Lots of practice going on in school for the different events happening over the next couple of weeks…we had a lovely Reception nativity today to start everything off. Starting to get in the Christmas mood! Have a good weekend and we’ll see you all again next week.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9
Online – Carols from Resonance 16th December at 11:00am
On 16th December at 11:00am there is an online carol concert organised by Dudley. See details below:
End the year with a festive bang and join us for a Christmas singalong live from Resonance!
We will be streaming live at 11:15 on Friday 16th December and you are all invited to join us from your classrooms, school halls, offices – even children at home can join in.
Simply tune into DPA’s Youtube or Facebook feed and join in with our live band and singers who will be playing live from Resonance. We will display the words Karaoke style and it couldn’t be easier to join in. Connect to the live stream, turn the sound up and enjoy.
If you want to prepare, the programme is: Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Hark the Herald, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Merry Christmas Everybody (Shaking Stevens), Jingle Bell Rock, Merry Christmas Everyone (Slade), Jingle Bells.
Join on Youtube:
Load up DPA Youtube page and look for ‘Carols From Resonance’ which will appear at 11:10 ready for the 11:15 start on Friday 17th.
Join on facebook:
Find and like the DPA facebook page, the stream will appear in your facebook feed at 11:10 on Friday https://www.facebook.com/dudleyperformingarts
This week’s Pedmore Thrive can be seen here.
School Wellbeing Representatives
Over the last few weeks we have been training a team of children to be our Wellbeing representatives. They are headed up by 3 of our ambassadors and Mrs Robbins. Mrs Adams is also part of the team.
The children have been trained in a variety of wellbeing approaches and strategies for providing peer support. These include listening, communication, being supportive and sharing wellbeing strategies.
The philosophy behind the scheme is that every child needs someone to talk to, but not everyone has someone. Research also shows that children want to, and tend to, talk to their peers about their worries rather than to adults. Our Wellbeing Team offer vital peer-to-peer support. They will also be running campaigns to give access to support for all pupils and promote conversations about how to be mentally healthy and have good wellbeing.
The Wellbeing Team don’t replace adult-led intervention or support. However, they do help to develop positive relationships and interactions amongst peers and promote resources for wellbeing that children can learn and share. They can also encourage children to access support for mental health issues earlier, by increasing awareness of support or reducing stigma.
You may spot them around wearing their emoji lanyards, of which they are very proud. And deservedly so!
Attendance This Week
Whole School – 94.4%
Reception – 93.7%
Year 1 – 89.3%
Year 2 – 94.07%
Year 3 – 96.99%
Year 4 – 95.62%
Year 5 – 93.27%
Year 6 – 97.31%
New Happier Minds Website for Dudley
A new website has been launched to help young people, parents/carers and professionals in schools find information about mental health. There is some excellent advice and support on here. www.happierminds.org.uk
Happier Minds can help you find the mental wellbeing information you need. It also provides information on how to get help urgently for people in crisis.The website has 3 sections: The young people section for those aged 11yrs and over (secondary school and college), has video resources and useful contacts. For parent/carers, there is information to help them to support their child and also resources to support their own mental wellbeing. The professional section of the website has been designed for those working with young people in schools/colleges and provides useful information and resources.
Gratitude Tree at St Peter’s Christmas Tree Festival
Our Worship Council helped to decorate the Gratitude tree that Pedmore children, with the help of Ruth Hill, have done over at St Peter’s Church. Go over and have a look!
Household Support Fund
This scheme is to help Dudley residents struggling to pay bills due to the cost of livingincreases. It is a one- off payment made to eligible households in Dudley Borough. To apply, certain criteria needs to be met (see information on link) and an application form completed. Please contact us at school if you require further information.
Forest School Update
There has been lots going on in forest school over the last few weeks. Year 2 have had their sessions and although the weather meant that the last session had to be cancelled, ( it will be rescheduled next term) it has been a great 6 weeks. During their last session they used the saw to make wood cookies which they decorated to create a poppy display for remembrance day.
We also hosted our first Forest Church in the woods which was a great success. Although St Peter’s have been running Forest Church for a while in the church grounds, this was the first time in the woodland at school. It was lovely to enjoy worship, a song and cinnamon bread around the fire.
I have invited the church back for another session in the Spring term so look out for the next date.
In the next couple of weeks, all children will be coming to forest school for their Christmas treat session which is all funded by the PTA.
Finally, I am running a Christmas trail in forest school to find Santa on 3rd, 10th and 17th December. It is a lovely event for all the family There is still some availability and booking is via this link https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/fruits-of-the-forest
Forest School Leader and Public Health Specialist