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Friday Flier - 18 December 2015
We wish you a lovely Christmas and a peaceful New Year
Our many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to create a magnificent Advent Fair, to all the parents who decorated, cooked, sweated and shelled out!
 
Our thanks to all who volunteered their time, energy and talent to create the Shepherds play and of course, to the Director Jane Akuwudike! Particular mention is given to the acrobatic Angel, which literally was flown down from above!


 


Best wishes

We would like to send our love and best wishes to Mrs Miller, we hope to have her back soon!
 
To Ms Denes (German Language Teacher) and her family; congratulations for the birth of a new, lovely baby boy.
 
See you all again on the 7th January!
Dates for Your Diary
January 2016

Thursday 7th January Spring Term Starts 8:30am (doors open at 8:15am)

 

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
Looking ahead
On the 9th January there will be a work day for the garden. Please do come to help if you can. Information will be sent out in January.
 
During this holidays please check your child for nits and treat accordingly if found. The treatment needs to be repeated three times 5-7 days apart. After that, could you please take your time to check your child’s head every week to ensure that any visitors are spotted and treated promptly.
 
Please also use this break to check your child indoor shoes – every child needs properly fitting indoor shoes, including the children in the older classes. It is unsafe for the children to walk around in their socks.
 
A reminder that every child needs good quality waterproof (trousers and jacket) and a pair of wellington boots or waterproof walking shoes. Regardless of the weather conditions all classes go out daily on the green or in the garden for breaks. 
Emails will be unavailable...
We are in the process of migrating to a new email provider. To complete this process from the 19th December for approximately 10 days the current school system will be switched off and we will be unable to receive or send emails. This is will allow us to move all the data held by our current provider to the new provider.

If you need to communicate with the school during these days please: 
  • hand deliver the message in the post box on Balls Pond Road or 
  • post a letter to the school– the address is 1 St Paul’s Road N1 2QH London 
In case of an emergency please text the number sent to you on the email dated 11/12/15

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your understanding.

Wishing you all a pleasant Christmas break,

The school office
The Kindergarten Garden
How the children love garden time! Whatever the weather. In fact the muddier the better.  Rainy days are a joy. Puddles to splash in and play with, rivers to make, dams to build. The rain creates a beautiful mood too, a peaceful energy in the garden. Now that most of the leaves have fallen and have been raked away into the leaf pile we will soon receive a delivery of woodchip to help prevent us all from sliding around in a river of mud. The woodchip brings new play opportunities too. When the rain is heavy we hope our waterproofs and wellies will hold out and are grateful to huddle together under the shelters in the garden.  Such first hand experiences of the weather and seasons are important opportunities for the children who are still young on the earth and are meeting its ways; they need such sensory experiences in order to experience themselves,  to be grounded in the world and to, later, have an understanding of it based on real experience.  Discovering worms in the mud under a log are the beginnings of scientific exploration and discovery.  Being out in the wind, rain, sun, snow and in all the seasons; warm and cold, brings to life the seasonal curriculum that the Kindergarten teachers bring to the children through story, song, verse and activity.

The garden brings increased opportunities for movement. The children can run, jump, skip, climb, play on balance toys; with sand, water, mud, wood, carry and move large pieces of wood, create pulleys with ropes and buckets.  There are hidey places to crouch down and climb into and to play games within.  There are activities for the children to join in with; gardening eg. watering, raking leaves, planting bulbs and woodwork eg. sawing, drilling with a hand drill, sanding.  Children love to skip, jumping over the long rope, a wonderful rhythmical movement activity accompanied by rhyme and counting. Sometimes the children initiate playground games such as ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ or ‘Grandmother’s footsteps.’ 

We are very grateful for donations received from a trust fund via the Newton family which have enabled us to make improvements to the garden and to buy new equipment.  Many thanks are also due to Class 1 and 5 parent Helen Woods and to Chestnut KG parent Mel Grundmann for hours spent gardening at the weekends; planting hundreds of bulbs (look out for what we hope will be a beautiful Spring garden) and for organising the purchase of and planting shrubs and trees.  

Thanks also to members of the parent choir for leading carol singing in the garden at pick up time and to the Parent and Child groups for all the sweeping and tidying work they do each morning.

Wishing you all much enjoyable outdoor time in parks, woods and countryside in the winter weather over the holidays.
Class III 
Class III have adopted 2 cows and 2 pigs from Hillside Animal Sanctuary (http://www.hillside.org.uk/).

From January there will be a “penny jar” on Mrs Ramelow desk to collect pennies for their feeding!
 
Chiara's request
Dear Parents

My name is Chiara and I am in Class VIII.

For my Class VIII project I am doing costume design and I am going to make 2 costumes. For this I need 2 mannequins, one now and another one for the project presentation in March.  If someone could lend me one now that would be brilliant!

If you can please contact grazia@graziagatti.com

Thank you very much.

Chiara
Carol concert
Image by kind permission of Tina Maas
Some work from the Autumn term
School starting age
You can download this article from our website - here.

It was first published in the Autumn 2015 Issue of JUNO, Issue 41 - www.junomagazine.com.
Community Notices
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