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International Evening

Dear Parents,

International Evening 2012

Huge congratulations to all of the children, parents and staff who contributed to Cathedral Primary School’s International Evening on Friday 25th May. This sell-out evening was an opportunity to celebrate our wonderfully diverse school community through song, dance, music and poetry. The children’s performances were astonishing and included Hungarian dance, African songs, a karate performance, a range of poetry, American Street Dance and a variety of music played on the accordion, piano, recorder and flute as well as an excellent performance from the Cathedral School Choir. During the first half the audience were led in a chorus of God Save the Queen by a child in Year 2.  The incredible and very professional Cathedral School Mum’s Choir treated us to songs from Nigeria and Mexico and parent, Vanessa Fenton, who has spent 13 years at the Royal Ballet Company, performed an amazing dance from Russia. The Cathedral School Staff Choir started the evening off with their interpretation of By the Rivers of Babylon and Mr Scott also sang and was the compere for the evening. The performances finished with a rousing rendition of Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner, sang by the audience and performers alike.

International Evening was also an opportunity to get together as a school community and taste a variety of foods from around the world, many thanks to all of the parents and staff who provided the food for the interval.

We have recently been awarded the British Arts Council’s Arts Mark Gold Award for the fourth time. We are incredibly proud of the achievement and believe that International Evening is an important way to showcase the quality of our arts provision. It is also a chance to demonstrate our commitment to developing International links and celebrating our own diverse community; values which played a part in our International School Award which we received in the autumn.

Finally I would once again like to thank all the performers, parents and staff who contributed to a superb evening and especially Mr Rojas who co-ordinated the event.

Best wishes,

Miss Oguz

Olympic Diocesan Music Festival

Well done to The Cathedral School Choir who performed at the Olympic Diocesan Schools Music Festival which was held at Southwark Cathedral. The choir performed The World’s Greatest and a choral piece with a number of other schools from the Southwark Diocese.

Artsmark Success!

We are delighted to announce that the school has just been awarded the prestigious Artsmark Gold from The Arts Council.

Our ‘Gold’ level of award represents the highest level of achievement. This is the fourth time the school has been awarded this distinction and consequently The Arts Council will announce this success at a national level on the 23rd May 2012.

We will also receive a special plaque early June.

The application was led superbly by Mr Rojas, Art Co-ordinator, who ensured that all the incredible art activities which go on in school were seen by the assessors as well as organising their visit earlier in the term.

To say the assessing team were impressed would be an understatement. They thoroughly enjoyed their day here and were hugely impressed by the standard of art provision and the quality of work the children in school create.

In their report they said “Your application demonstrated an excellent commitment to providing high quality arts provision that is embedded across your curriculum”.

Well done to the children and staff! Now we have await for our specially commissioned ‘celebration toolkit’!

 

Tennis Tournament

Dear Pupils in Key Stage Two,

Many thanks to all of you who volunteered to take part in our school Cricket team. I was overwhelmed by your enthusiasm. It’s great to see so many of you so keen to take part in sporting events. I am sorry that we could only take a team of 11 pupils and so a lot of you were disappointed on this occassion.

However, there are many more sporting events coming up, which you may wish to be a part of. We are very lucky to be invited to take part in a tennis tournament on Thursday 14th June between 10.00am- 1.30pm at Burgess Park Tennis Centre. Again, we will be playing against teams from lots of different schools.

We need 8 children from Key Stage 2 who must be able to follow the rules, show a great sporting attitude and be ready to try their best.
If you are interested in taking part then please speak to either myself or your class teacher before Thursday 10th May so that I can finalise the team.

Good luck!

Miss Watts.
P.E. coordinator.

Digital Leaders – Wave 1

The first wave of digital leaders has been decided.

Please don’t be disappointed if you aren’t on this list. Once the digital leaders below have been trained – we’ll need more.

Thank you to everyone who applied, the response was amazing with some really great answers.

Well done to the children below:

Class 3 – Faber and Oisin

Class 4 – Freddie and Eleanor

Class 5 – Esther and Max

Class 6 – Mohammed and Laura

Best wishes,

Mr Scott

 

 

Cricketers wanted

Dear Pupils in Key Stage Two,

Are you an enthusiastic sports player? Can you play well in a team? Would you like to be part of our school cricket team? Then we need YOU!

We are incredibly lucky to have been invited to bring along a team to take part in a cricket festival on Tuesday 22nd May between 10am- 2.30pm at Bacons College in Rotherhithe. We will be playing against other teams from different schools. We need 11 children who will represent our school at cricket.

If you are interested in taking part then please speak to either myself or your class teacher before Thursday 3rd May so that I can finalise the team. Good luck!

Miss Watts.
PE coordinator.

Digital Leaders Wanted

Would you like to be a leader in ICT in school? We are looking a few KS2 pupils to help the school with ICT tasks such as maintaining the new website. You would be known as a Digital Leader.

You have to be responsible because you will have special ICT priviledges.

You have to be really enthusiastic about ICT and be a champion for the subject.

UPDATE: The link for the online application form has been removed. The  closing date for applications was Friday 27th April 2012. The response was overwhelming. The successful applicants will be revealed shortly.

Best wishes

Mr Scott

Choir Concert

Dear Parents,

The Cathedral School Choir will be holding a concert in the school hall on the 26th April at 3:30pm to which you are all invited.  This, however, will not be an ordinary concert as you will have the opportunity to join in with singing many of the songs! They will be simple, repetitive songs that are easy to learn but lots of fun to sing, and I’m sure you will all love being able to sing along with our talented children. Of course, the choir will also perform some more challenging songs which you will be able to sit back and enjoy!

 Your child will receive a letter about the concert this week. If you would like to come along to the concert, please fill in the slip on the letter and return it to the office. There will be no tickets but I would like to have an idea of numbers.

I hope you’ll be able to make it – it should be a lot of fun!

 Best wishes

 Mrs Morrow

Music Coordinator

New Reading Scheme

New Reading Books

This week your child will be given a reading book from the new reading scheme. Here at Cathedral School we are very excited about these new books as they offer children an opportunity to read a wider range of books including graphic novels, non-fiction, traditional tales and classics.   One of the key features of every book is a guide inside the cover that will support parents in asking a range of questions to develop their child’s Higher Order Reading skills such as comprehension, deduction, inference  and retrieval, as well as word recognition.

We very much valued the feedback we received from children, governors, staff  and parents when we were considering changing our reading scheme and really hope that you and your child enjoy reading the new books and that they support your child in developing their reading skills alongside a lifelong enjoyment of reading.

Happy Easter

Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of all the staff at Cathedral School I would like to wish you a very happy Easter. It’s been a wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable term and we all hope you have a fantastic holiday.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you all to a Diamond Jubilee “Street Party” in the infant playground at lunchtime on Wednesday 30th May – more details to follow but please put the date in your diaries.

Best wishes,

 

Miss Filiz Oguz

Headteacher

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