Today our Christmas tree arrived and was decorated by colleagues before school this morning. This marks the start of our Christmas preparations. Next Monday we hope all our children will remember to bring in an orange and a few sweets to school to make their own Christingle.
We are sorry that we cannot hold our Christingle service in church this year, but as it is such a popular tradition at school, we will make the Christingle oranges on Monday and film the children, in bubbles, singing Christmas carols around our beautiful tree, to go out in next weeks Newsletter.
For anyone not familiar with Christingles, they are symbolic objects used in Advent to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "light of the world". Once the candles are lit, the magical glow reminds us of the light of Jesus and the importance of spreading a message of hope to all communities. Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning. The orange represents the world, the red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ. The sweets represents all God's creations and the lit candle represents the light of the world bringing hope to all those living in darkness. The first Christingle service in England took place in Lincoln cathedral in 1968 but Christingles date much further back to the Moravian church in Germany, a few hundred years ago.
They have particular significance for us all this year, as we look forward with hope to 2021 and the end of the pandemic and all the restrictions that it has imposed on our lives in 2020.
The first of two Football competitions was held this week on a blustery and damp afternoon. The Year 5 and 6 bubble engaged in separate matches and warmed up with skills which they are all using in the Virtual Competition being organised by the Grantham and District Sports Association.
In the Year 5 competition, Newton were victorious, Hornsby were second and Brownlow were third. The Year 6 competition produced exactly the same result giving Newton overall victory, Hornsby runners up and Brownlow third. The final result will be concluded this week after the Year 3 and 4 bubble undertake their competition.
Two further competitive events are underway at present - virtually of course. We are engaged in a Junior Swimming Gala organised by Laxton School ( Oundle ) and a Football Skills competition organised by the Grantham and District Association. All the children from Year 1 up to Year 6 have been working on their skills in PE lessons and we eagerly await the results of our efforts.
This is an annual competition, which showcases the talents of pupils in art and design.
This year, we had to photograph our entries, as the competition had to be judged ‘virtually’.
Despite the limitations that Covid has placed on us all, we are delighted to announce that our pupils achieved notable success.
Congratulations to the following pupils for achieving fantastic results in this competition.
Class 1 – Lucy D – awarded second place for her lovely scarecrow collage.
Class 3 – Eva C – ‘Highly Commended’ for her beautifully drawn star design.
Class 4 – Anna P– ‘Highly Commended’ for her charming ‘Snowy owls’ collage.
The following pupils also had their work displayed virtually – Well done!
Toby M – ‘Winter Wonderland’,
Mya D – ‘Autumn leaves’
Ella D – 'Ariel'.
We were especially pleased to see that pupils from our Class 3 and 4 art club were awarded First place for their colourful group work ‘ Rainforest Reptiles’ – a fantastic result! This artwork will be entered into the ISA National Art Competition – Congratulations and best of luck to the following pupils in Class 3 and 4 Art Club! Sophia P, Arya P, Yara A-M , Serena A, Mya D, Jessica H, Iris H, Connie M, Anna P, Billy P and Albert S.
Well done to all the entrants, and judging from the talent I see in many of our pupils, I hope to collect and enter more categories for next year’s competition.
I know for some the thought of Christmas might be too early but in Pre-school we are beginning to get the Christmas tingle! We have decorated our room by making a Christmas interest table, started some Christmas activities and also made a special you know what for you know who that the children have promised me they will keep it as a secret for the next few weeks so I can't say what it is!
We have also turned our 'wardrobe', in the role play area, into a stable and Manger. This is where the times of long ago meets the present day and the humble stable stands next to a well-stocked shop, so the shepherds and Kings can buy refreshments after their long journey, cuddly toys for the baby Jesus and even a vacuum cleaner for tidying up the stable! It really is all in the imagination!
Well done Pre-school for another fun week and happy advent to all!
This week we read Oliver Jeffers ‘How to Catch a Star’ in Reception. This is one of my favourite authors and the children were very excited about doing a display for our classroom. The children have done some super writing about the story and could recall the whole story in the right order! We have made the rocket, the boy and of course lots of glittering stars which will lead us nicely into all the planned Christmas activities that we will be starting. We will also be moving on to the Nativity story over the next week as Christmas activities get into full swing!! The classroom is starting to have a very festive feel which is adding to the pre- Christmas excitement!
It has been another fabulous week in Class One, the children are all so enthusiastic about, and dedicated to, every learning opportunity which presents itself; within the classroom or during their free time. The children have been thinking about animal habitats, creating clay Christmas decorations, honing their dictionary skills, estimating and designing as well as sharing their digital 'Show and Tell' news. This week's personal updates included recipes from a budding chef, a family country walk, investigating the creation of rainbows, an 'out of this world' newly decorated bedroom and details from Emily of a family friend (Jack Willis) who has earnt his first England rugby cap. We always enjoy the weekly presentations and the children always deliver facts about their experiences with great aplomb. You are all just brilliant Class One!
Last Friday, the time had come once again for class 3 to take the practical part of their mummification course! During the previous 2 weeks the children had been studying hard, learning the various processes involved. Using the internet and a selection of books, the children researched the techniques needed. As you can see from the photograph I think a little more practice is required before they can successfully pass mummy school.
Class 4 have been enjoying the novel ‘Moondial’, written by Helen Cresswell.
Set in the grounds of Belton House, it is an atmospheric story with time-travel, mystery and intrigue.
The heroine Minty travels back in time where she meets Tom and Sarah, two unhappy children.
Can Minty help them and free them from their misery, whilst dealing with her own problems….?
Class 4 have been inspired to complete creative writing, illustrated acrostic poems, character profiles and book reviews. It was good to see that all of class 4 enjoyed this book, awarding it lots of stars in their reviews. Great work, class 4!
In Class 6 this week, we have focused on creative writing. We have thought about a range of synonyms for everyday words, such as 'said', 'went', 'happy' and 'sad' and then explored some different settings, considering some suitable adjectives and phrases to improve our writing skills. This has culminated in an independent piece of writing based on a past ISEB, Independent Schools Examination Board, 11+ English paper.
In RE we have discussed the Christmas story and thought about the origins and meaning of giving and receiving presents. We have also enjoyed time with Class 5, working on our Christingle song and carols for our zoom service at the end of term.
Celebration Assembly last Friday included a lovely Piano solo from Evie and a Guitar solo from Amelie. Farley was awarded the most tokens and Ruby showed us her brilliant writing! Reception and Year 1 explained all about Guy Fawkes and we finished with a celebartion of Finn and Felix’s 10th birthday! Thank you and well done everyone!
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Family is a fundamental pillar in the lives of our little ones. Their support, trust, and security allow us to grow every day. Therefore, it is quite important to give a special place to each of the families that are part of the school. Kids tell us experiences and special moments that they have shared with each member of their families. Those experiences are reflected in their daily classes through sensory activities. These allow children to explore, know, and process the information of the world that surrounds them through moments of play and playful learning.
Our families are the best in the world, and we love them with all our hearts.
Thank you, dear Families, for all the support received during this period.
Preschool English Teacher
Colegio Internacional SEK QUITO - ECUADOR
School Bus Collection Points & Times
Bookings for this week:
Please contact the school office to book a place for your child.
8.10am Normanton on Cliffe
On Fridays the bus will run 15 minutes earlier to ensure pupils arrive in time for the *Music Machine" School Band rehearsal.
Access to the School Building after 4.30pm
As you are all aware there is now a gate which has a key code access to the Creche in the evening. If you do not have the code, please call 01476 593293 and your call will be answered by Creche.