From the Head
At St Olave’s Prep School, we believe that mental health and wellbeing is the basis for a happy and successful life at school and beyond. Wellbeing plays a key role in our school ethos, and shapes our policies and procedures implicitly and explicitly. We strive to improve the wellbeing of our students and staff in everything we do, seeking to build resilience, identify and monitor concerns and support students and families who face challenges. As you all know, we are well on our way to achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools and this week have had our interim assessment visit, with 75% of our evidence expected to have been seen by the advisor. Mrs Pons and the Wellbeing Team have been working incredibly hard to get all the evidence ready, and we are delighted to hear that we have over 85% of our evidence ready and are therefore ready for final accreditation next term. Thank you to all the staff, children and parents for embracing our vision and supporting us in working towards the award. We require some parents to act as Wellbeing Champions for St Olave’s, joining myself, staff, children and Trustees in championing Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health at St Olave’s. If you are interested in finding out more about this and how you can become a Wellbeing Champion, please contact me via the School Office.
The Big Battery Hunt
As part of our work on environmental education and sustainability, we are supporting a very exciting campaign called the Big Battery Hunt. Your child will learn in school how important it is to recycle batteries and what happens when people do not. We have challenged the children to find and collect as many batteries as possible; please help them do this over the Easter holidays. Your child has been given a collection box to fill with batteries - AAA, AA, C and D type please. When the box is full they can bring it to school to add to our main container.
Please visit https://national schoolspartnership.com/initiatives/bigbatteryhunt for more information about the campaign. ** Please see the base of your collection box for safety instructions.
Thank you and Happy Hunting!
I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing Easter break and I look forward to seeing you all when the children return to school on Wednesday 24th April.
Kind regards, Miss Holloway
Resilience - The skill of noticing
In assembly this week, the focus was on the skill of noticing and how to encourage the children to really look at the things around them. We first watched a video to test their noticing skills. Try it at home:
One aspect children often struggle with in their writing is a lack of interesting detail and description: the depiction of a character or a place they are writing about. At the heart of this struggle can be the ability to notice and observe; noticing details can give a child much more to work with, think about and therefore put into their writing.
There will be some things your child is already doing that go towards them enhancing their powers of observation such a Where’s Wally and ‘Spot the Difference’ quizzes’.
Here’s a few you might like to try;
1. When you are out and about in your area set an ‘Observation Challenge’: How many road signs in a particular street? How many trees? How many different varieties of trees and/or plants? How many road markings and of what colour? How many people do you meet wearing a hat? And so on
2. On a piece of paper write a number or a word (about 5 or 6 digits or letters long). Let your child look at it for a few seconds. Then write on a second piece of paper almost the same – just change one digit or letter. Hold this card up and they have to notice what the difference is:
3. Get a photo from the newspaper or from the internet of a fairly crowded street scene. Let your child look at it for 30 seconds to a minute. Then tell them that a detective wants to know what they saw. How good a witness would they be? (You will need to prepare a few questions about the picture beforehand.)
4. Ask your child to walk round one room of your house and come out again. Then go in and move and re-arrange some things – open a window, move the hands on the clock, swap two ornaments around. They then have to return and see how many differences they can notice.
5. Set an outside trail where at each spot along the trail you have placed something unusual (a little plastic figure in a plant, some twigs that are arranged as a word or a symbol, stones arranged in a particular shape etc. Your child has to walk the trail and notice as many things as possible – and be able to narrate them in order as if they were part of a story.
6. Take a photo of the hands of different people you know. Write the name of the person on the back of the photo. Let our child study the photographs and who they belong to. Then ask them to identify the person from just the photo of their hands.
7. Talking and describing the smallest of details at regular intervals will increase their skills of observation and make noticing the details more likely. Talking with them and offering new vocabulary as you go will build a richer bank of words they can draw upon; give children more things to have in their ‘writing toolbox’.
Happy Noticing! A.McNamara
28th March, saw Years 5 and 6 travel to Joan Roan School to compete in basketball for the London Youth Games tournament. The children’s determination and resilience was outstanding, as out of 8 matches, we won 5 drew 1 and lost 2. It was a please to watch our children work together and show respect to the opposition and officials in every game. Well done to all the children who attended.
29th March, saw Year 5 participant in a football fixture against Farringtons. After our 1st fixture where we won 3-2 against them, we expected another tough match. However, on this occasion we really showed the quality that the team processes and won the game 5-1. Goals where shared out amongst the team and the boys played some great football. Well done Year 5!
1st April, saw Year 3 take two teams to play four mini matches against Farringtons. Both teams worked hard and scored goals throughout the afternoon. It was a great opportunity for Year 3 to gain some valuable experience in playing competitive matches, which the really enjoyed. Well done to all the children who played!
