As we come to the end of this first half term of the academic year, it gives us an opportunity to take some time to reflect on the past few weeks. As ever, the sense of energy, passion and excitement that prevails in school is evident in all areas.
So much wonderful learning is taking place across the school. It is always a pleasure to walk around and see what is taking place at St Paul’s, from music lessons; phonics groups; science sessions about space; poetry writing; challenging place value lessons as well as learning about the importance of friendship and new beginnings in our PSHE lessons.
We have had a focus on behaviour this half term and we will continue to embed our new behaviour policy after the break.
Thank you to you all for the incredible support and commitment you have shown to us this half term. Working together in a positive way to co-educate your children is so beneficial for the little people that are so important to us all.
We have spent this half term thinking about our value of ‘love’. Some wonderful work on this value can be seen around the school. Our value next half term is ‘forgiveness’.
I hope you all have a restful and healthy half term break and look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday 1 November.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son – John 3:16
Beginning of the day
From 1 November we will be changing the gates which are used at the beginning of the day when the children come into school. Reception and KS1 children should continue to use the gate they currently use. KS2 children should use the other small pedestrian gate. The large vehicle gate will no longer be in use.
Attendance and punctuality
We are having a whole school focus on attendance and punctuality.
Please refrain from booking any holidays during term time as they will have to be recorded as unauthorised.
Please make sure children are in school by 8.55am every day.
Nasal Flu Vaccine
The nasal flu vaccine for all children from Reception to Year 6 is due to be administered on:
Monday 21 November
Monday 31 October is an INSET day, school will be closed to pupils and will reopen on Tuesday 1 November.
Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been busy voting for their class School Council representatives. The chosen children needed to demonstrate our core values, be responsible and reliable members of their classes and be able to articulate their views and ideas.
But why is a School Council important?
The School Council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
What does a School Council do?
The School Council members will have the responsibility of listening to the views of their classmates and feeding these back in the School Council meetings. They will meet as a group to discuss relevant issues and think about ways to improve many aspects of school life.
Unfortunately, due to illness, we had to postpone our online safety workshops which were due to take place last week. These will now be running on Friday 2 December.
If your child is having any difficulties with friendships at school please speak to their class teacher in the first instance before speaking to any other parties involved. We find this is the best way to solve any problems.
Please note that new admissions for children who are due to start school in September 2023 are now open and will close on 15 January 2023 through www.eadmissions.org.uk. Please note that parents/carers will also need to complete our Supplementary Information Form (which can be downloaded here) and return it to the school office with the relevant documentation.
The closing date for the secondary applications for Year 6 is Monday 31 October 2022.
Mr Timbrell's Book Recommendations
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds
The Comet by Joe Todd-Stanton
Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop
The Biggest Footprint by Rob Sears
Fledgling by Lucy Hope
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Black History Month
October is Black History Month and the theme this year is: “Time for Change: Action Not Words.” At St Paul’s our curriculum is designed to integrate diversity, however we still feel it is important to mark Black History Month itself as an opportunity to celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and around the world. We do this through our programme of collective worship, the stories read to the children during story time and each year group finds out about an inspirational figure or event that has helped to promote equality and diversity.
Reception have been reading and thinking about the book ‘Look Up’ by Nathan Bryon.
Year 2 have been investigating Walter Tull, an English professional footballer and British Army officer who fought during the World War 1.
Year 3 have been learning about the Astronaut, Mae Jemison, preparing to write narrative poems inspired by her life.
Year 5 used their reading comprehension skills to find out about Black History Month itself.
...and not to be left out, on Thursday, Felicia, Jenny, Maria (pictured above) and the staff in the kitchen wore national dress and cooked up a treat of Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Jollof Rice / Pasta / Turkey and White Rice followed by Jamaican Ginger Cake and fresh fruit. We loved their fruit tree which was put on display.
World Mental Health Day – 10 October
For World Mental Health Day, Year 5 made worry dolls. Worry Dolls are small handmade dolls made by people in Guatemala. It is a Guatemalan tradition that if a child felt worried, they’d tell their worries to them.
We made our own, by winding string round a lolly stick and decorating them, so that we can whisper any worries that we might have to the doll before we go to sleep.
Congratulations to our cross-country runners who competed in the Enfield Borough Competition a couple of weeks ago. The team ran exceptionally well, with our girls' team coming joint 1st position overall and as combined school team we came 3rd. A fantastic result!
Our boys' football team have also been busy, playing their first two league games of the season and competing in the Enfield Borough tournament last Friday where they won all of their games leading up to the final and ending up coming 2nd after a narrow defeat. What a great start to the season!
The netball team also played their first two league matches of the year at Highfield School last week. The team played brilliantly and battled through two tough games. Well done to all who played!
On Wednesday our girls' football team had an amazing start to their season winning 1-0 and drawing 1-1 in their first 2 games. Well done, girls!