St Gildas
St. Gildas'
Catholic Junior School

Latest News

Welcome to our latest news page!

 We'll be updating this page with articles, as they happen, so please visit regularly.

May News

GOSH Cake Sale

Wednesday 24th May

Congratulations to our year 6 team of parents and pupils on their successful cake sale. We thank them for working hard to bake and sell their delicious products, which helped to raise money for the school. Thank you to all those who helped support the school through buying their products!

 

 

 

April News

Welcome back Mrs Hood!

We are delighted to have Mrs. Hood back with us, after her year long maternity leave. We also thank Miss O'Donnell and Miss Bergin for their hard work, in her absence.

A- Life!

19th April

Today the school welcomed Pete and Rachel from A-Life, a company committed to raising the profile of healthy eating and physical fitness amongst young people. They delivered workshops, using educational games to teach the children the importance of looking after our health. Later in the day, they took part in an active workout session. Pictures are to follow.

Children can log in to the A- Life Team's website to complete the 7 Day Healthy Challenge via this link.

www.a-life.co.uk/challenge

March News

The Stations of the Cross

29th March

The whole school celebrated a very reverent reflection for The Stations of the Cross on Wednesday afternoon. After congregating in the school hall to begin the reflection together, we journeyed to each classroom to observe their interpretations for each station and pray together. The children behaved respctfully and with reverance and all agreed that it was a very special way to both prepare for Easter and end our Spring Term.

February News

Governor Day 9th February

This Thursday we will be welcoming our Governors into school. They will have the opportunity to visit lessons and meet with pupils and staff. There will also be an opportunity for parents to meet Governors from 2:45pm-3:15pm in the school hall, where they will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to ask a question, please email the school office on admin@st-gildas.haringey.sch.uk and the governors will reply to you via email.

Pendarren 2017

February 5th

Year 6 enjoyed an exhilarating Pendarren 2017. All totally embraced the adventurous, challenging spirit of Pendarren. All triumphed in the activities: exploring the grounds of Pendarren house on our first afternoon; canoeing along the Brecon and Monmouth Canal; climbing the high ropes in the Pendarren grounds; walking from Langland Bay to Caswell Bay and then hunting for crabs and starfishes in rock pools; exploring the River Lightning (Afon Mellte) from its source to its journey underground forming magnificent caves and then seeing its splendour and power in a raging waterfall; finally climbing local Brecon mountains on our last morning. What a trip of friendship and togetherness with great support and leadership from the Pendarren staff and St. Gildas' staff.

Pendarren is under threat of closure by Haringey Council - if you are asked to support the campaign for Haringey to keep Pendarren please do endorse it as it is such a VALUABLE resource for ALL Haringey pupils (past, present and FUTURE) - irreplaceable!

A record of the daily news from the Pendarren adventure, including photographs, can be found in its own news section here on the site.

Welcome home Year 6!

February 3rd

A rain sodden evening didn't dampen the excitement, as family and friends eagerly awaited the return of our year 6s from their residential trip to Pendarren. The coach eventally arrived, after a slow end of leg journey through the London rush hour. We were finally reunited with our very excited and tired pupils and staff. We welcome you all home and wish you a very relaxing weekend.

A plea for help!

February 1st

Are you a driver and free between the 26th-30th May? If so, you might be able to help our valiant bikers 'Team Lycra' on the second leg of their fund raising journey. The team plans to cycle from St. Gildas-De-Bois in western France to London, a trip of 300miles! Planning is still in the early stages, but if you are interested and think you can help, please see the full document at the bottom of this page for more information.

January News

Themed dinners from our caterers Lunchtime UK.

January 16th

Our caterers have just announced more dates for themed dinners. Please look at the 'menus' section from the Parent's menu of the website.

Year 6 Parents Information

January 10th

A short video summarising the 2017 Key Stage 2 tests is now available to view under our Parents' menu. 

December News

Autumn Pupil Newsletter

Our budding journalists from the Newsletter Club have completed their Autumn Newsletter, which can now be downloaded from the Children menu.

