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Newsletter Friday 29th June

From the Head

Thank you for your support on Monday for Sports Day - despite the very hot weather, the children from Nursery to Year 6 all showed an excellent attitude and sportsmanship towards each other. The overall winners in the Upper School were the Eagles, but it was a very close call, with all Houses performing well in their track and field events. Due to the temperatures in the afternoon, we reduced the number of races the children took part in but the weather did not stop the parents from being as competitive as ever!

Thank you to Mr Turner, Mr Kendall and all the staff for organising such a great day for the children.

The end of term is rapidly approaching and there is so much still to fit in before we break for a well deserved summer holiday. Next Saturday, the FRSC are hosting their annual BBQ and tickets are selling quickly. It is always an extremely popular event with families enjoying an afternoon of food, friends and fabulous entertainment. If you have not yet bought your tickets, please contact the School Office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Thank you in advance to all those who are giving up their time to prepare and run this event.

I hope you all enjoy the weather this weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards, Miss Holloway

French

Today, we were very sad to say goodbye to Charlotte, our French Assistante, who is returning home to France to finish her Masters Degree, and we very much hope that she will come back to see us very soon. The children absolutely loved having her at St Olave’s and the work she has done in the French department has simply been fantastic. She will be greatly missed by the the entire staff, all the pupils of the school and, no doubt, her hosting family as well: Mr and Mrs Dhanak and Jia. We want to thank them most warmly for their wonderful generosity in the past 4 months in opening their home but also their hearts to Charlotte and welcoming her into their family. Without their support, we would not have been able to have a French Assistante at St Olave’s and for this, we are extremely grateful.

Last Friday, Year 6 pupils ended the week with a special MFL workshop on being an interpreter. Two professional interpreters, Tamara and Nuria, came into school to talk to the children about their work and give them a taster of what it is to be an interpreter. They explained the difference between interpreting and translating and talked about the different settings in which interpreting is needed, showing us how broad the scope is for interpreting jobs (from political events and business meetings to working in hospitals, in courts, with the police or the army, for TV news or covering sport events).

Nuria and Tamara then talked about the two interpreting techniques: consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting, showcasing how each works, and the children turned into “interpreters” themselves trying to apply these techniques working in pair. This helped us think about all the skills needed to be an interpreter, the particular difficulties attached to the job but also its wonderful attraction (you’ll travel all over the world, you’ll get to learn about so many different topics and you’ll never ever be bored as each interpreting assignment is so different). The children really loved Nuria and Tamara. They were full of very interesting questions, joined in with great enthusiasm in all the tasks assigned to them, gave some very thoughtful answers and definitely displayed natural talent for interpreting.

Year 6

The end of Year 6’s time at St Olave’s is looming and we have been making the most of the time left together! On Monday, the Year 6’s showed excellent sportsmanship during Sports Day, supported by the House Captains. A huge well done to the Eagles who achieved first place. Zuriel , the House Captain and Emilia, the Vice-Captain took a lap of honour with the Sports Day cup. Well done to all of the children for taking part.

On Tuesday, the children had a PSHEE lesson related to situations and friendships at secondary school. The children discussed different scenarios such as ‘In maths you realise you have packed the wrong school book, how might you feel? Who could you ask for help? What might help you remember for next time?’ It was also useful to discuss how the children will travel to their new schools and we have a talk by a representative from Transport for London at school on Tuesday 3rd July.

On Wednesday, the children had a super time at Kidzania, experiencing jobs such as being a vet, a doctor, an estate agent, a radio dj, a chocolate factory worker and many more! The children were extremely well behaved and all of the Upper School children received two house points each due to being excellent representatives of the school. The rehearsals for Alice in Wonderland Junior continue to progress and we are looking forward to rehearsing with the rest of the Upper School next week.

Year 5

Year 5 have had a very active week this week, we started the week with Sports Day. The children competed in running, throwing, jumping and obstacle events. Everyone showed excellent sportsmanship and tried their very best. On Wednesday, the whole of the Upper School travelled by coach to Kidzania. The children enjoyed experiencing different jobs and earning amount of Kidzos. Some children were even given extra Kidzos for working extremely well together and graduated from the Kidzania University twice! They were very well behaved and wonderful ambassadors for St Olave’s. We have also been practising our dance for the Year 6 Presentation Evening, we look forward to sharing this with you in July. Following all the physical activities, the children have been working very hard and settling down well to continue their preparation for their 11+ secondary entrance exams.

