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Newsletter 9th Oct


This is a landmark year for St Nicolas School. For the first time we are a complete Primary School with children in every year group from Reception to Year 6. The school has transformed over the past few years and it is so nice to finally have a complete compliment of children and staff! 


I have lost count how many people to whom I have said ‘This has been the best start to a school year in my teaching career so far!’ That is not to say there have been no incidents at all but they have been very few and far between. This week we had a visitor from the Local Authority who spent time in every classroom and she commented that learning attitudes and behaviour of the children across the school were exceptional. We agree. 


On Sunday, 20th September, we (Louis, Toby and William) and Mr Smith went to the Amex Stadium to watch the world cup rugby match between Samoa and USA.

The atmosphere was amazing with about 30,000 people in the stadium. Many of the crowd were in fancy dress or had their faces painted with the country’s flags. It felt like a festival in the sun. 

Samoa started brilliantly, moving quickly to a 10-0 lead and we all thought they were going to win easily. Then USA scored an amazing try, scoring in the corner. At half-time the score was 13-7 to Samoa. In the second half, Samoa were the stronger team and eventually won 25-16.

It was certainly a day to remember! by William, Louis & Toby 


The only Rugby World Cup match to be screened during school time was the Scotland v. Japan match. We encouraged the children who were interested to come to the hall for the first half before they went home. The hall was a cacophony of cheering and chanting with most of the children supporting Japan after their astonishing win at the Amex the previous weekend. Sadly we could not stay to watch the second half because we had a staff training session but I enjoyed watching the first half with the children - and Scotland won! 
Black History Month

This month is Black history month and to mark this event our Monday assembly focused on the part played by black people in bringing slavery to an end and the

fact that thousands of black and Asian people fought in both world wars. I shared the incredible story of Walter Tull who, despite the many barriers put in his way, became a professional

footballer and an officer in the British Army. Sadly, he died in battle in 1918.

The children will have the opportunity to learn a little more about black history in class but it would also be great if they could do some research at home. They could draw/paint a portrait, write a short biography, write a newspaper report or produce a timeline. If they bring them to Mr Smith’s office, I can create a display to share the children’s work with the school. There are many resources available on the internet if you search for Black History Month 2015.

(by Mr Smith) 


We are looking for volunteers to join our Reading Support Network who work with children across the school to support them in their reading. If you can spare half an hour (or more!) a week and are interested in developing your skills in this way whilst making a massive difference to the lives of children at the school, then we would love to hear from you. Full training will be provided across two sessions, which will take place after half term. For more information please leave a message for Julia Tooke, via the office.

(By Mrs Tooke) 


Last weekend Mr Hayter was able to take two of the children from the football team to the match along with his own boys, who have their own season tickets. This was made possible by Mrs Copping in the office who applied for free tickets. We then drew lots and Harley and Tarek won. I spoke to them both (and Ben) about their experience.

It was exciting. We were lucky because it was the 25th anniversary of the Albion in the Community’ charity so we got to try out wheelchair basketball. We saw some of the coaches who visited our school last year. During the match there wasn’t much cheering and we drew 1:1 but we scored a good goal and played well. One of the old players - Bobby Zamora - came on.

Tarek supports Real Madrid, but used to live in Barcelona (I wondered whether that was why he had to move to the UK!). He had never been to the stadium before and said it was amazing and that the pitch was perfect. He said that the best part of the day was when Brighton Scored. He also said that he now supports Brighton & Hove Albion (as well as Real Madrid).