It has been a fun-filled week here in school! I’m sure your children will agree that our visitor ‘Lucas Jet’ has been a big hit! His assemblies and workshops have been incredible and the children have been delighted to share in the circus experience. The whole school have been able to watch Lucas perform many tricks as well as learn some tricks of their own in class workshops. Here are some quotes from a few children:
“It was awesome how only one person could do so many tricks!” Panayiotis Year 4
“I think it was mind-blowing of how he could do all of those tricks without failing!’ Vivian Year 4
“How can he juggle so well?” Maximos Year 5
“He was very funny and entertaining! I learnt how to co-ordinate my hands to juggle!” Noel Year 5
Years One and Two performed exceptionally well at this year’s Nativity play. We were all extremely proud of them and there was not a dry eye in the house!
This year, we were lucky enough to be visited by Sing Up, who were utterly impressed with the children’s ability to learn and perform a range of new songs so well. Below are some photos from the performance.
Who needs the Marks and Spencer’s or John Lewis adverts when staff at St Saviour’s have created our own ‘Preparing for Christmas’ film??! St. Saviour’s School prepares for the arrival of a new recruit… who is in the box delivered by Santa??!
Below you can find out what the exciting surprise was. Needless to say, the children were thrilled to find out!
Videos filmed and edited by Miss Cornelius.
Jayden, a Bike It Crew member from Year Five, represented our school at a London wide TfL STARS Seminar. As part of this special Seminar Jayden accepted our STARS Gold Award in a special awards ceremony at the end of the day. Be on the lookout for more exciting travel events coming your way, as Jayden was able to liaise with other children from London schools to think of new things we can do.
On 13th November some KS2 children took part in the BBC Live Lesson led by teachers from the Royal Ballet School. As part of our work inspired by the project ‘Ten Pieces’ – the children were encouraged to create dance motifs in response to listening to ‘The Waltz of the Flowers’ from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite.
The children danced by themselves, in pairs and as a whole group. They worked really hard and enjoyed performing the motifs they had choreographed. We live tweeted whilst we were performing that afternoon and made it in to a BBC social media ‘moment’!
Ten Pieces is a Nation wide project that encourages children to have creative responses to music – whether that’s art, dance, poetry, story writing or composing…. the options are endless! You can join in the fun at home too! Visit the 10 pieces website here and perhaps have a go at a project at home. Perhaps you’d like to paint a picture or write a poem? Maybe you could make a model or choreograph a dance? Make sure you bring it in so we can share it at school – or perhaps take a photo or video! Miss. Hodgson would love to see them!
Last week we celebrated Vicar Appreciation Week by having a special Monday Mass led by the RE Ambassadors, a special presentation to our local clergy in an assembly and a Vicar Appreciation Banquet hosted by the RE Ambassadors.
We have had another successful International Week, with classes exploring a range of different countries in their lessons this week. Year One were learning fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt, whilst Year Five had the opportunity to make Japanese dolls. Year Two were also very excited to make Italian pizza!
On Friday, we had our annual International Evening, which again was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who contributed a dish from their chosen nationality. We had a marvellous time and enjoyed sharing food with those in our school community. Well done to the Year Six Samba band, led this year by Miss Lorimer.
We have achieved Gold Accreditation from TfL for our dedication and excellence in the promotion and education of safer and greener travel for our whole school community. We have an embedded ethos that encourages all children and adults that are part of the St Saviour’s family to make conscious and safe decisions around their travel. Please feel free to read about our success by clicking here: Gold STARS Accreditation Letter
On Wednesday 20th September, Key Stage One and Two participated in a Virtual Reality workshop, where they had the unique opportunity to launch into Space using VR headsets. We learnt about a range of planets as well as gain a new understanding of the capabilities of emerging technology. The children were fully engaged throughout the workshop, and the feedback from both students and staff was extremely positive.
A huge thank you goes to the PTA who kindly helped fund this unique and ‘out of this world’ 3D learning experience.
On Monday 17th July, a group of parents and children (including Miss Lorimer and Mr Dan) visited the London Stadium (home of London 2012) for a day at the World Para Athletics Championships. The sun was shining all day and we were very fortunate to have perfect seats to watch the long and triple jump! We saw many spectacular performances from a range of Para athletes competing in their chosen sports. We particularly enjoyed seeing members of the GB team compete and cheered really loudly! We also saw some medals being awarded later in the day. Thank you to all of the parents who came along with their children for what was, a really great day out!
