18 November 2022

CYP UPPER: You’ve got a friend in me!

We started the week with an assembly led by Miss Binks focusing on the importance of being a great friend to others and what being a good friend looks like in practice. We had an Odd Socks Day on Tuesday to symbolise and celebrate that we are all different and should be confident to be our true selves and be accepting of one another. We have also had compliments jars in each classroom and children have been complimenting each other on their attributes, skills and talents. Classes celebrated the ‘Friend of the Day’ –  an accolade given to a child that has shown great kindness and friendship to others each day. The idea of friendship was further explored during weekly Circle Time. Random acts of kindness have also been encouraged and celebrated by use of stickers this week.

Special thanks to our Well-being Ambassadors, who delivered a fantastic assembly about Children in Need and the families this amazing charity support through our donations. They have played an integral part in the week, reading out compliments, helping others and being great role models to their peers! Thanks also to Miss Rose and Miss Prideaux, who put together a fantastic week of events and an informative assembly.  We collected at total of £223.31 for Children in Need at the Upper School today! Thank you for your support!

Cypress Superstars

It was so lovely to see Neo in the office this week. He has created miniature models of buses and trains, one of his many passions. He was so informative and even knew the dates particular models of train were decommissioned! Thank you Neo for sharing your passion and knowledge!  Elsie wrote a poem called ‘The Mirror’. The poem relates well to the themes of friendship week – being kind to others as well as being kind to yourself! It was a very emotional and thoughtful poem Elsie – thank you for sharing it with me. Pablo and Emerson have been busy writing impassioned speeches in the role of Boudicca. They came to the office and delivered them with confidence and ferocity! Keep up the dedication to your writing. It was great to be visited by four Y6 children yesterday. Gamu, Xavier, Jimmy and Kieran have been learning how to tie a tie as part of their life skills lessons. They looked very smart!  Well done; ties can be quite tricky – but you have mastered it! Cara and Reggie came to the office to show me their information texts on mummification – very gory! They had used subheadings, fronted adverbials and technical language to great effect. Well done to you both.

Cypress Football Team

Well done to the Cypress Football team who played Downsview Primary yesterday. They played well and fought valiantly, almost equalising in the second half. The match ended 1-0 to Downsview. Well done Taylan, Pietro, Lea, Ruby, Ivan, Ilyas, Jimmy, Munasar and Tiago. Thank you to Miss Brathwaite and Coach James for leading and supporting the team.

School Photographs

Please remember that the school photographers are in on Monday. If your child has Forest School, please send them in their uniform and send them with their Forest School clothes in a named bag. If you have children on the same site – they will be photographed together as a matter of course. If you have siblings on different sites, and would like them to have a photograph together, you will need to take them to either the Upper or Lower School hall from 8:00am to have their picture taken. Please see our letter here.

Road Safety Week

Next week is Road Safety Week. Miss Khatun has organised a ‘Be Bright, Be Seen Day’, where children wear something bright to and from school to raise awareness of the importance of visibility during these longer, darker nights. We also have a Pupil Pedometer Challenge happening over the next few weeks. See our Road Safety Week letter for details

SEND Update

Cypress Primary School is now part of Locality SEND Support cluster, providing additional support to our school and some of our children.  We are also busy planning for a Parent/Carer SEND Coffee Morning on Thursday 1st December– watch this space for further details.

Additional Support for Families

Croydon Council is offering additional support to families during the Christmas period through Playzone. Please see the flyer by clicking here.


Wishing you a restful weekend!


Mrs Carpenter and the Upper School team


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Published on 18th November, 2022

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