Our Core Value this half term is Tolerance
What a great showcase of the talent we have at All Saints'. We made this possible virtually and safely within school to allow our children to shine. The finalists demonstrated all our core values along with the compassion and support from the whole school. Well done to our winners and thank you to everyone who took part and joined in via zoom.
The Big Ask
All of our children this week have taken part in The Big Ask Survey. This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. They will use what we tell them to show the government what we think, and what children need to live happier lives.
The results from this survey will help Rachel de Souza (Children's Commissioner) identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.
As a forward facing school we are pleased to be involved in helping put children and young people at the heart of the country’s plans to rebuild for the future.
Skircoat Green Allotment
In Year 3, our current Science topic is plants. On Monday, we took a walk to the Skircoat Green allotments to see lots of different fruits and vegetables that had been planted.
Mrs Shire (our Chair of Governors) took us around and gave us lots of information about the allotment. We saw cherry trees, pear trees, rhubarb, potatoes, tomatoes and lots more!
This week, Year 3 had the pleasure of welcoming a visitor into school – Jeffrey Andrews. Jeffrey carried out a Creative Archaeology session based on the Romans. Year 3 became archaeologists for the morning and dug for lots of different things, such as seeds, pottery, coins and bones!
World Book Day
Our annual potato competition was as popular as ever with lots of entrants, it was so hard to choose the winners. Each class had two winners who were awarded a £5 voucher to spend in The Thoughtful Spot. Please see below a video showcasing a small sample of our entrants.
Our wonderful group of children have decided to support this wonderful idea this year. In school our children are going to create a Santagram in the form of a card or a bookmark to spread some festive cheer amongst our local lonely people.
Our SHINE Team have once again decided to support Mothershare, albeit slightly differently this year. In the past we have provided Christmas boxes and these have always been truly wonderful! This year the charity are supporting the Women’s Refugee in the form of making Christmas special for the families who have had to flee their homes in desperation. They have asked if we can donate items to make their Christmas Day as special as ours. During week commencing 14th December we will place a box at the front entrance of school to gather these items which will then be delivered by our JLT and Mrs Dumbreck on the last day of term. They are asking for crackers, cheese, biscuits, vegetables, chocolates anything that you would love to have on Christmas Day! They are also asking for donations for the vulnerable Mums, this could be a candle, bath set, chocolates etc. Thank you for your support towards these vulnerable local families.
Year Six- World War Two
To celebrate our World War II topic, Year Six have spent the week immersing themselves in activities of the era. We have dressed up as evacuees, participated in an air raid, baked using two different wartime recipes, and listened to the chart-topping hits for the years of the war. It has been a very exciting week and one that has allowed the children to fully involve themselves in active learning opportunities.
Children in Need 2020
.You may be aware that Friday 13th November is Children in Need Day. We are supporting this fantastic charity this year. It is one that our SHINE Team like to support and we feel it's even more important during these challenging times. On Friday we are asking children and staff to come to school in Sports Kit and donate a £1. The theme this year is 'Five to Thrive', supporting and enhancing children's wellbeing through physical exercise, something that we at All Saints' value. Throughout the day the children will be taking part in fun activities and an 'Ultimate Feel Good Friday Session'. Thank you for your support and we look forward to raising as much as we can.
UPDATE our efforts this year have raised £222.50 for this fantastic cause. THANK YOU!
Thank you from CART
Next week (4th October) is Harvest in school. Throughout the week the children will be taking part in worship sessions, live video links with charity ambassadors and an exploration of what Harvest means to our community. We are asking for donations for our two charities this year- CART (Christian African Relief Trust) and Calderdale's Smart Move. If you would like to support these wonderful charities then we are asking for donations of stationery for CART, to be dropped off at the Church Porch (Church Door) which will be open, Tues, Weds, Fri 9-1pm and Thurs. 8.30 - 3.30. Smart Move are asking for donations of: Tinned meat and fish, toothbrushes and paste, hand sanitiser, household cleaning products and antibacterial wipes. We are asking for these to be placed in the box outside School's Main Entrance. All donations for both charities can be dropped any day next week. Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to helping these vulnerable charities during these unprecedented times.
