21 October 2022

CYP Upper: Learning from History

This week, we have been learning about brave men and women who have fought against inequality and the rights of people of colour around the world. We have learned about different people and their stories each day during early morning work and enjoyed a beautiful poem, written by Malorie Blackman, about loving who we are in assembly on Monday, read by some of our teachers and TAs. We have also learned about African and Caribbean culture, and have enjoyed a daily story time read by mystery members of staff, unveiled at the end of the day! The stories we have heard are African and Caribbean tales – some passed down from generation to generation. In assembly, we heard the life story of a man called Dion Diamond, a civil rights activist who was not intimidated by others and showed great resilience even when he found himself in difficult and even sometimes dangerous situations. We have taken the lessons from these stories and have thought about how we too can be resilient inside and outside of the classroom. The week culminated in today’s ‘Open Mic’ show, where children from each class presented and shared their learning with the rest of the school! Special thanks this week to Ms Prideaux, Ms Patel and Mrs Rose who organised a fantastic Black History Week at Cypress.

Gold Awards

Congratulations to the following children for being resilient learners. They have absorbed the lessons shared in class and have applied their knowledge to be successful in their learning! Well done to all of our Gold Award winners!

Beech:  Greta and Matilde           Larch: Munasar and Iqra        Oak: Sam and Lena

Sycamore:  Ben and Roshina        Hazel:  Tyren and Ashtri         Willow: Theodore and Cherida

Hawthorn: Louis and Gianella      Rowan: Amelia and Safia       Lime: Faaiza and Kendra

Cedar:  Asiya and Nia      Holly:  Frankie and Mason          Birch: Kerim and Sailor


Parent MAC elections

Following our Parent MAC ballot we are pleased to welcome Stuart Reid as our new Parent MAC.  Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations again to Stuart Reid – we look forward to working with you.

Eco Committee

We recently had voted in our eco council members. Children wrote manifestos sharing their ideas to make Cypress a more sustainable school. Children voted for the child they thought best represented their class and their ideas for sustainability.  Well done to our new eco-committee members.

Birch: Hazel    Rowan: Betanya    Sycamore: Enzo    Larch: Nikolai

Holly: Rion    Hawthorn: Lizzie      Willow: Sophia      Beech: Jimmy

Cedar: Leo   Lime: Matilda           Hazel: Abbey         Oak:

Cypress Superstars:

Well done this week to Alana for showcasing her amazing gymnastic skills in a competition last weekend. She came second and third in her events out of 61 children! It was lovely to see Leah, Raul and Tyren in my office on Wednesday. They had been sent to me for being fantastic friends to a new child at Cypress – well done for showing great Pegasus values! A big thank you to Amelia in Willow who showed great concern for a member of staff when they had hurt their hand – another example of a caring Pegasus person! Billy wrote an very comical poem about his breakfast! It was well written and was very entertaining. Ami, Jemima, Cara and Matilde have been working hard on their Spanish skills and it has really paid off! Keep up the effort and practise girls! Jay Jay worked hard to produce a piece of extended writing recounting the story of Romulus and Remus – you’ve shown great focus Jay Jay – keep it up!

Word of the Week was won by Berry for usign the word ‘turbulent’ to great effect in an ambitious sentence! Well done, Berry!

Reading Ambassadors: 

Well done to our new Reading Ambassadors! These children will be responsible for organising class book corners, will be involved in reading events taking place in school, encourage reading within class and at home and offer book reviews and recommendations to their peers. Congratulations:

Oak: Delilah and Oliver     Larch: Erin and Romy      Beech: Mia and Fred

Sycamore: Flora and Sam    Hazel: Ella and Dotty   Willow: Cavani and Beatriz

Hawthorn: Ben and Ethan   Lime: Joe and Evie       Rowan: Jack and

Birch: Layla and Sam      Cedar: Izzy and Harry     Holly: Sofian and Aisha

We are very proud of every child who wrote a manifesto and put themselves forward for the vote. It takes self-confidence and courage. Well done to you all.

Librarian Applications

We are currently inviting applications for class librarian. This role will involve the promotion of reading for pleasure in the library, providing book recommendations to their peers, helping with the daily organising/running of the library and keeping the library notice board and displays up to date. We see this as an exciting opportunity for the children to have a voice in our school and take on a position of responsibility. We hope that you will encourage your child/children to apply for a role. Please see the letter for details.

Free Food Offers for Half-term

We have sent home some vouchers to eligible Cypress families for this half term to please check your emails.  We’re also aware that some restaurants are offering free or discounted meals to families this half term so please see below for further details.

Thank you for everyone’s support this half term.  We hope everyone has a safe and restful break and look forward to welcoming our children back to school on Wednesday 2nd November.


Mrs Carpenter and the Upper School team

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Published on 21st October, 2022

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