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.
Sports Day Superstars!
Thank you to everyone who came to support our sports day. It was great that finally the sun shone on us and we hope that everyone had an enjoyable time. The children all tried really hard and it was good to see so many of them displaying great attitudes and encouraging each other along. Thanks also to the PTA volunteers who served refreshments throughout the day– in the morning it was hot drinks on what was as a very cloudy and chilly start but quickly became the warmest and sunniest day we have had in quite some time.
Canon Popham’s Got Talent
A massive WELL DONE to all the children who auditioned or took part in our Grand Final held last Friday evening. It was a great evening with 23 acts performing to a packed audience . Children from every class in the school were represented with a range of talents on display from joke telling to Irish dancing and from singing to playing musical instruments. It was wonderful to see what a talented group our children at Canon Popham are. Thank you to the staff and PTA who ran the event and to everyone who helped in any way. We are delighted that over £870.00 was raised. This money will go towards providing little extras that the school budget is unable to support.
After a very closely fought contest the final result was . . .
3rd– Jayden Gray and Oscar McGuiness ( Y2) who performed a dance duet
2nd– Lily Whittaker ( Y6) who did a song and dance routine
1st Imogen Gillings ( Y2) who performed a song from The Little Mermaid.
A particular well done must go to the many Reception class children who showed off their talents to such a packed audience. They were very brave and did a wonderful job with smiles on their faces!
An enjoyable evening was had by everyone and we look forward to seeing what the children perform next year.
Coming up . . .
The Big Picnic next Friday– 5th July on the school field
Race for Life – Monday 8th July in the afternoon (weather permitting
By now you should have received the letter, which was sent home yesterday about the lockdown practice that we have introduced with the children. The children were all very positive, and understood that it was a sensible precaution to practice if we needed to stay inside the building rather than evacuate. A number of governors were present when this was introduced and if anyone has any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel welcome to speak to Mrs Navas, your child’s class teacher or one of the governors.
We do hope that you feel this is a positive step and part of our continued commitment to keeping everyone in school safe.
Thank you to everyone who baked cakes, bought cakes or supported our Foundation Stage children and staff with their fund raising Bake Sale yesterday. The money raised will go towards the purchase of more resources to further develop the
Foundation Stage outdoor area.
It’s half term already!
We break up today for half term. It has been a particularly busy few weeks, with years 2 and 6 completing their tests. Well done to them for their hard work!
Have a lovely half term break everyone.
We have a training day on Monday 3rd June, where the staff will be working on curriculum development and planning for the next year. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 4th June.