Year 5 trying out our new laptops today. A big thankyou to the PTFA for helping to fund the Ipods for year 6 also.
National Rail Competition
We were contacted by Richard Isaac, Regional Community and Sustainability Manager for Network Rail during Lockdown. He asked our Key Worker Children who were attending the provision to enter their competition in order to support their 'Stay Home. Stay Safe Campaign.'
Their aim was to have children’s artwork displayed across their network to support their collective effort to prevent the spread of COVID – 19.
As a thank you they offered the children who were attending that day and entered the competition, a day out on the Northern Network once the emergency is over and the trains are back to normal.
The posters were used in mess rooms and in stations to cheer up the workers and volunteers.
Richard says- 'A big thank you to and your staff from all at Northern, your support for communities across Halifax are greatly appreciated. Without the support of schools like All Saints we would not be able to run trains to support key workers in the battle against COVID – 19.'
GREAT NEWS- One of our entries won the competition too! Well done and thank you
Year Three have taken part in a Roman Day. They were visited by an authentic Roman, who shared with them a plethora of fascinating artefacts which they could handle and draw. The morning session allowed the children to bake bread, sculpt Roman pots and create their own magical mosaics. What a wonderful day indeed.
Charity Dress Down Day
As you may be aware the coronavirus outbreak in India is at a critical point. As a school we encourage our children to be courageous advocates and instill the value of compassion amongst our whole family. In order to support our Indian community during this difficult time we are holding a ‘Dress In Orange Day’ Wearing this colour has been chosen, as dark saffron appears in the Indian flag and represents courage and sacrifice, which are particularly important during this difficult time. If you would like to support the charity: India COVID-19 Appeal- Oxfam GB, then please send your children into school on Friday 28th May wearing orange and with a donation. Thanks for your support. Let’s raise some much needed funds and awareness!
UPDATE! We raised £233.44 for this fantastic charity, thank to everyone who donated.
National Reflection Day
On Tuesday 23rd March we joined the nation to mark this significant day. We took part in class worship, a minute silence, where we thought of people who have been affected by the pandemic and reflected upon the year. We also created daffodils to display in our hall window- look out for these over the next few weeks!
Hand to Mouth Lent Journey
Our Year two children have taken part in the Hand to Mouth Spiritual Lent Journey. The children were able to enhance their spiritualty and deepen their thinking around lent. The stations posed questions, stories, discussion and reflection opportunities, they even had the opportunity to taste food, including chocolate!
As our school is at the heart of our community, just as Overgate is at the heart of Calderdale. We have faced unprecedented challenges this year as Covid-19 has had such a huge impact on families and schools. At the Hospice, it has also impacted them enormously. They have seen a dramatic fall in their income as their shops were shut and they are yet to see a time when their fundraising activities can return to normal. Whilst the news continues to focus on the pandemic, there are still local people living with life-limiting illnesses who are facing the end of their lives. They need our support to ensure Overgate can continue to be there for these people and their families.
All Saints' are took part in The Reindeer Run around the local area, keeping everyone safe but offering some much needed fun.
All children in the school received a pair of antlers and a red nose. All of this is provided free of charge, but each child is provided with a sponsor form and we ask that those who are able, raise much needed money to support the Hospice.
Our attendance is currently 98%!
Thank you to all of our families. Your trust in us is appreciated.
We have created our own whole school 'Big Frieze' which show the 7 parts of the Christian story, from Creation and Fall to Salvation and The Kingdom of God. We learn this story through our RE curriculum as we move through school.
A visit from Florence Knightingale in Year 2
Thanks to Bankfield Museum, Florence Knightingale was able to make her annual visit via video communication. The children shared some interesting questions with her and her answers really helped to build their knowledge.