A fantastic end of year production performed by Years 5 and 6!
Songs by Lionel Bart
Script Written by Amy Cooke-Hodgson.
Piano: Rachel Parris.
Year Four performed a brilliant rendition of Roald Dahl’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with support from Year Three as the choir. It was an absolutely stunning performance that received a standing ovation from the audience! Well done to all the children who participated; your hard work and dedication definitely paid off!
A huge thank you to Miss Hodgson and Miss Daly for putting together such a brilliant production.
Following the tragic events in Manchester on Monday 22nd May and the current, extensive coverage on social media, we have provided some links below with information about how to talk to children and young people:
Yesterday, the weather was glorious and Year One were lucky enough to spend the day at the London Transport Museum! We started our day by having a Poster Art workshop where we looked at a range of posters, through the years, that have featured in the Underground stations. We discussed the purpose of posters and how they often have hidden messages! We worked in groups to create our own London Underground posters. After our workshop, we explored the museum and got to look at a range of transportation models and how they have evolved over time. We had a fantastic day!
Today, Ms. Woodford received the most amazing video from Alexander’s father, Ronnie, who sent it from the summit of Mount Lhoste in Central Nepal. This was a complete surprise for everyone; including Alex! We looked at different maps to show where we are in the world as well as where Mount Lhoste is. This mountain is the fourth highest in the world and is located immediately south of Mount Everest. Mount Lhoste is 8516M and Mount Everest is 8850M This climb is very difficult and registered as a Major Mountain Experience.
Alex sat at the front of the hall and everyone watched in astonishment as his father explained how cold it was and showed us a 360 degree view of the mountain range. Alex told us his father has to have special clothing and boots to climb mountains as well as oxygen as it becomes difficult to breathe at this altitude. We wondered how he kept warm at night and Alex told us he has to sleep in a special orange tent complete with hot water bottles and a game of Monopoly!
On Thursday 18th May, Year 5 travelled to Mile End to visit the Ragged School Museum. Some of the class dressed as a Victorian child for the day to really get into character. When we arrived we were taken upstairs to the Victorian classroom where Miss Perkins taught us the alphabet and how to convert shillings and pennies! She was extremely strict throughout the lesson and made us stand up when we said our names in the register, she checked our hands were clean and wouldn’t allow us to talk at all!! After the lesson she showed us some of the punishments the children used to experience such as the ‘Dunces’ hat, finger stocks and the cane. It was a great experience for everyone! Thanks to the parent helpers who came along.
Here are some photos of our trip!
On Tuesday 16th May, a group of Reception and Key Stage One children and their parents were able to participate in a Ditch the Stabilisers session. The parents and children learned techniques to ride a bicycle without stabilisers and had the time to practise with the support of other families and their peers. Many children went home being able to proudly say they have ridden their bicycles without stabilisers! Congratulations to all the children and parents involved in the special event.
If your child is in Reception or Key Stage One and did not get a chance to participate in this session, be on the lookout for information coming soon about another Ditch the Stabilisers session this school year!
Sing Up Day this year felt truly special. St Saviour’s joined with 26 countries over 6 continents to celebrate the joys of singing.
We began the day with a family singing breakfast workshop, before school had even opened it’s doors, and were delighted that over 50 families joined us to sing some school favourites along with the National Sing Up Day anthem, ‘Let Love Shine Through’. And what lovely feedback you shared too! We hope to make these a termly event.
The day ended with a whole school singing assembly, with each class performing a Sing Up classic to the rest of the school, and rounding off the day with us all enjoying another rendition of Let Love Shine Through.
If you’d like to keep singing this at home, here’s a link to the lyric video. Enjoy!
Year Five had a wonderful time at Sayers Croft. Click here to read about what we did.
Maths Week was a huge success and the children thought of some brilliant ideas for their class product to sell on Business Challenge Day. It can now be revealed that the winning class was…YEAR FOUR! They managed to raise over £100! Each class can now spend their well earned winnings on whatever they choose!
Thank you to everyone who helped with the sales on Friday and who contributed by buying some of our delicious products.
On Shrove Tuesday, all years participated in a Pancake Race, to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. We had great fun racing our pancakes in the playground.
In Church on Ash Wednesday, each child had the opportunity to be blessed by Father Bradley and have ash put on to our foreheads. We learnt that the ash is made from burnt palm leaves and that the day symbolises the start of Lent. We discussed how God forgives us for our sins and revealed in Church the things that we will be giving up.
