This week we began the season of Lent with a beautiful Ash Wednesday Liturgy led by Y6 Omega. Each week in Lent, every class makes a Lenten Promise of something that they are trying to do. These are presented on flowers in assembly and displayed on our Lent Cross which is made from our Christmas tree which has been stripped of its branches. There was also a wonderful smell of pancakes in school as our Y3 & Y4 pupils made their own pancake creations in our cookery room!
Lent is a time of giving to charity and today our children will be receiving collection boxes for our Lent charity, the Catholic Children’s Society. The Y6 chaplains have introduced the charity in assembly this week and we ask children to collect small change in boxes which are to be returned to school on Monday 1st April. Children will also receive a Lent Calendar with a theme ‘Let Your Light Shine’ encouraging children to do good works or acts of kindness during Lent.
On Monday, Y6 Alpha visited Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court, an initiative organised for children to learn about the justice system, and pupils were given the opportunity to look around a court room and even a cell! This was a unique experience for the children and it helps to create a new awareness as they prepare for secondary school. Today, Y6 Omega has visited the Churchill War Rooms which is a fascinating museum and supports their study well on the Second World War.
Pupils in Y3 – Y6 have taken part in a cross-country competition this morning – our team of runners did amazingly well and we congratulate them all on their achievements. We are especially proud of our netball team who won the Richmond Borough Plate at a borough tournament last week. Congratulations to everyone and very well deserved!
A note on our new sports fitness area – the climbing wall has quickly become a favourite with the children during playtime and it’s fantastic that we are already seeing the benefits of this new equipment. We appreciate that it may be appealing for younger siblings, and possibly even parents, to climb this wall at drop off and collection times, however for health and safety reasons, please may we remind all that the climbing wall, and the rest of the fitness area, will be for the use of pupils only during the school day.
Looking ahead to the next few weeks.
‘Arts Week 2019’! We are looking forward to our annual ‘Arts Week’ taking place next week – especially ‘Book Character Day’ on Monday where children can come to school dressed as a book character. Staff have been planning their outfits too! There is a range of activities, workshops and invited guests coming in to school next week, including Orleans House Gallery and Ross Montgomery, our visiting author. Thank you to those parents who have sent in the requested £5 contribution that enables us to organise such a varied programme. If you have not yet sent in your child’s contribution, please would you send this in to school on Monday. We appreciate your support.
Following Assessment Week, a letter for the Consultative Evening for the Spring term is being sent home. This meeting with your child’s class teacher provides an opportunity to discuss your child’s general progress. If you are unable to make the appointment time that you have been allocated, please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange an alternative time. We ask that you do not make new arrangements with other parents in your child’s class as the appointment times have been allocated with a specific order, as well as to accommodate sibling appointments.
Some upcoming dates for your diary …
Wednesday 13th March at 9:30 a.m. – Y2 National Curriculum Assessments meeting for Y2 parents
Friday 15th March – Y5 Educational Visit to the National Portrait Gallery
Monday 18th March – Y6 Omega Educational Visit to Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Courts
Tuesday 19th March at 2:30 p.m. – Y6 Omega Class Concert
Tuesday 19th March 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Parents’ Consultative Evening for surnames beginning with M to Z
Wednesday 20th March – Y3 Educational Workshop in school on ‘Teeth & Healthy Eating’
Thursday 21st March 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Parents’ Consultative Evening for surnames beginning with A to L (except Y6 Alpha – a separate Parentmail has been sent)
Friday 22nd March – Y6 Alpha Educational Visit to the Churchill War Rooms
And finally …. Richmond to Brussels Sponsored Cycle Ride 2019!
The children were delighted to see two of our ‘Richmond to Brussels’ cyclists in assembly today who came to school to tell us about their sponsored cycle ride taking place on Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May to raise funds for the Infant Playground. A letter was sent home in your child’s reading packet last week inviting parents and friends of St Elizabeth’s to join their team! If you are, or know of anyone, who may be interested in taking part, the ‘Richmond to Brussels’ team are meeting up this Tuesday 12th March at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9th March at 9:00 a.m. To find out more, please read the information letter attached.
Wising you a lovely weekend.