Virtual Reality Workshops
This week, as part of Safer Internet Day, the children in Key Stage 2 took part in some virtual reality workshops with the theme of Cyber Bullying. Each child was given a headset and placed into different scenarios. They could then see first hand the consequences of their choices.
The children (and the adults) really enjoyed their sessions and were very excited to tell other people all about it. We would like to say a huge thank you to the PTA who kindly agreed to pay for these workshops out of the money they have raised.
Coopers Lane took part in Sign2Sing this week and helped to raise money for this fantastic charity.
What is sign2sing?
sign2sing is an annual event, organised by the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth, which raises essential funds to help vulnerable deaf children and adults.
Why does sign2sing raise funds to help deaf people?
Imagine living in a world where you cannot communicate with the people around you, from your doctor to someone in a shop. That’s what the world is like for many deaf people. Deaf people can often feel isolated, unable to access information and advice that can help help them live happy and healthy lives. Something hearing people take for granted.
sign2sing helps fund projects that improve the lives of vulnerable deaf children and adults by helping them access help and advice on the things that matter to them in their own language – British Sign Language.
Watch the children from Coopers Lane School perform this year’s sign2sing song, ‘We Are Better Off Together’.
We are going paperless!
I am very pleased to inform you that from the beginning of February, Coopers Lane will no longer be sending out paper letters to Parents and Carers. All correspondence will now be distributed to you via email.
We are really excited about this positive change. This will ensure everyone is receiving our letters and help to keep you all fully informed with what is happening in school. This will also enable us to improve our carbon footprint and provide a much more efficient way of keeping you all up to date with events and information.
If you do not have an email address please speak to a member of the school office as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
Young Carers Awareness Day
On Monday 23rd January, we held an assembly and invited Lewisham Council social workers to help us raise awareness of young carers, in conjunction with Young Carers Awareness Day which is on Thursday 26th January 2017.
If you would like more information on young carers please click the link below.
Coopers Lane Through the Years
In August 2016, Coopers Lane School celebrated it’s 80th birthday. This gallery is a collection of photographs covering many of the 80 years and it tells part of the story of our great school. Thank you to the many people who kindly shared pictures with us.
Our production of Panto Pandemonium was a massive hit thanks to all the hard work of the children of Years 4-6. Here are some backstage photos of the children relaxing before their big moment.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
A huge thank you to the 264 parents/carers who took part in our January survey. We will be using your feedback to help us develop the school.
How we listened last year
These are some of the ways we listened to the feedbck you gave us last year:
* You said you would like a better understanding of how the children are making progress in their learning, so we introduced additional parent/carer conferences to tie in with our assessment timetable throughout the year.
* You said you had less knowledge about the wider curriculum, so we created the termly topic puzzles to show you what the children will be learning in all areas of the curriculum.
* You asked for more lunchtime activities, so we introduced a timetable of free daily lunchtime clubs which have been very successful.
* You said that behaviour could be improved, so we re-wrote our behaviour policy and introduced a new strategy for promoting positive behaviour. This is linked to our school values and has has been very successful.
* You asked for our after school tea club to be open later, so we extended the club to 6pm.
* You said that although better than it had been, communication could still be improved. So we built a brand new website and launched the CLS App to keep you up to date with news and events. In September, we also produced a calendar for the whole year, which gave you the key dates of events for the entire year.
Steel Pans Performance
The Coopers Lane Steel Pans Band gave a stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the tube library. Watch their fantastic performance and see if you can guess the title of the well known song they played.
Poems On The Underground
Earlier in the year, we launched a poetry competition inspired by ‘Poems On The Underground’ which has been running across the London Underground network over the past 30 years. As part of the opening ceremony for our Tube Library, some of the children read their own poems to our guests. You can watch the wonderful poetry recitals here.
Children in Need Spotacular!
Thank you to all the parents that bought their child’s spotty canvas and also to those who contributed loose change for the class Pudsey coin collages, that they created for our ‘Spotacular’ event on Friday 18th November 2016 for Children in Need. The children had a fantastic time making them and dancing at our disco during the school day. We are currently counting up all the money you donated and will update you of how much we raised.
During the second week of November, our value of the week was Respect and every child in the school made a poppy to help us understand the significance of wearing a poppy for remembrance. As part of Armistice Day, we decorated the school with our poppies, which helped us to think during the two minutes silence. We also raised an amazing £567.12p for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies throughout the week. We are proud of the awareness the children have of this worthy cause.
Staying Safe Online
We recently held a workshop for Year 4 and 5 parents which gave some excellent advice about staying safe online. You can access the powerpoint here.
Library Opening Ceremony
The school was buzzing with excitement on Tuesday 1st November, when we officially opened our new Tube Library. We were very lucky to be joined by a number of special guests, including the Mayor of Lewisham. Children from each year group read amazing poems they had written, the whole school sang and our steel pan band played a special performance of ‘Going Underground’. It really was a day we will all remember for many years to come!
The Story of Our Tube Train
One of the companies who gave us tremendous help and support with the tube library project is Mace. They have created this wonderful film clip to show how the project took shape. We are really thankful to them and to the many companies who helped us realise our dream.
Coopers Lane Open Days
Thank you to all the parents that visited Coopers Lane during our recent open days. We had a fantastic turnout and it was a great pleasure to welcome so many of you to our school. If you missed our open days and would like to visit the school, you can book an appointment by emailing email@example.com or by calling the office on 020 8857 7680.
Peddle My Wheels
Thank you to all the parents who participated in the Peddle My Wheels bike market. The Peddle My Wheels team received 42 bikes (and scooters ) with only 6 of these being beyond repair and we sold 16 bikes, which is pretty good going!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone for their generosity at our Macmillan coffee morning. We managed to raise an amazing £447.10!
We Scare Hunger
As part of our work as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, this year we will be supporting the ‘WE Scare Hunger’ campaign. We would like the children to dress up on Monday 31st October in exchange for bringing in a donation for the foodbank. The theme is ‘scaring away hunger’, so be creative! More information can be found in the letter below (sent out before half term).
WE Scare Hunger is a food collection to help foodbanks stock up on everything they need to fight hunger—the worst supervillain ever. Stand up and make sure the good guys win—every day.
Hunger makes life harder for thousands of families across the UK. For a hungry child, one meal can mean the difference between having the energy to succeed in school and failing a test, between staying healthy and getting ill. The food you collect with WE Scare Hunger fuels the hopes and dreams of families who rely on foodbanks every day.
To help us celebrate the opening of our brand new Tube Train Library, we would like all of the children to take part in an exciting poetry competition.
This years marks the 30th anniversary of ‘Poems on the Underground’, so we thought it would be a lovely idea for us to create our very own book of poems written by the children. Every child who enters the competition will have their poem published in our ‘Poems on the Tube’ book. We hope to have the book made in time for Christmas and it will be available to buy. The first copy will be signed by all the children and this will then be put on display in the new library.
The poem can be about anything
It must be no longer than one A4 page
You can add illustrations if you wish
Closing date: Monday 31st October 2016
We will be selecting some of the poems to be read during the Grand Opening Celebration of our new tube library on 1st November.
We have already spoken to the children in assembly about the competition and given them some helpful tips. You can also find some great ideas and support for writing poetry here: