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.
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.
On Thursday, we celebrated ‘Dia de Español’ (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 Hola’ in assembly. The children then spent the morning learning Spanish phrases, listening to and translating Spanish stories and making sums out of Spanish word problems.
At lunchtime, traditional Spanish music was played in the hall as children and staff enjoyed either Spanish chicken or omelette followed by some very delicious churros!
This afternoon, a range of activities took place from flamenco dancing to decorating Spanish flag bunting to Miro inspired drawings. All around the school it was lovely to hear the childrenpractising their Spanish and showing so much enthusiasm for Spanish language and culture.
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.
As mentioned in the first newsletter this year, we are holding Curriculum Evenings for each class this week.
These evenings have been designed to inform you about your child’s learning this year, meet the teacher and support staff as well as help you to support your child’s learning at home.
No advance confirmation of attendance is necessary.
On the day, instead of collecting your child at 3.15pm, please let your child’s teacher know you are staying for the evening. They will then send your child to the supervised activities in a different part of the school. If you have more than one child at the school, please do this for them all.
Entry to the curriculum evening is directly through the respective classroom door at 3.30pm, which will give the teachers a few minutes to set up.
After the meeting, children will be brought back to the classrooms.
Thanks for your support with these informative evenings. We hope to see you there.
Year 6 recently took their SATs tests in May and we are very pleased with the results:
These results are exceptional. As you can see 100% of pupils achieved ‘expected’ level in all subjects.
The figure of 53% of children exceeding the expected level in reading, writing and maths is also remarkable when compared to 2017 national percentage of 9%.
It is important to note that the children were congratulated long before their results were published – for doing their very best.
In practice, it is extremely difficult for schools to ensure that every child leaves Year 6 having achieved the ‘expected’ standard in reading, writing and maths. In fact, this is the first time it has been achieved by any school in Southwark since the tests started assessing the content of the 2014 curriculum. Which makes this achievement all the more remarkable.
Also, it is worth noting, if you were to compare assessment results from different years, that all year groups are unique in every school – with different children and varied challenges, but, in smaller schools, percentages can vary significantly year-on-year despite receiving exactly the same quality of curriculum and teaching. Each child represents a bigger ‘percentage’ in small schools like ours.
Needless to say, we are hugely proud of the outcomes and thanks and congratulations go to everyone involved – all the teaching and support staff who have taught this class throughout their time here and the parents who have been hugely supportive of their children’s learning.
Reading to – and with – your child each evening, practising spellings and multiplication tables (from Y2) are all things every parent can do to give their children the best start in school and in life.
Particular thanks go to Mr Morrell and Brenda for making the children’s Year 6 so successful.
Last week at Cathedral School we ended a super Sports Week with a splendid Sports Day! In their classes, pupils were divided into colour teams: Red, Yellow and Blue. Over at the Marlborough, the colour teams went head to head to compete in a number of fun sports activities and races (as you can see from the photos below). It was a fabulous, fun-filled day with lots of excitement and cheering. Thank you to everyone who came and support the children, and Cathedral School.