December ‘14 St. Hedda’s R.C. Primary School Autumn Term Newsletter 46 After our half term break it was back to a busy half term leading up to Christmas! R.E. After half term each of our classes made a study of an aspect of Judaism. The Infants thought about the Jewish celebration of shabbat. As a class we re-enacted the Shabbat meal and enjoyed eating “Shabbat food”. Years 3/4 learned about the Torah, part of the Jewish Scriptures. We made miniature Torahs. Years 5/6 studied the Jewish Festival Rosh Hashanah – more tasting here, this time apples with honey! Advent began at the end of November and we celebrated that by attending, with our parents, a Christingle service in St. Hedda’s Church. In the midst of all the busy days of December we have been thinking about the first Christmas in Bethlehem. Each class has been following that story of wonder in the “Day by Day” books. Mini Vinnie’s Year 6 were commissioned to their roles as Mini Vinnie’s during a Mass service this half term. They have arranged a toy collection (for which they are very grateful for all the contributions), a ‘onesie day’ which took place on the last day of term and carol singing during Mass at St. Anne’s. Topic Class 2 have continued to look at the question 'Who lived here first?' and have completed their studies of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. Using the fiction book 'Ug - Boy Genius of the Stone Age' in our literacy lessons, children have written a set of instructions for Ug to help him survive in the modern world! They have also made their own clay thumb pots, bone (clay!) necklaces and used oil pastels and chalk to create some Stone Henge artwork. We have thoroughly enjoyed our topic this term! Sinbad the Sailor The whole school went to Danby Village Hall and joined with others schools in the Esk Valley to see a performance of “Sinbad the Sailor” performed by a touring theatre group from the West Midlands. It was very entertaining with lots of the usual audience participation! We thank the Friends of St. Hedda’s for funding the tickets and transport to this event. Sport Cross Country -This term all children in Class 2 travelled to Caedmon College to take part in the Primary School's Cross Country competition. The children took part in races throughout the afternoon and raced against children of the same age. They all completed the course and enjoyed the afternoon despite the terrible weather! Gymnastics – This term we have been very lucky to have been able to travel to Caedmon College and have gymnastics lessons and use their extensive range of equipment. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the lessons. Christingle During the first week of December all the children took part in a Christingle Service led by Fr Guiver in St. Hedda’s Church. All children were given a pack which during the service they used to made their christingle. A collection was taken (£58.45) and this was sent to Depaul UK’s Work with Young Homeless People. Aladdin This year our annual Christmas production was “Aladdin”. All the children were involved and performed to two full audiences on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December. Christmas Nativity We held our nativity service in church on Wednesday 17th December. This was attended by parents and grandparents. Christmas Lunch On Tuesday 16th December we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas Lunch of Roast Turkey and all the trimmings followed by Snowman Ice Cream. Lunch ended with the customary rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Christmas Party During the last week of term we had our annual Christmas party which included a visit from Father Christmas who brought lots of lovely presents for the children. Crib Service We were invited to St. Hilda’s church to share a nativity service with the children from Egton School. The service was very interactive and lots of fun, there was even a real donkey called ‘Gloria’.After the service we went back into Egton School and played together and shared drinks and biscuits. Farewell Mrs Palmer We said a fond farewell to Mrs Palmer after seven years at St. Hedda’s. We thank her for everything she has done in her role as head teacher. We wish her every success in her new role as head teacher at Settrington School. Good luck and farewell also to Tommy and Joey. Road Safety During this half term we had a visit from Lynne Butler (a community Police officer) who talked to all the children about Road Safety. Attendance This half term the following pupils had 100% attendance; Jack Allanson, Sophie Eddington, Robert Gaskin, Joe Gwatkin, Byron Hunneysett, Eleanor Hunneysett, Adam Hutchinson, Chloe Hutchinson, Alfie Norman-Gray, Noah NormanGray and Ellie Walsh. And the following had 100% for the whole of the autumn term: Robert, Byron, Chloe, Alfie and Noah. Shopping Vouchers We have now sent off our order and await delivery in the Spring. Thank you very much to everyone who has collected these for us. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the last Bags2School collection we raised £90.00 for our school fund. Our next collection will be on Friday 20th March 2015. Friends of St. Hedda’s - Bingo Friends of St. Hedda’s held their annual Christmas Bingo evening. We would like to thank all the parents who generously donated some wonderful hampers for prizes and lovely refreshments for this event. Once again it proved to be a lively evening which was supported by parents and the local community. A grand total of £574.50 was raised. A big thank you to everyone! Royal British Legion Once again we collected for the annual poppy appeal. We raised £9.89, many thanks for the contributions. House Points The half term totals are: Swallows – 190, Lapwings – 178, Kestrels – 158, Barn Owls – 145 and Kingfishers – 139. Congratulations to Swallows – Lucy, Hannah, Daniel, Tommy, Sophia, Rhys, Grace and Archie. Welcome On return to school in January we will welcome our new head teacher, Mrs Hilary Thompson. We will also be welcoming Mrs Leng back to Class 1. HOLIDAYS Training day: Return: Half Term: Easter: Return: Mon 5th January ‘15 Tues 6th January ‘15 Mon 16th – Fri 20th Feb Break up 27th March ‘15 Tues 14th April May Day: Mon 4th May Half Term: Break up: Mon 25th – Fri 29th May Mon 20th July. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.