The children in Year 6 took part in a Deanery sports day hosted by St Philip Howard High School. They competed against St Mary’s from Bognor and St Richards from Chichester. They played a range of sports which they all really enjoyed, especially cheering on their peers and supporting one and other. The children’s behavior was exemplary and they came away with the first prize trophy. Many thanks to SPH for hosting and for the other deanery schools for making it such an enjoyable day.
All of the children at St Philip’s get the opportunity to attend Forest School every term with Stuart Slade, our Forest School Leader. The children love the opportunity to spend time outdoors, learning about the world around them.
As Forest School during school time has been so successful we have been lucky enough to have Matt from Bluebell Bushcraft running a fantastic Forest School Club each week, after school on a Friday. The children learn about nature and their habitats, fire lighting and bushcraft techniques, campfire cooking and natural crafts.
Well done to our Year 6 gymnasts who took part in the Littlehampton Locality gymnastics competition on Tuesday 22nd October.The children represented the school very well with Lily being awarded the most improved gymnast in the competition. A big thank you to parents and staff for attending the event.
Today, Pastor Steve Lomas from Arundel Baptist Church came and gave an assembly to Key Stage 2. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to listen to and learn some of the stories and teachings from The Bible. The children listened to the Psalm ‘Footprints in the sand’. Pastor Steve taught the children a song that they all got to sing along to. We look forward to him visiting again soon.
The Footprints Prayer
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the children and families that have donated food towards our Harvest Festival this year. Fantastic generosity has been shown and we have managed to gather a large amount of really good quality food to help the charity Stone Pillow and The Priory. On Monday, we celebrated the gifts as part of our assembly where we gave thanks and sang Harvest songs. Thank you again to all who have donated.
This week some children in Year 6 took part in a Rugby Tournament as part of our Locality Group.
Overall we had 6 wins, 2 losses and came 3rd place.
The boys who represented our school were very well behaved and played very well. A big thank you to the staff and parents who attended.
This week our ‘Community Buddies’ took a small selection of produce gathered from the Harvest Festival to The Priory. The children regularly visit the people who live there and play games and talk. As well as dropping off the Harvest donations the children also sang ‘Harvest Samba’ one of the songs we had been learning for the harvest festival.
In Year 3 they have beenn dissecting and investigating Stone Age coprolites. A coprolite (also known as a coprolith) is fossilised feces. Coprolites are classified as trace fossils as opposed to body fossils, as they give evidence for the animal’s behaviour (in this case, diet).
Today we were lucky enough to be joined by Maria Hutchinson from CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) for a special assembly. She explained to the children all about the charity and how the fundraising that we do as a school and local community contributes to the lives of people overseas.
On Monday, a selection of children from Key Stage Two took part in the Locality school’s Cross Country Event, held at TLA. The weather was raining and windy but the children still took part.
All children ran well with our school coming:
Girls Y3&4 2nd
Boys Y3&4 3rd
Girls 5&6 2nd
Boys Y5&6 3rd
Amelie in Year 4 gaining a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal for Fred in Year 5.
Thank you to the parents who took their children to the event. The wind and the rain did not dampen their spirits and they perceived and represented our school very well.