Breakfast Club had lots of Christmassy treats for their breakfast this morning - snowman pancakes and fruit kebabs, as well as hot chocolate with squirty cream - an excellent start to the last day of term!
This year we had the theme of angels for our Christmas decorations and cards. Here are some lovely examples from around the school.
After singing to the Lunchtime Staff, the children thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas dinner - they were all delighted that we didn't have sprouts!
Cross Country Race Report - Leeds Grammar school
written by Holy, Lakeisha & Sam
11th December 2021
Once again for our fourth race, some families went on the bus all the way to Leeds grammar school. There was a strong year 5 bus squad! It was very cold and for the first time it rained. We kept our coats on until the very last minute. This week’s course had some uphills [including a section in the woods for the older children] but there was a huge downhill at the end so we could sprint if we had anything left in the tank. There were 27 athletes running for St . Peter’s-11 boys and 16 girls and all were in a strong positive mood.
Under 9 Girls: 7 girls represented us in this race and were in an excellent, amazing mood. We welcomed two first timers, Soliana Tesfaldet & Sosna Teklit. There was a great inspirational atmosphere and everyone encouraged each other. All of the athletes finished the race . Wooo!
Under 9 boys: There were 9 boys (champions) running for the St. Peters squad. 4 of these champions got a top 55 finish. Everyone showed determination and a positive attitude. There were many people supporting these champions making them feel famous.
Under 11 girls: For the under 11 girls, it was another strong turn out with 9 runners, 2 from year 6 and 7 from year 5. Once again we saw Ellta running in the high school race, this gave us lots of inspiration. It was great to welcome two more first timers- Cena Dasta and Sophia Fisseha – they fitted in well. Everyone finished tired as ever, with 3 excellent top 45 runners. It was great fun and we played a new hand rhyme while we were waiting to start.
Under 11 boys: Raheem and Sam joined us in this race. They had to wait the longest but they cheered everyone on showing a great attitude. This time they knew they could do it and were capable, so they ran with focus and determination.
Well done champions and athletes, once again you did awesome. HOORAYYYY!!!! By Holy, Lakeisha and Sam. Well done!!!!!!!!
Wharfemeadows Cross Country - Race Report
20th November 2021
Our third race was all the way out In Otley. 7 children and 3 mums travelled on the bus together to get there. The weather was dry and not too cold. An amazing 23 runners represented St .Peter’s.
Under 9 Girls: For the first race, 5 girls represented us - three from year 3 and two from year 4. We welcomed two first timers, Hermela Kesete and Maya Spinks. The girls did an amazing job as a team, encouraging each other and showing great determination. All positioned between 78-89.
Under 9 boys: For this race there were 11 boys representing us in an awesome style. Everyone finished and two of our runners got top 30 positions. Separa, who missed the girls race, ran in the boys one instead with a lot of confidence, putting in an excellent performance for us.
Under 11 girls: Before the under 11 girls race we saw Ellta running in the high school races and she got a good place. This was a good inspiration for us. For this race there were 7 runners, 3 from year 5 and 4 from year 6. We welcomed Yosan for the first time and Betiel and Sosna came to cheer us on. This was an outstanding day for us, Naomi for example, on Friday she had a stitch but on Saturday she got back up on her running horse- awesome hooray!
Under 11 boys: Finally the under 11 boys were racing, our only representative was Raheem Abdelrahim. He made it 3 out of 3; after coming to running club on Thursday, racing on Friday at Roundhay School and Otley on Saturday! He showed determination and perseverance, finishing all 3 races.
After the amazing race, some of us went to the park meeting Arthur (Mrs Wilkinson’s son). Kindly, Holy’s mum bought some of us amazing oreo and twix brownies at an Otley cafe. Yum yum!
NE Leeds Cross Country - 19th November 2021
For our first appearance at the NE Leeds qualifiers we took a team of 7 Year 4 runners and 8 Year 5 Athletes. The children would be running with all the other schools from this area of Leeds, for the same distances as the Saturday cross country league, with an opportunity to qualify for the Leeds cross country qualifiers.
Year 4 Girls: Muna and Anya were the first to go and both put in excellent performances, keeping a steady pace and keeping going right until the end. They had a hare to follow but the biggest challenge was not going off too quickly, too early. They both paced themselves very well and finished in the top 60.
Year 4 boys: Next up was the Year 4 boys, all of whom had some experience of previous cross country runs. They all made a good start, keeping with the pack and not going off too fast. Two of our runners finished in the top 30, despite some shoe malfunctions and the whole team finished in the top 80- well done boys.
Year 5 Girls: For our girls a regular team of runners is emerging. Nerves and excitement were high as they had to complete two laps of the course. As always levels of team support and encouragement were outstanding. Two of our runners struggled with stiches and were unable to finish. The rest of the team kept going and managed a top 5 finish as well as a top 50 one, well done Year 5 girls.
Year 5 Boys: This team was made up of experienced and first-time runners, so the fact that all of the boys finished was a credit to their determination and prior efforts in running club. We could see that on the second lap they were all hurting and team support again came in to lift their spirits and strengthen their resolve. All boys finished in the top 75.
Mrs Hick and Mrs Wilkinson felt enormously proud of the team spirit shown and the determination needed. It is inspiring. Well done St. Peter’s!
School Council Elections 2021-22
On Thursday 11th November, children from classes 3,4,5 and 6 each came to the school hall, which we had turned into a polling station. Once there, they were given the opportunity to vote for a girl and boy from their class, who they believed would best represent them on this year's school council. The votes for each class will be counted by Miss Comrie (in 'top secret') and the results will be announced in this Friday's whole school assembly, by Mrs Holliday. Each of the eight winners will receive a special School Council badge and will then join Mr. Robertson and Mrs Readman for weekly School Council meetings. By giving the children a voice, they can make a difference for others. We value the importance of democracy at St. Peter's.
