Red Nose Day 2017
To raise money for Red Nose Day everyone paid £1 to wear their own clothes as long as they had 1 red item.
In the afternoon, the Staff vs Children Football match took place. The children gave the adults a run for their money but the final score was 17-12 to the Staff.
After school we had a cake sale. Thanks to everyone who donated cakes and biscuits.
School Journey Update
Arethusa School Journey Update
Everyone is doing well and looking forward to getting home today.
This morning the groups are taking a trip to Beacon Hill followed by some orienteering activities. They then return to the centre for lunch.
We are expecting the group back at school by 2.30pm so please ensure that you arrive on time to pick them up as they will be tired.
The children had a good 1st night and managed to get to get to bed at a reasonable time.
The weather is dry and bright and the groups are really enjoying themselves. A woodland walk followed Tuesday morning activities of archery, climbing and high ropes in the afternoon.
They must all be missing their daily mile as they are going for a second walk along the beach after dinner tonight.
Be warned you are likely to find lots of mud and sand in their cases when they get home….!
We are expecting the children to arrive back at school at 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon so please ensure that you are here to pick them up as they will be tired.
The Children arrived safely this morning and have settled into their dormitories. This afternoon they will be going swimming.
Rain hasn’t stopped play and everyone is having a good time.
They have been split into 3 groups and will be participating in either archery, climbing and high ropes Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning followed by a woodland walk during Tuesday afternoon.
Parents’ Daily Mile
On Wednesday 5th October the Parents’ Daily Mile group set off to complete their first Daily Mile around Mayow Park. It was a small but committed group who set off when the school gates closed. Lee Franklin, Parent Advisor and Mrs Constable, the Headteacher joined the group to show their support for the initiative. The idea came from Aliyah Graham’s mum originally who mentioned to Mrs Constable that it would be great if the parents could emulate the Daily Mile that the children participate in every day. Parents took part by either running, jogging or walking and all agreed that it was a great success. Exercising regularly in a group is a very effective way to stay healthy.
A number of the parents plan to carry on each day and Lee Franklin will join each Wednesday morning. Depending on her diary, Mrs Constable and other members of staff will join in from time to time. The children were so excited to see the parents taking part, with many saying that they were going to talk to their parents about joining in on days that they were not working.
Yet again it is a first for St George’s! We were the first to do the Daily Mile in Lewisham and now we must be one of the first to have a Parents’ Daily Mile group! Speak to Lee Franklin on the gate if you would like to take part. All are welcome – it does not matter what your level of fitness is – take it at your own pace and if you are pushing a baby in a buggy bring them along!
Daily Mile in the News
Our mile a day has been gaining attention from the press recently.
This article was published in The Mercury in July:
In addition, the lewisham.gov.uk website featured an article on us. Click here to view it.
St George’s Olympics
In honour of the Rio Olympics KS2 had a very special sports day at Dulwich College Sports Ground. The children took part in a variety of track and field events where they represented one of five different countries- Germany, Greece, Australia, Japan and USA. At the end of the day we enjoyed a very special Teachers vs Parents relay race.
On Friday 8th July the entire school- from nursery to year 6, Staff and some parents- took over an area of beach in Minnis Bay, Kent.
Once again, the trip was a huge success as the sun was shining, the tide was high and everyone had a great day.
On the evening of Tuesday 5th July, Staff and the children of the Choir attended a special service at St George’s Church to welcome the Reverend Richard Lane.
The Choir performed the song We Welcome You.
The school looks forward to working closely with the church next year.
As the grand finale to our music week and to celebrate the upcoming Rio Olympic Games we held our very own Carnival in the Quad. Each class created their own instruments and Amazonian animal costumes; Frogs, Parrots, Fish, Butterflies, Flamingos, Peacocks, Snakes, Toucans and Leopards. The Quad was awash with colour and vibrating with the rhythm of samba.
Update on building works
As you may be aware, the new building has really taken shape over the last 6 months. A few finishing touches and we will be ready to start our new school year in our new building. It has been fascinating to watch it all come together from a flattened piece of land to a beautiful school.
This time lapse video shows the construction of the wooden G-frame.
As you must be aware, there have been many changes around the school recently. Our brand new EYFS building has opened and the children are settling in well to their new classrooms.
The old reception/nursery building has been demolished and the area is being prepared for a large outdoor area.
A temporary main entrance and reception has been put in place in the old library and the aim is that in the Spring the new main entrance to the school will be built on the site of the old kitchen.
A new corridor has been added to the upper floor allowing access upstairs to both sides of the building. This corridor also incorporates new toilets for the children to use. This is due to be completed during October half term.
The Emas room upstairs has been refurbished with improvements to the floor and windows. A group room has also been added.
If all goes to plan the new building will be finished and handed over to the school in summer 2016.
