Here Comes the Sun
Today is one of celebration, of reflection, and of commending the many outstanding achievements of the children this academic year. Our Prizegiving is the highlight of the school calendar and we can look forward to a morning of applause, inspiring words and a sample of the brilliant musical and drama productions put on by our incredibly talented pupils.
We have many end of year excursions, activities and events to highlight in this week's newsletter and we hope you enjoy browsing through these as you start your summer holidays!
You will hear more from me on stage later this morning, so without further ado, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful, relaxing break - let us hope the sun continues to shine - and to wish our Year 7s in particular all the best as they take the next step in their St Leonards journey, up into the Senior School.
SANDCASTLE SPECTACULAR | The East Sands was awash with industrious teams of children last Thursday for our annual St Leonards Junior School Sandcastle Competition. As always, we had a brilliant array of creative designs, extending far beyond the traditional castles and fortresses to giant dogs, a huge ice cream cone, complete with shell and stone ‘sprinkles’, and a fearsome sand dragon!
Congratulations to the winning teams, whose designs were chosen for their imagination, as well as for the brilliant group efforts involved to plan and create them.
- 1st Prize – ‘Dogs on the Beach’
- 2nd Prize – ‘Dragon attacking Tower’
- 3rd Prize – ‘Ice Cream Dream’
Pupils received their awards – ice cream tokens for Janetta’s – during Celebration Assembly on Monday.
An outstanding display of teamwork, with older and younger pupils working together to design and build their beach masterpieces!
Sports Day Showcase
SPORTS DAY SHOWCASE | Following last week’s incredibly successful Junior School Sports Day, we are delighted to share with you the full album of photographs, covering Years 1-3 and Years 4-7.
Congratulations again to our prize winners and to those who set new records in the track and field events. Thank you also to everyone who came out to support the children and made it such a memorable occasion.
LEAVERS' ASSEMBLY | Parents, pupils and staff came together in St Katharines Hall on Wednesday morning for the Year 7 Leavers’ Assembly. Led by the pupils, their farewell to the Junior School took on the format of an ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ type game show, with challenges requiring students to either share or act out their fondest and funniest memories.
Our oldest students had rehearsed a fitting poem, and of course a special assembly such as this wouldn’t be complete without a song! We hope you enjoy listening to their performance below.
Finally, the assembly gave everyone a chance to say farewell to Mrs Donald, who is retiring this summer after many years at St Leonards. There was hardly a dry eye in the room as many of her former pupils from the Senior School and Sixth Form were drummed in by Ewen, before sharing their favourite memories or lessons learned from Mrs Donald over the years. A very fitting tribute and we wish her every happiness in her retirement.
OPEN CLASSROOM | The Year 1 children welcomed parents to their 'Open Classroom' after last week's phenomenal Lower School Assembly. They enjoyed the opportunity to show off their hard work from the year and share what they had learned!
Year 2 Time Capsules
YEAR 2 TIME CAPSULES | It was an emotional afternoon in the Year 2 classroom on Tuesday, as pupils welcomed parents and relatives for the grand opening of their time capsules, which they had packed back at the start of the year.
Each capsule held lovely memories, including photos, a piece of string used to measure each child’s height, foot and hand prints, and handmade ‘About Me’ books.
There was great excitement as everyone marvelled at how much they had grown since week one, and the odd tear shed as parents and teachers read out the letters and ambitions that had been written many months ago.
An absolutely lovely occasion – thank you to all those who joined Year 2 for the ‘big reveal’!
End of Year Concert
END OF YEAR CONCERT | Monday evening was our greatly anticipated End of Year Concert in the Music School Auditorium, which for some of the Year 7s was a final opportunity to take to the stage as Junior School pupils.
The audience enjoyed brilliant solo and ensemble performances, making for a brilliant end to a very musical year.
Our thanks to all the staff of the Music Department who work hard to encourage the children in their many and varied musical endeavours and organise so many wonderful concerts throughout the year.
Buzzing Bees & Minibeasts
BUZZING BEES & MINIBEASTS | As the sunshine came out on Wednesday afternoon, Year 2 revisited the Edible Gardens at Albany Park. We were last there at the start of the summer term as we tuned into our current Unit, and so were keen to see how the vegetables and flowers we had planted were coming on. It was very exciting seeing how much everything had grown, and we enjoyed nibbling on fennel, calendula petals and strawberries!
Earlier in the week the children reflected on their learning about the interrelationship between plants and minibeasts as they created wonderfully informative posters about the importance of pollination to life on our planet, and what we can do in our gardens to attract and care for pollinating insects. Please read on for some top tips on what you can do today...
- Miss Fisher, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 1 Toys & Games
YEAR 1 TOYS & GAMES | Year 1 have been continuing to explore toys and games of the past this week, this time looking at Jacks and Beetle Drive, which proved particularly popular with the pupils!
RIDGWAY MEMORIES | Our incredible Year 7 Ridgway adventure may have been a few weeks ago now, but we know the memories will stay with pupils for years to come!
The full album of photo highlights can be viewed below – we hope you enjoy reminiscing with the children as the summer holidays get under way!
National Boarding Week
NATIONAL BOARDING WEEK | Last week, St Leonards joined schools across the country to celebrate BSA National Boarding Week. As part of the week-long celebration of boarding, day pupils were invited to sleep over in the houses free of charge, join boarders for supper and breakfast in the CDR, and take part in a programme of special activities.
The week started with homemade pizzas from the Ollerenshaw oven and a relaxed social evening in and outside the boarding house, playing games and spending time with friends. As the week went on, we had a water sports evening at Elie, hand and arm massages from Jo Malone, smoothie making, yoga, outdoor games and more.
Thank you to Ms Johnson for putting our exciting programme together - we hope everyone enjoyed their taste of boarding life!
CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS | Amber (Year 2) and Maya (Year 6) recently attended a wonderful celebration for their great grandmother’s 100th birthday. The whole family came together in Oxford, travelling from as far afield as Australia, the USA (and St Andrews!) to mark the occasion.
Maya entertained guests on the flute, and all the great grandchildren joined together to sing one of Great Grandma’s favourite songs!
Well done to Maya and Amber for performing at this very special family event!
Congratulations to the following pupils, who received awards at Monday morning’s assembly:
Shreyas was awarded his Voice for Life White level certificate and badge during Wednesday’s assembly last week. Shreyas is following a training course for choristers, under the tuition of Mr Bell in the St Leonards Music Department.
Pupils received certificates to acknowledge the completion of their cycle safety training - congratulations to all!
Jennifer, Ruby, Thomas and Shreyas received a round of applause for performing at Senior School Prizegiving in the Younger Hall last week. The pupils took part in the celebrations alongside Senior School students.