Race Report - Cardinal Heenan 16th October 2021
Another impressive turn out for our second race of the season with 26 runners representing St.Peter’s at Cardinal Heenan. The weather was kind but the course was tough, after a brief downhill at the start, it was uphill all the way right to the very end. All of our runners finished, which was an inspiring achievement for everyone who got to see it. We were able to debut our new flag - which is enormous and awesome, as well as our very professional looking running vests - St.Peter’s has arrived.
Under 9 Girls: The under 9 girls got us off to a promising start with first-timer Efrata Abera looking like she does this all the time. All the girls were determined and never gave in up the long hill. They were well supported by their team mates and were glad to finish.
Under 9 boys: Next up were the under 9 boys with our biggest representation of 10 runners. Again the more experienced runners led the way and showed the first-timers the ropes. All finished - an inspiring achievement.
Under 11 Girls: The under 11 girls really hit their stride in this race. As always they won the prize for the most cheerful team at the starting line. Liyana led the way with a new found confidence and focus. Lakeisha had a strong finish, overtaking several runners on the brutal hill. Naomi was not far behind, massively improving on her first race position. Great determined performances from Betiel, Dana and Holy which meant all the team finished - well done girls.
Under 11 Boys: This time Sam George was not running solo - joined by Efron, Camron, Habron and Samuel Achew. There was a great team spirit as they waited the longest to run but cheered on all their fellow St.Peter’s runners. As the photos capture there were plenty of duals on the final hill and all the boys dug in. Sam George showed a real growth in confidence and poise with a strong finish. Well done boys.
Thank you very much to all the parents who attended, I am sure they were inspired by the determination their children demonstrated. Also a huge thanks to Mrs Hick for her second race and Mr. Robertson on his debut. Roll on Otley - Saturday 20th November!
International Week - Drumming Workshop
All the children in school started International Week with an African drumming workshop. The children played djembe drum rhythms and some call and response games. It was fantastic fun!
Important Information for Parents about 'Squid Game' - Please click on the image below.
Harvest Festival 2021
Our wonderful Harvest Festival had to be filmed again this year. We hope you enjoy it! Thank you to everyone who has sent in donations of food. You are AMAZING!
Middleton Park 25th September 2021
For our first race of the season we had an amazing turn out with 26 runners representing St.Peter’s at Middleton Park. There were well over 600 runners from schools across Leeds.
Under 9 Girls - The first race to kick off the season, with 5 runners representing St Peters - Shalom Berakate (in bright pink), Hiyabel Mire, Separa Yohannes, Muna Aibu and Pearl Mfobin. They all made a great start, not going off too fast and saving something for the end - all coming in the top 70! Well done girls. A special mention goes to Pearl Mfobin who did a lap with her Dad after we missed her at the start - great effort Pearl!
Under 9 boys - Next up was the under 9 boys with 11 runners representing St Peter’s. The older boys led the way with a top twenty finish from Lucas and both Tomas and Horeb came within the top ninety. The Year 3 boys weren’t far behind and seemed to double their speed when the St Peter’s team cheered them on. Well done boys.
Under 11 Girls - Again another strong turn out with 10 girls representing our school in this race, which involved two laps of a challenging course. Their start was delayed by ten minutes and the children happily sang songs in Spanish while they waited. Great performances from all our runners with two of them finishing in the top 55 and all showing great determination and perseverance to keep going.
Under 11 Boys - A special mention goes to Sam George who was are only representative in the under 11 boys. He was awesome and never gave up - you did St Peter’s proud Sam.
A special mention to all the team who supported their fellow runners and showed a great attitude at all times. Also to Mrs Hick for her awesome driving and position recording. A great start to the league and really inspiring to see such high levels of determination as well as fun.
Congratulations to this week's winners - you have excellent behaviour and lovely manners.
Governor Away Day
After having to miss the annual 'away day' for Governors last year due to Covid, we were able to meet at last in person! The away day was very informative and the School Development Plan from last year was reviewed and the new SDP was introduced. Governors organised how they would like to monitor progress through the new SDP and arranged a variety of activities.
Our Transition Meetings were really well attended this year. The parents were given lots of useful information about what their child can expect in their new class and how they can help them at home.
Each week, 2 children from each class are chosen to have their lunch on the Golden Table. They are chosen for their sensible behaviour and excellent manners - Congratulations!
KS1 Sports Day
After a very soggy day on Monday, KS1 finally got to enjoy their sports day in the lovely sunshine. They had lots of fun doing lots of activities and showed off their brilliant skills. Well done everyone!
Early Years Sports Day
The children in Nursery and Reception had a great time! They were very fast and did some super listening too!
Key Stage 2 Sports Day
All the children in Key State Two had a great time at their annual sports day. The children showed great competitiveness, excellent sportsmanship and great spirit. Most importantly, all children had a tremendous time.
A Very Kind Donation
Our new Rainbow Classroom is almost finished and our lovely friends from the Rotary Club of Headingley very kindly donated £2,000 to help us buy lots of resources for the children - thank you so much.
Letter from Governors
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Following a remote Inspection by Ofsted, please read the letter/report below
Important Letter - Please see Tigrinya translation below
On Wednesday morning, Key Stage Two took part in a special Christmas Worship, which was led by Canon Sam and Reverend Judith. We revised the story and meaning of Christmas and discussed the significance of each of the advent candles. To finish, classes competed against each other in a Christmas quiz. Class Four were the worthy winners. It was lovely to see our friends from Leeds Minster.
