Last week, the children in KS2 were sorted into four houses: Fedelta (Faithfulness), Kebaikan (Kindness), Armastus (Love), Maluhia (Peace). They will receive House Points for high achievement, great progress, exceptional effort, and exemplary conduct.
As well as gaining House Points throughout the school day, the children will be able to compete in mini-tournaments and competitions throughout the year. There is a House Cup trophy for the school champions at the end of the year.
This week we received the SAT results for Year 6. We are delighted with them. They are a testament to the talent and dedication of the pupils and staff. A huge thank you goes to everyone who has taught and supported this cohort over the years. Congratulations to Mr Morrell, Darcie and Mr Scott for all of their hard work this year, and to Mr Henshaw, Mr Crowley and Mrs White who also helped them prepare for the tests. 97% of children achieving an ‘expected’ level in mathematics, reading and writing (compared to the national average of 59%) is a wonderful outcome.
No school can achieve these results without parental support and we thank all the parents who have worked in partnership with the school throughout their time here.
We are extremely proud to share with you the official report from our recent OFSTED inspection that took place on December 7th and 8th 2022.
The school has been graded “Outstanding” in all areas. This fantastic outcome is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, the support of our parents and governors and our wonderful pupils.
Please take the time to read the report by clicking here. We are delighted with the report and feel it is a true reflection of Cathedral School. The current Ofsted framework is extremely challenging, with only 18% of outstanding schools retaining their outstanding judgement following an inspection.
The inspectors were extremely complimentary when verbally reporting back to senior staff, governors and representatives from the local authority and diocese; saying that it was ‘an honour and a privilege’ to have inspected the school. A representative from Southwark Council said she had never heard such positive feedback from OFSTED in her whole career as a School Improvement Partner.
Please enjoy reading the report and thank you all again for your support during the inspection.
The end of year show was an absolute triumph. Mr Scott, Janet and Brenda worked incredibly hard with Class 6 and they all produced a show which will be remembered for a long time, we are sure. We would like to thank all the staff for their various roles during the busy week, and particularly our premises manager Steve who has been busy for weeks because of this production.
As well as the parents of Year 6 for their support, we thank the Year 4 and Year 5 parents who supported the show during their two respective nights dropping off and collecting in the evenings. The children were amazing and there is no other primary school who could put together a show of this quality in just a half term. If you missed the show, watch this one-minute trailer and buy a DVD!
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
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.
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.
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!
We are excited to release all the Christmas videos each class prepared this half term. Year 5 performed our blockbusting Christmas musical ‘Mary, Mary‘, Reception performed ‘Our First Nativity‘ and each of the other classes performed a Christmas song or carol. We hope you enjoy watching them! Merry Christmas!
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.
Thank you to all parents who visited our DT exhibition as part of Parents’ Evening. The exhibition was a celebration of our recent DT Challenge where each child had to design and make a moving animal. It was wonderful to see so many children proudly sharing their hard work. Please see school blog and individual class blogs for more photos.
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