Newsletter 19th October 2018


Please note that the following Clubs have finished for this term; all afternoon Clubs at Footscray Rugby Club on Mondays and Wednesdays, Golf Club and Multi-Sports.

From the Head

I apologise for the Newsletter arriving with you slightly later than usual this week; I have just come up to my office after our incredible World Food Day and Cultural celebration. This morning, on the gate, Mrs Farrell, Mr Turner and I anticipated receiving a lot of food. Nothing could have prepared us for just how generous, thoughtful and supportive you have all been. Not only were there numerous delicious dishes for the children to taste, but the time and care that you had put into labelling, writing about and preparing such information was really testament to the brilliant community that we have at St Olave’s. The children and parents looked amazing and it was wonderful to have so many of you enjoy the afternoon with us. I was pleased that so many of you were able to visit this afternoon, as I don’t think we could have wished to have seen a more accurate reflection of life at St Olave’s. Thank you all so much, it is always enjoyable to organise events such as these, but you all made it truly special. Please see the photographs below for a small taster of just how wonderful today was.

We have come to the end of an incredibly busy half term and I am sure everyone is ready for a well-deserved rest. I hope you all enjoy a relaxing half term with your children and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 5th November. When we come back to school, our new building next door may have walls…!


Christmas Fayre

It’s that time of year again! Over half term, please could you start to collect the different items required for the Christmas Fayre; Gifts for the Secret room, bottles for the bottle tombola, coloured items to fill and decorate your child’s jar and good quality second hand toys for the toy stall. We will also be collecting chocolate for the chocolate tombola which will be organised by the Year 6 children. Flyers for all of the above have been sent home with your child this afternoon - please remember to check your child’s bag!

Upcoming Events

  • Quiz Night - Friday 16th November 7.00pm - There are still a few tables left for the quiz night but tickets are selling fast. Come along and see if you can beat the staff…! Tickets available through ParentPay, individual tickets £8, table of 8 £60.
  • Christmas Fayre - Saturday 1st December 11am - 2pm

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!

We would love to have some committee members from Nursery and Year 6; 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.

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

Christmas Cards

The children will be designing Christmas cards again this year which can be professionally made for you to purchase. The company we are using this year will also put the image into gift tags, tea towels and canvas bags - so lots of opportunities to get your shopping started early! This is a wonderful way to help raise extra funds for the school and family and friends will love receiving cards designed by your children! The proofs for these will be coming home after half term.

Learning Muscles

During assembly on Wednesday the children introduced their Resilient Penguins to the rest of the school. The children chose names from Rocky to Ronaldo! They were all very excited to talk about what they had learnt during their lessons. The children discussed together the importance of resilience and showed their understanding of how to manage their distractions (the first tool). We also talked about how teachers give feedback and the children explained how they use their purple polish in lessons to improve their work. The children were able to tell me what to do if they are stuck during a lesson. A resounding 3 before T echoed across the room (this is to help develop independence.. Children were fully aware that they should first use their Brain, followed by Browsing materials, displays and equipment for support, then they should ask a Buddy for guidance, followed by at the last stage assistance from a teacher. I have been very impressed with the growth mindset attitude from children of all ages. This has been a very successful half term developing the children’s learning muscles.

Year 6

In PSHEE this week, Year 6 have focused on our first learning muscle, resilience, this week. ‘Rachel’ and ‘Ronan’ were the chosen names for our resilient class penguins - they have the job of reminding us to keep persevering in our work and using our ‘Three Before T’ to help us overcome any challenges. We also referred to The Learning Pit and how important it is to keep trying different strategies to get out of the ‘The Pit’. We enjoyed trying out our ‘tools’ to help us become more resilient: headphones to manage distractions, a magnifying glass to notice things around the classroom, a sticky ball to represent sticking at things and a sponge to absorb information.

In maths, we moved onto practising our short division written methods. We were reminded about how important it is list out our multiples to help us divide especially when dividing by two-digit divisors. Some of us had to use trial and error to figure out missing digits in some of the reasoning problems - we definitely had to show resilience in this piece of work.

In English, we wrote a diary entry pretending to be our character documenting the tragic event of the Endurance being crushed by the ice and sinking into the Antarctica. Our focus was to use adverbial phrases to help our writing flow. Everyone certainly took on the role well and we manage to produce some fantastic diary entries. We will be finding out what happens to the fate of the crew after half term.

We would like to wish you all a very happy half term break. The children have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks and we are very proud of them all.

Year 5

This week Year 5 visited the Greenwich Royal Observatory as part of their IPC ‘Space Explorers’ unit. The children (and teachers) were in awe of the planetarium show ‘Universe on your Doorstep’. We were shown the different planets and explored their range of environments. It was amazing to learn facts such as ‘the number of stars is equivalent to all of the grains of sand on Earth multiplied by 10 000!’ We also enjoyed a brisk walk through a very autumnal Greenwich Park en route to the Royal Observatory as well as many children experiencing a trip on the DLR for the first time. The children were excellent ambassadors for St Olave’s and were an absolute pleasure to take out for the day. More photos from our trip can be viewed on our Twitter page.