We had a delicious Christmas lunch today! We all had crackers too. It was really good and we all said 'thank you' to the dinner staff for all their hard work this year.
This week we had a brilliant visit from Santa’s Farm. He brought lots of his animals. Each class took a turn to visit and stroke the animals and feed them. There are lots of pictures on each classes page to look at
Christmas at St Peter's
The children have been very creative this Christmas, look at the wonderful decorations.
El-Rae, Chloe and Ellta did a fabulous job decorating the Christmas Tree today - excellent work!
Letter for all Parents following Class Closure - 26th November
The children all looked fabulous when they dressed up for International Week. On each class page is a video of the children showing you what they have learnt about the country they studied.
Please enjoy the lovely assembly performed by Class 3 and below are the links to the harvest songs.
Thank you to all our wonderful families for their amazing donations of food for Harvest. This picture shows a small part of what you sent to school and we will make sure it is sent to help those most in need.
Please read the Newsletter below for important guidance about how to keep you child safe online.
A Message from the Headteacher for Key Workers who have arranged for their child to come to school
As far as I am aware we will be open this week and next week but that could well change depending on how serious the spread of the virus is.
The government are urging us only to take children if there is an urgent need and have stated “You should only send your child if you have to and if your work is critical to our COVID 19 response”
Despite the measures we are putting in place, school is nowhere near as safe for your children as home. We cannot guarantee that children carrying the virus without showing symptoms will not spread this to others and pupils may ultimately bring this home with them.
Many staff are now unable to come into school so only send your child if it is absolutely essential and only for the shortest time you can.
Thanks for your support during these difficult times.
KS2 have started doing 15 minutes of morning exercise on a Thursday and Friday. It's a great way to do some exercise, whilst getting the children focused and ready for the school day. The teachers play music and join in too - it is so much fun!
The children from Classes 3 and 4 had a fabulous afternoon at Leeds Minster taking part in the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day Races.
Half Term Attendance Winners
Each half term, the children who have come to school every day and have never been late are put in a draw to win a prize. Congratulations to Mya, Jesse, Questa, Dagmawi, Penuel, Nathan & Tenbite.
Rotary Recital Winners
Our judges were super impressed with Aarav and Rhianne, they performed their poems brilliantly - congratulations!
Rotary Recital Finalists
Our annual Rotary Poetry Recital was another huge success this year. Congratulations to all the finalists who worked so hard and learnt their poems off by heart - Sharon, Aarav, Tedros, Olivia, Ike, Britney, Rhianne, Abigail, Elnathan, Joseph, Clara, Shalom, Anna and Melody.
In each class, all the children performed their poem to their class mates, all the runners up received a certificate for outstanding effort. Well done to Naomy, Tinsae, Nathan, Destiny, Mercy, Naomi, Rynad, Lily, Basilios, Chideraa, Fyeri, Grace, Michiyas & Joseph.
NSPCC Visit School
Meet the Parent Governors
Key Stage 2 Christmas Party
The children in Key Stage 2 have had a fantastic afternoon - a very noisy disco and some yummy party food!
Reception & Key Stage 1 Christmas Party
The children had a fabulous afternoon - games, party food and then a very special visit from Father Christmas. He was very happy that the children have all been very good this year!
Today we were delighted to receive the attendance award from our local cluster officers. Laura and Julie presented the school with the trophy for the 5th year in a row for the highest attendance during November across our local area. Well done to all our children for brilliant attendance.
It was a cold, wet and muddy day for our last Cross-country event of 2019! Despite that, all of the children turned up with big smiles on their faces and made Miss Potter and Mrs Wilkinson very proud. For the first time ever, we even had enough runners to enter a team event. Well done to everyone (including the parents who came and supported in the freezing conditions!).
KS1 & Reception Nativity
The children in KS1 and Reception performed their nativity 'Christmas Counts'. They were AMAZING! Well done everyone!
This week the children visited our friends at Headingley Rotary and Thackrah Court. They sang lots of carols and Christmas songs and at Thackrah Court they had a chance to meet everyone and chat about Christmas.
Our School Councillors decorating the Christmas tree.
Our children have taken part in another cross country event, this time at Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge. Even in the horrible, wet conditions, the children were brilliant - well done.
Sinar in Year 5 was invited to BBC Look North to talk to Jack who had served in WW2. Watch the wonderful and very moving clip that they filmed together.
Here are Sinar and Jack before they were filmed by Look North discussing the meaning of Remembrance Day.
Each half term we give awards to a pupil from each class who has attained 100% attendance in the last half term and were never late for school. Well done to our Autumn first half term winners.
Governor's Away Day
We had our annual away day for governors where we discussed progress of developments from last year and planned our actions for this year. As usual our lunch was very welcome after all the discussions
International Week 2019
Look below to see all of the wonderful things we did and learned during International Week.
It was a beautiful, sunny day for cross country on Saturday morning and the children all had a fantastic run. Well done to everyone who came!
New School Councillors
Congratulations to our nine winners Yohannes, Tinsae, Ella, Sinar, Javell, Mercy, Nathan, Habron and Cena, who have been voted into office for 2019-20. These children are clearly well-respected by their friends, are hard working and have many good ideas to bring to future council meetings.
This morning, Classes Three, Four, Five and Six have been voting for a boy and a girl from each year group, to represent them on the St. Peter's School Council for Year 2019-20. The results will be announced in this afternoon's assembly.
