the children and Miss. Cramp was so excited to share this and to see them all.

National Midwife Day

Children at home and in school helped to colour in pictures or make bunting for the Maternity Unit at the QEQM to celebrate National Midwife Day. Michelle Kiting (Senior Midwife) was very pleased with all of the contributions and said that it really brightened the midwives’ day.
Mr Spencer
Mr. Spencer’s Fundraising Challenge
On May 1st, Mr Spencer started a Charity Indoor Cycling Challenge in aid of the mental health charity, Mind U.K.; a very important charity, especially during this difficult time. All on an exercise bike and in 14 days or less, Mr Spencer is cycling 874 miles (1407km) - the distance from Land’s End (Most South-Westerly point of the UK to John O’Groats (Most North-Easterly point of the U.K). In order to complete this challenge in 14 days or less he will need to cycle a minimum of 63 miles per day (101km!) If you would like to support Mind UK and Mr Spencer with a donation please follow this link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jack-Spencer16

 

 

joke book
July 2020
Our Shining Stars have made a joke book to cheer us all up in these difficult times and to raise money for the Salvation Army who have provided food parcels for so many over the past few months. The children have worked so hard and are really pleased with their efforts. The books are beautiful and have been professionally printed. The books can be purchased from the school office. There isn’t a fixed price, we are asking for a donation which can be left at school when collecting a book. 



Octobewalk to schoolr 2020
Walk to
School Week
Many children took part in the event and walked part way or all of the way to school. This is part of a national initiative to encourage fitness and to cut down on congestion and air pollution. For further information please visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school/parents-and-carers

 

 



Sleep Challenge A well-being survey of our pupils indicated that a high number have trouble trying to get to sleep and/or sleeping. Each class has taken part in some PSHE lessons about this and we also set each child a sleep challenge to help get them into good bedtime routines. This involved keeping a sleep log for four weeks which needed to be signed off by a parent/carer and sent back into school after half term. Each child that took part received 10 house points and was entered into a prize draw after half term to win prizes such as blankets, pyjamas, cuddly toys and hot water bottles.

Sleep is so important for children’s physical and mental well-being. Getting the right amount of sleep also impacts positively on children’s academic performance in school. Children aged between 6-12 years should be getting 10-11 hours of sleep a night and should be going to bed before 9pm.

Specific NHS advice on sleep is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

Sleep Council: www.sleepcouncil.org.uk — for sleep tips and links to other organisations

Young Minds Friday 9th October Non-Uniform Day
We held a non-uniform day to support Young Minds – a charity that supports the mental well-being of children and young people. This is particularly important at this very difficult time. The Year 6 Worship Leaders led a special assembly through Microsoft Teams for the whole school and we raised a total of £156.

IMG 0564Year 5 Film and Popcorn Fundraiser
As part of the school’s commitment to developing children’s empathy and to promote Global Advocacy, both Year 5 classes have chosen a charity to support over the coming year. Dickens class chose The Cinnamon Trust which is a specialist national charity and supports elderly pet owners, enabling them to keep their beloved pets at home with them for company. Townley class opted for The Red Cross, who help people in crisis all over Britain and the world, responding to emergencies and helping communities to recover after disasters. To raise money for their charities, the Year 5 children enjoyed a film and popcorn afternoon on Friday, 23rd October "purchasing" an entry ticket to see a film of their choice. Our first fundraising event of the year raised almost £100 for our two charities - a truly amazing total indeed! Over the course of the year all the classes will put on fundraising events and come up with ideas to promote their chosen charities.

Y6 Cathedral 2Year 6 Virtual Cathedral Event
On Friday, 6th November, Year 6 took part in a virtual Cathedral Schools Day.

The theme was journeying around the Cathedral. This was specifically chosen to recognise that Year 6 are on a journey to the preparation for the next stage of their education.

They particularly enjoyed watching a video of the Dean, who was in his garden in the grounds of the Cathedral with his geese, ducks and pigs!

A video explaining the story behind the tall wooden ‘War Horse’ sculpture proved to be fascinating as it links with their Topic on WW2.

After watching a video about how, through excavation, the stonemasons have found ‘hidden treasures’ within the cathedral: painted stones which have unlocked more information about the Cathedral’s past story, our Year 6 decorated their own stones with images or words that are important to them right now with messages/images that would bring them happiness or comfort.

They also took part in a virtual worship led by Bishop Rose, children from local schools and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There was time for reflection and discussion throughout the morning.

Friday 13th December 2019 Christmas Jumper Day
School Council organised a Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children. A total of £170 was raised.

MacMillan Coffee Morning Wednesday 2nd October
We raised in total £95 which is an incredible amount for a very worthwhile cause. Many thanks also to the parents who attended the coffee morning and who also gave up their time to sell cakes to the children at break time.

 

Harvest Festival Thursday 10th October
This year School council wanted donations to be sent to Thanet Foodbank to help families of Thanet. We had an overwhelming response and Thanet Foodbank were very grateful for the contributions.

 

Young Minds – National Well-Being Day 10th October
We were overwhelmed with contributions for making this day such a success. We raised £248. Our School Councillors were a real credit to the school organising this and worked tirelessly selling cakes and promoting the event because they were so determined to make a difference.

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