From the Head
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who supported the FRSC Christmas Fayre last Saturday. Despite the rain it was the busiest Fayre yet and I am delighted to inform you that we raised an amazing £5,500 on the day! Special thanks to all the parents and friends who gave of their time to prepare, plan, set up, help on the day and clean up afterwards; your support as always is greatly appreciated
I do love this time of year! As the EYFS and Lower School children came into school on Monday morning, dressed in their costumes ready to perform their Christmas plays, I felt that Christmas had truly arrived at St Olave’s. The children performed their dress rehearsals on Monday to the rest of the school and, the children in the Upper School came out feeling nostalgic about their own Christmas plays. Many of them were singing along with the songs and all commented on how well the younger children had performed. It is testament to the hard work and talent of our wonderful staff who have given the children such confidence to perform on stage; not an easy thing to do with such young children. In fact, a couple of the children seemed even more confident on stage than they do in the classroom, which is wonderful to see!
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, you had the opportunity to see your children and it was wonderful to see our budding actors treading the boards with such poise. Thank you all for attending and bringing other family members along too; it is always nice to receive such positive feedback from parents and friends of St Olave’s, which is always passed on to the staff.
Many congratulations to our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils who sang so beautifully in Passey Place, Eltham High Street in aid of Demelza on Tuesday this week. The organisers were very impressed with the high standard you achieved and there were many positive comments. We will be holding a retiring collection in aid of Demelza after our Carol Service and they will be in touch in the New Year with a final amount raised.
As part of our Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Week (14th-18th January 2019) we are thrilled to have arranged an evening talk for parents. “Who suggested that being a parent is easy?”
Dick Moore will be coming to St Olave’s on Tuesday 15th January 2019 to talk to parents about child and adolescent mental health. The talk will take place at 7pm - 8.30pm in the school hall.
Dick, the parent of four children and a headmaster for almost 23 years, embarked upon a mission to discover more about what makes young people tick and what he could or should have done during the challenging times. He has a passion for child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing and will be exploring how young people think, why childhood is an especially vulnerable time and about common issues which can arise when the going gets tough.
Finally, he will offer some tongue in cheek tips for parenthood! He has spoken at over 300 schools, universities, businesses and conferences both in the UK and overseas. He also gave a TED talk in April 2015, has appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live and ITN News with Mary Nightingale and comes highly recommended by many local schools who have heard him speak to pupils, staff and parents.
Please note this talk is just for parents; Dick will be talking to pupils in Year 5 and 6 during the day.
Please save the date, Dick really is an informative, engaging speaker tackling a subject of huge importance to everybody within our school community. In order to finalise arrangements, we will shortly be sending out a Google form for you to indicate whether you can attend so that we have an idea of numbers for an event that we anticipate will be hugely popular.
Have a lovely weekend; I am going to attempt to decorate my Christmas tree tomorrow…! I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Kind regards, Miss Holloway
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.
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.
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Photos of ‘The Inn-Spectors’ by The Lower School
Year 6 are starting to feel Christmassy! Monday began with having the privilege of watching the Nursery and Reception Christmas Play dress rehearsal followed by the Lower School Christmas Play dress rehearsal, we were all very impressed with how the children had learnt their lines, spoke clearly and acted wonderfully. Well done EYFS and the Lower School! We then went to Foots Cray Rugby and Athletic Club for our games lessons. The children played Tag Rugby, Football and Hockey as well as having a dance lesson. They all played extremely well, showed good sportsmanship and showed kindness to each other.
The children had another ‘life saving’ swimming lesson on Tuesday which involved learning how to deal with someone who has fallen through ice. The children do not need their old clothes next week as we will be practising for the Year 5 & 6 Swimming Gala (which is on Tuesday 18th December). The other half of the year group were extremely happy to have their bread making workshop with Gill from the Bread House on Wednesday and again went home with delicious loaves of bread - some of the children have even made a loaf at home.
Continuing with the Christmas theme, on Thursday the children carried out an investigation to test the strength of various Christmas wrapping paper, they were all surprised that the paper bought from the ‘Scouting community’ was the strongest rather than John Lewis or M&S. Even with all of these Christmas activities going on, some of the children are still preparing for their 11+ entrance exams, we are all very proud of them for their resilience and determination to knuckle down and work hard, keep it up - only a few weeks to go! They will be bringing home the test papers that they have completed this week to look over at the weekend.
Part of the Year 6 weekend homework this weekend is to buy, decorate or make their own Christmas Hat for our Christmas Lunch on Wednesday (this is also Christmas Jumper Day) and for our Carol Singing visit to Frognal House on Thursday. Book bags are not needed on Friday due to our Panto visit.