Children from Intermediate and Transition delighted parents when they entertained them with their Christmas Play “Searching for a Superstar!” All children sang and acted beautifully bringing a sparkle and smile to everyone who joined them for this special event!
Different Genres by Lower One 2019
On Wednesday the 13th November Lower One performed their class assembly to both the school and their parents. The theme of the assembly was stories from different genres. Every child took on the role of a pirate and the class travelled the seas collecting books along the way. They presented their assembly with confidence and worked as a team. They promoted the importance of visiting libraries, describing settings and expressed the five different parts of a story. The children recited a poem all about giggles and sang the Benediction song beautifully. In addition, they changed the words to the song Amarillo by Tony Christie and called our song, ‘We are on the way to the Library’. The children thoroughly enjoyed preparing and performing their first class assembly in the juniors.
Bishop Alan visits Ursuline Prep 2019
On Monday 11th November, the school was delighted to welcome Bishop Alan Williams on his first visit to the Ursuline Preparatory School when he joined the whole school for assembly. The assembly comprised two parts: a short service to mark the two minute silence for Armistice Day led by Mrs Macdonald; and a chance to share some of the children’s work with our visitor, facilitated by Mrs Creavin.
Our remembrance service began with ‘In Flanders Fields’ presented by three children per class from Transition to Upper Two. The two minute silence was then observed impeccably, even by the children in Pre-Reception; and our service closed with the prayer used by the Catholic Church to remember its dead.
Knowing that Bishop Alan enjoys a radio programme called ‘Desert Island Discs’, each class had prepared a song or reflection for him to take to a desert island. Pre-Prep cheered him up with ‘I, 2, 3, Jesus loves me.’ Intermediate and Transition reminded him of all the ways he could keep himself busy. Upper One sang ‘One World’, in case he forgot how big, beautiful and diverse the world is, whilst stranded on his island. Lower Two and Upper Two presented a reflection upon mankind’s responsibility towards the earth, so that Bishop Alan could remember to appreciate the beauty of his environment. The assembly closed with benediction, the prayer the Church uses at the end of the day. This was sung by Lower One.
Bishop Alan then spoke to the world school, and revealed that he had in fact lived on a desert island! He answered the children’s questions to conclude the assembly. After visiting every class in the school to speak the children on a more individual level, Bishop Alan left the school.
Upper One Black History Month Assembly 2019
On Tuesday 5th November, Upper One did their class assembly based on Black History. Upper One performed an informative yet religious assembly, which raised awareness of Black History. It is a Month for the nation to remember that black people have not always been treated equally simply because of the colour of their skin. In 1926, in America, a man called Carter G. Woodson introduced a ‘Black History Month’. In 1987, the first Black History Month took place in the UK. Black History Month takes place annually in October in the UK and in February in America. There is a different theme each year. The theme for 2019 is ‘Black Migrations’.
Mrs Wilson praised all the children for their grown up, mature performance on a sensitive subject.
Lower Two Poetry Day Assembly 2019
Lower Two presented an assembly on the theme of awareness themes for the month of October. They highlighted the wide variety of themes and the number of things that one could be aware of; and reflected upon the rule we have from Jesus for the thing we need to be aware of every day.
Intermediate Reading Assembly 2019
On Tuesday 2nd April, Intermediate performed their reading inspired class assembly to parents and the rest of the school.
The children worked extremely hard to learn different lines and songs, and they performed fantastically. Miss Allen was incredibly proud of their efforts. As a class, they hope to have inspired everybody to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ more often because, as Dr. Suess once said:
‘The more you read, the more you’ll know, and the more you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
Transition Mother's Day Assembly 2019
Children from Transition put on a Mother’s Day Assembly with a difference to all their mums and family. The theme was 'Mummy Recruitment', expect anything! It was “The Generation Game” for the mums and their children. It was very interactive and all mums needed full marks for having a sense of humour. The first part of the assembly the children told the story of Mother’s Day and how Mary, Mother of Jesus was the ultimate mother to us all. Then the mums had to pass a series of tests set by the children: dancing, sewing, icing a biscuit, bandaging an arm and finally make a costume out of a bin liner! The children sang, spoke, and delighted everyone who came. At the end all children gave their mums a card and pot of flowers.
Visit the Gallery to see more photographs from this event.
Lower Two Present 'A Healthy Lifestyle' 2019
Lower Two were delighted to present their assembly to the School and parents. They took as their topic ‘A Healthy Lifestyle’. This gave them the opportunity to share lots of information about keeping healthy in as humorous a way as possible. The assembly concluded with the film report that the children had created during their visit to The Sky Skills Academy on Wednesday 30thJanuary. The children really enjoyed their assembly; and judging by the laughter from they audience, they were not alone in finding the experience entertaining!
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Safer Internet Day 2019
On Tuesday 5th the school took part in ‘Safer Internet Day’ the theme of which this year was ‘Permission and Consent’. The juniors and Transition watched and participated in an assembly by Lower 1 whilst Intermediate and the EYFS similarly took part in an assembly by Miss Allen. The children’s ICT lessons this week have focused on themes for Safer Internet Day as well as them completing a variety of activities within their classroom.
Even the youngest members of our school, Pre-Reception joined in. The children made a poster of the gadgets they use at home and made a promise not to use the gadgets unless mummy or daddy said it was ok. The children brought in photographs of their favourite gadgets they use at home. The children watched Zap and Zoom and Oscar drawing on the whiteboard. They enjoyed the assembly with Miss Allen and learnt all about the 'Do's and Don'ts regarding the internet.