Health and Safety
I would like to reassure all parents that during the next year health and safety will be the most important consideration. The building company, Neilcott and all school staff are very aware that they need to be vigilant and all safety measures necessary are in place to allow for building to continue whilst the children are on the premises. You will see that hoardings have been erected around the new building and Heras fencing has been put in place around the EYFS unit to ensure separation from the school. I would ask that parents and carers pay attention to any signage in place and should you have any concerns speak to a member of staff.
I would like to firstly say thank you to all parents and carers for your understanding and patience during this time of change. Our aim is to avoid any interruptions to your children’s education confident that these improvements will ultimately benefit them.
I would like to thank the building company, Neilcott, who the Facilities Manager and I have worked closely with over the summer. They have worked extremely hard to achieve a lot over the past 7 weeks and especially during the last week when a lot has had to be done in a very short space of time in order for us to open as planned.
A special thank you to all of the school staff including, premises, administration and teaching assistants, teachers and parent advisor who have worked tremendously hard during last week to get the classrooms and rest of school ready. They have worked tirelessly and have shown what a great team of people we have working at St George’s – my thanks goes out to each and every one of them.
I will keep you up to date on developments through the year and would ask your continued understanding and support as we move forward in 2015-16.
Mrs G Constable
NEW CofE SECONDARY SCHOOL
A NEW CHURCH OF ENGLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR SOUTH LEWISHAM
The SDBE will be submitting an application to open a new 8FE Secondary School in Lewisham in September 2019. The school will have a specialism in Maths and Modern Foreign Languages as well as a link for students with Autism. The bid will be submitted to the DfE in September.
Promotional materials go live this week. We are working with Place Group (consultants) to develop this bid and gather expressions of interest. Local Authority place planning has demolished the need for this additional provision in Lewisham. As part of the bid we have to gather, through a range of methods, clear expressions of interest for this new school to demonstrate that it will be full in the first 3 years of being in operation.
Web link: www.lewishamcofesecondaryschool.org.uk
We will be holding two public meetings.
Monday, 20 June at 7.00pm St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, The Peak, Sydenham, SE26 4LJ
Friday, 1 July at 2.30 pm St John the Baptist C of E Primary School, Beechborough Road, Bromley, Kent. BR1 5RL
Click poster below to see PDF
The Queen’s Birthday
As part of our British Values week we joined the rest of the country in celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday. All the children and staff dressed up as a member of the Royal family or a fancy guest. During playtime the children were encouraged to play traditional games such as hopscotch, hula-hoop, skipping, two ball, patball and What’s the time Mr Wolf?
In the afternoon the whole school took part in a royal parade to show off our outfits and wave like the queen, followed by a tea party of delicious scones with clotted cream and strawberrys.
EYFS Gate opening Times
THERE IS NO ACCESS THROUGH TO THE MAIN SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
MORNING GATE OPENING TIMES:
8.40 – Gate open
8.45 – Nursery class starts
8.50 – Reception class starts
9.00 – Gate closed
NURSERY COLLECTION/DROP OFF TIMES
11.45 – 11.50 Gate open for Nursery am children collection
12.25 – 12.30 Gate open for Nursery pm children drop-off
AFTERNOON GATE OPENING TIMES:
3.15 – Gate open
3.20 – Reception class finishes
3.25 – Nursery finishes
3.35 – Gate closed
If you arrive and the gate is closed you must go to the main office and wait to collect/drop off your child/ren.
As a parent you have a duty to ensure that your child arrives to school on time being late not only disrupts your child’s learning but that of their classmates.
- Children are often embarrassed entering the class later than everyone else.
- If you have genuine difficulties in getting your child to school on time, please talk to Lee Franklin our Parent Advisor who may be able to help.
- Continued lateness will result in you being asked to attend a meeting with the headteacher to discuss the situation further.
Dear Parents and Carers
Ofsted Inspection February 2016
On February 25th 2016 the school was inspected by Ofsted. The official report has now been made and a copy is available here.
In the judgement of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate the school has maintained and improved on many aspects since the last inspection in 2011 and continues to be a Good school. We are very pleased with the content of the report and the very positive comments about every aspect of school life. The report reflects the very positive comments about every aspect of school life. The report reflects the very positive relationships between pupils, staff, parents and governors which enable St George’s school to provide a good quality of education.
On behalf of the Governing Body and staff of St George’s School I would like to thank you for your continuing support.
Mrs G Constable
Letter from Governors
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to you and your children as we start a different but exciting new school year.
If you have already been coming to the school you will know about our new building project. If you are starting your link with St George’s school then we can assure you that, although during this year parts of the school will operate as a building site, in a year’s time we shall have a transformed site with many new buildings.
As governors, we work with the school to get the very best experience of education for the children in our school community so we are really pleased to be able to congratulate the school on an excellent set of SATs results last summer. They are evidence of the really good foundations that have been laid all through our pupils’ school years. So we thank all of the staff, as the progress made is a tribute to them all, from meals’ supervisors, learning assistants, premises staff, the administration and business team, parent advisor and teachers. St George’s School works really well as a team and we are proud to be associated with it.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Burton, our Deputy Head who retired in the summer, for all she gave to the school. She and Mrs Constable have brought the school on an amazing journey of progress over the last seven years. We wish her well for her retirement. We are very pleased to have appointed two excellent Assistant Headteachers who will work alongside Mrs Constable as our new Leadership team. We would also like to welcome the new staff members who have joined our expanding staff team.
