St Winifred’s Nursery, Infant and Junior
Our Achievements 2014/15
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Dear Parents and 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.
This has been a wonderful year for our Collaborative Partnership and we have come a long way on our journey to become one school. We are now waiting to find out when we can amalgamate.
The Junior school had a very positive OFSTED in October and the Infant school had a very positive RE OFSTED in January. Both schools have had very positive Local Authority reviews this term and are ending this year in very strong positions.
We have supported a number of charities and raised over £1,530 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, UNICEF Day for Change and Cancer Research. On World Book day we raised money to buy books for children in impoverished areas of the world. We have also set up a Food Bank in our schools to support our community.
We continued the ‘Roots of Empathy’ initiative in both Year 1 classes and in Year 4. 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 ‘Georgina, Florence and Sienna’ and to see how they grew and developed over the year. We will definitely be continuing this programme next year.
One of our Reception children achieved runner up for the Christmas card design competition for Heidi Alexander. We took part in the Year 2 Maths Zone competition for 19 schools and our team came second. Two of our Year 5 children also took part in an extremely challenging maths competition at Colfes and they came third.
We were asked to decorate a giant F and a giant H for the Manor House Garden Festival. The infant children decorated with hand prints and the junior children used concentric circles in the style of Kandinsky. These were displayed along with the letters which had been decorated by the other local schools.
We have had a range of animals living at our schools this year including: hens, rabbits and guinea pigs at the junior site which have received excellent care from the children. We have had guinea pigs in the garden at the infant site.
We have also had ducklings in Year 2 and this has been a wonderful learning experience for the children, as have the butterflies which have grown and developed in each class at the infant site.
Luna, a beautiful dog from the Dogs Trust, came to visit year 1 and helped the children to learn about looking after animals. The police horses came to visit the children at the junior site. We set up a mini-beast sanctuary at the junior site and the infant eco group set one up in Manor House Gardens.
Year 6 have had two visits from ‘a 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 Tower of London, the Royal Artillery Museum, the Bear Factory, the British Museum, Leeds Castle, the Horniman Museum, the Royal Academy, Fire Power, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Geffrye Museum, the Golden Hinde, the National Portrait Gallery, Brooklyn Bowl, the Odeon Cinema, the Ski Centre, and the Royal Academy,
All classes visited environmental centres including Horton Kirby, Eltham, Soane, and Bromley to enable them to learn about living things in the environment and natural features such as rivers. Both of our Reception classes have had six Forest School sessions at the Eltham centre. We have made many visits to Manor House Library and park. Children have also visited the Fire Station and Our Lady of Lourdes church.
All of the junior children went to the Unicorn theatre at Christmas to see ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse’. Year 2 went to see ‘The Fourth Wise Man’. Infant and nursery children went to see ‘Bear Hunt’. Year 1 also went to the theatre in the spring term to see the Ginger Bread Man.
Year 2 children went to the Albany Empire where they watched a penguin performance and found out about what happens backstage. We ensure that all our children have a range of experiences of live theatre each year.
Nine of our children played in the string section at a fantastic concert for schools at the Royal Festival Hall.
This year we continued to use public transport as much as possible for educational visits. We have also walked where possible.
Year 5 children went to Manor House Gardens to sing Christmas Carols for the local community. They also took part in Zimbe at Eltham College this term.
Year 2 took part in the Turn of the Year concert at Blackheath Concert Hall. They also performed ‘Jonah and the Whale’ with children from St Margaret’s and St Matthew Academy. Their parents were invited to all of these events.
Throughout the year, our Year 3 children have taken part in an outreach programme with Westminster Choir. They have worked with a song leader each week and have taken part in a number of concerts at St George’s
Cathedral. They finished the project with a fantastic concert at Westminster Cathedral along with 600 other Year 3 children from a number of Westminster catholic schools.
Year 2 have just returned from a fantastic three day school journey in Kench Hill (Kent) 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 and all of the year 5 children went to St Matthew Academy to take part in a morning of technology. Year 6 children went to Bonus Pastor for a morning, each week in the spring term to take part in technology lessons and they went to St Thomas More for a very exciting science day. 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 took part in enterprise workshops in November and in June they went to visit Goldsmiths College to find out about student life. Our School council went to the Arab bank just before Christmas to sell cakes in order to raise money for the schools.
Many visitors came to our schools this year to enrich our curriculum provision in all classes.
A drama group ran sessions for Year 2 and 3 classes to enrich their topic work on Romans and Egyptians. The children all gained a great deal from these experiences.
Performers from the ‘Magic Lantern’ theatre came to both sites to teach the children about Kandinsky. The children all then created pieces in the style of Kandinsky for our whole school art focus.
Quantum theatre came to the junior site to perform a World War 1 themed play called ‘Your Country Needs You’ for all our junior children. This enriched learning on this topic for Year 6 and coincided with the anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1.
Quantum Theatre Group performed ‘The Snow Queen’ at the junior site and Blunder Bus performed ‘I’ve seen Santa’. Quantum also performed ‘At the Bottom of the Garden’ for all the children on both sites at the end of the spring term.
We also had a storyteller who worked with all classes at the infant site to help them to learn about Divali.
