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November 2019 Newsletter Gilmorton Chandler CE Primary School

Message from Mr Watson

With three weeks left of the Autumn term it is a great time to look back and reflect on everything that has happened in school and all that we have achieved. I hope our revamped newsletter gives you a flavour of what it means to be part of the Gilmorton Chandler community.

During this term the staff have been focussing on making sure our curriculum is coherent and gives our pupils the knowledge and skills they need in life to flourish. We are coming to the end of that process now and will feedback what we have done to parents and carers in the Spring term. Our other big focus has been on improving the effectiveness of teaching. We are extremely blessed to have exceptional and experienced teachers at the school who are still determined to improve their practice. Staff have been using Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction to hone their professional practice and this will continue throughout the academic year. We refuse to become complacent and will strive to make sure the pupils at Gilmorton Chandler receive a world class education.

As I think about my first term at Gilmorton the thing that has given me the greatest pleasure is getting to know our amazing pupils and staff. They are a tremendous asset to this school and and I am already very proud of them. It has been a honour working with them and I look forward to achieving even more in the weeks and months ahead.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal - 69 boxes filled with gifts for children around the world.

Year 4 York Residential

On the 7th November, Class I set off early to visit the northern Viking city of York, or Jorvik as it was formerly known. After arriving in the city, the children experienced the sights, sounds and even smells of life in Viking York! In addition, they eagerly became archaeologists as they dug for artifacts at The Dig.

In the evening, they went to the racecourse which is where they rested their heads for the night- some for longer than others! The children were treated to a delicious dinner before they treated the staff to a ‘unique’ Year 4’s Got Talent.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, the children proceeded to the impressive York Minster. They took part in a treasure hunt whilst learning about the building and its history.

The final stop off before the journey home was to Eden Camp which is sited on a former WW11 Prisoner of War Camp. We respectfully placed our memorial poppy stones and said a prayer of thought and thanks to those who have been lost or injured during conflict. We then enjoyed a traditional 40’s style puppet show and explored the exhibitions.

All the accompanying staff were immensely proud of the children’s behavior through-out- they were a real credit to the school.

Year 4 enjoy a puppet show

Communication with Home

Since starting as Executive Principal in September I have found one of my biggest frustrations at school is the limitations of our communication systems. Our text messages to parents service is very limited and the school app doesn’t allow web links to be easily sent.

In the Spring term we will have a completely new and modern system which will meet our needs much more effectively. In the meantime we would like to use a new system to communicate with home.

We intend to use WhatsApp to communicate with parents and carers. The messages will be sent using a “Broadcast list”. This means that you are not in a WhatsApp group so your number is not shared with anyone else and you will not see any messages sent from anyone else.

This system only works if you have WhatsApp on your smart phone and if you have the school mobile number saved as a contact. If you would like to recieve these messages please add the Gilmorton Mobile number as a contact. You cannot receive the messages until you have added the contact.

Add this number as a contact: 07706296040

Year 5 trip to Loughborough University

Engineering at Loughborough University

On the 6th of November, Class R took part in a wonderful experience in which they were fully immersed in student life. During the trip, the pupil undertook three workshops looking at product design, structural engineering as well as architecture. Furthermore, the class was given a guided tour of the campus by current students, including a visit to many of the wonderful sporting facilities. No doubt many of the class were inspired by the visit such that many want to become future students at the university!

Rugby World Cup Fever

The fantastic volunteers from Lutterworth RFC

The whole school went rugby crazy at the beginning in November. To celebrate a fantastic Rugby World Cup and the success of the English rugby team we had a special day of rugby before the World Cup final.

We are really grateful for the coaches of the mini and junior section from Lutterworth RFC. Every class got the opportunity to have fun and play tag rugby.

I loved the rugby today. I can’t wait for the final tomorrow. Year 5 pupil
The coaches made me smile and laugh. It was raining and my hands were cold but it didn’t matter because I got to run around and score 2 tries. Year 2 pupil

If your child has been inspired and would like to start playing rugby they will be very welcome at Lutterworth RFC. If you would like more details please contact Sarah (07980578193) or Simon (07803541768).

Science Eco Warrior Competition

This year we have an exciting new initiative in the form of class ‘Science Eco Warriors’. Each class from Year 1 to Year 6 voted for two children to represent their class at half termly meetings. Our aim is to try and make our school a little more environmentally friendly and look at how we can reduce waste.

We decided to hold a competition across Reception/KS1 and KS2. We wanted the children to design and make something useful using materials that can be recycled.

Thank you to everyone that entered the competition. We had some fantastic entries and it was very difficult to judge. The prizes went to the following children:

Reception/KS1 winner - Arthur

Runner up - Mason

KS2 winner - Rosa

Runner up - Isabella

Eco-warrior competition winning entries

School Games Recognition

We are proud to announce that Gilmorton Chandler has once again been awarded Gold in the School Games Mark. This is a magnificent achievement, and all credit must go to the children and adults who make participation in sporting events possible.

Thank you to Nathan Lings

Nathan Ling has been leading our collective worship on a Tuesday since the beginning of term. I was amazed at what he has covered and more importantly what the children have remembered. In a recent collective worship they recalled the story of John the Baptist, Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus calling his disciples - Peter (Simon) Andrew, Philip and Nathaniel. The story of the wedding where they ran out of wine and Jesus performed a miracle by turning water into wine. A character called Nicodemus, a religious leader and the feeding of the 5000. Nathan obviously tells a good story as the details the children remembered were great. They have even looked at the large Christianity timeline to see where these stories from the bible fit.

Year 5/6 Girls’ Football Tournament

A fantastic evening of football at Lutterworth College in which the girls finished a creditable fourth. The girls certainly enjoyed taking part, especially those who previously had not played the game regularly. All involved should be proud of their efforts and the team spirit they have shown.

Indoor Athletics

What a magnificent evening of sport at Robert Smythe Academy. Our year 5 and 6 athletics team performed superbly to finish 6th overall against some much larger schools. All of the children should be proud of their achievements and a great camaraderie was demonstrated throughout.

Forest Schools

Year 3 have donned the waterproofs and continued with forest school activities - there is no such thing as bad weather. The children are showing that they are developing a variety of their character muscles each session. Some show courage by climbing trees, curiosity when trying to find the right piece of nature when creating bows, co-operation whilst rolling down the hills, resilience when at first it doesn’t quite go right. A great example of this was when it was particularly wet the children tried to create tree creatures using mud. The smiles after a session say it all. Thank you for being so understanding about the wet muddy clothes!

Upcoming Dates

FOGS Christmas Fair

Friday 6th December 5.30pm

KS1 Nativity

Tuesday 10th December 9.30am & Wednesday 11th December 9.30am

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 18th December

Whole school visit to the Pantomime

Thursday 19th December

Whole school carol service - Families are invited

Friday 20th December 9.30am