Wednesday 3rd April, we took a Year 6 and a Year 5 team to compete against Bedonwell Primary school. In somewhat interesting weather conditions (torrential rain and hail stones), Year 6 didn’t let this affect their performance. Year 6 won 3-0 with some very entertaining football on show. Year 5 came up against a very strong team, and although we defended and passed the ball well, we were unable to stop them winning the game. Well done to both teams for showing excellent resilience and teamwork!
This week, Year 2 and Year 1 classes enjoyed a “real life” French breakfast. We drank “chocolat chaud” and ate croissants, pains au chocolat, brioches and baguettes with “beurre” and “confiture”. It was “délicieux”! The children ordered in French as if they were in a real French café and showed great confidence when speaking. We truly thought we were in France! Well done all!
Year 6 have had a great last week of the Spring term. Monday saw the children taking part in our second Rights Day. We were very impressed by how many rights the children were able to recall when looking at a poster from Unicef. Some children noticed that some rights were being upheld, but some were being denied. It is important to remember that even though every rights are inherent to every child, they are not always able to be upheld. We spent the morning focusing on Article 24 again, but considered each part of this right in turn including: access to the best health care, clean water, nutritious food, and living in a clean and safe environment. We had a fantastic debate about whether healthcare should be free for all. There were interesting points on both sides of the argument, but we realised that money and resources have an important part to play in this argument. Watching Ayesha’s story, made the children realise how fortunate we are to turn on the tap to get clean water.
On Tuesday, we visited the Horniman Museum as part of our IPC topic: Out of Africa. In the morning, the children had a workshop all about evolution; the children showed excellent prior knowledge about the subject. They took part in different activities and were able to handle artifacts such as fossils, animal skeletons and many more. We then visited the aquarium, where the children were able to see jellyfish, anemones, poison dart frogs and many more species of fish and reptiles. The afternoon was spent exploring the rest of the museum and of course visiting the gift shop. Throughout the day, the children were excellent ambassadors for the school.
On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we rehearsed for our Easter concert on Thursday evening at All Saints Church. Thank you for coming to support all of the children in their last Easter concert - we hope you enjoyed the evening.
We are looking forward to starting our new topic after Easter all about World War II. On the first day of term, the children will have their entry point, which will be a workshop all about Winston Churchill. We are also looking forward to the Bikeability training on the 1st full week after Easter (29th April - 2nd May), please return the consent form as soon as possible if you would like your child to take part in this. We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break.
Our final week of this term has been a busy one. We have been finishing the prototypes for our products in our IPC lessons and the children worked together to evaluate the process. They discussed in their groups what went well - thinking about both the end product and the process that they went through whilst creating their prototype. The children then thought critically about their designs and discussed what elements of the process did not go to plan and how they would improve their product next time. We have been amazed with the children’s entrepreneurial attitude towards this project and how they have thought of all of the different elements that make a successful product. The use of colour, design, slogans and jingles have all been considered when thinking of how they will market their products. In addition to this, they have worked cross collaboratively with other groups to create great special offers to ensure the success of their product.
On Thursday we were treated by a visit from 1M and 1Mc. They had created their own storytelling puppets and retold their stories to the children in Year 5. The Year 5 children were excellent listeners and also questioned the Year 1 children about their stories. All of the Year 5 children enjoyed supporting the younger children and even told some of their own! Our children have been super role models this week. On Wednesday a child in Year 5 treated the rest of the school to a wonderful piece played on the cello at the beginning of our assembly. The children were amazed to see such tricky pieces of music being played on a cello!
As a school, we have enjoyed our second Rights Day on Monday. We focussed on Article 24 and considered each part of this right. The children looked at a scenario and discussed which rights they could identify being upheld and which rights were being breached. We were impressed with the vocabulary the children used and the rights that they were able to recall. We discussed access to the best health care, clean water, nutritious food, and living in a clean and safe environment. We had a fantastic debate about whether healthcare and housing should be free for all. There were interesting points on both sides of the argument, but we realised that money and resources have an important part to play in this argument. After watching Ayesha’s story, the children explained how they had realised how fortunate we are to turn on the tap to get clean water and were shocked that in this day and age people still didn’t have access to clean water.
A very busy final week of term for Year 4!
We thoroughly enjoyed our second Rights Day on Monday, focusing on article 24 which is all about our health. The children enjoyed thinking about our health service and just how fortunate we are to have access to universal health care. They came up with some very interesting arguments for and against free healthcare for all and some very mature and thought provoking discussions were had. All of the children were shocked to find out that, even in 2019, access to clean and safe water is not a right enjoyed by all children across the world and some fantastic water bottle labels were designed to highlight that this really shouldn't be a privilege but a right enjoyed by all people.
We also enjoyed putting the final touches to our hand-decorated Easter eggs and completing our PSHEE topic ‘Healthy Me’.
