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Friday Flier 11th July 2014
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LAST FLIER OF THE SUMMER TERM

Friday Flier 11th July 2014

Warm Wishes for a Lovely Summer to All
 
Farewell to
Alison Rowe - Class Teacher
Diana Constantin Skinner - Class Teacher
Carolina Maggio - Class Teacher
Rachael Watkins - SENCo
 
To all of them and to the families leaving the community we wish happiness and success as they move on to their next adventure.

Welcome to
Mrs Cara Ramelow - Class II Teacher
Mr Richard Holden - Class I Teacher
Mr Kevin Campbell Davidson -  Bothmer Gymnastics and Sports Teacher
Ms Achala Wickramaratne - Classroom Assistant
 
Welcome back to
Ms Szerenke Denes - German Language Teacher
 
New roles for
Mrs Rachel Steggall - Bothmer Gymnastics and Sports Teacher
Mrs Helwuen Leonard Miller – Class VI Teacher
Ms Nina Gebauer – Handwork Teacher
Ms Molly Jacob – Learning Support Teacher
Mr Jeremy Biggin – Trustee
Ms Anna Retsler – Chair of College
Ms Simone Freeman – Chair of the Teachers Meeting
Mrs Mariela Echeverria and Mrs Rebecca Hodgson will job share the role of
Kindergarten Teacher during Julia Allan's sabbatical
Ms Sevim Metin  Apple Tree Kindergarten Assistant (sabbatical cover)

Best wishes to
Mrs Julia Allan - have a lovely sabbatical!

Raffle Winners:
1st Zak Richards
2nd Sevim Metin
3rd Nina Kopelmann

 
Next Year's School Fees
Reminder - if you haven't set up your standing order for next year's school fees please do it now.
 
This is important as families whose fees do not clear by 1st September will be charged £20 for every week or part week that they are overdue.
 
Once you have set up your standing order, we hope that everyone will have a well earned rest and a great adventure this summer!
 
Jane Gerhard
Finance
Important Notices
Thinking ahead – Autumn Term:

Parent and Child Groups
There are few places still available. The sessions are booked a term at a time and cost £10.50.
Please spread the word and email hr@st­paulssteinerschool.org if you are interested in join­ing one of the groups.
 
Lunch club
Lunch club is organised daily for kindergarten chil­dren and on short days for classes I to IV.
During the session the children enjoy a cooked meal together, followed by games and activities ap­propriate to the children’s age.

The sessions are booked a term at a time and cost £10.50 per day. If you would like your child to attend any of the sessions please book now as we are unable to offer drop in unless we have the appropriate staff level. The booking form is available on our website.
 
 
School Uniform
Please remember that:
  • We do have a uniform: no logos, no cartoons, no camouflage and no skulls.
  • All children require indoor shoes.
  • The children do go out on the green and on walks regardless of the weather: they all need waterproof clothing.
Please note that under no circumstances should the school gate be propped open after 9am. All visitors are to buzz on the Marquess Road entry point and wait for reception to open the gate. The gate is left open from 4pm, to allow other users of the communal area to gain access.

Thank you for your help in this matter.
Dates for your Diary
July
Fri 11th Class I to VII End of Term Festival
Sat 12 and 13 July Workday for Parents
 

 

Please refer to the website before phoning the office for dates.

All dates regarding the school are available at:

www.stpaulssteinerschool.org/?page_id=9

September
Thur 4th Opening Festival - KG (parents only) 7.30pm
Fri 5th KG session 10am
Mon 8th Autumn Term begins 8.30am
Tues 9th Class Reps Meeting 8.30am
Mon 29th Michaelmas

 


Olympics
 
Class V Olympics
 
In the last week of June the children of Class V travelled to the Olympics at Michael Hall in West Sussex by train and then foot, walking with Diana and Rachel for eight hot miles to arrive at the site. We three St. Paul’s parents travelled down in cars stuffed full of the school’s camping equipment - saucepans, toilets, food and bell tents. We set up camp and cooked on an open fire at the top of a hill that looked down over the beautiful grounds of Michael Hall.
 
The following morning, after huge pans of porridge and endless fried eggs, our Class V and 400 other Class V children, from Steiner schools across the UK and Europe made their way down to the Olympic arena to begin their training. At 7.30 in the early morning sun, on a perfect green field surrounded by woods, all the children gathered in bare feet and silence for a series of bothmer exercises before splitting into their Olympic teams. They spent the following two days running, wrestling, javelin and discus throwing, high and long jumping and the evenings exploring and playing in the endless space, meeting new children before collapsing around a fire to have Greek myths read to them.
 
