Last year, St Philip’s and our other Deanery schools did a range of different fundraising events to raise money for FEAST India (For Education and Social Transformation). These included a 5K Trek across Arundel and fundraising for our Deanery Advent Service. We were hoping to raise enough money to build a house but we actually raised enough money for TWO!
We have recently heard word from Gill Farquharson that building has begun on both houses and that we will get a photo update as soon as they are completed.
It is so lovely to see how quickly the money we have raised has already begun to be used.
Thank you again for all of the help, support and donations from parents and families.
Last week, we launched our St Philip’s Reading Challenge for Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Books and activities have been specifically selected for each year group with the ultimate purpose of the challenge being to develop a long lasting love of reading.
Each child in these year groups have taken home a reading challenge booklet full with different challenge. Each class has an award board on display so that children can track where they are on the challenge and how close they are to receiving their certificate.
There is approximately one challenge a week so it is anticipated that it will last well into the academic year. It is not compulsory to complete a challenge a week but is a guideline. These challenges are intended to go hand in hand with any daily reading that is already done and is not meant to replace the precious reading time spent with children.
In addition to the books that children bring home from book bands, free reading or the school library,there is also a ‘Book Exchange’ where you can swap books with other families in the school. Donations of books towards the Book Exchange would be greatly appreciated.
Electronic copies of each class challenge can be found on ‘The Curriculum’ page of the website.
On Wednesday 18th September, the children in our school were very blessed to receive a special ‘Wintershall Assembly’. Last Year our current Year 6 got the chance to go and watch ‘The Life of Christ’ when the children watch as hundreds of actors bring the story of Jesus to life in an open-air epic production set in stunning Surrey countryside.
During the assembly the Wintershall actors Mike and Stephen performed their drama piece as the main part of the assembly with the themes being ‘Jesus heals a man born blind’ and ‘Judas agrees to betray Jesus’. They then took questions from the children.
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.