Newsletter 14th December 2018

From the Head

Although Father Christmas must be very busy at the moment, he did manage to make an appearance in school this week, at the Christmas lunch prepared by our fantastic kitchen staff. My thanks go to them for their continued hard work in feeding all the children and numerous staff every single day.

We have now finished our Nursery and Reception assessment visits for places in September 2019 and it was lovely to see so many siblings joining us next year! The children were very settled and enjoyed the various activities prepared by the Early Years team. Thank you also for your continued recommendation of the school to prospective parents; many of our new parents are friends of current parents - your support is greatly appreciated.

Next week is our Upper School Carol Service at All Saints’ Church and I look forward to welcoming parents and friends along for this special celebration. I hope you all have a lovely weekend; I may squeeze in a Christmas film as the temperatures are due to drop again…!

Kind regards, Miss Holloway



Congratulations to the winners of December’s draw:

  • 1st Mrs Pitham
  • 2nd Miss Richardson
  • 3rd Ms Ede

Tickets for the St Olave’s FRSC monthly draw for the Spring Term will be available to purchase through ParentPay from Monday 10th December 2018 until Friday 11th January 2019.

Match Funding

Many large companies offer match funding benefits to employees - where they match a figure your chosen charity raises - up to £700 per time. We'd love to hear from anyone whose company offers this benefit, as we are a registered charity and could therefore increase the revenue from the events we run enormously. If just a handful of parents stepped forward it would make a massive difference. Your HR department will be able to confirm if your company participates in the scheme - most large banks do, as well as other sectors.

Volunteers Needed!

Please see any member of the FRSC or Mrs Farrell on the gate if you would like to find out more. Anyone willing to offer help, services or donations, please see Mrs Farrell for further information.

The Giving Machine

Remember, when you are buying Christmas presents online you can generate a free cash donation for us just by clicking via www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk. You’ll find over 2,200 of the most popular stores, so it’s easy for you to make a difference without it costing you a penny more than the normal purchase price of your item. Your shopping has already raised nearly £100 for St Olave’s so please remember to shop through this link whenever you are shopping online!

St Olave’s School Trust on TheGivingMachine: https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/st-olaves-school-trust-266085

Photos of ‘The Inn-Spectors’ by The Lower School

Year 6

Year 6 have had another busy, action packed week! Following our Games lessons on Monday, we had our penultimate swimming lesson on Tuesday. The children all practiced how to swim in a relay race (and not get disqualified!) by touching the edge of the pool, as well as practicing for some of the other races. The children are all now ready for our Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala on Tuesday, we look forward to seeing the Year 5 and 6 parents there. Good luck to each of the Houses! (Don’t forget to bring swimming kits in on Tuesday).

On Wednesday, Year 6 looked extremely Christmassy with their Christmas jumpers, as they supported the Red Cross charity day. Various Christmas tunes were even heard coming from some of the Christmas hats as well! We were very grateful to the kitchen staff for a delicious Christmas dinner and a visit from Father Christmas himself. We were even luckier to be able to watch some of Year 6 perform in the Drama Club’s production of ‘It’s a Miracle’. Well done to all of Drama Club for a fantastic performance.

On Thursday, we had our exit point for our IPC topic ‘Drugs’. Dr Fourie came in to talk to Year 6 about the various types of drugs, the effect they can have on us and how to stay safe. Thank you Dr Fourie for rounding off our topic perfectly! In the afternoon, Year 6 then used their community spirit to entertain the residents of Frognal House in Sidcup with a programme of Christmas songs. The residents sang along and even asked for an encore! Thank you Frognal House for the squash and treat afterwards.

This afternoon, the whole school went to Greenwich Theatre to see the pantomime ‘Robinson Crusoe’. It was a fitting way to end a festive week! We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2019! We hope we will see you all at our Upper School Carol Service next Tuesday evening where Year 6 will be singing and reciting various readings.