Year 6 Advent Service at Westminster Cathedral

On Wednesday 7th December 2016 both Year 6 classes were invited to Westminster Cathedral for the annual Angel Song Advent Service organised by the Catholic Children's Society as a thank you for the support St. Gildas' gives to this charity annually. The celebrant was Bishop John Sherrington - Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. The cathedral was filled with many children from schools across the Diocese. The sound of them all singing carols was uplifting and they were totally beguiled by the rendition of the Nativity story and were in a state of awe and wonder when a real donkey and sheep paraded down the aisle! A special way during Advent to prepare for the gift of Jesus.

Come to the Christmas Market! 

 

 

November News

November's Literacy Challenge

Congratulations to Freya from 5P, who won the November Literacy Challenge! This was the first in a series of regular literacy challenges which will be set by Miss Evans to keep our writers busy!

Freya wrote a very emotive poem called 'One Day, One Year, Changed Everything'. The poem can be found below or on the Literacy Page.

We look forward to lots more exciting Literacy challenge news in the future!

5A Assembly

30th November

Class 5A completed the season of Assemblies for the Autumn Term, with their Wednesday Assembly on the theme of Advent and Forgiveness. 

The children explored getting prepared for Christmas in the context of preparing yourself, forgiveness, penance and peace.

We thank all parents and carers who have been able to support our assemblies this term and look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Market and/ or the  December Nativity Production.

Drumming Workshops

24th November

Today the children had the opportunity to experience African Drumming with djembe drums! Abass and Mershack from One Drum led a workshop with each class through the day. All children experienced playing the djembe drum alongside Abass and Mershack, and took part in a question and answer session to find out all about the drums and their role in African culture.

Please see below for a link to the One Drum website.

Opening Evening 22nd November

 

Operation Christmas Child

Over the last 3 weeks, the children have been very busy donating items for our Operation Christmas Child shoe box appeal. Each class collected toys, school supplies and treats which were packed into a shoe box, wrapped and sent off to be given to a child in need somewhere in the world.
All the children have been so very generous and we hope that on Christmas Day this year, they will remember that their actions will have made another child feel happy and loved.
We have signed up to the tracking service which will allow us to see where in the world our parcels end up. 
Watch this space for an update, early in the new year.
Thank you to all who gave so generously.

Anti-Bullying Week 14th November

October's News

Wear Dots, Raise Lots!

21st October

Our last day of the half term was rather special with a very dotty theme! Pupils and staff wore dots and spots to raise money and awareness for the blind and visually impaired. We were also joined by a spokesperson from the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) who shared a story about Louis Braille, then gave lots of facts about being blind or visually impaired and information about the charity.

More information can be found by following the link at the bottom of the page. We'll let you know the total of all money collected as soon as possible. Thank you everybody for your generosity!

 

Year 3 Egyptian Day

20th October

Year 5 and 6 Cross Country

4th October

St Gildas’ made a fantastic start to the cross country season on Tuesday 4th October.
8 runners from years 5 and 6 competed at the fixture at New River, which had a record number of competitors.
All of the children ran brilliantly, with Paula coming 2nd out of the year 5 girls, and Gael 3rd for the year 5 boys!
The primary boys’ team came 16th overall. We hope that next time we can get a few more girls so we can enter a girl's team, so please speak to Miss Clark if you are interested in joining. Thank you and well done to those who took part!

Year 3 Library Visit

4th October

Year 3 attended an immensely enjoyable Shakespeare session at Stroud Green library on Tuesday, 4th October where storyteller John Kirk performed ‘The World’s a Stage’. The children explored iambic pentameters which consists of five sets of strong and weak stresses; ‘I’d like a biscuit with my cup of tea’ is an example of an iambic pentameter! John Kirk also used ‘Gangham Style’ to illustrate how to count the stresses and determine whether or not a sentence was indeed an iambic pentameter. Shakespeare is attributed with creating the rhythm of life. One of Shakespeare’s most infamous lines, “To be or not to be that is the question” has eleven beats and one of the children successfully suggested this was chosen to create more interest in the play and helps this line stand out. In addition to exploring Hamlet, the children learned about Romeo and Juliet, as well as A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The children learnt Shakespeare wrote thirty-seven plays which included tragedies, comedies and historical plays. There were squeals of laughter as the children donned costumes and acted out in different gender roles a variety of scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The staff at Stroud green library and John Kirk commented how wonderfully engaged all the children were and how impeccably behaved they were. Well done to all! 

