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Christmas in London Bridge arrives with a festive flourish

On November 29th Team London Bridge hosted the annual London Bridge Christmas Carols and Lantern Parade, marking the start of Christmas in the area.

The event was in collaboration with longstanding partners London Bridge City, Potters Fields Park Management Trust, Network Rail and the stars of the show: Tower Bridge and Snowsfields Primary Schools from The Bridges Federation
 As the Snow Queen and Angel accompanied the lantern parade along the riverside and across Tooley Street, the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Catherine Rose, led the children in counting down the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights at Potters Fields Park, Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge Station.
Stopping at each location for rousing renditions of some favourite carols, the children proudly displayed their hand-made lanterns created with local artist Helen Harrison from Arts Desire and funded by Potters Fields Park Management Trust. 
The evening was brimming with community spirit, seeing local businesses Hotel Chocolate and Pret a Manger contributing delicious festive treats and hot drinks to warm up the crowds. On arriving at London Bridge Station the children were delighted to see Santa, his elves and Hamley’s Bear waiting for them to launch the seasonal display beside the Tooley Street entrance.
Along with the opening of Christmas by the River in London Bridge City on the same evening, this years’ festive season has now truly started in London Bridge.
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Exceptional achievements of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools recognised by Mayor of London

The exceptional performance of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools has been honoured by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. 

The schools were  invited to the Schools for Success awards ceremony at City Hall on Friday 5th October, to celebrate their achievements in supporting pupils needing extra help to fulfil their potential.

More than 100 eligible schools are invited to join the programme and every local authority in the capital now has a school it can look to as an example. This group, refreshed annually, represents approximately six per cent of the capital’s schools.

The ceremony was hosted by Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney. Snowsfields and Tower Bridge have been recognised by the Schools for Success programme, because DFE data from 2017 shows our schools made fantastic progress with students that started behind their peers.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’d like to congratulate The Bridges Federation for the fantastic work of their staff and pupils in the last year. Our Schools for Success programme shows the significant difference that a supportive and inclusive teaching environment can make for all pupils. London has some of the best schools in the country in the capital and by working together we can make sure that every young Londoner is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Well done to all the staff, pupils and parents for helping the schools make so much progress and be so successful.

 

 

 

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Disability Awareness Day

On Friday 28th September we celebrated Disability Awareness Day.


We thought about our similarities rather than differences.

We studied famous people with disabilities and learnt about their achievements and how they overcame their individual difficulties. Look out for some of the people we studied in the new photos around school.

It was a very inspirational day for all of us.

“It’s incredible how Stevie Wonder performs. He’s worked really hard. It’s inspiring!” Rachel Year 4

“On Disability Awareness Day, we learned about a very inspiring woman name Freda Kahlo. She suffered from polio at the age of 6 and at 18 she was in a tram crash, which left her bed ridden for a year. While in hospital, she started to paint her cast . Freda is a well known artist . We are similar because we all love art.” Blue Class Y5

“We learned about Stephen Hawking. He couldn’t speak but he never gave up. Stephen Hawking learnt about space and the black hole even though he couldn’t speak.” Orange Class Y2

 

 

 

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Race for Life

On Friday 6th July, Snowsfields and Tower Bridge met at Southwark Park for our annual sports day.

 

The parent running group kicked things off by running the 5km course with staff members. We were so thrilled that new parents joined in. Well done to all those who took part.

Children then ran, took part in athletic events and we ended the morning with lunch and sprint races.

 

Thank you to all the parents, staff and James who organised the event. Please see our weekly newsletter for updates on how much money was raised for Cancer Research. IMG_7160.TRIM(1)

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Bridges Makes A Splash!

On Wednesday 11th July, both Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Year 5, along with a Year3/4 class from Robert Browning Primary School and others, took part in Southwark Splash Anthology.
The children have been rehearsing for weeks and all the hard work paid off.

Snowsfields dazzled us with some amazing dance moves, Tower Bridge and Robert Browning wowed us with 8 amazing songs!

Thank you to all the adults who supported them, and to the parents who were able to attend too.

What lucky schools we are to have such amazing children!

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School Closure

Tower Bridge and Snowfields schools will be closed tomorrow  Friday 2nd March due to weather warnings and travel disruption. We will reopen on Monday 5th March. Keep warm and stay safe!

 

We will be closed today due to the adverse weather conditions. We will keep parents informed by text message about tomorrow. Stay safe, stay warm. World Book Day will take place, we shall reschedule and see all your wonderful costumes soon!

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People who help us!

Last week, as part of our people who help us topic, we had the police and firefighters visit our school. The police talked to us about their job and how they keep us safe in our community and what number to call if we are in trouble. The firefighters showed us all their equipment they use to help people in trouble, talked to us about the importance of smoke alarms in our homes and we even got a chance to use the fire hose and sit inside the fire engine! It has been a very interesting week for Caterpillar and Butterfly class to ask lots of questions and learn new information.

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The Bridges Running Club- for parents, carers and staff!

In September 2016 we introduced the ‘daily mile’ for the children at the Bridges Federation. We noticed that this had a brilliant impact on the children’s health and well-being. They were more resilient and focused in class too.

Following this success we wanted to include our parents and staff too. We knew that many of us wanted to run, but we didn’t for a range of different reasons. Maybe we lacked childcare in the evenings, maybe we didn’t feel confident or maybe we just didn’t know where to start! So the Bridges Running Club began.

On January 5th 2018, full of new year resolutions, a small group of staff and parents met in the playground nervously, ready to begin a journey from ‘couch to 5km’. The group successfully completed week 1 of the NHS programme and the word started to spread.

The group has grown each week as we welcome new members and we are continuing our running journey- walking, running and meeting new faces. At the end of each session we are all still smiling!

If you would like to join us, we meet every Friday at 8.55am in the school playground. You do not need to be experienced, everyone is very welcome. If you have any questions about the group, please feel free to ask a member of staff and we’d be happy to help!

As we progress over the term we hope to take part in a parkrun at Southwark Park, or maybe a Race for Life in the summer.

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Lantern Parade

It has come to be an annual tradition where year 5 have been involved with the Lantern Parade at Potters Fields and Hay’s Galleria, kindly organised by Team London Bridge.

Helen Harrison runs the lantern making workshops and always manages to think of wonderful Christmas themed things that can be made into lanterns. This year we made penguins, candles, robins and holly.

It takes around three days for the children to make the lanterns and the process starts with using bamboo sticks to create the basic structure and shape. Once this has been done, tissue paper is then used to create the exterior of the lantern using a large amount of glue to strengthen the layers.

Once they are dry, Helen is able to insert the battery powered lights ready for the parade.

At the parade, the lanterns are carried along Potters Fields to the stone steps where the choir sing some songs while the lanterns are held above them. From there the children walk to Hay’s Galleria, accompanied by those who have come to watch, to see the Christmas Tree lights  being officially turned on. The choir then finish the evening by singing a few more songs under the tree.

It is always a special and magical evening which the children love being part of. The current year 4 are already excited for their turn…

Click on this link to watch a short video of the parade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMOgs5P6Rfw