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!
It was School Council elections last Friday and after some serious campaigning, the polling station was opened!
A new group have started learning the Steel Pans and are really enjoying the lessons. They'll be practicing hard every Thursday ready for their first performance to parents at Christmas!
Mr Bates, one of our friends from Headingly Rotary, has been visiting school every week to do some gardening with our children. Here, some children from Class 3 are planting onions. When they have grown, the children will use the onions in their cookery lessons.
Leeds Youth Voice Summit
Four of our Year 5 & 6 School Councillors were invited along to Leeds Civic Hall for an exciting event focusing on Youth Voice within the school, the community and Leeds as a City. The children got to meet children from other schools across Leeds, take part in interactive workshops, meet the Lord Mayor and learn all about democracy.
It is our first day at school. We are having lots of fun!
This year, classes 1 and 4 won the attendance award and enjoyed a visit from the ice cream van - well done everybody! Attendance overall has been amazing this year - keep up the good work!
Key Stage 2 Sports Day
Despite the heat, the children were brilliant - they all tried their hardest and had a fantastic afternoon. Lots of parents were there to offer their support.
Nursery & Key Stage 1 Sports Day
On the hottest day of the year, the children had a brilliant sports day - they had running races, sack races, egg and spoon races, plus much more. Lots of parents came along to cheer on their children and everyone had a fantastic time.
FS and KS1 Fun Day!
We had a fantastic day! We went on the bouncy castle, inflatable slide, played football with the giant ball, rode our scooters, painted, played tennis AND cooled off in the paddling pools!
Many thanks to all the helpers who worked to clear the sports pitch at Bridge Community Church this week. When we arrived the pitch was covered in cut down trees which we dragged onto the grass area. After lots of sweeping and tidying up the pitch looked great. Hopefully our pupils will be able to use it in September.
Under 11 Central League Champions 2015-16
The Golden Mile
Mr Stuart organised a fantastic competition for Key Stage 2. Each class ran the Golden Mile and the fastest runners from each class were chosen to compete against the rest of Key Stage 2. It was a highly competitive event, with some amazing runners. The winners were Lily Bickle from Class 3 for the girls and Mansour Shurkian from Class 4 for the boys. The winning team was Class 4. Well done everybody!
Parents' Group Visit Leeds Minster
Our Parents' Group, which runs every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm, enjoyed a recent visit to Leeds Minster. They had a tour of the Minster from Canon Sam Corley and learnt about the rich history of the church.
National Space Centre Sleepover
The Cubs had a fabulous weekend at the National Space Centre. They visited the planetarium, made model rockets, went on an alien hunt and much much more!
Ebony & Ivory
The Year 5 steel pan group have been working really hard - have a look at this video.
At our Easter Service this year, some Year 6 children told the Easter story to the whole school and the Key Stage 2 children performed some beautiful songs that they had been practicing. Lots of parents came along and it was a lovely afternoon.
Faith Day Celebrations
On Thursday 25th February children took part in a Faith day Celebration at school. First the children met in the hall and sang with our special visitor, Bob Hartman. Bob is famous around the world for his work in sharing bible stories with children.
Then the children went into groups and were mixed with pupils from all the classes in school. Each group were given a colour and they travelled around the classes throughout the day.
Each class looked at a different aspect of Christianity:
Bible stories and story telling
Images from around the world of Jesus and his friends
Prayer stations to ask for help, forgiveness and to give thanks
Looking at the life of Jesus and the important events in it
Comparing and making different crosses from around the world
Praising God through song
At the end of the day we all gathered in the hall to spend time reflecting and celebrating what a great day we had had and how much closer we felt to God during the time of Lent.
Rotary Recital Winners
The 2 brilliant winners were Saba Medhane for Key Stage 2 and Naomi Paulos for Key Stage 1 - congratulations!
Annual Rotary Recital
Each year, the children in each class work really hard to learn a poem by heart. They perform their poems to the rest of their class and the winners in each class are then chosen to perform their poem in front of a panel of judges at the Rotary Recital finals. 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 spectacularly on the day - all in all a fabulous afternoon!
Another Win in the Cup!
On Monday 8th February, the Under 11s football team travelled to Menston, where they played in the next round of the cup against St. Mary's Catholic Primary School. After going a goal behind early in the game, St. Peter's quickly got on top and created a lot of chances. With time running out, Joel Owusu managed to pick out Joel Leigh, who equalised from close range. In extra time, Joel Owusu managed to get on the scoresheet himself, curling in a shot from long range. The game ended 2-1 to St. Peter's and that result puts the school into the quarter finals of the Leeds City Schools Cup. Meanwhile in the league, the boys remain unbeaten and now top the league with a game in hand. Two more games against local rivals, St. Patrick's and Shakespeare await. Hopefully two more good performances are just around the corner. Mr Robertson and Sam Leigh are both incredibly proud of the effort made by all of the boys and girls at football club this year. Together, we really are a winning team!
Poet Visits St Peter's
For the second year in succession, performance poet, David Harmer, joined us in school, to launch our annual poetry recital competition. He was brilliant as always and gave the children lots of inspiration ahead of preparing their own poems to perform in their class semi finals. As you can see, the children got involved in David's performance and made wonderful Batman, Robin, Stinkerman and Smellboy characters!
St Peter's are Attendance Winners!
The Inner East Cluster ran a competition throughout November for all the Schools in our Cluster to see who could achieve the highest attendance. St Peter’s were the winners with 98.7% and Class 5 won the highest attendance within the school. Mrs Morton, the Attendance Officer at the Cluster came along to our assembly to present the Trophy to the school and medals to all of Class 5.