We introduced ‘Ronaldo’ and ‘Rudy’, our resilient penguins to the whole school on Wednesday and the children have been using the ‘headphones’ tool to remind themselves to manage their distractions when they are learning. To aid this, we identified what some of our distractions may be during an English lesson and discussed ways we could manage these. During our English lesson this week we learnt about comparing and contrasting conjunctions and worked in teams to identify this vocabulary. In maths this week, the children reached the end of their ‘addition and subtraction’ unit. Towards the end of the week, the children applied their skills and knowledge, built upon throughout this unit, to multi-step word problems.

On Tuesday, Year 5 had their final swimming lesson at the Eric Liddell Sports Centre. The school teachers, as well as the swimming teachers, Amanda and Michelle, have been extremely impressed with the standard of our young swimmers and we look forward to the Year 5 and 6 House Swimming Gala next half term. Year 5 have worked very hard during their first half term and we are very proud of the children. We wish you a relaxing half term break!

Year 4

Year 4 have enjoyed developing their awareness of resilience this week. The children were able to articulate their understanding as never giving up, practicing and trying again, bouncing back when you find something tricky and having the opinion that if you cannot do something it is only a case of ‘yet’.

We introduced ‘Rufus’ and ‘Rey’, our resilient penguins to the rest of the school on Wednesday and then had our own resilience put to the test in games in the afternoon. Despite the weather forecast, we we treated to hazy rain for almost the entire afternoon. Not to be deterred, the Year 4 children took it all in their stride and played some fantastic games of rugby, football and hockey in the wet! We were very impressed by the sportsmanship demonstrated in congratulating each other on good play and offering support to their teammates.

Please be reminded that we aim to continue to have games outside, as well as play and lunchtime, for as long as possible, so please remind your child to bring in their named waterproof coat every day.

We have had a wonderful first half term in Year 4 and would like to wish you all a very restful half term, whatever you may be up to!

Year 3

It has been a very busy week again in Year 3 as we have been writing letters, adding and subtracting and creating Stone Age caves!

In English, we completed our work on Raymond Briggs’ ‘UG’, which we have all enjoyed immensely. We discussed how he was such a forward thinker of his time, but sadly did not see any of his inventive ideas come to fruition - progress can be so slow! So we wrote to him from the future, reassuring him that life would get better (definitely no more stone trousers!), describing to him what modern life is like and how many of his ideas for making life easier are still with us today.

In PSHEE, we have been helping our resilient penguins (Rocco and Rio) feel welcome and settle in to class, discussing what effective learning looks like and how we can manage our distractions.

Making our caves has been great fun and the children have enjoyed learning about Stone Age cave paintings, such as the ones found at Lascaux. It is amazing to think they are over ten thousand years old but have only been recently discovered within the last one hundred years!

The children have all worked incredibly hard and had a very successful first half term. Wishing you all a fun filled and relaxing half term break!

Year 2

This week the children have taken a visit to the Polar Regions and learnt about igloos, warm clothes, cold windy weather weather and, of course, the animals that live in these parts of the world. On Monday, the children were excited to share the home learning that they had done about polar bears. Thank you for spending the time to do this with your children. They were so proud of their pieces of work and were full of information to share. The children went on to create wonderful polar bear pictures with very cold backgrounds for art, making our classrooms look somewhat wintery! In fact Rafferty and Robbie, our resilient penguins, feel right at home in their new surroundings!

Having interviewed the Lonely Beast last week, the children have turned their skills to newspaper reporting. We have looked at the features of a newspaper and have started to make our own reports of the Lonely Beast. These will be continued after half term and the children will produce front page news so that everyone can “read all about it”! If you would like to share newspapers with your children, a publication called “First News” is a child friendly newspaper which can be bought in WHSmith. It is a good way to encourage reading for pleasure and for keeping up to date with current affairs.

Miss Dean had a nice surprise from Howletts Wild Animal Park in the week as she received a huge envelope from them. They had sent a nice letter thanking us for our visit and had been so pleased to have our lovely children for the day that they enclosed a £5 voucher for each child to enjoy another visit to the park up until Christmas this year! You might like your children to give you a guided tour and tell you all about the silverback gorillas and their young during half term!

Today the children looked wonderful in their brightly coloured clothes to celebrate World Food Day. It was good to taste the many different foods that are enjoyed at home and around the world. Following on from this special day and as an introduction to our next IPC topic, “We Are What We Eat”, we have asked the children to draw and write about their favourite food and to find out its country of origin. This home learning will be shared on the first day back after half term so please spend time with your children on this so that they are proud of what they show to their friends. We wish you all a very happy half term. The children have worked so hard and thoroughly deserve a relaxing break!

