Can I say a huge thank you to all the parents, staff and ‘friends’ of St Silas who donated clothes and toys to the ‘Give Away’ event. It was a huge success, with items that were no longer needed by some being given new homes where they will be put to good use by others.
By such acts of kindness, we will make our community stronger. Thank you again.
On Friday, lots of parents came for a short talk about the importance of maths to children’s lives. After the talk, parents went into classes to take part in a maths lesson with their children. It was a great event, and we would like to thank all the parents who came for giving up their time. For those who couldn’t come, the information has been put onto the parents’ pages that can be found on the maths tab on the website.
Last week, Childwall Primary School sent a group of children for an ‘open debate’ with the pupils who attend our Debating Club. This was the second time that the schools had got together, after linking up for a trip to parliament earlier in the year. The motion that the children discussed was whether children such as themselves should be given the use of a mobile phone. It was lovely to see the respect between the two groups of pupils, with all the children speaking clearly and intelligently on the subject. We’re now looking forward to having a more formal debate next half term.
We had a very special guest in school today: Dr. Waheed Arian.
Dr. Arian came to talk to pupils in Years 4-6 about how, as a teenage boy, he came to England to seek refuge on account of the war in Afghanistan. He talked about his dream to become a doctor, what inspired this dream and the determination that led him to succeed. He also talked about the charity that he has set up (Teleheal) – a charity that provides support and guidance to doctors in countries at war.
The visit was filmed by the BBC as they are making a documentary about the work that Dr Arian is doing.
The children were highly engaged. They got to speak to Dr. Arian’s nephews in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul. They also asked lots of really interesting questions to Dr. Arian about his life and work.
We feel privileged to have had Dr. Arian into school. He was a great inspiration for the children, with this best summed up by something he said during his talk: “Dream big. Work hard. Be determined.”
Given that our school motto ends with the words … ‘and the main thing is learning’, we make sure that we devote time to talk to the pupils about why learning is so very important, and to give them the chance to express their own views on the subject.
The Campaign for Learning states the following: ‘We know that learning through our lives makes us generally healthier, happier, longer-living and wealthier. Not only do we benefit as individuals, but learning beyond school has wide ranging and immeasurable benefits for our families and communities, society and the economy.’
As we can see, the main thing really is learning!
Take a look at what our amazing Digital Leaders from Year 6 have been doing around school this half term. They have been really busy!
Helping Year 1 with their English work:
Teaching other children how to code using Scratch
Got to grips with Google Expeditions, so they can run an in-school session with KS2
Worked with children to build obstacle courses and programme Spheros to go through them
Assisted in setting up and running a Google Classroom in Year 6
Helped Year 3 and 4 children hone their word processing skills
On Tuesday, St John Ambulance came in to school to teach Year 4 and Year 5 some core first aid skills. We learned about what to do if we find someone who’s had an accident; the ABC of resuscitation; how to put someone in the recovery position and how to apply a bandage properly. Hopefully, we’ll never need to use any of what we learned today, but it’s good to know just in case! #ss50things.
The children made a good effort to dress in brightly coloured clothes today to mark ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’. We had a special assembly with Mrs Donaldson to talk about crossing the road safely, particularly at night time now Winter is on its way.
The children were given glow sticks to raise awareness of being seen in the dark.