Year 3 led our Harvest Festival celebration. This year the theme was Caring and Sharing. The children used the letters in the word Harvest to explore different ideas such as how some people do not have enough to eat and how important it is to share with others. The children made harvest sheaves of bread which were shared with each class. Mr Robertson and Mrs Brady took part in a special Ready, Steady, Cook challenge to teach everyone about things being unfair sometimes. It was a lovely occasion and we joined with our parents to give thanks to God for the wonderful harvest we all enjoy.
The Parents on the Support your child with reading course have this week have taken part in a joint session with their children. They have been reading the books Oi Frog & Oi Dog to their children and working through fun work books. The children enjoyed learning with their parents and learning new ways to enjoy reading.
The children are doing a fantastic job of collecting the Aldi stickers. If we can fill the poster with all 300 stickers, we will get a free sports kit for school and be entered in a draw to win £20,000 - keep going everybody!!!
Saturday marked the first LSAA cross country fixture, which was held at Middleton Park. All of the children did exceptionally well. A special thanks to Mrs Wilkinson for her help throughout the morning. Here are some pictures of the children in action!
FS & KS1 Fun Day
We had a brilliant fun day! We bounced high on the bouncy castle, slid fast down the slide and splashed in the paddling pools! We did lots of other fun activities and enjoyed our ice-creams too!
Sports Day was fabulous this year, the sun shone and we were able to use the grass at Bridge Community Church. The children all tried really hard and had a great time and the staff and parent races were brilliant fun!
Every year, the class from each key stage who have the best attendance throughout the year enjoy a visit from the ice cream van. This year Classes 1 and 6 were the winners - well done to you all!
Half Term Attendance Winners
Each half term the children who have 100% attendance and are never late are entered into a prize drawer to win a prize. This half term the winners were Filly, Leona, Ruth, Jasper, Lakeisha, Horeb and Efrata
St Peter's Day 2019
Congratulations to Grace, Kenean, Natty, Keishawn, Lily, Elijah & Lamek.
Tag Rugby Team
Congratulations to the Year 4 Tag Rugby team who played in a tournament and came in 3rd place - well done everybody!
Parent Group - Story Sacks
Parents have enjoyed attending a 6 week parenting course making Story Sacks for their children. They have each chosen their child's favourite books and created a bag full of activities for the children to use. These activities will help the children with their reading, writing and numeracy skills. If you are interested in attending a parenting course like this please speak to Mrs Swailes.
Fashion Club visit to the Leeds Art University End of Year Show!
On Wednesday 12th June, Miss Trew and Mr Guthrie took children from classes five and six to the Leeds Art University End of Year Show, where they visited the different art departments and looked at all of the amazing art and design displayed throughout the building. As the children made their way around the university, they were able to make quick sketches of work that appealed to them, so that they could possibly use it for inspiration in any future work.
St. Peter's netball team have had a fantastic season. They came 3rd in the Leeds City Finals yesterday, which means that they have only lost one game all season!
Miss Potter and Mrs Vickers are so proud of them all! Great job team.
It was a pleasure to present a cheque for £400 to Sheila and Paul from Burmantofts Senior Action. The money was raised through our amazing Lent fundraising.
The School Council had a meeting about improving lunchtimes at school and decided they would like a a Golden Table. Every week the Dinner Ladies will chose one child from each class who has shown fantastic behaviour and excellent manners during lunchtimes. The seven children will then get to sit at the Golden Table on Friday. This week our winners were Trhas, Yohannes, Nathan, Hermela, Sam, Philip and Natan - well done everybody!
Healthy Cooking for Parents
Taylor Smyth, who is a Change 4 life co-ordinator from Health for all, has been coming into school to work with some of our parents. They talked about what their children liked to eat and were then shown how to make healthy versions of these meals. So far, they have made healthy pizzas, milkshakes and chicken nuggets and had lots of discussions about how to keep their families healthy.
SATs Breakfast Club
Year 6 are all in high spirits as they tuck into their special SATs breakfast. Good luck everybody!
It was a lovely day for our annual sponsored walk in Roundhay Park. The children all behaved really well and walked a long way. Thank you for all the sponsorship money, which we will be donating to this year's Lent Charities - Young Minds and Burmantofts Senior Action.
On Friday we gave out these delicious Easter eggs to 4 pupils from each class for their fantastic attendance. There were lots of children who got 100% attendance in each class last term, congratulations to them all and a big thanks to Lineham Farm for donating the eggs to us.
Finally, it was the turn of Key Stage 1 to take over the Lent Fundraising - they did a brilliant job of organising their stalls and had lots of happy customers!
Happy Mother's Day
We were visited by a reporter and camera man from the BBC who came to talk to some children about Mothering Sunday and what their Mums mean to them. The short film was on Look North and is also on social media. Click on the link below to find out what the children said about their wonderful Mums.
The Lent Fundraising got off to a great start with Classes 5 and 6 organising and running their fantastic stalls. There were bake sales, raffles and competitions and lots of willing customers. All the money raised during Lent will go to our two charities this year which are Young Minds And Burmantofts Senior Action Group. Well done to all the children and of course all the customers!
Next Classes 3 and 4 took over the fundraising, they have had some brilliant ideas and have been very busy on their stalls. Excellent work everybody.
Ruth Eastham Author Visit
On Tuesday 19th March, author, Ruth Eastham, spent the day in school working with children in Key Stage Two. Ruth is the author of five award-winning books. She enjoyed delivering an assembly to the children before spending a session with each class, where she read extracts from her books, gave some useful writing tips and helped children with their story writing technique. We had a lovely day!
Pancakes with KimJoy!
Together Network and the Church Urban Fund, are working to raise awareness of food poverty in the UK. As part of this campaign, one of last year's Great British Bake Off finalists, KimJoy, came in to school to talk to some year 3 children about this issue and to also make some lovely pancakes for the children to eat. They had a great time practicing their pancake flipping skills!
