In our assembly today we launched this year’s Litter Pickers. This is an opportunity for children in our school to take care of our school community and keep our school environment clean and tidy.
At break and lunchtimes children are able to wear a high visibility jacket and take a litter picker to collect any litter that has been dropped or blown onto the school premises. We have taken the litter picking sticks on our 5K walks and collected rubbish from around Arundel. The children are very keen to help and it helps them to take pride in our school grounds and local environment.
The RE Ambassadors for 2019 have been chosen.
At St Philip’s, one way that our children can share their God given gifts is by becoming an RE Ambassador. They were chosen by their peers as someone who could offer spiritual guidance, discuss beliefs and for spiritual support. Their roles in the school include making sure that every classroom has a beautifully presented prayer focus, including the correct liturgical colours of cloths that are displayed. They make sure that each class has everything they need to deliver the Catholic RE curriculum, they are involved in our Deanery Enrichment Days, planning our whole school Spirituality Day and organising school liturgies. They have already said readings during our Beginning of Year Mass and have met as a group to discuss their roles and responsibilities.
Today we celebrated our Beginning of School Year Mass in the school hall. Fr Charles from Storrington Parish, who the children are used to seeing around the school, led us in the Mass with Mr Caws playing the guitar while the children sang beautifully.
This was the first opportunity for our newly appointed ‘RE Ambassadors’ to take a lead role in our worship by saying prayers and readings. We also had two Year 6 altar servers and children from Year 3 bringing the Gifts.
The theme of the mass was ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’ At the end of the mass each class took a picture of lamp that will be decorated and children will write the ways in which Jesus will be their light throughout the school year.
This summer, one of our pupils took part in the British Heart Foundation bike ride at Goodwood Motor Circuit. He also took part last year but made it much further this time without the horrendous weather. He managed 6 laps, 14.2 miles and raised £216!
He was very pleased with his efforts and was very tired after cycling all that way.
This morning we celebrated our end of year Golden assembly. Mrs Horne shared the pupil’s many successes of the term including sporting achievements, music awards and attendance certificates. One child form each class was also chosen to receive a book from the ‘Mrs Sherlock Fund’. The children work very hard on their reading throughout the term to try and win. Thank you to all of the parents and staff who support the children in achieving their goals.
On Monday evening the Year 6 children performed their End of Year Presentation to their families in the school hall. The performance was intended to convey how grateful the children were to be part of St Philip’s Catholic Primary School.
They performed songs, drama and dance with many of the talented musicians playing the music. The performance also included a slide show of photographs showing all of the pupil’s memories of their time at school. A big thank you to Miss Robinson, Mrs Fairlie, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Townsend for helping to put the show together.
Last week our team of volunteer Reading Buddies were invited into school to share a cream tea. The Year 6 children served tea and scones and Reception Class bought thank you cards to thank them for all of their hard work over the year.
If you are interested in becoming a Reading Buddy please let the office know as any volunteers are very much appreciated!
On Friday, the children in Year 3,4,5 and 6 took part in our annual Swimming Gala at The Lido. Reception Class, Year 1 and 2 came down as spectators. The children competed in a range of different races with all abilities taking part. They raced in their houses with Warrene as the overall winners. Thank you to the parents who helped to walk the children down to the Lido and well done to the children for their good behaviour and great team spirit!
Last week the children in Year 5 took part in our annual ‘£5 for 5’ entrepreneurial task. This involves groups of children being give £5 and them investing it in the way they think is best to then raise funds. This year they came up with some imaginative new ways of raising money including lucky dips, cake sales and a dog show!
The money that they raise go towards a treat for them at the end of the year and they usually have enough to give money to a charity of their choice.
Many thanks to the parents and staff who have worked so hard to support the children all all of their business ventures!
For over 100 years, Arundel Cathedral has celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi with a festival of flowers, which includes a magnificent carpet of flowers in the central aisle of the Cathedral and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the courtyard of Arundel Castle, where Benediction is given.
Many of the classes have been down to visit the Carpet of Flowers. Our Year 6 pupils too their reception Class Faith Buddies down to see it.
As part of the Corpus Christi Mass and procession, the children who made their First Holy Communion took part in the procession through the Castle Grounds.