Weekly Newsletter

Spring Term                            Newsletter No.10                         Friday 22nd March 2019

Dear Parents,

Undoubtedly, the highlights of this week were three Jungle Book performances! Our KS2 children were thrilled to sing, dance, fight and chase their way across the two stages and amongst the audiences in West End worthy performances. Mowgli (Nicole Yr 4), Baloo (Sinead Y5) and Bagheera (Anthony Y5) all learnt and delivered their many lines brilliantly in character. King Louie (Olisa Y6) was hilarious in his orange curly wig and sneaky Shere Khan (Nicholas Y5) enjoyed being the villain. Our choir danced and sang with energy and big smiles on their faces. We also had wonderful wolves, Colonel Hatti (Alfie Y5) and his troupe of marching elephants, Naomi, Connie, Veronica and Patricia perfected the hissing voice of Kaa the snake, the musical monkeys enjoyed themselves enormously, as did Louie, Kenedy, Jayden and Harry who played the not-so-brave vultures! Halin (Y5) sang a beautiful solo as a villager who eventually managed to lure Mowgli to the man village. It was a magnificent performance which all involved should feel really proud of.

In addition to feeling incredibly proud of our confident performers (58 children), I also feel very proud of our staff team who brightened everyone’s week. Miss Delaloye and Mrs Evans have spent hours rehearsing with the children, during lunchtimes, after school, and all day last Saturday. Mrs Lynch and Mrs Mulrooney sourced and made all the actors’ costumes, Mrs Palmer and Mrs Lynch provided and applied 43 face paints, Mrs Green designed and created the incredible set, Ms Iqbal was in charge of lighting and Miss Brophy was responsible for supervising the children who were not on stage. Other staff were on hand to serve tea and coffee and take tickets on the door. We have a dedicated staff team and this performance was certainly a great example of teamwork.

Thank you to everyone who came to watch as children need a responsive audience. You laughed and clapped at all the right points which raised their self-esteem and built wonderful memories for our children. Thank you for the £388.00 donated which will more than cover the cost of our next show!

On Monday, I walked out of school behind Father Kevin and heard him say ‘That was absolutely beautiful’ to Kieran. He was talking about the Y5 reconciliation service which Mrs Bowler organised to mark Lent. Well done Y5, he was very impressed with the children responding respectfully and giving thoughtful consideration to the meaning of penitence and how we use this liturgical season to repent for our sins.

We invite all our hardworking mothers to join us for tea, cakes and our traditional Mother’s Day raffle next Thursday at 9am. Please remember a chocolate donation in exchange for children wearing their own clothes next Friday. The PTA will hold the Easter tombola at 3.30pm on 29th March.

Please note we have introduced a 12.15pm early close on Friday 5th April.

Thank you for your kindness, positive comments and support this week.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

God bless,

Mrs Benn


Monday 25th March                    Week 2 of Menu

                                                            KS2 Music Assembly 1.30pm

Wednesday 27th March               Y3/4 Berkshire Games Football Tournament at Bisham Abbey 9am – 2.30pm

Y5 visit Ditton Park Academy ‘Oliver’ musical 11am – 1.30pm

Y6 Easter Cracked at Langley Free Church 1pm

Thursday 28th March                 Mother’s Day Coffee Morning 9am

Friday 29th March                       Mufti Day (Please wear own clothes and bring in a chocolate item for tombola)

Reception Miss Brophy’s Class assembly 9am

Y5 Swimming (final) 1.30pm

PTA Easter Chocolate tombola in the hall 3.30pm

Monday 1st April                      Week 3 of Menu

Tuesday 2nd April                       Y6 Mayan Exhibition in hall all day

Wednesday 3rd April                 KS2 Cycling Safety Assembly

Friday 5th April                        Easter Egg Hunt (weather permitting) Time tbc

Easter Bonnet parade

Term ends 12.15pm (No Late Owls Club)

Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April    Easter Activity Camp 9am -3pm

Summer Term 2019

Tuesday 23rd April              Term begins

                                                     Week 1 of Menu

Monday 29th April               Week 2 of Menu

Tuesday 30th April                Nursery Stay and Play 11.00 – 11.30am

Nursery Stay and Play 2.30 – 3.00pm

Wednesday 1st May             Mad Science Assembly

Reception Stay and Play 2.30 – 3.00pm

Thursday 2nd May             School Closed for Polling Day

Friday 3rd May                    Start of Term Mass Y2-Y6 in school

Y4 Swimming 1.30pm

Amazing Achievements

This week we were delighted to hear the achievements of one child:

Harry Appelbe (Year 6) is very proud to have received his certificate and badge for swimming 1500m. He hopes to complete all his awards in the next few months so he can be a lifeguard when he is older! Fantastic achievement Harry, well done.

