Jeff The Giraffe Returns!!

Having spent 10 weeks during the summer as part of the Worcester Stands Tall sculpture trail, our beloved Jeff has finally finished his wandering and returned to school.  Jeff joined the whole school during today’s Merit Assembly and will be a permanent fixture in the school from now on.

Once again, I would like to thank the design team for their hard work and effort for completing such an amazing creation. As Mrs Sanders said in the assembly, we all feel really proud to have seen Jeff in Worcester – the result of such hard work and effort by everyone in the school.

Thank you all!! Mrs Baker

Harvest Charity Work

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Harvest Festival fundraising in any way. This year we took part in:

  • Cafod’s  ‘Brighten Up Day’;
  • Donated cakes and biscuits for the school/parish after mass coffee morning;
  • Brought in food for the Pershore Food Bank.

Across the three events we raised an amazing £541.63, and collected seven boxes full of food for the Food Bank. 

Our School/Parish Harvest mass last Sunday was lovely. It was wonderful to see so many parents, pupils, staff and parishioners all joining together to thank God for the gifts of creation. The coffee morning in the school hall afterwards was a great success, and there were even few cakes left for the staffroom table for Monday!

Yesterday, members of the Values Council went down to the Food Bank with Mr Hall and Mrs Andrews to deliver the food we had collected. They were very grateful for our contribution and now, because of the generosity of the school community, many more families will not go hungry this autumn.

 

We were very lucky to have a visit from Sean Devlin from Cafod, who came into school to talk to the children about the good work that Cafod do and how they will make use of the money we send them. We will be sending them a cheque for £541.63 next week, knowing that our contribution will also make a real difference in the lives of others. 

Key Stage 2 Take One Picture Odysseus Greek Drama

Last term all the pupils in the school were involved in the National Gallery’s Take One Picture project and studied the painting ‘Penelope and the Suitors by the Italian Renaissance artist Pintoricchio. The painting was also the inspiration for the Key Stage 2 Greek drama Odysseus performed on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July 2018 in the school hall.

Famed for his courage, intelligence, and leadership, Odysseus was one of the great heroes of Greek mythology. His resourcefulness and oratory skills were instrumental in the Greek victory of the Trojan War.

The pupils told part of the Odysseus story though drama, song and dance, with the focus of the pupils’ performances being the abduction of Helen of Sparta, Odysseus’s involvement in the Trojan War and, finally, his return home and back to his wife, Queen Penelope.

Western theatre has its roots in the theatre of Ancient Greece and the plays that originated there. Consequently, the Ancient Greeks have left us today with a tremendous artistic legacy. This great legacy was amply demonstrated in the penultimate week of term. The Greek dramas performed then reflected how mature many of our pupils are, particularly those in the upper years. Their acting was superb, singing enthusiastic and the dancing (which the children choreographed themselves), a joy to watch. All the elements that a successful Greek drama requires. No doubt, many of these pupils will be seen again on stage, whether at Holy Redeemer or elsewhere.

A big thank you to our Super Stars of Sparta and Tremendous Thespians of Troy!    

 

Congratulations to our ABRSM Music Pupils 2017-2018

Well done to all these pupils for taking their Associated Board Music Exams . The pupils demonstrated their musical skills on a range of instruments and in voice. In the tests the pupils had to play solos, musical exercises (such as scales and arpeggios), sight read music and sing and clap back to aural tests. The range of exams went from Prep Tests to Grade 3. Well done Holy Redeemer musicians!

 

Free PTA Skittles Evening!

The PTA are organising a free skittles evening for parents. It will be held at Pershore Cricket Club, on Saturday 17th November, starting at 7:30pm. The event is open to parents, friends, parishioners and other family members and should be a great night out. The PTA are covering the cost of booking the venue and alley, but are asking those who come along to bring a plate of food to share. The bar will be open, so just bring along some friends and enjoy yourselves. 

Look out for more information coming home in book bags soon.

Autumn Term Yoga

This term’s after school yoga club, led by Mrs Anderson, are going well. The children are really enjoying their sessions and are gaining so many health and well-being benefits too. We are all having to tiptoe through the hall after school on Tuesdays, so as not to disturb their meditations and concentration! Thank you to Mrs Anderson for once again offering this very popular club.

 

 

Advice on Threadworms

Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that infect the large intestine of humans.
Threadworms are a common type of worm infection in the UK, particularly in children under the age of 10.

The worms are white and look like small pieces of thread. You may notice them around your child’s bottom or in their poo.

They don’t always cause symptoms, but people often experience itchiness around their bottom. It can be worse at night and disturb sleep.

If you or your child has threadworms, everyone in your household will need to be treated as there’s a high risk of the infection spreading. This includes those who don’t have any symptoms of an infection.

For most people, treatment will involve taking a single dose of a medication to kill the worms. If necessary, another dose can be taken after two weeks.

During treatment and for a few weeks afterwards, it’s also important to follow strict hygiene measures to avoid spreading the threadworm eggs. This includes regularly vacuuming your house and thoroughly washing your bathroom and kitchen.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, hygiene measures are usually recommended without medication. This is also often the case for young children.

Please encourage hand washing before eating and after using the toilet to prevent the spread of threadworms. For more information please see the NHS website.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Threadworms/

Tik-Tok Parents Guide

As of August 2018 the popular lip syncing app Muciscal.ly no longer exists in its original form. The parent company of Tik Tok, hugely popular in the Asian markets, purchased Musical.ly and have now merged the two. As such, anyone with an account on Musical.ly has now had that account automatically switched over to Tik Tok. Both work in similar ways, with Tik Tok having slightly advanced special features and effects to allow greater creativity to edit, share and view the millions of videos created daily.

There are some important safeguarding and online safety concerns that parents need to be aware of in relation to this app. Please read this National Online Safety information poster, specifically designed to support parents.

 

Running Club Goes from Strength to Strength

Holy Redeemer’s before school running club, for pupils, staff, parents and grandparents, has got off to a great start again this term, with 49 Key Stage 2 children and between 5 and 10 adults turning up to run round the Abbey grounds every Tuesday morning. With a start time of 7:50, it shows fantastic commitment by all who take part. If you would like to join them any Tuesday morning, please meet at school for a 7:50 leaving time, or meet Mrs Annis, Mrs Porter and the children, down at the Abbey.