Bulletin 29th September 2017
Published On 29/09/2017
29 September 2017
 
Dear Parents,
 
The Harvest Festival was a splendidly celebratory occasion! The stage looked magnificent and was overflowing with the generous donations of food contributed by our school community. Woodwind Wonders and Stringstars formed an orchestra to accompany the hymn, ‘When God made the garden of creation’, the Infants sang about Harvest and also spelled out the word with visual aids and the Y3/4 Choir sang a ‘bluesy’ song of harvest thanks.
 
Revd. Scot Manning from Mobberly Methodist church spoke to the children on a harvest theme and in particular how, as an apple spreads its seed when the core is discarded, we too can spread love, joy and kindness by sharing these virtues with other people.
 
The harvest were distributed to the elderly folk of the Harry Lawson Court, who were delighted to receive such beautifully decorated baskets, and also to meet the Y2 pupils; other recipients were Silklife Foodbank and Cre8 Youth and Community Programme, both of whom were both astonished and delighted at the quantity of donations. They pass on their thanks to you all.
 
Certificates of achievement
 
In the Junior Department, Robert Batchelor Awards go to:
 
3CKVA
Oliver Halfpenny
3EY
Mason Grady
4FR
Joe Moores
4NS
Louisa Bailey
5JCLC
Holly Askey
5MW
Nayomie Lightfoot
5SM
Caolan Coulthurst
6JEB
William Harris
6SC
Phoebe Marshall
6ST
Freya Brosnahan
 
Robert Batchelor trophy: Freya Brosnahan
 
Open Morning
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors into our school on Saturday 7th October, when we will hold our Open Morning from 10.00-13.00. Some Year 6 children have volunteered to assist in showing visitors around the school on this occasion but we would appreciate a few more Year 6 volunteers to help “show off” their school.  A letter on the website gives full details. If your child is able to assist, we would be grateful if you would return the reply slip to the Infant & Junior office as soon as possible.
 
Year One
Year One were in for a treat on Thursday when we welcomed Rebecca from Animal Magic. The children were able to handle a range of animals including a snake, tarantula, tortoise, bearded dragon and of course meerkats! Rebecca talked about the animals’ natural habitats as well as explaining the importance of their different features. I am sure the children will agree that this was an afternoon to remember.
 
Year 6 Visit to the Manchester Art Gallery
On Wednesday 27th September, all of Year 6 spent the day at the ‘Manchester Art Gallery’ to enrich their Learning Challenge topic on the Ancient Greeks. In small groups, they spent half their visit exploring the whole gallery on a self-guided tour, appreciating an extremely wide range of styles, genres and media from ancient Etruscan pottery to 21st century sculpture.
The focus for the day was the 2-hour workshop on classically inspired Art.  Frederic Leighton’s colossal ‘Captive Andromache’ provided much of the inspiration for the pupils, from which they learnt about the start of the Trojan War, Hector’s premonition and Homeric similes and metaphors within paintings, all brought to life by the Gallery’s inspirational Education Officer.  Mingling with general visitors to the Gallery throughout the day, our pupils set an excellent example by listening intently, contributing knowledgeably and appreciating the works of art in a mature and engaged manner. A most enjoyable day was had by all!
 
 
Friends of King’s
Christmas Pudding Orders and competition for the children
We are delighted to offer parents the opportunity to buy Christmas Puddings in support of Friends of King’s. These delicious puddings are supplied by the Ultimate Plum Pudding Company, who supply many leading organisations, including Fortnum & Mason! In addition to a traditional Christmas Pudding, we are offering triple chocolate, lemon, ginger and sticky toffee puddings.
This year, the Infant and Junior children are invited to take part in our competition to design the labels for the puddings, which will appear on all orders placed by King’s families. Details of the competition will be shared with the children by their teachers. The deadline for entries is Thursday 12th October.
Full details of how to order puddings and the booking form are on the website. THE DEADLINE FOR PUDDING ORDERS WILL BE MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER.
 
Christmas Fair- Saturday 25th November, 12:30-3:30
Please mark your diaries and we hope you will come and join us for our annual Christmas fair at Cumberland Street. We will have an array of festive stalls, games and activities, Santa visits, external stalls selling Christmas gifts, bacon sandwiches and other refreshments. We really need help from parents to make the event a success and help run stalls and class reps will be in touch. If you have any great ideas of activities we can include, then please contact Rachel: raq.clark@btinternet.com.
We will be planning stalls at our Friends of King’sCommittee meeting next Friday 6th October, 2pm in the Dining Hall. We would welcome anyone who would like to come along and get involved!
 
Junior Disco
Thank you very much for your support for the Junior Disco and for the many offers of help to set up and supervise. We hope the children have a fabulous time!
 
 
Sports Results
 
Year 4 Netball match against The Grange on Monday 25th September:
A Team – 11-0
B Team -1-0
C Team 4-0
 
U10 Netball v Alderley Edge on 28th September
Netball U10 A V AESG 2-1 Win
Netball U10B V AESG 4-3
 
Next week’s Sports Fixtures and Practices
Mon 2 Oct
15.45 Y3 Netball
15.45 Y5/6 Rugby
 
Tues 3 Oct
15.45 Y3/4 Football
16.00-17.00 Y6 Cricket
 
Wed 4 Oct
AJIS Cross Country at Rossall School
15.45 Y5/6 Hockey. Please collect from Cumberland Street at 17.00
 
Thurs 5 Oct
15.30 U11A/B Netball v St Alban’s (A)
15.30 U10A/B Netball v Cheadle Hulme (A)
14.30 U10A/B Football v Newcastle under Lyme (H)
15.45 Y4/5/6 Netball
15.45 Y5/6 Football
 
Fri 6 Oct
10.00 U8 Football Festival, Etihad Campus
12.00 St Pius X U11 Netball tournament at  Leyland
 
Sat 7 Oct
U10 Football & Hockey Festival at Terra Nova
 
 
Many thanks for your continued support.
 
Mrs A. J. Lea
Vice-Principal, Junior Department