Good-bye St Paul’s from Year 6

We have some wonderful memories of our time in St Paul’s. We remember HYMB where we did many activities such as swimming and boating. A really fun activity was caving. It involved us in teamwork as we had to help each other through difficult obstacles and then we had to find our own way out which was quite complicated and involved us in group discussion, negotiation and decision-making. We stayed at the Youth Hostel overnight where we had great food and a disco.

Another wonderful memory was the junior production where we performed ‘Scrooge’. It was great fun and our parents really enjoyed the show as well.

The highlight of our time at St Paul’s is the school journey. We feel we have gained a lot of confidence as we stayed away from home for nearly a week. We got to know the other Year 6 class really well and have made some good friends. One of our favourite outings was to Monkeyworld. When we got back we enjoyed the 3-D model-making which gave us a chance to work together again.

We have many activities now as we approach the end of term. We have a leavers service at St Paul’s Church where we sing many songs and give thanks for our time at school. We will be singing ‘Sing’ which is the song that we sang when we were in Reception. Another song is ‘I turn to you’ which is a song to our parents. Both these songs are emotional and we may well cry.

There will be a leavers assembly where some pupils will receive awards. We will also be having a picnic followed by a disco in the school hall which we are looking forward to.

Our very last time at school will be spent in the quadrangle where we will be saying our final good-byes, signing each others’ shirts and thanking all the staff for providing a happy and safe school community for us. This will be a really sad time for us and it will be very emotional. But we are looking forward to our secondary schools and meeting new people. The next chapter in our lives will not be the same as St Paul’s but it will be exciting and we will still remain in touch with our friends.

Good-bye St Paul’s and thank you for this amazing journey we have been on with you.

Hannah and Lola
Year 6

The school fete

Every year the Friends of St Paul’s School organise a fete to raise money for the school. This year the money raised will go towards buying a class set of laptops. Our parents spend a lot of time organising the fete and they have many meetings after we’ve gone to bed. The FOSPS chair is Mrs Mansfield and the Fete chair is Mrs Ryder and lots of parents are involved in running the stalls, setting up and putting everything away again.

The fete is great fun. There’s lots of stalls and activities. There’s pony rides and football games and a very popular activity is the bungee trampoline where we can do back flips. The tea cup ride is back this year which we are thrilled about.

The dads run a barbecue and so lots of people have hamburgers and hot dogs for their lunch. There’s also lots of other refreshment stalls.

There’s a Lego Challenge where we are given a bowl of Lego and we have to make a model in 60 seconds. At the end of the day the best model wins a prize of a set of Lego.  Another competition that we have is Bake Off where we bring in cakes that we have made – delicious.

Every year there is a pageant where each year group performs a dance. This year the theme is ‘Life is better when you dance’. Our year is doing a street dance. Every child wears a costume and our year are wearing jeans and a flannel shirt.

We love the fete and we are really grateful to our parents for all the work they do for it.

Annabelle and Henry
Year 4

WE Walk for Water

WE is an international organisation that aims to help improve lives in developing nations through providing access to education, health, food, water and opportunity and we raise funds for this every year.

One of the ways that WE attempts to improve conditions is to provide a well for communities. Woman and girls can walk up to 7 miles every day just to get water for their families, and girls under 15 are more likely to be carrying the water. Because of the time it takes every day, these girls are missing out on their schooling. In addition, the water can be contaminated and many thousands of children die because they drink this contaminated water. Also children miss out on their schooling because they become ill through drinking contaminated water.

As a school we decided to get involved with the WE Walk for Water campaign. We all walked round the school for up to 18 laps, which is nothing like as far as some of these children who can be as young as 5 years old as they have to do this several times each day. For us to have a more realistic experience, we did not have anything to drink ourselves whilst we were walking as the children in these developing countries who are carrying the really heavy load of water on their heads or backs in the boiling heat are not able to drink on their way back home. We each brought in to school at least £2 and we hope that this money will go a long way to building a well in a village.

We feel really lucky that we do not have to struggle to get water. We were pleased that we did the walk because it will help these children and we will have made a difference.

