School Notices -24.05.2024
May 24, 2024

School Notices -24.05.2024

This is where you will find any letters, reminders and information sent home that are not necessarily covered in the newsletters.

Quiz Night Tickets

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our fantastic Quiz Night which is always one of the most exciting event in the calendar. It’s an evening of food and fun with fellow parents. We don’t take it too seriously and there are plenty of entertaining rounds, but you will have the opportunity to win the coveted trophy!

The wonderful Senior Girls’ history teacher Dr. Craven will be our Quiz Master and there will be teams from the Prep School parents, the Senior Girls’ parents and the staff. Tickets include the Quiz, dinner and snacks, and there will be a cash/card bar. Tickets cost £20 (or £17.50 if you book a complete table of 8). When you book your tickets, say what Year group you’d like to be with and I can organise the tables. You can book your tickets here:

Money raised from the evening will go to the Senior Girls’ School and some to their chosen charity.


Empathy Day

Empathy Day

I am excited to let you know that we will be celebrating Empathy Day this year on Thursday 6th June. Empathy Day is organised by The Empathy Lab, an organisation dedicated to researching and furthering the teaching of empathy through reading.

Empathy is at the heart of so many of the initiatives we undertake at school – supporting all of our CORE principles of being caring, open, responsible and elastic and helping the children to understand themselves, the world they live in and the people who inhabit it.

Rashmi Sirdeshpande sums up beautifully why this feels such an important part of a child’s education when she says, “Empathy matters. It is learnable. It is a life skill and a force for change in the world. And if there’s one gift we can give to children – one thing that has the power to change everything – it’s this.”

As part of their research, The Empathy Lab have identified six steps required to build an empathy superpower:

  1. Know what empathy is
  2. Know how empathy works
  3. Use your empathy out in the wild
  4. Learn to recognise emotions
  5. Be a brilliant communicator
  6. Become the ultimate empathy hero.

We have already covered what empathy is and how it works during assembly, so for Empathy Day itself we will focus on using our empathy and recognising emotions.  The children will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop on each step.  This may involve going on an empathy walk, doing an empathy 360, boosting our emotional vocabulary, becoming an emotions detective or playing some games of emotions charades or body mirroring.

I am very much looking forward to sharing this exploration with the children.

With best wishes,

Anita Kourtis


Sanskrit Speech Competition

Sanskrit Speech Competition on Thursday 27th June, 2024

We would like to invite you to our annual St James School Sanskrit Speech
Competition, which will take place on Thursday 27th June in the Assembly Hall on
the second floor at Earsby Street, W14 8SH.
Part 1 – 9am to approximately 10am for Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3
Part 2 – 10.30am to approximately 11.30am for Years 4, 5, 6 and 7
You are welcome to attend one or both parts, but are asked to remain in the
Assembly Hall until the end of the part you are attending.
Refreshments will be served from approximately 10.00am to 10.30am.
This year the competition will be judged by former pupil Roshni Lakhani.
Roshni was at St James Prep and Senior Girls’ School up to age 18. She then
pursued her love of Sanskrit at SOAS, University of London, completing a BA
(Hons) in Sanskrit & South Asian Studies.
Passages from the Veda, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita will be sung from
memory, and an English translation of each passage will be recited. This year for
the first time, we are also featuring a prayer central to Ayurveda, the science of
healing and long life.
Please come to the main School reception on the day, where you will be informed
about signing in etc. Owing to our safeguarding protocols, we would ask that you
do not upload any images of the event on social media.
Best wishes,
Warwick Jessup, Head of Sanskrit

The Pause

At St James, we feel it is important to introduce our pupils to stillness and allow them to discover how to be inwardly free and deeply at ease within themselves. A short period of 5-10 minutes at the beginning and middle of every day is allocated to quietude in which pupils may meditate, contemplate or simply be still – according to their own spiritual inclinations.

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