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Personal Development at St Hugh's

At St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary school we go beyond the expected, so that all our pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. We provide these rich experiences in a coherently planned way, in our curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.

MUGA

Our new MUGA is underway!  The ground work was started over half term and will continue this week.    Work should be completed by the end of the Easter holidays.  

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week theme this year is ‘My Voice Matters’.

My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves.

The wellbeing leads have led a number of initiatives this week to get the children thinking about their health and well-being.

Well done to all the children who entered the poster competition. We had so many amazing entries. 

                      

New 'Allotment' & Gardening 

Following on from our cultural capital suvery, Mr Scalzo has drawn up a plan so that each class can have a raised bed each to start growing plants - fruit and vegetables.  Our School Council and Mr Scalzo are making great progress with the plans.  The 'allotment' will be situated by the 'Friends' container by the KS2 playground.  Over half term the raised beds were built and filled with compost ready for planting.  In a few weeks'time we hope to put a trellis fence in front of it to protect the plants.  

Happy Chinese New Year 

Thank you so much to Ms Lee and Mrs Chan for helping us to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learned so much about how it is celebrated and really loved the traditional dress and decorations.  The children learned about the Chinese Dragon Parade during the Chinese New Year assembly today and many were keen to see one.  Thank you so much for all your hard work and giving up your time to talk to us. We really enjoyed it.

Online Safety Talk 

On 23rd January, we had our second visit from Sharon Girling OBE.  Sharon came into school to lead us in a day of e-safety awareness and training for pupils and staff. 

Sharon is a former police officer who retired from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) following thirty years’ service.  She was at the forefront of a national and international response to online child abuse and developed the processes and procedures that led to the creation of CEOP.  She is currently conducting training programmes for schools, law enforcement and businesses both nationally and internationally.  Sharon has been awarded an OBE  for her services to policing. 

We were delighted that on her first visit Sharon hosted a session for parents.  Sharon gave parents a list of tips:

Parent should do’s

▪ Use your child’s correct date of birth

▪ Limit games to those curated by Roblox staff

▪ Monitor the account

    ➢ Review the chat

    ➢ Look at the private messages

    ➢ Check the friends and followers

    ➢ Recently played games

    ➢ Purchases and trades

• Online interactions

   ➢ Log in to roblox.com

   ➢ Click the Gear icon in the top right

   ➢ Select Settings then Privacy

   ➢ Restrict interactions via Content Settings and Other Settings

Stargazing  

Many of the year 5 and 6 children along with some other Key Stage 2 children enjoyed an evening of stargazing.  They were blessed with clear skies, which allowed astronomer expert Tom Holloway to guide the children on the different constellations and planets that could be viewed in the night sky.  Many of the children and adults were able to located many different types of constellations such as Orient's Belt and Ursa Minor. We were amazed also to be able to see clearly in the night sky the gas giant Jupiter.  The evening ended with a rocket launch, where all the children used an alka seltzer and a photo canister to create a build up of pressure to launch the canister into the air.

 

Visit from Rabbi Zvi Solomons

Rabbi Zvi Solomons visited us on 19th June to help us learn all about the Jewish Faith.  

Creation Garden & Visit from Bishop 

On 16th June 2023, the Right Reverend Bishop Richard Moth visited to bless our new Creation Garden.   The Creation Garden was designed by our Y6 students.  As part of the project they worked with a landscapre designer to plan and design the garden.  The theme of the garden is based on the seven days of creation:

 - On day one God created light

- On day two God created sky

- On day three God created land and plants

- On day four God created the sun, moon and stars

- On day five God created birds and fish

- On day six God created man and animals

- On day seven God rested

Year 6 decided that they wanted the children to walk through the ‘Days of Creation’ starting in darkness in a tunnel, which emphases the start of the journey and ending at the 'pool' of reflection on day seven.