SCHOOL BLOG

 

20th April - Update

Congratulations to last month's values award winners for Faith. The value for April is Humility. Photos of award winners will be displayed on the values page in due course, and around the school.

April 2018 - Update

Welcome back! Please visit the Curriculum page to view the topic planners and see what topics we will be studying this term:

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

 

26th March - Update

We had a visit from the mobile planetarium this week which was a great way to support the children's space topic in Year 5. Mr Page has also taken some pictures of the moon this month which can be viewed here.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ AN IMPORTANT LETTER ABOUT CHANGES TO OUR SCHOOL.

Remember also to check our school newsletters to keep abreast of news and staff changes. 

Homework and individual year group newsletters can also be viwed for each year group here.

Don't forget to check the Spiritual Blog also! Happy Easter!

 

*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION - GIRLS' FOOTBALL FINALS 22-23rd May ***

As many of you know, our highly successful girls' football team are competing in the Primary Stars National Finals at Leicester City's Stadium on 23rd May.

As many of us as possible will be travelling up the day before to the stadium to support our team at this amazing Premier League venue, making our way up on 22nd May.

 

23rd March - Update

Thank you to those who came along to the Maths No Problem evening. Please click here to see some photos from this successful event.

*** Don't forget... "COME ALONG AND FIND OUT ABOUT OUR NEW MATHS SCHEME, 'MATHS NO PROBLEM'. We’ll be holding an information evening for parents and carers and junior age children on WEDNESDAY 14TH MARCH at 6.30pm. You’ll be able to have a go yourselves and ask any questions." ***

 

9th March - Update

Well done to Teals for their class assembly on the environment. We fully expected Mr Saunders to break into his Michael Jackson routine during Earth Song! 

Class assemblies are great for encouraging the children's confidence. Acting and speaking in front of a live audience is never easy!

Please check today's Croydon Advertiser, where you can see an article featuring our girls' football team and their recent successes.

 

5th March - Update

Thanks to all of you who braved the arctic conditions last week to come to school! 

Another uplifting Values assembly on Friday saw our illustrious girls' football team receive their trophy for winning through to the NATIONAL FINALS of the Primary Stars competition.

They saw off competition from the strongest teams representing the other boroughs surrounding Croydon to earn a place at the prestigious final, hosted at Leicester City's stadium. Our girls will be representing Crystal Palace, and as a result have been presented with Palace kits. They received a beautiful eagle trophy. The girls can be seen on the photo feed, right, as well as on the Twitter feed (@Minster_Jun_sch), where they were pictures with Crystal Palace legend, Julian Speroni. Our very own goalkeeping legend, Aangel, was lucky enough to get her own gloves signed by him!

We also celebrated the value of honesty. The winners can be seen on the values page.

Mr Saunders also presented artist of the week to Denisa in Year 3, and four others were also celebrated for their work (Bailey, Sarah, Esmari and Adele).

 

1st March - World Book Day

Today we have been celebrating world book day. Some of the activities carried out in school included: Alice in Wonderland riddles during maths (Year 5) and some quotes about reading from Year 6 classes. Some of these quotes were so amazing, we have posted some here:

"The one day that's full of infinite possibilities, different possible outcomes and a rollercoaster of opportunities is 'Tomorrow'." Daniel"

"They turned their can'ts into cans and their dreams into plan!" Hope

"Reading takes you on adventures and takes you to places you never imagined!" Patricia

"If you read everyday, your imagination will always stay." George

"Reading is your key to 'tomorrow'." Aaron

 

***WEATHER INFORMATION***

In light of recent weather conditions, can we please draw your attention to our bad weather policy. The school will stay open as long as it is considered safe to do so. Texts will be sent out to parents with any relevant information. Information will be put on the website if possible, but there have been issues with the server this week due to increased web traffic so please check for texts or telephone the school if in doubt.

 

21st February - Update

Parents' Evening

Please click here to access the booking page.

 

More Sporting Success!

This week, our illustrious girls' football team once again shone in their football tournament, winning through to the National League final at Leicester City's stadium! This is currently our greatest sporting achievement to date. Please follow our twitter feed here @Minster_Jun_sch to see photos of the girls with their trophy, and pictured with Crystal Palace's very own Julian Speroni!