Year 5

Everyday this week has been full of festive cheer in Year 5! In their Games lesson on Monday afternoon, the children in Year 5 were given the challenge to create the cheesiest Christmas routine in their dance lesson! Hopefully some of these dance moves will make an appearance at Christmas parties over the seasonal break! Over the past half term, the children have worked extremely hard on their team skills and sportsmanship in their Games lessons and they were commended by their Games teachers for demonstrating this so well during competitive matches this week.

In maths, we came to the end of our ‘Statistics’ topic. In our final maths lessons before the Christmas break, the children worked on their timetable reading skills and then solved problems involving timetables. In English lessons this week, we have been learning about different forms of poetry as we are entering a poetry competition run by the Premier League. The theme of the poems is ‘diversity’, which linked extremely well to our PSHEE topic, ‘Celebrating Differences’. It was wonderful to see the childrens’ passion for this theme become apparent through their poetry writing. We will keep our fingers crossed for the competition!

On Wednesday we saw fantastic festive hats arrive in Year 5 (as well as sparkly Christmas jumpers!) in preparation for our Christmas lunch. The children had a wonderful time and were visited by Father Christmas! In the afternoon, the children in Year 5 were very supportive whilst watching their friends from their classes and children in Year 6 perform in the Drama Club production of ‘It’s a Miracle’. It was absolutely fantastic and we were very proud of the children involved. On Thursday we visited Frognal House (a local residential home) where we sang Christmas carols to the residents and chatted to them. The children were great ambassadors for St Olave’s and truly brought about ‘festive cheer’! We wish you a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2019.

Year 4

What another fabulously festive week we’ve had in year 4! The children looked superb in their Christmas jumpers and homemade (thank you very much parents) Christmas hats for our Christmas lunch on Wednesday. The children were very well behaved coming in for lunch and all enjoyed pulling crackers! Excitement soon escalated with the arrival of the big man himself, Father Christmas, who popped in for a quick visit and delivered jelly tots to all! We then thoroughly enjoyed the drama club performance of ‘It’s a Miracle’ in the afternoon.

Although it’s the penultimate week of term, the children have continued to work incredibly hard in their lessons. In English this week we have written a persuasive letter to Miss Holloway to request an extra trip, owing to the fact we have worked so hard in our first term in year 4 - who knows if the children have been persuasive enough? I guess we’ll find out in the new year. We have also been busy exploring the concept of diversity and the children have all written their own poems to celebrate diversity.

In maths we have been exploring the skills of multiplication and division, recapping previously learnt skills and trying to apply them in a problem solving a reasoning context. The children are getting so much more confident in explaining their understanding of maths and justifying the correct answer. We will be continuing the theme of multiplication and division after Christmas, so please continue to practise times tables with your child over the break.

We had a fabulous time in science this week as we concluded our Active Planet topic with a science investigation to make our very own volcanic eruptions - although with vinegar as the main ingredient, our classrooms did smell like a chip shop for the rest of the day! We especially appreciated Mrs Fowler Wright’s expert input; she is a chemistry graduate and brings a lot to our science lessons.

A few changes for year 4 in the new year. Carousel is moving to Monday morning and we start swimming lessons on the first day of term, Tuesday 8th January.

Also, can we remind you of the challenge set at the beginning of the year for every child in year 4 to know how to cycle before our residential? Christmas would be a perfect, albeit cold, time to get out in the park and practice those skills!

We wish you all a very peaceful and relaxing Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Year 3

Christmas really arrived into Year 3 this week as varied art activities and Christmas productions took over our week. The children have greatly enjoyed being very creative involving Christmas cards, mindfulness and practising poetry reading.

Wednesday was a highlight of the week with 3 exciting elements: Christmas jumpers, Christmas lunch and the Christmas Drama production to watch in the afternoon. No wonder the children looked so happy!

We also concluded our PSHEE topic “Celebrating Differences” and considered how Diversity has helped our school community to thrive, with events such as World Food Day.

In Maths, we finished our work on Addition and Subtraction by assessing what the children knew about this topic. It is a credit to your children that they are comfortable with these tests now and can demonstrate confidently what they know.

Year 2

This week Year Two have completed assessments in reading, writing and maths. The children have been asked to work alone, without help, which is a big thing for young children. We have been impressed by their resilience and determination to do well. The children were particularly proud of their efforts in writing. We certainly have some budding letter writers in Year Two!!

