Newsletter 15th June 2018

From the Head

On Sunday, three of our children entered the IAPS triathlon, which this year was held at Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook. This is a national competition and there were several hundred children competing from Years 5-8. Ethan, Abigail and Tishe entering for Year 6 and 5 arrived early in the morning for registration and their race briefing, before taking part in a challenging course consisting of a 120m swim, 2km cycle and 1.2km run. This was the first time any of them had entered a national competition and they did absolutely brilliantly, representing St Olave’s with excellent attitude, resilience and determination, as well as achieving super times and placings. Congratulations to them all; I look forward to many more of our children competing in the years to come.

It has been wonderful to hear the children talking about their half term breaks and returning ready to learn in their final half term of this academic year. This week alone has seen a Flower Show to rival Chelsea, pirates taking over the playground, insect hunting and pond dipping, roller coasters galore, LAMDA examinations, chocolate factories, a cricket tournament, wonderful writing - and it has been assessment week! It just goes to show how important it is that our children have a broad and well rounded education, and they are certainly having that!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Kind regards, Miss Holloway

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

Please could I urge all parents from Nursery to Year 6 to answer a survey of nine questions about your thoughts and feelings regarding the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) at our school. From September 2019, SRE will become statutory and we want to hear your thoughts and feelings, before we make our decisions.

Thanks in advance for your promptness in this matter.

Miss A McNamara (Head of PSHEE)

Saturday Gardening Club

A huge thank you to all the families who have come to help out at our Gardening Club at the school allotments on Southwood Road every other Saturday. We have been clearing the site as well as planting lots of vegetables. Parents have also given us lots of wood to use to create raised beds. This week, the club will run from 10am until 12pm. Feel free to drop in at any point if you can spare the time. I would be incredibly grateful.

Mr Pradic


In Year 4, as part of our twinning/cultural exchange programme with the School of Ste Germaine in Calais, we have worked on a French song that our French correspondents sent us. It is called “On écrit sur les murs” by a group of young artists called Kids United and is currently very popular in France among primary school children.

Maths Masterclass

On Tuesday we went to a Maths Masterclass at Colfe’s School. We were in a team of six with two 6th Formers and two Year 5’s from Colfes. We got off to a flying start and achieved 15/17 in the first challenge. The next task was very challenging, and we found it much harder. Challenge 3 was hard, but we got a score of 7/10. Challenge 4 involved us walking around studying maths posters and answering the questions. We got 8/10 for Challenge 4. We had a relay for the final challenge - we were speedy and completed 6/7.

The morning ended with a presentation. We enjoyed it a lot, and it was interesting to visit another school.

Written by Ben and Nicholas

Under 10 Sixes Cricket Tournament

On Wednesday, 8 children from Year 5 went to The Cedars School in Croydon for a cricket tournament. Freddie was our Captain for four of the games, and Ben was Captain for one game. All of the games were hard, but we managed to win our last game by 41 runs.

As well as playing five cricket matches, we also got to play some fairground games to win sweets, and we had a barbeque lunch!

It was a really fun day, and we have learnt some new skills. Thank you to Mr Kendall and Mrs Farrell for coming with us. A special thank you to Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Appleby for providing the transport.

Written by Freddie and Ben

Year 6

On with the show! Year 6 have worked hard over the half term break to learn their lines and songs for the end of year production of Alice in Wonderland. We are so pleased with their efforts and lots of the children enjoyed sharing their costume ideas! The props department have been working hard to create scenery and items for the show, a huge thanks to Mrs Howard, Mrs O’Sullivan and the children in Art Club for helping to make white roses which magically turn red! Our teaching assistants Mrs White and Mrs Dourmoush have also been working with the children to create props for the show and we plan to make salt dough cookies for Alice next week. The children have been working on their songs during singing lessons with Miss Beacom and in class. We have asked the children to continue to rehearse these at home. Things are coming together nicely and we can’t wait to perform. Next week, we will have a topical week based on the World Wars, starting with a trip to Chartwell House on Tuesday where the children will have the opportunity to explore the grounds and learn all about Winston Churchill.

Year 5

It was lovely to see so many of Year 5 at ETAP over the half term break. They worked very hard over the three days and took advantage of the empty playground during their lunch times! As always, we are very grateful for your support with the children’s preparation for the 11+ entrance exams.

Year 5 have started the last half term with a busy week of assessments, model-making and LAMDA exams. We have been extremely impressed with their attitude towards the assessments as these have been done alongside their preparation for the 11+ exams. The afternoons have been spent finishing off our Fairground rides, which we started before half term. We put our team working skills to the test by cooperating and communicating with our teammates to finish our models. The last session on Thursday proved to be the most productive and we are very grateful to Mr Schaller for his continued support with this project. The children produced some fantastic models, which they should be very proud of!

On Thursday, a large number of the class took their LAMDA exams. We were lucky enough to get a special viewing of their performances before the exam. It was lovely to see the children’s acting skills come to life and it was obvious how much effort they had all put into learning their lines. We have no doubt the examiner will have enjoyed their performances.

