Bonus Pastor Sportshall Athletics

On Thursday 13th November 16 talented year 5&6 children attended the Sporthall Athletics Event at Bonus Pastor Catholic College. 7 schools competed in both field and track events. Unfortunately we missed out on first pace by a few points but were lucky enough to come second. Our children displayed some amazing natural talent and were advised to attend SFactor Athletics on a Saturday morning at Ladywell Track to further develop their skills.


Book Week @ OLSPN

Book Week 6th – 10th October 2014

What a busy week we had! Reception and Nursery were taken on a Bear Hunt by a mysterious Adventurer; KS2 were inspired by the author Anthony Lishak; KS1 enjoyed a large storytelling theatre production by Freshwater Theatre Company; KS2 took part in the much anticipated Genre afternoon; Many delicious bear themed treats were made at the Infants including bear buns, delicious porridge and oat flapjacks; Over a hundred bears came to join in the book week activities at the infants and all of this happened in just the first chapter of our Book Week story. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their week and there has been some truly magnificent work produced as a result.

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Genre afternoon at the Juniors. The children were allowed to choose which genre they wanted to take part in. They swapped classes for the afternoon and had lots of fun.

Class 7:  Clues in the Library

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Class 8: A Caribbean Dozen

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Class 11:  B.W.A

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Class 10: Simply Smooth

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London Children’s Flower Society

London Children’s Flower Society

We won!

We were delighted to receive notification from the London Children’s Flower Society that we had been awarded the Edith Hunter Challenge Shield for our Display of Spring Bulbs at the Infants last Spring. As a result of this achievement we have been invited to bring 6 children to the Guildhall for an award ceremony on the 13th October. Congratulations again to all the children and staff for all their hard work in nurturing the daffodils into full bloom!

We have added in the photos of the event. The children who represented the school had a wonderful afternoon and were very proud to return home with our shield.

Mayow Park Visit


Class 5 visited the school beehive today to see how the residents were settling in. They had many questions for Erika at Mayow Park Community Gardens.

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Do other bees use the hive?
Your bees will probably be the only bees to use the hive. Sometimes moths can get into the hive and destroy them. That is why the special door the bees push under is fitted to the hive.

Is the queen the only lady bee?
The queen is not the only lady bee. In fact, all of the workers who collect nectar and pollen are female bees. They are slightly smaller than the queen.

How can you tell male from female?
You usually only see male bees in late summer when they are out searching for new queens, but you can see female bees all year from early sprint to autumn. If you want to tell the difference from late summer on, look at their legs. If there is pollen, then it is a female as male bees do not collect pollen and so have no pollen basket. Also, the male bees (drones) that hatch in mid summer have no stinger, have slightly longer antennae and bigger eyes.

Do bees grow or do they emerge fully grown?
Bees emerge from the hive fully grown, but start their lives in eggs laid by the queen. After 4 days as eggs, the bee larvae begin to hatch. The queen then makes protective cells for the larvae with a small hole on top so that she can feed them. 4-5 weeks after the larvae hatch, they emerge as fully formed bees! These are the worker bees who will collect nectar for the honey pot and pollen to feed the next brood (or batch) of eggs laid by the queen. Some of these eggs will become male bees.

Where will they go in the Winter?
The new queens hibernate over the winter in places such as compost bins, loose soil and piles of leaves. It is one of the good reasons not to keep your garden too tidy! If you disturb a hibernating bee and she doesn’t get too active, you can usually cover her again and she will continue to hibernate. However, if she remains too active she won’t go back into hibernation and may not have enough stored reserves to survive until the first pollen becomes available in the spring.

How long do our bees live for?
How long a bee lives depends upon the role it has. Your bees should live and stay in the hive until sometime in October, depending upon the weather. The existing queen, her workers and any males will then die, but the new queens will find a good place to hibernate over the winter and will start a new colony next spring.

We would like to get a new colony when they need replacing. Will this be possible? When will they have to be bought?
If one of the queens produced this year does not return to your hive, then we can purchase another colony next spring. Not only will they help pollinate the food at the garden and in neighbouring gardens, but the new queens will help increase the local populations!

Drive for Peace

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This July Lewisham Young Mayor’s Team and The Jimmy Mizen Foundation are taking the Lewisham’s Young Person’s Covenant and a message of ‘Peace, Hope and Change’ to every single pupil in Lewisham. (A covenant is a promise to engage in or refrain from a specified action).

Travelling in the Release the Peace Car and Millwalls double decker bus – ‘Lewisham’s Drive for Peace’ will take 10 Days, visit 76 Primary Schools, 15 Secondary Schools, 5 PRU’s, Lewisham’s Health, Education, & Youth Services, Lewisham Fire Brigade, Lewisham Ambulance Service, Lewisham Police and the Leaders of Lewisham Council including Sir Steve Bullock.

The car and double decker bus will be at the Junior building at Our Lady and St Philip Neri School on Friday 11th July at 11 a.m. to bring the covenant which is a cloth measuring 20m x 10m. The cloth will have the handprint of one child and one member of staff to represent our school.

The two week DRIVE FOR PEACE will bring the Covenant and the Peace Cloth back to Lewisham Town Hall for a celebration and party on Jubilee fields.

The wording of the Lewisham Covenant is below:

Lewisham Covenant

Parents are more than welcome to attend the event. If you would like to come please ensure you are in the Junior playground at 10.50am on Friday 11th July.

As a school we will draft our own set of promises that will be on display in our building after the event.

Lewisham Pupil Ambassadors’ Annual Awards & Celebration Event

“Be the Best that You Can Be”

On Thursday 3rd July, Mr Barber accompanied Nicole and Thomas’ families to the Lewisham Pupil Ambassadors Award. This was a magical night, showcasing the talented students in Lewisham. Here they saw dance, music and acting from a number of schools, interspersed with speakers and the award winners themselves.

Mr Barber thought it was a beautiful touch to see how the awards were given out. The Lewisham Ambassadors, some 20 strong young adults from year 9 upwards, came up to introduce the winners. Here they waxed lyrical to the audience about each child’s achievement before the winner was called down to receive their award. We are incredibly proud of both Thomas’ and Nicole’s achievements and Mr Barber was delighted to share their experience with them.

Well done children on reaping your well deserved rewards.

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