We wish you and your children a successful year and we thank Mrs Constable again for her inspiring leadership. For me, as Chair of Governors, it is a real privilege to be associated with such an imaginative and caring set of teachers and staff and to see how their work transforms the lives of our children. I look forward to another year of progress.
Mrs Jill Bray
Chair of Governors
Bishop’s Certificate for Governance
On Thursday 10th September 2015 members of St George’s Governing Body attended a special Eucharist service at Southwark Cathedral. During the ceremony Mrs Jill Bray, the Chair of Governors, was presented with the Bishop’s Certificate for Governance by the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark. In order to achieve this certificate, all members of the Governing Body attended training over the year 2014-15 covering all aspects of the role of a governor. The aim of the training was to improve and enhance the knowledge and skills of all governors. The Director of Education of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, Mr Colin Powell, was also present at the service to congratulate St George’s Governing Body on their achievement.
Eucharist and Holy Baptism
On Thursday 18th June the whole of Ks2 made their way to St George’s church to take part in the Eucharist service. Nine children from years 5 & 6, dressed in their finest clothes, were baptised and/or took their first Holy Communion in front of their family and God parents. Everyone enjoyed the service and Father John gave us all a blessing.
On Tuesday 10th February 2015 Years 3 to 6 visited the Cafe Gallery in Southwark Park to view our own art work as well as those from other local schools. We all felt extremely proud as we had worked hard o our class projects with amazing results.
You can see the exhibition until 22nd February.
SHS Practitioner of the Year
Lee Franklin- School Home Support Practitioner of the Year 2014- 2015
St George’s School Governors and staff are very proud to announce that Lee Franklin has been awarded the title of School Practitioner of the Year by the Trustees of the Charity, School Home Support. The Trustees recognised the hard work and commitment shown by Lee who goes above and beyond to support the families at our school.
Below are some quotes from the speech given by the Headteacher at the Ceremony where Lee was presented with her award:
‘Parents know that Lee is there ready to listen, offer advice and support, whilst at the same time knowing that she will challenge any behaviour that is not in the best interests of the children’
‘Lee brings dedication to her role, a warm, level –headed and professional approach, as well as an infectious sense of fun which makes her popular with children, staff and parents alike.’
‘Lee is a person of great integrity who really cares! Lee never blows her own trumpet, rather she plays down her own role, praising others before herself, and it is for this reason that I am so pleased that Lee has been publicly recognised by the Trustees of SHS’.
Finally, on behalf of the children, staff, parents and governors of the School I would like to say how proud we are to have the SHS Practitioner of the year working at our school.
Well Done Lee!
On 1st September 2014 the school officially changed name from Christ Church School to St George’s C of E School. The decision to change names was taken because the church of Christ Church had been deconsecrated years ago and the school’s link church was changed to St George’s church. In 2013 the Parish boundaries were redrawn to include St Michael’s church Sydenham and the name of Christ Church was removed from the name of the Parish. In discussion with the Governors, parents and Diocesan board it was agreed that the time was right to make the change.
On Thursday 2nd October the official Renaming service took place. We were joined by Governors, Fr John Ackland, members of the clergy, members of St George’s congregation, ex pupils of the school, the local Police, Frankie Sulke, the Director of Children and Young People from Lewisham Council and the Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Woolwich. It was a very special day for the school – we even had our own St George, along with his companion knights and even a few dragons! The Bishop blessed both the new sign for the school and the new mosaics on display at the front of the school. The name of the school changed on that day but we still have the same aims, values and ethos which have made our school such a special place. Here are some of the images from that day:
Letter From the Chair of Governors
Dear parents and carers
I would like to welcome you and your children at the start of what promises to be a very exciting new school year.
First, we will all have to get used to the new name of St George’s School. I’m sure we will all forget at times that it is no longer Christ Church! We look forward to the visit of Bishop Michael (the Bishop of Woolwich) on October 2nd when the new school will be officially launched. The new school badge, with its dragon, is very impressive, even more so as it was designed by our own pupils. As governors we look forward to the link between the school and the church grow ever stronger.
Further ahead, we are excited by the new building work starting on the site. The school expansion will allow us to take in more pupils from 2015. This would not have happened without the visionary leadership of Mrs Constable and Mrs Burton that has made our school into a really successful community where pupils are helped to reach their potential. It is wonderful that more pupils will be able to experience the inspiring teaching and learning that goes on in the school.
For me, as Chair of Governors, it is a real privilege to be associated with such an inspiring and caring set of teachers and staff and to see how their work transforms the lives of our children. I look forward to another year of progress.
I wish you all well for this new school year.
Mrs Jill Bray
Chair of Governors