09 September 2022

CYPRESS: Resilience in Adversity

Yesterday, we were all saddened to hear of the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Please click here to read the Pegasus Statement on the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  At both the Lower and Upper Schools this morning we started the day with an assembly of reflection and remembrance, thinking not only about the wonderful achievements of our late Queen and her devotion to the nation, but also her cheekier, more humorous side, enjoying clips of her enjoying tea with Paddington Bear – part of the Jubilee celebrations, and also her parachute jump with James Bond for the 2012 Olympics in London.  We explored emotions, and reflected on that fact that days such as today can bring about many strange emotions, as loss and change affects us all differently.  At the Upper School, we also engaged in some PSHE activities after our assembly, giving children a chance to reflect and share how they were feeling in their classrooms.  It was lovely to laugh and smile with the children this morning, and reflect together on why Her Majesty The Queen is and will always be so special to so many across the world.

Welcome back to Cypress

We’d like to welcome back everyone to the new academic year and it’s been so lovely seeing everyone return to school looking so smart.  A very warm welcome to our new Cypress families – we hope you’ve had a great week and please do ask if you need any help or have questions.  It has been a productive first week back at school; children are focused, ready to learn and enjoying time with their new teachers.

This week at the Upper School we have also been thinking about resilience, looking again at our strategies for dealing with challenge and difficulty in and outside of the classroom.  This year is a fresh start for everyone, to renew goals, work on developmental areas and use our strengths positively.  We know that resilience is key to many of the areas we want to improve this year. Children, in their BLP sessions considered which strategies they need to develop to improve their resilience this year.

Please click these links for new PPA/Enrichment timetables for this academic year: Reception Enrichment, KS1 Enrichment, Yr3&5 Enrichment, Yr4&6 Enrichment

We are holding curriculum meetings at the Lower School this half term.  Please save the dates which you can find in this letter.

Forest School

Forest School begins at the Upper next week and Forest School enrichment sessions at the Lower began this week.  Please click here to see the Forest School letter for this year, giving further details about sessions and when your child will be taking part.

Cypress Superstars

At the Lower School this week everyone’s settled amazingly well into their new classes.  We’re very proud of our new Reception children, who have been attending part-time this week and learning all about school routines.  Ivy visited Mrs Sorensen to show off her fantastic learning in maths.  Children in Year 2 have been reading ‘The Lonely Beast’ and impressing us all with their writing.  At the Upper School this week, Ben, Louis, Zara and Amelie visited Mrs Carpenter’s office to show her their work on the Romans – they were full of interesting facts and questions about the Romans. Your enthusiasm was infectious; you have undertaken some fantastic research/enquiry work!  Alesha showed great resilience whilst working on partitioning, jotting and mental methods in maths this week.  Even when she was challenged and found herself in a ‘learning pit’ she persevered and found a solution.  Well done Alesha!

School Council & Additional Responsibilities

Letters have gone out this week (Lower) or today (Upper) for children interested in being a school councillor.  Children should complete their manifesto by Wednesday 14th September.  All nominees/applicants will get a chance to read their manifesto to their class.  Voting will take place on Thursday 15th democratically in class and the winners of the vote will be announced in assembly on Friday 16th September.  There are many opportunities for your child to be involved in school life, such as Eco- Council, Reading Ambassador, Librarian or Well-being Ambassador so please do encourage them to apply for any future roles that pique their interest.  Year 6 children will also vote to nominate the school’s House Captains next week.

We hope you have a restful weekend.

Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Sorensen and the Cypress team



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Published on 9th September, 2022

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