On Friday 18th September we will be supporting two charities very close to our hearts- Alopecia Uk and Jeans for Genes. We are asking children to come to school wearing jeans and a blue top and pay a £1 donation. The monies raised will then be split between the two charities. Throughout the day the children will be learning more about these charities and why they are so important to All Saints'. Thanks for your support.
On Friday 9th October we are supporting another charity close to our hearts- Alder Hey. The children and staff will be wearing PJs to school and donating a £1. This charity is a firm favourite with our SHINE Team and Choir.
Response to COVID-19 :
From Monday 23rd March, to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, All Saints' is only opening for the care of identified vulnerable children and those of 'critical key workers'. The government has asked all parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and schools are remaining open only for these specified children if they absolutely need to attend. School will be open during the Easter break except Good Friday and Easter Monday. If you need critical key worker childcare on these days please email admin@AllSaints.calderdale.sch.uk to reserve a place at our fellow cluster school Crosslane, Elland.
Parents have been informed about their eligibility and arrangements for critical key worker childcare via email already.
Any updates to the present situation will be made directly to parents through these School Jotter or Email.
Our teaching staff will set activities for pupils in their classes who are staying at home through the learning platform, Seesaw.
Thank you to everyone who have shared kind words of support, there is a lot going on behind the scenes and we appreciate this recognition. Thank you to everyone within our school community during these challenging times; we will get through the current situation by remaining positive and working together.
Best wishes, keep safe and love from all at All Saints'
In the first instance, please speak to our School Office, who will be happy to help.
Please visit the class pages for more information about the Creative Curriculum currently being taught!
Proud to be All Saints'!
This week year 2 and year 5 took part in An Amazing Journey into Lent and Holy Week. The journeys looked at this special time of preparation and reflection for Christians. The children worked in pairs or alone to take a whistle-stop tour through each of the special days in lent, tasting pancakes, learning about the last supper, thinking how Jesus was in pain, and looking at his special garden and much more. Each task allowed children to reflect and pray if they wished. Hand to Mouth work regularly with our school, enabling children to explore Christianity and reflect on their own spiritual journey.
Our Year Four children visited Bolton Museum to consolidate their learning on Ancient Egypt. They took part in a workshop where they handled artefacts and created a human timeline. They even saw a real Mummy!
We have started to complete the Daily Mile! Every child in school goes out each day in the fresh air to (run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes). It is not competitive though some will compete and that is fine. Most children will average a mile in the 15 minutes, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but physical activity in a social setting which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health, and well-being. The children run in their ordinary school clothes. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. And most importantly, the children really enjoy it.
As part of the Year 1 History topic 'Victorians' they experienced the life of a Victorian school child. Firstly, Miss Paige taught them about the 3 R's; Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Then, they got to play with real Victorian toys! Finally, we practised our cursive handwriting by using a fountain pen. It was very hard!
Year Six have been developing their skills as archaeologists. They have delved deep into the past to uncover many wonderful artefacts, which they then catalogued. It was essential that they worked collaboratively on their 'digs' to find the lost treasures. In the afternoon, they worked with clay to make their very own Greek pottery following authentic Greek patterns and designs. It was a really exciting day that has been the perfect culmination on all our learning about the Ancient Greeks. Thank you, Jeffrey - you were fantastic!
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Anti- Bullying Week- United Against Bullying
Our Support group from the Shine Team have decided to raise awareness of the importance of this week by wearing odd socks to school on Friday 20th November. We will also be entering the competition too. If we are lucky enough to win we may get the opportunity for Andy from CBeebies to visit school! Throughout the week the children will be taking part in activities and our worship sessions will have this focus too. As a school we are thinking of the Big Question- 'How should we treat others?'
Please discuss this at home with your child.
It is so wonderful when we come together for worship. We do miss being altogether but when we can communicate by video and be together through worship, it helps us to be a community.
Year Six, have been using surgical precision and our inquisitive minds to deepen our understanding of the heart through dissection. We felt the muscle walls and discussed why the left side of the heart was thicker, we even managed to find the heartstrings. We promise - cross our hearts - that we enjoyed ourselves!
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