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Arts Week 2018

Arts Week 2018

Arts Week took place between 8th– 12th January at Cathedral School.  This year the theme was ‘Seascapes’.  Children used a range of skills and techniques throughout the week; these are reflected in the wonderful displays showcased in the Key Stage 1 corridor. Classes produced some stunning work, from creative underwater pictures in Nursery to collage pieces of Plymouth Hoe by Class 6.


Nursery worked with a variety of materials to paint and print, focusing on ‘Under the Sea’. They produced some fantastic pieces of work. Children used bubble wrap to create an underwater texture for their backgrounds then printed and stamped the rest of their scenery onto it.


Reception’s chosen seascape was ‘Waterfalls’ and children worked on the skill of using materials to create different textures.  Reception’s waterfalls were based on Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and they used water colours, poster paints and tissue paper to produce some great pieces of art!

Year 1

Class 1’s theme was ‘By the Beach’; children created sunset beach scenes. Throughout the week they explored different qualities of materials and used water colours to paint the background of their work, then carefully added sand to the bottom of their pictures to form contrasting textures. Finally the children drew small boats onto black card and cut them out to produce the silhouettes in their art work.

Year 2

Class 2 were inspired by Hokusai’s ‘36 Views of Mount Fuji’, creating their own prints of London landmarks for Arts Week. Children designed their own prints then completed their work using printing blocks. Class 2 also had a trip to the National Gallery for some Art inspiration!

Year 3

Class 3 produced some excellent pieces of work for their theme, ‘Rivers’. Pupils used a range of techniques such as printing for their backgrounds and collage for their rivers to create representations of river movement.

Year 4

Class 4 created a beautiful boat display for Arts Week, with work focusing on Brixham Harbour. Children used collage, painting, layering and sanding skills to produce creative pieces of work, bringing the harbour to London Bridge.

Year 5

In Class 5, pupils displayed their skills in using oil pastels during Arts Week. Children carefully studied the different shapes of waves. They then created their own versions using water paints and oil pastels.  Class 5 produced some very skilful pieces of art work.

Year 6

Class 6 chose the Seascape of Plymouth Hoe for inspiration during Arts Week.  Children created detailed collages and looked at ways to manipulate their paper in order to produce texture and add detail to their work.  This display can be found in the Key Stage 2 corridor.

Well done to everyone for all the hard work. We are so proud of the children and the work they have produced.

Christmas with Cathedral Tots

Cathedral Tots, the playgroup for siblings and children whose parents have accepted a nursery place at the school, is now in its third year. The playgroup is a chance for children to socialise, make new friends, do craft activities, dress up and play in a safe, warm environment. Numbers have fluctuated but we’re delighted that this year, twelve families are making regular use of the playgroup. Parent feedback has been excellent. The children really do seem very happy to have their group and are getting to know the routine. They even help to tidy up! It’s been a lovely space for parents to get know each other and find out more about the school from members of staff including Ms Jinks,our SENCO, Mrs Leighton, Assistant Head and Debbie from Nursery, who pop in from time to time.
We are really pleased to see how well children who have attended the playgroup have settled into nursery in the last couple of years. It’s lovely to see the classes of 2018 and 2019 developing friendships already. It’s also heart-warming to see the Year 6 children engage with the little children when they come along at the end of the session to help with the clearing up. We’d like to thank our regular helpers!
This week we had our end of term Christmas celebration. The children made crowns and Christmas trees and enjoyed some little Christmas treats, finishing off by singing Happy Birthday to one of the children. We hope you enjoy the photographs.
If you have a child under the age of 4 and would like to find out more, please come along or contact Jo McEwan, Home School Liaison Officer, via the school office. Cathedral Tots runs every Wednesday in term time, hall-space permitting, from 9.30 to 10.15, resuming on 17th January 2018

Service of Light

Nine children from Cathedral School were invited to take part in a brief service of light yesterday at Southwark Cathedral. The special service took place in the choir and was attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.  The children led the prayers and lit candles.

The Prince and the Duchess were accompanied by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.

We were so proud of the children who took part in the service and represented the school well.

If you were at the service yesterday please could you describe your experience.

Cathedral School Christmas Service

Congratulations to Year 5 who lead our Christmas worship this morning at Southwark Cathedral. Their performance of ‘Holy Joe’ was stunning and really brought the Christmas story to life. They were accompanied by the beautifully singing voices of Years 2, 3, 4 and 6. The congregation were also treated to a performance of ‘Baby Jesus is Born Tonight’ by Nursery, Reception and Year 1.

School Food Matters – raising money for FareShare

This term some of our Rights Champions took part in a sustainable food project, run
by School Food Matters. The aim of the project was to raise awareness of food
poverty in London, and raise money for FareShare, a charity that collects surplus
food from major supermarkets and food companies, and redistributes it to frontline
charities and community groups. These include homeless hostels, children’s
breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for the elderly, domestic violence refuges and
community cafés. For every £1 that FareShare raise, they are able to supply enough
food to produce four meals to vulnerable people and families.
Our Rights Champions took part in different sessions over a number of weeks,

  • A tour of Borough Market, visiting various stalls to hear about where the foods
    are from and the ingredients that are used.
    Taking part in a training session at Borough Market, where the children were
    lucky enough to taste a selection of Italian baked goods, and started to think
    about different foods from different cultures.
  • A visit to one of the FareShare depots, where we were able to see all of the
    ‘waste’ food that gets delivered. The children also helped the depot staff to
    pick out an order which was then delivered to one of the charities that they
  •  The children chose a selection of different baked goods to make and then sell
    at Borough Market to raise money for FareShare. A food quality panel from
    Borough Market then visited the school to taste the baked goods before sale
  • The children baked the goods at school the day before the sale, with the help
    of Kim!
  • Last Thursday the children sold their goods at Borough Market. The sale day
    was a huge success, with the children selling all of their products and raising
    £43, enough to produce 172 meals.

The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the project, and it was a wonderful  experience for them.
Well done Rights Champions!

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