We have had an amazing Book Week. Our whole school focus was ‘Children’s Classics’ and each class focused on a traditional well loved story.
On Tuesday, parents were invited to come and read with their children, which they really enjoyed. Then, on Wednesday we had our Key Stage One and Two Poetry Slam! The standard was incredibly high this year. Well done to every who performed. You were brilliant!
Thursday was our Key Stage Two ‘Play in a Day’. Jonah Fazel (from The Make ’em Ups Theatre Company) and Miss. Hodgson worked incredibly hard with Year 3,4 and 6 to devise a performance of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. The children performed with such confidence and it was impressive how well they remembered their lines and positions on stage. All in one day! Bravo!
Friday was our annual World Book dress up day! We had a whole range of imaginative costumes based on Classic Children’s Books – well done for your efforts!
We can’t wait for next year…
World Faith’s Day was an exciting day at St Saviour’s as we learned about Leadership in World Religions. Across the school, children learned about a specific religion such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity. Each class learned about leaders that were either included in religious texts, history or current times. During the afternoon Key Stage Two had guest speakers that came to talk about leadership in world religions. We all shared what we had learned at the end of the day during our assembly and hymn practise. It was a wonderful day full of learning and respect for others.
The whole school focus for this week has been Online Safety. ‘Safer Internet Day’ is next month, and St Saviour’s had a head start in learning about to be safe when we are accessing the Internet.
All classes have been made strongly aware, through videos, guest speakers, workshops and lessons, about the dangers that we can face when using the Internet. We covered topics such as personal information, sharing photos, cyber bullying, pop ups and hoax emails. We discussed talking to strangers online and the importance of reporting anything suspicious to an adult.
Year Three also had an amazing time at the Apple store learning how to use coding to program a robot.
Below are several links to a range of useful resources for both children and adults. Please take the time to read these and become familiar with what you can do to help keep your child safe and happy online. You will also find the results of our recent Online Safety questionnaires.
The Year Six Tech Team have been working extremely hard with Miss Cornelius to produce a video informing children about some of the dangers on the Internet. We used the green screen to combine videos and images! We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
We will also display the winners of the KS2 Online Safety Poster competition next week. The closing date is Tuesday 31st January.
Year Six hosted the annual Christmas Party for Senior Citizens, from the local area to the School, which proved to be a great success.
We began the afternoon by meeting and greeting our guests and escorting them into the hall. We then provided them with a choice of tea, coffee, or sherry, as well as refreshments and food. We talked to our guests and made them feel comfortable. We then went to the front of the hall to sing Christmas carols with the choir. It was a wonderful afternoon and a chance for us all to show our appreciation.
Year One had a fantastic day at the Science Museum on Tuesday 10th January. We had some time to explore the ‘Making the Modern World’ and ‘Exploring Space’ rooms, and had to find a range of objects including the Apollo 11 Flight plan, a piece of the moon and Buzz Aldrin’s space suit! We then had an interesting workshop called ‘Destination Space’ where we found out about life on the International Space Station. We helped choose the materials for the perfect spacesuit!
When we returned to the school the next day, we got to taste astronaut food including an Ice Cream Sandwich and Neopolitan ice cream.
It may well have been the last day of term, cold and drizzly, but that didn’t stop our choir from sharing a little Christmas joy with the local community in Maida Vale!
The children were aptly dressed in festive hats and full of gusto as they sang carols and Christmas songs for the best part of an hour.
Not only were local residents keen to stay and listen, but the children gathered a healthy collection of monies to put towards new instruments for their Music lessons!
The staff at the Tesco Express, who welcomed the children’s heavenly entertainment outside their store, came to join in, hand out some additional santa hats and furnished every child with a thank you snack bag (which was gratefully received!).
A big thank you to all the parents who came to support the outing – it was lovely to have you join in with some of the songs too!
On Thursday our wonderful choir performed at St. Mary’s Paddington Green. Eva and Amalia performed some carols as a cello and clarinet duet as an introduction to the service. Choir sang two songs beautifully as part of the church service – ‘Tell me a Story’ which we sang a capella with added chime bars for atmosphere and ‘Just another Star’ which included some tricky key changes! Everyone enjoyed our performance including the Mayor of Westminster who treated us all to chocolate coins as a thank you for sounding so fabulous!