Year 4

Year 4 had an absolutely awesome week! We began on Monday with an extremely hot sports day which did not seem to dampen any spirits. The children were all on top form as they moved through their activities and should be commended for both the effort they put in and the support the offered others.

This continued with an amazing day at Kidzania on Wednesday. Their behaviour was impeccable and they displayed good manners throughout the course of the day. Children enjoyed being vets, climbing through the air conditioning pipes, putting out fires, delivering boxes and making chocolate! It was a great way for them to learn about money first hand and to take responsibility for earning and saving it. They also applied their maths skills to counting up how much money they had at different points in the day.

We have begun learning our Caucus Race dance in earnest and the children are already doing very well at remembering the steps! Please do encourage them to practise this at home in preparation for rehearsals next week.

Year 3

This week was very exciting for everyone in the Upper School as we had two, exciting events: Sports Day and our Kidzania trip.

It was a very hot Monday afternoon when Year 3 joined the other children at Sidcup Sports club. Running, jumping, throwing and aiming were just some of the skills being practised by our energetic athletes in sweltering conditions. Congratulations to all for such a marvellous effort!

On Wednesday we made the long (time wise) road journey to Kidzania, near White City. Despite each single journey approaching two hours, the children remained in good spirits and as for the time they were there…

The photos tell their own story!

Thursday was also an interesting experience as the children met their teachers for Year 4. Although it will be sad to leave Year 3, the children seem excited and optimistic about the near future at St Olaves. Good news!

Year 2

The children have had a great week starting with Sports Day on Monday, swimming on Tuesday, their fun day on Wednesday and cooking some more delicious bread as well as a St Olave’s first - our very own strawberry jam! 2DS have been busy preparing their Class Assembly for next week and on Thursday, the children spent the afternoon with their new teachers. This weekend for homework, we would like the children to buy the ingredients for their sandwich that they will prepare ( and then eat!) in class. They can choose the bread and any other fillings that they want, it is entirely up to them. It could be sensible to maybe have a little practice at making it over the weekend. Also keep this date in your diary - Thursday 12th July. We would like to invite you into school from 2.30pm to be treated to some of the cooking that the children have done over the year as part of our exit point for our IPC topic. We are busy planning what they will be preparing but it will be delicious I am sure.

Enjoy your weekend.

Year 1

The children have had a busy and exciting week with Sports Day, Water Play Day and meeting their new teachers. They loved all the activities during sports day, learning how to work as a team and encouraging each other to do their best. They showed great determination and their sports skills have developed well. Thank you all for coming to support them.

To make the most of this hot weather and having the whole school to ourselves, the children enjoyed a morning of painting, sushi making, bike riding and using the outdoor equipment. In the afternoon, the Lower School eagerly got changed into their wet play clothes and had great fun soaking their friends and teachers! To help cool down, we all enjoyed a cold ice lolly. On Thursday, the children were excited to meet their new Year 2 teachers and to find out what next year will bring.

Reception

It has been another beautiful sunny week. The children have been enjoying their last few weeks in Reception. On Thursday, they met their new teachers and came back telling us of all the exciting new opportunities they will have in Year 1.

This week we took part in sports day. All the children tried their best, running their races with enthusiasm and putting the skills they have been learning in PE to the test.

We were treated to perfect weather for out trip to the beach and on the steam train. Joined by Nursery we travelled down to Dymchurch by coach. The children found lots of precious shells and stones, a few were sure they spotted the odd whale or shark out at sea!! On our walk back to the station to catch out train to Hythe we enjoyed ice lollies, which cooled us down after a lovely warm day at the beach.

Nursery

What a busy week in Nursery! The children enjoyed their first St. Olave’s sports day and took part in a variety of track and field events. They participated with great enthusiasm and energy despite the hot weather.

They all met their new Reception teachers and assistants on Thursday and welcomed new friends. It was lovely to see them supporting and encouraging some of the new children who were a little bit shy.

However, the highlight of the week had to be our trip to Dymchurch beach and the ride on the miniature steam railway. The children were so excited to play on the beach searching for “treasure”, looking out for pirate ships, and ducking out of the way of cheeky seagulls trying to steal our picnic.

Active Travel

It has been great to see so many children cycling to school in this lovely weather! Keep filling in your Bike Challenge Card and give it to me when it is complete. Your child will then get a ticket to the Bikers’ Breakfast which will be on Tuesday 17th July.

It is not too late to start cycling on Monday -you would still be able to complete the challenge. Just ask Ms Scott for a Bike Challenge card.

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