Headteacher's Blog 2018-19

Friday 14th December 2018

It's the final Friday before Christmas and the last Friday at school this year! It's been a lovely Christmassy week with plays and preparations taking place every day. 

We have seen Years R, 1 and 2 journey to Bethlehem dressed in tinsel and tea towels. They retold the Christmas story through the animals in the stable, ‘Cock-a-doodle Christmas’, they had to learn the important message that it’s not all about the presents that we want as Jesus is the greatest gift of all. The cast of ninety 4 to 7 year olds were wonderful! 

It was then the turn of Year 3 and 4, yesterday who prepared a beautiful Carol Service. The children sang so well I was really impressed by the way they shared the 'greatest story ever told'. Being able to use the church for the evening was lovely and the children's voices sounded extra special there. 

This morning we reached Years 5 and 6 who performed their musical play 'Santa’s on Strike!’ to the whole school. It was very entertaining and the children really loved performing together. They finished by returning to the true meaning of Christmas. They will perform for their parents on Monday afternoon and evening.

Our KS 2 Choir sang on Tuesday evening at a very special Christmas concert at the Holy Trinity Church in Guildford. The children sang so beautifully and were highly praised by the audience. We were the only children's choir performing and the other singers were amazing, the children sat listening in awe. It was a wonderful experience taking part in the concert and having the opportunity to listen to such lovely singing.

I'm very proud of all the children, they are funny, thoughtful, confident and talented and I hope that they will always remember these special moments at school.

We also managed to squeeze in a flying visit from Andrew Pink, ex St Edmund's pupil now paralympic cycling coach and paralympic cyclist Matt. The children were inspired by their visit and had the opportunity to ask them questions too. Here they are with William and Jake from Year 4: 

More than two hundred Christmas lunches will be served today! There is always a lovely atmosphere in the dinner hall on Christmas lunch day and the children love the Christmas crackers too. The children don’t have to queue up for their lunches today as the teachers and TAs (dressed in Christmas hats and jumpers) will serve them at the tables as a treat!

We have only three days left next week I hope that many families will join us for our Advent Mass on Tuesday morning at 9:30am and for Carols Round the Tree on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm before we break up for Christmas at 2pm. 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Elizabeth

 

Friday 7th December 2018

The Christmas Market was a great success last Saturday raising over £2000, thank you to everyone who helped and came and supported this special event. The five pound challenge stalls run by the children were really good, so many great ideas for games and activities from Christmas karaoke to bowling and everyone had worked so hard to prepare for the market and raise money.

This week the hall has been in use all day every day for rehearsals! We will start the performances off with Year R, 1 and 2’s ‘Cock a doodle Christmas’ next week. Years 3 and 4 are preparing a very special Carol Service and Years 5 and 6 are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas exciting production, ‘Santa’s on Strike!’  All of the children are very much looking forward to showing us all what they have been working on. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the performances in full, I have seen bits of all of them and from my office the singing does sound lovely.

Here are some of the younger children rehearsing in costume this morning:

We had a visit from two of the Wintershall actors on Thursday morning. They told two different stories of Jesus healing the sick and the children were captivated by the powerful acting. We are lucky to be close to the Wintershall Estate and able to enjoy the work that they do. I’m hoping to get to the Wintershall Nativity next week; it is a very special retelling of the Christmas story.

Tomorrow afternoon a group of children will be singing at 2:50pm at the Pepperpot as part of the Christmas Festivities. If you are doing your Christmas shopping in town please do come and listen and join us.

The children are looking forward to the film show after school today and the Jingle Disco next Friday!

Have a lovely weekend ,

 

Elizabeth

Friday 30th November 2018

Although we are not quite into December yet, everyone is very busy preparing for Christmas this week.

We have the beautiful Christmas tree in place in the hall and the wonderful Christmas hall display is all ready! We switched on the lights during assembly this morning. This year we have a beautiful Nativity scene, with a heavenly host of angels, which every child has contributed to. The Travelling Cribs are all ready to start their journeys to everyone’s homes as we think about the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem. Look out for your special visitors over the coming weeks.

We have recorded our carol for the Eagle Radio Christmas Carol competiton, Year 5 and 6 sang beautifully.