Alongside a rather formal week, the children have also enjoyed some fun, lighthearted activities. We made Christmas pudding hats to wear for our Christmas lunch on Wednesday and have also started our festive cards.

On Thursday, the children learned about Arcimboldo, an Italian painter, who created imaginative portrait heads made entirely from fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. We took the opportunity to link our “We Are What We Eat” topic to this artist and made our own self portraits from fruits. This was a great way to end an enjoyable topic. We all look good enough to eat!

The children are now looking forward to their new topic in the spring term which has a history focus. We will be learning about “People of the Past”. With this in mind, our holiday homework is for the children to find out three facts about a famous person in history. This could be a musician, an explorer, an inventor, a nurse or doctor, an artist or scientist. There are so many people from which the children can choose and we will look forward to sharing the children’s knowledge in the New Year. Please spend time on this work as the children will be using it as a stimulus to their first few weeks of learning in this exciting new topic. Thank you.

We wish you all a very peaceful and Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all back in 2019!

Year 1

We have had a very festive week in year 1. The children loved wearing their Christmas jumpers to school on Wednesday. They each made an elf hat to wear to our Christmas lunch and enjoyed a delicious meal with friends. Whilst tucking in to their food, the children had a surprise visit from Father Christmas!

In English, the children learnt all about reindeer and completed a comprehension activity based on this. They were interested to learn that reindeer are in fact very good swimmers. They have been excited to find out what our naughty elves have been up to each day and some children have even written stories about their adventures! Although, when they entered the classroom this morning, they were shocked that the elves were nowhere to be seen. All that was left behind were some mysterious footprints. Concerned for the elves, the children created lost posters to display around the school.

This afternoon, the whole school went to Greenwich Theatre to see the pantomime ‘Robinson Crusoe’. It was a fitting way to end a fun filled week! Wishing you all a happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas with your families!

1Mc were lucky enough to welcome back Mrs Rivero and little Charlotte for a Christmas celebration!


It has been as busy as Santa’s workshop in the Reception Classes this week. We have made cards, decorations and calendars, not forgetting our gingerbread houses (see twitter for pictures). Our elves have been up to their usual mischief, hiding in the classroom and leaving us messages to read and tasks to do.

Christmas lunch on Wednesday was delicious, we all looked very festive in our Christmas jumpers and hats. A visit from Father Christmas and a lovely Christmas show rounded off a perfect day.


Christmas is well and truly underway in Nursery. The children started a very busy week making crowns for the Christmas lunch festivities. They all looked so very smart in their Christmas jumpers too!

There was great excitement when Father Christmas arrived during lunch to wish everyone a merry Christmas and hand out sweets to all the good boys and girls.

The children have also been practicing their sewing skills, creating beautiful decorative stockings to hang on their tree.

The week ended with our fantastic festive party complete with real snow. What a fun week it has been!

We will be sending home the children’s plimsolls next week. Please can you check that they still fit comfortably.

Have a lovely weekend.


Missing Uniform

Luca (3S) has misplaced his named blazer. Please could you check your child has their correct blazer. Many thanks.

Active Travel

There is a competition for the children to design their own bike over the Christmas holiday. The Junior Travel Ambassadors will deliver the entry forms to each classes and there will be prizes! Good luck!

It is impressive that many hardy souls are continuing to walk and cycle, even on cold, frosty mornings! The challenge will continue in January with the hot breakfast in February for those who make it. Keep it up!

Pet Club

This week it was the turn of Cooper to visit Pet Club. Cooper belongs to Mika in Year 4 and her family and is a Cockerpoo. Cooper is 4 months old and likes following instructions to get a treat. His favourite food is chicken - particularly Sunday roast. As is is nearly Christmas, Cooper was looking very smart in his Christmas bandana. Thank you to Mr Hughes and Mika for bringing Cooper to school to meet us - he was very well behaved.

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

The children all looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers on Wednesday. Thank you to those who donated money - we raised £90.18 for Save the Children.

Mrs Farrell

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