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Friday 11th June 2021

Summer, visits and looking after our world

I hope that everyone enjoyed the half-term break and the beautiful weather. After the long cold, wet spring, it feels as if summer is finally here! It has been lovely to have everyone back together at school this week, we have many things to look forward to during this final half-term.

Our new hall display celebrates the Year of St Joseph, and our thanks to the key workers this year. The children have created a collaborative art work featuring colourful birds and butterflies inspired by Damien Hurst's rainbow. I'm sure you will agree that it looks amazing! 

This week started with the Guildford Shakespeare Company visiting Years 5 and 6 to perform their play about hidden disabilities. This made the children think about how we treat other people and also how they can give practical support to someone in an emergency.

Around the school this week, children have been learning about castles and suits of armour in Year R and The Invictus Games in Year 4. Year 3 children continue their virtual journey to Japan. They add up the total number of kilometres they have walked or run each week and so far they have reached Kazakhstan!

Our Year 6 children enjoyed a day out on Tuesday at Tilford Rural Life Centre learning about life during World War Two. Amongst other activities, they were able to experience the confinement of different air raid shelters and use a stirrup pump to see how wardens would have extinguished incendiary devices. Here they are exploring the artefacts and Morrison Shelter:

Yesterday morning, we all took part in CAFOD’s National Assembly on Pope Francis’ letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’ meaning ‘Brothers and Sisters All’.  In his letter, Pope Francis is asking us to reach out to our sisters and brothers in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from. We are all challenged to think of ourselves as one global family, becoming neighbours to all. Two of our Year 1 children, Martha and Noah are featured in the assembly, talking about friendship. You can watch the assembly here.

We have our second clutch of eggs in the blue tit’s nest. They started hatching yesterday. It’s very rare to have two sets of chicks in the same year. We hope that they can still find enough caterpillars to feed the chicks.

Next week, Year 5 has a day out adventurous activities at Henley Fort in Guildford to look forward to and Year 2 children have a Toy Workshop.

I think it’s going to be a hot weekend, enjoy the sunshine.