22 September 2023

Cypress Weekly News

At the Lower school this week Ms Nardozza led an assembly introducing the role of our School Council.  All children in Year 1 and Year 2 went home with a letter on Thursday.  Please support your child with their manifestos and if they want to run for School Council, they need to return these to their class teacher by Thursday 28th September.  We will then vote democratically in class and reveal our new School Councillors next Friday.  Good luck!

At the Upper School manifestos have been read and we have been voting!  We are very excited to find out who will be our class representatives this year.  We also had a very special whole school assembly today.  Candidates for the role of House Captain and Vice Captain for each of our four houses have taken place.  The children all spoke so persuasively that it will be a hard task for children to decide who to vote for!  Well done to all of our candidates who stood and read their manifestos to the school!

Recognition boards

In line with our new behaviour policy, each classroom has a ‘recognition board’ where we celebrate children’s successes and achievements.  Each week, we (Mrs Sorensen and Mrs Carpenter) also have children coming to us to share their work and achievements and we love sharing this in our weekly news story.

At the Lower School Year 2 have been writing about ‘The Bear and the Piano’ and Ridwan in Violet class has worked hard on some fantastic independent writing using capital letters and full stops.  Sky, Louiza, Jason and Penda have also been working hard on their writing, as Year 1 have been writing sentences this week based on their worries.  Daniel in Indigo class has impressed us with his knowledge of countries that make up the United Kingdom and has accurately labelled these on a map.  Well done!

At the Upper School, Sam and Sophie came to see me with amazingly descriptive letters relating to their book in English, ‘The Promise’.  They had used fronted adverbials and even some relative clauses!  I was very impressed.  Keep up the great work!  Tabitha in Oak class, wrote an excellent poem about her cat, showing great thought, and an excellent command of diction and syntax.  To listen to it, click here:

Jeans for Genes

Thank you for your generous donations today.  Across the Cypress sites we have raised over £450 for this amazing cause… go team Cypress!  At the Lower School we were fortunate to have Camille and Jocelyn’s mum join us in assembly this morning to explain about DNA and genetic conditions.  Click here to learn more about the Jeans for Genes charity and the work they do.

Lower School curriculum meetings

Over the coming weeks we have arranged curriculum meetings for Parents and Carers and hope that you’re able to join us in the Lower School hall.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry!  We’ll be sharing the presentations on our website.  Lower School dates are:

  • Year 1 – Monday 25th September, 9am
  • Year 2 – Tuesday 26th September, 9am
  • Nursery – Tuesday 3rd October, 9am
  • Reception – Wednesday 4th October, 9am

Macmillan fundraising

We are delighted to announce the return of the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September.  This year we will be hosting a coffee morning as well as cake sales to raise as much money as we can for this incredible charity.  Macmillan Cancer Supports’ ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer and inspire millions to do the same, and do that by providing medical, practical, emotional or financial support and pushing for better cancer care.  At Cypress we will be supporting them by hosting the following:

  • Coffee Morning at the Lower School – all welcome.  Please join us for a coffee and a cake in the Lower School hall between 9:00 and 10:00am.  If you don’t have time to sit and enjoy the coffee, then a take away service will be available.  Please feel free to bring your own reusable cups so we can be as sustainable as possible.
  • After school cake sales at both sites 3.15pm – all welcomePlease join us on the top playground to buy a cake and fundraise for MacMillan

The more you bake the more we make!  Please start planning the amazing cakes you can donate to help us raise as much money as we can.  When baking or purchasing cakes for us to sell please be reminded that we are a nut free school.  You should donate your cakes (homemade or premade) to the School Offices from the morning of Thursday 28th September.  Dust off your aprons, dig out your mixing bowls and lets all come together for a great ‘Cypress Bake-Off’ and raise money for a very deserving cause.

Peripatetic music teaching at Cypress

Following feedback from our Parent/Carer questionnaire last academic year, we have worked hard to introduce some new peripatetic music teachers at Cypress.  We currently have five teachers teaching violin, singing, Djembe, music theory, piano and guitar and we’re hoping to soon introduce two new teachers who will teach flute, recorder and singing.  We are aware that many of these peripatetic teachers now have waiting lists and will send out messages if there are any future vacancies.

Hannah Anderson still has some vacancies if children wish to learn flute or recorder.  This is open to children in Year 1 to Year 6.  Please contact her directly if you’re interested: hannahblack1@hotmail.com

Makaton sign of the week

This week at the Lower School we have been learning the sign ‘grandmother’.  Ask your child to show you, or click here.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.


Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. Sorensen and the Cypress team

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