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@hfcs.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.’


This week’s update brings news of how the Year 5/6 boys football team and the Year 5/6 Girl’s Netball Team got on at the Slough Catholic Primary Schools Festival at St Bernard’s Prep School last Thursday as well as how the Year 5/6 boys fared in their latest league match against Marish.

After finishing 2nd in the football tournament last year Mr Woodward and the boys (Dylan, Harry A, Jacob, Rhys, Loris, Tyler and Harry W) wanted to go that one step further and return to school as winners. In order to do that they would have to overcome the respective challenges of St Bernard’s Prep A and B teams as well as St Anthony’s. After three comfortable victories (7-0, 2-0 and 3-1) Holy Family were returning to school as the winners of the event. Well done to all the boys involved.

After unfortunately having to miss out on the event last year the girls (Niamh, Anabel, Clodagh, Mary, Fedora, Verena, Sofie, Kathleen and Ava) were to go up against teams from the same schools as the boys did in their football event as well as a Netball team from St Ethelbert’s. With three wins and one defeat from their four matches the girls finished in 2nd place behind St Bernard’s Prep. Before the presentations were made at the end of the event Mrs Lynch made it very clear just how well she thought the girls had played throughout the afternoon. A big well done to all the girls involved.

On Monday the Year 5/6 boys football team (Kenedy, Harry A, Zac, Jacob, Harry W, Rhys, Loris, Myles and Ben) made the short trip up to Marish to take part in their latest league match. After winning the Catholic Schools tournament the previous Thursday the boys were in confident mood going into the game. The boys started the match very brightly and were rewarded for their good start after Jacob finished well to give Holy Family a 1-0 lead. The boys continued to dominate the match and were further in front when Loris eventually finished past the Marish keeper to make it 2-0. The half time whistle blew with Holy Family in complete control, but having to be careful not to let their standards drop and give their opponents a route back into the game that they didn’t deserve. Holy Family continued to completely dominate proceedings in the 2nd half but were being let down by their own wasteful finishing. It eventually became 3-0, with Ben finishing superbly into the top corner to finally extended Holy Family’s lead. A host of chances continued to be created and squandered by the away side, with Mr Woodward scratching his head on the side line in bemusement at how it was only 3-0. The 4th Holy Family goal came just before the final whistle, Myles tapping it in after some excellent wing play from Jacob. The final whistle blew with the final score of Marish 0-4 Holy Family. The boys played so well and were so dominant that Mr Woodward was slightly disappointed that it was only 4-0, on another day it really could have been in double figures! The performance level, bar the finishing, was excellent however, so well done to all the boys involved.

Mr Woodward

Word of the Week

In our bid to broaden our children’s vocabulary, this week’s Words of the Week are as follows:

EYFS/KS1 Surface: The surface of something is the flat top part of it or the outside of it.

KS2 Cantankerous: Someone who always finds something to argue or complain about.

Clare Doyle, English Lead

Music Assembly Monday 25th March 1.30pm

Children who are performing on Monday will know who they are – mainly pianists who learn with Haru. Parents of children performing are warmly invited to join us for a short music assembly.

Summer Extra-Curricular Activities Brochure

Today, your child should have brought home the Summer Term Extra-Curricular Activities Brochure. Please note Athletics, Netball and Cricket clubs for KS2 say ‘Invitation letter’ so Mr Woodward/Mrs Lynch can prepare children who we hope will want to represent the school at a competitive level. If your child has not been asked yet wishes to take part, please speak to Mr Woodward to see if there are places available. Thank you.

Easter Bonnet Parade 5th April Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

This year our Easter Bonnet Parade for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will take place on Friday 5th April. Children are asked to come in on that day wearing their Easter Bonnet that they have made at home. Children will get the opportunity to parade round school to show off their wonderful creations. Thank you for your support.

Easter Activities Camp

This Easter, Mr Woodward and school staff will be running an Activity Camp. The dates of the camp are Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April 2019. The camp will be open to all children attending Holy Family School from Reception to Year 6 from 9am – 3pm.