We were fortunate to have Katherine Bergin with us on Wednesday afternoon to talk about making Advent a special time at home for families. She always has lovely stories and ideas to share about family life. Thank you to those who came to listen.

This week is National Tree week and we had two new trees planted, one in the prayer garden and one in the front of the school. They are called ‘Liquid Amber’, trees which will have beautiful dark red leaves in the autumn. Some of the children from the Eco Council helped Julian from Blue Sky Trees to plant them and we learned a lot about the trees and how to help them grow well.

Today is the last Friday before we begin the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting expectantly as we begin the new liturgical year and prepare ourselves for the joyful season of Christmas. In the secular world Christmas has well and truly started already and we want to show the children the difference between this frenzy of shopping, festivity, lights and advertising and the Church’s season of Advent. As well as the display in the hall, and the travelling cribs, the children will have special Advent wreaths, made by Year 6 in each classroom to help them prepare and countdown the weeks.

The children are busy rehearsing and preparing their plays and concerts for you. It is a very exciting and busy time in school, I think it is my favourite time of the year, seeing the children excitedly preparing really is very special.

The children are very colourful today as it’s another mufti day! They do enjoy days that are different and they have brought in so many bottles for the Christmas Market tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the £5 challenge stalls that the children have planned from home-made cookies, to face painting and even Christmas Karaoke! It all sounds very exciting!

We have just had a great final assembly from Mandy and Buddy from the NSPCC. They revealed the grand total that the children have raised; an amazing £1206.71! Thank you everyone for your support. It is wonderful to see what the children can achieve.

Have a lovely weekend and see you all tomorrow at the Christmas Market,

 

 

Elizabeth

Friday 23rd November 2018

It has felt really wintery this week; as we hurtle towards the end of November the time is passing quickly. I can hear the younger children rehearsing for their Christmas performance in the hall.

On Tuesday we had a wonderful celebration for the feast of St Edmund. We had a special Mass in the morning with many parents, grandparents and parishioners joining us. In the afternoon there was a treat for the children with each teacher offering a different activity. Children could then choose where they went for the afternoon. It was really lovely to see the children working together from Year R to Year 6 and sometimes it’s just good to do something different!

All week the children have been taking part in Buddy’s Big Workout for the NSPCC. Please do return your sponsor forms and money by Tuesday 27th November and thank you for your support. Here are Year R completing their Ninja Warrior Workout!

The children in Year 5 had a visit from a theatre group on Monday morning where they learnt about air pollution and how we can make a difference to the environment with the choices we make.  

On Thursday morning Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 walked to Mass at St Edmund’s. It was a beautiful morning; really cold and frosty but sunny too. We try to take the children to Mass at St Edmund’s every term, where they lead the readings. They also always enjoy the walk across the park and counting the many steps up and down to Croft Road!

Today is mufti day, the children have brought in sweets for the sweet tombola at the Christmas Market next Saturday. They all look very bright and colourful and they handed in their bags of sweets, some reluctantly!

Have a lovely weekend

 

 

Elizabeth

 

Friday 16th November 2018
 

Last Saturday was the cross country competition held at Glebelands School in Cranleigh. The children had been in training every Friday morning and they were amazing! There were lots of individual medals winners who came in the top six in each group and then the scores are then added up and St Edmund’s came a very impressive second overall. Well done to you all!

This week is Anti-Bullying week and we kicked off the week with ‘Odd Socks Day’ on Monday to remind us to celebrate our differences. The week we have worked with the NSPCC on keeping safe and how to get help if you need it, which linked very well. The children in each class have been talking and working in class and have made posters to illustrate the important message ‘Choose Respect’. On Monday we had two important assemblies led by Mandy and ‘Buddy’, the speech bubble from the NSPCC. Mandy talked to the children about how to stay safe, how to get help and support if they ever need it and to start to understand what is right and wrong by gently introducing them to different types of abuse. The children all learnt the ChildLine number and how to get help if they ever need it. The assemblies were followed up by workshops for Year 5 and 6 children yesterday. The school council met with Mandy and Buddy to plan their ‘Big Workout’ sponsored events which will take place during school time next week.

Here is a poem entitled ‘Choose Respect’ written by Bethan in Year 6:

Bullies are horrible people,

You can always sense when they are near,

They feel so mighty and sinister,

They taste the flavour of fear.