Well Done Everybody – a Fantastic Achievement!
Key Stage 2 Party
The children had a fabulous Christmas party, with lots of fun and laughter - not to mention cakes and treats!
Father Christmas at St Peter's!
Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 were really excited when Father Christmas came to visit school. He brought them all a lovely present too!
Singing to the Rotary
Our friends at The Rotary invited some children to sing at their annual Christmas lunch. Some Year 5's and 6's went along and performed beautifully. Also, Mrs Holliday was awarded a special fellowship by the Rotary for her excellent work at St Peter's.
Key Stage 2 Christmas Performance
Once again the Key Stage 2 Christmas performance was a triumph! The children worked really hard and the parents enjoyed fabulous singing, dancing and acting.
Key Stage 1 Nativity
The Key Stage 1 nativity was a huge success and lots of parents came along to enjoy it. Well done to all the children - it was an excellent performance, with lovely singing.
Dental Student Visit
We had some Dental students visit school recently. They are doing a study to find out at what age children can clean their own teeth. Our children were a real help and enjoyed having lovely purple smiles!
Taking Over Burmantofts
Our school councillors had a fantastic opportunity to work with the Burmantofts Housing Office to see how the local area could be improved. They walked round the area spotting areas for improvement and then reported their findings back to the Housing Manager.
Street Dance Show
The St Peter's Street Dance Crew took part in a show to celebrate 15 years of Dazl. Lots of parents turned up to offer support and the children were amazing!
The children all had a fabulous time at the Disco - there was some fantastic dancing!
Children in Need
The children (and staff!) all enjoyed Children in Need day - we had a non uniform day, sold spotty biscuits and covered Pudsey Bear in small change - one member of staff even wore a Pudsey Onsie!
Our annual International Week was a huge success yet again culminating with parents coming into school and bringing traditional foods for everyone to try. The parents had a lovely time and visited all the children's classes for a display of what the children have been learning throughout the week.
Gospel Choir Finale
At the end of the all the Workshops there was a performance for the whole school - Joel from Class 6 joined the singers for their final song.
Gospel Choir Workshops
A Gospel Choir visited school this week and did a workshop with each class. The children loved it and the singing was amazing. Here are some clips of the class 6 boys and girls singing beautifully.
As part of International Week, we had two drumming workshops in school; Key Stage 1 learnt Indian drumming and Key Stage 2 learnt African drumming. It was a very noisy day!
Congratulations to Naomi, Joel, Trust, Saba, Rakshith, Jedidah, Deryck and Priscilla - the 2015/16 School Council Team!
School Council Elections at St Peter's were very professional this year! Class 2 set up a polling station in the hall and all the children in key stage 2 cast their votes and placed them in the ballot boxes, ready to be counted.
Reception Home Learning Packs
We held a meeting for all Reception parents to give out bags with lovely resources which will support children's learning in Reception. We were also able to provide some sets of resources for our Tigrinya speaking children. Many thanks to the Inner East Cluster for the funding for these amazing packs.
Lots of parents of children starting school next September came to look round school this morning. Some lovely Year 6 children gave them a tour of school and answered all their questions.
Please click on the link below to find out more about the new flu immunisation for children in Years 1 & 2.
Wow! Look at our playground!
Our new playground is fantastic! All of the children have had a go and love it!
End of year fun...
We had brilliant fun days to celebrate a brilliant year! The sun eventually shone and we had a great time.
The winners of a visit from the ice cream van this year were Reception and Class 6 - their attendance has been amazing and the ice creams were thoroughly enjoyed!
The whole school had fun on Spanish Day, dressing up in red and yellow like the Spanish flag and having fun with singing, counting, colours, games and art work. In assembly we sang the school song in Spanish and did some hand jiving to "La Bamba".
Mrs Swailes cooked tortilla with some children from year 4.
Miss Trew and year 5 had a lovely paella display.
The whole day was a lot of fun and we hope to repeat the success next year.
At a recent maths workshop at the Grammar School at Leeds, Shameeka and Tre'von showed off their amazing maths skills and both received 2 certificates for their excellent work - what superstars!
We are so lucky to have been provided with another school minibus! We share both buses with All Saints' Primary and this allows both schools to be able to take whole classes out on trips in our very own buses! We are extremely grateful to Variety, the Children's Charity, as well as Endless LLP, the sponsors of our new bus - this will make such a difference to our school!
After Friday's strange footprint find, the children made an eggciting discovery at the start of the new school week. As the gates were opened, the children poured onto the playground to discover a huge egg, hiding in a nest in the garden area. Quite eggstraordinary!
New Reception Class Visitors
We recently welcomed our new pupils into school who will be joining us in September. Whilst Mums and Dads joined us in the hall for an introduction to school, the new children spent time with their new teacher, Mrs Smith. We had lots of helpers from year 6 who greeted the families, showed them to class, served tea, sold uniform and even modelled some uniform themselves. They were a brilliant help! The new pupils came back smiling and we look forward to meeting them all again in September.
Following the school's Eucharist Service on Friday 26th June, a number of footprints were discovered in the entrance area. Very strange indeed....
Comic Relief Fundraising
A huge thank you to everybody, we managed to raise a whopping £348 for Comic Relief - well done!
First Aid Day
We had a First Aid Day when the children learned all about what to do in an emergency. Years 1 and 2 learned about how to phone 999, Year 3 and 4 learned about how to put people into the recovery position and Year 5 and 6 learned about CPR.
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!