St Johns Church is holding the Christmas Tree Festival again this year with the school sewing club making beautiful pompoms and disco balls to decorate the tree. The church is decorated with over 30 trees supplied by local organisation and businesses. The creativity shown by the participating organisations work hard to provide eye catching, colourful and beautifully decorated trees which helps create a very special pre- Christmas atmosphere in our lovely Church.
“Adopt a Tree”
As part of the ‘adopt a tree’, where 60 trees along the High Street have been ‘bombed’, the children have been getting crafty decorating milk bottle lids to decorate our tree, which is situated outside ‘The Three Tuns’. The tree will be decorated on Saturday, 2nd December ready for the Christmas Lights switch on.
School Christmas Tree
The school came together on Thursday 30th November to decorate the Christmas tree ready for the Christmas fair.
We have been involved in World Kindness Day this week, it is celebrated nationally to promote kindness in all its forms. One of the activities was that the children have been keeping an eye out for others who have been kind to them or seen someone be kind. They then wrote them on a tag which was hung on our kindness tree in the entrance hall.
At the end of the week a child from every class went into Henley with Mrs Hopkins to spread a bit of kindness to the community by giving out free bookmarks that the children in Year 5 had made.
‘We walked into Henley and when we saw people we asked if they would like a bookmark, they then went in their pockets for money, but we said no there free and they were very happy to have one’ by Scarlet
Scarlet said ‘I felt proud and happy because they liked the bookmarks and were thankful for what we did.’
To finish our topic on the Anglo Saxons, Year 4 performed their class assembly to the school and their parents.
The assembly was full of fun and disgusting facts with a short extract from the poem ‘Beowulf’. They also performed a song called ‘The Saxons’ and got to show their brooches and weaving that they had designed and made in their DT lesson.
Thank you to Mrs Dhugga, who as a leaving gift to the school, bought us a wonderful sign for our ‘Garden of Reflection’. The garden is designed to support children who may need quiet time or need to sit a reflect.
We held a Religious Education Reflection Day, on the 11th October; we focused on a wonderful story called ‘Only One You’ by Linda Kranz.
‘Only One You’ is an inspirational children’s book about a little fish who is about to go and explore the ocean on his own. His parents tell him some of the important lessons they have learned throughout their lives in hope that it will help their son on his journey. It shows a deep love between parents and their child, sharing wisdom they have gained over the years, which we as parents hope will be embraced and stored away until they are needed.
The story encourages children to make meaningful connections and understanding that they, in their own way, can truly make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others around them.
One of the activities the children took part in was designing and decorating a stone to celebrate their own uniqueness which will be displayed around the school grounds.
Starstruck After School Club performed their end of term show which was from The Sound of Music.
Anna took centre stage as Maria, whilst the other children took on the roles of the Von Trapp children. The singing, dance and drama skills these children have learnt has been exceptional.
Well done to everyone who showcased their talents, you should be very very proud of yourselves.
To end the term, awards were presented to the children:
The Triple Threat (Singing, Dancing and Drama) – Anna Wallace
Star of the Term – Lucy
Overall Achievement in Drama – Lexi Hong
Overall Achievement in Dance – Autumn Palmer-Gee
Fantastic Commitment – Sophie Beck
Biggest increase in Confidence – Eve Hamilton
Overall Excellence in Drama – Sati Hovhannisyan
Overall Excellence in Dance – Mia Williams
Friday 16th June, Year 3 performed their class assembly to the school and their parents.
Year 3’s topic this term is the ‘Riotous Royals’ where they have been learning all about Henry VIII and Queen Victoria. The assembly was based on Henry VIII and his 6 wives.
The class have also been reading a fabulous book called ‘Me, the Queen and Christopher’ which is all about a little girl called Freya who gets invited to meet the Queen and have tea. The day is full of surprises for Freya including the Queen falling over, eating beans on toast and making cup cakes in the Queens private quarters.