We’ve had a focus on Temples, Tombs and Treasures this week as our Ancient Egyptian topic is coming to an end. The children have made some superb ‘death masks’ and very much enjoyed visiting Year 1. The children worked incredibly hard on their ‘Book of the Dead’ for their chosen Pharaoh and took delight in sharing these with their younger peers. Good luck in recognising your children with their masks on!
Thank you to everyone who was able to come along to the residential meeting this week. We are all very much looking forward to taking your children on their first adventure away with their school friends. As a gentle reminder, please ensure you bring in all necessary (and labelled) medication on our first day back.
We hope you have wonderful and restful Easter break and look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks for our trip to Danbury!
What a busy term term it has been and this final week has been no exception! On Monday, we took part in the second Unicef Respecting Rights Day which was fun, informative and at times, quite emotional. The children enjoyed looking closely at a poster identifying where they could see rights being enjoyed or denied and we most impressed by just how many the children could identify. We were then shocked and deeply saddened to learn that over a billion people a day do not have access to clean drinking water and are forced to drink dirty and contaminated water, knowing it will probably make them them ill. This made us realise just how fortunate we are to have access to clean water and we designed water bottle labels campaigning for clean drinking water ‘to be a right and not a privilege’.
In English we have looked at the features of, and then written our own information texts, linking the work to our IPC topic about the rainforest. Whilst in Maths, we have come to the end of our multiplication and division unit and are looking forward to moving on to money and statistics after the holidays.
The children have all worked exceptionally hard this term and are most definitely ready for a break. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and we look forward to welcoming you back after a restful break.
This week, Year 2 have completed their Lego moon bases along with their posters to say how they have worked with their team to both design and make their creations. The children loved welcoming their friends from all year groups to explain about their projects and to show how they worked. Teachers from every year group voted for the group of young designers who inspired them the most with their presentation and their moon base. It was inspiring to see how much the children have learnt about coding, model making and, above all, cooperation when working as part of a team. Well done to everyone!
It is hard to believe that we have now completed our second term together. The children have loved their “People of the Past” topic and finished it by debating about who they felt should be on the next £50 note. The children considered all of the famous people that they had learnt about over the weeks and were encouraged to explain which one was worthy of being on such a large bank note! The children thought about the qualities of each person that they had studied and explained who inspired them the most before drawing their icon onto an image of a £50.
After Easter we will be starting our new topic, “From A to B”. This is more geography based and is sure to appeal to many. In preparation for our Entry Point to this topic, we would like ALL children to spend one day of the holiday making a journey. This could be a day on the buses. It could be a trip to the park or the cinema (making the effort not to travel by car). It might be a trip to London by train, tube, then bus and even the river boat. Some of you may be lucky enough to be venturing further afield. If this is the case, please save your plane tickets or special souvenirs from your new destination. Maybe you will go on a cable car, a horse drawn carriage or a tuk-tuk. We would like the children to present their “journey” by creating a poster which shows the journey and modes of transport used to get to the chosen destination. We are aware that the car is loved by all but using public transport can prove to be a special treat for children and lead to a day of adventures and memories. You could challenge yourselves to see how many different modes of transport that you could use in one day! We hope you enjoy this home learning and we look forward to hearing all about your special trips together. Wishing you all a great Easter holiday!
Did you know that over 1.2 billion people do not have access to clean water? On Monday, the whole school had our second Rights Respecting Day. This day focused on the rights of a child by Unicef and this time we were exploring Article 24: You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.
The children first had to work in groups to look closely at a poster that showed an array of good and bad actions. The children were quick to spot actions such as: a Muslim child praying at school, recycling, children waiting at a zebra crossing, a boy in a wheelchair playing football. We had in depth discussions about how the pictures demonstrated our rights. Following this, we showed the children a short video about a girl called Ayesha who spends 8 hours a day fetching dirty water to use for washing, cleaning, drinking and cooking. We were all shocked and strongly agreed that having clean water should be everyone’s right! To highlight this important right, the children designed their own water bottle label thinking carefully about sources of water and the importance of it being clean.
We continued our discussions about health, with reference to the question ‘What would you do if you were unwell?’ The children confidently answered ideas such as: tell parents, teachers, visit a doctor or hospital. We discussed why some people may struggle to find help from doctors or hospitals. To end the day, the children designed their favourite healthy meal for school. This highlighted the importance of nutritious food as a right for everyone.
In maths, the children have been developing their understanding of 2 digit numbers to 50 and beyond. We first used ten frames to show how many tens and ones are in a 2 digit number. The children are getting better at partitioning higher numbers into tens and ones. They have been using practical resources and pictorial representations to embed their learning. We will continue this in the summer term.