Another brilliant time for year 3 and 4 at Leeds Minster when they took part in the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake races.
We recently had our Rotary Recital final in school. Children across school had learned a poem by heart and performed it in their class. The theme this year was Friends and Family and the two finalists from each class were wonderful. All those who were in the final received a certificate and a book and the winners also were presented with a cup by our panel of judges. The key stage one winner was Lakeisha and the key stage two winner was a joint entry from twins Ebun and Ore.
Faith Day 2019
On Friday we had our annual Faith Day with a focus this year on Superheroes of the Bible. Children worked in mixed age groups and visited each classroom to learn about a different superhero. They heard stores and took part in activities.
Elijah- Elijah trusted in God even when things were difficult. Children made treasure boxes and put in prayers to help others.
Abigail- Abigail teaches us about using words carefully so they don't hurt others. Children shared things they wanted to say sorry for.
Joshua & Caleb - Joshua and Caleb were able to see past difficulties to enter the promised land. Children were taught the song Every Giant will Fall.
Barnabus - Barnabus was great at encouraging others. Children made cards to encourage each other in lots of ways.
Samson - Samson protected people with the strength God gave him. Children wrote their strengths on dumbbells.
Esther - Queen Esther saved the day from Haman, the King's adviser. The children make a clacker to remind them of him.
Noah - Noah did as God asked even when everyone doubted him.
Six pupils from year 4 were invited by ACE to take part in a Dodgeball Tournament against other schools in the city . They did really well and came 4th out of 10 schools that attended.
Rotary and the Rainbow Room
Our friends at the Rotary Club of Headingley gave us a very generous donation towards the cost of creating a sensory room at in our Community Room. The 'Rainbow Room' is fantastic and lots of our children love to spend time in there and really benefit from it. Thank you Rotary!
A very special visitor...
The children in KS1 and Reception had a fantastic party today. We had a special visitor too.
We have won the Inner East Cluster Attendance Award AGAIN! Well done to all of the 164 children who attended school EVERY DAY in November. Mrs Morton from the cluster came to present the trophy.
Singing for the Rotary
This week the choir performed a range of songs at the annual Rotary Club Christmas dinner. it was a lovely occasion and we were welcomed by the President Paul. Well done to all the children for their wonderful singing.
This week the children visited Thackrah Court to sing for the homeowners. They sang lots of carols and Christmas songs and then had some time to go and meet everyone and chat about Christmas.
Reception & Key Stage 1 Nativity
This year, the children performed a lovely Nativity called 'Is there a Baby in There?'. All the children sang, acted and remembered their lines perfectly. Lots of parents came along to watch and thoroughly enjoyed the show.
12 children from classes 4 & 5 were invited by the Northern Ballet to participate in Ballet classes over a period of 8 weeks. The children learnt the fundamental steps for ballet , such has how to improve posture and balance. On Monday the children visited the Northern Ballet college and had an opportunity to show their parents what they have been learning. They all did really well and enjoyed meeting two students from the college who showed the children some of their routines . Everyone was awarded a certificate and a big thank to Henry their Ballet teacher.
Each half term, those children who come to school every day and are never late, have their names put into a hat and winners are drawn for amazing prizes. Well done everybody.
Deck the Halls
The School Councillors did a great job decorating the Christmas Tree this year - it looks fantastic!
St Peter's recently entered an inter-school cross country event which was held at Cardinal Heenan High School. Our children all ran really well and Ellta Mulubrhan came 4th in her event.
School Councillors 2018/19
Following the democratic election process, we are pleased to announce our new school councillors:
Isabella Redman-Poku and Efron Tsadu - Class 3
Joseph Chernot & Alice Mason - Class 4
Shalom Oyakholimen & Dagmawi Terefe - Class 5
Grace Tedros & Deryck Manyanda - Class 6
School Council Elections 2018
Voting is underway for the School Council of 2018-19. Classes three, four, five and six, have each voted for a boy and girl candidate from their class. Mrs Holliday will announce the winners of the vote in today's worship assembly.
On Saturday morning, all the children racing in the cross-country event at Cardinal Heenan did another excellent job despite the rainy and windy weather! It was lovely to see all of the children supporting and cheering one another on; the St Peter's 'We Care' motto really shone through! A special mention must go to Natty (Class 4) and Elim (Class 5) who slipped over, but got up anyway and completed the race!
On Friday year 3 led a lovely Harvest Festival celebration all about the way bread is made and celebrating breads from all around the world. The children made Harvest Sheaths in class and presented one to each class to share. It was a great celebration and parents and pupils enjoyed the celebration, singing and prayers. So much food was donated for Harvest and we will be sending this to the local food bank and Caring for Life, a Christian charity in Cookridge.
Governors' Away Day
Every year we meet as a governing body for our annual away day. This is to review our work from the last academic year and plan our priorities for the coming year. Our meeting this year was very informative and inspiring, allowing governors to work together to look at their impact and share thoughts for the coming year.
Bully's Paradise Theatre Production
Key Stage 2 and Class 2 had a fantastic visit from a theatre group showing us how to beat the bullies! It was lots of fun.
This Autumn/Winter St Peter's children will be taking part in cross country races along with other Leeds Schools. Their first competition was at Middleton Park and all our children did very well on a beautiful sunny day.
Following a Workshop for Classes 4 and 5 run by Northern Ballet, some children were picked to attend a series of classes after school to learn some Ballet skills.
The children all enjoyed a fantastic sports day this year - there were lots of different activities and the sun shone all day.
KS1 and Foundation Stage Fun Day
We had lots of fun on fun day!