Year 1

‘The safety of children always comes first.’ This week in our IPC topic ‘Who am I?’ the children have been revisiting and learning about road safety, fire safety, stranger danger and how to do an emergency call. We used lots of role play and scenarios to really help the children gain an insight into the importance of safety. We had many interesting discussions about ‘Safe Strangers’ and we soon realised the importance of this when the children thought that builders were not strangers.

In Art lessons, the children have been learning about self portraits. They looked at some very well known portraits including Mona Lisa and portraits from artists like Matisse and Picasso. They used guidelines to help them place the facial features in the correct positions. They loved using mirrors to closely observe their faces. We discussed how to evaluate their drawings and to improve them. Using half a photograph, the children then attempted to draw the missing half of their portraits using wax crayons. The children loved looking at the symmetry of their faces.

In the Lower School the children have had additional art lessons with Miss Isaacs, focusing on the artist Picasso and the broken mirror effect. They created their own broken mirror portraits in the style of Picasso. Follow our Twitter page to see some of their creations.

We have also named our Resilient Penguins Reggie and Roly. The penguins have taught the children how to manage their distractions. This included a discussion about all the types of distractions we face in Year 1 and then strategies on how to manage them effectively in order to complete their independent learning successfully.

Today all the children came dressed in clothes to represent their heritage. It was such a lovely, colourful display showing and celebrating difference in our school. Some children were willing to taste new foods from different cultures. We used this opportunity to discuss and explore the range of cultures in Year 1 and locate countries on a map.

The children have all worked so hard this term and settled well into life in Year 1. We wish you all a happy and relaxing half term break!


Reception have had a fantastic first half term. We have settled into our new routines well enjoying visits to forest school and the library. The children enjoyed finishing the half term with the story ‘Room on a broom’. We have painting the playground using different size brushes and brooms as well as exploring ‘Gelly Baff’, pretending to making spells and seeing if any ‘truly magnificent’ brooms would appear.

After the break we will continue our Julia Donaldson theme, reading 3 more wonderful books before our Christmas preparation starts. Please be aware the first Friday back we will be visiting the Library. We will be sending home the children’s wellies after forest school on Friday, please return them in our first week back after half term.

Have a wonderful break! We look forward to seeing and hearing about all the exciting adventures the children get up to, remember to add some of their experiences to Their learning journals on Tapestry.


It has been a fun packed last week of half term in Nursery. The children have thoroughly enjoyed creating beautiful pictures using the leaves we collected from the park last Friday. They have made fabulous leaf butterflies and bees as well as learning how to print with the leaves using brightly coloured paint, glitter and rollers.

We have also been practising our paper folding skills, strengthening our finger muscles to support early mark making. The children have all made a zig-zag spider with eight bendy legs to accompany our “Room on the Broom” display. They enjoyed creating magic potions in the outside area, mixing slime with lizards, toads and mud!

After half term we will be continuing with our topic on Julia Donaldson books, and we will be reading “Superworm”.

Don’t forget to bring in a shoe box on Monday 5th November for our minibeast dioramas.

Your tapestry accounts will be active over the holiday period, so please do upload some photos or videos to your child’s learning journey. We hope you enjoy looking at all the learning that has taken place so far at school.

Have a lovely half term break. See you a couple of weeks.


Sports News

This week, Year 6 children entered a Greenwich School Games Tag Rugby festival involving 14 schools in total. The players showed tremendous resilience and determination in each game they played. Outstanding teamwork and skill was demonstrated by the children, resulting in the team finishing third overall. Well done to all the children involved; whether it was making an important tag, a vital pass or scoring a try, you all played a crucial part in our success.

Abigail in Year 6 has been selected to represent Greenwich in cross country in the London Youth Games under 11 category. Her sister Isabella who also attended St Olave’s has also been selected for her age category - well done! Felix who left St Olave’s last year was also selected in his age category - what brilliant achievements for them all! They will be competing in the London Youth Games in November - fingers crossed for more success!

J Kendall

Pet Club

This week we were visited by a cat all the way from Australia! Sybil belongs to Henry in Year 1. Sybil used to live in Australia but came to live in England a few years ago, travelling by plane to get here. We learnt that she mainly eats dry food but also likes to eat bacon whenever she gets the chance. She is mostly black with a white tummy and is ten years old. Sybil was very well behaved and everyone had the chance to stroke her before she explored the classroom. Thank you to

Ms Ede and Henry for bringing Sybil to Pet Club.

This was the last Pet Club for Year 2 children. After half-term it will be the turn of the Year 1 children who signed up in September to meet some pets.

Mrs Farrell

Imaginary Worlds Club

The children have really enjoyed being creative and sharing ideas with their friends at Imaginary Worlds Club. The models were so intricate and it was lovely to hear the children’s ideas.

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