Weekly Newsletter

Autumn Term Newsletter No. 3 Friday 22nd September 2017
Dear Parents,
This week, all our part time Nursery children joined and I know, together with staff, you will make our new families feel welcome in our school community. This is the first Nursery intake when we have offered full and part time places and the first time Reception children all joined for full days from day one. Both these initiatives have been very successful. I am impressed with our staff for the ease with which they have adapted to new routines and how quickly our youngest children have settled in their new classes. Well done everyone!
Yesterday afternoon, many parents responded to teachers’ invitations and we were delighted that (in all year groups) we welcomed more parents than last year to our ‘Meet the teacher’ sessions. Thank you for your support.
This morning Mrs Bowler’s Year 3 class presented a brilliant assembly about Homes and why they are special places for us. They also told the story of Noah’s Ark and shared God’s message of ‘Love One Another’ with us. Thank you to Mrs Bowler and the Year 3 team for all their hard work.
Also today, our gardening volunteers transformed the Early Years dinosaur garden into a beautiful Noah’s ark garden adorned with colourful rainbows. Thank you Maura Appelbe, Karon Hale and Marian Bavington for keeping us blooming beautiful!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
God bless
Mrs Benn

Diary Dates
Monday 25th September Week 1 of Menu
Y1, 2 Parents’ Phonics Information Sessions 9.00 – 9.30am and 2.50 – 3.20pm
Tuesday 26th September Parents’ E – Safety meeting 3.00pm
Thursday 28th September Macmillan Coffee morning 9am – All welcome
Friday 29th September Nursery Parents’ Online Observations/Read Write Inc. Information Sessions 12.15pm and 2.00pm.
Sunday 1st October Polish themed Harvest and Mass 11.15 Holy Family Church
Monday 2nd October Week 2 of Menu
Tuesday 3rd October Y6 Transition Mass at St Anthony’s 9.00am
Y3,4 Football Tournament at Penn Wood School 10.00 – 4pm
Nursery Stay and Play postponed. New date 7th November
Wednesday 4th October PTA AGM Meeting 7.30pm AOC1
Friday 6th October CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

Monday 9th October Week 3 of Menu
Mass for Catholic staff working in Slough Schools 5pm Holy Family Church
Wednesday 11th October Y4 Trip to Kew Gardens
Y5/6 Boys County Cup Football Match 3.30pm at Holy Family Church
Thursday 12th October Y5 Mr McInerney’s Class assembly 9am
School Photographs/Portraits 9.30am
Friday 13th October Y6 Talent Show – parents invited 9am
Some Y5 children attending Diocesan schools Mass at Dunstable 10 -3pm

Amazing Achievements
This week Luis reminded us of the achievements of 44 Year 5 children.
Luis Abela (Y5) has received a letter from Young Writers regarding his poem that has been selected for publication in ‘Once upon a dream’ collection. Luis is so proud of his achievement. Well done Luis and all the poets in Year 5.

Celebrate success!
To link in with our Vision statement, ‘To value, inspire and challenge all’, we invite parents/carers to notify us of special achievements (outside of school e.g. music, sports, positive contribution) your child has achieved so they can be recorded on their school record and shared with children and staff.
Please email Janice.Broderick@holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk for notification. Your child will receive recognition for their achievement from their class teacher, who will award them a marble for the class jar, and Mrs Benn, who will issue a ‘Head teacher’s Award’ certificate.

Library Summer Reading Challenge
Next week, Langley Library are coming in for an assembly with our children to celebrate the success of the Summer Reading Challenge. If your child has received a medal could they please bring it in on Monday 25th September for KS2 and Thursday 28th September for KS1/EYFS assembly. Thank you, Miss Delaloye.

Reception Parents
We requested that Reception children did not use the breakfast or after school club until they were settled into school. If you now wish to book places at the Early Birds (7.45 – 8.40 am) or Sunset Owls (3.20 – 4.30/5.45) please collect booking details from the main office.

Nursery Parents
Welcome to our Nursery – we look forward to working closely with you.
You must apply via your local authority website for a place in a Reception class before 15th January 2018. If you are applying for a place at Holy Family School you must also obtain a priests reference form from your parish priest and return it to school by 15th January 2018. (Forms can be obtained from school or downloaded from our website.) As your priest’s reference must not be more than three months old, Father Kevin has set time aside during the week commencing 20th November to sign forms. He will be available at the presbytery between 4 and 7pm from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd November.
PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS CONSIST OF TWO PARTS
1. Online Common Application Form to your Local Authority
2. Supplementary Forms A and B returned to school.
BOTH MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE JANUARY 15TH 2018.
Mrs Helen Mynett, Admissions Officer.

