We had 10 eggs delivered on Tuesday. We are now very pleased to announce the arrival of 10 fluffy chicks. All the children will have the opportunity to handle and observe the chicks next week. Please see our school blog for the chicks’ adventures.
On Friday 24th March, Reception was taken over by Pirates! The crew of the Jolly Ladybird and the Jolly Butterfly learnt how to speak like a pirate, how to climb the rigging, walk the plank and how to throw cannon balls at the coconut trees. They followed maps and clues to find the treasure and made golden doubloons. They made pirate hats and ships biscuit and learnt to sing pirate songs. Everyone had lots of fun!
On Wednesday 1st March we took two teams of four children from Years 3,4,5 and 6 to the first round of the Croydon Schools Gymnastic Competition. This is a Key Steps competition which involves a floor routine and vault. Both teams performed extremely well, and came second in their respective groups. This meant that they qualified for the finals which was a massive achievement. By qualifying we now had a chance to win and go through to the Youth Games in July.
Both teams gave an excellent performance under intense pressure, fighting off some very stiff competition. This resulted in both of them being placed second, with a very marginal difference of 0.1 between the top two scores.
They all received a very well deserved silver medal and certificate, and we look forward to competing again next year.
Our children enjoyed an unexpected treat when Joshua Buatsi, bronze medal boxer at the Rio Olympics and local boy, visited one of our school assemblies. Joshua showed both humility and charisma in describing his sporting experiences and influences. He answered the children’s many questions with patience and skill and left our whole school community feeling that we had been privileged to meet a very special and inspirational young man.
A special thanks to Mr Gallagher, one of our foundation governors, who made Joshua’s visit possible.
Fri 5/5 – Bags2School, AM
Tues 16/5 – STBSA Meeting for Class Reps (Stall Allocation)
Thurs 8/6 – New Parents’ Welcome Meeting, 7pm
Fri 23/6 – Fair Donation Day and Prep Evening, 8.30am and 7.30pm
Tues 27/6 – School Sports day – Yrs 3&4, AM
Wed 28/6 – School Sports day – Yrs 5&6, AM
Wed 28/6 – School Sports day – Infants, PM
Fri 30/6 – Mufti Day + Bottle Donation, School time
Sat 1/7 – Summer Fair , 2 – 6pm
Thurs 6/7 – Catholic Schools Sports (Infants), AM
Fri 14/7 – Yr 6 leavers’ disco, 6pm – 8pm
As many of you are probably aware, last year a team of over 140 parents, staff and children from St Thomas Becket took part in the 2016 Marsden March. People either walked 14 miles, from the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to the Royal Marsden in Sutton or a shorter, 5 mile walk which also ended at the RMH, Sutton.
We did this primarily because one of our lovely year 6 boys was diagnosed with a brain tumour on Christmas Eve 2015 and, as a close school community, we wanted to show our support for him and his family by raising money for the hospital where he’s being treated. However, all of us, either directly or indirectly have been affected by cancer so it’s a cause close to our hearts. We had a group Just Giving page and our final amount thanks to our very generous sponsors was just under an amazing £24,000.
We’re doing the March again this year and our team has swelled to 220 walkers. It’s on Sunday 19th March and although registration has now closed, your support is still vital. If you want to come and cheer us on that would be great, we’ll be wearing St Thomas Becket school ties so we’ll be easily identifiable. You can find details of the route on:-
Please also help us to raise even more vital money to help fund research, treatment and support for those affected by cancer and their families.
The link to our Just Giving page is
Please share it far and wide! We’ll be making this a yearly event so if you’d like to join Team Becket on the 2018 March please look out for information regarding this next January / February.
Thank you for your support.
This year was the first year a gymnastics competition had ever been held for the Catholic schools. It was a KS1 competition and four children from years 1 and 2 were chosen to represent our school – Emily Banyon, Frances Onye, Julia Shodimeji and Peter Ugoh.
The team had trained very hard before the competition to make sure they were ready. They travelled to Allstarz Gymnastics Club in New Addington and were judged by official British Gymnastic judges.
All four children performed extremely well on the day and came first!. Well done to all of the children and a special thanks to Mrs Eastmond who trained the children and organised the competition.