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.
Last week the Key Stage 1 children had a visit from the RNLI as part of their topic on ‘Water’. They learned about the importance of staying safe in water and also about the RNLI safety procedures. In addition, they had fun learning about the different flags and enjoyed getting dressed up as lifeboat rescuers.
Good Luck Year 6!
Next week is Year 6 SATs week. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard all year to prepare for this, and the children have made great progress. They should be really proud of themselves and confident that they are ready for everything that next week will bring.
We will see you all at Breakfast Club on Monday morning, which will be provided to all Y6 pupils free of charge on the 4 days of the tests.
Enjoy your weekend Year 6– relax and have fun.
Welcome back to the start of the summer term.
This year seems to be going so fast!
Please can we remind everyone that summer uniform is now permissible but can everyone please continue to bring a cardigan/jumper and a coat to school so that children can be warm when playing out on the field. We would also like to remind parents that children should be wearing school shoes and NOT trainers.
May Day Bank Holiday
Just a reminder that school will be closed next Monday, 6th May for bank holiday and be open again on Tuesday 7th May.
We hope that you have all received your IT newsletter for this month. We have arranged for a monthly newsletter , which you will receive that updates parents on different games and IT related issues linked to things that children might be playing. The newsletter also gives parents information on how they can help to keep children safe when they are using computers/ tablets etc. We have arranged this in response to parents telling us that they would welcome support in understanding the IT world and what children might be using/ how to keep them safe. We hope you find it useful. We are also posting information and the newsletters on the school website so that parents can refer to them and find information at any time. If there is anything specific that you would like further information on, please let us know and we can arrange for this to be included in a future newsletter.
Keeping Safe on the Internet
We hope that everyone received the letter which was sent out yesterday regarding the recent unpleasant hoax challenge that has been appearing via the internet.
We have developeda new page on our website that is designed to give advice to parents on how to support children at home to ensure they have the skills to stay safe when using IT. We hope that those parents/carers who have looked at this page have found it useful. Please let us know if it has been helpful to you.
At school we regularly speak to the children about staying safe on the internet, and this has also featured on recent school newsletters. We also talk to children about making good choices in all aspects of their lives, and also about taking responsibility for their actions. In this way we aim to develop the children’s life skills in order that they become more and more confident about themselves as individuals and how to keep safe. It is important to have regular conversations about children doing what they know is right, and seeking help for anything which makes them feel uncomfortable or unsure.
We speak to the children in school about the importance of not being influenced by others and making personal choices that are safe ones.
If parents have any queries or concerns that they would like to ask the school about please feel welcome to contact us.
Thank you to those who attended the tea and biscuits afternoon in school this week, and for your feedback and suggestions. One of the things that you asked was that we include the information about the numbers of house points awarded to each team every week as part of the newsletter, so that parents can see the winners. We are happy to do this and will be adding this to our newsletter from now on.
If you have any suggestions, please feel welcome to speak to Mrs Navas. We do try to listen and act on as much as we possibly can, within the school resources that we have available.
We are delighted to let you know that the final total for money raised at the Christmas Fair was announced at the PTA meeting held earlier this week. Through your fantastic support and the effort of the PTA members we made a profit of £1429.94. We are looking to continue with the fund raising efforts with a range of other activities planned for the rest of the year and hope to raise enough money to purchase a new outdoor shaded canopy area, which can be used for individual classes outdoor learning as well as additional shade for children in the summer months.
Visitors to school.
On Thursday we hosted 31 trainee teachers in school for the day. We are the only school in Doncaster Local Authority who were asked to provide this particular training session. As part of their training the Year 5 children took them around school on a ‘Learning Walk’ and also acted as interviewers in a ‘mock’ interview scenario. All of the children in school behaved impeccably and did themselves proud. They were able to talk articulately about learning in our school. For the majority of the children their lessons continued as normal, and even when there were visitors in their classrooms they continued to focus on their learning and demonstrate great learning behaviours. Well done to all the children. You were fantastic!
Year 6 visit to Crucial Crew
This week Year 6 children visited ‘Crucial Crew’. This is a day long visit where Year 6 children from all over South Yorkshire attend to learn from a range of services about life skills, and how to look after themselves and keep themselves safe in preparation for secondary school and beyond. The training includes work with the emergency services and this year it also included some basic first aid training including how to use the recovery position and what to do in an emergency.
The children also had additional practical workshop training on traffic safety as well as learning a little bit about the law and the age of criminal responsibility and how this applies to them. They learned more about the responsibilities that come with using the internet and the training reflected keeping safe in the 21st century. We hope that the children came home and were able to talk to their parents/carers about the important lessons they had learned.
We break up for half term today. Have a lovely half term break. We return to school on Monday 25th February .