On Wednesday we welcomed Bishop John Wilson to our school. He took part in a special assembly where he blessed our new Lectionary of Masses for children which was a gift from our Parish. The children then enjoyed asking Bishop John questions when he visited each class.This visit marks the end of our Jubilee Year. We give thanks for 50 years of Catholic Education here at Pope Paul and we look forward to the next 50!
Well done to all our KS2 children who presented a wonderful, moving and thought provoking reflection yesterday evening. Your singing, reading and acting were fabulous! Congratulations to all our soloists who sang with confidence and conviction. Thank you to Mrs Joyce for leading the preparation for this Service and to Miss Pringle, Mrs McNamara, Miss Varga, Mrs Lines and Miss Donatantonio for all their hard work practising with the children. Performing in our beautiful church, it was heartening to see our links with the Parish growing from strength to strength. Thank you to all the parents, governors and parishioners who supported the children by sharing in the Service.
Well done to the choir who entertained the Potters Bar Community Club with their singing this afternoon. They sang a range of Christmas carols and songs of worship. It was wonderful for the children to be able to share their talents with others and to have a chance to bring a small piece of Christmas spirit to the elderly of our town community.
Congratulations to the choir who sang at the Act4 URC Christmas Fayre today. You all did brilliantly and were a credit to your parents and to our school. I received an email from the Director of music, Stephen Jones….
It was lovely to hear the choir today. I thought their singing was excellent. As I said after your performance, I was impressed by their clear words, good choir discipline, excellent intonation, beautiful tuning in the two part singing (not only in, but especially in the chromatic lines of ‘White Christmas’), performance demeanour – there were some smiling faces, lots of great mouth shapes and dropped jaws, good ensemble stemming from their evident good training – things like watching the conductor, and responding to the beat. There was lots of energy too, especially in your finale ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ which the choir sang with great panache and evident enjoyment. All in all, a very pleasing performance of which everyone can feel proud.
Thank you to all the parents who made it possible for the choir to perform today and to Miss Donatantonio for all her hard work with the junior choir.
Well done everyone!
Monday 13th November to Friday 17th November is National Anti-Bullying Week coordinated by the Anti- Bullying Alliance. Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. The theme this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’ with the aims:
- empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
- help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying
- encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality
- enable teachers and other children’s workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality. Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves.
During this week each class will participate in lots of different activities which promote anti-bullying. However we recognise that this focus should not just be for one week and we are committed to long-term sustainable measures to prevent and deal with any form of bullying behaviour, working together with children and parents to address this important issue.
Please talk to your children about their learning this week. We are always interested to have any feedback from parents.
With thanks for all your support
Well done to the choir who sang like angels at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday. We had a wonderful day experiencing singing in a choir with over 1000 children as part of the Barnardo’s Supporters Concert. Thank you to all the parents who supported the choir at the concert and to Mrs Guerin, Mrs Harper, Mrs Theo and Ms Jacobs who accompanied us on the day. Well done to Daniel, Sofia and Olivia who opened the concert with their performance of One Voice. I was a very proud headteacher!
Do have a look at the photos on the choir area of the website.
In September Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 347 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 2500 schools across the UK have achieved the award.
The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
We are delighted to announce that Pope Paul Catholic Primary School has been awarded this Quality Mark. Congratulations to Miss Chandler who has led us in working towards this award and to all the staff who have shown great commitment to ensuring that we continue to provide an exciting, stimulating science curriculum.
Netball at Mount Grace.
On Wednesday our A team travelled to Mount Grace School for an inter schools netball tournament. We played 5 matches, winning 5 and narrowly losing 1. With 23 nets scored and finishing 1st in our pool the season ahead looks bright. Thank you to the parents and Miss Donatantion for your side line support. Well done to Ellie who was awarded player of the tournament.
Squad picture to follow.
Football at Mount Grace
On Saturday our A team played in an inter schools tournament at Mount Grace where we finished 2nd in our pool, reaching the semi final against Wroxham A. We played brilliantly and had many chances but unfortunately lost in the dying seconds, finishing 3rd over all. Thank you once again parents for your support and well done boys, fantastic sportsmanship and teamwork. I can’t wait for the season to begin. Well done to Rory who was player of the tournament.
Welcome back to all our children and families! It was lovely to see so many smiling faces on Tuesday morning as the children returned full of news and stories of their holiday adventures. We welcomed our new children in to our Reception class on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are settling in very well and enjoying our wonderful outdoor learning space. Please check the class blogs for more news and photos!