Over The Rainbow!
Class 6 put on a fantastic performance of 'Over the Rainbow' for their end of year production. The children acted and sang brilliantly, accompanied by the rest of the Key Stage 2 children, and lots of parents came along to enjoy the show.
St Peter's Day
In Celebration of St Peter's Day, each class did an activity to celebrate the work of St Peter:
Nursery learned a song with actions all about St Peter and they made fish to go in his net, including giant ones on the interactive whiteboard.
Reception made this amazing mosaic of St Peter
Class 1 looked at the symbols of St Peter and then designed a new school badge using some of the symbols.
Class 2 made buns and decorated them with pictures of St Peter
Class 3 made cards to celebrate St Peter after learning about the symbols .
Class 4 explored the lessons that St. Peter taught us throughout his life.
Class 5 researched St Peter using the iPads. They explored his life and the messages he gave us. They produced booklets about him.
Class 6 learned a song about when St Peter was arrested and then saved by an angel. They added actions to the song and performed it for the whole school in assembly.
We had a special Eucharist service in the afternoon. The whole school came together to celebrate St Peter. Canon Sam and Mrs Brown, the Chaplain from Abbey Grange, led the worship. There were prayers and songs and many staff and older pupils came to take the bread and wine.
After the service every child received a blessing as they left the hall. It was a wonderful afternoon, if a little tiring for some.
We all enjoyed a special St Peter’s biscuit as we went home
BBC Radio Leeds
This week Andrew Graham from Radio Leeds came to visit school. It is 50 years since the start of the radio station and he came to show the children some of the equipment that was used 50 years ago. The children had to guess what it was used for and their discussion was broadcast on the radio the next day.
Some of our year 2 children were invited to take part in a Dodgeball tournament organised by ACE club. They played against 9 other schools from the East Leeds area. All the children played really well and enjoyed taking part, they took a runner up place.
Every half term we celebrate the amazing attendance of our children. All those children who have been in school on time every day for the half term get entered into a prize draw and a winner is drawn from each class. This half term's winners were Mary, Ethan, Steven, L'Kai, Clecia, Sarah and Lamiek.
This week, Class 6 all come to Breakfast Club for a special SATs Week breakfast. They enjoy bacon and sausage sandwiches, cereal, toast, fruit and juice and have time to relax and chat with their friends.
General Data Protection Regulations
We have taken some very important letters home about the General Data Protection Regulations which begin on the 25th May 2018. We had an assembly to explain a bit about it and we are going to try really hard to get our letters signed and then return them to school. We are going having a competition to see which class brings them all back first and the winning class will get a class reward. Good luck everyone!
We have chicks!
The chicks have hatched. They are very, very cute. Can you think of some names for them?
The rain held off for our annual sponsored walk at Roundhay Park. The children all joined in enthusiastically and we have raised lots of money for our 2 Lent charities - Mencap Leeds and Felicia's Courage. Well done everybody!
Mr Birkenshaw's chicks hatched at the weekend. They are incredibly cute (and noisy!)
Military Martial Arts
Faith Day 2018
Story Writing Competition
On Friday afternoon Chris Walbank, one of our school governors, came to present prizes to pupils who had won a story writing competition. Chris had read all the entries and chosen a winner from each class. The children had written their own versions of traditional tales and we were delighted with their efforts. Each child was presented with an Easter egg and a new book and their stories have been published on the Pobble website.
This year our Faith Day focused on 'The Life of Jesus'. We worked in mixed age groups and travelled around classes exploring His birth, baptism, friends, miracles, parables, the Lord's Prayer and Easter.
Fundraising for Lent
Fundraising for Lent
This week it was the turn of Years 3 and 4 to set up their stalls for Lent Fundraising. The have some great ideas and business has been brisk!
Fundraising for Lent
Years 3 and 4 enjoyed a brilliant afternoon at Leeds Minster taking part in pancake races. The children also got to try their very own pancake!
Rotary Recital Winners!!!
Huge Congratulations to Medhin Medhane and Blythe Carag - What fantastic Performances!
Rotary Recital - Key Stage 2 Finalists
Congratulations to all the Finalists from Key Stage 2:
Chloe Carag, Natty Tadessa, Sheizy Pereira, Dan Mehretab, Trhas Medhane, Tayvia Grey, Medhin Medhame, Lois Ankomah Serebour
Rotary Recital - Key Stage 1 Finalists
Congratulations to all the Finalists from Key Stage 1:
Ebony-Rae Henry, Daniel Hagos, Raheem Abdelrahim, Blythe Carag, Hana Musie & Isabella Redman-Poku
Road Safety Guidance for Parents
A lady from the Leeds City Council Road Safety Team came into school to advise parents about how to keep their children safe on the roads. Her advice covered infant car seats and booster seats, the latest laws about children travelling in cars and guidance on how to teach your children to be safe on the roads.
Our Key Stage 2 Choir performed twice this week; once for our friends at Headingley Rotary and again at Thackrah Court Residential Home. The children were fantastic, they sang beautifully and were a credit to St Peter's.
Every year, the Inner East Cluster runs a competition to see which school can achieve the highest attendance in November. Once again, St Peter's were the winners, with a brilliant 98.9%. The ladies from the Cluster came in to present the trophy to school and also to hand out certificates to all children who came to school every single day in November.
Key Stage 2 Christmas Party
The children had a fantastic time at their Christmas party, they had lots of treats and enjoyed some brilliant singing, dancing and party games.
KS1 & Reception Christmas Party
The children in KS1 and Reception had a brilliant Christmas party. They played lots of games, had some delicious party food and then had a visit from a very special person...
