Today was Spanish Day at Cathedral School. It was wonderful to see so many of the children dressed up in traditional Spanish costumes and colours! We started the day by singing ‘Hola Amigos’ in our celebration assembly. The children then spent the morning learning Spanish phrases, listening to and translating Spanish stories and counting using Spanish numbers.
At lunchtime, traditional Spanish music was played in the hall while the children and staff enjoyed either Spanish chicken or stew followed by churros!
This afternoon, a range of activities took place from flamenco dancing to creating Spanish holiday brochures to Gaudi inspired mosaics. All around the school it was lovely to hear the children practising their Spanish and see so much excitement about Spanish language and culture. One child was heard saying “It’s been so nice to learn so much that I didn’t know about Spain today!”
Finally, thank you very much to all of our parent readers who came and read a Spanish story to the children. It was such a great opportunity for the children to ask questions about Spanish culture and language and hear a story from a native Spanish speaker.
Last week we had DT Week at Cathedral School and the theme was ‘Transport’. Children produced some excellent pieces of work, from sailing boats and cars, to horse and carriages.
All classes carefully designed their vehicles, thinking about how it would move and what materials would be appropriate for them to use and then completed evaluations at the end of DT Week.
Children were so proud of their work and it was lovely to see the high quality displays in the hall during the exhibition. Please look on the class blogs to see more photos of your child’s DT work and the steps they took to make their chosen transport.
Today we are delighted to announce that the school has been awarded the Artsmark Gold. It is a very difficult award to achieve and is a testament to the school’s continued commitment to a creative and broad curriculum.
We thank Mr Morrell for his steerage of the process and all the pupils, staff and governors who have contributed to this commendation.
This is what the award panel had to say:
The panel commended the inclusive and engaging approaches that have been taken to developing arts across the school, providing a focus and opportunity for pupils, teachers, the senior management team, governors and parents to work together.
For future development, the panel looks forward to you developing your leadership and advocacy role in the Arts.
As a Gold Artsmark school Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level and the opportunities embedded across your provision. Your children and young people have equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff in these areas. You engage with a range of arts and cultural organisations and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to share the expertise you have established.
This morning Father Michael led our collective worship. He helped us think about our school motto ‘life in all its fullness’ in terms of friendship. He told us the story of how Jesus healed the paralysed man. The man was unable to move but his friends helped him to see Jesus. Father Michael also shared an acrostic poem.
What does friendship mean to you?
Please write your own Friendship Acrostic. Mrs Scott will share some of the poems during collective worship, they will be posted on this blog and put in a book to be kept in the entrance hall.
We hope that you have had a wonderful summer. As a staff we have enjoyed welcoming the children back to school and hearing about their holidays as well as welcoming them to their new classes and discussing their aims and goals for the coming year.