This morning we celebrated our end of term Golden assembly. Mrs Horne shared the pupil’s many successes of the term including reading achievements, timetables certificates 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 Wednesday, all of the children in Key Stage 2 took part in a Christmas Service in the Cathedral. Each class showed a section of the Christmas Nativity and told the whole story through acting, singing and dance. It was a beautiful service and the children’s performances were fantastic. Thank you to Mrs Morris for organising the music, to the teachers for all of their hard work and to parents for helping with costumes and learning lines.
Please find below a link to the photos taken of the KS2 Christmas Service.
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Today, the whole school had Chaplins Pantomime Company visit our school. The children watched their production of ‘Beauty and The Beast’. The story follows the adventures of ‘Beauty’, a pretty young girl who finds herself imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious Beast. With the help of the castle’s enchanted housekeeper ‘Dusty’ a delightful and tender romance develops between these two unlikely friends and ‘Beauty’ soon learns the most important lesson of all, that true beauty comes from within.
The whole school was lucky enough to enjoy this production thanks to the Friends who kindly paid for the pantomime. Thank you to everyone who contributes money towards the ‘Friends of St Philip’s’ as it means the children get to enjoy special treats such as this pantomime.
Today, the children in Key Stage 2 shared a Penitential Service in the hall. Canon David and Fr. Charles joined us for the service and the children read prayers and sang. The penitential service is an opportunity for children to reflect about things that they may have done wrong, ask for forgiveness and how to prepare ourselves for Christmas. The children then had the chance to speak individually with a priest after the service or sit quietly and reflect.
On Friday 7th December, Children from our school sang at the Arundel Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with her Grace the Duchess of Norfolk.
The evening programme was:
4.30pm Musical Entertainment from Jane Clarity.
5pm Children took part in lantern procession to assemble in Town Hall foyer
5.20pm Children from both Primary Schools processed to the Town Square
5.30pm Carol Service led by the three churches of Arundel
6pm The lights of the Christmas Tree switched on by Her Grace the Duchess of Norfolk
6.05pm Joint school choirs sang around the Christmas tree
The children sang beautifully and represented our school very well.
Two pupils from our school, Daisy and Merryn were nominated for a Contribution to the Community Award. Daisy was nominated by the school for her contribution to road safety and design of the park in Mill Road. Merryn was nominated by Rainbows for teaching other children in Rainbows sign language for the colours of the rainbow song. They were both presented with certificates from the Mayor, Wendy Eve.
One of our Year 6 pupils has raised over £1000 for ‘One Drop at a Time’. The charity supports the provision of clean water for people in Africa and the removal of plastic waste from global oceans.
She swam 4,600 metres at the Littlehampton Wave swimming pool and it took her over an hour and a half. Gracie was presented with her certificate in our celebration assembly.
On Friday the children from Years 4 and 5 visited the Cathdral to attend the Dowry Tour Of Our Lady Of Walsingham Mass. Over the past two years the renowned Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham has been visiting every Catholic Cathedral in England with a mission to pray for the Re-evangelisation and Conversion of England. We were joined by the Bishop and two of our Year 4 children bought the offertory up.