PILLING ST JOHN’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY
30 November 2018
Father Andy and Real Advent Calendars
Father Andy has very generously bought each child in school from Reception to Y6 a Real Advent Calendar. Father Andy is still undergoing treatment and has not managed to get into school very much. I am sure he would love to receive Christmas cards and thank you letters from the children. If you want to send in any cards for Father Andy, please send them to school and we will ensure he receives them.
The Real Advent Calendar is the UK’s only Fairtrade Advent calendar which comes with a 24 page Christmas story-activity book designed to be used each day in Advent. The calendar is a fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story.
What is Advent?
Advent starts this Sunday. The word advent stems from a Latin word that means “coming” or “arrival.” The season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and, depending on the year, can range from 22 to 28 days. Its purpose is to help believers remain focused on the birth of Christ.
The Advent season is divided into four weeks, and each week features a different liturgical theme. Traditionally, the first week remembers the hope and expectation of the Jewish people as they looked forward to the Saviour’s arrival — and it also reminds believers today to wait expectantly for Jesus’ second coming. The second week focuses on preparation: Over many centuries, God prepared the hearts of the Jews for Christ’s coming. The third week joyfully celebrates the coming of the Messiah, and the final week celebrates God’s peace and love.
A massive thanks to the PTFA for managing to get Father Christmas to come to school and take time out of his very busy schedule. He was amazing!
Thank you also to Mr Morley for managing to get hold of Olaf and bring him to the Christmas Fair. Olaf you were a star!
And finally an enormous thank you to the PTFA committee and helpers who made the Christmas Fair such a fabulous event. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Thank you to everyone who has paid the deposit for Borwick Hall to enable us to confirm numbers.
Mr Phillpotts finished planting the trees with the children this week and we are very much looking forward to watching them grow.
Huge thanks to Mr Marr, Mr Phillpotts and Mr Green for organising such a fun and enjoyable inter school football tournament on Monday.
Well done to the girls’ football squad who were due to play in the Fylde and Wyre football tournament on Tuesday. As you know the event was cancelled last minute because of the rain. We arranged a local match with Garstang CP school and the girls were fabulous. Despite the rain no child at either school complained about getting wet and cold and just got on with playing the game. Pilling St John’s won the match!
Please remember the Toy Service this Sunday 2ndDecember which starts at 10.30am. During the service the congregation are invited to take gifts to the front of church. The gifts will be sent to the Women’s Refuge for the children and mothers who are there over Christmas.
If you cannot attend the service we would welcome gifts being brought into school so that we can pass them on to the Refuge.
This is an excellent opportunity to talk to children about people less fortunate than ourselves and remember that Christmas is about giving as well as receiving.
Please label gifts to indicate whether a gift is suitable for a girl and/or boy. Please also add an indication of age.
Presents are also welcome for the mothers of the children.
Senior Citizens’ Party
On the 11th December the choir are preforming at the Senior Citizens Party at Pilling Methodist Church. Please can you drop your child off at 3:45pm and collect at 4:15pm.
Decorate a Door Competition
Each class entered a Decorate a Christmas Door Competition this week and this was judged by Mrs Phillpotts, our Chair of Governors. All the entries were excellent but the winning door belonged to Oak Class. Well done Oak.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree in the village
Please remember the Christmas tree lights opposite Pilling Pottery are being switched on at 7pm on Monday. Children have been learning a song in school with Miss Phillips and will be performing this during the evening.
Please Note there will be no Construction or Football club next week.
Children in Y3/4 are entering the basketball tournament next week. We wish them lots of luck.
Mrs Hill will be on Forest Schools Training all next week. The class will be covered by Mrs Norbury who is very experienced and looking forward very much to spending the week with us all.
Please remember the Christingle and the Village Nativity takes place on Sunday 9thDecember. The Christingle service starts at 4pm and is followed by the Village Nativity. We do expect all the children from Y1-6 to take part in Christingle but if there is a reason why you cannot attend please let us know- email@example.com
At the end of the school day staff will be outside if you have any quick queries however, we ask that parents do not enter the school building for any reason without permission from a staff member. This is to ensure we are compliant with safeguarding procedures.
Please do not park at the front of the Golden Ball. The landlord has generously agreed that parents may continue to use his rear car park. The Reading Rooms Committee has agreed that parents may use their car park as well.
Please be mindful of children’s safety at drop off and collection times.
Please do not leave your children unattended in or outside church until staff arrive at 8.45am.
Church will start promptly at 8.55 each Monday. If children arrive after 8.58 you will be asked to sign the late register by the staff member.
Please can we encourage everyone to join our school lottery?
- Tickets cost just £1 per ticket, per week and 40% of all ticket sales are donated to our school.
- There are guaranteed cash prizes every week with the chance to WIN a £25,000 Jackpot every week.
- Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results are posted online.
- The easiest and quickest way to join our lottery is online where you can set up your payment either by Direct Debit or Debit Card.
After School Club and Breakfast Club
Please remember that places must be booked and paid for in advance. We really do try very hard to accommodate working parents and where possible we try and find staff cover but in the interests of transparency need to let you know there will be times when requests cannot be met.
PE and plasters
Please remember that plasters are not suitable to cover earrings, please teach your children to remove their earrings before each PE lesson.
Speakers in School
If you, or a friend would like to come to talk to the children about your jobs or experiences (voluntary or otherwise) we would love to hear from you.
8.45 award goes to ACORN
Worker Bee Awards–
Nursery Mia for being a super angel in the nativity
Reception Elsie for super independent writing
Year 1 Jonah a much more focused week and working hard
Year 2 Natasha fantastic work on verbs and adverbs
Year 3 Ruby for fantastic contributions to class discussions
Year 4 Abigail for always trying her best and fantastic work in maths
Year 5 Atlantis for working very hard on her presentation and handwriting
Year 6 Becky for being focussed and conscientious in all subjects
House points awarded to St Patricks
House points awarded to St Patrick’s