November 2020 Newsletter
Christmas is a very special time in every primary school. At Holy Cross we are looking forward to taking delivery of our Christmas tree this week and as we decorate it we will be considering what it must be like to be homeless over Christmas. On our Christmas dinner day everyone will be invited to wear a Christmas jumper and we will be collecting 50p donations from each child which will go to a local homeless charity.
Mrs Daphne Starnes, our music teacher, and Mr Pearson have put their heads together to plan the school's Nativity and Carol Service. As always, Year 2 pupils will be given the speaking roles and Year 1 and Reception pupils will support with the singing and instrument playing. The plan is to film the Nativity, either in school or at Holy Cross Church, and to edit all the elements together to create a festive Nativity and Carol Service that can be viewed in the comfort of your own homes throughout the Christmas period.
Key Stage 2 pupils will be singing Christmas songs and Carols and we are hoping that they might regale us with some musical pieces on the ukulele, all being well.
Although Christmas 2020 will not be quite the same as previous years, as a school team we will be working really hard to make it truly special, because that's what our pupils deserve. We look forward to seeing lots of celebratory festive photos in the next edition of our Holy Cross Newsletter.
This year Holy Cross will be holding our school Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper day on Wednesday 16th December.
A letter will be sent home soon with more details and information regarding menu options and payment.
On Wednesday 16th December the children can also wear a Christmas jumper to school and if possible bring in a small dontion for the Brighton Housing Trust. BHT is a local charity working to combat homelessness across East and West Sussex. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to everyone who was able to donate money on Friday 13th November for Children in Need. Mrs Ritchie spent the weekend counting all the coins from your Pudsey Bear pictures and we are happy to announce that we have raised £140 so far for the charity.
Thank you to everyone who donated and Mrs Ritchie for organising.
Friday 13th was Children in Need, so all of our learning that day was based on this event. We talked about what Children in Need was and why we raise money for them. We practised our fine motor skills by finger painting spots on Pudsey's bandana. We used materials of our choice to colour or stick on Pudsey. We practised our writing skils by following patterns that Pudsey had left us and also by cutting and sticking our favourite cupcakes onto a cake stand! Our story at the end of the day was called 'Pudsey's Great Fundraiser'.
Our school has signed up to be a part of the Department for Education programme 'Gender Balance in Computing'.
The Gender Balance in Computing programme is a valuable opportunity to find new ways to encourage girls to develop an interest in computing during their primary school years.
It’s a sad fact that many girls don’t currently see computing as a subject for them or as an option for their future careers. This has led to a disparity between the number of boys and girls who go on to study computing at GCSE and beyond.
We hope by joining the new initiative, we can find ways of addressing this disparity.
To kick start the programme we asked pupils from Year 1 through to Year 6 'What does a computer scientist look like?'
We were pleased to say that our children didn't show any gender stereotyping when drawing their picture of a computer scientist. Instead, they wondered what the job was!
We look forward to continuing our work on Gender Balance in Computing in the forthcoming months.
Back in the summer term every class entered the Schoolreaders Summertime Book Review Competition.
We are really pleased to announce that Ralph's book review was one of the two runners-up winners for KS1.
Ralph wrote a wonderful review about 'One Ted Falls Out of Bed' by Julia Donaldson. He has won 5 books.
Pupils from Willow Class at Holy Cross CE Primary School visited the War Memorial at Holy Cross Church today to pay their respects and remember those Service men, women and animals who have given their lives for their country.
The pupils were met at the Memorial by Father John and the school's Chair of Governors, Mrs Sandie Boniface. Father John led the pupils in a prayer of Remembrance and they laid their poppies alongside the wreaths at the foot of the Memorial.
Willow Class have started their DT topic all about electrical switches. We are very lucky to have the brilliant Steve, who is a former DT teacher, come in and teach us.
The children learnt so much! We are already looking forward to our next session with Steve next week!
Here are some of the complex electrical things they got up to...
Cherry class had a very exciting afternoon! As we can't go to a firework display, we brought the firework display to us! We talked a lot about firework safety and how we must not go near to fireworks. We spoke about how sparklers can be lots of fun but that we must wear gloves or pop the end of a sparkler into a carrot to hold. We did some lovely firework painting and then we built our very own bonfire. We had to use the sticks to create a bonfire and then we used the tissue paper to make the flames. After break time, we had hot chocolate and marshmallows and we even made some bread stick chocolate sparklers to eat. As we were eating our marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate we watched the fireworks on the big screen and spoke about how pretty they were and all the loud noises they made. It was lots of fun. Happy firework night everybody, stay safe!
My school is for Christians.
The T.A.s are really kind and helpful.
My teacher is really nice and helpful.
I love the food they make.
Everyone is the best at Holy Cross Primary School.
Year 4 is the best because it is challenging.
Just to remind you that our final INSET days for the school year 2020-2021 have now been confirmed as:
Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Monday 7th June 2021
There will be no school for the children on these days. The school will be closed for staff training.
Are you considering applying for a place at our school?
If so, we would be very pleased to offer you and your family, an opportunity to visit Holy Cross to find out more about us!
To arrange a visit, or for any enquiries, please call 01825 762336.
If you are unable to visit Holy Cross in person due to COVID-19, please see our virtual school tour video from our Headteacher, Mrs Cathy Dart.
I pray for those who have no home,
who walk the streets,
who trudge the roads.
I pray for those who want to help them
with the door of welcome
and the meal of companionship
and the bed of rest.
May they bring blessings to each other.