Week Four Newsletter

Week Four

Dear Parents & Guardians,

This week I had the pleasure of spending three days in the woods with Year 7 and Year 8 students. Essential to our stay was the ability to live with a tribe; supporting and challenging each other to tackle wilderness and survival tasks including fire building and campfire cooking, shelter building, team games, tracking and trap making, using woodland tools, wilderness first aid, camouflage and concealment and SOS survival challenge.
What I witnessed was that children pay more attention to the qualities we model, such as patience, persistence, resistance and compassion, for example, than the words we actually speak. In the woods, for many the challenges we faced were a first. If we wanted our tribe to be successful than we had to be prepared to work together and to be ok with failure. Failure meant we collaborated, problem solved and tried again on our quest to finish the task. On Bushcraft there is no ‘perfect’.
Whilst a little perfectionism can be a good thing, driving us to aim high and to get things just right, too much, leads to loss in confidence which, in turn, gives rise to a perpetual cycle of fear of failure. What we need to model is imperfection.
 In search of a mantra, I came across the wise words of Neil Gaiman. 
 ‘I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing; do it! Make your mistakes, next year and forever.’ 
Classrooms should be messy, vibrant places where the unexpected and unpredictable are seamlessly woven into the fabric of each day. Slips, stumbles and blunders should abound, alongside moments of poise and refinement. We need to teach our children that it’s OK to try something hard, something that you’ve never done before; and, more importantly, we need to teach them that it’s OK if you fall flat on your face.
At LCS, my aim is to create an ethos where we want every child to be comfortable with making mistakes. If children are afraid of mistakes, they are afraid of trying something new, they are afraid of being creative, of thinking in a different way. Our emphasis on adopting a growth mind-set encourages our children to try a second time, a third, a forth or a fifth; until they figure it out.
In Bushcraft this lesson was learnt in our first task to build a fire upon which we would cook our lunch. Whist the flames were extinguished on a number of occasions, the understanding that our tribe needed to complete the task in order to ensure we enjoyed delicious camp fire kebabs, inspired and motivated us to keep going back to the drawing board and not give up.
Mistakes are one of the most important things that can happen in any classroom. Each day we remind our children that life is all about making mistakes, being accountable, and learning from them. Our children know that mistakes are a part of life; that they serve to push ourselves out of our comfort zones, help us to embrace challenge, and become more creative and authentic people.
Children’s success does not stem from how intelligent they are; it comes from how they feel about their mistakes and the way in which they approach challenge.

Ms. McBride

Headteacher


Request for Absence Form

We recognise why some parents may ask for term-time leave for their child.  However, it is important that parents carefully consider the implications of taking their child out of school during term time. Please find attached the ‘Request for Absence’ form which is now required to be completed for any term-time absences (one whole school day or longer).


School News

 

 

We welcome all parents to come and cheer the teams on during their matches!

 U8 Hockey v St.Mary’s

On Tuesday 19 September, the under 8 Hockey team played their first match against St.Mary’s. Aleena scored the first goal for Long Close making it 1 nil. Then we got the ball in the goal again but it didn’t count. In the end Long Close won 1 nil. When we got the cake and juice we all felt less tired. Well done Long Close, keep up the hard work!

Kierat Bhandal (Captain)

 U9 Hockey v St.Mary’s

 

On the 19 September, the U9 Long Close hockey team played against St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s team started off with the ball and attacked straight away shooting very quickly but Paramjot Bhambra saved it and hit it away. Since there were no players in the opponents goal posts, Sivakami Malidi used this opportunity and scored a first goal.

After half-time, St. Mary’s almost scored a goal but Nadia Shenawy saved it and dribbled the ball and passed to Sivakami Malladi who scored a second goal.

An excellent tackle by Kara Bains who was helped by Maia Saponaro-Dar and Jiya Sangha. Kara Bains released the ball to Sivakami Malladi. She took the ball off the opponents and scored a final goal.

At the end of the match the score was 3-0 to Long Close. Well done girls, keep it up!

Girl of the match – Nadia Shenawy

Sivakami Malladi (Captain)

U11 Hockey v St.Bernard’s

On Wednesday 20 September we played St. Bernard’s. St. Bernard’s took and early lead, and scored 2 nil by half-time.

We fought back, but they scored another goal! We started a fresh and with the help of Suhani Jain, Anisha Naidoo and Malvika Kauljalgi I scored a goal. Soon, Suhani Jain scored a goal. One more now until we draw!

Aisha Kolley whacked the ball to Husna Mahmood who passed to myself and Malvika Kauljalgi scored!

Man of the match was Anisha Naidoo. The result was 3-3.

Meera Thaper (Captain)

U11 Hockey v St.Bernard’s

In the under 11’s a team match, on 20 September Long Close School had match against St. Bernard’s. In the team were the following:

  • Jaya Nanda
  • Mariya Ahmed
  • Alisha Chaudry
  • Nikita Saini
  • Parri Gohil
  • Saloni Bhagi

Long Close put up a really good fight especially towards the defending side. Half way through the score was 0-0, but then at the last minute St. Bernard’s scored a goal.

Man of the match was Marigha Ahmed.

Well done and keep it up!

