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Christmas Nativity play
learn the songs for the performance on Thursday 14th December.
Lighthouse team visit Southwark Cathedral
The Lighthouse team enjoyed their trip to Southwark Cathedral. For some, it was their first time travelling on a train. We travelled with the Prayer Rangers from Holy Family School. At London Bridge, we stopped to look at the Shard building, which we thought was incredibly high! In the morning, we made special beeswax candles and candle holders with beeswax and clay. We enjoyed being creative and engraving designs on our candle holders. After, we had a tour around the Cathedral and had to think what Bible story each stained glass window was featuring. The highlight of the tour was spotting Doorkins Magnificat, the Cathedral's cat. In 2008, the stray cat started to visit the Cathedral and sat the door each day in the hope of being fed. After being fed each day, the cat decided the Cathedral was her home! It is not unusual to spot Doorkins during a service at the Cathedral and she has even had the honour to entertain the Queen! It was a very interesting and enjoyable day and for most of the children, their first time in a Cathedral.
On Shoesday, we were allowed to wear our favourite pair of shoes as part of Walk to School week.
World Book Day/St.George's Day
On St. George's Day, we came to school dressed as our favourite characters or an outfit to represent England.
As part of our art and science lessons, we brought in a flower and drew them. Here is a photograph of us with our flowers.
On Wednesday 16th May, we went to the Environmental Centre. We explored a range of plants, saw the pigs, played at the amazing playground and during the afternoon we created sculptures based on Andy Goldsworthy. We had a lovely day out!
Christmas Dinner Day
On Tuesday 19th December, we came to school in Christmas party wear and ate a Christmas dinner. It was delicious!
Year 1 were sheep and shepherds in the Infant Nativity performance. We also had one donkey. Here are some pictures of us in our outfits.
On Wednesday 8th November, we got on a coach to Greenwich and travelled by boat to the London Eye. We saw lots of famous London attractions. Such as, One Canada Square, Tower Bridge, Cleopatra's needle, 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie), Shard, Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Great Fire of London monument, Big Ben, Elizabeth Tower and Palace of Westminster. Once at the London Eye, we had lunch and played in the playground. Then, we went back to school. We had a lovely day out. :-)
As part of Religious Education, it is important for children to be encouraged to develop an awareness, an understanding of and develop a mutual respect for people of another faith. During the week of 16th October 2017, each class studied an aspect of Judaism. The week started off with a talk by a Jewish visitor, Jon Leigh, who spoke to the children about The Torah and Jewish Worship in assembly. He then delivered workshops to different classes in Key Stage Two and the children enjoyed a taster of the Jewish faith. The children had lots of interesting questions to ask and follow-up work was done throughout the week by class teachers. Both staff and children enjoyed studying Judaism and found it interesting to compare the Jewish faith to the Catholic faith, looking at the similarities and differences.
Lent 2017: Big Fish
During Lent, we have reflected on those people around the world who are living in extreme poverty and those that do not have enough money to meet their basic needs, such as food, housing and clothing. On Thursday 30th March, we united as a whole school to turn little fish into big fish by 'scaling up' small fishes. Each class took turns to fill as many fish as they could with silver coins. Year 4 led the way on the fundraising event. In Maths, they were learning about area and perimeter and applied their learning in a practical way too. They each designed their own 'swimming pool' for the playground. One design was chosen and the whole school had to fill as many fish within the area of their swimming pool. The Lighthouse group worked together to count the money. Reception and Year 5 managed to fill the most fish, filling four A3 sized fish each. As a follow-up activity, children were encouraged to use their estimating skills to calculate how much money it would take to fill one fish and how many different ways they could make that total. It was an enjoyable fundraising event all in aid of Cafod.
Whoops-A-Daisy Angel Nativity Production 2016
Year 1 and Year 2 each had a special part to play in the Nativity Production, which told of the story of Jesus' birth. The story was told through drama and song.
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
In RE, Year 1 have been learning the story of Mary's visit to Elizabeth. She had to deliver the news that she was going to have a baby. Mary and Elizabeth shared the same news. Here are some pictures of the class role playing each character in the story.
STM's Bake Off for MACMILLAN
On Friday 30th September, the school held a Bake Off competition and cake sale in aid of MacMillan Cancer support. The event was part of the 'World's biggest coffee morning' annual fundraising campaign. Each child that entered paid £2.00. Two prizes were awarded for the best looking cake, one from KS1 and one from KS2. After the judging took place, all the cakes were sold off after school and an amazing amount of money was raised, totally approximately £400.00. Thank you to everyone who either made cakes to go on sale, bought cakes or donated to a very worthy charity.
Crowning of Mary
On the last Friday in May, we came together as a whole school to honour Mary, our heavenly Mother. We started our Crowning ceremony with a reading of The Visitation followed by praying a decade of the Rosary altogether outside in the playground. We formed a 'human rosary' in the centre of the playground, consisting of the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be prayers and the rest of the school sat around the outside of the rosary. Each child brought in a flower and processed into the hall to place their flower at the statue of Our Lady's feet. We finished our prayerful celebration with a well-known hymn to Mary called 'Bring flowers of the rarest'. Thank you to everyone for making this a truly prayerful occasion.