International Sharing Afternoon

It was wonderful to see so many of you yesterday at our international food celebration. The PTA members and our governors did a superb job of inspiring you all to make and bake. As a result the food on sale was truly delicious.

Thank you if you cooked, donned blue gloves to serve, helped set up and importantly came along to buy and hang out. We are hoping to have raised in the region of £400 for our computer suite and we shall exact amounts by next week.

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Summer Fair – Were you there? Our school community shone like the sun!

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We had a wonderful time at the summer fair. Thank you to all the staff and parents who helped plan and manage stalls and tidy up in the afternoon. You are all amazing and we are so pleased and proud to have such an amazing school community.

Thank you to Cllr Dixon Fyle, our Southwark Mayor, for joining us and announcing our raffle winner. It was lovely to see you.

Handwriting Workshop for Parents

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On Wednesday 18th March, we held two workshops for parents all about supporting handwriting at home.  It was great to see such a huge turn out!  If you missed the sessions and would like some support with your child’s handwriting please come and see Ms Sumner who will be happy to answer your questions.  Click here for the resources from the session Handwriting Workshop for Parents

What a lovely Frost Fair again this year!

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Thanks so much all of you who came and enjoyed yourself yesterday! It was very clear that a lot of people were having a lovely time – brilliant fun and lots of lovely things to eat.

Special thanks to each and every one who helped do all the things needed to make the Fair a success before during and after!
Science corner organised by  Katia and Mark was great – dry ice and washing up liquid volcanoes were fun, and lots of slime too…

Santa had a fan club of devoted children, and his helpers took lots of great present to donate to  ‘ Action for Refugees in Lewisham’. Each child had their picture taken too – so watch out for those soon. Thanks to the elves that organised this (Jay, Diana, David, Apple, Rachel et al.)

Nadia made her brilliant Bake Off idea happen, and even managed to persuade Mr Konditor & Cook himself – Gerhard – to come and judge the entries. Moroccan pastries and white chocolate wreath cake won, adn I can vouch for them both being very worthy winners of a Curly Wurly cake.

Kam made a meticulously constructed origami snowman and we want to know who guessed the number of pieces in it?

Hannah made her lovely snow scene again and we managed to persuade MP Simon Hughes and Chair of Governors Nic Nichol to pose on the sledge!

Shane and Olivia made a brilliant enormous Santa puzzle and had times puzzling by all ages – who was the fastest? (let us know)

Teams of volunteers again found wonderful prizes for the raffle – which was announced by Simon Hughes.

Jay and Apple organised another great self portrait effort of two different printed bags. We still have some and they are for sale via the PTA

We must say how wonderful the CD recorded by the school was – there are some really touching moments form all classes in the school. The brainchild of Miss Gemmel and produced by parent Nico – who we are most grateful to!

Thanks go to Malcolm for his help with the money and floats; Diana for her gingerbread, Fran the Jam,  Paola, Rebecca, Laura, Simon, Mrs Buchanan, Latifa, Sam, Paula, Rathna, Matty, Hayley, Laura, and a massive cast of teachers parents, and family members who all helped out.

Special thanks to the staff who came in to make it happen  – Alec, Alison, Mark, and all the other staff who gave up your time.

We must raise a special round of applause to Miss Gemmel who has been a devoted force of nature the last few weeks, a veritable whirlwind!

Superheroes for ‘Children in Need’!

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Well done to everyone who dressed up to raise money for Children In Need last Friday. You all looked fantastic dressed up as your heroes and you sang ‘God Only Knows!’ by The Beach Boys quite brilliantly!  A special congratulations to Year 3 and 4 who did a sponsored spelling test and to Year 5 and 6 who did a sponsored long distance run!

The cakes and biscuits made not only looked delicious but also tasted delicious and raised lots of extra money! Thank you to all the parents and families who dusted off their aprons and baked something to donate we are really really grateful for your support!

Tumi was the winner of the Pudsey bear money box with her guess of ‘Hebrew’  as Pudsey’s language talent – Mrs Buchanan chose a language randomly on Monday in assembly.

So…the money is still coming in ( by Friday please) but we have already raised well over £600!

Well Done Charles Dickens Primary!

International Evening – How lucky we are!

Thank you to everyone who came to the international evening and an extra special thank you to the mums, dads, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, friends of the school who made and shared a dish and the staff who made the evening happen.

The food was planned to be the focus and in many ways it was, with dishes from all around the world, lovingly made and absolutely delicious, each one of them and the food just kept arriving. It isn’t often that you can eat Moroccan chicken alongside Russian dumplings, Maldivian samosas and Japanese sushi!

The rain stayed away and we listened to Steel Pans from Trinidad and Tobago, an African Storyteller, Mr Huxley’s ‘Global Disco’,a marmite.v. vegemite challenge,a folk group ( thank you Henry’s dad) and a string quartet. Had we have spotted the Morris Dancers on Lant Street a little bit earlier, they would have been invited in too!

As families shared food and tables and the sound of conversation and happy children ( delighted to be ‘staying up late’) filled the main playground, we realised that the real star of the evening was our rather special and wonderful school community (children, families and staff). What a fabulous group of people you are!

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Southwark Vocal Magic

On Friday 4th April, the Year 5/6 choir performed alongside other Southwark Schools in ‘Southwark Vocal Magic’. The mass choir was led by Singology and the event was made possible by Southwark Music Services. Thank you to the talented Ms Rhys Evans and her team of committed teachers who supported the choir so magnificently. We hope that all the families who attended the concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall enjoyed this wonderful event as much as we did.

Here is an extract from the performance of one of our children’s favourite song, ‘Roar!’

Here is a short clip of of Ms Rhys Evans, Ms Livett, Ms Foster and Mr Bakas singing ‘Lean on Me!’

Well done to all of you!

Spring Term Art Show – To Infinity and Beyond

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the end of spring term art show. Sara, our artist in residence, displayed work from year 5 and 6 and art clubs which really captured the successful partnership of developing art skills and giving children a real context for their art which in the case of Year 5/6 has been their topics of Space and then India. What was particularly wonderful about this term has been the embedding of sharing the works of artists with the children! I wonder if you can spot the Anish Kapoor influenced sculpture?

As always, the show had an interactive feel and all our attending families got busy designing and making 3D rockets and ‘space inspired’ objects for the inter-galactic landscape. Everyone also had the chance to choose select a company poster selling ‘space adventures’ to invest in – hence you will see the children’s posters are littered with ‘post-its’ on which are scribbled the promise of ‘millions’ of pounds – clearly you were very persuasive year 5 and 6! 

Thank you,  to the wonderful Sara Byers for all her time and energy in bringing the show together!

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