Nikita Saini (Captain)

11-15 Sept 2017

1H Amrin Grewal

1S Jayen Sharma

2B Shubhay Karkra

2W Arjan Singh

3J Siddhi Lodha

3R Kaecee Harding/ Jiya Sangha/ Gabriel Johnson

4M Josh Varaitch

4R Aadam Saba

5B Elang Kumaran

5N Alina Miah

6F Dilraj Purewal

6) Arun Sondh/ Jaya Nanda

18-22 Sept 2017

1H Akshara Muthupandi

1S Simareet Sanga

2B Gunjot Sidhu

2W Naina Verma

3J Kierat Bhandal

3R Jeevan Gosal

4M Hari Selvan

4R Kara Bains

5B Babjot Sidhu

6F Alisha Chaudry

6O Dhiran Sharma

Jeevan Saini

Janmeet Singh

 

Freedom
Freedom is the sky
You’re a bird
Flying up high like a lonely word
Freedom is space
Free as a light
Looking at an empty case
With no height
Freedom is a road, with no end
The sky is the limit,
Decide your path, without a bend
When you see your opportunity, do not bin it

Kamran Khan (7A)


It doesn’t matter what people think about you

You have better things to do in life

Like become a better person

Or speak for your personal rights

Don’t listen to what people say behind your back

As they don’t have the guts to say it to your face

Have self-belief and ignore what people think of your thoughts

You should have friends who love you for who you are

Not for your fake identity

Bhavneet Kaur Matharoo (7A)

Tuesday 26 September selected students met with Thomas Franks caterers to discuss this terms new menu and to provide informative feedback on lunches.

The students reviewed they would like one of the Friday fish fingers took of the menu and a pasta with different sauces to replace this, this was agreed and will begin on week 3 menu.

On occasion they have found chicken to be a bit dry, this will be looked into to stop this happening. Some of the students are not that keen on Greek yoghurt , but as discussed there is fresh fruit salad available for those that do not want the Greek yoghurt option. 

The students also commented they are liking the new menu and apart from fish finger change, they are happy with the rest of the menu. All agreed the new menus have a lot more flavour and choice from the menus  last year.

 The salad bar continues to be a big hit, with the new fresh made flavoured oils and extra seasoning tubs going down very well with everyone.

They like the different salad choices they now have and with a few being a big favourite like the sweetcorn salad dip and the hummus, and feta cheese salad.

The student’s have agreed to inform Thomas Franks going forward of any concerns or different salads they might like to see.

Thomas Franks talked about their suppliers and fresh food policy’s they have set in place.

Thomas Franks would like to thank all those involved in the feedback and working with Ms. Tracey and her team to improve their service to you.  

INGREDIENTS: 

200g desiccated coconut

397g sweetened condensed milk

200-300g chocolate

METHOD:

Extra coconut to sprinkle over the top

  1. Put the coconut into a mixing bowl and pour over the condensed milk, mix it well.
  2. Leave for 5 mins to stand.
  3. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  4. Roll the coconut mixture into balls and place on a tray.
  5. Chill in the fridge for approx. 30 mins.
  6. Melt the chocolate.
  7. Dip the balls into melted chocolate and sprinkle the extra coconut on-top.

HARVEST FESTIVAL EVENTS – EYFS AND PREP SCHOOL Friday 6th October 

We are delighted to invite parents to our two Harvest Festival events taking place on Friday 6th October in the School Hall. Please see below for timings of the two events.

We support three local Charities with our Harvest Festival – Slough Homeless (SHOC), Slough Foodbank and Age Concern. This year we are not doing individual decorated Harvest boxes, instead the Year 6 pupils and I will be collecting donations to put into large decorated boxes for the three charities to ease distribution.
We will be collecting food in the outside classroom on the playground on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October between 8.00-8.30am. No matter how small your contribution, they are greatly appreciated for these very worthy causes. These items must be non-perishable and could include tinned goods, such as soup, beans and tuna, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, cereal, jars and biscuits. We are planning
another charity event towards the end of the Autumn Term, where children will get to decorate boxes with Christmas presents for local charities, more details of that to follow.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR EYFS HARVEST FESTIVAL – Friday 6th October 2017, 3.00-3.30pm. All pupils from Nursery to Reception will be taking part. If your child doesn’t normally attend Nursery on that day and you would like them to take part, please bring them into the Nursery between 2.30-2.45pm in their uniform.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR PREP SCHOOL HARVEST FESTIVAL – Friday 6th October 2016, 9.00-9:45am. All pupils
from Years 1-6 will be taking part and it promises to be a lovely event with a wide variety of different songs and poems.
Please note for both events space will be limited at these events so please two people maximum to attend per child.

Mrs Bingham 

 

PTA

We are now only 1 week away from the school disco for Reception to year 6.

Spooky Halloween Disco

  • Where – In the school hall
  • When – Friday 6th of October, 6pm till 9pm
  • Cost – £8 per child, this includes food/drink and plenty of fun and games

We have a DJ from Jelly Disco coming to keep the children entertained, they are a big hit with the children!

You may have seen us at the gates this morning entertaining everyone with our spooky Halloween music! We’ve already had great interest in the disco, there were some parents quick of the mark to get the children signed up.

We will also be around next week taking registration and payment for the disco on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

 A reminder about the next coffee morning for Senior School parents.

This is planned for Friday 13th of October from 8am to 9am in the school hall. It’s a great opportunity to have an informal catch up with staff/parents across the senior school.

Our AGM Update

As you can imagine our AGM had a packed agenda. Thank you to everyone who came along and welcome to our new committee members and class reps. Look out for a school comms soon with an overview of the meeting and an intro to your new committee members.

Stay in contact with us-

Join the PTA Facebook page

longcloseschoolpta@gmail.com

The PTA Team

 

 


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