The cost of the camp is £75.00 for a whole week or £17 per day, if they do not attend a full week. If there is more than one child per family attending then the cost will be £75.00 for the first child and £65 for any others, for the week. Booking forms are available from main reception if you haven’t already reserved a place for your child. Thank you.

Mr Woodward, PE Teacher

DVD order form

We take in house videos of most assemblies and performances. DVDs of last term’s assemblies, Early Years’ nativities and the Year 6 WW2 Christmas Show are available to order. Please follow the link to order a DVD. Go to our school website www.holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk to download an order form. Navigate to Parent’s Information/Recent Correspondence/Class Assembly DVD order form. You must complete your order form with the correct payment and return in a sealed envelope to Mrs Gonoud at Main Reception. DVD’s may only be purchased with the correct order form. Thank you.

Mrs Brennan.


When ordering online from Leonard Hudson please ensure you are selecting the Holy Family page to access our approved range. Our bespoke book bags and ties are only available from the school office. We also hold a stock of shoe bags for purchase.


If you have not yet submitted the new menu please can you return them by Monday 25th March. If your child is in KS2 and will no longer require hot meals, please let the office know.

Parent Pay

Please continue to top up your Parent Pay accounts. Thank you.

Mrs O’Brien, Finance Assistant and Attendance Officer


We currently have a vacancy for a cleaner to join our support team, to work Monday – Friday 2 hours per day from 4pm – 6pm, Pay scale 1 Point 9 £9.16 per hour. Please visit www.holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk to view the job description and download an application form. Visits to our school are warmly welcomed, speak to Janice Broderick to arrange. Applications will be considered as they arrive as we wish to appoint as soon as possible.

PTA News

Mother’s Day Coffee Morning and Raffle Thursday 28th March 9am

Our annual Mother’s Day coffee morning and raffle is next Thursday.   If you wish to donate any item for the Mother’s Day hamper raffle prize, please bring into school and leave at main reception. Tickets for the Mother’s Day hamper raffle will go on sale every afternoon at the school gate, £1 per ticket from Monday 25th March, look out for Mrs Oakes and Mrs Hale. Thank you.

Friday 29th March Mufti Day/PTA Easter Chocolate Tombola 3.30pm

Next Friday, we will be holding our hugely successful Mufti day and Easter Tombola. In exchange for wearing your own clothes to school, we kindly ask for donations of chocolates and Easter eggs. The tombola will be held in the hall after school. Helpers are still needed for ticketing during the day and selling tickets after school.

Please offer your support to set up the Easter Egg tombola in the morning after school drop off and help at the event from 2pm in the hall. As much help needed as possible as this is one of the busiest events in the PTA calendar. Meet Sharon at Main Reception and kindly text her if you are available to help out. Thank you.

Friday 5th April 2019 Easter Egg Hunt

Help required please setting up. Text Sharon if you are available. Thank you.

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

Other News

Get Active Easter Camps News and Exciting NEW Juventus Football Camps

Get Active are extremely pleased to announce that we are now also offering football specific camps in association with Juventus Football Academy. Highly qualified Juventus Academy coaches will fly in from Italy for the camp this Easter ensuring children will have loads of fun at the camps along with an unforgettable experience dedicated to football and enjoyment.   Visit our website Get Active Sports and find our information at bookings@getactivesports.com

National Board of Catholic Women

A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ Saturday 6th April 2019 11am – 3pm (Coffee from 10.30am) at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY Please bring a packed lunch. Contact Maura Potter 01628 666278

Highways England M4 Upgrade Junctions 3 to 12

Highways England and The M4 Upgrade project is underway between Junctions 8/9 to 12 since July 2018. They are now expanding this to Junctions 3 to 12 and are holding a Public Information Exhibition at Iver Village Hall on Monday 1st April 2019 at 18:30 – 21:00.They are keen to engage with the local community as major uses of the M4 to explain the planned work, benefits of the project, and how they keep you informed during the construction process. If you use the M4 motorway, this meeting may be of interest to you and you are invited to attend. Detailed plans can be found on the corporate website: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/m4j3to12.

St Joseph’s Catholic School – Vacancy

Learning Resource Manager after Easter.  Download an application pack www.st-josephs.slough.sch.uk


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