It is hard to believe that this is the last weekly newsletter of this academic year. To say this is a year we'll all remember is quite the understatement! There have been lots of challenges, but I'm pleased to say that we are finishing this school year on a high with so much to celebrate.
I want to say a huge thank you to the incredible team of staff at St Bernard's Prep, who have worked tirelessly this term to deliver an outstanding education and provide much needed stability to the children through these uncertain times. I feel so proud of what has been achieved and the St Bernard's Prep school community spirit has never shone as brightly.
At the end of this term we will be waving goodbye to some members of staff, so a huge thank you and best of luck in all your future endeavours to Mrs Field, Mrs Mulcahy, Madam Creech, Mrs Brugognone and Mrs Hill-Cottingham. A special mention to Mrs Hill-Cottingham who has been with St Bernard's Prep for 30 years! An incredible service to the school and a handwriting legacy we will work hard to maintain!
I would also like to send our best wishes to Miss Carter as she goes off on maternity leave to have her baby in August. Good luck.
Today Year 6's Wellbeing Workshop included a big surprise! Once the children had caught up with each other, we were delighted to be able to put on our own Prize Giving Ceremony.
Mr Cheesman, Mrs Bowen, Mrs Skorupska, Mrs Val and Mrs Whittaker were so pleased to be able to celebrate the children's achievements and award them with prizes. It is such a shame that the children have missed out on their usual Prize Giving Evening, but it was lovely to put on this event instead - we have really missed them all and so proud of all that they have achieved this year and during their time at St Bernard's Prep.
Mr B would like to say a very well done to all our children across the entire school for the amazing effort they put in for their Virtual Games and Sports Day last Friday. It would be very hard to single out any individuals as every single one of you were really awesome. We saw some outstanding scores across all the events, but more importantly everybody took part and therefore contributed towards their Houses. Congratulations to the winning house..... JOHN who were crowned as our first ever champions of a Virtual Sports Day.
We would also like to say a massive thank you to all our wonderful parents in supporting their children throughout the event and ensuring that the children stayed on task throughout the day.
Monica Casey Annual Inter-House Shield
At lunchtime today the overall house points for our Inter-House Shield was handed out to the winners. All points including general house points, KS1 inter-house dance results, mixed football and rugby across all of KS2 and our Virtual Sports and Games Day was added up to give us our final result.
Your winners of the Monica Casey Annual Inter-House Shield this year is JOHN! Congratulations to all those children in JOHN, and a special mention to the other three houses namely, MATTHEW, MARK and LUKE for the outstanding effort from everyone in keeping the competition so tight. Well done everybody!
Early Years Ugly Bugs
Today our Early Years children released their butterflies, which arrived in school a couple of weeks ago as tiny caterpillars. On Wednesday to make the end of term they will be having an Ugly Bug Ball. We can't wait to see their costumes.
A special mention to Jasmine in Year 1 for her beautiful depiction of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in salt dough.
Year 5s WWII Projects
Year 5 have worked hard and done a wonderful job their WWII presentations. Well done for all your commitment and perseverance during Remote Learning, lots of skills to take into Year Six.
When Art meets Science
Year 3 have been learning about George Seurat and Pointillism and in Science they have been studying Plants. We have combined the two and they have created some great masterpieces!
Pictured: Life After Lockdown
This summer the Headmaster's Challenge is to take a photograph that captures Life After Lockdown. We look forward to seeing your entries in September.
•Please choose one photograph that you would like to enter.
•Your photo must be printed A5 size.
•It can be colour or black and white.
•YOU must be the one who takes the photo.
•It must capture ‘Life after Lockdown’
•Your name and class must be written on the back.
•Please give your photo a title.
•Please make sure all photos are in school to Miss Bohannon, by 9 am, Monday 7th September.
Mr Barendse has nominated two pupils from the Key Worker's Children bubble this week. Both Mongi (Yr6) and Bobby-Philip (Yr5) have been an outstanding help in the ICT suite, not just to their peers, but also to Mr Barendse. They have proven themselves to be extremely reliable and always willing to assist when someone is stuck. A very big thank you and well done!
Madame Creech has nominated Divya and Sahas from Year 4 for making great progress in French. Well done for all the hard work.
Mrs Underwood would like to nominate Adam Hussain and Himani Thakur for Headmaster's Awards this week. Both these children have fully embraced remote learning and have produced some amazing work of an excellent standard. Adam and Himani have incredibly positive attitudes towards learning and both persevere at challenging tasks. They are both fully engaged in our daily Zoom calls. Mrs Underwood is very, very proud.
In Year 4 Mrs Mulcahy has nominated Satinderpal for the superb progress he has made this year, approaching learning with enthusiasm and dedication. Satinderpal has been an excellent PSHE assistant, seeking and addressing his responsibilities in a mature and conscientious fashion. Mrs Mulchacy also wanted to acknowledge what a great contribution Satinderpal has made to the whole school community. Well done!
Mrs Mulcahy would also like to nominate Arjun. "You have shown determination and resilience throughout this year in Trans M, Arjun. I have been exceptionally proud of your work ethic and your positive attitude. No matter how challenging a topic may be, you always find a way to overcome obstacles. You are a remarkable young man, a credit to St Bernard’s prep, yourself and your family. I have no doubt that you will achieve anything you set your mind to."
Miss Grogan would like to nominate a group of boys in Year 4 for producing excellent powerpoints in RE on charities. Well done to Satinderpal Attalia Ghuman, Aarush Garg, Sahas Talluri and Jayan Bindra, great work.
Next week school will break up on Wednesday. Children who are in school can be picked up at the usual time of their bubble collection.
Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September, when we hope that life will be more normal.