Christmas Service at Leeds Minster
KS1 and Reception Nativity
The children in KS1 and Reception performed 'There's Something Amazing Going On'. They were fantastic. They has lots of words to remember and the singing and acting was amazing! Well done!
Decorating our Christmas Tree
Ridiculously Good Writers!
Five children from class six joined children from four other schools, for a morning of fantastic writing. The children imagined that they were a window and they had to describe its past, present and possible future. Well done to Aaron, Cyprian, Medhin, Meroan and Mansour. Your work was amazing!
Each half term we celebrate how many pupils have had 100% attendance and have been on time every day. One child from each class has their name drawn to receive a prize. Well done to ALL the pupils who have been recognised for their excellent attendance and punctuality. This time, the winners were Melissa, Yosias, Mirad, Joseph, Mercy, Blythe, Lucas.
Children in Need
A big well done to everybody, this year we raised a fantastic £149.12 for Children in Need.
Maths Workshop for Parents
We are running Maths Workshops every Monday afternoon in the community room from 1.30pm - 3pm. These workshops are to enable parents to help their children with the Maths they are learning at school - all parents are welcome to come along.
International week is a wonderful time at St Peter's. During the week the children learned about different aspects of the country their class had chosen, such as It’s location on a map, the capital city, a simple song from that country, the main religions and the traditional dress. On Friday, lots of families brought food from their home country to share with everybody and the parents toured the school to see what each class had learnt.
School Councillors 2017/18
The winning candidates were Xavier, Meroan, Ava, Kylan, Leona, Yosef, Chloe Carag and Sinar – Congratulations!
School Council Elections
Today is School Council Election Day at St. Peter's. Between 8:50 and 9:30 this morning, 120 children will visit the school's polling station to cast their vote. One boy and one girl will be elected from each class before the end of the day. The pencils have been sharpened, the voting slips are out ready and Year Six are up to vote first....
Fish & Chip Friday!
Following the problems with gas in the area last week, Northern Gas very kindly sent a fish and chip van to school to give the children a Friday treat - it was very well received!
Bob Hartman Visits School
Bob Hartman, a renowned American Christian author, spent a day at St Peter's. First of all we met in the hall and Bob told us the whole Bible in one story. After that Bob delivered workshops to Classes 2, 3 and 5.
Planting for Spring
Mr Bates, one of our friends from Headingly Rotary, comes into school once a week and helps the children with some gardening. This week they were planting some daffodil bulbs ready for Spring.
Huge congratulations to Class 2 and Class 6 who were the winners of the annual attendance treat! Extra congratulations to Class 2 who have won this prize very year since they were in Reception - keep up the good work!
Despite the very soggy start to the day, we still had lots of fun and even managed to play in the paddling pools!
Class 2 Go to the Seaside!
Class 2 had a fantastic time in Filey. The sun shone all day so, after a picnic lunch, the children played in the sand and had an amazing time splashing in the sea, followed by ice cream and a sleepy journey home!
This year's summer production of Matilda was a huge success - the children sang and acted brilliantly and the Key Stage 2 choir were also amazing. The 2 steel pan groups also played at the show and demonstrated the fantastic music they have learnt over the year. All the parents were very impressed and very proud - well done everybody!
Stay and Play
Our children who are starting Reception in September came along for a Stay and Play session this week. They had a great time exploring the Reception classroom and getting to know each other..
On Saturday pupils from St Peter's joined pupils from Shakespeare to take part in a parade at the Burmantofts Gala. The children dressed in their traditional outfits to represent the country they were from. It was a lovely day where thw whole community came together to enjoy games and social activities. many thanks to all the children and families who joined in.
School Council - Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge 2017
The School Council were joined today by two visitors from Leeds City Council, who spoke to them about the Summer Reading Challenge. The children have been given the task of championing reading for pleasure and to promote the use of local libraries.
Mrs Holliday and Miss Parry Visit Buckingham Palace
Breakfast Before SATs
Every morning in SATs week, the Year 6 children enjoy a cooked breakfast before school starts. They have bacon and sausage sandwiches, fruit, yoghurts, cereal and juice, whilst relaxing and chatting with their friends.
Parents Visit Reception Class
Reception Class enjoyed a visit from their parents recently. The children shared their library books, which they chose on their trip to Compton Road Library, and the parents also had the opportunity to look at the children's work in their profile books. It was lovely to see so many parents in school.
A Notice from Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council have asked us to share the following information with families:
A consultation is now live asking the city to comment on site options for the proposed Roundhay Park Primary free school.
A free school bid from the Roundhay Park Primary School Trust has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education to provide additional school places in the Roundhay area. There are four sites which have the greatest potential to host the school; however there are issues with each of them. One of these sites is on a part of Roundhay Park so Leeds City Council feels it is right that the whole city has a say on whether it should be further considered for this purpose.
Here is a link to more information about the consultation, including details about how to submit comments by 28 April:
Annual Sponsored Walk
On Wednesday and Thursday children visited Roundhay Park for our annual sponsored walk. The children did lots of laps around the park and will now collect money from family and friends to donate to our Lent charities.
Red Nose Day
This year we raised an amazing £160 for Comic Relief. Well done everybody, especially the fantastic girls for selling Red Noses.
Classes 5 and 6 spent this week fundraising for our 2 charities. They sold biscuits and buns and ran competitions and raffles . They raised £120.00 between the 2 classes.
Faith Day 2017
This year the children were in their mixed class groups and treated to a trip around the world, learning how Easter is celebrated in different countries. Their journey took them to Eritrea, South America, Jamaica, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Nigeria.
Story Writing Stars
Each child completed a story at home for homework. Five pupils from each class were chosen for a prize. They could choose from books or writing materials. Let's hope that they are inspired to keep on writing.
