Our Achievements 2016/17

Dear Parents/Carers

As we reach the final few days of another very busy school year, we would like to share with you some of the highlights of this year and achievements which we can all be really proud of.

We have supported a number of charities and raised over £1,000 for worthy causes. You donated a really generous amount of food for the Manna Centre and our local food bank at harvest. We also supported the East Africa Appeal and CAFOD. At Christmas you donated lots of toys and gifts for the Salvation Army ‘Christmas Appeal’. You have also continued to donate to our Food Bank which supports our school community.

We continued the ‘Roots of Empathy’ initiative in both Year 1 classes. This is a programme which involves a number of visits from a mother and baby throughout the year, to support Personal, Social and Moral development. This has been a wonderful experience which enabled the children to get to know Charlotte and Joshua and to see how they have grown and developed over the year. We will definitely be continuing this programme next year and will be looking for two new babies.

We have had some amazing sports achievements this year. Our teams came first in a very impressive number of competitions: Boys Yr 5 and Yr 6 football tournament, Dalmain Athletic Football festival for girls Yr5 and Yr6,  High 5 Netball Tournament Yr5 and Yr6, Quick Sticks Hockey festival  Yr5 and Yr6,   Football tournament Yr1 and Yr 2,  Kwik Cricket Yr3 and Yr4  and  Good Shepherd Football Festival Boys  Yr5 and Yr6.

We finished second in the Basketball tournament,   Boys’ Year 6 League, Boys’ Year 5 League and Girls’ Lewisham July Football festival. We finished third in Girls’ League, Boys’ Year 5 Championship cup. Also a number of our pupils were finalists  and won medals in the Lewisham Swimming Gala.

One of our year 6 pupils scored a century playing cricket for Kent, one of our year 6 girls has been playing badminton at an international level and achieving really well. One of our Year 4 pupils won a national award in martial arts and one of our year 2 girls has become the under 7 European champion for Irish Dancing.

We have had a range of animals living at both sites this year including hens, rabbits and guinea pigs at the junior site which have received excellent care from the children. They have moved away from the junior site for the duration of the building programme but will return to their new luxury enclosures in the autumn term.

Year 3 children incubated eggs and watched their chicks hatch, grow and develop. This has been a wonderful learning experience for the children.Year 6 classes have had two visits from ‘the Bug Man’ who brought lots of animals and helped the children to consolidate their learning in science.

All of the children have been on a range of very exciting educational visits which have really enriched their learning in so many areas and supported our very broad and vibrant curriculum.

These have included visits to the Bear Factory, the British Museum, the Horniman Museum, the Royal Academy, the Science Museum, the Museum of Childhood, the Planetarium, the Royal Observatory, the Natural History Museum, the Geffrye Museum, the Museum of London, the Royal Academy, the National portrait Gallery, the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House, the Globe Theatre, London Zoo, the Cutty Sark, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, to name but a few.

All classes visited educational centers including Horton Kirby, Eltham, Soane Center, Lullingstone Park, Greenwich Park, Bore House Farm and Woodland’s Farm, to enable them to learn about living things in the environment and natural features such as rivers. Both Nursery classes went to visit Pets at Home and they went on a wonderful strawberry picking trip. Both of our Reception classes have had six Forest School sessions at Manor House Gardens. We have made many visits to Manor House Library and Park. Children have also visited the Lee Fire Station and Sainsbury’s.

Some of our younger pupils visited Our Lady of Lourdes Church and The Good Shepherd Church to learn about places of worship.

All classes went to see a theatre production at the Peacock Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, Saddlers Wells Theatre or the Albany Empire at Christmas. Year 6 also went to the Royal Opera House to see the Nutcracker.

Year 5 children went to Manor House Gardens to sing Christmas Carols for the local community.

Year 2 and took part in the ‘Turning of the Year’ concert at Blackheath Concert Hall. Year 2 also performed at a singing festival at Colfe’s. All of our Year 4 and 5 pupils were invited to sing at the Tower of London. This really was a privilege. A group of our Year 5 pupils took part in a series of maths mastery classes with pupils from other schools at Hazeltine School.

Year 2 went on a fantastic two day school journey to Wrotham, Year 4 went to Carroty Woods for a superb 3 day adventure and Year 6 had a wonderful 4 day adventure with PGL in the Isle of Wight.

Year 5 girls spent a day at St Ursula’s School where they had a taste of technology. They also went there to see their holocaust exhibition. Year 6 children went to St Thomas More Secondary School for a very exciting science day. Year 6 pupils have all been to their new schools to take part in induction days and staff from secondary schools have come to visit the children. All of these experiences have really supported the children in their transition to secondary school.