Anti-Bullying Assembly 2018
Upper One performed their class assembly on Thursday 15th November, to the rest of the school; their assembly was based on the theme Anti-Bullying with the help from Chris Tarrant on the game show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’.
Visit the Gallery to see more photographs from Anti-Bullying week.
Remembrance Day 2018
On the 9th November Intermediate performed their class assembly to parents and pupils. The topic of the assembly was Remembrance Day. They presented information about World War One, performed a cheerful war time song, ‘Pack up your troubles’, recited the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fileds’ by John McCrae and sang ‘Imagine’ to highlight the need for peace in our world.
The whole school participated in a commemorative two-minute silence and created a collective piece of artwork that depicted a WW1 soldier, made from poppies.
The Children performed incredibly, considering their age and the significance of the content of the assembly. Miss Allen and staff were incredibly proud of their efforts.
Reception and Kindergarten took part in a special assembly to celebrate the Baptism of baby Mary. Every child had a part to play in this special mass. They brought in special clothes and the choir were wearing white. Their parents, Mrs Wilson and Upper two were all invited to watch the ceremony. The children has a wonderful time singing and dancing in front of their parents.
Children’s Mental Health Week March 2018
During school assemblies we raised awareness of Children’s Mental Health. For Children’s Mental Health Week, we encouraged children to celebrate their uniqueness. When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ well-being.
The Infant and Junior school participated in Mental Health workshops that focused on reinforcing positive thinking habits and developing resilience which can be invaluable in protecting young people from developing mental health problems. They can also help to reduce some of the symptoms for children experiencing mental health problems, and even speed their recovery in some cases. Mental health and school performance go hand in hand. When a child is in good mental health, they will generally feel confident, content and happy with high self-esteem. This will keep them focused and motivated in school and able to overcome challenges and set goals for the future.
We also ran a parent session, within this session we covered the following;
An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
The ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
Skills to support positive well-being
Rusty the Hearing Dog 2017
On the 1st February a visitor called Sophie Biebuyck, came in to speak to the children about her own hearing loss and her Hearing Dog, Rusty.
Sophie lost her hearing because of an illness during adulthood. Before Sophie lost her hearing, she was a music teacher. Life then changed, and as a result Sophie was extremely sad and she faced new challenges.
This all changed when she was introduced to a charity called ‘Hearing Dogs’ and she was given a dog called Rusty. Rusty now helps Sophie get through the day, keeping her safe and alerting her to sounds that she cannot hear herself.
The children were shown what life is like for people who cannot hear, they were shown how Hearing Dogs are trained and the clever things they can do to help their owners and they got the chance to meet Rusty and give him a big stroke. Sophie also answered lots of interesting questions that the children wanted to ask.
Rusty was a very friendly dog, Sophie was very inspirational and the children learned a lot from their presentation.
Anti-Bullying Week 2017
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place this year from 13th - 17th November and is supported by SafeToNet. Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. The theme this year is 'All Different, All Equal' with the following aims:
empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique.
help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.
encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality.
enable teachers and other children’s workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality.
Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves.
On Monday 13th November the school wore 'odd socks' to celebrate us all being different and unique. In addition the children from the Infants and Juniors will be participating in a workshop run by the company Perform for Schools. Finally all children will enjoy activities led by their class teachers linked to the anti-bullying theme.
Visit the Gallery to see some photographs from this event.
Remembrance Day 2017
On Thursday 9th November Upper One held a class assembly about Remembrance Day. They performed an informative yet religious assembly, which raised awareness of Remembrance Sunday. It is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage. It becomes a particular feature of the public calendar each year when public, private, formal and informal Remembrance events take place throughout the UK.
Upper Two Easter Play 2017
On the final day of term Upper Two, as part of the Easter celebrations, re-enacted the Story of Easter, from the crucifixion to the resurrection. They spoke very eloquently and their performance gave the younger children a better understanding of this very important time in the Christian calendar.
Lower Two consider our environment 2017
Lower Two’s class assembly on Thursday 16th March considered the effect of human activity on the environment. They highlighted a letter from Pope Francis called ‘Laudato Si: care for our common home’. The assembly included, 'green screen' reporting, a special sky production and clips from other member of the Lower Two cast.
Lower Two are learning to write using the features of persuasive writing; they hope to persuade you and your families to join them in 'Earth Hour'. Please see school newsletter for more details. Visit Gallery to see more photographs.
Lower One Class Assembly Chocolate 2017
On 7th March, Lower One performed their class assembly on ‘Chocolate’ to the school and their parents. The children enjoyed sharing two poems with everybody. The first poem was based on Lower One’s first term in the junior school and the second poem stressed the importance of how delicious chocolate is! During Literacy, Lower One used Charlie and the Chocolate factory as inspiration to improve their writing. The children used images from the movie Charlie and the Chocolate factory to write their own setting descriptions. The children focused on the following questions whilst completing the task: What can we see? What can we touch? What can we taste? What can we hear? What can we smell? The children shared their descriptions during the assembly. Lower One enjoyed explaining to the school and their parents how they have used smarties to gain a greater understanding of their topic – Fractions. All the children turned into a smartie and explained their smartie maths challenge. Visit the Gallery to see more photographs.
Ash Wednesday 2017
On 1st March, Deacon Paul came into school and took a short service and distributed ashes to our Infant and Junior children. It was a reflective service and Deacon Paul suggested that the children remembered two things as they went on their Lenten journey towards Easter; saying a thank you prayer every night and doing something helpful at home.
Mrs. P. Wilson MBE MSc, Headteacher,
Ursuline Preparatory School,
Old Great Ropers, Great Ropers Lane,
Warley, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3HR