Weekly Newsletter

Autumn Term                              Newsletter No.2                             Friday 14th September 2018

Dear Parents,

At the end of our second week of term good routines have been re-established. Despite most teachers commenting how young the children in their class seem, children continue to behave impeccably and older children are looking after our new Reception intake wonderfully.

This week, we have welcomed some of our new Nursery children. I very much enjoyed sitting on the beautiful wooden bench – gifted to the Nursery team by our current Reception parents in July. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

On Monday KS2 children met Reverend Sue from St Mary’s Church, Langley. Reverend Sue visited our school to promote the ‘Harvest Celebration in the Park’ which is an ecumenical festival promoting a wide range of charities and showcasing the talents of Langley school children.

Yesterday, was a very sad day for our staff. On Wednesday evening Howard Kennedy, a former headteacher at Holy Family, passed away at the age of 66.

Howard was a dynamic headteacher at Holy Family for eleven years prior to Mrs O’Connor. Despite his career continuing at the Institute of Education and the Teacher Development Agency he talked about his tenure at Holy Family with immense fondness.

Howard Kennedy had a fatherly manner with pupils and staff alike, fired imaginations and raised everyone’s aspirations. He was passionate about learning, loved the children in his care, encouraged staff and shared his wit and wisdom willingly.

Please join staff in praying for the repose of his soul and for Fiona his wife, Katie, Christopher and David, his children, and his grandchildren.

We thank Father Kevin and Kieran for celebrating a beautiful start of term mass this morning.

I welcome you all to attend next Thursday’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ information session and encourage you all to support our choir next weekend when they perform at the ’Harvest in the Park’ celebration.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.

God bless

Mrs Benn


Saturday 15th September          Berkshire 11+ Entrance Examination, Slough Consortium                                                                      Grammar Schools (Year 6)

Monday 17th September           Week 3 of Menu

                                                             Extracurricular activities commence

Gymlets and Cheerlets Y1,2 at 12.20 – 1.05pm

Tennis Y1 – 6 at 3.20 – 4.30pm

Footie Bugs Y3,4 at 3.30 – 4.30pm

Tuesday 18th September       Badminton Y4,5,6 at 8.00 – 8.40am

Gym Rec – Y6 at 12.20 – 1.05pm

Netball Invitation only Y5,6 at 12.30 – 1.00pm

Get Active Football Y1,2 at 3.20 – 4.30

Athletics Invitation only Y5,6 at 3.30 – 4.30pm

Wednesday 19th September        Gymlets and Cheerlets Y3,4 at 12.30 – 1.10pm

Pro Formance Soccer Academy R, Y1 3.20 – 4.30pm

Streetdance Y4,5,6 at 3.30 – 5.00pm

Thursday 20th September    Meet the Teacher 1.30 – 2.30 Rec in hall and Stay and Play

Meet the Teacher KS1 2.30 – 2.50 in classrooms

Meet the Teacher KS2 2.50 -3.10 in classrooms

Gymlets and Cheerlets Y5,6 at 12.30 – 1.10pm

Dodgeball Y1 – 6 at 3.20 – 4.30pm

                                                      Football Invitation only Y5,6 at 3.30 – 4.30pm

Friday 21st September     Dance Club Y1 – 6 7.50 – 8.30am

Irish Dancing Club 12.50pm

Y6 Swimming Week 2

Saturday 22nd September    Harvest Celebration in the Park (Choir) 12 – 3pm

Monday 24th September        Week 1 of Menu

Rec/Y1/Y2 RWInc Phonics Information Session for parents 9.00 – 9.30 and 2.45 – 3.15

Wednesday 26th September        Meeting for New Nursery parents RWInc and Online                                                                                  Observation Information session 12.15 and 3pm

Thursday 27th September            My First Day, Reception, Slough Observer Photographs

                                                                  Macmillan Coffee Morning 9am

Friday 28th September                  Y1 Mrs Hume Class Assembly 9am

Y6 Swimming Week 3

Monday 1st October                        Week 2 of Menu

                                                                  Y4 Mrs Evans Library visit 1.30pm

Tuesday 2nd October                 Y3 in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Parents and children meet at Holy Family Church 6 – 7.30pm (or Saturday 6th)

Wednesday 3rd October             Y6 Football match v Langley Hall KO at HFS 3.45pm

Thursday 4th October                 St Francis of Assisi Ark Farm visit Nursery, Reception and                                                                       Year 1

Y2 Mrs Green Library visit 1.30pm

Friday 5th October                     CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

Y6 Swimming Week 4

Saturday 6th October                Y3 in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Parents and children meet at Holy Family Church10.30 – 12 noon (or Tuesday 2nd)

An evening with Jo Boyce at Holy Family Church 8pm

Amazing Achievements

This week we were delighted to hear the achievements of seven children:

John Mathew (Year 2) completed the summer reading challenge and was awarded a gold certificate.

Rosie Kirke (Year 2) passed her primary ballet exam with a merit last week.

Emily Alves (Year 3) completed the summer reading challenge and was awarded a silver certificate and her brother Nicolas Alves (Year 5) completed the summer reading challenge and was awarded a gold certificate.