Our local police spent a day talking to the children in all classes about keeping safe. ‘Child net’ also came to the junior site to run sessions for all the children on internet safety.
Trinity Laban led two amazing workshops for Years 4 and 5 this year. The first was a classical music session in the autumn term and the second was a jazz session in the spring term.
Students from Eltham College led singing workshops for our Year 2 and 5 children in March. Goldsmiths students came to school to work with our year 6 children to help them to learn about animation.
Music has had very high profile in our school. All our Year 2 and 3 children have had ukulele lessons throughout this year. Junior children have had opportunities to learn to play guitar, flute, violin, drums and brass. Our orchestra has performed two great concerts at the junior site.
We also held School Book Fair twice this year and managed to get a very good selection of books for all our classes in both schools.
Roger Brown came to talk to all the children at the junior site about ‘Water Aid’. We also had a visitor who told the children all about the work of CAFOD. A mountaineer came to give a really inspirational talk to Year 6.
We had a very special visitor, dressed in red who gave all the children a little 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 (13 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. Our Year 6 children have just performed a truly amazing leavers’ production for their extremely proud and emotional parents and teachers.
School Masses have been celebrated at the church and at the junior site throughout the year. Each year group from year 2 up, have prepared a service.
We had a beautiful carol service at the church at Christmas. Parents and younger siblings have been invited to these services. We also had a penitential service at Easter and will have a special blessing at both sites for the end of the year. We had a lovely service to celebrate with all our First Communion children and they had a party in the hall in the afternoon. We are ending the year with a mass to say farewell to our Year 6 children and a special blessing for all our children as they start their long summer holiday.
We had barbecues on both sites organised by our school meals providers the children loved this, especially at the junior site. We hope to have another one in September.
Children 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.
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 Day’ and have worked to reduce waste on both sites. They also set up mini-beast areas. These groups have also organised Fruity Fridays at the junior site.
We achieved the gold and silver Sustainable Transport awards and gold for our ‘Clean and Green’ work.
Sport has had a high profile on both sites this year.
We used some of our infant school Sports Funding to provide a dance specialist each week and the children have absolutely loved these sessions. We have used this 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 both of these areas of provision next year.
We hosted girls’ football tournaments at the junior site on two occasions this year. These involved a number of schools in our local area. It was a privilege to hold these events at our school and one day we hope to win.
Our children have also been taking part in the Glendale league and a number of other sporting competitions. Our Year 5 and 6 children have taken part in sporting events and competitions at Bonus Pastor Secondary school.
A number of individuals have taken part in competitions and deserve a special mention. Conor in Year 6 has taken part in Irish dancing World championships in Montreal, Tobias in Year 5 has swam for our school in a number of competitions and Visnu in Year 4 plays for Kent Cricket Club. Our children play rugby with Old Colfeans and Football for a number of local clubs.
All children from year 2 up have had a half term of weekly swimming lessons. Year 3 had roller hockey lessons throughout the autumn term.
All our Year 1 and 3 children took part in scooter training and our 6 children took part in Bikeability. These sessions have taught the children to scoot and cycle safely in the local area. We purchased bicycles for the infant site which our year 6 children assembled and delivered. It was lovely to see them teaching our Reception children to cycle.
Both schools took a very active part in National Sports Week
We had sports events for Nursery and Reception in Manor House Gardens and they had a number of other activities in school throughout the week.
We had sports activities for all the other classes at the junior site and these were organised very capably, by our Year 6 children. They were great fun for all involved.
‘Wake and Shake’ got three of our days off to a very active start. It was great to see a playground of adults and children dancing and having fun.
A Bollywood dancer came to both sites and ran workshops for all our children. This was a really fun experience which the children loved. Children at the infant site also took part in Irish dancing workshops led by one of our very talented parents.
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 have also joined their children for lunch on a number of occasions at the infant site. The children loved eating with their parents and parents found out about school dinners.
During the first two terms, Julie Collins ran sessions every Friday for parents who wished to improve their English. We ran a meeting for parents on understanding Special Needs and another on Internet safety. We also ran a whole series of Family Support workshops at the infant site in the autumn term.
Our annual ‘International Food and Activities Day’ was an amazing community event which was very well attended by our families and many of our parents helped with organisation and ran activities.
Lots of our parents have been helping in classes each week. Two of our parents have been cooking with groups of children each week at the junior site and two of our Year 5 parents came in to school to cook Danish Donuts with the children.
Breakfast and After School Provision
We have continued to build on our after school clubs and this year we have run: multi sports, basketball, art, netball, cricket, diamond football, gymnastics, French, coding, craft, and street dance. We have also run lunchtime clubs at both sites for children who do not want to be in the playground all the time. We have run football for boys and girls before school at the junior site.
Little Gremlins continue to ensure excellent before and after school provision in our hall for the schools in our local community. They also run clubs throughout the holidays.
Our Friends Association have run a number of very successful events for our families including : two discos, an Easter egg hunt at each site, a quiz night, cake sales, a bingo night and a phenomenal Family Fun Day to finish off the year. They raised a large amount of money for each school which is used to support our rich and vibrant curriculum.
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.
And finally, through these rich experiences and a creative and challenging curriculum we have achieved very high standards in the core subjects in all classes this year.
Next year we aim to do it all again and probably much, much more!