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Year 6 – 20/07/17

Firstly, parents, I must say a huge thank you for your generosity today. I am extremely grateful, not only for the gifts I received, but for your support and involvement over the past year.

Children, after you had all gone, I was given the big card you made for me at some point without me knowing! I shed a tear or two when I read it – thank you for your beautiful words.

So, to sum up their final week at Pope Paul:

We were treated to the final Year 5 & 6 music concert of the year on Monday. Well done to all those who performed; you sang and played beautifully.

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We had a beautiful Leavers’ Mass on Monday evening, in which you all participated wonderfully. Click here to view the ‘Memories’ powerpoint from the mass.

The children had a lovely time with their reception reading partners, exchanging presents and playing with them for the last time.

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They enjoyed a pizza party lunch out in the Peace Garden.

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As a school, we said farewell to Fr Tim.

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They had their shirts signed by the rest of the school.

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And they crushed Ms Sowden.

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On an unrelated note, yesterday I received the sound files for the poems/raps the children made up and performed on the Act 4 Moving On day.  Enjoy!

Zip file for recordings – please click

I wish you all a fantastic summer and I wish the children the best of luck in September. Thanks for a great year!

Miss Donatantonio

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Year 6 – 15/07/17

What a busy week it has been! Along with the rest of the school, the children participated wonderfully in Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Mass with the Carnival. Well done to all of you for using you talents to make it such a joyous occasion.

Many of you were out on Thursday at your new schools – it’s great to hear how excited you all are for September.

On Friday, we all came dressed 1960s-style! The children spent the morning finding out about an iconic event from that decade: the 1969 moon landing. They learnt about the conspiracy theory surrounding the event, and after weighing up different pieces of evidence to suggest if it was real or a hoax, they cast their final votes. It seems we are a cynical bunch!

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Leavers Mass Monday 17th July OLSV

To prepare for your leavers mass, here are the song links below:

Communion Hymn: ‘Christ in Us’   [please click on the links below]

Actions to learn for this song

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Kingswood Day 5

Wow! Time really flies when you’re having fun!

Time for our last activities: Zip-wire and orienteering!

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Kingswood Day 4

For breakfast this morning the children devoured toast, bacon, scrambled egg, grilled tomatoes and cereal. Sufficiently refuelled they headed out for their morning activities: fencing, fire lighting and team games!

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Time for fencing! Foils at the ready….. En Garde!

 

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Fires lit… now it’s time to toast our marshmallows! Don’t burn them! Mmm delicious.

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Now for a spot of team games on the field.

I don’t like cricket oh no……. I LOVE it!!!!

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Time for lunch! The children enjoyed meatballs, chips, baguettes and salad! Everyone is now ready for an afternoon of go-karting, bouldering and outdoor climbing!

 

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Go-karting was a real hit with the children and they whizzed around the track!

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Helmets on, harnesses fastened, up up and away; it’s time for some dizzy heights as we conquer the outdoor climbing wall!

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The children took part in some team challenges to test their communication and leadership skills. Everyone worked very well together and made light work of the challenges. Go Pope Paul Posse!

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Next it was time for dinner – barbecue chicken, sweet and sour pork with rice or noodles with chocolate brownies for pudding.

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Now for the activity we have all been waiting for…. I’m in the mood for dancing!!!!! The children put their dancing shoes on and made their way to Club Kingswood for an evening of cha cha sliding and gangnam styling!!!!

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Kingswood Day 3

It is a wet and windy day today but that has not dampened our spirits! The children enjoyed sausages, beans, toast, cereal and yoghurt for breakfast.

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After breakfast, the Pope Paul crew set off for their morning activities: Low ropes and indoor initiatives! Everybody worked well together, communicated effectively, showed great resilience and had fun! Go team!

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Fire lighting was next, and armed with a steel & flint, lint, kindling and sticks, the children persevered through the damp conditions to get a fire going in their groups. Our instructor said that these were the most difficult weather conditions that he had been in with a school for this activity, and so it was a challenge to say the least. We were rewarded with a pack of marshmallows to toast on sticks!

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We refuelled for the afternoon with a big plate of chicken nuggets or fish fingers and chips. Smiles all round!

