Due to further snow, ice and amber warnings, school is closed tomorrow because it is too dangerous for parents, children and staff to travel. We will hopefully open Monday 5th March and will continue to keep you informed. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Well done to Lexie Bates for being a runner up for an Easter Writing Competition, run by Vision Teaching Agency.
School is closed Thursday 1st March due to further snow, icy conditions and high winds making it unsafe for staff and pupils to travel. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates for Friday, tomorrow. We will re-arrange World Book Day for the children next week.
Well done to our new sports Leaders and Sports Buddy, who are now trained and have joined the team. Sports Leaders and Buddies deliver high quality PE to children at break time and lunch time.
We would like to introduce to you our new School Sport Organising Crew, who will be arranging sporting events at our school.
The Headteacher’s Award recognises good work and behaviour, positive attitudes to learning, kindness and consideration towards others and improvements in all areas of learning. Class teachers choose children to be presented with the award in our ‘Celebration Assembly’.
Congratulations to George (1), Mckenzie (2), Rhianna (3) and Matthew (4) .They have been chosen for demonstrating resilience in their learning and always trying their best across the whole curriculum. Well done!
This week blue team have worked extra hard to collect as many team points as possible for our celebration assembly, making them this week’s winners. Brilliant effort handing in all of your homework, bringing all of your P.E kits and having lots of Gold Box Awards! 🙂
In support of ‘Founder’s Day’ we have celebrated the achievements of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and invited the children to come to school wearing their Scouts, Beaver, Brownies, Cubs, Rainbows etc. uniforms. It was fantastic to see so many children taking part in extra-curricular clubs outside of school and showing passion to learning new skills.
On the 21st February, Miss Grant’s assembly was all about International Mother Language Day.
We enjoy celebrating multilingualism and cultural diversity here at Nettlesworth Primary School so we started by sharing experiences of the children in our school who speak a language, other than English. The children were surprised at how many different languages that we had within our school; Punjabi, French, Italian, Mandarian and English. In our teams we worked together to name as many different languages as possible and then shared them with one another learning how to say ‘Hello’ around the world, “Guten Tag, Ni hao, Jambo, God dag, Buenas dias” and many more.
Green team noticed this linked closely to the UNCRC Article number 20, ‘Every child has the right to be looked after properly by people who respect their religion, culture and language.’
We ended with a wonderful poem called My Mother’s Tongue by Densia Vitova:
My tongue is my mother’s tongue.
My language is as sharp and thick as hers.
I borrow her words, heat them up
in the furnace of my mouth and turn them
into heart-shaped shards of glass.
My heart is my mother’s heart.
I collect raindrops in buckets and tears
from peeling onion skins in my open hands
while in kitchen my mother makes
sizzling letters on paper.
My hands are my mother’s hands.
Though the geography of her language is cold
every winter those heavy snowfalls
melt on the tip of her tongue, becoming
curse words as we talk blood, fire and men.
My lips are my mother’s lips.
And when I burn her syllables fall out cool as rain.
While she licks off the salt on my cheeks
my own tongue flutters between my teeth
like a wild bird in a cage refusing to leave.
I will always speak in my mother’s tears.
Once I have a daughter I will pass onto her
that old scarred tongue, serve it
on a silver plate with a note
saying: ‘Your language didn’t just grow
from a seed. It’s only here
after all your mothers chewed on the bitter
and the sweet, moulding
their tears into a song.’
*UNCRC Article 20
Thank you to Reverend Caroline, Reverend John and Anita for another amazing ‘Open the Book’ assembly looking at the story of Joseph. We look forward to finding out what happened to him and his eleven brothers in two weeks time! Well done to the whole school for participating and the talented actors who were Jacob, Joseph, the brothers and the tradesmen 🙂