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February 2017 Newsletter
End of Term News
Over the Easter Holidays, we have been holding revision sessions for our GCSE and A level students. They have found the sessions very beneficial and are now working on more past papers to prepare for the exams.
We are welcoming two new students after Easter, Maya in Year 9 and Lily-Mai in Year 3.
Meanwhile, Mr Parrish has been on his paternity leave, helping support the entrance of Ivy Elizabeth Alice Parrish. She was born 14th March at 21:51 via c-section, weighing 10lb 14.5oz! Mum & daughter are reportedly doing fine.
We are signing Ivy up for registration in 5 years!
And, of course, Mrs Saint will be returning from her maternity leave. Welcome back, Mrs Saint!
Years 5 - 8 enjoyed a very educational trip to Stratford-upon-Avon in the last week of term.
Despite the inclement weather, they all enjoyed the day and were able to visit multiple locations related to William Shakespeare. The sun finally came out at the end of the day at the Mary Arden farm.
The next day, Ms Peddrick set them an essay to write about their day.
You can read Connie H's write-up on the website as well as see more photos
of the day.
PTA Activities for Mothering Sunday and Easter
The PTA were a wonderful support this half term. Several members came into school over loaded with supplies and helped all of the primary students make cards for Mothering Sunday. On the last day of term, they also brought in daffodils for students to be able to take flowers home to the mums, sisters, carers, grans and friends. See some more photos on the website
The PTA also created an enjoyable last day of term afternoon, complete with teas and coffees for parents, staff and students as well as "tell the best joke" contests to win chocolate eggs. The Student Council had the challenge of deciding on the winners! There was also a huge Lammas School decorated Easter egg which was raffled.
The last day of term was also a non-uniform day for both Comic Relief and World Book Day. The CHAD came and took photos which were in the paper.
You can see some photos of the last day of term on the website
Inter-house Sports Competition
What an amazing sporting morning on the 23rd of March with our inter-house multi-sport competition, organised by Mr Mukuka.
The morning included house against house as well as house against staff. It was awesome!!! Great team games of messy house, football rounders and staff vs pupil football.
All ages mixed and played together. It was a fantastic sporting morning. Staff played each house in term and managed to win one!
Teachers returned to school exhausted! See more photos here
Scholarship Programme Launched
We have introduced a Scholarship Programme to extend the reach of the school to those who may not be able to afford the full fees. The scholarships are means tested to provide access to academically gifted students based on a rigorous assessment of academic potential before entry to the school. Students must be in year 3 or above to apply.
The Student Council had several meetings this last half term with Ms Reynolds. Ms Reynolds shared the vision that she presented to parents at the coffee morning. She stressed their leadership position in the school.
The Student Council then focused on improvements for outdoor play at break time. They will be presenting to a whole school assembly after Easter to announce their changes which have been agreed by the Senior Leadership Team!
Saturday Coffee Morning
Ms Reynolds met with parents on 25th of February to share the vision of the future of schooling and how Lammas School will meet the needs of future students. It was a nice way to informally gather and we agreed we will continue having such Saturday morning sessions, to complement evening sessions which some cannot always attend.
The next Parents Information Evening will be on the 26th of April. Come and hear about the curriculum focus for each class, events and general school information. Ms Reynolds will include a short synopsis of the vision session.
ParentMail Launch - Our New Communication Portal
We had a great response to ParentMail with 76% activating their accounts!
A reminder email and text has been sent to those who have not registered yet. Let us know if you have encountered a problem.
Some parents are already using it to provide notification on absences. We have used it for signing up to events and also for emails, some specific to year groups. Badges and ties are available to be paid for via ParentMail as well.
The app is available to download now by searching for Lammas Independent School in the Apple APP store
or the Google Play Store.
Royal Mail Stamp Design Competition
The Royal Mail is running its prestigious Royal Mail competition for primary school pupils to design stamps for Christmas 2017. This follows the hugely popular Christmas 2013 competition, where 240,000 entries were received.
The competition theme is ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’ with the task to design an image that best describes what the festive period means to them. Two lucky winners will see their designs made into one of the 1st or 2nd Class Christmas stamps for 2017.
The contest is open to primary students aged 4 - 11. There are a variety of prizes from £100 to £1000 in vouchers for both the winner and their school. The final entries will be judged by the Queen.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if one of our Lammas artists won! Their designs are very good.
We entered our team for the annual Ashfield District Swimming Gala at the Leisure Centre and we are so proud of their personal accomplishments.
While we have the smallest team, so can never get the same number of team points, our swimmers did amazing well.
Some of our students are exceptional swimmers and swim for local swimming clubs. Rebecca has recently swum for the county in at least ten events. She has received two gold medals, one for her individual swim and one for her team. Her training involved her getting up extra early to practice swim.
Caiden recently received his life guard certificates. He trains at Hucknall Leisure Centre and is one of their youngest members to achieve such an award. He can pull people out from the water during a rescue and he can resuscitate them.
Read more on the website
Eco Club Update
Eco Club continued working hard this term with Mrs Monk.
They have been working on the garden, feeding the birds, planting and cleaning. They created wonderful wind chimes for their gardens as well.
Mrs Monk also helped up enter all our data for the Big Schools' Birdwatch, and we were sent a certificate in appreciation.
We ended the term working on the Eco Code, which is a requirement for us to move up the ladder in terms of our award.
There are lots of photos on the website
of the club hard at work and more about their efforts.
A Glimpse into the Classroom
Have a peek on the website
to see some of the projects that students completed this half term, many in art and design classes aligned to history.
Years 1 and 2 learned about China and one of their projects was building the Great Wall of China. They also showed off their talents in art with paintings in the style of Van Gogh and Monet.
Years 3 and 4, to go along with their history lessons on the Celts and Romans, created elaborate Roman mosaic designs and Celtic Roundhouse models in art and design class.
Class 4 celebrated Pancake Day with a trip to ASDA to buy ingredients, applied some maths to figure out measurements, learned to cook and then, best of all, enjoyed the end results.
Class 5 enjoyed a day of Spanish food in their Spanish lesson.
They prepared and tasted: Churros, Nachos, Tortilla Espanola (Spanish omelette), Leche frita (Fried milk). Pupils gave their opinion about the food, chose their favourite dish and guessed the ingredients used.
They all enjoyed the food and said it was the best Spanish lesson ever.
Maori Culture, Myths and Haka
Years 5 and 6 spent considerable time learning with Mr Wood about Maori culture, including mythology, and applied it to art.
They also learned the Haka and performed for others in school.
Check out their artwork and their face painting on the website. What ferocious faces!
The next PTA Meeting is the 25th of April. Please do come and help plan the events for the end of the year.
Fund raising has
been going well and soon we will see some of the results of all the hard work.
Dates for the Diary
25 Apr: PTA meeting
26 Apr: Parents' Info Evening
8 May: Study Leave starts
15 May: GCSE/A Level Exams start
19 May: Chelsea Flower Show inspired art competition for primaries
22 May: Math Problem Solving WEEK
26 May: Break Up for Half Term
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