Year 6 children took part in the Junior Citizens programme which taught them all about personal safety. They also spent a day in a city bank learning about working life. The children described this as an awesome experience.

These educational visits greatly enrich learning for all of the children. We subsidise all visits from money raised by our Friends Association. This year we continued to use public transport as much as possible for educational visits and we have also walked where possible.

Many visitors came to our schools this year to enrich our curriculum provision in all classes.

‘Ten Ten’ drama group led a series of workshops for all the classes in September. The ‘Elevate’ dance company led assemblies and workshops at both sites in the spring term. All of these were based on gospel stories and values and were incredibly powerful and inspirational for the children and staff.

A drama group ran sessions for Year 2 classes to enrich their topic work on Florence Nightingale. The children all gained a great deal from these experiences.

The ‘Time Truck’ spent two days in our junior playground and all our Key Stage 2 pupils took part in really exciting archaeology workshops.

In October, all junior classes took part in story telling workshops led by Jan Blake, which inspired them to develop their own pieces. They all took part in workshops about how black people are represented in art.

Perform theatre group have worked with our younger children on a number of occasions this year. All of the children took part in Caribbean dance workshops.

We have worked hard to keep all our children safe and to teach them to keep themselves safe in a range  of situations.

We continued  the ‘Kidscape’ anti bullying project this year in many of our classes and the children led assemblies to empower their peers to deal with bullying. Childnet led sessions for all Key stage 2 pupils on keeping safe and they led a meeting for parents.  4/5L took part in the Jimmy Mizen project and were instrumental in setting up ‘Safe Havens’ in the local community.

Our Year 4 and 5 pupils took part in First aid training to help them to know how to respond to emergencies. I would like to extend this to other classes next year.

Officers from the Fire Brigade came in to talk to all pupils in years 2 and 5 about all aspects of fire safety. Our Year 6 children took part in Bikeability training. This helped many of them to learn to cycle and also to be safe when cycling on the roads. Year 2 pupils all had the opportunity to take part in scooter training. All classes took part in road safety workshops to ensure they knew how to keep safe.

I have received countless positive comments about the children’s behaviour on educational visits and from people who come in to school to work with the children.

Sustainable transport

We have continued to work really hard to encourage sustainable transport and have submitted our Primary School Travel plan application for Gold accreditation. We have a very high number of pupils who scoot and cycle to school and will have lots of additional places to store bikes and scooters when our building project is completed. We are working hard to make our school sites safe zones.

Music has had very high profile in our school.

All our year 2 children have had ukulele lessons this year. Junior children have had opportunities to learn to play guitar, flute, violin, drums and brass. This opportunity is taken up by over 100 children each week. Our orchestra performed in a wonderful concert at the junior site.

Year 5 children took part in the Schools’ Proms at the Albert Hall and our Year 2 children took part in the ‘Turning of the Year’ concert at the Blackheath Halls. Pupils in Years 2, and 4 went to see the Bright Sparks concerts at the Festival Hall.

Trinity Laban led an amazing classical music workshop for Years 4 and 5 this year. All of our Year 4 and 5 pupils went to the Tower of London to sing for visitors. Many of these children also went to the Horniman Museum to take part in an amazing ‘Gamelan’ workshop.

We also held School Book Fairs twice this year and managed to get a very good selection of books for all our classes in both schools.

We had a very special visitor, dressed in red who gave all the children a treat at Christmas.

We have had a number of performances and special events in school throughout the year.

All classes took part in Christmas Assemblies (14 in total!) which were wonderful celebrations of achievement. We had Harvest Festival celebrations at both sites. You donated an amazing amount of food for the Manna Centre and for our local food bank. It was lovely to see so many of you at these events.

We have had a number of Masses at the church and services at the junior site throughout the year. Each year group (from year 2 and above) has prepared a service. Year 1 joined us for a number of services.

We had a beautiful carol service in school at Christmas. We also celebrated Ash Wednesday and had a penitential service at Easter in school. We had a lovely service to celebrate with all our First Communion children and they had a party in the hall in the afternoon. This week we will have a very special service in the church for our year 6 leavers.

All of our children dressed up on World Book day and we had storytelling and lots of book related activities in classes. We had a special celebration for Roald Dahl day; the children dressed up, had stories in our beautiful story tent, watched films and had ice-creams.

Six of our musicians performed solos at the Hither Green Festival and astounded the audience.

We started the year with a family barbecue at the Newstead Road site and had another fantastic barbecue to end the year. This was organised by our Friends with lots of fun events for all our families.

