Christmas Sing Song: A special visitor
As you’re aware, we are planning a Christmas Sing-Song on the Junior Playground on Friday 19th December. Parents & Carers are invited to join us for a hot drink and a Mince Pie at 9.00a.m. in the Infant Hall, before joining us all for the sing-song on the yard.
We have been doing lots in school to commemorate the WW1 Centenary and will be holding a Christmas Truce football match (weather permitting) this week as part of the commemorations.
One of our Parent Governors, Tom Calderbank, is the Project Leader for the creation of the Christmas Truce Statue (shown at the top of this Newsletter). The statue has been created by artist, Andy Edwards, and is commissioned by Castle Fine Arts. The statue will be exhibited at the ‘Bombed Out Church’ between 15th – 21st December. After this it will travel to Flanders and will be unveiled at Messines, the town of the Christmas Truce Football Match.
We are delighted to inform you that Tom has arranged for the Christmas Truce Statue to visit our school on the morning of 19th December for our Christmas Sing-Song. This is a wonderful opportunity for our school community to be part of the very special journey and will be a memorable experience for our children and their families.
As well as our Christmas Songs, we will be singing All Together Now by the Farm, which was composed in memory of the Christmas Truce. We will also be paying our respects to ex-pupils from our school who were ‘fallen’ servicemen during WW1.
Photographs and video footage of the event will be taken and may be used as part of the publicity for the Christmas Truce Statue.
Please complete the attached slip and return to school by Friday 12th December if you do not wish your child to be photographed / videoed.
We hope you can join us on 19th December at 9.00 a.m. and look forward to seeing you there.
Ruth Town - Head Teacher
St Michael in the Hamlet
St Michael in the Hamlet
December 2014 News
Raising e-safety awareness is a vital part of our safeguarding agenda and we continually look for ways to keep our pupils safe when using the internet. Last Thursday Mrs. Agis led an E-Safety Awareness session to help parents and carers make their families more aware of the positive ways in which the internet can be used, but also some of the associated risks. A copy of the presentation can be found on our school website. Look out for copies of the Digital Parenting Magazine, which will be circulated to all parents soon. http://www.stmichaelinthehamletschool.com/news.asp
We know that children will often seek out the support and advice from friends when they have a question or problem. Last year we established an Esafety crew, made up of pupils from across the school, who have helped us help each other to stay safe when online. This year the school has joined a network of over 800 pupils across England and Wales, namely the ‘eCadets.’
The ecadet scheme trains a group of pupils so that their classmates can go to them with questions about the internet, online games and social media. The team of eCadets
are also responsible for promoting online safety behaviours and best practice across the school and community, based on regular challenges. The eCadets can direct any pupil questions to a team of E-safety specialists from the eCadet HQ using a secure instant messenger and they provide the answer, which helps to take the pressure off them and ensure the right knowledge is being communicated. The E-safety team includes a former senior police officer, teachers, and researchers.
The BBC has launched an exciting project called ‘Ten Pieces’. All children have watched a film made by the BBC and will be completing work based on this in the Spring term. All KS2 children have the exciting opportunity to enter a competition. More information will follow from Mrs. Brackenridge.
100 year Anniversary of World War 1
South Liverpool Food Bank
A Big Thanks to everyone for sending in your items for the South Liverpool Food Bank. You have sent an amazing 562 items which has surpassed our expectations, and will certainly help families during the coming Christmas holiday period. Thank you for your kind support!
Marie Curie Fundraiser
You are invited to join us in a Daffodil bulb planting session on Monday, 8th December at 3.20 pm on Junior Yard. This has been organised by School Council to raise funds for ‘Marie Curie’. All Welcome please bring a small donation. Thanks!
We will be holding our Christmas Fair on Friday, 5th December from 5 pm until 7.00 pm in the Foundation Stage classrooms. This is our biggest fundraiser and a fantastic family event. With everyone’s help we can make it the best one yet.
KS1 and EYFS Christmas Show ‘Little Angel gets her Wings’
We will be having 3 performances for KS1 and EYFS Christmas show. The tickets will be available
2 per family from Wednesday, 3rd December. Please ensure you bring your tickets with you to gain access to the Hall. Also, just a reminder that in line with our Images Policy, (available on our website) parents/carers are NOT permitted to take digital images, including photographs, video or mobile phone images. The Performances will be recorded by school and DVD copies will be available to purchase.
Tuesday, 16th December 10 am; Tuesday, 16th December 2 pm; Wednesday, 17th December 10 am
Christingle- Christmas Carol Service
Our KS2 Christingle Service will be held at St Michael’s Church on Friday, 12th December at 2.00 pm. All are welcome to attend. Staff will escort the children to and from the Church. Children will be dismissed from their classes at the end of day at the usual time.
KS1 Theatre Production ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’
KS1 will be having a Theatre Production –‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in school on Monday, 15th December at 9.30 am.
KS2 visit to Woolton Cinema
KS2 will be visiting Woolton Cinema on Thursday, 11th December 9 am to 12 midday. More information will be sent separately.
You are invited to join us for our Christmas Sing Song on the Junior Playground on Friday, 19th December. This year we will also be singing ‘Altogether Now’ by The Farm in memory of the Christmas Football truce. Lyrics will be sent home so please help your child to practice the song. Hot drinks and Mince Pies will be served for Parents and Carers in the Infant Hall from 9.00 am. We will register the children as usual, and then bring them out on to the playground. The Sing Song will begin at approximately 9.20 am.
Party Day for all children is Wednesday 17th December; children must bring their party clothes to change into as there will be the KS1 and EYFS Christmas Show in the morning.
Parking in Neilson Road
Please DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR in Neilson Road; this is a Massive Health and Safety Risk! Obviously by co-operating you will be helping to keep your children safe. Thank you!
Important Dates for your Diary
School CLOSES on Friday 19th December at the earlier time of 1.30 pm.
School RE-OPENS on Monday, 5th January at the usual time.
On behalf of us all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Peaceful Christmas Holiday and a wonderful New Year.
Ruth Town - Head Teacher