Pastoral Life

14th December 

Life Skills

This term has seen the launch of our new-look Life Skills lessons.  We covered children’s rights and responsibilities, Parliament, differences, self-esteem and peer pressure.  Year 6 have given wonderful presentations on inspirational Paralympians; Year 4 have understood what makes them special and unique; and Year 5 have been considering how to treat each other with respect and care.

A new addition to Life Skills lessons is the Theology, Philosophy and Religion element for Years 7 and 8.  In these lessons we have been considering serious questions that affect the world we live in and the way we relate to each other.  Year 7 gave presentations about how different religions define what is right and wrong and considered the question “What is conscience?”  Year 8 looked into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how these fit with different religions.  More recently we have looked in both years at our identities; how these are shaped by our cultures, families, religions and peers.  Year 8 have talked about socialisation and the portrayal of religion in the media. Year 7 worked out whether they are dualists or physicalists!  Both year groups have looked into peer pressure and learned tools to boost their self-esteem.

It’s been a full term and an exciting start to our new curriculum.  It has been great to think outside the box with Years 7 and 8.  Thank you to all the pupils for their hard work and many interesting discussions!

Louise Payne

Charity Committee 

Our Charity Committee have met three times this term and, having spoken to their forms and fed back opinions to the group, they have made a great start in raising awareness of the three children’s choice charities.  We have already managed to raise a great sum of money which will be split at the end of the academic year three ways to support the work of these charities. Here’s what we’ve raised so far:

November’s Onesie/PJ day – £319.33

Year 3 and 4 cake Sale – £184.62

Year 5 Evacuee donations – £13.00

Year 7 Cinema Night – £303.21

Carol Service donations – £709.43

This makes a total of £1,535.20 this term alone!

This is incredible! Thank you all for the support!!

Coming up next term is a Vinehall’s Got Talent Show for Years 5-8 in March.  We will also be holding another non-uniform day and let’s see what else the Charity Committee have in store for us!

Louise Payne