December events at Heronsgate

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support during what has been a very strange term. You (along with our wonderful pupils and staff) have been incredibly adaptable and understanding, and this is very much appreciated. In spite of the restrictions placed upon us, we would still like to mark the Christmas period with the usual festivities. Children not taking part in Christmas events will have other activities provided for them. 

Please see below what we have planned this year:

Virtual Pantomime (“The Snow Queen”)
We have arranged for a pre-recorded pantomime to be played in all classrooms on Wednesday 9th December. Parents/carers will not be required to pay for this.

Bright Jumper Day
On Thursday 10th December, children are invited to wear a bright jumper in support of Save the Children, with a suggested donation of £1, payable via Squid.  A poster is attached here.

Festive Menu
On Thursday 10th December, the catering team will be providing a festive menu meal option. If your child would like to have a Christmas dinner, you will need to give permission via the Squid offer ‘Christmas Dinner permission’ by Thursday 3rd December.  This lunch is free for children in Reception up to Year 2 and £2.75 as normal for Years 3-6. The festive menu is attached here.

Christmas Parties
Children will have class bubble parties on Thursday 10th December in the afternoon.  Please note that food cannot be brought in from home on this occasion.  Children will not be changing into party clothes this year.

Virtual Class Christmas Performances
Each class will be uploading a short video, including readings, artwork and dance, based on a Christmas theme. You will be able to access this via your child’s Showbie/Tapestry account from Friday 11th December.

Christmas Card competition
Children across the school have been given the chance to submit their own Christmas card design based on the theme of ‘hope’.  The deadline is Friday 4th December and judges will pick a winner from each Key Stage.  Winners will receive an arty prize, be featured in the school newsletter and their card will be sent out digitally to governors and members of the community.

Christmas Cards from home
Christmas cards will be allowed within your child’s class bubble only.  If your child would like to do this, they will need to hand the cards to the class teacher who will place the cards in quarantine for 48 hours before handing out.

End of Term
Normal staggered finish times apply for the last day of term (Friday 18th December). 
Nursery children will finish on Thursday 17th December.
There will be no Happy Herons provision on Friday 18th December.

Start of Spring Term
The first day back for pupils will be Tuesday 5th January 2021. Please note that our current staggered start and finish times, along with all other restrictions, will remain in place at this point.

If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact the school office via email at sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

Thank you again for all your support this term. We wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas break.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harris                                  Mrs Ahmed                                         Mr Khan

Executive Headteacher             Head of School Thamesmead            Head of School RA

STEM Showcase

STEM club spent their final week of their club putting on a showcase to parents demonstrating all the learning that has taken place this term. The children explained the 9 different challenges they faced over the Autumn term with live demonstrations. Highlights included designing and building an array of different structures, lava lamps, recording the impact of hailstones and making catapults. They all had a great time and the parents enjoyed seeing all of their hard work.

London Symphony Orchestra Visit!

On Tuesday 26th November 2019, musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra visited some children in Year 3. The class had been studying Bolero by Ravel and composed their own version of the melody in groups to perform above a repeated baseline and short rhythm. At the end of the workshop a Year 1 joined them as an audience for their final performance. The professional musicians were impressed at the children’s involvement and the questions they asked about their violin and cello.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Heronsgate School took part in the Shakespeare Schools festival this term year and performed their version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Albany theatre in Deptford on Thursday 14th November 2019. This is a UK-wide youth drama festival that aims to transform lives through the unique power of Shakespeare. From September the children took part in a special weekly club and have worked extremely hard to learn the language of Shakespeare, develop their acting skills, consider staging and props in order to produce an exciting and wonderful performance. We are so proud of all they have achieved! 

Dominic Mensah

Heronsgate had two fantastic days at Royal Arsenal and Thamesmead with the exciting visit from Dominic Mensah – a GB Tumbling Athlete from Inspired Through Sport!

This is a video of Dominic at the 2018 British Championships!

Inspired Through Sport are dedicated to supporting British Athletes and inspiring the next generation of sporting heroes! They help GB’s best on their journey to success through a #GIVINGBACK athlete support programme.

The children at Heronsgate had a fantastic time with Dominic who delivered an inspiring assembly and even showed us how he can do a standing back flip on our stage! The children then got to have a session with Dominic where they took part in a exercise activity and learnt about health and fitness! The children enjoyed asking Dominic lots of questions about his sporting journey!

Our radio presenters were also very excited to interview Dominic for our Heronsgate radio station where he answered lots of questions and talked about his aspirations for the future!

Our children and families raised an amazing £1181 across the both school events, which helps Dominic to progress in his sporting career. Heronsgate will also be receiving a large proportion of the sponsorship money to buy new PE equipment for the school! Congratulations to all the children who fundraised!

We hope to welcome more inspiring athletes next year at Heornsgate!

Sports Day 2019

At the beginning of July, we had a fantastic time during our sports days! The children started with field events, where the classes went around a circuit of events including, throwing, catching, football shooting and basketball scoring. Each class collected points for their house teams! In the afternoon, they competed in a range of races including hurdles, sack, egg and spoon, skipping and sprinting! When all the scores were calculated, the winners were all the Millennium red classes who got 4535 points!! Well done Millennium. Thank you to all out parents and carers who came to support the children in their races!