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The Voice of st leonards junior school

Friday, 23 May 2019

Making the Most of Every Day

Headmistress's Introduction

I can hardly believe we have reached the midway point of Summer Term already. The expression 'time flies when you’re having fun' certainly rings true. This, in turn, leads me to think about the importance of making the most of each day and investing time in the things that matter, whether that is your work, personal goals or the special people in our lives. Our children have demonstrated this investment in so many ways this term.

This week, Year 6 have shown incredible focus and investment, having been challenged to work together for an exhibition project. They are conducting personal research, and many have asked for extra prep time during play and lunch to carry on with their projects. Sheer dedication!

Today’s Talent Show, too, was an incredible event run by the pupils for the pupils. Children could be spotted rehearsing round every corner as they sought to entertain and impress their peers, and my, what a show it was! We can all be proud of the many and varied talents of our Junior School girls and boys.

Music, dance, drama and more at our pupil-led Talent Show.

Some of the children also took the time to write to their favourite authors and have already been rewarded with replies. Comedian and children’s author David Walliams was amongst those who wrote back, much to the pupils’ delight!

Pupils received replies from some of their favourite authors.

On the theme of reading, some of our talented Year 9 students have designed and created reading ‘swap boxes’ as part of their MYP Community Project. They took the time to think of something that would be of real use and interest to the Junior School children, as well as make a difference to our planet. The boxes have been placed around school and I hope that many children will make use of them by bringing in books to swap from home. Happy reading, and I look forward to hearing about all the new genres and titles discovered through this initiative!

Year 9 came down to explain their 'book swap boxes' for the Junior School - a brilliant initiative!

Finally, we welcomed many special visitors at our Grandparents and Relatives Afternoon. The children were incredibly excited and proud to show off their school, leading friends and family round their favourite haunts. As teachers, we know and truly appreciate the time and effort that the children's immediate and extended family and friends commit to ensuring that they are supported and cared for. It makes a tremendous difference to a child's education and wellbeing when those closest to them, take the time to listen and show an active interest in what they are doing.

We had a record turnout for Grandparents and Relatives Afternoon on Thursday.

The Parent Institute, a source of invaluable family involvement information, comments that, 'Investing in regular quality time with your child, especially when your child gets to lead the activities, can result in them generally feeling so much more settled, less stressed, more secure, confident and more cooperative. Creating quality time with each child also tends to greatly minimise sibling rivalry. Children crave quality time with their parents because they have such a deep innate and healthy drive for that attention.' I know that this is not always an easy task with a busy school day, after-school activities, homework and so many other commitments, but quality time invested in the people who matter the most is ever regretted.

With this is mind, I hope that you all have a productive Half Term. Use it well and fill it with time spent on some of the things that matter the most to you.

Eve Moran

Spotlight On

John Muir Award

Pupils helped to restore the salt marshes at the Eden Estuary.

JOHN MUIR AWARD | Junior School pupils started the John Muir Award this week, discovering the value of the nearby Eden Estuary and how human activity has changed it, as well as what we can do to alleviate some of the pressures on the area. This week's activities included helping to restore the salt marshes!

Year 4 Assembly

Year 4 led an assembly on 'Healthy Eating' on Wednesday morning.

YEAR 4 ASSEMBLY | Year 4 led an engaging and very informative assembly on ‘Healthy Eating’ on Wednesday morning, tying in with their recent PYP Unit of Inquiry into Healthy Lifestyles.

Pupils prepared and delivered sketches giving advice on how to eat healthily and the benefits of this on energy levels, general health and well-being.

Thank you to Year 4P and 4C for leading such a great assembly for parents, staff and pupils!

Year 3 Presentations

Year 3 presented their Unit of Inquiry presentations this week.

YEAR 3 PRESENTATIONS | The Year 3 pupils presented their Unit of Inquiry presentations to their peers on Wednesday this week, having worked very hard on these, producing some lovely posters on snakes, sloths, tigers, orangutans and koalas. The children presented their work by creating PowerPoint presentations, which were amazing. we had polar bears, hedgehogs, red pandas, giant pandas, macaws, rhinoceros, turtles and snow leopards.

The children had worked very hard on these presentations, learning lots of new information about their chosen animals and the struggles they have to survive. A lot of the presentations told us how animal habitats were being destroyed and what we can do to save them.

Well done Year 3, you have made your teacher very proud!

Mrs Beebee, Year 3 Class Teacher

Year 4 Camp Out

Year 4 set up camp on Fives Court last Friday night.

YEAR 4 CAMP OUT | The Year 4 pupils set up camp on Fives Court last Friday night, settling down on a warm May evening for hot chocolate and fireside treats, as well as homemade pizza from the Ollerenshaw wood-fired oven, before sleeping under canvas.

On Saturday morning, it was time for bacon rolls all round in the Outdoor Learning Area. We are pleased to report everyone was still smiling, despite the dreich weekend weather!

Fives Court Races

Years 1 and 2 took part in fun summer races on Fives Court during their PE lesson.

FIVES COURT RACES | The boys and girls in Years 1 & 2 spent a sunny Friday morning taking part in races outside on Fives Court. A brilliant way to round off the first half of Summer Term in PE!

Clay Creations

Year 2 have created some fabulous mini-beast scenes out of clay.

CLAY CREATIONS | Year 2 have done a tremendous job creating their own mini-beast scenes out of clay. The children loved handling this new medium and modelling their insects and leaves into the shapes they wanted. Once the tiles had been baked in the kiln, everyone glazed and painted their works of art.

