Welcome to this mini edition of The Courier

Another term comes to a close on a beautiful sunny day.  We are so proud of the children and how they embraced home learning and the return to school with such enthusiasm.  We hope everyone has a relaxing Easter break and look forward to seeing you all when the Trinity Term commences on Monday 19 April 2021.

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Headmaster's Message

Headmaster's Message

Dear Parents

We have had a wonderful last two days in school. We began on Monday with the Easter bonnet parade, which was a marvellous, colourful occasion, with all the children out on the playground sharing the wonderful designs and creative ideas that had gone into the making of their bonnets. I wouldn’t like to guess the average number of man hours that had gone into them, but I suspect they took a considerable chunk out of quite a few parents' weekends. We certainly enjoyed seeing the end results and the children loved the chance to get together and it gave us a proper end of term, warm and fuzzy feeling.

Today we have had our traditional celebration assembly to mark the end of term and all had the chance to watch the delightful Easter service. I hope you all enjoy watching it at home as well and the electronic format will mean you can share it with friends and family as well.

With the very mini-heatwave that we have enjoyed today, all in all these extra two days have been a great way to end the term. I would like to say an enormous ‘well done’ to all of the children for showing such great resilience and strength of purpose over the term. Thanks as well to all of the parents for supporting your children at home and in school throughout this time. The idea of the home-school partnership has never been more important. Thanks finally to all of the teachers and support staff who have worked tirelessly to provide the absolute best education and care for your children that they can.

Although it has been a difficult term in many ways, it has also been an inspiring one and whilst we look forward to the break it will be great to have all of the children back on Monday 19 April with a full term ahead of us and what we all hope will be a gradual return to normality.

Happy Easter everybody.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster

 

News

Inter-House Geography

During the Lent Term, all of the children in Year 6 have been learning about the major cities, rivers, seas and mountains of the UK and Europe. With regular check-up tests along the way, the children have built up a bank of general knowledge that will hopefully stand them in good stead as they move on to their next schools.

Today was the last quiz and the results decided who will go through to represent their houses in the final. The final will be an Inter-House event on Tuesday 27 April with the upper school classes watching on Teams. Well done to everyone for having a go and good luck in the finals.

St George's
1. Ayla (c)
2. Asha
3. Josh
4. Caitlyn

St David's
1. Amy (c)
2. George R
3. Alyssa
4. Isaac

St Andrew's
1. Isla (c)
2. Amelia
3. Michael
4. George C

Scorers
Orla
Jay
Hattie 
 
Mr Thackway
Headmaster

Fabulous Easter Bonnet Parade

Crescent School assembled out on the playground first thing on Monday morning for a delightful Easter Bonnet Parade. The children's bright and colourful bonnets were of all shapes and sizes but they were accompanied by plenty of proud smiles on the slightly breezy parade.

What a fun, creative competition organised by the Friends of Crescent that made for such a lovely start to the day. It was clear that a lot of time and effort had gone into making all the beautiful bonnets.

It was very difficult to choose the winners as they were all so good, however congratulations go to the class winners Nellie, Eve, Taran, Harry, Esme, Sophia and Shana.

What with the daffodils all out, the clocks sprung forward and now our Easter Bonnet Parade it really does feel like Spring is here!

A huge well done everyone. Make sure you enjoy the photos in the gallery!

 

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New School Council Appointed

Congratulations go to the following children, who have been chosen this week by their classmates to be on the School Council.  They received their badges in assembly today: 

  • Class 1E - Lilah and Nimeeta
  • Class 2W - Akaal
  • Class 3S - Sam O and Shayla
  • Class 4M - Harry and Esme
  • Class 5F - Grace and Roihan

Well done to all.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster

Calling All Musicians! Reminder

After the huge success of the Foundation-wide performance of The Climb last summer, Mr Cowlishaw is producing another recording.

Entitled You Will Be Found this song has an inspiring message for the present times and will provide a welcome opportunity for singing and playing together. It is open to anyone from the school who wishes to take part, and anyone submitting a recording will earn House Points for their House.

All the details have been uploaded to SeeSaw under Music. There are video rehearsals for singing and you can download your singing or instrumental part from this site too. Mr Cowlishaw will also be recording a video for the singers to perform with to make their recording easier to manage.

All recordings need to be with me by Monday 5 April 2021.

Any queries do contact me.

Mrs Barnes
Director of Music

Co-Curricular Clubs Trinity Term Reminder

Co-curricular will continue in the same format next half-term, we will keep reviewing them in line with government guidelines. An email has been sent out with sign up details for the first half of Trinity Term, it would be great to see every child involved in at least one activity.

In the brief time we have been in school we have run a successful programme of activities through our co-curricular programme. A big thank you to the staff who run these activities and a thank you to the children who show dedication and interest in things outside the classroom. It is great to see their enthusiasm and enjoyment.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

Easter Reads For Year 5 And 6 Reminder

Year 5 and 6 have both received a class reader to enjoy over the Easter holidays, either Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo or 18th Emergency by Betsy Byars.  If they have already read this book then please encourage them to read another book by the same author.