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The children took part in caving, shelter building, Jacob’s Ladder and quad biking this afternoon. Everyone was very brave as we made our way into the World War Two pillbox to begin our caving adventure! We discussed the propaganda posters and then crawled down into the tunnel network. It was wet and muddy but we still had fun. At the end of the session we turned off our lights and experienced a blackout! Amazing!

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Shelter building was a piece of cake and we managed to squeeze in some team building challenges as well.

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Jacob’s Ladder was the next activity and there are some expert climbers in our midst. The children showed no fear as they climbed the ladder all the way to the top!

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On the menu this evening – Shepherd’s pie, mashed potato, macaroni cheese, salad and shortbread. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and we are now looking forward to toasting some marshmallows on the campfire before bed!

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We all gathered around the campfire for this evening’s entertainment, where we danced, sang, heard jokes, ate marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. Another tiring but hugely enjoyable day has come to an end; time to get some rest before more fun tomorrow!

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Kingswood Day 2

Breakfast of champions! The children enjoyed a hearty breakfast of bacon, hash browns, toast, grilled tomatoes and fresh fruit this morning. We are now ready for an action packed day! Our morning activities are problem solving, shelter building and swimming! Watch this space!

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The children proved to be expert problem solvers and worked together to complete the challenges!

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Problem solving was followed by archery and shelter building. Archery was a real hit with the children and we had a number of bullseyes!  Shelter building required lots of ingenuity. The children really enjoyed creating their shelters and they were very proud of their achievements.

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The children went for a fun swim to cool down before lunch. Everyone had worked up quite an appetite! We enjoyed pizza, potato wedges and salad!

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It was a rainy afternoon but spirits were still high and the children completed their team building activities – Jacob’s Ladder and Nightline. The children devoured their dinner – roast chicken, potatoes, salad and apple pie!

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Three, two, one … Blast off! The evening activity was all about rockets. The children had to design a rocket and launch it into the night sky. There was great excitement as the rockets took off! It was the perfect end to a great day!

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Thank you for all the emails you have sent to Kingswood. The children were thrilled to receive them today! Keep them coming!

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Kingswood Day 1

After a scenic journey through the English countryside, we arrived at our destination – Kingswood!!! The children enjoyed a tour of the grounds and then got down to the business of making their beds; it was interesting to say the least!

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The children then had some free time on the field overlooking the sea, where they played games with Harry, our leader, and made the most of the good weather.

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Having had the smell of tomato and garlic teasing our nostrils all afternoon, it was time for dinner at 18:15, when we were treated to a feast of lasagne or chicken, garlic bread, vegetables, salad and rocky road.DSC06353 DSC06356 DSC06358 DSC06359 DSC06361SUNP0052SUNP0053SUNP0055SUNP0050SUNP0049SUNP0056SUNP0051 DSC06351We’re now about to begin our evening activity: Trail of Mystery! All shall be revealed later!

 

Arrived Safely

Dear Parents,

I have just received news that our Year 6 children arrived safely at Kingswood and are busy making their beds and getting ready for their first activity. Enjoy your evening!

Liz Heymoz

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Year 6 – 23/06/17

Well done, Year 6, for a fantastic performance of Pirates of the Curry Bean on Tuesday night. I am so proud of how you all brought your characters to life, and it was a real pleasure to watch. You are a talented bunch!

In other news over the last couple of weeks:

Year 6 enjoyed the KS2 sports day and showed great teamwork.

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That afternoon, we received some first aid training from Mrs Edwards, a paramedic. The children all had a go at giving CPR to a life-size doll, then learnt how to put someone in the recovery position, before putting leg splints, head braces and foil wraps on each other. It was fascinating to hear Mrs Edwards speaking about the demands of the job, and they enjoyed having bandages put on them at the end!

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For the 2017 Pope Paul Garden Party, Year 6’s garden was on the theme of the 1990s. We focused on nineties band, The Spice Girls, and in groups the children made a Spice Girl models by filling and dressing plastic bottles with colour-appropriate materials. Flowers were planted around the models in similar colours, and finally, chilli plants and curry plants brought in extra spice.

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Next week, of course, is Kingswood. Please make sure you get lots of sleep this weekend. Here is the timetable of the activities that we’ll be doing:

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See you on Monday at 10:30am, and don’t forget your packed lunch for the journey!

Miss Donatantonio