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Red, White and Black Day

On Saturday 11th March, Year 5 joined 24 other local schools in a parade to celebrate Charlton Athletic's annual Red, White and Black Day fixture which focuses on Equality and Diversity.

The children were proud to carried our banner and processed from Charlton Station to The Valley and around the ground before watching an exciting football game between Charlton and Walsall. What a great day they had!

Dominic: The players were all different but were a team. In life, even though we are special in our own way, we should work together and treat people equally. 
 
Irene: In our school, we have different skin colours, different races, different nationalities, but we all sat together and supported Charlton - we all cheered when they scored. Dominic went wild!   
 
Donel: Although they didn't win the game, all players tried their best. Afterwards, they congratulated the other team on a good game. 
It was great to spend time as a community outside of school, because it shows that we all care about each other, even when we are not at Our Lady of Grace. 
 
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'Tis the Season to be Jolly..'

Year 5 sang their hearts out in support of Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice on Wednesday 7th December in Eltham High Street. They sang so beautifully they attracted a large crowd of passer by. One even commented - 'looking at those smiling faces and listening to the lovely songs made me feel like Christmas was today - well done OLOG!'

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Road Safety

Ann Grant from Greenwich Transport worked with children in EYFS and Reception on Road Safety. They covered topics on holding hands, be bright be seen, feet on the street and safe places to cross.

The children enjoyed the workshop and especially the role play and dressing up! Thank you Ann.

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Fire Safety

Paul Pinner, Education Officer from the London Fire Brigade, held workshops for children in Years 2 and 5. Together they took part in a number of activities and discussed how to keep safe from fire - this will assist their understanding and help towards creating safer communities in which to live.

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Macmillan Cancer Care

Dear Parents, This is the third time that our school has been involved in the Macmillan 'Coffee and Cake' morning which we held on Friday 30th September. You are always so generous and this time you have surpassed yourselves! Thank you SO much for your time and generosity. Together we raised £357.55. Many, many thanks.

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Helping the Homeless

Beth, from 'St Mungo's' Charity for the homeless, came to our school to thank us for our contributions to the charity and to tell us more about the work they do.

Our Christmas donations and the proceeds of 'Woolly Hat Day' will go towards providing much needed help for those who find themselves sleeping rough on the streets of our city.

Beth's account of the work they do - to 'help people to help themselves' left a real impression on us all.

Eliza - St Mungo's is a caring charity that helps the homeless, the charity started in 1969. St Mungo's helps around 1,400 people every night. Here are some values that we should use to help:

Compassion: we must feel for the homeless. Co-operation: we all brought in a pound and also donated the money raised before Christmas. Acceptance: we think of the homeless as different but we should accept them because they are the same as us. Justice: It isn't fair that there are so many cold, alone and frightened people living on the streets.

Ella - Acceptance: to accept these people and to accept we need to help them and do all in our power to. Commitment: To commit to helping these people. Compassion: To understand how it must feel for them to be alone, upset and cold and to help them.

 

Charlton Athletic Community Trust

What a surprise the children had when a Mascot from Charlton Athletic came an Assembly. They presented some tickets to children and talked to them about the upcoming fixtures at The Valley.

 

Young Voices at the O2

Children from our Choir had a fantastic time performing with thousands of other school children at the O2.

Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance.

Parents were there to watch their children and this is what they thought:

Mrs Scanlan - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Young Voices – certainly not a boy band; a former x-factor contestant; street dancers but most importantly nothing had prepared me for the sight and sound of 7,805 children singing in harmony to songs classical and pop; family favourites and chart toppers.

The children's excitement was tangible and infections. The sense of occasion at singing as part of the planets largest children's choir, in an arena where the world's biggest stars regularly perform captivated one and all.

The pride that the children had in their performance and the pride parents had in their children was a feeling that will not be forgotten; completing an evening to be long be remembered.

Mrs McArthur - The O2 Young Voices concert was such fun! It was uplifting, exhilarating, dynamic, joyful. The children wee really excited about it before and you could see and hear that all through the concert. It was a slick and very organised show. What an experience for the children to be able to say "I sang at the world famous O2 Arena!"

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Guitar Carol Concert at St Joseph's Court

Children from the Guitar Club were invited to play and sing Carols for the residents at St Joseph's Court. They were really excited and were a real credit to the school. Well done to the all and a big thank you to Steve McHiggins for leading this event.

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Safety and Citizenship

Year 6 were visited by Transport for London and were reminded of how to behave; all about using Oyster Cards and how to get about safely in London.

They stayed and answered questions and we learnt so much from them. This was really useful as some of Year 6 are now beginning to use London Transport unaccompanied by adults.

 

Season of Goodwill

Thank you to those parents who contributed so generously to our 'Food Bank Boxes which were taken to the local food bank in Eltham'. In witnessing the different ways we try to help each other out in times of need, our children learn what Christmas really means and you can read their thoughts below:

"This school has contributed a lot of things to unfortunate people in the World. We hope to give some more things. Recently, we visited Father Terry and Father Uche to give them food donated by the parents which they will give to the Eltham food bank."

"We organised a food collection so that we could give different food to a food bank so that people who do not have food can eat."

"We collected food for the people who have no homes and we got a lot of food. They will be happy at Christmas."