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Book Week (Dragon Egg Discovery)

Book Week (Dragon Egg Discovery)

This has been an extraordinary week at Cathedral School, with the discovery of only the fourth dragon egg found in the last hundred years in the playground. The video below best explains the goings-on.

As well as this marvellous find, on Thursday, Miss Campbell arranged for Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler to visit the school. Jan and Sara are a writing partnership with over two hundred books to their name. They’ve written about ‘gargoylz’, dinosaurs, ghosts, football, ghosts playing football, Tudor spies, time-travelling pirates and pets from space!

They were hugely complimentary about the school and the excellent engagement of all our
children.

Book Day itself was a hugely fun day, with older classes hearing younger classes read, mystery teacher readers and, of course, costumes. It was very lovely to see many dragons in amongst the usual favourites. We thank Miss Campbell for organising such a successful and memorable week.

Spanish Day

Spanish Day

The school held its Spanish Day today. Miss Bowen organised lots of exciting activities, a Spanish lunch and Flamenco Dancing.

Danielle, the visiting Flamenco teacher said:

I have been teaching Flamenco in schools for 25 years, and my day at The Cathedral School has been one of the most enjoyable of my career. The staff were supportive of me and all the pupils, and the children were exceptionally focussed and willing to go outside their comfort zone, being taught in Spanish how to dance Flamenco. I was able to teach in 30 mins what would take me an hour to teach in other schools. Bravo and Ole!

What a great day! Thank you to Miss Bowen for making it very memorable and to parents for assisting children finding their costumes.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

We were so pleased that Y6’s production of The Little Mermaid was able to go ahead in front of Y6 parents this week.

This year, we didn’t sell tickets to the whole school – the show was able to go ahead thanks to a initial donation from the Governing body. We are very grateful for their support.

Please could you consider donating so we are able to continue with these productions in future years. Usually, tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children. You will find a “Little Mermaid Donation” payment item in your ParentPay account. Thanks for your support!

Election Day

Election Day

On Thursday, the school (Y2 upwards) took part in a mock election. Four members of Year 6 researched the policies of the four political parties representing Bermondsey and Old Southwark and presented them to the school.

There were five rounds of questioning: Education, a safer UK, a more prosperous UK, healthcare and the issue of the UK’s impending departure from the EU.

The representatives were fantastic, on top of their briefs and explained complex issues really well for the younger
children. Year 6 were given 5 posters for each for political party and placed them round the school.

In the afternoon, the school went to the polls with a mock ballot slip for this constituency. Year 6 counted the votes and aimed to beat Sunderland’s 48 minute record in 2015.

The Liberal Democrats won 46% of the whole school vote. Class by class, they also were the largest party in all but one of the classes. In that class, the Brexit Party received the most votes.

 

The whole school results are included in the gallery. It was a very worthwhile exercise as we further explored the British value of democracy.

Easter Praise

Easter Praise

The school’s Easter service was at Southwark Cathedral today.

As part of it, Year 4 performed ‘Easter Praise’. It was such a professional show – the acting was superb with really memorable performances, the singing was beautiful and full of energy, and of course it was the first time Year 4 had done a musical like this which is a huge responsibility – and everyone thought it was terrific.

They were really confident throughout, and the story of the most important event in the Christian faith really shone through.

We were also delighted that the writer and composer of the show, Sheila Wilson, surprised us by paying us a visit. She told Year 4 that it was the best performance she had seen of this show. She said the performance was amazing and was bowled over by the quality of the production. It was really wonderful to meet her.

Ranked #1 Primary School in London

Ranked #1 Primary School in London

The primary league tables were published yesterday and we were ranked the top primary school in
London, a feat never before achieved by the school.

There were 101 schools around the country who achieved 100% expected combined – then when they
are ranked in order of greater depth combined we are 5th in the country and 1st in London.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/primary-school-league-table-2018-search-compare-best-primary/

As we all know, exam results are just one measure of a school’s success, but nevertheless it is a
tremendous achievement and thanks to everyone who has made the school such a special place of
learning over the years.

Christmas Service

Christmas Service

On Friday, the school held its Christmas Service in Southwark Cathedral. It is always a special occasion and this year was no exception. It featured ‘Gold, Frankincense and Mirth’ which was led by Y5 supported by the other KS2 classes, while the younger children from EYFS and Year 1 sang ‘Away in a Manger’.

‘Gold, Frankincense and Mirth’ was a humorous and touching Nativity musical which Year 5 performed tremendously well. Their confidence, ability and talent shone through as they told the story of the birth of Jesus with a few jokes along the way. The singing from all the children was beautiful, particularly Ellah’s (Y6) solo from ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Franklin’s (Y4) reading was very polished and professional.

It was great to see the many parents and friends of the school at the Cathedral for this service.

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