You can also see photos on Twitter of this week's year 5 trips to Whitgift School. @Minster_Jun_sch

 

5th February - Update

A fantastic collective worship on Friday revealed the winners of January's values award for Cooperation. This month's value is Honesty. We also had some great news reagrding our girls' football team, who won every match, including a few 4-0 thrashings and victories against teams who had been previously unbeaten, to come first in the Crystal Palace Primary Stars competition.

Many thanks to Crystal Palace first team palyer, Pammy Roberts, for giving up her time to present the girls with their medals. Well done to Aangel, Sy'ria, Romy, Krystal, Mille, Hollie, Rihanna and Lauren.

Well done also to artists of the week and some amazing gold number star winners, including two Year 3 children! Bearing in mind this is a two-sided test with 100 questions including multiplication, division, fractions, conversions to be answered in 20 minutes, to have some Year 3 children pass this is an amazing achievement. Well done also to Aize in Year 5 for passing her Platinum number star, which is a phenomenal achievement at Primary school level.

 

30th January - Update

Thank you to Father Bayes for taking our worship this morning. You can see details in the Spiritual Blog.

 

Homework

Remember, the most recent homework can be viewed on the website in the News and Dates - Letters Home section. If the children lose their homework letter or are absent when it is handed out, it shows great attitude if they take responsibility to get hold of it and complete it in time for the due date. It is now being displayed as a webpage rather than a PDF. This makes it easier to upload and for you to print. Just right click and print the page.

 

Year 4 News

Mr Page facilitated our Music Day  on Monday 15th January on the topic of 1066. The children enjoyed themselves and had a great time, listening to and performing ancient music and learning about weird and wonderful early instruments such as the Hurdy Gurdy and the Psaltery.  Our intention is to have one every half term.

The E Safety work shop was very successful. The children were taught how important it is to be safe given the technology they have at their disposal. The information was given with the help of some brilliant animations. We would like to thank all the parents who attended the workshop later on in the evening.

Grebes and Teals visited the Gurdwara on the 18th January.  The children found it very informative. They got a chance to see the artefacts and ask questions. In addition, they were well behaved and were a credit to our school.  Penguins and Kiwis will visit on February 8.

 

19th January - News Updates

Thank you to all those who attended the eSafety workshops. Please check our eSafety section and Safeguarding section if you want to know more about how the school keeps children safe.

Well done to the netball team for winning both their matches against West Thornton, 3-1 and 5-2. That makes it 3 wins out of 3 so far.

 

15th January 2018

*eSafety workshops today for staff, pupils and parents!*

A fabulous and quite moving values assembly on Friday saw December's award winners achieve their certificates for living out the value of love. Well done to all the winners who can be seen on the values page.

Also in this assembly, we saw artists of the week Temora and Shamara in Year 6 receive awards for their creative efforts.

We also have thre new gold number stars winners in Year 5: Dunsin, Josiah O and Tori.

 

8 January 2018 - Topic Updates

"Attention! Code Red! This is serious!..."  These were the fearful words echoing around the Year 5 classrooms uttered by Mrs Jacobs on Thursday last week. The children were hastily gathered up and lined up in the hall while the staff all wore masks. One by one, children were checked behind their ears and under their tongues. Oh no! A rash... Could it be? Surely not! The dreaded Black Death! Some children and one poor member of satff (Mr Page) were led to the quarantine zone. Of course it was all make-believe, and an introduction to the new Year 5 topic of Peasants, Princes and Pestilence. Starting the topic in this way injected some real power into the children's writing, as they were able to relate to the fear of that time. Apologies to those children who were genuinely nervous... but it did get some great writing out of them and they were swiftly reassured that it was all make-believe!

Scroll through the pictures on the right to see images from this terrible event!

Year 4 have begun their 1066 topic, and are already making their own versions of the Bayeux Tapestry with some nice artwork on strips of material.

Year 3 are doing Tribal Tales for theri next topic. They have had a look at stone circles and will be reading the classic book Stig of the Dump.

In Year 6, the new topic is the Ice Kingdom. They have already been exploring and describing ice, including smelling, touching and even eating ice cubes!

More to follow...

 

3rd January 2015

Welcome back everyone. We look forward to seeing the children back this week for another busy term and we hope everyone had a peaceful and joyful Christmas and New Year.

