National Empathy Day

Today is National Empathy Day.

Empathy is being able to experience and understand other people’s feelings and points of view. It is a valuable life skill that every child and young person deserves the chance to develop, and that everyone, no matter what their age, can develop.
Empathy Day, on 6 June, is a national event which aims to inspire children, young people and families to flex their empathy superpower and put it into action. It is supported by scientific research that has shown we can all learn to be more empathetic, and that books are a powerful tool for this – when a reader identifies with book characters, they learn to see things from other points of view.
Reading towards empathy
So why not head to your local library this Empathy Day to find a book that puts you in someone else’s shoes? If you’re not sure where to start, EmpathyLab have put together Read for Empathy book lists for 3- to 16-year-olds, or you can take a chance on a recommendation from one of the friendly library staff.
And if you don’t fancy carrying a bag of books home with you or don’t have time to visit your library, take a look at the Libby app instead, where you can access a range of eBooks and eAudio books on your phone or tablet.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the last half term of this school year!

Looking back to September, it seems to have gone in a flash so far, and we look forward to sharing the next 7 weeks with you full of learning, fun, trips and events, the summer fair, sports day and more. We’re hoping for some sunshine to help make this a sunny half term in more than just a metaphorical way.

As always, look out for information on the weekly newsletter, and also on your child’s Seesaw account and message via ParentMail.

Wear it Green Day

This week we have been celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, culminating in Wear it Green Day on Friday 17th May.

The children and staff have found their best green clothes, from hair ribbons to socks, and had lots of fun in green today.

The irony of this week falling in Year 6 SATs week, and an Ofsted inspection at Tibberton this week as well, has not been lost on us however we have really enjoyed taking a moment for mindful colouring, dancing, drama and sport to make sure we are doing something for our mental health.

Mental health and wellbeing is always on our agenda, and we are pleased to see this recognised with national days across the year. However, mental health is always important, so if you feel yours needs some support at any point, make sure you reach out and get some support.


Thank you Mrs Hopkins

We said goodbye to Mrs Hopkins today as she finished her maternity cover role with us in place of Mrs Barker. We are very grateful for the care and hard work she has shown since September, not just in Class 3 at St Lawrence but across the school and the federation.

Mrs Hopkins, thank you for everything and please don’t be a stranger!

The Bayley Mile

On Wednesday 8th May, children from St Lawrence and Tibberton took part in the Bayley Mile road race in Wellington. It was the 26th anniversary of the race, and the weather was warm for running, especially an uphill finish!

All of the children did incredibly well, with Lottie coming 2nd in the Under 11s race! Due to the hard work, persistence and resilient running of all the children, we finished 1st as a team in both the Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys categories- a brilliant achievement given we are among the smallest schools in Telford.

As always, the children represented their federation very well, and showed great teamwork and support for one another. We also had comments on how smart their sports tops looked, so a big thank you again to our sponsors who helped buy new sports kit this year.

Well done to everyone involved.


The children will visit St Lawrence church on Thursday 9th May to hear from Reverend Helen about Ascension and this part of the Easter season in the Christian church.

Historically, this special day has been celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday, to remember Jesus’ ascension into Heaven.

In St Paul’s letter to the Colossians (Col. 3: 1-4) it says:

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.


Giving and loving God,
on this special day we remember your loving actions in this world,
the sending of your Son and the glory of your rising from death at Easter.
Thank you that you guide us.
We recognise that we are never alone,
for we are always surrounded by your love.
Help us to witness your presence in a world that needs your love.
Strengthen us with your Spirit
and let your light shine through us.


Try this link for a video for children about the Ascension:,vid:7wLrw60bY5w,st:0



St Lawrence Whole School Fieldtrip

On Thursday last week, the whole school went on a local fieldtrip, arranged by Mrs Mountcastle, our geography lead. We walked 4 miles around the locality, looking at farms, wildlife and examples of sustainability.

Children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 used a photograph map to find their way along the route, and the children from Years 3- 6 used OS maps.

Back at school, Reception made flatbread with some wild garlic we had collected, Class 2 carried on learning about native and local plants, Class 3 wrote about their adventure, and Class 4 made their own maps of the journey.

We were very proud of all the children, and look forward to the next fieldtrip.

Grandparents Afternoon Tea

On Monday 15th April, we filled the hall with grandparents who came to join the children for afternoon tea and games. We welcomed 49 grandparents and great grandparents, and it was wonderful to have so many visitors in school. We were having such fun that we forgot to take any photographs!

The children prepared some pictures, poems and special words to share, along with sandwiches they made and sweet treats they helped prepare.

We had a wonderful time getting to know our pupils’ grandparents, and hope to be able to invite more family members in to school soon. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us, and we hope you had a lovely time.

Books for School

On Friday, members of the Rotary Club visited school to help with a composting challenge in Class 3, but also to donate some books for school.

The children will be taking a book home, then bringing it back to swap for another one, and so on. We hope that this will enhance the variety of texts available to the children, and supplement the books we have in school as free reads.

We value books and reading in school, believing that they are the doorway to the world, and as such are very thankful to the Rotarians for donating these books to us.

Spring Term Attendance

A big congratulations to the 36 children who made it to school every day last term. We always talk to the children about the importance of good attendance, and the impact missing school can have on their learning, so we are so pleased that our pupils want to get to school as much as they can.

Thank you for your support with attendance. We do understand that sometimes a child is just too poorly, and are grateful for the communication you have with school when this is the case. Remember, if you think your child may be well enough, try a dose of Calpol and send them in- if they are too poorly or get worse, we will always get in touch with you to come and collect them.

Let’s aim high for summer term- so many children only missed one day or even half a day, perhaps we can have over 40 children on 100% for this last term of the school year.

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