 

Bullies go in for the kill,

Words as sharp as a knife,

Cutting through their victims,

They tend to ruin your life.

 

They pin you down to the ground,

And call you ridiculous names,

They do it almost everyday

And make it one of their games.

 

Sometimes they don’t mean to bully,

They are just jealous of you.

Your incredible talents

And everything that you do!

 

So if you are being bullied,

Tell an adult you trust,

Your teacher, parent or guardian,

That truly is a must!

 

Remember to choose respect,

You will get a fresh new start,

Smile and laughs from everyone

And a warm feeling in your heart!

Our Year 2 class had a visit from Chertsey Museum on Wednesday where they enjoyed a trip to the seaside through looking at a variety of objects including Punch and Judy, parasols, even an old wooden ice cream maker!

Tom and Ollie in Year 5 organised a great cake sale yesterday on Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day in memory of their mum. They raised over £240; very well done boys!

Next week we will celebrate our Feast Day on Tuesday with Mass for the whole school and visitors at 9:30, all are welcome to join us. In the afternoon, the children will be choosing an activity which they would like to do and visiting another class. We hope that it will be an enjoyable afternoon for everyone.

Have a lovely weekend,

Elizabeth

 

Friday 9th November 2018

We started the week by talking about Guy Fawkes and the history of Bonfire Night. The school council children who have recently been to visit the Houses of Parliament were able to tell us all about the rooms they visited and the cellar underneath the king’s chair where the gun powder was stored!

We have also spent time reflecting on the month of November and remembering those who are no longer with us. The children have been selling poppies at lunchtime and we will have a special Remembrance Service this afternoon, please come and join us at half past two if you can.

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week, the theme this year is ‘Choose Respect’. We will kick the week off with odd socks day on Monday to celebrate our individuality! It will help us all raise awareness of bullying and empower all children to have a voice and talk about what is right and wrong. Each class will create a poster representing the theme of this years’ week, look out for them around school.

Year 2 children had an exciting day at Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday where they learnt more about Elizabeth I as part of their topic on famous people.

On Wednesday we welcomed many visitors during our open morning, as prospective parents and children looked round the school. The Year 6 children led the tours and did a fantastic job of showing off their school. They love doing this and so many parents commented on how wonderful they were as ambassadors for the school. Well done! We even had a lovely email from a parent, a teacher herself, who was so impressed by the whole school that she took the time to write to us.

We have had a very special celebration assembly from our Year 2 class this morning. The children shared their learning in a fantastic way through their own version of the story of the Three Little Pigs, or ‘Les Trois Petits Cochons’! The children were able to investigate the properties of materials, tell us about St Therese of Lisieux, show us their artwork inspired by Van Gogh and Picasso and share the important message of caring for our world and each other! Thank you Year 2.

Tomorrow morning our runners will take part in the cross country event held at Glebelands School in Cranleigh, the forecast is not looking too good but I know that the children will be full of enthusiasm and the rain may just add to their enjoyment! Good luck to you all.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

 

Elizabeth

 

Friday 2nd November 2018

I hope that everyone had a lovely half term holiday. We have enjoyed the colder autumn weather this week with frosty, misty mornings and autumnal colours. The children have been playing with the falling leaves in the playground. It's been a short school week but an exciting and busy one.

On Monday we had an Inset day with all the confederation schools. The teachers were all at Busbridge Junior School where we worked together on ‘Providing pupils with opportunities to work at a greater depth and maths’ It was a very interesting and useful morning and we have all come back to school with so many new ideas to try out.

On Tuesday we welcomed the children back and found out about the customs and traditions associated with Halloween during our assembly. We talked about All Hallows Eve and the children knew about the feasts of All Saints and All Souls on 1st and 2nd November. Although we often think of many modern Halloween traditions as American, most originate from the Celtic festival Samhain and much closer to home. For example mischief night involved children in Derbyshire and Northern England knocking on doors and tricking people! The children were all very excited about dressing up and going out that night.

This month is all about remembering and we have a very special new display taking shape in the school hall to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. The children have created poppies and art work on the theme of Remembrance and have been writing about the war and remembering this week. Please do come and join us for our Remembrance Service next Friday 9th November at 2:30pm.

