Weekly News For Families 01.03.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s the first day of Spring and happy St. David’s Day!

Our St. David’s House Captains, Chloe and Evan, led part of today’s Collective THINK Worship. They shared what they had found our about St. David and how people celebrate today. They also created quite a tricky puzzle for the children to complete! We prayed our new prayer for March today as well, which is attached. Thank you to Ethan, Scarlett, Chloe, Harry, Poppy, Poppy, Alex, Olivia Elliot and Brooke for their contributions to the prayer.

Our THINK Values

At the beginning of the week, during our Collective Worship, our school THINK values were explored. The children thought about how Saul became a changed man when he God appeared to him when he was on the road to Damascus. They considered the different ways he changed following this encounter:

  • Saul’s name changed to Paul;

  • From showing cruelty, Paul shoed kindness;

  • From being an enemy to others, Paul was now a friend;

  • From being disrespectful to God, Paul became a disciple (or an apostle) of the Lord.

    Paul wrote letters to different communities encouraging them in their faith. When he wrote to the people in Philippi, he used these words: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8).In our school we use these words to consider our words or actions: Are they True? Are they Helpful? Are they Inspiring? Are they Necessary? Are they Kind ? These questions help us be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.

School Improvement

Following our recent INSET Day, we have worked hard to develop the priorities for our 2024-25 School Improvement Plan. These are attached to this newsletter. If you have any questions about them, please ask one of the Senior Leadership Team. We are all excited about the next steps in our journey.

Dance House

Congratulations to our Dance Club who performed so brilliantly as they took part in Dance House at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing in Wednesday evening. Their routine was to the song ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life!’ from the motion picture ‘Annie.’ Well done to Aaron, Alex, Andrea, Jenny, Jessica, Julia, Kaitlyn, Leo, Maisie, Olivia, Peyton, Poppy, Reegan and Ruby who all danced with confidence, poise and precision. Mrs Sue Emery (one of our School Governors) was in the audience and she said the dancers looked like they were having the time of their lives and were a credit to the school. Thank you to Mrs Cummings for running the club on Tuesday mornings, before the school day, to inspire the children to do so well.

Keep on Running

Whilst the dancers were keeping dry, our team of runners braved the elements to take part in the first of three races which make up the Chichester Corporate Challenge. Cierra, Bethany, Lilli, Indi, Alexus, Zack, Freddy, Evan, Harvey and Archie all ran their hearts out as they competed against hundreds of children from other local schools. They have all set themselves a time which they will try and beat in a couple of weeks’ time. Thank you to Mr Coyle for his enthusiasm, every Thursday after school, to prepare the children for the races and enjoy running in lots of different enjoyable ways.

Both of these fantastic events are great examples of our school vision of ‘Living life in all its fullness’ in action.

Easter Holiday Camp at School

JC Sports are running an Easter Holiday Camp here at school. HAF places are available. Attached is a flyer with all the details.

Busy with Books

Thank you to all of you who came along to the Book Fair this week. As soon as we know, we will let you know how much money has been raised which will they be spent on more books for the classrooms. Don’t forget the Book Swap which will be happening after school next Tuesday. It’s World Book Day on Thursday where pyjamas are the outfit for the day. The teachers are busy planning lots of exciting book and reading related learning and the children will enjoy their next Community Circles meetings where they will explore the importance of enjoying books at bedtime.

Have a lovely weekend. Let’s hope for a bit of dry weather – perhaps evens some sunshine…!

Take care

Kim Huggett