I am happy for pupils to share the book with you, listen to it or read it themselves. They will all need to have completed reading their book by the start of the Trinity term so that we can work from it together.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

Accelerated Reading Quizzing Over Easter Holidays Reminder

This term has been a great term for reading, as usual there will be no quizzing over the Easter holidays.

Please do keep reading though, try different genres and enjoying sharing books.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

COVID-19

Face Coverings On School Grounds

In line with other local schools and Warwickshire County Council’s message below, please wear face coverings on school grounds (if you are able) when dropping off and collecting children. 

Please remember there is plenty of space around school to socially distance.

Many thanks for you for your co-operation.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster

Covid Symptoms Guidance And School Process

Children or adults with symptoms must not enter school. Parents must check for symptoms each day before bringing their child into school.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – please, if you have not already done so, source a thermometer to check temperatures at home
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Any children or adult who develops symptoms will need to leave the building as soon as possible and be tested for Covid-19.

Details on testing can be obtained at www gov uk/get-coronavirus-test or call the Test and Trace Helpdesk on 119.

Hand held thermometers will be used to check the temperature of any individual feeling unwell. Children who develop symptoms during the school day will be taken to the Meeting Room and their parents called to come and collect the child, as well as any siblings of the child.

Other members of the household should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, or until a negative test result is returned.

In the event of a positive test result the full protocols of test and trace will be followed www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works#

Children returning from restricted areas outside UK must self-isolate as advised by the government guidance before returning to school.

 

Events

St Georges Day - Friday 23 April

Friday 23 April 2021

Children in Red House can wear one item of red clothing on St Georges Day.

Crescent School Office

School Promise

School Promise Rule Of The Week

For a two or three week period this year we will be focusing on one of the sayings in the School Promise. We will talk about this in assembly and in form period. It would be great if you could discuss this with your children at home and support the messages we are emphasising in school.

We continue with the category of Good Friends and focus on the theme of good manners. Simple acts of courtesy and kindness can make such a difference to our quality of life and it is something we value very highly at Crescent, as I know you do at home.

'We use our manners all the time'

Mr Webb
Assistant Head

Awards

Promise Badge Awards Lent Term

We were delighted, in our final celebration assembly of the term, to award our Promise Badges.  

They are very special and are awarded at the end of each term to one child in Pre-Prep (PP) and one child in the Upper School (US) for each of the three promise strands: Good Friends, Good Learners, Good Citizens.

The children listed below have embodied the qualities of the promise this term and can wear their new badges with pride.

Good Friends
Hermione- PP
Amy - US
 
Good Learners
Akaal - PP 
Orla - US
 
Good Citizens
Sophie G - PP
Grace O'C and Dorrit - US
 
Mr Webb
Assistant Head

School Promise Certificates Lent Term

In our Good News Assembly this morning we awarded School Promise certificates to recognise the children’s excellent behaviour as Good Friends, Good Learners or Good Citizens. 

Congratulations go to:

  • Elliott 
  • Nellie 
  • Katie
  • Evie
  • Isabella 
  • Evelyn
  • Patrick
  • Maya
  • Timi
  • Emily
  • Esme
  • Ellie
  • Stephanie
  • Freya
  • Ayla
  • Asha
  • Eden

Keep up the good work.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster
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House Point Winners Lent Term

In the Celebration Assembly on Tuesday 30 March, the housepoint winners for each class were awarded with a book token for first and second place. 

Congratulations to the following children:

Class  First Place Second Place
1S Aria Amber
2W Akaal Matthew
3Y Maisie Sam O
4M Esme Charlie
5F Faris Charlotte
6W Alyssa Ayla


Well done to all.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster

House Trophy Lent Term

In the Celebration Assembly on Tuesday 30 March, Mr Thackway announced St David's House was the overall winner for the housepoint trophy for Lent term.

Pictured are St David's House Captains Amy and Emme with the trophy. 

Well done to all.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster

Lunchtime Supervisors Top Table Lent Term

Unfortunately we cannot celebrate Top Table at the moment in the usual style.  However, we can reward those children who have shown excellent conduct at lunchtimes this half term.

The lunchtime supervisors have chosen the following children and they will be rewarded with a goody bag:

  • RE - Felicity
  • RP - Lucas
  • 1S - Theo M
  • 2W - Max
  • 3Y - Remi
  • 4M - Lara
  • 5F - Rohan
  • 6W - Sahana

Well done to all of you.

Joe Thackway
Headmaster

 

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FoC

FoC Year Group Reps

Below are the details of the FoC Year Group Representatives. These reps will communicate with you on all our events via email, whatsapp or facebook. 

