We thank FOPPS for funding our Other Faith Week trips this week. All the children benefited from either a trip to a place of worship or a visiting workshop. Our KS2 children marvelled at the beauty of the Hindu Temple in Neasden and returned full of new learning about the Hindu faith. Year 2 enjoyed a visit to the Jain Temple in Northaw whilst our Reception and Year 1 class learnt about the Jewish faith through a story –telling, drama and music workshop. It is wonderful that our children are able to have the opportunity to experience other faiths first hand. Thank you to all the parent helpers and to Carole Strange our vice chair of governors, who supported this trip. There are more photos on our Catholic Life page.
Yesterday Bishop John Sherrington visited our school. Bishop John is a Diocesan auxiliary bishop covering schools in South Hertfordshire as well as London. He was delighted to meet the children in their classrooms and answered some challenging questions! Year 2 discovered that Bishop John is a Maths graduate and so were ready with a host of number problems to solve; he certainly knows his number bonds to 10! Bishop John presented our Year 6 Liturgy Leaders with a Papal Blessing for our school community on the occasion of the canonization of Pope Paul VI. This is a great honour and marks a special moment in the life of our school. Thank you to Fr Shaun for organizing this.
Over the last 2 weeks every class in the school has been exploring the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. The book explores what happens to the main character, Wesley when the summer holiday start! There has been some fantastic writing from every class; the ideas in the book have inspired our budding authors!
We have linked with Cranborne School and Ladbrooke School to plan this project and at the end of the month we shall be sharing the outcomes together. In this way we can work together to develop the teaching and learning of writing for all our pupils.
This week we took part in National School Parliament Week. The children used the school parliament resource box to discover how parliament works. Year 5 and 6 were visited by councillor Peter Knell who spoke to the children about local government and the role of the mayor. Year 5 led us in an assembly all about parliament; we then had our own referendum. Should we change the name of our school? The remainers are voting for the school to stay as Pope Paul Catholic Primary School and the leavers are voting for us to become St Paul VI Catholic Primary School! If you haven’t casted your vote there is still a chance on Monday morning!
Thank you to the parents who attended our information evening yesterday exploring how to support your child with relationships at school . It was highly informative and interesting. Please see the powerpoint that was used during the session.
Today the school has been filled with excitement and joy as we celebrated the canonization of Pope Paul VI. We started the day with an assembly where everyone was presented with a St Paul VI prayer card. The children then enjoyed an extra break and Fairtrade treat in the sunshine. Following the theme of peace, the children spent the morning creating flags, designs, sketches and mosaics as well as continuing their research on Pope Paul VI. This afternoon we released doves of peace in the playground as a symbol of our continuing mission, following the charism of Pope Paul, to support peace and justice for all. Our pilgrimage to Rome to share in this very special moment was inspiring and uplifting. We felt privileged to be able to represent our school community in this important event. Father Shaun also attended the Mass in St Peter’s Square and we were all invited by Alex (our Seminarian)to visit the English College for Mass and then refreshments, enjoying the view of Rome from the rooftop terrace! Throughout the weekend we remembered our Pope Paul School Community and prayed for the continuing success of our school. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of staff who are happy to make a financial and time commitment in support of our community. Thank you ladies!
Welcome back to our new school year! It was wonderful to see the many smiling faces on Wednesday as we opened the doors to a new school year. The children looked well and were enthusiastic to share their news and stories of the summer. It was lovely to welcome our 30 new Reception children to our school community: Francine, Gene, Fraser, Mya, Aanay, Madeline, Nathan, Raylan, Julia, Tiya, Frankie, Finn B, Isabelle, Anna, Filip Amelia, Charlie, Loui, Chloe P, Sienna, Phoebe, Sofia, Emily, Michael, Andreas, Teddy, Philip, Chloe A, Finn M and Zacharias. We hope that you and your families will be very happy with us.
Well done to our Year 6 children who have achieved fabulous SATS results. 100% of our children achieved the national expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. This is a huge achievement and well above the national average of 64%. At present we are waiting for verification of the % of pupils who reached the higher levels in each subject. Thank you to all the parents and teaching staff who supported the children. A special thanks goes to Miss Donatantonio and Mrs McNamara for their hard work and commitment.
Today all children will receive their end of year reports. We hope you enjoy reading them!
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