Money, Money, Money!
Last week, we requested that no cash be given into the school office unless it is clearly marked in an envelope. This week approximately fifty parents have handed cash without envelopes to Mrs Gonoud. Although we aim to be cashless and increase the use of Parent Pay in the next twelve months we are not there yet. Cash is currently given to Mrs Gonoud for after school sports clubs, Early Birds, Sunset Owls, trips and uniform. You will assist the efficiency of our busy front desk if you label envelopes clearly and put the correct money in the envelope.
Please note: If you attempt to give cash to Mrs Gonoud after Monday 25th September she will not accept it. You will be asked to return with it in an envelope or you may purchase an envelope for 50p. Thank you for your co-operation. Mrs Benn

Instrumental Tuition Timetable
Lessons started week commencing 11th September.
If you were expecting your KS2 child to start learning an instrument but have not heard from Slough Music Service, please contact them via ZizaweMcAllister@slough.gov.uk

Nasal Flu Vaccination-YR,1,2,3 & 4
The Flu Immunisation Consent form was in your child’s book bag on Wednesday. It is very important that you sign the consent/Non consent section of this form and return it to Mrs Gonoud as soon as possible please.

Year 6 Parents: Transition Mass Tuesday 3rd October at St Anthony’s
Slough Catholic Schools invite all our Year 6 children to celebrate Mass with current and past Year 6 pupils and staff representing all Catholic Schools in Slough.
The Mass will be held at St Anthony’s at 9.15am on Tuesday 3rd October. On this morning, please drop your child off at St Anthony’s church for 9am where they will be met by Holy Family school staff. After the Mass, children will be transported back to school by coach. We expect to be back at school by 11am. Thank you for your support.

E- Safety for parents Year 1 to Year 6
Year 1 to Year 6 children are spending the first three weeks of the term looking at E-Safety in their Computing lessons. Parents should always try to be aware and as up to date as they can be on this rapidly changing world. All parents are invited to an E-safety presentation from Mrs Martinez on Tuesday 26th September at 3.00pm

Inspirational Artists
We are looking to inspire our children through Art and Design. We would like an artist to come into school to run workshops with groups of children. If you are an artist or know someone that is, please ask to speak with Miss Brophy (Year 4 class teacher).

Macmillan Cancer Support
On Thursday 28th September, we will be taking part in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This will be in the school hall at 9am. All are welcome. If anyone is willing to bake or donate cakes then they will be gratefully received and can be brought in, on the morning. Thank you. Please help us to support this worthy cause. The children will also be taking part in their classrooms where they will be provided with a drink and a biscuit for a suggested donation of 50p. Helen Wheeler ( Charity Co-ordinator.)

Cleaner Vacancy
We currently have a vacancy for a cleaner, Monday – Friday 2 hours per day 4pm – 6pm, £7.83 per hour. Please contact Mrs Tushingham 01753 541442 for further details

PTA News
AGM
This year’s AGM and the first PTA meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday 4th October in the Anne O’Connor Suite from 7.30pm. Please join us as we elect a new committee to take the PTA forward in 2018.
With Tina and myself resigning this year from the Chair position, together with other committee members standing down, now is a great time to start thinking about how you can help this year. The PTA really does need everyone’s help to continue holding fantastic social events and raise amazing amounts of money. This year alone we have raised well over £10,000 through a lot of hard work but just as importantly, having a lot of fun for us and our children ( I’m sure you’ve seen my children running around school handing out flyers- they love it!!). We have made lifelong friends and been part of something really special- in the last few years alone we have helped with numerous items including the purchase of the new adventure playground and renovation of the library. Look forward to seeing you there!

Parish News
First Holy Communion
Parents of children in Year 3 and above who wish their children to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are encouraged to refer to Holy Family Parish newsletter.
The Parish newsletter explains how parents can register their child for Sacramental preparation.

Sharing our Faith
If you, or someone you know, is not a practicing Catholic, yet is interested in exploring what it means to become Catholic, please consider joining the parish Share Our Faith Group. To register interest please collect a form from the main school office and return it to Father Kevin at Holy Family Church. Thank you.

Holy Family Parent and Toddler Group
From 9th October 2017 I would like to start Holy Family Parent and Toddler group in St Joseph’s room, Holy Family Church. Come and meet with others and have a drink while your child plays. It costs only £1 a session per adult. You are responsible for your own child/children when you attend. Everyone Welcome. The playgroup will be held every Tuesday commencing 10th October from 09:15 – 11:00 term time only.
In order to organize this beautiful playgroup, I am kindly asking if you have any unwanted and still in good condition toys, games or puzzles which you can donate to the church. We would be very grateful. Thank you and hope to see you soon. Magdalena Zygmuntowicz, Parent of Igor (Year 5) and Tymon (Year 3).
Harvest Mass 1st October
Polish themed Harvest Mass which will take place on 1st October at 11:15 in Holy Family Church.
Serdecznie zapraszamy Polskie Rodziny do udzialu w Dozynkowej Mszy Sw w dniu 1 pazdziernika w Holy Family Church.

Other News
Beavers
Beavers is the youngest section of the Scout Association and is open to girls and boys from the age of 6 – 8 years old. We meet in our school hall on Wednesdays, during term time starting at 6.15pm and finish at 7.45pm. From September 2017 we have some places available, so why not have a word with Mrs Euden to find out about the fun we have at our weekly meetings earning badges and the many exciting trips and sleepovers. Looking forward to welcoming more of our children to worldwide family of Scouting. Thank you Mrs Euden (Year 2).