Ash Wednesday ServiceAsh1
Ash Wednesday Service On Wednesday 26th February, the whole school attended St. Laurence Church to take part in the Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. The children had the option to receive a cross on their forehead as a symbol of remembrance.





Harvest Festival
This year our Harvest Service was virtual so that parents and carers could enjoy and be part of. Many thanks to all the children that took part and to all the teachers who organised this. Although we did not physically collect tins and packets of food in school, donations were made by visiting https://www.familyfoodbank.org/make-a-donation.html to supports the Thanet food bank. Alternatively, donations were given to the Salvation Army who are working to support those hardest hit by Coronavirus. https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/donate


NHS Thank you April 2020

At the front of the school our Key Worker Children put together a special thank you to all the NHS staff who are doing such an amazing job during this unprecedented time. A text went out to invite all of our children at home to put their messages on the gate whilst they were out on their daily exercise.

May 2020

The Staff put together a Video called I’ve Got that Feeling to help cheer up families and children at home during the pandemic. There were some lovely comments on Facebook which really helped to raise staff morale. Children enjoyed the film and enjoyed seeing the teachers and staff.

Miss. Cramp’s class independently put together a film to say how much they miss their teacher and their school. It was lovely to see the children and Miss. Cramp was so excited to share this and to see them all.

National Midwife Day

Children at home and in school helped to colour in pictures or make bunting for the Maternity Unit at the QEQM to celebrate National Midwife Day. Michelle Kiting (Senior Midwife) was very pleased with all of the contributions and said that it really brightened the midwives’ day.
Mr Spencer
Mr. Spencer’s Fundraising Challenge
On May 1st, Mr Spencer started a Charity Indoor Cycling Challenge in aid of the mental health charity, Mind U.K.; a very important charity, especially during this difficult time. All on an exercise bike and in 14 days or less, Mr Spencer is cycling 874 miles (1407km) - the distance from Land’s End (Most South-Westerly point of the UK to John O’Groats (Most North-Easterly point of the U.K). In order to complete this challenge in 14 days or less he will need to cycle a minimum of 63 miles per day (101km!) If you would like to support Mind UK and Mr Spencer with a donation please follow this link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jack-Spencer16

 

 

joke book
July 2020
Our Shining Stars have made a joke book to cheer us all up in these difficult times and to raise money for the Salvation Army who have provided food parcels for so many over the past few months. The children have worked so hard and are really pleased with their efforts. The books are beautiful and have been professionally printed. The books can be purchased from the school office. There isn’t a fixed price, we are asking for a donation which can be left at school when collecting a book. 



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Walk to
School Week
Many children took part in the event and walked part way or all of the way to school. This is part of a national initiative to encourage fitness and to cut down on congestion and air pollution. For further information please visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school/parents-and-carers

 

 



Sleep Challenge A well-being survey of our pupils indicated that a high number have trouble trying to get to sleep and/or sleeping. Each class has taken part in some PSHE lessons about this and we also set each child a sleep challenge to help get them into good bedtime routines. This involved keeping a sleep log for four weeks which needed to be signed off by a parent/carer and sent back into school after half term. Each child that took part received 10 house points and was entered into a prize draw after half term to win prizes such as blankets, pyjamas, cuddly toys and hot water bottles.

Sleep is so important for children’s physical and mental well-being. Getting the right amount of sleep also impacts positively on children’s academic performance in school. Children aged between 6-12 years should be getting 10-11 hours of sleep a night and should be going to bed before 9pm.

Specific NHS advice on sleep is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

Sleep Council: www.sleepcouncil.org.uk — for sleep tips and links to other organisations

Young Minds Friday 9th October Non-Uniform Day
We held a non-uniform day to support Young Minds – a charity that supports the mental well-being of children and young people. This is particularly important at this very difficult time. The Year 6 Worship Leaders led a special assembly through Microsoft Teams for the whole school and we raised a total of £156.

IMG 0564Year 5 Film and Popcorn Fundraiser
As part of the school’s commitment to developing children’s empathy and to promote Global Advocacy, both Year 5 classes have chosen a charity to support over the coming year. Dickens class chose The Cinnamon Trust which is a specialist national charity and supports elderly pet owners, enabling them to keep their beloved pets at home with them for company. Townley class opted for The Red Cross, who help people in crisis all over Britain and the world, responding to emergencies and helping communities to recover after disasters. To raise money for their charities, the Year 5 children enjoyed a film and popcorn afternoon on Friday, 23rd October "purchasing" an entry ticket to see a film of their choice. Our first fundraising event of the year raised almost £100 for our two charities - a truly amazing total indeed! Over the course of the year all the classes will put on fundraising events and come up with ideas to promote their chosen charities.

Y6 Cathedral 2Year 6 Virtual Cathedral Event
On Friday, 6th November, Year 6 took part in a virtual Cathedral Schools Day.

The theme was journeying around the Cathedral. This was specifically chosen to recognise that Year 6 are on a journey to the preparation for the next stage of their education.

They particularly enjoyed watching a video of the Dean, who was in his garden in the grounds of the Cathedral with his geese, ducks and pigs!

A video explaining the story behind the tall wooden ‘War Horse’ sculpture proved to be fascinating as it links with their Topic on WW2.

After watching a video about how, through excavation, the stonemasons have found ‘hidden treasures’ within the cathedral: painted stones which have unlocked more information about the Cathedral’s past story, our Year 6 decorated their own stones with images or words that are important to them right now with messages/images that would bring them happiness or comfort.

They also took part in a virtual worship led by Bishop Rose, children from local schools and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There was time for reflection and discussion throughout the morning.

Christmas Service1

Even though we couldn’t hold this at church due to their heating problems, it was a well- attended event. The real meaning of Christmas was explored through carols and readings from each class.

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Day reflections 2

At the beginning of November, St Laurence took time out to really think about why we celebrate Remembrance Day. Throughout the school, the children took part in a range of lessons to help them understand, as well as having a 2 minutes silence across the school. Each child in the school was given a Poppy to add to our own ‘Field of Remembrance’ along the gates outside. The Poppies looked lovely fluttering along the front of the school and the awful weather on the day didn’t ruin the sentiments felt by the children.

         

 

 

Installation of Bishop of Dover 3

We are very proud that our choir were invited to this historic occasion at Canterbury Cathedral. They sang beautifully and represented our school with pride. Reverend Dr. Rose Hudson-Wilkin was installed as the new Bishop of Dover. This was a historical occasion because Dr. Rose Hudson-Wilkin is the church’s first female black bishop.

 

 

 

Harvest Festival Thursday 10th October

The service was led by our Year 4 children who reminded us all of the importance of giving through song, poetry, readings and prayers. They did a fabulous job and really made us think and reflect about those people in the world who need our support especially in these difficult financial times.

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