Friday, 16 December 2011

Year 3 and 4 Carol Service

Yesterday, at St. Michael's church, Year 3 and 4 classes (RV, KT and PLDD) rounded off the term in fitting style by leading the carol service with an entertaining performance entitled, 'Children of the World'.
The children shared with the congregation a series of Christmas traditions from 6 different countries: USA, China, Australia, Malawi, Ireland and Poland while also singing songs linked to each of the countries.
Rev Graham Owen closed the service by reminding us all about the true meaning of Christmas.
So from all of us at SRH...... Wesolych swiat bozego narodzina: (Happy Christmas in Polish!)

Goodbye Mrs Morgan

These super cakes were made by Annie Miller for our Year 6 party this afternoon.
Mrs Morgan is definitely retiring this time.

A Tudor Christmas

You might have noticed that we featured in today's East Anglian Daily Times - front page and inside.
Here are some more pictures and videos from what was a brilliant 2 days of activities.

 Having studied the Tudors this half term it was the perfect way to finish off what has been a superb topic.
The day started off with a series of workshops where the children could learn a skill or craft.
Soap making

Candles from bees wax
Bread making
Writing with home made ink

This video shows a quick view of the Tudor workshops.

In the afternoon we enjoyed a Tudor Christmas Eve banquet which featured food, wine (pretending) and entertainment.
The top table - the most important people (including Charlotte - it was her 11th birthday).


This video is of a group of chilldren singing a Tudor Carol

Key Stage 2 Choir Singing Carols

Just to get you in the mood for Christmas - watch these videos.
3 videos of the school choir singing some new carols.

This video shows the orchestra playing a carol with the school joining in with some singing.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Festive Classrooms

All round school at the moment the classrooms look stunning. There is a huge variety of hand made decorations on show and a sense of excitement building towards Christmas.

Christmas Robins

Some children in year 6 have been creating their own Christmas tree decorations including these very cute robins made with felt.

Monday, 12 December 2011

School Newsletter 16

Our Carol Service will take place at St Michael’s Church on 15 December at 1.30pm. Classes PLDD, RV & KT will lead this service.
Parents of these classes are welcome to attend.

HHH NATIVITY REHEARSAL – Wednesday 14 December
A reminder that HHH will be in school for the rehearsal on Wednesday so the children need to be collected from the hall at 4pm please.

CAKE STALL – Friday 16 December
There will be cakes for sale this Friday after school in the front playground pavilion.

The Reception and Nursery classes will be open on Thursday 5 January from 1.30-2.30pm for parents with children due to start school September 2012.
Parents should sign in at the school office where admission application forms are available.

Reception Applications for next year MUST be returned to the Admissions Team at Ipswich by 13 January 2011. For information go to:, you can apply online at but you will need to get a SIF form (Supplementary Information Form) from the office.

PARENTING COURSES from January 2012
There are a number of different parenting courses being offered in Suffolk from January. If you are interested in any of these please see the information on the parents’ notice board at the top of the staircase next to Nursery.

School Money envelopes for lunches, trips etc are available at the office for £1 per pack of 25.

There are lots of items in our lost property container. Can we please encourage all children and parents to seek for lost items in the container sited at the end of the corridor at the top of the stairs above the Nursery. Needless to say, lots of the items are unnamed – so please can we ask that parents ensure names are on all personal items brought into school – especially sweatshirts. ANY ITEMS NOT CLAIMED BY FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FRIENDS CHARITY BAG COLLECTION ON 13 JANUARY.

We have had a number of children come down very quickly with upset tummy’s last week. Please can we remind parents that if your child is affected they should be kept off for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea to prevent infecting other pupils, thank you.

We would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the charity collections at the end of the Nativity plays last week, the collections have raised £491.
After covering any costs in relation to the plays, the balance of the collections will go to the EACH appeal.

The Friends would like to thank everyone who helped with the Christmas Disco on Friday which raised £515, this will go towards funding school projects over the coming year.

FILM NIGHT – Friday 20 January
The Friends film night in January will be a screening of ‘The Smurfs’. Booking forms will be sent out in the New Year.

