Apparently today is ‘National Toothache Day’ and, much to my children’s delight and my incredulity, ‘National Pizza Day’. Really?
We have, as a school, marked two events this week: Internet Safety day and Vote100.
Thank you Mrs Jelly and 4FJ for delivering a really important assembly on Tuesday based on internet safety. Thanks also to some of our older pupils for helping out with some drama in that assembly.
Drama based on internet safety…
On Thursday, Reception gave school a ‘Q&A’ session on winter- their answers on weather, animals, clothing and hobbies were brilliant! (Again thanks to our Reception staff, Mrs Balchin and Mrs Stretton.)
Happy to play in the snow…
The second national event we remembered this week was the centenary of women in Britain getting the vote. As a school we have a rich history and I’m very proud that we have links with the Suffragettes. As I mentioned in my letter, Nellie Taylor, was both a Suffragette and Stoneygate school mother 100 years ago.
Nellie, Stoneygate mother & Suffragette
When Emmeline Pankhurst declared, “Deeds, not words”, Nellie responded. In 1912 Nellie took part in a window smashing campaign in London. She was subsequently arrested and went on hunger strike.
Our Stoneygate mother has the dubious honour of being one of the first people in the UK to be put under police surveillance… the police watched and photographed Nellie’s movements. Photographs of Nellie can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery.
Please do complete your ‘Top 5 most inspirational British women’ and return them to me…it will be interesting to see the results.
Queen Victoria, Mary Berry, Boudicca & Adele…would they be on your list?
As a school and as families, we encourage discussion and debate. This week Madame Hosie and I encouraged pupils from Y6-9 to join us in a debate on the Royal Family. With Royal weddings imminent this year, we thought it only fitting to discuss ‘Do we need a Royal Family in the 21st century?’ Over half term we’d like pupils to take a side and equip themselves for a lively discussion… there can be no sitting on the fence!
Congratulations to pupils in Y5 & 6 for completing their Maths challenges this week (see Mr Palmer’s blog).
Head teacher’s Awards
Year 2- Ellie- outstanding work
Year 1-Ellie- super glossary definitions
Reception- the entire Form for learning their lines and their wonderful delivery!
Date for the diary:
Parents de-fib training 2nd March, 9.00am school hall. Refreshments to follow.
Enjoy the half term…I’d better put some pizzas in the oven!