A Week In the Life of Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth

Following on from my blog last week, I was impressed with how the Junior Choir performed in the final of the Rotary Club singing competition.  They performed two songs and were drawn to perform first – not an easy thing to do, but they were confident and self-composed. The standard of the choirs was high and although CHS did not win the competition, they certainly were one of the strongest choirs there. Thank you to Mrs Romero-Fernandes and Mrs Sillett for all their work preparing the choir for this event.

By now you will have had time to peruse the most recent copy of The Royal Blue.  I hope that you have enjoyed reading about the different aspects of life across the whole school. Mrs Clarke, our Marketing Manager, has certainly made this year’s copy an excellent read with lots of contributions from pupils too.

At the start of the week I spent time working in upper key stage two where a snapshot of lessons included: PSHE- road safety lessons in preparation for a Road Safety visit next week for year 5; history – Year 6 using primary sources– the Ordinances of Eltham- to investigate aspects of Tudor life and in science, 5H were focusing on planning experiments to separate a range of materials.

This week has seen the introduction of peer mentoring by Year 6 with year 4 pupils. This is a new initiative in the Junior department to further strengthen the social, moral and pastoral aspects of school life. It will be a good opportunity for the personal development of Year 6 pupils, to help younger pupils and strengthen communication across the year groups.

The confirmations of those children who wish to take the English Speaking Board exam have now been received and I will be booking a date for the exams with ESB for later in the Spring Term. In the meantime, children are already covering aspects of the skills required for these exams in their English lessons.

Thursday was a particularly busy day which started with the Lower School Assembly at which there was a visit from Dandy Lion, the St Helena Hospice mascot. Charlotte Steele, the fundraising representative from St Helena Hospice came to the assembly too to thank everyone for their fundraising work at school. Barclays had matched the money raised in school for the £10 challenge, bringing the grand total raised to £1020 and Wendy Borell Wendy from Barclays presented the cheque in assembly. Dandy Lion then visited the Nursery children, which caused quite a lot of excitement!

The Prep Nativity took place at Eld Lane Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon. The Nursery children opened the Nativity with their lovely version of “Jingle Bells”. The children in Reception Year 1 and Year 2 were so confident and sang beautifully, with entertaining acting on show too. Following that I enjoyed the debating skills club after -school. That same evening, the Christmas theme then continued with the Early Years festive drinks evening for parents which I attended. This was held in the Nursery rooms which had been transformed by the Nursery staff into a sparkling, welcoming venue with many fairy lights and all the children’s seasonal art works on display. The children in the Nursery are so fortunate to have such dedicated staff working with them.

The CHSA Bazaar was a busy and successful event once again – the organisation that the CHSA members put into this is amazing and is much appreciated.

I hope you all have a restful weekend.