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Nativity Performance

Reception and Key Stage 1 children performed their version of the Nativity called ‘It’s a Party,’ this week.  The children sang brilliantly and enjoyed themselves.  Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to put together the performance.

Also, thank you to parents and carers who supported the performance and gave generously to our Uganda link school.  We raised £30.

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Bishop Karowei visits our school!

We enjoyed a lovely Eucharist Service with Bishop Karowei and Reverend Adams this week.  Faith Group lead the service and Year 6 received the bread and ‘wine’ or a blessing.  Bishop Karowei spoke about the importance of Compassion through the parable of the Good Samaritan.  He encouraged us to show kind actions to others when they are in need and to avoid laughing at them even though we may feel like it.

Bishop Karowei also blessed and opened our new prayer space in the playground.  This will be a special place for children and adults to use for reflection and personal prayer.

Faith Group enjoyed a breakfast meeting with Bishop Karowei.  They found out more about him and his role by asking questions such as, “When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?”  We learnt he used to be a doctor before he was selected to be the Bishop of Woolwich.  What a great day!

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Year 6 children presented their letters to Harriet Harman MP

Year 6 children presented their letters to Harriet Harman MP that they had written linked to God’s Global Goal: 13 – Climate Action.  They talked about how they want to be ‘agents of change’ and would like to see Rye Lane improved with less litter.

Ms Harman promised to write back. Here is a picture of our pupils with Harriet Harman MP.

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Operation Christmas Child at Grange Primary School

Faith Group went to Grange Primary School to share information about the Operation Christmas Child Appeal.  Both schools are going to work together to put together Christmas shoeboxes. Here are some pictures of our Faith Group in action.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Grange Primary School for their hospitality. We hope to see you ate our school soon.

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Operation Christmas Child

As part of our Love Project for this term, the children have been filling shoe boxes with much needed items that we simply take for granted, such as soaps, tooth paste etc, plus toys and useful items to send to the needy on behalf of “Operation Christmas Child”.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1990, more than 168 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Here are a few pictures of our children preparing their shoes boxes.

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Jigsaw PSHE

Ms Seale launched our new PSHE scheme in Collective Worship and shared our topic for the half term which is ‘Being Me in My World.’ The new scheme is called Jigsaw.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

To find out more about Jigsaw, go to www.jigsawpshe.com

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Bishop’s Certificate

As you are aware, Governors play a key role in developing and improving their school; clarity about the role of Governing Bodies is crucial to an effective partnership between Governors and the Head Teacher and staff. The Bishop of Southwark acknowledges this important role played by Governors of Church of England schools in the Diocese of Southwark.  He encourages Governors to work towards this certificate which aims to clarify the role of the Governing Body in a Church of England school.  The Bishop’s Certificate course is designed for the whole Governing Body.

Below is a list of the modules covered:

  • Module 1: The nature and purpose of church
  • Module 2: Admission policies
  • Module 3: The curriculum
  • Module 4: Teaching and Learning
  • Module 5: Self Evaluation and Inspection
  • Module 6: Effective governance
  • Module 7: School buildings
  • Module 8: Religious Education and Collective Worship
  • Module 9 & 10: Staffing

I am very pleased to let you know that our Governing Body has been awarded the Bishop’s Certificate which is a huge achievement.  We will be presented the certificate at Southwark Cathedral next week. Please join with me in congratulating our Governors, who are volunteers, for their achievement, alongside their commitment and support of our School.

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