This week years 3 and 4 visited St George the Martyr in Borough as part of their learning about Christianity. It was also a history lesson for most pupils who were not aware of the church’s past, its link to Charles Dickens and the damage it suffered in the Blitz. Thank you to Father Jonathan for making us feel so welcome.
On Wednesday, Charles Dickens Primary School choir were immensely proud to be a part of the unveiling of the ‘Dog and Pot’ sculpture at the corner of Union Street and Blackfriars Road, on the last day of the Charles Dickens bicentenary. As a 12 year old boy, Dickens used to walk past a statue of a dog and pot over a shop as he went to work (yes, work), vowing to one day go back to school and make something of himself. He later immortalised it in his autobiography:
My usual way home was over Blackfriars Bridge and down that turning in the Blackfriars Road which has Rowland Hill’s chapel on one side, and the likeness of a golden dog licking a golden pot over a shop door on the other.
Hello everyone at Charles Dickens – I hope you are keeping well!
Imagine my surprise during a visit to a very informative museum in Montreal, called the Chateau Ramezay, when I spotted this bust of a familiar person! And I thought I was the first person from Charles Dickens Primary to make it to Montreal…..
Congratulations to the winning team ‘What Larks Pip?’ . They won a rather splendid trophy and hopefully will return again next year to retain their title.
Many thanks to all those who organised this event – Ms Gemmell and The Parents and Community Team! A special thanks to Mr Nicol, a wonderful nursery parent, for writing and hosting the quiz with Mr Mackinnon!
Miss Alcock has organised lots of Victorian games for all the children to try at playtime.
Ms Rhys Evans and Miss Wittering have been practising our special Charles Dickens Song.
All that is left now is for all the children to get their costumes ready for Tuesday! Don’t forget we hope to see everyone in Victorian styled clothes or dressed up as one of the characters from Dickens’ books?
We will be performing the song ( weather permitting) on Tuesday in the playground after school!
Yesterday, Peggotty Class shared with us the history of Borough Market and in particular the Biography of Mrs King’s Pork Pies. We now know the names and life stories behind this family business. Thank you to Ian Hartland of Mrs King’s Pork Pies and his team for helping Peggotty Class learn so much – we are all now really keen to try a Melton Mowbray Pie.
Peggotty class also taught us all about Mud larking – this practice of scavenging along the banks of the Thames River was extremely popular in the times of Dickens (although illegal) – you can go Mudlarking today but you need a licence!