There is a non-pupil day on Tuesday 3 January and the children return to school on Wednesday 4 January 2012.

May I wish you all a peaceful Christmas
and happy celebrations for the New Year.

CHRISTMAS ECO TIPS…. From the Eco Council
1 Don’t throw food away - save it for another day
2 Find ways of re-using your wrapping paper
3 Don’t buy special wrapping paper – you can make your own
4 If something comes in a box, re-use it

Friday, 9 December 2011

Key Stage 1 Nativity Play was Brilliant

Children from Years 1 and 2 put on a fantastic Nativity play this year called: Prickly Hay.
It had a Wild West theme with cowboys in addition to all the usual cast of wise men, sheep and inn keepers.
The play also featured some excellent narrators.
Prickly Hay was a riot of colour, singing, dancing and acting thouroughly enjoyed by parents and grandparents. A CD with 130 photos from both Nativity plays can be purchased from the school office.
The Foundation and KS1 plays raised nearly £500 in donations for charity.

Foundation Nativity Play a huge sucess

This year the Nativity Play staged by the recption and nursery classes was called: Busy, Busy, Bethlehem.
It featured the usual cast of angels, stars, animals and shepherds as well as a very clever soldier.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Singing Club go to Church

This Sunday Singing Club went to Church. We were invited to perform at St Michael's Family Service where we chose to sing two Christmas Carols and the Lords Prayer. Anna, Lucy and Alysha sang the first verse of a French Carol beautifully and went on to lead the other children with signing for the Lords Prayer. Thank you and well done to all those who took part. You sang beautifully.

Monday, 5 December 2011

School Newsletter 15

Please can we remind you that Class KT have their share session Thursday 8 December.

CHRISTMAS PARTIES – Monday 12 December
Class parties will be held next Monday afternoon; Key Stage 2 children are to come to school in their party clothes. Key Stage 1 and Reception children should come to school in their uniform and bring their party clothes in to change into after lunch. Please ensure that party clothes and footwear are practical for normal morning lessons and outside playtimes.
Please note: Nursery Christmas party will be held on the last day of term in the morning.

Please pay for Christmas lunch on Monday 12 December
The cost for the week is £11.40, the day £3.00, or an additional 90p is required if you have paid for the whole term but not for the Christmas lunch yet.
*******Please note there is NO Nursery Lunch club on this day*********

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE – Thursday 15 December 1.30pm
Our Carol Service will take place at St Michael’s Church on 15 December. Children in classes PLDD, RV & KT will be leading in this service. Parents of these classes are warmly invited to attend. We would ask that you use the seats at either side of the church or at the back.
A charity collection will be made at the end of the service.

Art work should be on the theme of “Fun & Games”, using any medium except bulky collage, no larger than A3 size and must not be mounted or laminated. The entry must be accompanied by a minimum donation of £2.00 for Cancer Research UK, and the child’s name, year and school name must be printed clearly on the back.
Selected entries will be included in an exhibition at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh from 9-11 March 2012. To have exhibited artwork returned it will need to be purchased at the Gallery. Please hand all entries in to our own school office by Friday 13 January. Enquiries by email to

Thank you to all those who purchased from the book fair last week, from your purchases the school has made commission of £187, which has directly purchased books for every class.

This website which, once you have registered, you can use to do internet shopping at many online stores gives a % of your purchase price directly to the Friends (which you need to select as your nominated charity). It does not cost you anything and the school benefits directly. Recent commission raised was £25, thank you. If you are interested please visit

There will be no Tennis, Football, Reading club or Orchestra in the last week of term.
Funky pop street dance WILL be running on the last day of term.

CHANGE TO LUNCH MENU – Thursday 15 December
Due to Christmas lunch, Wednesdays’ normal menu will be moved to Thursday – Pizza, Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Sweetcorn, & Sticky Toffee pudding.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Upcoming Friends Events

Images from the Friends Christmas Shopping Evening

Chess Club in Action

Our Thursday lunchtime chess club is now in full swing. Mr Byer has a classroom packed with players and chess sets on Thursday lunchtimes. Beginners are welcome.
After Christmas Mr Byer also runs a competitive chess tournament. There is also the possibility of some matches against other schools.