Head’s blog

Autumn 2021 – Week 10

Michaelmas - Week 10

We have enjoyed some spectacular weather, here, at St Peter’s, over the last few weeks: crisp Autumn days, wonderful colour on the trees and glamorous sunsets.

Last week, I was on inspection duty. It is a privilege to inspect other schools, to observe other lessons, meet children and see how other schools are run. Inspection is a professional development rocket for me and, consequently, the whole team, as I come back with a big list for us to work through to ensure compliance and continued excellence. The inspection we had here at St Peter’s,
the week before the country went into full lockdown in March 2020, feels like a lifetime ago! It is always absolutely brilliant to come back to St Peter’s. I feel incredibly lucky to lead such a wonderful school, and also lucky not to be fighting my way through London rush hour on a more regular basis!

The PTA meeting this week, again, had an excellent turnout. My enormous thanks to Kirsty Gillies, our PTA Chair, who is working with the PTA to put on an amazing Christmas Fair, next weekend. Parents have been unbelievably generous with raffle prizes and this looks to be a real highlight. We are also organising a silent auction for some really wonderful prizes and experiences. The PTA raises money both for the school, as well as our whole school charity. Pictured are the incredible new basketball hoops purchased by the PTA, with lowering action that enables smaller children to play too. Our new bike racks, requested by the older pupils, are on their way. This year, our whole school charity is Above Water, a water safety charity which leads workshops for children in schools. Our workshops are all booked in for next year and we are very much looking forward to these. We are very grateful to the PTA for supporting our whole school charity fundraising efforts.

Enjoy the weekend and don’t get blown away in the storms! I will leave you with a picture of me recording my voice for the EY Nativity. This year, I am the ‘Magic Carpet…..’ !

Charlotte Johnston

Autumn term 2021 – Week 8

Michaelmas - Week 8

A wonderful week at St Peter’s with the whole school photograph, a concert, Remembrance and an
assembly from our whole school charity, Above Water. Huge amounts of learning in the classroom, as well.

Here are some photos from the week:

Have a super weekend.
Charlotte Johnston

Autumn 2021 – Week 7

Michaelmas - Week 7

What wondrous weather we have had this week at St Peter’s. The front field has beautiful calves grazing and the school has been alive with children following a well deserved two-week break.

Year 7 and Year 8 completed a tremendous sports tour to Bath and Bristol, which was a great success. My huge thanks to the staff who looked after the children, ensuring they had a cracking time and great experiences. Opportunity at its best.  I have spent much time in classrooms over the last few days and it is always such a privilege, as a Headteacher, to be able to visit classes, absorb the atmosphere,
witness the teaching and learning going on and touch base with the children and staff. I dropped in on World War II Day with Year 5 and an interactive Morse Code activity. I learnt some fascinating facts in Maths, Science and loved the Chuck Norris Art portraiture activity with Year 7.

The highlight of the week was on Tuesday: firstly, the Year 2 Show and Share Assembly on their ‘Victorian’ topic, then, the Year 4 Heroes Evening. Each Year 4 child spoke knowledgeably about their Heroes, the research they had done, the facts they had learnt. Some proudly showed the letters they had written and responses they had received. The parents loved spending time with the children and were very complimentary about the newly decorated sports hall, complete with state of the art basketball hoops (thank you PTA!), as well as the delicious canapes provided by our amazing catering team. Thank you parents for keeping vigilant with your children, testing as necessary and keeping us informed at all times. It is hugely appreciated.

We have the whole school photograph on Monday. Please can I ask that children are smart, shoes polished and hair tidy. The previous two were cancelled because of Covid-19 and I am delighted that we can record our amazing school again. A snapshot in time!

Falkner House Day has been a joy today and thank you to Mr Pike for providing ice lollies for all. Over £400 has been raised for our school charity, Above Water, which is fantastic!

Charlotte Johnston

Autumn Term 2021 – Week 6

Michaelmas - Week 6

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Hallowe’en Disco on Wednesday. The event was a tremendous success, thanks to a sterling team of decorators, Frankfurter disher-outers and clearer-uppers!

There have been matches and concerts galore, this week, as well as Victorian Day and much more. Our amazing staff team provide a rich variety of opportunities for the children, making sure that teaching and learning remains of exceptional quality at the same time.

A reminder that all pupils should return after the half-term break in winter uniform. Please note that there is parent action required for the Christmas Fair. Details can be found in this newsletter.

A well-deserved, two-week half-term awaits for the whole St Peter’s community.

Charlotte Johnston