Stuart Slade, our Forest School Leader, and a number of pupils from all the year groups at St Philips made a Bug Hotel down at the allotments. They stacked pallets on top of each other and filled the cavities with leaf litter/green waste from the allotment, bamboo canes, logs with holes drilled in them, reed, hay, flower pots and clay roof tiles to create holes and dark places for the creatures to live in. After some basic instructions from Stuart, the pupils showed fantastic team working skills and creativity, producing an amazing structure with very little input. Their enthusiasm for the task was really good to see.
The bug hotel not only looks good but also provides a really good habitat for the bugs and mini beasts found in and around the allotment, some of which may benefit the plants too! Good work team!
On Tuesday evening, many of the guitarists in our school took part in the annual Celebration of Guitar. The guitarists were joined by their families, school staff and governors where they performed a range of songs including classical pieces and songs from the charts. Christian Nunnikhoven, our peripatetic guitar teacher, teaches children ranging from Year 1 all the way up to Year 6. It was a lovely experience for the children to get the chance to perform in front of such a large crowd and all of the children did extremely well.
On Sunday 9th July, the Goblin Kit Car team headed to Goodwood race track to take part in the Gathering of Goblins.
Goblin Kit car is a club run by teachers and parents. It is an electric car challenge which requires pupils, guided by their teachers and parents, to design, build and then race an electric car.
There were over 80 schools competing in the event and our team did extremely well and represented the school brilliantly. The weather was lovely and all of the children had a fantastic time. Thank you to all of the staff and families that supported in the lead up to the day and spent the day at Goodwood.
On Saturday 8th July, St Philip’s celebrated its annual Summer Fair on the school field. Organised by the Friends of St Philip’s, stalls included a tombola, splat the rat, coconut shy and lots more! The day also included performances from The Choir, Year 1 and 2 country dances, streetdance, Year 4 and Mr Caws singing and Josh Hodson from Year 6 playing guitar.
The Summer Fair raises a large part of the money raised by the Friends of St Philip’s, which makes a huge difference to the children in our school. Many thanks to all of the parents and friends that helped on the day to put up the stalls and a huge thank you to the Friends of St Philip’s team for their hours of organisation and hard work that made the Fair such a success.
On Tuesday, 10 of the Year 5 and 6 boys travelled to Blackstone to take part in the Kwick Kricket County Finals. The team represented the school very well and they played against 18 other teams. Fraser, the team’s captain, said that it was a great experience and each child got a T shirt for taking part. During the lunch break, the adults played a fun game of cricket against each other. A huge thank you to Mr Caws, Mrs Tout and all of the parents who came to show their support.
On Sunday 2nd July, St Philip’s Choir attended the Lord Mayor’s Sunday civic service. Hosted by the Mayor of Arundel, Cllr Angela Standing, the service began with the procession of The Mayor, Town Clerk and Councillors led by the Arundel and Littlehampton District Scout Band from Arundel Town Hall to Arundel Cathedral. Other local schools joined us to form a joint choir for the occasion, singing to the awaiting congregation as the service began at 2pm.
On Wednesday 4th July, Year 1 visited the Cathedral for a Mass. Fr Stan led the Mass and the children were able to answer questions during the Homily. It was a lovely chance for the children to experience a service up close as they were sat behind the altar opposed to their usual positions in the pews.
Year Six have signed-up to the CAFOD, Power To Be campaign. The aim is to petition the World Bank to allocated more funding for poorer nations to make solar power more available to schools, hospitals and communities. This will allow them to function more efficiently and enable people to reach their potential by being able to study at night (using solar lights). For more in formation, go to the CAFOD website.
Year Six will be inviting other classes to sign a sun-ray as well, and they will send the total number of signatories to the CAFOD campaign for inclusion in the final petition.