Newsletter - Gonerby Hill Foot Church of England Primary School

December 2014
This year has certainly flown
by and we cannot believe
how quickly Christmas has
come – although to the
children it perhaps feels like
forever! Our Christmas tree
is a stunner again this year,
especially with all the
children’s wonderfully
crafted decorations. Advent
is a very special time and the
past two weeks have been
lovely with all the events,
performances and parties.
We have also been thinking
lots about the significance of
Christmas and the children have been very reflective.
Our Year 1/2 pupils did a grand
job of Babushka. This was a new
story for them and they retold it
perfectly. The acting was fantastic
and the Mayor was certainly
impressed with our Babushka,
Abigail. Everyone had so much to
learn and remember and again
the singing was exceptional,
especially the solo performances.
Well done children! The children
also visited the elderly residents of Arnoldfield a week
or two ago and sang beautifully to them too.
We hope you have a lovely, peaceful Christmas and we
look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!
Claire Stylianides
Whoops a Daisy Angel
KS2 Christmas Service & Christmas Singalong
Our Reception children put on a superb performance of
Whoops-a-Daisy Angel – you would not believe that
they are only 4 and 5 years old. They were such
professionals, remembering all their lines and speaking
really clearly, with and without the microphone. They
performed their dances and actions brilliantly and the
singing was absolutely superb. In the audience was the
Mayor, Ian Selby. He thoroughly enjoyed the
performance and said it was the best he had seen!
In KS2 nothing captures the spirit of Christmas more
than coming together to prepare and practise ready for
our Christmas celebration events. We hope you enjoyed
the traditional service of lessons and carols at St
Sebastian’s church. Didn’t the choir do well singing John
Rutter’s Nativity carol? All the children have worked
really hard and are looking forward to sharing a
selection of Christmas poems and songs on the last day
of term. Please come and join in and celebrate the
festive season with us!
Christmas Fair & FSA Christmas Gifts
It was a super afternoon at the Christmas Fair and we
were pleased to see so many visitors. Thank you to the
wonderful FSA and all our staff volunteers for the
brilliant job they did and also to the choir who sang
beautifully. Thank you for all your donations too.
Overall we raised about £1000. There are some raffle
prizes still to be collected. A list of raffle winners are
displayed on the notice board and the Galaxy Tab was
won by lucky Phoebe Beaumont in Year 5.
The children were very pleased to receive the class
Christmas gift from the FSA. From the money that you
have helped raise, the FSA have presented each class
with a brilliant box of games and activities to make wet
playtimes much more fun. Thank you!
the advice that their teachers give them and achieve
their targets. They have produced their best work ever!
Well done to Lydia Sharman, Lydia Barker, Finley
Dawber, Dexter Croft, Peyton-Leigh Silverman, Maisie
Williamson, Eddie Leresche-Hands, Daniel Kelly, Abi
Davies, Sophie Thomas and Kieran Davidson.
Infant Panto Visit
Cathedral Choir
Last week, Mrs Turner had the
pleasure of taking a small choir
to sing as part of the Diocese’s
first ever Christmas Service at
Lincoln Cathedral. The children
worked exceptionally hard in
the run up to the service and
performed beautifully. They
were given the opportunity to
sing a coral piece by John
Rutter in St Hugh’s Quire; it was quite an experience!
The children represented our school wonderfully and
really did us proud. Well done to all the children
The Infant children enjoyed a super treat when they
went to see the Aladdin Pantomime at the Guildhall last
week. It was great fun and everybody soon got into the
mood with shouts of ‘Oh no you didn’t’ and the hissing
and booing filled the theatre every time the villain took
the stage. The children were fantastic, so well behaved
and came away feeling very Christmassy!
Christmas Card Recycling
Don’t throw away your Christmas cards – recycle them
and help our local sports charity. Blue Castle Waste &
Energy Management are collecting all our unwanted
cards and envelopes and the money raised from
recycling them will go to Inspire+ and Beaumond
House. Beaumond House Community Hospice provides
supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or
terminal illnesses and their families. We have a
collection box for card and envelopes in school until the
end of January.
Key Dates For Your Diaries
Children of the Autumn Term
Well done to all the children who have been voted by
their classmates to be Child of the Term: Alfie Edwards,
Lydia Sharman, Libby Golightly-Baker, Carys Davie,
Marcie Morris-Page, Codi Askew, Lexi Blackman, Daniel
Kelly, Jake Stinson, Charlotte Deans and Toby Farmer.
Magic Pencil and Golden Pen Awards
We are very proud of our writing awards display and
this term’s writers have produced some fantastic pieces
of work. It is clear they try really hard to take on board
January 2015
Mon 5th
Teacher training day
Tues 6
Pupils back in school
Arts & Team Spirit week
Fri 16th
Music for Schools assembly
Thurs 15th Large school athletics competition
Wed 21st Music for Schools presentation for Parents
Thurs 22nd Young Voices in Sheffield
Sam Ruddock & Inspire+ Assembly
February 2016
Tues 3rd
Swimming Gala
Sat 7th
Swimarathon, 11:30am at The Meres
Tues 10
Safer Internet Day
and E-safety workshop for parents
Fri 13th
end of term