Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Welcome back to all our pupils, parents & carers, staff and governors! It has been lovely to come back after the summer break and see everyone looking so rested and to hear everyone’s holiday news.

The children have settled in so quickly and are enjoying getting to know their new teachers and class staff. The school has also enjoyed its own restoration with a lot of maintenance work done during the summer holidays to make the facilities better and safer for everyone. A huge thank you must go to Mr Peter Barney, our hard working site manager, who helped to organise the cleaning and repairs to our school site.

Even though it’s only the beginning of the academic year, there are already many events to look forward to. This week marks the start of Healthy Schools Week and throughout this week we will be promoting Healthy Living through:

  • Healthy Eating – children will be reading books about Healthy Eating, discussing different food groups and where food come from as well as trying different foods and cooking a healthy meal.
  • Exercise and Physical Activity – children will be walking, running or jogging a mile around the playground 3 times a week as well as their normal PE lessons.
  • Drinking Water to stay hydrated – all children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school and keep it in the classroom so they can stay hydrated.
  • Mindfulness and growth mindset activities– we will be continuing to promote positive behaviour and follow our PSHE curriculum as well as promoting mindfulness and time to reflect as part of our learning.
  • Health and Hygiene – cleaning teeth / washing hands / covering mouths when coughing etc. We will be working alongside the school nurse to encourage teeth brushing and regular trips to the dentist.

There will also be the first of our many Parent Workshops on Wednesday the 13th of September @ 9.15am. This workshop on Oral Health & Hygiene will feature lots of advice and guidance on how best to support your children in helping them to keep their teeth clean and healthy. We also have a very exciting Sports Day on the 14th of September – for the first time at the Battersea Park Millennium Arena, giving the children the chance to compete on an eight lane running track.

From the 18th – 22nd of September, we will running Prayer Space Week to enable children of all faiths and none, to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. One of our classrooms will be transformed into a Prayer Space which will host a range of creative activities, to encourage personal reflection on issues such as forgiveness, peace, thankfulness and stillness. Each class will be given the opportunity to attend and parents and carers are welcome to come and join us from 3pm on Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 23rd September to explore this special place for themselves.

Within this week we will also be celebrating World Peace Day on Thursday the 21st September. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about the work of significant peace makers in history as well as learn about how they can generate peace and care for those in our school and locality. We will take part in a number of special activities and to mark the day we would ask that all the children join the staff in school in wearing white to school.

There are two more Parent Workshops in September: Handwriting on the 21st of September and Supporting the More Able Child on the 28th of September. Both workshops will be full of information, guidance and advice on how to support your child – we very much look forward to seeing you there.

Please continue to check the school’s newsletter (fortnightly) and school website for dates of school events. If you have moved during the holidays and changed your phone number / email address can you please ensure that you let the school office know as it’s important that we have your up-to-date details.

It’s also a really good idea to talk to your child/children in the first weeks of a new school year about expectations, what you expect from them and what they should be expecting from themselves. Learning to meet expectations and to follow rules are valuable life skills that we can easily teach our children and will keep them in good stead as they grow and learn in faith, hope and love.

Wishing you a happy and successful year!