We think you'll agree, they have all produced inspiring pieces, and they are, rightly, very proud of the end result. Do come in and have a look for yourselves, if you haven't had a chance already - Year 2's tiles are on display outside their classroom!

Mrs Lindsay, Year 2 Class Teacher

Tennis Tournament

Pupils played in the U11 & U13 Invitational Tennis Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

TENNIS TOURNAMENT | The U11 and U13 girls welcomed visiting schools for the St Leonards Invitational Tennis Tournament on Thursday afternoon. Two of our Junior School players, Anna (Year 4) and Katie (Year 5) participated as guests for the Strathallan U11 team, winning the competition. The pair relaxed afterwards with the most sought-after prize in tennis - a Jannetta's ice cream!

Well done to all the girls involved.

Year 1-3 Informal Concert

Year 1-3 put on a brilliant Informal Concert.

YEAR 1-3 INFORMAL CONCERT | From ABBA to snare drums and Beethoven, this morning's Year 1-3 Informal Concert in the Auditorium was a huge success, and possibly our busiest programme yet! The audience enjoyed performances from the Year 2 String Group, recorder duets, piano solos and a Lower School song at the end. Well done to the following pupils who performed this morning: Amber, Paula, James, Holly, Olivia, Monty, Harris, Mia, Al, Cara, Khan, Ruben, Sofia, Marta, Bella, Ishbel, Jonathan, all our Lower School strings players, and every child in Years 1-3, who took part in 'I've Got a Song' to round off the concert.

Grandparents & Relatives Afternoon

It was wonderful to welcome everyone to our Grandparents' & Relatives' Afternoon Tea.

GRANDPARENTS & RELATIVES AFTERNOON | Thank you to all who joined us on Thursday for our Grandparents & Relatives Afternoon. The children were so excited to be able to show their friends and family members their school, and take them round their favourite haunts.

After a superb concert in the Music School Auditorium, everyone headed to the CDR, where a delicious afternoon tea was laid out, complete with white tablecloths, scones with cream and jam, strawberry tarts and finger sandwiches. A wonderful occasion, and we hope you enjoy browsing the photo highlights above.

Year 2 Bug Hotel

Look out for Year 2's newly-built bug hotel in the school grounds!

YEAR 2 BUG HOTEL | Some of the Year 2 children have been busy building bug hotels around the grounds, to house the many mini-beasts that call St Leonards home. They have spent many a playtime putting the finishing touches to their creative constructions. Bark, leaves, flowers and twigs adorn their hotels in a bid to attract any small creatures in search of pollen.

Tunnels and paths have been dug to encourage any passing mini-beast and plans are afoot to create a giant mini-beast hotel after Half Term, so watch this space!

Mrs Lindsay, Year 2 Class Teacher

Celebration Assembly

The following pupils received certificates and awards at Wednesday morning's assembly:

Rory for the creativity shown in his production of a healthy pasta sauce, as part of Year 4's Unit of Inquiry, and a PowerPoint of the whole process, which he presented to the class.

Katherine for excellent understanding of, and follow-up work on, the latest grammar activity.

Ellie was presented with a certificate and plaque for Beginners Sword Highland Dancing, for which she was Highly Commended.

James was Year 3 Pupil of the Week for good concentration in his work, creating an informative leaflet on pollution in our seas, recycling and saving our planet.

Thomas was Year 2 Pupil of the Week for sharing his gardening knowledge gained by working on his allotment and bringing in artefacts and books relating to mini-beasts, including a wasps' nest! He also produced a fantastic poster listing all the mini-beasts he saw on his allotment at the weekend.

Charlie received a Spirit of St Leonards Award for showing outstanding manners and politeness to all adults around the school.

Annie was Year 2 Pupil of the Week for working hard in progressing her reading and engaging in the stories.

Lana was presented with three medals for gymnastics, which she took part in over the weekend.

Sanna received her certificate for taking part in the 2019 Schools Tennis competition.

Eliza received two certificates, the first a Commendation for excellent mathematical reasoning in class problem-solving pattern-based activities, and the second for taking part in the 2019 Schools Tennis competition.

Sofia for excellent mathematical reasoning in class problem-solving pattern-based activities.

Polly for enthusiasm and helpful ideas when working on the End of Term Assembly.

Will for enthusiasm and helpful ideas when working on the End of Term Assembly.

Magnus for enthusiasm and helpful ideas when working on the End of Term Assembly.

Bethany was Year 1 Pupil of the Week for beginning to work with increasing independent across the curriculum.

Reasons to be Cheerful

Well done to Year 4 this week for leading an excellent assembly. This definitely put a smile on my face! The children spoke with clarity and conviction on the merits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I will certainly be trying to change a few of my habits based on your top tips. With summer approaching, keeping hydrated by drinking enough water is something all of us should take note of.

The Year 4 Assembly - one of this week's reasons to be cheerful.

Thank you to all the pupils and teachers for the hard work time taken to rehearse and prepare a super assembly full of useful messages.

Another reason to be cheerful has been the sight of our children on Fives Court at lunchtime, playing peacefully and in harmony in the sunshine. Happy pupils reading in the hollow of a tree, playing impromptu cricket or rounders or rehearsing in teams for their talent show productions. It would certainly make a beautiful portrait of school life at St Leonards. Unfortunately, I didn't have my easel to hand, but it is a scene I will remember, and which and I am sure we will see repeated at future playtimes this Summer Term.

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