Bug Club Winners
During world book week children were asked to continue to read at home using our online scheme Bug Club. All these children completed lots of books and were given a special prize.
Yorkshire Rose Art Project
Classes 4 and 5 recently had a visit from Mr Swidrack from the Yorkshire Rose Art Project. They spent the morning in the hall looking at an exhibition of artwork by famous Yorkshire Artists and then they went on to produce a piece of artwork representing the White Rose symbol. All the children thoroughly enjoy their creative morning.
On Shrove Tuesday, Classes 3 and 4 went down to Leeds Minster for the annual pancake races. They all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed eating their pancakes afterwards!
In assembly we have been learning about Shrove Tuesday. Helen and Amal had a go at tossing pancakes. They managed 20 times without dropping it! We will be visiting the Minster for our annual Shrove Tuesday races with classes 3 and 4 today.
Rotary Recital Winners!
Congratulations to Ara Baki in Class 5 and Alice Mason in Class 2.
Annual Rotary Recital
Each year, the children in each class work really hard to learn a poem by heart. They then perform their poems to their class and 2 winners from each class are chosen to perform their poem on the stage in front of a panel of judges and the rest of the school. Once again, the children were amazing and performed their poems beautifully. The Key Stage 2 children have also been learning some special songs for the Recital event and these were sung wonderfully on the day - all in all a great afternoon!
Parent First Aid Course
Parents attended a First Aid course run by Thinktank training solutions. The course ran for 3 weeks and Parents learnt how to give care to an infant or child who has been injured or become ill, prior to the arrival of qualified medical staff. Some of the topics covered were CPR, choking, head injuries, burns & scalds, bleeds and minor injuries, plus much more.
All parents who attended gained a certificate and a good knowledge of First Aid. We hope to run another course soon, if you are interested please contact the school office.
Each half term we are going to celebrate how many pupils have had 100% attendance and have been on time every day. One child from each class had their name drawn to receive a prize. Well done to ALL the pupils who have been recognised for their excellent attendance and punctuality.
An important letter from Mrs Holliday...
Thursday 26th January 2017
Keeping Children Safe reminders
Mobile Phone Apps
There are reports in the news today about an e-safety incident involving primary age children from Leeds using an app on their mobile phones. The incident is now being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.
This incident has highlighted a number of safeguarding issues raised recently about smartphone ‘apps’ including Live.ly, ooVoo, and musical.ly amongst others. These apps are supposed to only be able to access contacts on the user’s phones, but it appears that quite quickly unknown individuals are able to join group chats. Therefore, these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.
There is some useful information on the LSCB website about online safety with some useful tips for parents here http://www.leedslscb.org.uk/Parents-Carers-Wider-Family/Keeping-children-safe-online.
Message from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service about treating head lice.
“We would like to remind parents and carers to always read and follow the instructions carefully when using chemical insecticide products, typically sold in chemists, to treat head lice. This is because these treatments contain flammable elements. You should not therefore use hair dryers, or any other ignition source such as matches, lighters and candles near anyone during the treatment process whilst the product is being used. This advisory note follows a recent incident in West Yorkshire in which a child’s hair was accidentally set alight during treatment resulting in the child sustaining serious injuries.”
Mrs E. J. Holliday
Key Stage 2 Christmas Party
The Key Stage 2 children had a lovely afternoon, they had games and music in their classes, followed by a party tea in the hall.
Happy Christmas to the Dinner Staff!
Every Christmas, the children sing some Carols for the Dinner Ladies and Cooks a give them each a Christmas present. The children particularly love it when the Dinner ladies give them a big kiss!
Key Stage 1 Christmas Party
The children had a fantastic party, all topped off by a visit from Father Christmas who visited all the children in their classrooms and brought them all a Christmas present.
During November, the Cluster run a competition amongst all the local schools to encourage excellent attendance. Once again, St Peter's were the winners and our attendance for the month was an amazing 98.9%! Class 5 were the best class in school and they all received medals. The Cluster also put the names in a hat of all the children from all the local schools who came to school every day in November - the winner drawn this year was Nathan Simon in Class 1 and he got a brand new bike! Congratulations everybody!
Key Stage 2 Performance
This year's performance was as wonderful as ever, with amazing singing and dancing, a performance by the steel pans group and the Year 5 class played their recorders.
Reception & Key Stage 1 Nativity
The children sang, danced and acted their hearts out in this year's nativity. Lots of families came along to enjoy the show and all the staff and parents were very proud.
Children in Need
Congratulations to Everybody at St Peter's for raising a brilliant £139.72 for children in Need.
School Council meet the Governors
On Friday 18th November, two school Governors joined the School Council for their weekly meeting. They listened to the children reporting back about the Bookfair, which they organised and about the Pupil Questionnaire, which was carried out in July. The discussion was really interesting and the children appreciated being given a voice to share with important adults.
The children had a wonderful time during International Week, they learnt lots of interesting facts about the country their class had chosen and practiced a song or dance to show the parents. On Friday, lots of parents brought in food from around the world to share with the other families and they enjoyed a tour of the classes to watch the children perform their songs or dances. The children all dressed up in traditional clothes and looked amazing!
Annual Governor Away Day
This annual event is to evaluate the effectiveness of Governors over the past year - sharing the monitoring they have done is school over the year. They also worked in teams to prioritise the areas they are going to monitor in school over the coming academic year.
The New School Councillors!
After the votes were counted, the winners were announced in Friday assembly - Congratulations!
Learning outside the Classroom
Click on the link below to view a video showing how we don't just use our classrooms for learning at St Peter's!