On Monday the choir visited the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster for a Tri-Borough Hub rehearsal ahead of our Christmas Concert at the Royal College of Music next week. When we arrived we were to join a choir made up of school from all across the borough. In our section were children from St. Peter’s and St. Mary Magdalen’s. Stuart, our conductor, helped us to learn some incredibly hard songs (we are working particularly hard at learning a Polish carol!) and then try and put our parts together with the other schools. It was quite tricky but it’s going to sound amazing next week at the concert when there are over 30 schools taking part!
Thank you to Miss. Hodgson, Miss Squires and Maria’s Mum for helping take us to the rehearsal. We had so much fun!
By Rosy Ritchie and Ellie-Rose Martin
Ms Lorimer lead a road safety assembly this week. We learned about ways to be safe when walking, cycling and scootering near a road.
Members of the Bike It Crew selected a random scooter for our scooter Golden Lock day on 13 October. The child who found the golden lock on their scooter won a flashing red safety light. The golden lock days celebrate and encourage members of our school community to come to school in an active way.
On Wednesday our 30 strong choir sang beautifully for the residents of Leonora House in Maida Vale. They sang a variety of songs including some Disney hits, Sing Up favourites and much loved hymns as well as joining the residents in a sing-a-long of old time Music Hall greats!
As always they were true ambassadors for the school. Well done for sharing your skills and joy with our local community!
Congratulations to the KS1 football team who won all five of their matches in the QPR Community Trust tournament! Your school is incredibly proud of you all. Well done!
The players were:
The Year 6 G&T English group travelled by tube to visit the William Blake gallery at Tate Britain on Tuesday.
We loved observing the paintings, sketching and writing our own poems. It was lots of fun and really interesting.
We have been studying William Blake as part of our work on ‘Skellig’ the fabulous novel by David Almond which we are reading at the moment.
By Orin and Sean
The St. Saviour’s Bakes event was hugely enjoyable! We were delighted to see so many delicious cakes, cupcakes and biscuits – well done to all that entered.
A Big Thank You to everyone who made this such a special day.
And the winners are…
Age Category – Pupils – nursery to year 6
Winner of the CAKE category: RONNIE AND FRANKIE WILLIS (Year 3 and Nursery) who entered an innovatively decorated and delicious SIMLA (fruit and marzipan) cake jointly.
1st Runner up: Otis Choudhury (Year 3)
2nd Runner up: Uma Balhache (Year 5)
Winner of the CUPCAKE Category: VIVIAN TOBIN (Year 3)
1st Runner up: Isabella Silver (Year 4)
2nd Runner up: Ifigenia Nicolaides (Year 1)
Winner of the BISCUIT Category: LOCHIE PHILIP (Nursery)
1st Runner up: Miss Lorimer’s Cookery Club
2nd Runner up: Adele Mayson (Reception)
PUPIL STAR BAKERS (the overall winner across all categories – cakes / biscuits and cupcakes)
RONNIE AND FRANKIE WILLIS (Year 3 and Nursery)
Age Category – 11 plus – parents, ex pupils, staff, friends and family
Winner of the CUPCAKE category AND 11 plus STAR BAKER (the overall winner across all categories – cakes, biscuits and cupcakes): Danielle Chisholm
Winner of the BISCUIT and CAKE Category: Johanne Arnesen Carnell
All the children looked absolutely amazing this morning as they came to school dressed in their Traditional National Costume and flag colours! There were also many children this year who dressed in clothes that were based on the country they were learning about in class, which meant lots of Year One Egyptians and Year Two Spanish Senoritas!
I hope you are all able to come tonight for some tempting dishes!
We are excited to share the wonderful news that ten children have auditioned and been accepted to sing with the Tri-Borough Gifted & Talented choir ‘The Young Singers’. The choir performs regularly at the Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre & Royal College of Music. Their first concert is next week after only 2 weeks of rehearsals!
Congratulations to: Betsy, Maria, Salem, Kia, Isabella, Naushka, Ruby, Amalia, Samara & Evelyn!
We’re so proud you’re representing our school!
On Thursday morning we welcomed back most of last year’s Year 6, and haven’t they grown up! They looked extremely smart in their new uniforms! The children were given permission by the new Head teachers to come back and be part of our Whole School Photograph which unfortunately had to be cancelled at the last minute due to rain! Nevertheless, the children enjoyed coming back into school to visit Ms Woodford and the rest of the staff as well as some of their friends and old classrooms!
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