William Penn Newsletter

3rd December 2014

Flag Project

William Penn Primary school has been selected to represent this political constituency in the 2015 Flag Project.  This exciting project marks the celebration of two historic anniversaries that signify the beginnings of a journey to rights and representation in the UK, namely the 800th year of the sealing of Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montfort Parliament.  On Thursday 27th November, the School Council planned and led the day teaching the school about the history of democracy and the symbolic importance of flags.  The children worked in mixed aged house colour teams to design and make a flag to represent their local community. “We had to use our mathematical, creative and speaking and listening skills,” said Theo in Year 6.

The children then voted for their favourite design to represent their house colour.  These 4 fags then went through to a final and the whole school voted for the design that best represented our local community.  The winning design was from the red team.  Congratulations to Joe in Year 6, Joe in Year 5, Tom in Year 4, Isabelle in Year 4, Edward in Year 3 and Joshua in Year 2 who worked together to design and make a bold and eye catching flag.  They explained, “Our inspiration came from our beautiful environment and our Quaker values of peace, friendship, simplicity, reflection, integrity and equality.  These values extend beyond our community to the wider world.  The red represents our school and the emblem shows the importance of friendship depicted in our school logo, which dates back to 1682, of William Penn befriending the Native Americans.  The dove is a symbol of peace and portrays a peaceful community that works together.  The green represents the surrounding farmland and the blue the sky.”

The winning flag has been uploaded to the ‘Flag project’ website to form part of an online gallery from which 650 schools from across the country have contributed to.  Some of the designs will be made into real flags and flown as part of the celebrations in London.

We would very much like to turn our winning design into a flag that can be displayed at school.  If you or any family or friends are keen sewers and are able to help make this possible we would love to hear from you.

Thank you to the school council for leading this project, the whole school really enjoyed the day and everyone achieved success in designing a flag that fitted the design brief.

Sara Crane

Art Co-ordinator

William Penn Christmas Carol Service – 15th December at Christ’s Hospital

Our carol service is getting closer now and will take place on Monday 15th December at 6pm at Christ’s Hospital School Chapel.  Please remember that we would like to welcome you and your relatives as we will have ample seating and parking space. 

On the morning of December 15th we would ask you to bring your children to the chapel between 8.45am and 9am for a rehearsal.  We have arranged transportation back to school in time for lunch and school will finish at the normal time at 3.15pm.  In the evening, we will be ready to receive the children at 5.40pm but no earlier.  Please ensure that children have been to the lavatory before they leave home in the morning and the evening as facilities are not easily available at the chapel.  The service will begin at 6pm and should be finished by 7pm.  Children who have been given costumes will not need to wear them for the rehearsal but should come dressed in costumes in the evening.

We have decided not to ticket the event or charge for entrance.  We do, however, have to hire the chapel and hope that you will consider making a donation towards these costs on the evening.  Thank you

Christmas Parties

The Christmas parties will take place on Wednesday 17th December.  Your class representative will be posting a list of items on a board under the front canopy and we would be grateful if you could sign against your choice.  If your child has particular dietary requirements, we would ask you to provide a ‘party’ packed lunch specifically for your child.  There will be no hot lunches from Easy Lunch on that day but if your child is in Key Stage 1 there will be a light sandwich lunch supplied as part of the free entitlement (although we would hope that all children would contribute to and partake in the party as in previous years).

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

We are pleased to inform you that our school gardeners have earned their Level 1 and 2 certification from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.  This reflects the hard work carried out by the Gardening Club earlier in the year and the planting of the Butterfly Garden in Key Stage 1.  Thank you to Mrs Cort for arranging the accreditation. 

Clubs – Finishing Dates

Please be reminded of the last dates for clubs as detailed below:

  • Archery – finished
  • Running – last session December 9th
  • Chess – last session December 10th
  • Clay – last session December 10th
  • Drama – last session December 9th
  • Dance KS2 – last session December 10th
  • Multiskills – finished
  • Football – last session December 11th
  • Dance KS1 – last session December 8th

There will be no clubs in the week commencing Monday 15th December.

Pupil Achievements

If you have any pupil achievements that you would like mentioned in the newsletter, please e-mail the office: office@williampenn.w-sussex.sch.uk