The pupils in our school have a strong voice and many initiatives and activities which have taken place this year have been as a result of pupil voice.

Pupils from each class have been involved in a range of groups. This has helped them to play an active role in making decisions about the school in order to ensure we hear the voices of the children as we continue to develop. We have a School Learning Council, an Eco Council and a Rights Respecting Group. All Year 1 children take turns being ‘Buddies’ throughout the year and they help others in the playground.

These groups have led a number of assemblies throughout the year which have really inspired the rest of the school.

Our Eco Council have been involved in encouraging lots of recycling initiatives: phones, MP3 players, Christmas cards, pens, stamps and batteries. They organised our ‘Clean Plate Days’ and have worked to reduce waste on both sites. These groups have also organised Fruity Fridays at the junior site. A small group from our school council went to talk to the Mayor at the Town Hall in October about issues which caused them concern. They went to collect our Gold Travel award at a ceremony in October and will attend a ceremony to collect our Inclusion award in September.

We took part in the Soicanbreathe# initiative which was run by the BBC. Many of our pupils had their posters displayed on the BBC website and had guided tours of Broadcasting House.

All of our Year 6 pupils have a special job to do in school which helps them to learn about responsibility and also supports the school.

A group of Year 6 pupils organised and ran a fantastic talent competition for children in years 2 to 6, earlier in the year.

Sport and physical development has had a high profile on both sites this year.

We have used our Sports Funding on both sites, to employ sports play leaders who organised activities every lunch time. These have really engaged the children as well as improving their skills and fitness. We will continue with this provision next year. Our children have also been taking part in a number of other sporting competitions. Our Year 1, 5 and 6 children have taken part in sporting events and competitions at Bonus Pastor Secondary school.

Our children play rugby with Old Colfeans and Football for a number of local clubs.

We had a fantastic sports day for Reception to year 5 in Manor House Gardens at the end of term. This was organised and led very capably by our Year 6 pupils and was great fun.  All classes had a picnic lunch and it was wonderful that so many families were able to join us. Nursery classes also had a great time taking part in sports events in the park.

All of our classes have been to the park for PE on a number of occasions this term.We are very fortunate to have such lovely green spaces near our school sites.

Art and Creativity

We have been working hard to develop art across the school and this year we have taken part in a whole school art project based on a famous art piece. This was a cross curricular project which inspired a great deal of beautiful work which has been displayed around both sites.

Our children at the infant site were asked to contribute art work for the Manor House Garden Festival. This was a giant F and was displayed in the park.

We have involved parents and carers as much as possible in the life of the school.

At the infant site, many parents have been coming to class on Friday mornings to read with their children and this has been a really positive experience for all involved.

Parents and carers have also joined their children for lunch at the infant site in the autumn term. The children loved eating with their parents and parents found out about school dinners. We also held school meal taster sessions for all our families during our open evenings in the autumn term.

We ran a meeting for parents and carers on understanding friendships and another on Internet safety. Parents and carers were invited to our ‘Ten Ten’ workshop in September and to Masses and many special events throughout the year.

Lots of our parents have been helping classes each week and accompanying on educational visits.

We are extremely privileged to have such tremendous support from our parents and carers in all aspects of school life. This makes a huge difference to the provision in our school and the achievement of our children in all areas of learning.

Breakfast and After-school provision

We have continued to build on our after school clubs and this year we have run: Multi Sports, cricket, diamond football, gymnastics, French, Italian, craft, drama, board games and street dance. We have also run a lunch time club at both sites for children who do not want to be on the playground all the time.

We have run football for boys and girls before school at the junior site. We have suspended provision at the Junior site for the duration of the building project but this will be resumed in the spring term.

Little Gremlins continue to ensure excellent before and after school provision in our infant hall for the schools in our local community. They also run clubs throughout the holidays.

Our Friends Association have run a number of extremely successful events for our families including : two discos, an Easter egg hunt at each site, a quiz night, cake sales, a pampering evening, a bingo night, a barbecue at the beginning of the year and a phenomenal family barbecue to finish off the year. They have also run a number of coffee mornings and organised refreshments for lots of meetings. They raised a large amount of money for our school which has been used to support our rich and vibrant curriculum.

And finally, through these rich experiences and a creative and challenging curriculum we have achieved high standards in all subjects in all classes this year.

We have recently been awarded a very prestigeous Inclusion mark and have been recommended as a Centre for Excellence.

The Future of St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School

Our building programme is making great progress and is due to be completed by Christmas. We are looking forward to moving into our lovely new buildings and having our school community together on one site.

Thank you all for the tremendous support which you have given to our school throughout the year.