What a wonderful finale our church service this morning made to a fantastic term. As in our Nativity plays and concert at Tattersalls on Wednesday, the children sang maturely and poignantly and, as ever, testament to our Director of Music, Karina Warburton’s, passion and dedication to ensuring that every child at Fairstead shares her enthusiasm for music for performing. Well done, also to our four readers today, who read so beautifully and undauntedly!
It has been a magical week in Reception leading up to the end of term.
There was much excitement in the forest when a letter was discovered alongside some gold coins. The children decided that someone very special must have visited. This was confirmed when chocolates, marshmallows, a fire pit, and hot chocolate were soon discovered amongst the trees! The children had an amazing time. Thank you to Mrs Tilbrook for helping create all the magic.
Enjoying house parties, meeting Mia’s new puppy and visiting Father Christmas was a super way to end a fabulous first term in Reception. Well done, everyone and Happy Christmas!
Year 1 have been busy getting ready for Christmas! They have been making cards, sending letters to Father Christmas and reading lots of Christmas stories to each other. They ended the week with a ‘posada’, – a Mexican tradition in which the journey to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph is re-enacted. All the children enjoyed looking at the different characters and thank you very much to Catherine for sharing this lovely tradition. After all their hard work this term, the children all deserve a very well-earned rest.
Year 2 have been waiting with bated breath all week for Father Christmas’ reply to their Christmas letters. You can imagine how thrilled they were to actually get to meet the great man himself on Wednesday! Miss Drayton has been really impressed with the children’s kindness and gratitude this week, Father Christmas was really impressed too!
Year 3 have finished the end of this term full of excitement and festivities! The children particularly enjoyed wearing their Christmas accessory for the day, as well as pushing themselves and ‘battling’ against each other on TT Rockstars. Keep practising over the holidays, too! The children have worked very hard this term and deserve a well earned rest. I hope you have a wonderful festive break and wish you all the very best.
To complete our topic on the Vikings, in Art this week, Year 4 made dragons’ eyes. These were inspired by our class text, ‘How To Train a Dragon’. The children used metallic paints on glass beads to create pupils and irises. They then created the eyelids, scales, spikes, horns and textures using clay. Lastly, they painted the clay to create extremely effective sculptures.
Year 5 have concluded their Amazing Americas Humanities topic by using an atlas and the iPads to locate the seven ancient wonders of the world as defined by the Greek historian, Diodorus. They then created a map and key showing both the ancient and new wonders of the world, as defined by online voting in 2015. Year 5 enjoyed discovering that three of the seven wonders are in the Americas!
Year 6 enjoyed wrapping the ‘pass the parcel’ presents for the House Christmas parties on Thursday. They were shown how to wrap a present and I was very impressed with their skills when they started. Well done, Year 6.
On Wednesday, Year 6 requested that all children come to school wearing a Christmassy accessory and make a donation for this privilege. £155 was raised and will be donated to the Salvation Army. In addition, half of today’s collection will, at their request, be added to the donation to the Salvation Army.
Within Key Stage 2, there have been a number of House competitions to round off the term. The children have thoroughly enjoyed working together to compete across a range of challenges which require different skills, including hockey, orienteering, general knowledge and design and make a Christmas ornament. A huge number of house points have been earned from all the competitions, which will be added to running totals.
Message from the Parents’ Association
‘On behalf of the Fairstead House Parents’ Association we would like to say a BIG Thank You for your help and support in raising almost £2000 during this Michaelmas term. Please don’t forget our next meeting which is at 8.45am on Wednesday 8th January, where we will be reviewing the plans for the Lent term and beyond……once we get into the New Year, the Summer Party will be fast approaching!!! We will also be considering how best to spend the money to support the school and our children. As always, everyone is welcome.
Whilst mentioning the Summer Party, we are delighted to announce that we have secured the date of Saturday 16th May and it will be at the Bedford Lodge. Please don’t just save the date, but mention it to friends and family over the Festive season. If it half as good as this years event it will be a fantastic evening, the only difference being….it will be even better!
Finally we would like to wish you all a healthy, Happy Christmas with your families and a well earned rest after these exciting and busy few months.
See you in 2020!’
The Parents’ Association
Finally, we have all said a fond farewell to Debra Meyer and Ben Hewitt this morning in Assembly. Debra and Ben have been with us for nine and six years respectively and have both made a huge contribution to all aspects of life at Fairstead House. Both will be greatly missed and move on with everyone’s very best wishes for the future. I am sure that they will both be popping in to find out how their ex-pupils are progressing!
My colleagues join me in wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forwards to welcoming you back on Monday 6th January for a new and exciting term!