Friday, 14th October 2016

Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School


This week all of the members of the Lower School Student Council went with members of the Upper School Student Council to the Olympic Park to see a presentation from a Paralympic champion and learn about the joys of volunteering. They had a great day out  looking around the Olympic venue and they learned a great deal about Olympic spirit.

On Tuesday the Lower School had an Open Morning with over 20 visiting parents who wanted to see the school and hear about what an IBPYP education entails. One of the things the visitors commented on was the fantastic behaviour, leadership and knowledge of the Prefects in Year 6 who took the parents on a tour of the school. Well done to Haruki, Shira, Rebecca, Jake, Rony, Joshua, Kazuki and Ines.

At the end of last week Ben arranged to meet Mrs. Hornshaw and me. He came to interview us as part of his Year 5 Unit of Inquiry on Beliefs and Values. He asked some really interesting questions which really impressed us, such as -  How are values developed in our school? 

Today was our Back to School day. This is always a lovely time of the year where our parents join their children in their classes and then stay for lunch and playtime. This year we had 72 parents visit us in Year 1,2 3 4 5 and 6.


This week our Football teams learned about the importance of team work and perseverance. The Year 5 and 6 team lost last Friday, so they rallied hard and won their second match on Tuesday. Our Year 3 and 4 team drew their first game this week too. 



  • Please do not park on the zig-zag lines outside the school it is against the law and could potentially cause accidents.
  • Please note that School officially opens at 8.20am. Some children are being dropped off too early before adequate supervision is in place.
  • Please let school know of any changes to pick up routines via the school office.

Development Tuesday

October 18th is Development Tuesday across both the Lower School and the Upper School. The schools will close at 2.40pm and there will be no clubs that evening except DASH (homework) - from 2.45 until 3.45pm as all staff will be involved in professional development. Parents of children that are not attending DASH must be collected at 2.40pm, DASH students must be collected by no later that 3.45pm. All buses will run an hour earlier so parents should ensure they are home to meet them.

Parent Consultations

On Monday, 17th October from 2.30- 6.30pm we are having our Parent Consultations following on from the settling in reports that were sent out today. Please let us know if there are any changes to your child's pick up routines for that day.


EAL for Parents

We are going to launch EAL classes for Parents after the half-term break. These will be led by our EAL teacher Mrs. Kendal. They will take place in the library every Thursday from 10.30-11.30am. The sessions are to help parents learn English as an additional language and they will cost a total of £10 for 5 sessions. Please look out for more details next week.

Upcoming Trips

Next week there is a Year 5 Trip to The Royal Academy of Arts on Monday, 17th October.  They will be attending a workshop on Abstract Art. They will be finding art, responding to it, reviewing it and then creating their own. As the cold weather sets in, we want to remind students to bring their coats.



Super Question and Language of the Week

This week the Super question was to answer Which country celebrated Independence on 8th Oct? - the answer was Croatia answered correctly by Auva in Year 6. The Super question for next week is What is the name of the hurricane/ storm that has just hit parts of Central and North America?


Our language of the week was Croatian and Alex in Year 3 got a Sparky for being knowledgeable and  teaching us to say hello in Croatian!


Learner Profile Art Competition

It is great that the Learner Profile is such a key part of our school, whether they are risk-takers , knowledgeable or principled. As such, Mrs. Cobbin recently launched our Inter-House Art Competition. The students were asked to draw one of the Learner Profiles on  A4 paper using any media they wish. Please add the name, class and profile written on the back. Entries need to be given to the office by no later than Tuesday, 1st November - good luck!


Monday - 17 October 2016
All day
Monday - 17 October 2016
All day
Tuesday - 18 October 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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