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St Paul’s News                              Friday 19th April 2024

 

Our Value of Trust

This half term, we have a new value: trust.

Trust means relying on people, knowing they've got your back, and being honest and respectful in return. It's the glue that holds friendships and communities together.

In Monday's assembly, we took a look at a story from the Bible about a man named Abraham. He had to leave his home and friends behind and trust that things would be okay. It got us thinking about times we've had to trust in our own lives and how trust is something earned over time. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

 

St Paul’s PTA

We are trying to set up a St Paul’s PTA.

A PTA is a school association run by some of the parents and teachers to discuss matters that affect the children and to organise events to raise money for the school. Being part of the school PTA is very different to being a Parent Governor and is not a big undertaking. We envisage the PTA to support with school events such as fairs (Christmas and Summer), school discos and other nice activities we could put on to enrich the life of all the children at St Paul’s. If you are at all interested, please speak to Mrs Morrison or Mrs Baller who will answer any questions you may have.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 30th April: Year 5 visit Gloucester Library

Wednesday 1st May:  Year 2 visit Gloucester Library

Wednesday 1st May: Gloucester Young Voices Project (Year 4 and 5)

 

Book Recommendation

A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby

Hazel is starting a new life in England as her parents prepare to leave Kuwait. She is sent to her great aunt’s fairy tale cottage with a forbidden room and magical garden. However, fitting in is tough, especially when you are haunted by creatures straight out of a fairy tale…

This is an original and engaging read that cleverly blends the fairy tale trope with the very difficult issue of OCD. (This is further explained with advice from the author at the end of the book). It is a story which could inspire readers to follow Hazel and write their own fairy tale whilst learning about life in Kuwait, OCD and the collective nouns for many insects and animals.

A ”Kaleidoscope” of butterflies – who knew!

https://readforgood.org/book_reviews/a-flash-of-fireflies/

 

 Learning about World War One

Year 5 had a great trip to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire museum on Thursday morning as part of their learning about the First World War.

The trip provided a hands-on experience with a variety of war artefacts, allowing the children to deepen their understanding and connect their classroom learning to real-life objects.

For those interested in visiting, the museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and warmly welcomes visitors of all ages. It's a fantastic opportunity to delve into history and engage with the stories of those who served.

 

River Schools

Northgate (reception) and Eastgate (Year 1 and 2) had a very exciting assembly on Tuesday 16th April. Becky and Alice came to school and spoke to us about the role that Severn Rivers Trust play.

Did you know they help to plant hedges to prevent flooding, clear the tonnes of rubbish from the water ways and look after the wildlife around the Severn.

There were lots fun questions to help the children to learn more about the rivers. It started with them becoming the river, recreating the sounds and movements. You could nearly imagine yourself sat on the river bank! After that, they had to guess the animals from small little clips of different local species. Becky and Alice were so impressed with the amount of river animals the children knew from other countries. Before the end, the children were set the challenge to see if they can find out about as many of the creatures that live in or by the River Severn before their next visit. 

This is some of what we learnt

“Planting hedges by the river helps stop the flooding.”

“Do not pollute the river Severn or any waters.”

“The river Severn helps the fish like salmon to migrate.”

“Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth.”

 

A Spring Spruce Up!

During the Easter holiday, some staff and volunteers generously dedicated their time to give the Reception outdoor area a makeover, developing an even more inspiring place for the children to play and learn. The transformation also involved getting lots of new resources to enhance provision across all areas of learning, including a huge sand pit, gardening tools, a picnic table, giant construction materials, additions to the mud kitchen and a range of water play toys, to name a few. 

Since the beginning of term, the children have been absolutely loving spending time outside. We are seeing so much imagination in their play, wonderful collaboration amongst the children and their problem solving skills are developing hugely too. 

Georgina - “I love the mud kitchen and the water because they’re so fun.” 

Ivy - “The sand is so good. You can take your shoes off in it so it’s like the beach.” 

Delan - “I like building with my friends to make a big house and a castle.” 

Lamar - “I love it all and the colours. Thank you to make it special for us.” 

Reception would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make it the wonderful place that it now is! We can’t wait to see all of the fantastic opportunities the new outdoor area will provide for the children in the coming months. 

 

Online Safety

LEGO Fortnite

Lego Fortnite is free to play (in game purchases are available though). The game has been rated as PEGI 7 which means the content is suitable for children over the age of 7.  You need to be aware that this game can be played with up to seven people (or solo).

 

Lego Fortnite is only accessible on Fortnite, so you must download the main game. When setting up an account, if your child is under the age of 13, then they will be given a ‘cabined account,’ which means certain features will be disabled (such as communicating with other players). However, you are able to override them.

 

Please ensure you set the parental controls as appropriate for your child, it is also recommended that you set the appropriate settings on the console itself.

 

There are two worlds available - Survival or Sandbox, you can find out more about each world here so you can decide which would be best for your child if they have access to the game

https://www.lego.com/en-gb/themes/fortnite/lego-fortnite-parents-guide?age-gate=grown_up

  

Art Inspiration

 

This term and last half term, we have been practising and learning more about Art! We are becoming Artists and learning what it means to be an Artist. We are busy making creations and hope to have our own Art exhibition in Summer term.

 

We are asking parents to please provide an old, oversized t shirt for their child to use during Art lessons. This overall can be kept in school and will ensure your child stays clean even when creating their fantastic art pieces.

 

 Star of the Week 8th April 2024 

Northgate Reception:

Ezra E

Eastgate Water:

Vanesa

Eastgate Earth:

Lili

Southgate Water:

Shalom

Southgate Earth:

Shekina

Westgate Water:

A’vaya

Westgate Earth:  

Jacob

 Star of the Week 

15th April 2024 

Northgate Reception:

David

Eastgate Water:

Hunter

Eastgate Earth:

Zayan

Southgate Water:

Ecaterina

Southgate Earth:

Ameera

Westgate Water:

Mason

Westgate Earth:  

Dejourne