Hannah and Mabel
Year 6

Y6 First Aid

Yesterday, we had a lady from the Red Cross come and give us a lesson on first aid.

First of all we saw a video of a man on a train who had fainted and we were asked how we would react to the situation – how much would we have been able to do and how much would we have wanted to do.

Then we were given cards with different situations, including bleeding from an accident, an allergy or asthma attack, a head injury and choking and asked what we thought we should do in these situations. We were then shown a video on what we should do.

Then we were taught how to do CPR on a person who had stopped breathing. We all had a go at doing chest compressions on Resusci Annie to the song ‘Staying Alive’.

Our first aid lesson taught us lots and through active learning we feel we have confidence to help in some situations in the future should people fall ill.

Harry and Ruby
Year 6

KS2 Annual Service 2019

Every year on a Sunday in May we go with our parents to a service at St Paul’s Church where we give thanks to God for our school.

There were two short readings/prayers from each year group this year on various subjects, including climate change. Father Daniel gave a sermon on hope and Mr Russell and Mrs Lawrence gave two readings.

The choir sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and we also sang the school hymn. We all said prayers together including the school prayer.

We enjoyed our Annual Service because everybody took part by praying/singing hymns to God.

Eva and Lucas
Year 5

Year 2 visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum

We visited the Museum yesterday (Tuesday) and we went on the coach up to London. First of all we went into some gardens near St Thomas’s Hospital where there is a statue of Mary Seacole who was also a nurse in the Crimea, and we sketched her. Then we went for a little walk and we had lunch in a picnic area and looked over the river at the Houses of Parliament.

When we had finished lunch, we went into the Museum and met a lady who was dressed up as Florence Nightingale. We went into a room and we shut our eyes, stamped our feet, waved our hands and when we opened our eyes we had time-travelled to Florence Nightingale’s house. There was a hologram which made us feel as if we were actually in the room.

Florence’s parents and sister came in and Florence told them that she wanted to be a nurse. They were furious and it was really funny – her father threw his newspaper into the fire and her mother threw a cup across the room.

We were then divided into four groups and went into different rooms doing different activities. One group was packing a bag for the Crimean war and smelling spices. Another group learnt about Florence’s pet owl, called Athena, and her friends, including Sydney Herbert.

Another group learnt about Florence’s tortoise and facts about the hospital in the Crimea. She used to the check over the patients at night holding a big lamp and so that is why she is called the Lady with the lamp.

The final group were looking at pictures showing things from hospitals in the old days and hospitals today. People had to sleep on the floor sometimes in the old days and there were rats running around. Sometimes they had to wait for two weeks for a bandage.

In the rooms that we visited there were pictures to look at and headphones to put on so we could listen to things. When we were leaving a soldier and Florence came to say goodbye.

The trip was really exciting, amazing, interesting, fascinating and was fun. We really enjoyed it.

Catalina and Ethan
Year 2

Dance Festival

Years 5 and 6 were invited to audition for the Dance Festival which is run by the London Borough of Enfield every year and 17 of us were chosen to represent St Paul’s. However, unfortunately one of us had to drop out and so only 16 of us actually attended the Festival.

Miss Wicks had chosen the music for our dance which was ‘We’re in the money’ and she and Mrs Payne choreographed a dance to the music. Because it is quite lively music, our movements were very fast-paced and joyful. We rehearsed during the lunch break twice a week for about 7 weeks and Miss Wicks allowed us to contribute to the choreography, which was great.

Our costumes were green sequinned skirts for the girls, which we borrowed from Year 3 who had performed a dance to the same music for the junior production. The boys wore silver waistcoats and long trousers. Our props included prints of large laminated 10p coins.

Our last dress rehearsals were to KS1 and KS2. They really liked our dance and were smiling and they applauded loudly.

The performance itself was at Millfield Theatre. We had one last rehearsal in an empty theatre and then after some refreshments we actually took part in the Festival. There were 17 schools taking part and we were the last on. The audience went wild and the director said that we had ended the show perfectly.

