15 Dec 2017

Headteacher's Message December 15th 2017

Dear parents and children,

"On the penultimate week to Christmas, my true love sent to me:

an Anglo-German carol service, 3 Christmas productions, a trip to the Christmas market, 134 Christmas jumpers and a School Christmas Fayre!"

Gosh, what a busy week it’s been! A huge thank you to all the children for their resilience and resourcefulness this week. Thank you to everyone for supporting our Christmas Fayre, we will let you know next week how much money has been raised.                    

                                                            Have a good weekend

Mrs Mason  

Diary Dates:
18th KS1 Christmas breakfast
18th FS2 Christmas market trip
19th 1.30pm FS2 Stay and Play
20th Christmas lunch for children (only pre-
ordered meals)
21st KS2 Christmas breakfast
21st 1.15pm School closes for Christmas
8th School restarts for the spring term

FS 2
For being so helpful.
All of Year 1
For her positive attitude towards learning.
For a fantastic Christmas Nativity.
For a great effort in Art this term!
All of Year 2
For fantastic effort and enthusiasm and working hard to make the Nativity special.
For settling well into Year3.
For making good food swap choices.
For great effort with his reading and clarity of speaking in our production.
All of Year 4
For an amazing Christmas performance with perfectly timed choreography & brilliant poetry reading.
For always being ready and willing to help.
For always giving of his best for the whole term.
For your excellent reading improvement – and reading the introduction to A Christmas Truce information text. A very successful time you are having all round!

Cold Weather Wear
Please make sure children come to school with appropriate clothing to change into (waterproof trousers, boots, gloves etc.) so they are able to play safely outside in the snow during break and lunchtimes. Thank you.

Anglo-German Carol Service
Bielefeld School choir, run by Mr Reeves and Mrs Thorne, took part in the Anglo-German service at the Altstadter Nicolaikirche, Bielefeld last Sunday. The children sang beautifully and were a credit to us all. The choice of songs celebrated the moment of Christmas and friendship perfectly: Christmas is Here; Wonderful Love; The Little Drummer Boy and The Saviour's Come.
The Year 3 choir members also helped present the Nativity story - where they dressed up in costumes and built the Nativity scene as the various stages and readings of the story were presented. This was very much enjoyed and welcomed by the congregation.
With this being the 50th anniversary of the Anglo -German service, Year 6 choir members also read extracts from Dr Maya Angelou's poem Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem. This was a fitting tribute to the bonds and friendships that have been built between our communities over the past years.
Led by Mr. Reeves, Ethan, Year 6, sang a pitch perfect first verse of Once In Royal David's City, and Maddy, also Year 6, spoke clearly and confidently when she read from the Gospel of Luke:Chapter 2.
The words of Fr Ian Evans CF, Deputy Assistant Chaplain General (Germany), perhaps sum this up best:
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of the children who participated in the Anglo/German Carol Service in town yesterday evening.  They were a credit to their parents, the school and their teachers.  They are to be heartedly congratulated for being such great ambassadors for the British community in Bielefeld.
Thanks must go to parents for supporting in this, the children who took part, and all members of staff involved with the choir, readings, costuming, organisation and care of the children.

KS2 Trip to Christmas Markets
KS2 classes enjoyed a snowy yet colourful and fun-filled visit to the Bielefeld Christmas market on Monday. Children were able to use their language skills of German and taste local food and produce. Some Christmas gifts were also purchased. We won't give the game away, as you never know - some of these wonders could make it to your Christmas stocking!

FS 1 and 2 Christmas Production
Our youngest children also retold the Nativity story and we were so impressed at how confident and mature they were. They knew exactly what to do, where to go and when and were a true credit to our Foundation Stage teaching team.
Well done FS1 and FS2!

KS1 Christmas Production
KS1 performed a beautiful re-telling of the Nativity story which was enjoyed by parents and all in school.
A Year 6 wrote:
The KS1 Christmas performance was gorgeous this morning, and they told the story really well.  There was lots of clear speaking, singing and acting with dancing angels, wandering and intense shepherds, a very serious Joseph and Mary, an emphatic inn-keeper, and very generous kings - to mention a few!
Well done KS1!