Dear St Philip’s Families,
The end of the summer term is always very busy and this year is no exception!
Trips and visitors
Last week, Year 6 had a fabulous time on their trip to France. They practised their language skills and enjoyed spending time with their French friends. The children behaved impeccably and were a real credit to St Philip’s. A big thank you to all the adults who helped with this trip as there is no way it could take place without their support.
Year 6 took part in the Good Shepherd Celebration at Worth Abbey this week. Different schools take responsibility for various parts of the celebration. Our children read the Bidding prayers in a variety of languages and Ella read the first reading beautifully. It was amazing to think how many different languages our children speak at home and lovely to hear them use their skills at such a joyous occasion.
Uckfield Road Safety day was attended by Year 3, who had a great time while also learning how to stay safe. Emma (R), Annabelle (Y1), Emilia (Y2), Sebastian (Y3), Maddie (Y4), Sienna (Y5) and Ebony (Y6) also won the Road Safety Poster competition, well done.
The children were enthralled by a brass concert organised by Mr McConville. It was great for them to experience the sound of live music and to possibly be inspired to learn an instrument themselves. Thank you to Mr McConville for organising this experience for our children.
This week our teacher assessments were moderated by the Local Authority. I am pleased to say that the moderators agreed with the judgements of staff and commented on the positive attitude towards an open professional dialogue St Philip’s staff displayed.
We have been lucky with the weather for Year 5 Bikeablilty this week. The children have enjoyed the experience and it is great to know they now have a good understanding of how to be safe on their bikes.
Years 3/4/5 attended the Uckfield Athletics competition and had great fun competing against other local schools. Year 3 and 5 took part in the Uckfield stool ball competition, which is touring all the Uckfield schools. I am looking forward to St Philip’s becoming a formidable force in stoolball thanks to Mrs Smith who has volunteered to run a stoolball club after school – thank you Mrs Smith and Mrs Whawell!
Year 2 had a brilliant afternoon at Top play, participating in a variety of activities with children from other local schools. Top sport was attended by Year 4, who also enjoyed a fabulous afternoon.
Our E-safety workshop, run by John Khan from Anti-Bullying Works was well attended and parental feedback was that it was very useful and informative. Next year, children will have the opportunity to work with Anti-Bullying Works to develop and share their understanding of e-safety. It was lovely to meet our new reception parents this week (some of whom we already know). We are all looking forward to welcoming them and their children into our school family.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Summer Fair on Saturday which the Friends have worked extremely hard to organise. It would also be lovely to welcome you to our special Mass to celebrate our First Holy Communion children on Tuesday 23rd June. Finally don’t forget that Monday is an Inset day and school will be closed to children. Staff will be spending the day with our Deanery schools learning to develop spirituality in our children.
With very best wishes
Congratulations to Jacob in Year 3 who has just been awarded his ‘seconders’ badge in cubs, which means he is second in charge of his group, quite an achievement.
Dylan in Year 6 who took part in the East Anglian Cup and after missing practice when he was in France with Y6, still managed to come 4th after a very close final.