St George’s C of E School

Head’s Newsletter

24th May 2019
Dear Parents/Carers
We are reaching the end of a very busy half term.

SATs
During May children in year 2 and year 6 have taken part in KS1 and KS2 SATs. They all tried their best and had a growth mindset when approaching them. These tests are only a snapshot of what a child can do and do not measure all the progress that your children are making in so many areas, including their creative talents and skills. It is also good to remember that children develop and mature at different rates. A big word that we use with the children is ‘YET!’ and the fact that intelligence is not fixed. You may not know the following:
‘Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4 years old and did not read until he was 7. Hisparents thought he was ‘sub-normal’ and one of this teachers described him as ‘mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in foolish dreams.’ He was expelled from school and was refusedadmittance to Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even do a little Maths!’
So remember to praise and encourage your children to be resilient and put effort into everything they do. These important qualities will help to make them successful in their future lives.

Trips

Ahlberg and Donaldson classes went on a very enjoyable trip to the Albany Theatre to see a production of Hansel and Gretel.
Rosen and Milligan classes took part in a trip to Horniman park and Morpurgo, Berry and Shakespeare have visited Mayow park.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by such lovely green spaces and as well as these parks, Crystal Palace park is only a short train ride away. So do encourage your children to get out over half term rather than spending too much time on ipads, computers or mobile phones!

Visitors to school

Andrea, our local PCSO, has been into school to give talks on road safety to children in Campbell class and the Nursery.

The Daily Mile
As you know, St George’s was the first school in Lewisham (possibly in London) to do the Daily Mile and as such we have had a lot of visits from other schools wanting to see the Daily Mile in action. In addition, we were asked this year to take part in a research project on the benefits of the Daily Mile by researchers at Kings College London. The research involved interviews with myself and other staff. Miss Michell and Rosen class were selected to be part of the study. This involved the researcher making observations and talking to the children over a number of weeks. The final research paper has now been published and parents in Rosen will be receiving a copy of a leaflet summarising the research, much of which, is based on St George’s.

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Sports
Children in KS2 have taken part in a number of tournaments with teams from across Lewisham this half term. Children in Key Stage 2 have taken part in tournaments for Hockey, Gymnastics, Tennis and Tag Rugby.
As you know we are working towards achieving the Gold Mark for school games this year and Miss Michell has just submitted our application. I will let you know as soon as we hear the result.

Weekend Events
On Saturday 4th May school staff took a group of KS2 children to the Women’s FA Cup final atWembley. This event has grown in popularity and is a very positive experience for all our children, but especially for the girls.
On Sunday 19th May KS2 children attended the Basketball playoffs at the O2. It was another opportunity for children to see sports being played at the highest level.
On this coming Sunday 26th May it is the annual Vitality Run from Green Park finishing at Buckingham Palace. The school have taken part in this event for the last few years taking children from years 5 and 6. Good luck to all taking part.
I have to say a big thank you to Miss Michell for organising, and all the other staff who also give up their weekends to enable your children to take part in these events.

Punctuality
Punctuality is critical for your child’s learning, please ensure that they arrive to school on time.This is especially important to children in KS1 and Campbell class as they not only miss their phonics lesson but a member of staff has to interrupt their work to walk your child over to their class.
Children are expected to be in class and ready for registration by 8.50am for Campbell class and 8.55am for KS1 & KS2, any time after this and your child will be marked as late.

Uniform
During the summer, when the weather is extremely hot it is advisable to provide your child with a sun hat to wear at playtimes and apply a long lasting high factor sun cream to your child before they come to school.
Children can also wear their summer uniform, for girls this is a simple light blue and white check or striped dress with black or navy low-heeled closed toe sandals and boys
may wear tailored shorts with black or navy closed toe sandals.
Parents often ask about their child wearing trainers to school and although
these are not part of the school uniform a black trainer shoe similar to the
one shown is suitable
Please make sure all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

 

Important Dates

INSET DAY – Monday 3rd June
ALL CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL ON Tuesday 4th JuneParents’ Evening – Tuesday 9th July
Seaside Trip – Friday 12th July
LAST DAY OF TERM: Tuesday 23rd July