Friends of Canon Popham News
Thank you to anyone who has supported the Friends of Canon Popham in any way this term. The money raised so far this year has gone towards supporting the Christmas celebrations in school and the resourcing of gardening club. In addition, the friends have just donated £1200 – the profit made at the Christmas Fair, to the school for the purchase of new books for the teaching and development of reading across the school. We are very grateful for this support, as the school budget is unable to fund additional enhancement material to further improve our reading offer for the children.
The Friends of Canon Popham is becoming and increasingly small group of volunteers, with many of the main core of volunteers no longer having children at this school. They are becoming concerned that unless there are more volunteers willing to attend meetings and help to run events, these will eventually faze out. All our children benefit from the money raised, which subsidises or pays for additional equipment, resources and enhancements to our school that cannot be met through tightening school budgets. In addition, the friends run events such as film club, discos, Christmas Fair and Summer Picnic and also support at Christmas events, sports days etc.
We know that if these events were to stop they would be sadly missed.
PLEASE HELP! If there is anyone who could come to a planning meeting ( which is usually one per half term, lasting no longer than 1 hour) or who can commit to supporting a fund raising event by helping in any way please let us know.
Please note, if you would like your child to have a school meal this must be paid for in advance using the ParentPay system, then log into the LunchHound system and
pre-order your child’s meals, thank you.
Visit from the Department for Education
As you know, on Monday a small crew from the DfE came to school and spent time in some of our classrooms and speaking to staff about the curriculum. They had made contact with us because we are early adopters of some key curriculum work. They said that they were really impressed with the work that the children were engaged in and a short media clip has been posted on the DfE site. It is also available for you to see on the school website.
This has had 10,000 views and lots of really positive comments!
Children’s Mental Health Week
This week has been National Children’s Mental Health Week. Over the week we have been working across the school with children to develop their understanding, through stories and discussion about the importance of being mentally healthy as well as physically healthy. Each year group has previously done some work on ‘stress buckets’ and what they can do to help themselves to stay calm. If you are interested , please feel welcome to have a look at the display in our entrance that reflects some of the children’s learning.
Year 4 have shared their class assembly with parents about this important topic.
If you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing please feel welcome to speak to us in confidence. We are here to help!
Our Number Day is in aid of the NSPCC. This finishes off our week in a special way and we would like to thank everyone who has come to school wearing a number! The money raised will support children and families who the NSPCC are working with.
Happy New Year and welcome back !
We hope you all had a great Christmas break. We are pleased to see the children back at school looking so smart and showing really positive attitudes to learning.
Just a few reminders…
Children should bring their PE kits on Monday and keep them in school all week so that they always have them in school.
Please ensure that your child reads regularly– we are looking for 20 times per month in order that children can build their reading skills and stamina and also become fluent and accurate in their reading. Please ensure that you write in their reading record book when they have read as these are checked in school.
We ask that no jewelry is worn in school. If it is not possible for children to take our earrings, then they should be a small stud only.
Could we please ask that where children have long hair this should be tied back during the school day. This helps to prevent the spread of head lice.
A note about children’s use of social media.
We speak to the children regularly in school about use of social media accounts such as whatsapp, snap chat, facebook and tik tok. It is recommended that children below the age of 13 should not be using these sites. Whilst we understand that this is a parental choice, should your child be using any social media we would recommend that you monitor this very closely. Whilst we robustly teach children about safe use of social media we are unable to police what they do out of school.
Congratulations to all 21 children from Canon Popham that have won our Winter Winners certificates for completing all of the activities set in the Autumn term! This is excellent news that these children have engaged 100% with the activities and Maths with Parents online homework platform.
Nursery – Caitlin.
Reception – Oliver, Zack, Elsie, Scarlett, Emily, Clara, Nihal.
Year 1 – Noah, Alson. Year 2– Cara, Harry. Year 3 – Lydia, Liam, Emily. Year 4 – Ben Year 5 – Alfie, Harvey, Chloe. Year 6 – Chloe, Sam.
Thank you to everyone who has attended any of our Christmas celebration events such as the nativity plays or our Key Stage 2 christingle services.
We hope you enjoyed them.
Thanks to your kind donations at the end of the christingle services we have been able to send £211 to The Children’s Society, to support their work with children and young people in this country.
All the staff and pupils would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school for the start of the spring term on
Monday 6th January.
Well done to all of our Foundation and Key Stage 1 children who have performed their Nativity plays this week.
You were all amazing!
And thanks to all parents and carers who came to support them.
We hope you enjoyed their work.
We look forward to our Key Stage 2 Christingle services next Monday and Tuesday.
Please can we remind all parents and carers that all children need to bring a coat in to school every day. Children do go outside if the weather is fine and need to have their coats with them.