September's News

Year 5/6 Football Tournament

30th September

A year 5/6 boys team and girls team enjoyed participating in a wonderful Haringey Primary Schools football tournament hosted by St. Thomas Moore Secondary School. The event attracted 30 schools, which was an amazing turnout. All the children from all the schools participated sportingly and competitively and had a wonderful day under stunning end of September sunshine.
Our St. Gildas' teams did so well. Our boys team came 3rd in their league beating Our Lady of Muswell, St. Mary's CE, St. Michaels N6; drawing with St. Pauls and Rokesley and narrowly losing to Rhodes Avenue.
Our girls team beat St. Mary's CE, Our Lady of Muswell, Rokesley and St. Michaels N6 and drew with Rhodes Avenue. Our girls topped their league scoring 10 goals without reply! The girls team progressed to the knock out stages of the tournament and in their quarter final defeated Highgate Primary 4-0 and then lost to Highgate Independent in a thrilling semi-final.
It was a wonderful day out with many great sporting memories and friendships made and generous refreshments provided by St. Thomas Moore.

Pictures to follow

Year 3 Trip to Pizza Express

28th September

On Wednesday 28th September, 3QF went on an exciting trip to Pizza Express in Highgate. This trip enhanced the children's learning of making pizzas, as part of their Design and Technology lessons. We learned about the six ingredients in pizza dough and were lucky enough to make our own pizzas. The children pinched their dough bases to stop their ingredients seeping out, then poured tomato sauce on them. The sauce was spread thinly to ensure an even coverage. Cheese was then added. Under the children's watchful eyes, the pizzas were placed in the large ovens and baked at 370C for 5 minutes. When ready, they arrived piping hot and smelled divine.

After everyone tasted their creations, an unanimous verdict revealed trhat the pizzas were delicious! A special thank you to Pizza Express Highgate.

Pictures to follow

6Q Class Assembly

28th September

Class 6Q began this year's cycle of assemblies with a beautiful presentation to the school and parents.

Jeans for Genes

23rd September

The entire school turned up in their finest denim to support 'Jeans for Genes Day' on Friday 23rd. Staff and pupils were allowed their comfy wear, in exchange for a donation of money to this very important charity which helps the lives of children affected by a genetic disorder. A fun and stylish day was enjoyed by all and Mr Power even proved that triple denim will never go out of fashion.

A total of £230 was raised. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!

First Aid Training in Year 6

20th September

As part of the PSHE and Science curriculum Year 6 enjoyed an invaluable training session with St John Ambulance on Tuesday 20th September. The full morning session was both informative and practical and the pupils (and staff) learnt much about how to assess first aid issues and how to deal with them. They learnt: how to make sure an injured person is safe; how to check for breathing; how to put an injured person into the recovery position; how to open the airways; how to call for help from the ambulance service using 999 and to give a location and injury assessment. They then looked at CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills and how to practise them involving chest compression and mouth resuscitation and how to recognise choking and how to help remove an obstruction. The skills learnt will certainly be important to all pupils and staff.

Pictures to follow.

Vikings Invade St. Gildas'!

13th September

Year 5 had the pleasure, or should we say the 'terror' of inviting Viking Hilty Gunnarsson (Gary) from Portals to the Past to our school on Tuesday 13th September. Viking Hilty worked with the children for the full day in a workshop which covered a wide spectrum of Viking life and times, from home-life to navigation, gods to battles and having Viking fun. The pupils dressed as Vikings and wore helmets that they had made in their prior art lessons. Lots of learning and fun was had by all!

Pictures to follow.