We have made it! Today was the last day of remote teaching before we open our doors on Monday morning to all the children of St Bernard's Prep. We can't wait. We have so many exciting things planned for next week, starting with World Book Day celebrations on Monday and a special picnic-style lunch put on by Louis and his team. Mr B and Miss Robinson have organised a mini Olympics for each year group and there will be a special focus on the wellbeing of each and every pupil, supporting them as they transition back into school life.
In today's assembly I spoke to the children about the blue skies that, even if hidden by grey clouds, are always there. We're starting to see glimpses of the blue sky now and the children's return to school feels so positive. Thank you to you, the parents, for supporting us during this challenging time, and a huge thank you to my staff who have never let their standards drop.
I have a very exciting book recommendation for Year 3. This week I have chosen for you The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. It is a very old book- it was written in 1939! It is part of a series, so you could also try the Faraway Tree books. In year 3, I learnt about Enid Blyton and I thought that you would like her too. You will find these books funny and adventurous- so go and get reading!
Bobby, Chief Librarian
Thank you for giving us food, shelter, clothes, a healthy life and a family. Please fill our hearts with love for everyone, give us the courage to face tough times and teach us to serve others who are in need. Help us to go through this day with happiness and good health.
Anish Jain, Year 4
Mr B's Sports News
Under 9 Virtual Football Festival
Congratulations to all our Year 4 children for participating in the Virtual Football Challenge with 6 other Prep Schools. Our boys finished in third place while our girls narrowly missed out as champions to be placed in an impressive second place. Well done children – we are very proud of you!
Whole School Mini-Olympics:
We are super excited to announce that all the children will participate in an Inter-House Mini-Olympics during their games lessons next week. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for the children to engage in friendly competition with their friends on their return back to school and we look forward to seeing all of them giving their best!
We will also use the top 3 scores in each challenge of the KS2 year groups in an inter-school competition versus St Benedict’s. Good luck everybody!
Sport Stars of The Week
This week we would like to give a huge shout out to both Haileeand Suraj in Year 4 for being the highest scorers in the Keepy-Uppy Challenge in our School. Together they managed to keep the ball up 75 times in 30 seconds! This is a great achievement – well done to both of you!
As part of Justice Week, this week our pupils in KS1 and KS2 have been taking part in The Big Legal Lesson, which has prompted some really interesting and mature discussions. World Maths Day on Wednesday saw our Year 4 children working on fractions, nets and shapes in Miss Mehta's Maths Challenge and our Early Years children have been focusing on measuring. Ms Johnson was really impressed with Year 5 and 6 who have created some beautiful online compositions using edu.Bandlab. Some pupils were working at year 8 and 9 level - well done!
Year 2 have been honing their letter writing skills and Year 3 have been celebrating Spring in Art and Design. Year 1 have been reading Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies. This beautiful picture book explores the relationship between a little boy and his Grandad and what happens when he dies. Our children have thought of some beautiful questions that they'd like to ask Grandad and will be working on retelling the story in their own words next week.
There has also been some beautiful art work produced throughout the school to celebrate Captain Tom's legacy.
Thunk of the Day
Is new always better than old?’
Old memories and looking back are sometimes better than the new ones you make. Remembering old good times is better! Christina, Year 2
Older people are better because they know things and they look after you. Old people are wise. Aydin, Year 2
Old things can be fascinating. My grandad’s dad had an old phone with a dial. I thought it was amazing how you had to put in the telephone number by taking the dial round! I think that is so cool! Evani, Year 2
Etoile de la semaine
This week's star of the week in French goes to Shariya Imam for her consistent work, and her beautiful French accent. She is always willing to help others too!
If you have a younger sibling that you would like to enrol at St Bernard's Prep for the next academic year can I ask that you please fill in the online registration form. We are receiving a lot of interest in St Bernard's Prep from new families but we would like to offer all our existing families first. Thank you.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I look forward to seeing our pupils walk through the gates on Monday morning.