Next week, we will continue to focus on our 11+ preparation, but we are also looking forward to starting our involvement in the Year 6 production of Alice in Wonderland.

Year 4

Year 4 have been working very hard this week with a multitude of assessments. We were impressed with the children’s perseverance with the questions that require more thought, and for checking their answers carefully.

They really deserved a good break at playtime each day. It is always enjoyable to see the children being creative with the objects in the playground. The cardboard boxes, suitcases, planks, ropes, etc are deliberately open-ended so that the children can decide what to do with them.

This week we have seen children being whizzed round in suitcases, making dens and covering them with blankets. There has been a craze in Year 4 for making ‘i Boards’ from cardboard. The children decorated their own designs with encouragement from Kim (the playground supervisor), and have been using them as skateboards to do tricks on.

Football continues to be popular, especially now that the World Cup has begun.
There was some lovely role-play in the children’s office.

Year 3

It is with a heavy heart that we welcome back our children to...their last half term in Year 3!

However, there is still a lot of activity for these final weeks, especially with our involvement in the Year 6 production of Alice in Wonderland. Year 3 will be flowers and weeds! Green will be the main colour, but if anyone has any interesting creative ideas for something living in a golden, Summer afternoon… get your child to bring in their outfit for inspection!

On the subject of flowers, this week Year 3 presented their first Flower/ Plant show as the exit point to our Let’s Plant It work.

We were delighted that so many parents were able to come to our show. The children spoke clearly and in some detail about their experiences growing plants. There were some prizes awarded but all the adults involved felt that all the children who took part were winners. First prize went to Gayatri, second place was Indie and Marcus was awarded third place.

We also went to the Neasden mandir this week. Photos of this exciting trip will appear on next week’s newsletter.

Year 2

The children returned for a busy half term, their last few weeks of Year 2! They have completed their end of year Maths and English assessments at the beginning of the week and then on Thursday had a fantastic day at the Temper Temper chocolate factory. They made four different florentines with a variety of sweets designed to look like smiley faces and then had time to create some delicious truffles. There was no eating allowed in the cooking area but they were not disappointed when they had a talk all about how chocolate grows and the history of this fruit. They were shown how to properly taste each type and not chew on it. It was very funny to see their reactions depending on the chocolate given. Dark chocolate was not really a favourite! It was a great trip and we hope you had a chance to taste some of their creations. Enjoy your weekend.

Year 1

As our Year 1 children raced into school this week, we have realised how much they have grown; not just in height but in confidence too. This week we have continued our IPC learning about Flowers and Insects, recapping about the various types of Ants (Soldier, Worker and Queen) and learning about the life cycle and body parts of bees. Did you know that bees have a proboscis which is a straw like tongue used to suck liquid nectar? We have been thoroughly impressed with their questioning skills and their desire to want to find out more. The children want to know more all of the time and our own knowledge has certainly been tested and enhanced. Did you know that there are yellow, blue and red ants? In Maths, the children have been developing their reasoning skills by explaining their answers to number problems. They have been working cooperatively to support one another in their learning. This week the children have had phonics assessments and we are pleased to report that every child in Year 1 has made progress!

Eva, Ayah and Adam enjoyed telling their class about the upcoming Eid celebrations and all the children showed a good understanding of the festival. To end the week, they children visited the Environmental Centre to learn about minibeasts. They loved pond dipping and hunting for insects under logs. The children were fascinated by the talk about bees and met a real Beekeeper who told them about the bees waggle dance. They all created their own clay model of their favourite insect. What a fantastic way to end our IPC topic!


Welcome back to our final half term of the year. The children have enjoyed the beautiful weather this week, spotting many different insects. RC had a new member of their class when they discovered that quite a big spider had set up home under the sink during our half term break!

The children are excited about our trip to the environmental centre next Thursday, the topic being a favourite book, ‘The Gruffalo’. Our fingers are crossed for the sunshine so that we can enjoy our picnic outside.


Yo Ho Me Hearties!!

On Wednesday Nursery had a brilliant Pirate Day! We all dressed up in our finest pirate costumes, with swords and eyepatches included. In the morning, we played lots of games and even walked the plank. The children fed the sharks to earn coins. In the afternoon, we tip toed around to Treasure Island where we found a treasure chest full of goodies (colouring books and skull tattoos) to buy with our coins of gold!

Active Travel

We had our annual travel survey in May. The percentage of pupils who travel in an active way to school remains stable. However, more pupils would like to travel in an active way compared to last year, which is encouraging (it has gone up from 71% to 84%). Correspondingly, less pupils want to be taken to school by car (it has decreased from 22% to 10%). An online survey has been done with the older pupils to find out what we could do to help to achieve this.

The staff are moving in the right direction. Less are driving to work (it has changed from 72% last year to 63%) and more are walking or cycling (it has gone up from 25% to 37%). Since the survey was undertaken last month, more children have also been observed cycling to school. Well done!

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