Year Group 1st Rep 2nd Rep
Reception RE Hannah Gowney-Hedges  
Reception RP Zainab Remi-Omosowon  
Year 1 Vicky Morley Nicole Kemp
Year 2 Sanda Mocanu Saly Husbands
Year 3 Inez de Koning Karen Williams
Year 4 Emilie Crowfoot Laynie Osborn
Year 5 Semma King Anita Somerset
Year 6 Kal Mistry Elizabeth Coulson
 
Nick Brosnan
FoC Chair

FoC Committee Contacts

We'd love to introduce you to the new Friends of Crescent team. Supporting the Committee members we have:

Chair
Nick Brosnan (Dad of Chloe in Year 4) chair@friendsofcrescent.co.uk 
 
Vice-Chair
Lisa Millward(Mum of Charlie in Year 4 and Alfie in Year 1) vicechair@friendsofcrescent.co.uk 
 
Secretary
Laura O’Connell (Mum of Grace in Year 3) secretary@friendsofcrescent.co.uk 
 
Communications
Inez de Koning(Mum of Alex in Year 3 and Lucas in Reception) 
 
Treasurer
Samantha Wood (Mum of Charlotte in Year 1) -treasurer@friendsofcrescent.co.uk
 
We’d love you to follow the FoC Facebook page where we publish all news and information about our events.

Friends of Crescent Facebook Group

We're hoping to announce some exciting initiatives shortly so please join to avoid missing out! 


Nick Brosnan
Friends Of Crescent - Chair  

Preloved Uniform Wanted

We will happily accept any of the following Crescent pre-loved uniform:

  • School Blazers
  • School Coats
  • School Cardigans and Jumpers
  • School Dresses (winter and summer) and Skirts
  • School T-Shirts/Polo Shirts/PE Shorts/Skorts
  • School Boaters
  • School Bags
  • School Tracksuits

Please do not include anything not on the list above e.g trousers, shirts etc. 

Uniform should be put into carrier bags and left by the box outside the main school entrance.  It will then be removed and kept in quarantine ready to be used when safe to do so.

Preloaded uniform enquiries can be made by emailing Vicky on the link below:

Preloved Uniform

Crescent School 

 

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

The weekly calendar can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  It details all the clubs, events, fixtures and additional information for the week. 

Weekly Calendar - 19 April 2021 

Please note co-curricular clubs for Trinity term start on Monday 19 April 2021.  You can log into SOCS here to view your child(ren)'s activities:

SOCS

After School provision can be booked through My School Portal.

MySchoolPortal 

Crescent School

Housekeeping

Lunch Menu Week Commencing 19 April 2021

Please click on the link below to view the lunch menu for the first week of Trinity term: 

Lunch Menu - 19 April 2021 

Children are able to have either of the main options.

Olive Catering

 

Term Dates 2020/21 And 2021/22

Please find below term dates for 2020/21 and 2021/22:

2020/21
Trinity Term
Term starts Monday 19 April 2021
May Bank holiday - Monday 3 May 2021 (no school)
Half Term Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June 2021
Term ends Tuesday 6 July 2021

2021/22
Michaelmas Term
Term starts Monday 6 September 2021
Half Term Saturday 16 October to Sunday 31 October 2021
Term ends Tuesday 14 December 2021

Lent Term
Term starts Wednesday 5 January 2022
Half Term Saturday 19 February to Sunday 27 February 2022
Term ends Tuesday 5 April 2022

Trinity Term
Term starts Monday 25 April 2022
May Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022 (no school)
Half Term Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June 2022
Term ends Wednesday 6 July 2022

School Uniform Items Stocked At School

The following items are stocked in the School Office and can be added to your account:

  • Winter hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Ties
  • Swimming hats
  • Sports socks
  • Hair bands
  • Hair scrunchies
  • Hair clips
  • Sun hats
  • Music group badges - Choir, Orchestra, String, Brass and Wind

Please do contact admin@crescentschool.co.uk in if you need any of the above items.

Crescent School Office

The Princethorpe Foundation Employment Opportunities

The Foundation has the following vacancies:

  • IT Infrastructure and Network Manager
  • IT Engineer

Full details and information on how to apply are available on the Foundation website here:

www.princethorpe.co.uk/join-us

Should you know anyone who might be interested in these posts, please do share this information with them.

Anti-Fraud - Reminder

Cyber-crime – please be extra vigilant

Parents are asked to be vigilant when reading emails relating to the payment of school fees and any other items to the Foundation. You can protect yourselves by only making payments to us in line with our normal, published methods. Any email offering a large discount on fees for the coming academic year if paid immediately is fraudulent.

There has been no change to the bank details of Princethorpe College, Crackley Hall or Crescent and there is no intention to make any changes in the foreseeable future. Any electronic notification that appears to be from any of the Foundation schools changing these details may be fraudulent.  Our bank details are available on the Parent Bills, the Online Payment Portal and in the Information Booklet for each school, and only those details should be used.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues in the Bursary if you are have any doubts about the correct details or indeed if anything appears suspicious.

Eddie Tolcher
Foundation Bursar