Ben Bavington (Year 3) and his sister Rosa Bavington (Year 5) completed the summer reading challenge and both were awarded gold certificates for reading 24 books over the summer holidays.

Elisa Balchan (Year 6) entered Young Writers’ competition “If I …” and her poem was selected for publication in “If I…Worlds of Wonder”.

All incredible achievements, well done children. I look forward to hearing more of your amazing achievements over the coming weeks.

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. If you send a photo of your child’s achievement it will be posted on Mrs Broderick’s ‘Wall of Fame.’

Year 1 Behaviour Steps

As children move from Reception to Year 1 our approach to maintaining and encouraging good behaviour changes. Today, Year 1 should have brought home a copy of the Behaviour Steps which are used from Year 1 – Year 6. Our full Behaviour Policy is available in the Parent’s Information section of the school’s website.

Read Write Inc

We teach reading in school using the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. There will be an information session about how to support your child at home using the RWI books for parents of children in Reception and Year 1 on Monday 24th September at 9:00 – 9:30 in the school hall and 2:50 – 3:20 (this will be a repeat of the morning). If you wish to attend the afternoon session please arrive at the main school reception at 2:45. Any Year 2 parents are welcome to attend but it will be the same information you received if you attended one last year.

I look forward to seeing you.

Mrs Hume

RWI Manager

Year 6 Parents

We wish all our Year 6 children sitting 11+ exams tomorrow good luck.

If you are taking children out of school to attend secondary school open days please inform school and try to minimise absence by first registering children in the morning if time allows, and returning them to school in time for afternoon registration at 1.30pm whenever possible. Thank you for your cooperation.


Please ensure Inhalers are brought into school by Monday 17th September. This is now a matter of urgency.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

This year, the school immunisation team will be offering the seasonal flu vaccination to all children from Reception to Year 5. There is a 13 page information pack for parents which will be emailed to parents of every child (Reception – Year 5) today. The consent form will be given to your child separately in due course. The consent form will need to be returned to the school office if parents wish their child to receive this vaccination on 16th November 2018. Thank you Mrs Gonoud

Extra-Curricular Activities

Commence Monday 17th September.

Extra Club

Mrs Fox (Y5/6 Phase Leader and Y5 class teacher) is passionate about Irish dancing and wishes to teach a maximum of 20 children Irish dancing. This club will commence on Friday 21st September at lunchtime from 12.50 -1.20 and is open to anyone from Y1 – Y6. This club is free to join. Please email Mrs Gonoud at Carol.Gonoud@holyfamilycatholiocschool.org.uk if your child wishes to take part.

Early Birds and Sunset Owls

Early Birds breakfast club opens daily at 7.45 closing at 8.40am. Sunset Owls afterschool care operates from 3.20 to 5.45pm with an option of children attending just the first or second hour. Both are paid for clubs and booking forms can be obtained from Mrs Gonoud in the school office. Clubs are open to children from Y1 to Y6 and Reception children once their class teacher confirms they have settled in school.

We invite you all to meet your child’s new teacher

On Thursday 20th September, teachers invite parents to spend a short time in their child’s classroom so they can share important information about the year ahead and answer any questions you may have.

These meetings are especially important for Year 1 and Year 3 parents as children are moving to new Key Stages and Year 2 and Year 6 as they are SATs year groups.

EYFS (Rec) 1.30 – 2.30 in the hall followed by Stay and Play 2.30 – 3.00pm in the Reception classrooms.

KS1 (Y1 and Y2) 2.30 – 2.50 in classrooms

KS2 (Y3,Y4,Y5 and Y6) 2.50 – 3.10 in classrooms

If you have two children in the same Key Stage, please feel free to split your time between two year groups.

Macmillan Cancer Support

On Thursday 27th 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. Miss Wheeler.

Harvest Celebration in the Park 22nd September

Langley Memorial Park Saturday 22nd September 12 noon – 3pm.

Our choir will be singing three songs between 12 noon to 1.30pm. This annual event is organised by the Churches in Langley for the people of Langley. There will be stalls, games, activities and many schools from Langley will be performing. Please come along to support our choir.

PTA News

Sharon Chatyoka PTA Chair Email shazbignold@aol.comTelephone/text 07852 268552

Parish News

First Holy Communion

Parents of children in Year 3 please refer to the Church Parish Newsletter for details of our First Holy Communion programme for 2018/19. Thank you Kieran McKeown

An Evening with Jo Boyce and Friends Saturday 6th October 8pm at Holy Family Church, see Kieran for tickets.

Other News


Beavers are the youngest members of the Scout Association. 1st Langley, Holy Family Colony is for girls and boys aged 6-8yrs old (Year 1 – Year 2/3). We meet in the school hall on Wednesdays, term time only, from 6.15pm – 7.45pm. We have a fun packed programme each evening, days out, visits & sleepovers working towards badges. If you would like more information or to place your child on the waiting list, I can be found in Yr3 Mrs Hendy’s class. If your child is older and would like to join Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Network Scouts I have information to keep children busy right into their adult lives.

Yours in Scouting, Robin and Mrs Euden


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