In their French lesson, the children experienced a real French Petit-déjeûner. They got to taste a traditional French breakfast with chocolat chaud, croissant, brioche, baguette and pain au chocolat. All the children were able to ask for what they wanted in French without forgetting their manners.
We had a fantastic visit from Year 4 who came to tell us about their IPC learning of ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures.’ The children showed their death masks and books about the afterlife and our children were transfixed and loved learning from the older children.
To celebrate our IPC topic ‘The Magic Toymaker’ all the children performed a short puppet show to the Year 5 children using their own finger puppets. They have loved learning about toys!
We hope you all had a lovely Mothering Sunday and enjoyed your flower arrangements!
We have finished our topic learning about people who help us with finding out about the job of a vet. We created our own flap books after reading the story ‘Dear Zoo’.
We have also finished our maths topic of Measuring with a look at capacity. We have filled different sized containers with rice and found out which ones hold the most. We have used language such as full, empty, half full and nearly full. Keep a lookout at home for different size bottles and ask your child to find out where on the bottle it tells you how much it can hold.
Next term we are going to investigate animals. Looking at animals from different habitats around the world. We will start with Farm animals, enjoying a trip to Godstone farm in our first week back.
We would like to wish you all a happy Easter and hope you enjoy spending time together. Don’t forget to send us a postcard if you go away (or even if you stay at home!), you will find an address label in the Easter Baskets to make this easier.
It was a lovely start to our last week of term, celebrating Mother’s day with our afternoon tea. Thank you to all the Mums and other family members who attended. The children really enjoyed being your waiters and waitresses for the afternoon.
We have been celebrating all things Easter this week, learning about some Easter traditions, including making Easter rabbits for our egg competition, fingerprint chicks for our Easter cards and not forgetting helping the Easter bunny find all her missing eggs. It has been a very eggciting week!
Next term we'll be starting a new topic all about animals and their different habitats. We are really looking forward to our visit to Godstone Farm in the first week back when we will be learning about farm animals.
Have a very Happy Easter.
Holiday gardening club will be running on the following days in the holidays:
- Tuesday 9th April 11am - 1pm
- Thursday 11th April 11am - 1pm
- Saturday 13th April 10am - 12pm
- Tuesday 16th April 11am - 1pm
It will be fantastic to see you on any of the above dates. All help is greatly appreciated.
Fundraising Concert - “An Evening of Music” 9th May at 7pm
Every year since 2006 we have held an Evening of Music to showcase some of the wonderful talent of our parents and friends of St Olave’s, as well as the children, and to raise money for the Stephen Jota Centre in Uganda. We have sponsored Gloria and Joseph to attend school during this time and they are always very appreciative of the School’s support. The children are now coming to the end of their schooling and we will plan how best to support the Stephen Jota Centre in the future. Last year Mrs Lane visited Guinea with her Djembe drumming group and led an assembly for the children about her visit on her return. This year, we would like to support Mrs Lane in fundraising for a new classroom roof by splitting the proceeds of the concert between the Stephen Jota Centre in Uganda and Fore Forte School in the village of Dubreke.
The concert will be held on Thursday 9th May at 7pm. If you are interested in taking part, or would like more information, please get in touch. We greatly appreciate your involvement in this event; if you know of any performers who may be interested, please do contact me.Thank you. Mrs Farrell
Missing and unclaimed Uniform
Several children have lost uniform . During the school holidays please check your child has their own uniform and that it is still clearly named. We have an abundance of lost property without names on - if your child has lost anything please check the lost property box. Thank you.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
St Olave’s enjoyed their second Rights Day on Monday with a focus on Article 24 (health and health services) Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
All of the children started the day by examining a rights poster to see what rights they could notice either being enjoyed or denied. It was wonderful to hear the language of rights being used by children across the school and they were all excellent at spotting the rights on show. All children also thought again about the 5 key rights that we have taken on as our Rights Charter, considering how we, as a school, help them to enjoy these rights and what they can each do to not only help each other to access their rights but also all children, everywhere.
Our Rights Charter at St Olave’s comprises 5 rights that our Rights Respecting Ambassadors have chosen as our focus:
- Article 2: All children have rights, no matter who they are
- Article 12: You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously
- Article 17: You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need
- Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people
- Article 31: You have the right to play and rest
If you would like to know more about our journey to become a Rights Respecting School or would like to get involved in any way, please contact me via the office or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much to all the children who participated in our ‘Ready, Steady, Read’ sponsored read. We managed to raise an incredible £1,280! We look forward to using the money raised to purchase some new books for our classrooms and library.
The March draw has taken place; congratulations to the following:
- 1st: Paul (5K)
- 2nd: James (5I)
- 3rd: Jack (3A)
Tickets for the Summer term are available to purchase via ParentPay until 3rd May 2019.
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