Attendance: Some children have designed attendance posters to go up around the school. Please go to the attendance page to view them.

 

15th December - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY...

Our Christmas Service is at The Minster Croydon on Wednesday 20th December at 2.00pm.

Also... We’re holding an E-SAFETY EVENING on Monday 15th January 2018 at 5.30 till 7pm. It is going to be led by Safety-net.org who will offer you lots of advice and guidance on what your children are doing and seeing on line and how you can keep them safe. This is a really useful course and we hope to see lots of you attending.

 

14th December - Update - Parent Questionnaire and Raffle Information

You can see results of the parent questionnaire here.

The current Newsletter is out which you can read here. Please note that some excellent prizes from the RAFFLE TICKET DRAW have not been claimed.

If you would like to make a bid for any of the following items by Monday at 4pm, please email us your bid on

office@theminsterjuniorscroydon.co.uk

and state what you would like to bid for …

or

drop a note into the school office. We’ll distribute the items next Tuesday 19th December, so please make sure you put your contact number on your bid.

One Christmas Hamper (value £18)

One 7 foot high Christmas Tree (value £25 + )

One Iced Christmas Fruit Cake (value £25)

Cinema tickets for 2

One £15 Garden Voucher

Nandos Voucher – full platter

Nuffield Health 14 day Gym Pass

 
 

11th December - Update

Congratulations to the winners of the 'Peace' value during Friday's worship. Photos to follow. Congratulations also to the gold number star winners: Chloe and Liam in Swans, and Tobi in Avocets. 

Today (Monday) the Year 3 children are performing in their Soundstart concerts. How great it is to see chidlren at this age having the opportunity to play and perform with string orchestral instruments. You can see some pictures of Moorhen's concert here.

 

3rd December

Thank you to all those who came on Friday and helped to make the Christmas Fair a success! 

 

Year 4 Music Day

This week Mr Page led a music workshop in Year 4. The children have had a particularly strong science bias this year, so Mr Page planned activities around pitch and amplitude. The children watched a clip of Ravel's 'Bolero' and identified different instruments in an orchestra. Then, each child had a chance to perform in Minster's very own 'bottle' orchestra, where bottles were filled with liquid and tuned to different pitches in order that the children could perform the theme tune to Harry Potter by striking the bottles with sticks in the correct order. This ties in with their 'potions' topic, and the children were encouraged to pretend the music was coming from a magic potion within the bottles!

You can see some photos here.

 

1st December - Update

Just a quick word on the WOW Travel tracker which the school has signed up for:

"The WOW Travel Tracker is used by schools participating in WOW, the year-round walk to school challenge, to record daily pupil journeys and earn their monthly WOW badges.

Each class is provided with an engaging dashboard to see which classes are leading the way in active travel. Pupils log daily journeys to school on the system. The WOW Travel Tracker also confirms which pupils have walked enough to earn a badge each month and these key statistics can be used to earn your school a Modeshift STARS award."

Click here to find out more!

 

30th November - Updates

Our Christmas Dinner menu is now available to view here.

Don't forget the Christmas Fair is this Friday!

 

24th November - Updates

The latest Newsletter is out. Important info includes:

Our CHRISTMAS FAIR is on FRIDAY 1st DECEMBER from 3.30 to 5.30pm

We’re collecting items for the TOMBOLA stall, the CAKE stall, and WRAPPED SWEETS for the children’s tombola.

If you have any empty jars, the Year 6 team would be grateful to receive them for the items they are making to sell at the Fair.

 

The children are selling RAFFLE TICKETS every morning before school and at the end of the day.

The raffle prizes are:

  • 3 HAMPERS
  • DECORATED CHRISTMAS CAKE
  • VOUCHERS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES

Tickets cost 50p each or 5 for £2

 

17th November 2017 - Anti-Bullying Week

As part of anti-bullying week, the children will be doing some activities on this today. More to follow.

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week

Our current newsletter is available to view here...

COME IN TO SEE WHAT YOUR CHILD IS DOING IN CLASS….

We will need to limit numbers so if you cannot come along this term, we will be letting you have dates for next term. The following dates are available, please ring the school office to book your time :

Monday 27th November  10am – 10.45am

Thursday 30th November 2pm – 2.45pm

Tuesday 12th December 10am – 10.45am

 

16th November 2017 - What's going on in school?

