As we step into the vibrant festival of lights, I extend heartfelt wishes to all those celebrating Diwali. May this auspicious occasion illuminate your lives with joy, prosperity, and positivity.
Next week marks an important event on our calendar - Anti-Bullying Week. This is a time for us to reinforce our commitment to creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for all. Our school community will engage in various activities and discussions to raise awareness and promote kindness, understanding, and empathy.
I'm excited to remind you of a special upcoming event - the Vision and Values Parent Workshop taking place on Monday morning following drop off. It's an invaluable opportunity for you to gain insight into our school's guiding principles and ethos. You'll have the chance to hear directly from myself and my Vice Principals, Mr. Bowskill and Miss Austin. This session will provide an in-depth understanding of our collective vision for the school and the values that drive us forward. Your participation and input are highly valued as we continue to shape the educational journey of our students.
We invite you to join us for this enlightening workshop, where we can collaborate, share ideas, and strengthen our bonds as a unified school community. We look forward to welcoming you and engaging in enriching discussions.
Wishing those of you celebrating over the coming days a joyous Diwali and looking forward to our continued efforts in creating a supportive and nurturing educational environment.
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week. To raise awareness, we are asking children (and staff!) to wear odd socks on Monday 13th to celebrate what makes us all unique.
Bullying can affect people of all ages and Anti-Bullying Week will remind everyone whether it’s in school, at home, in the community or online, we can bring an end to bullying.
Thank you to everyone who helped us to raise money for the Royal British Legion. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity (even in the rain this morning!)
A huge well done and thank you to the School Council, who did an amazing job of collecting money and using their mathematical skills throughout!
We will let you know how much we raise soon!
Celebrating our Children!
We hope those of you who have attended parents evenings over the past week have enjoyed hearing all about the progress and achievements of your children. If you haven't yet had your parents evening, due to some being postponed, please keep an eye on Class Dojo as we will be endeavouring to schedule these as soon as possible. Swan and Robin class parents evening will take place this Thursday.
In school, we have been loving seeing the progress our Reception children have been making in phonics - see photos below of some children in Blackbird class who were learning the sound "r" recently. In Year 1 children have been writing about Traction Man and we loved this recount by Parinoor! Y2 have started learning about Advent and Falcon class made Advent wreaths.
Jamal, Reneen and Leeza are regulars at Chess club! They compete against each other each week. Chess club takes place every Monday after school. Sign up is via Parentpay so if your child is interested in attending, please do sign them up!
KS1 recently participated in skipping workshops. They were able to practice their skipping skills, with some children even progressing to trick skipping!
Children in Kingfisher class loved the workshop and said:
"The double hand skip is so good" - Aayan
"The coach was using the skipping rope and doing double time faster! - Jack
"They were skipping on one leg" - Mia
"They were doing tricks and hopping on one leg" - Brielle
Reception Diwali Celebrations
As we approach the festive season, it was a pleasure today to share in the joy and cultural richness that Diwali, the Festival of Lights, brings to many in our school community. Diwali, a significant festival celebrated by various cultures, symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and the triumph of good over evil.
At Phoenix Infants, we cherish the diversity that enriches our community and recognise the importance of understanding and respecting different cultures and traditions. This year, we're honoured that so many Reception parents were able to join us for our Diwali party this morning.
To those in our school community who will be celebrating Diwali in the coming weeks, we hope you have a wonderful time. Happy Diwali!
Year 2 Choir
9 children from Year 2 went off on Tuesday to St Mary's Church in Slough to join with other local schools for a singing workshop. They had the opportunity to sing with other groups from local schools with a particular focus on singing in 3 part harmony. We learnt to sing "Lean on Me", singing in harmony!
They were the youngest children attending the event and they did the school proud. Well done Maya, Ubaid, Musa, Jathvika, Sainikha, Gabriela, Tanmeet, Ana and Shravya!
"It was really good when we sang the first song" - Jathvika
"I liked the song that was on the paper" - Maya (Lean on Me)
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