Welcome to Gesher School’s Blog.
12th March 2021:
It feels like we are speeding through this very short term. It has been a very exciting ten days at Gesher as we welcomed the ducklings. Children shared their ideas of names, and we settled on ‘Red Paint, Moana, Cyclops, Quackermole and Debbie’. We watched the ducklings hatch, grow and learn how to swim.
The children have displayed a caring and nurturing attitude towards the ducks, which has been lovely to observe. This has also been a learning opportunity for children to explore the big feelings surrounding saying goodbye.
We would also like to welcome Mr. Mark who joined the Gesher Team as the new Tamar Class Teacher, after Miss Lauren’s departure. Please do look out for Mr. Mark and introduce yourself over the upcoming weeks.
26th February 2021: Welcome back to Spring Term 2, and although it is a short term, we have lots of exciting things planned for the weeks ahead! This week we celebrated Purim with a range of fun activities planned from quizzes to crown making and then Mishloach Manot making. Judging from my observations the week’s highlights were chocolate hamantaschen making and the Purim parade where the children strutted their stuff on the catwalk!! We are all looking forward to the arrival of our eight duckling eggs and the excitement of watching them hatch and learn how to swim! Watch this space to find out their names.
Wishing you and your families a joyous Purim!
12th February 2021: We can’t believe its February already, and we are heading into the half-term. We have had a busy term back, with the children going on many adventures through their learning with some of the themes including Ancient Egypt, London through the ages and in the garden!
We have two upcoming fancy events next term and thought the half-term would be an excellent opportunity to get these organised! On Friday 26th February children can come to school in fancy dress for the day as we celebrate Purim together. On the 4th March children will have the opportunity dress as favourite book character /author for World Book Day.
Wishing everyone a healthy and peaceful half term, and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 22nd February.
29th January 2021: It has been a festive few weeks with many children and staff celebrating their birthdays, and it is so wonderful to see how happy the children are to share these important days with their peers. Following this and in line with our learning from Tu Bishvat this week, some children have suggested that we no longer use balloons in school as they are not environmentally friendly! As such, we ask for your support with this when providing decorations and party bags.
As we head into February and with the news of the lockdown extension, I wanted to take this moment to commend our parents for the multiple roles they are taking on at this time. We can only imagine the day-to-day challenges you must face and look forward to times when we can all be together again soon!
15th January 2021: These past two weeks have flown by with us welcoming most of our children back to Gesher! This term ‘s learning has started with some interesting topics from exploring life cycles of insects to the wonders of ancient Egypt. We look forward to seeing what the children learn and create, do remember to look out for their work on Seesaw.
17th December 2020: It has been so wonderful to have the hustle and bustle of school life continue this term! The children have all worked exceptionally hard, with great progress being made across the school. It was so lovely to hear that the children thoroughly enjoyed the end of term Chanukah celebrations, with all taking part in a range of activities including decorating doughnuts, designing gifts and bags, and lighting the candles of the menorah in the afternoon. As we approach the holidays, we want to thank you again for all your support and patience this term, particularly with the temporary school closure. We hope that you feel reassured knowing the staff at Gesher will continue to do all we can to support the children and families of the Gesher community no matter what the circumstances, and hopefully there will be less disruptions as the new year progresses.
13th November 2020: It has been a jam-packed two weeks where the children have been busy bees!! Some children have been learning division while others have been practising their addition. Some have had explorations of the Stone Age while others have been jetting off to Space. We look forward to what the next few weeks learning holds!
We continue to be amazed by the resilience of the children through this second lockdown and with the changes that have occurred to their daily routines. As a school, we have found storybooks to be a helpful tool to start conversations around the children’s worries. Please do contact your teacher for further books ideas. Some of the books included are: There’s a Volcano in my Tummy, The Worry Monster, The Worrysaurus, The Red Beast and Don’t Worry Be Happy.
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week, and the teachers have planned a variety of activities to cover what bullying is, how we can ask for help, as well as recapping our Gesher Kindness code. We will be inviting children to wear Odd Socks on Monday 16th November. Odd Socks Day is an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!
Keep well and safe
16th October 2020: To commemorate Mental Health Awareness Day last weekend, a large focus for the children this week has been the development of their wellbeing through the use of the creative arts. We are very proud of the levels of self-reflection and insight that our pupils across the student body have been able to demonstrate and look forward to seeing them apply these skills throughout the coming year and within their individual real-life experiences.
Have a wonderful half term break.
2nd October 2020: We can’t believe it is already October and we are well into the Autumn Term and what a term it has been! We are all thrilled by the announcement of The Through School and the addition of Secondary phase education. We do not doubt that within all the excitement, there are many questions with regards to this exciting venture. Please be assured that we will be putting transition plans in place for all our children, which will include a Zoom meeting with the Governors and a detailed plan from the school team. We will also be including a ‘Through School’ section in our fortnightly newsletter which will outline any key updates for the new site, so please do keep a lookout for these!
To wrap up this weekand bring in Shabbat, the students at Gesher participated in a Challah Bake on Thursday. They measured, mixed, prepped, braided and baked their own challahs, which they used to celebrate Oneg Shabbat on Friday morning. It was a wonderful day, and the students had a fantastic time making their own individual challot for shabbat!