I joined the cross country runners this morning before school for their weekly training at the rec. It was a really cold, but bright and frosty start and it was great to see so many children and parents who have been running together every week. There is only one more training session before the cross country event on Saturday 10th.


Have a lovely weekend and enjoy any bonfire or firework celebrations that are taking place!

 


Elizabeth

Friday 19th October 2018

It’s the end of the first half term of this year and in some ways, it seems to have gone by so quickly, yet in others the summer holiday seems like a distant memory and I think we will all be glad of the chance to rest for a few days!

This week in assembly we talked about the importance of saying ‘Thank you’ and linked this to our preparations for our Harvest Liturgy. We heard the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand read in parts by the children. We had a lovely Harvest Liturgy on Wednesday morning, thank you to everyone who came to join us and for your generous donations to the Godalming Food Bank.

We have had our Parents' Consultations this week. Thank you for coming; I hope that the appointments were useful; it was certainly really good for our teachers to meet everyone and discuss how well the children are doing this year.

Yesterday was the first Golden Assembly of the school year. The children were presented with some very special awards. Headteachers awards were given for excellent attitude, improvements, resilience and perseverance. I have seen some wonderful writing going on in classes and this was reflected in many of the awards given. There is always great excitement when the house point winners are announced and this time it was no exception! It's always great to see how supportive the children are of their classmates and the other children.

Today the children are dressed very colourfully in the colours of the Burkina Faso flag on our special mufti day to raise money for St Michael's school in Mani, which we are partnered with. We hope that the money we have raised today will enable the children there to have a better chance of an education.

Have a lovely half term holiday, where you are at home or going away, stay safe and I hope you are all able to enjoy time relaxing with your families.

 

Elizabeth

 

Friday 12th October 2018

Thank you to all the families who came to last Sunday's School Mass, it was wonderful to see so many families there, especially those who are new to our school. The children read extremely well and they all enjoyed helping with the Mass.

We started our week with an assembly celebrating the children's learning from Little Way Week last week. The children learnt about St Therese of Lisieux. They thought about little things that they could do every day to help others and share love as Therese did. The children have really been inspired by finding out about her short life. I hope they continue to do these little things at home this weekend! 

On Tuesday I took our KS 2 school councillors to the Houses of Parliament. We travelled to London by train and walked across Westminster Bridge, the children enjoyed seeing the sights. During our visit we had a tour of Parliament; including both the House of Lords and House of Commons. The children learnt so many fascinating facts about Parliament including visiting the room above where Guy Fawkes hid the barrels of gunpowder! The children were very well behaved and returned with a great understanding of how powerful their voices can be. 

This morning we have enjoyed another great celebration assembly, this time we were transported back to the Stone Age by Year 3. They have clearly loved learning about the past and through the topic, they reminded us of the important message of celebrating our differences and respecting others.Thank you for a wonderful ssembly Year 3!

The entries for the Virtual Pet Show are now in and we are looking forward to finding out the winners next week.

The children are very excited about the Greatest Showman themed discos this evening; they always do enjoy dressing up and dancing with their friends.

 


I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday and Wednesday evenings at our Parent Consultation.

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Elizabeth

 

Friday 5th October 2018

After a wonderful adventure with Year 6 last week, it was great to see the whole school back together this week.

I was very impressed by our Year 6 children last week, they had an amazing week and made the most of every opportunity. The Outdoor Adventure Centre is in a superb location, overlooking the beach where the children enjoyed body boarding, surfing, abseiling, climbing and coastal traversing. The children were so encouraging and supportive of each other and I was very proud of them all. It was a week I’m sure they will always remember.  

During our assembly on Monday we talked about challenges and looked at some of the photos and experiences of Year 6 last week. The children loved the challenges and it has really helped them to see just what they can achieve if they work hard and push themselves in all they do. The Year 5 children are already very excited about their visit next year. We also heard about the Virtual Pet Show and listened to some of our talented musicians playing the violin.

On Tuesday morning we had our Commissioning Service where children promised to carry out their roles and responsibilities to serve one another as part of our school family. It was wonderful to see so many parents there to see their children receive their badges.

Thank you to the parents and volunteers who attended the Safeguarding session with me on yesterday morning we hope you found it useful and informative.