When the day of the Olympics came they dressed in the white tunics they had sewn and printed with Cecilie for an amazing opening ceremony followed by a day of games. As a parent, it was a pleasure to watch them over the three days both working together as a group and going off as confident individuals into teams with children they had never met before, training all day and never losing their enthusiasm for the whole event. On the way back to the camp after the medal ceremony one of the children told me that he had really enjoyed the experience even though he felt like he had trained like a horse, walked up the hill back to camp like a donkey, eaten like a pig and slept like a dog. It made me laugh and pretty much summed it up.
 
Esther Boulton
Class V parent

News from the Garden!
 
Hopefully parents have noticed the work of the Gardening classes 5/6/7 this spring into summer. Class 3 are also beginning to establish some growing on the raised bed within the school walls as part of their Farming main lesson block. Class 5 have been tending the outside areas of the school, weeding, cutting back bushes, transplanting plants and sowing seeds. Classes 6 and 7 have been tending the raised beds on the green, which are full of lovely produce. In the last few weeks all three classes have made Elderflower cordial, harvested salad and made own salad dressing. All groups have prepared areas in St Paul's Gardens for wild flower seed sowing.

Looking forward,  We are hopefully going to collaborate with two school families who have space for us to garden around their homes in the Newington Green area. Preparation will start soon. We also have a plot at King Henrys Walk garden to tend. In St Paul's Gardens next to the school,  I have secured 6 more raised beds to grow food and flowers, a wild flower
strip and a Mini Orchard.

There is much more work to be done: we need your help!

-Volunteers to assist in the classes each week -Parents to help build the new raised beds during the summer -Families to tend ( and therefore harvest!! ) the raised beds, school area and at King Henrys Walk Gardens during the summer ( no more than 1 hour a week each for 2 or 3 families...) I live in Dagenham and so is an hour commute to the school for me.

And any tools, seeds, plants you can donate would be welcome.

Please let me know. Our vision is to create  a strong growing and gardening culture at the school, and to make our environment as beautiful as possible. All help is appreciated!

Susanna Wallis
Gardening teacher
 

Community Notices
 
Summer Songwriting Courses
 
Week-long group songwriting courses for kids between the ages of 7 and 11 during the summer holidays.
 
Over the space of a week we will:

• Learn about the different parts of a song and how they fit together
• Develop an understanding of writing our own lyrics
• Discover lots of different instruments and what they sound like
• Learn about how to record music on a computer
• Write & record our own original song in whatever style we choose
• Design our own artwork and make CDs of our song to take home
 
 
When: There are three courses held on consecutive weeks. Mon 7th – Fri 11th July,  Mon 14th – Fri 18th July, and Mon 21st – Fri 25th July. The sessions run from 10:30am to 1pm each day with a short snack break (snacks provided).
 
Where: 46a Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3AL.
 
Who: Well me for a start! I’m a professional musician, and guitar and songwriting teacher. Joining me will be up to 8 kids between the ages of 7 and 11 of differing musical abilities. Only limited musical experience is necessary. You’ll be amazed at what even the youngest beginner can come up with in a recording studio, if steered in the right direction!
 
What: An amazing original song on a CD with the children's own original artwork on it.  You can check out a few past recordings here: https://soundcloud.com/matandthekids
 
How much: The courses are £110 per child, and £80 for extra siblings.

For more information or to book a place please contact Mat on 07740 236405 or email junkpilemat@gmail.com
 
 
Summer holiday Bikeability

Islington Council is running a series of courses in the summer holidays for children aged 5-12. There are courses for: beginners (children who can't ride a bike at all), Bikeability Level 1 (off road control skills) and Bikeability Level 2 (an introduction to road cycling). There are three venues to choose from and you can book here.

Looking further forward, on the 12 July, 12noon-5pm, there is The Festival on the Fields sports event at Highbury Fields. And in the morning, you can enjoy a free led bike ride that is suitable for all the family with Islington Cycling Club. That ride will return you to the park in time for the festivities. Children must be accompanied. It is free, but you must book your place in advance by emailing secretary@islington.cc
 

Go Sky Ride!
And if you want to go out on some organised bikes rides, British Cycling are laying on 200 free Sky Rides in 2014. These are all graded for a level to suit you. There is even a ride on the morning of the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling that takes you to the event!

Islington Cycling Club
If you've done some Sky Rides and are ready to go up a gear, join Islington Cycling Club. The club are now one year old and have quickly become the largest club (and friendliest) in north London.

Happy cycling!

David Shannon
Cycling officer
Islington Council
david.shannon@islington.gov.uk
020 7527 4082
 

 
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