01 April 2021

CYP LOWER – Signs of Spring at Cypress!

What a fantastic last week of term we have had at Cypress Lower! Forest School camp fires and toasted marshmallows, Easter Egg Hunts, observing and handling baby guinea pigs, watching tadpoles emerge from the frogspawn from our newly renovated pond, Tudor feasts and visits from King Henry VIII himself in Year 2! We need a rest after all this excitement!

Our Gold Awards today were for Curriculum Achievement and were awarded to: Rainbows: Penda; Nursery: Lyla and Harry; Orange Class: Louis and Daphne; Red Class: Zhimran and Phoebe; Yellow Class: Axel and Ellie; Indigo Class: Mason and Aisha; Green Class: Nia and Harry; Blue Class: Loresa and Sailor; Violet Class: Harun and Zara; Ruby Class: Filip K and Kendra; Turquoise Class: Betaneya and Lucas

Mystery Story Writing Competition:

The results are in! Well done to all that took part. All those who took part have received a certificate and winners have received their prizes! The stories were enthralling and I know from speaking to Margaret Bateson-Hill and Mrs Parker, that it was exceptionally hard to select winners because the quality of the entries was so high! See below to see and celebrate the winning entries.

Mystery Writers Winners

Year Group  1st  Runners up
Reception  Daphne, Elias,Ruben, Betty, Freddie, Sophie,
Year 1  Bea, Dora, Elis Hazel, Marvin, Liyana
Year 2  Robin, Amaya, Berry Lucy, Amelie, Ezra

Royal Academy of Arts Young Artists Summer Show

The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young artists aged 5 – 19 years. To take part, pupils, their parents/carers or school can submit artworks. Cypress Primary is registered with the RA and you can create a parent/child account. When submitting your child’s art, it will ask you to add the school name. You will find the school when you begin to type the name in. Any entries should be sent along with accompanying title, description of the material you use, short explanation about the piece and the permission form (this can be brought into school by your child and given to the office)  to cypadmin@pegasusacademytrust.org. This should be submitted by no later than Wednesday 21st April. Please note the school cannot submit on your behalf without a signed permission form. If you are submitting directly to the RA, which is preferred, the deadline is Monday 26th April.

Your artwork will be seen by our panel of judges and the selected pieces will be shown in our online exhibition. Some of the artworks will also be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts. Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy, and you can also vote for your favourite artwork in our annual People’s Choice Award. All prize winners will receive vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school. Take a look at the 2020 prize winning artworks.

If you would like to take enter please read the guidance attached to this news story.  Please follow the link above to see examples. I have also attached the teacher’s guide which gives an insight to the types of works that have been successful previously. Please click here to read more and to register.

What a creative and exciting activity to undertake during the holidays! We hope you manage to enter; have fun and get creative!


Local charity Upper Norwood Association for Community Care (UNACC) situated next to South Norwood Lake is offering chilled meals that require reheating for children during the Easter Holidays, from Tuesday 6th April until Friday 16th April 2021. Meals will be available for pick up at 12.30pm – 1pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Meals must be ordered in advance, you can order by 6pm the day before pick up by emailing admin@unacc.org.uk with the number of meals you would like to order, adding ‘Free kids meals’ in the subject field, or by texting your name and the number of meals you would like to order to 07720 601153.

We have all been so impressed and immensely proud of how all our children have settled back in to the routines of school life following their time at home in lockdown. What a wonderful community we have here at Cypress and we wish you all a very happy and safe holiday.

Mrs Roberts and Miss Chapman


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Published on 1st April, 2021

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