Anti Bullying Week
This week has been anti-bullying week. The theme for the week was ‘Change starts with us’. During the week children have explored a wide range of anti-bullying ideas in classes and assemblies. Odd Socks Day reminded children that it’s OK to be different and that we should celebrate and support diversity in our school family and community. We will be creating a display of children’s work across the school and regularly come back to this topic throughout the school year.
Children In Need Day
It has been great to see all the children in their pyjamas today, raising money for Children in Need.
Thanks to all who have also helped us to get ready for our shoe box appeal by wrapping boxes and donating either filled boxes or items to go into boxes. These have been filled over the course of the afternoon ready to be sent to the depot for processing and shipping of to children across the world who would otherwise not get a gift at all this Christmas.
You may be aware that we have set up a gardening club in school, which runs over lunchtimes. Mrs Hewitt leads some volunteers in helping the children to learn about gardening, which helps our environment and is also good for personal well being. We have big plans to develop our school site over the year, with additions of different plants, planters and areas where children can be involved and also where they can sit and be quiet.
Many thanks to Danum Developments, who have so kindly donated £100 towards this project. Thanks also to Mrs Hewitt and the team for so eagerly sharing their gardening expertise with us all in school.
Our Christmas Fair is coming up fast! It will be on Friday 29th November at 3:30 until 5pm. If you can donate any items for the tombola please send them into school. In addition, any help in the preparation of items or on the day would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to the chair of the PTA, Mrs Whittaker, or she can be contacted via the school office.
Arts Mark Silver Award
We are delighted to announce that we have just been informed that we have been awarded the Arts Mark Silver Award. This award recognizes commitment to quality teaching of the arts in school. The school had to submit a range of evidence to show our work across the spectrum of arts provision. Thanks go to all the staff for their hard work and particularly to Mrs Brunyee, who led us in developing this.We continue to work hard on the development of our curriculum, but the award of both the arts mark and the primary science quality mark recently recognizes our commitment to quality teaching across the curriculum.
Shoe Box Appeal
Thank you to those parents/carers who have started to send in donations of items for our shoe box appeal this year. We are grateful for any items from the list that you can send into school. We hope to give all the children the opportunity to help to pack a shoe box for another child somewhere in the world who otherwise would get nothing for Christmas. Please continue to send in items , or if you are willing to wrap boxes for us, we can provide you with boxes and wrapping paper to do this. Please ask at the office.
Flu Immunisation Forms
Many thanks to everyone who has sent in their child’s consent form for the flu immunization. If you haven’t already done so please can you make sure that we get this as soon as possible in order that the school nursing service can make sure that the correct number of immunisations is available.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Festival services last Friday or who donated items for Doncaster Food Bank. All of your generous donations have been passed on to the Church of the Good Shepherd to be taken to the food bank for use by Doncaster people in need of support.
Well done to the children who led the services so beautifully and especially to our Reception children who were amazing, especially as they have only been in school for a few weeks.
Goodbye to Mrs Fitzpatrick
Our school cook, Mrs Fitzpatrick retires today after many years with our school. She will be spending time with the children and staff over lunchtime. We would like to say a big THANK YOU for all she has done and wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement.
More staffing news
At half term we will also be saying goodbye to one of our LSA’s, Mrs Houlihan. We would like to thank her for all her work and send our very best wishes for the future.
Coming up soon . . .
We will shortly be launching our annual Operation Christmas Child Christmas Shoebox appeal. You are always very generous with your donations and we are really proud of the numbers of boxes that we send every year. This year there are a few changes to what we are allowed to include in the boxes so please look out for our launch letter, which is coming out just before half term. This will have all the details you need if you would like to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.
Doncaster Free Press visit school
This week we had a visit from Doncaster Free Press, who will be running an article about our curriculum topics this half term, which are all based on caring for the environment. A group of children took the reporter around the school and told her all about the learning that has been happening. She was amazed at their knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic! Look out in next week’s Free Press or in the Free Press on line. Well done to all the children involved!
Maths With Parents
If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing this. Thanks to all those parents who have signed up and started to complete the fun maths activities with their children. We are enjoying reading your comments and seeing the photos you have uploaded and will be creating a display of these !
News from our school kitchen.
On Friday 11th October Mrs Fitzpatrick, our school cook will be retiring after many years service to our school. She has been amazing, particularly with preparing meals such as Christmas dinner for the whole school and biscuits and chocolate concrete for events such as the Christmas and summer fairs. Mrs Fitzpatrick knows the children and has always gone the extra mile to make delicious daily lunches and meet everyone’s dietary requirements.
Thank you Mrs Fitzpatrick for everything that you have done for the school.
We will all miss you!
Our Climate Change Protest!
As you know we are all working on projects linked to protecting our planet and caring for creation. Year 6 pupils designed fabulous posters based on their research about plastics. These were entered into a national competition and Asa was chosen as the regional winner! Well done Asa on your wonderful, informative and well presented piece of work. Also, well done to all year 6 who produced work that they should be proud of !
You are becoming very knowledgeable about many issues relating to protecting our climate.