This afternoon we will welcome our grandparents to school, we are excited about performing for them and hope they enjoy the afternoon. It will be a very special afternoon, the singing sounds beautiful!

Please do join us for our Autumn Term school mass this Sunday morning at St Joseph's in Milford; I hope to see lots of families there.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Elizabeth

Friday 21st September 2018

After a very stormy night we have a beautiful sunny morning today. We are now well into the term and September is moving fast. We have had the whole school in full time this week and the Year R children have settling in brilliantly, it feels as if they have always been here. We are loving getting to know them all!

We have had our first school council meeting and updated the display board in the hall with the new pictures. Here they are:

The children had their school photographs yesterday, they all looked very smart and the photographers took their time to ensure that the children were relaxed and looking their best, we hope that you are pleased with them, I think you will be!

Next week Year 6 is on a big adventure to Bude for their residential trip. It’s going to be an amazing week and such a wonderful start to their final year at St Edmund’s. We know it will be a week of learning new skills, facing exciting challenges, teamwork and cooperation: a week they will remember for the rest of their lives! I can’t wait to spend it with them and we are hoping for week of warm sunshine too!

We had our annual Deanery Mass yesterday after school, it is always a lovely opportunity to come together as a group of schools to welcome new staff, catch up with colleagues and start the new school year together in prayer. We were talking afterwards about other ways in which we can support and work more closely with one another.

Year 5 kicked off our class celebration assemblies this morning with a very special assembly looking at gifts and talents. They are all very talented; we have singers, actors, gymnasts, rugby players even a magician! The children really inspired us to use our talents well and reminded us that ‘we all have gifts to share’ and to build each other up and encourage use of our talents wisely. Thank you Year 5.
 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Elizabeth

Friday 14th September 2018

We have welcomed our youngest children this week. The thirty Reception class children have settled in so quickly. They are looking very grown up, confident and proud of themselves. They have been very happy coming into school and we have loved seeing them all and getting to know them. 

We have started some of our exciting clubs this week: art club, football, netball, yoga, sewing and cross country.  KS 2 have had a taster session for the Basketball Club ‘Kidz B Ballin’. Many of our other clubs will be starting next week.

This week as I have visited all the classes I have seen year R exploring the bikes, the new mud kitchen area, and the role play area.  They have been reading and writing their names and numbers already! Across the school it has been great to see the children learning with enthusiasm. They are very keen to do their best and have started the year so well in all classes, I am very proud of them all.

Year 6 have led the special House Captain assembly this morning. Those who want to stand for House Captain prepared short speeches of around 1 minute. They were very funny and engaging. We were all very impressed by the standard, the speeches very brilliant and very clever!.Well done Year 6. All the children then voted for their House Captains, all the roles and responsibilities will be announced shortly.


 

It feels as if we have been back at school for quite a while now and everyone is settling into the routine of school life and enjoying learning. 

This weekend the children preparing to make their First Holy Communion will start their important journey. They will lead the readings at Mass on Sunday 10:15am at St Joseph’s Milford. Please come along and keep them in your thoughts and prayers this year.
 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Elizabeth

 

 

Friday 7th September 2018

Welcome to a new school year. I hope that everyone had a lovely break over the summer; the children have been telling me all about their exciting adventures and holidays. We were very lucky to have had such great weather too and the sun has been shining this week too.

It has been wonderful to see everyone returning to school this week, the children are all looking very grown up and smart in their uniforms. They are full of excitement for their new classes, all that they are going to learn and they are really looking forward to the new school year. It is always such an exciting time of year; a time to celebrate new beginnings and look to the future full of hope, promise and possibilities. We welcomed Ben and Jack to Year 3. Our new Reception class will start school on Monday, we can’t wait to have them with us and get to know them all.

The children were excited to see some of the changes we have made during the holidays, especially the new playground markings in Key Stage 1! Here are the children trying out the new course: 

During our first assemblies we have thought about changes and new beginnings and how we can make the most of the new start that we have this school year. We have thought about how much we change and grow all the time, even though we don’t see these changes. Our school family is also changing all the time, with children and teachers joining and moving on. I think we are all ready to get started on this year’s journey, whatever that may bring for us all.

We are all looking forward to an exciting year of learning at St Edmund’s.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

 

Elizabeth