As part of their 'Scrumdiddlyumptious!' topic, Year 3 looked at some revolting food from around the world and discussed that what is normal for some people is horrible for others!

They also wrote a recipe for making haggis, the Scottish speciality.

In Year 4, as part of their 'Potions' topic, the children have been looking at Roald Dahl's story, The BFG. Following on from their science focus on sound, the children have now been learning about solids, liquids and gases.

Year 5 have had some time machines built in their classes as part of their new 'Time Traveller' topic. The one in Cormorants is so convincing, we fully expect Dr Who, or maybe even a dinosaur to turn up at any moment!

Talking of building things in classrooms, Year 6 have been lucky enough to have a fully operational Anderson shelter built for them in one of the classrooms in Year 6, thanks to the creative dedication by our staff. This is to link with their 'A Child's War' topic. Groups of children have been lucky enough to have writing sessions inside the shelter, sitting amongst authentic items such as tinned food, ration books and an old-fashioned telephone. Whilst there, they've been writing their evacuee diary entries using 1940's-style language features. Please see photos here of some members of Green Hub inside the shelter.

Remember that you can check each year group's topics in the curriculum section.

Don't forget to look at the Twitter feed at the bottom of this page for other updates on school life and activities.

 

9th November 2017

Parents' Evening Booking System is now live. Click here to book your appointment...

Remember, the Parents' Evening Booking system goes live 9/11/17

Merits- 6th November

Hawking are currently in the lead with a total of 429 merits! Head over to our Merits page to see individual class information...

Dates for your Diary 

Unfortunately, we have had to change some dates posted earlier on in the year.  Please note the date changes written in bold.

  • Parents’ Evening:  Wednesday 22nd November  The Booking system goes live 9/11/17
  • National Anti Bullying Week: 13th – 17th November
  • Children in Need Mufti Day: Friday 17th November (please bring along a £1)
  • Christmas Fayre: Friday 1st December
  • Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch: Tuesday 19th December
  • Christmas Service at The Minster : Wednesday 20th December 

Latest Newsletter!

Celebrations and Successes! - 6th November 2017

This week we have all enjoyed celebrating Black History Month. Well done to all the children and staff for an amazing week, and what a great way to start the week with this morning's celebration assembly. Please check the image gallery, as new work will be added through the coming days.

We have learnt about famous artists and designers and had a go at African Drumming and Steel Pans.  Thank you to Mr Pinto and Mr Saunders for organising an exciting and memorable week!

Some of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in a Tag Rugby event.  They won all 5 matches and now represent the school in the finals on 20th November. They were awarded certificates in Worship this morning.

After the event, Mr Davies was awarded ‘Coach of the Day’ for his enthusiasm and good sportsmanship.    

 

Artist of the Month

Well done to artist of the month, Caden in Avocets, for his amazing Basquiat artwork. It was hard to choose a winner, with amazing efforts also from Kameryn, Joisiah O, Simone and Ryan.

 

Brighten Your Bag Competiton - 3rd November 2017

Well done to the winners and all those who particiapted in this competiton. Prizes and certificates were handed out in this morning's assembly. You can see photos attached in this section.

 

Black History Week - 2nd November 2017

Today we had an amazing steel pan collective worship and workshops throughout the day. How lovely to hear the children singing along to Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' in worship. You can see a slelection of photos and video clips in the gallery here.

 

Black History Week -  w/c 30th Oct 2017

This week sees a programme of exciting events to celebrate Black History Week. On Monday we have a drumming assembly, followed by African drumming and steel drum workshops for the pupils throughout the week. We will be also learning about various key African figures today and throughout history, and incorporating them into our curriculum subjects.

On Friday, parents will be able to see work done by the students throughout the week, displayed in the school hall.

 

PGL and Trips

This week saw our Year 6 children head off to Dorset for their PGL trip. The remaining Year 6 students have an exciting programme of trips to ensure they don't miss out on any fun, including the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Croydon and The Museum of London.

On Monday we see the return of Year 6 and we also welcome Father Bayes for collective worship.

 

Workshops

Don't forget, our exciting workshops begin today. If your child is staying for the second workshop, remember to collect them from their usual classroom at 4pm.

 

 


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