We really enjoyed the event and it was great fun, but we do miss doing all the rehearsals, which gave us an opportunity to get to know pupils that were taking part from the other classes. We really appreciate all the work that Miss Wicks put in to allow us to take part in the Festival. She really encouraged us when we were nervous to perform in front of so many people.

Amelia and Evelyn
Year 5

Y3 visit to the London Museum

Last Friday we visited the British Museum. We went on the train which is unusual as we usually go on our visits on a coach.

When we got to the Museum, we were split into different groups. There were other schools there and we watched a video about mummification. Originally the dead were just buried under the sand, then they were put in boxes and buried in the sand. Then rich people and pharaohs had their bodies mummified and pyramids were built to house them. Their belongings and pets which were also mummified were buried with them.

We were told that scientists have done cat scans on the mummies so they can see the different positions they were in when they were buried.

The pyramids were built near the River Nile as were the houses so they could be near the water. We learnt that if you leave grapes in the sun, the water leaves the grapes and the fruit turns into raisins.

We also learnt about some Egyptian gods. They were drawn with heads of animals or birds which represented the power of the gods. The god of mummification had the head of a jackal and the god of childbirth had the head of a crocodile. These were drawn on paintings which were found in the pyramids.

We actually saw some mummies and we did a worksheet on them. The visit was great fun and very interesting. We learnt a lot.

Charlie and Mia
Year 3

Y5 visit to the Swaminarayan Mandir

On Tuesday 2 April, Y5 went to see Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden.  It is a beautiful building, but to get into it we had to go through security and then we had to take our shoes off.  To show our respect to the Hindu faith, we had to make sure we were dressed appropriately and that we did not show any bare skin on our legs. 

First of all, we sat on a mat which had different religious symbols, eg the lotus flower and a conch shell.  Then we saw a clip about how the Mandir was built.  Many years ago Yogiji Maharaj had a vision about creating a Mandir in London for the Hindus living here and his successor, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, made his dream come true. 

The temple took three years to build.  Marble from Italy and limestone from Bulgaria was shipped to India, and, along with Indian wood and marble, where it was carved into beautiful sculptures by Indian craftsmen and then shipped to England.  It was originally thought it would cost £24 million but because so many people gave their help voluntarily it cost only £12 million. 

We learnt many facts about the Hindu religion and we were allowed to see a Puja ritual.  We saw a man dip his finger into a red substance, wave his hand over a flame and place a dot on his forehead and we saw a worshipper kiss the floor in front of some statues.  There was a lot of respect and devotion seen in the temple and it felt a very holy place. 

The visit was awesome and it was enjoyable in many ways, especially to see all the beauty in the temple.  It felt a spiritual place and we were made to feel very welcome. 

Archie and George
Year 5

Y4 talk on static electricity

Mr Howells came into school to talk Y4 on static electricity.  He explained that if you rub a balloon on a jumper it will move negative electrons to the jumper and the positive electrons to the balloon so that the balloon can stick to the wall or pick up things if it has a negative charge.  We had fun demonstrating this when we placed a balloon on our head and saw our hair stand on end. 

Also Mr Howells bought in a Van de Graaff generator which uses a moving belt to accumulate an electric charge, created through friction, in a hollow metal globe.  If you put your hand on the globe, your hair will stand on end.  Several of us tried and had great fun. 

In another experiment, carbon balls in a cylinder were placed on the generator and when it was switched on they all flew up.  When the generator was switched off, many of the carbon balls sank back down to the base of the cylinder but some remained stuck to the side.  So we put another conductor near the generator, a spark formed which caused the carbon balls to jump and then they all fell to the base of the cylinder. 

Further experiments were conducted when Mr Howells blew bubbles at the generator when it was on and they were repelled because of the negative charge.  Paper cup cake cases were placed on top of the generator and because negative and positive repel each other, the cases flew up into the air.  We rubbed cloth on a metal rod and we waved the rod over some tissue paper, which then stuck to it.  Foil worked better as it is a metal and metal is a good conductor. 

The lesson was fun and it was informative because we learnt things that we didn’t know before.  We thought Mr Howell was really great and made the lesson really interesting. 

Jolene and Michael
Year 4