Weekly Newsletter

Summer Term                             Newsletter No.37                              Friday 13th July 2018

Dear Parents,

With the glorious weather continuing, we have enjoyed the penultimate week of term and our final sports day. We were well supported by parents, siblings and grandparents. There was a lovely atmosphere and much laughter during the Early Years Sports Day. Thank you to all our visitors for your support and to Mr Woodward, his Year 6 helpers and the Early Years staff.

I hope you were pleased with your child’s report and have already spoken to your child’s teacher if you had any queries or concerns.

This evening between 3.30 and 5.45, the PTA hosts their final social event of the year – a picnic on the field, so please join us if you can.

On Monday, children will meet their new teachers and find out who is in their class next year.

Next week, we look forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements of our Year 6 children as they say their farewells to friends, teacher and their favourite primary school – Holy Family! They have produced a super summer term magazine which you should receive next Wednesday or Thursday.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

God bless

Mrs Benn

DIARY DATES

Monday 16th July                         Week 1 of Menu

                                                            Breakfast Club is open as normal         

                                                            Sunset Owls Club will be closed on this day

                                                            Gym performance for Parents 12.45 in hall (20 mins)

Music assembly 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th July                         Y5 Viking Day

Wednesday 18th July                   Y6 Production to school/grandparents 2pm

Thursday 19th July                        End of Year Mass at Holy Family Church 9.30am

Nursery closes for Summer Break 3.00pm

Y6 Presentation Evening and Disco 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Friday 20th July                          End of Term Summer Break 12.15pm

 

Autumn Term 2018

Monday 3rd September                  STAFF INSET SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 4th September                 Start of Autumn Term

                                                                   Week 1 of Menu

 

Breakfast Club is open as normal on Monday 16th July. Sunset Owls will be closed on this day.

 

 Standards

We are very pleased with the Standards achieved this year.

Reception Good Level of Development 83%

Year 1 Phonics Screening Test 92%

KS1 SATs (End of Year 2)

73% achieved the expected level in Reading

22% achieved the higher level in Reading

70% achieved the expected level in Writing

20% achieved the higher level in Writing

78% achieved the expected level in Maths

23% achieved the higher level in Maths

KS2 SATs (End of Year 6)

86% working at the expected standard in Reading

39% working at the higher level in Reading

90% working at the expected standard in Writing

36% working at the higher level in Writing

80% working at the expected standard in SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

54% working at the higher level in SPAG

80% working at the expected standard in Maths

46% working at the higher level in Maths

 

Well done staff, parents and pupils!

Our progress scores will be confirmed in September. If you wish to compare these results to 2016 and 2017 you will find them on the website under the heading: School Information and the tab Standards.

 

Year 6 Leavers’ Destinations

St Joseph’s                                                         28

St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 10

Langley Academy                                             3

Chalfonts                                                             3

St Edward’s Royal Free                                  3

Burnham Grammar School                         2

Beaconsfield High                                           2

Langley Grammar                                           2

Churchmead                                                     2

St Michaels Catholic Grammar School     1

Herschel Grammar                                           1

St Pauls                                                                 1

Ditton park                                                           1

Grove Academy                                                  1

Unknown                                                              1

Piano /Music Assembly

The following children will play the piano and other instruments to KS2 children at 1.30pm on 16th July:

Year 3 Joseph Doyle

Year 4 Aliana Torres, Nathan James, Joe Abodo, Isabel Estibeiro and Jacob D’Amaro

Year 6 Nathalie Fouquet and George Pulikan

Parents of the musicians are welcome to attend.

RWI book amnesty

As we approach the end of this academic year please can I ask that you have a good look at home for any RWInc. books and could they be returned to the class teacher next week. It is important that we get these books back so that they can be used again next year. No more RWInc. books will be brought home this school year.

Mrs Hume,RWI manager

Exciting news:

Holy Family Catholic School Langley, have created their own blog and their first blog post has been written by Ava Marshall in Year 5 and not Mia Marshall as mentioned in our newsletter last week. Apologies Ava. Blogging is another form of online communication that allows us to share exciting parts of our life here at Holy Family. Our Blog site is going to be written and administered by our Year 5, soon to be Year 6 children in a club with Mrs Martinez. As with all on-line media we will be responsible with our digital footprint, but we hope you will enjoy reading about the events around the school from the opinion of the children.

 

You can find our blog at http://hfcslangley.edublogs.org/ and any feedback or questions can come into Mrs Martinez via the office.

Who’s getting married in the summer?

We wish to congratulate Miss Brophy and Miss Knapp who are both getting married to their fiancés this summer. In September we hope everyone will quickly remember their new surnames. Miss Brophy is looking forward to being known as Mrs Evans, and Miss Knapp is looking forward to being known as Mrs Dodwell. We wish them both the wedding of their dreams and every happiness in the future.

 Year 3 – 6 Pencil cases

When Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 return to school in September we request they bring a flat pencil case to school; school will provide everything they need to go in their cases. In addition, Year 4, 5 and 6 need to provide a handwriting or cartridge pen. In Year 3 children’s pencil cases must be clear and until they earn their pen licence a pen does not need to come to school. Children’s pencil cases must be able to fit inside their trays once they have been given all their equipment. Thank you for your co-operation. Mrs Bowler Key Stage 2 Leader.

Governor News

Dear Holy Family School Families,

After more than 8 years as a Governor at our school, and 5 years as Chair, I have decided the time is right for me to step down due to job and family commitments. I have spent 14 glorious years at Holy Family from Chair of PTA through to now as a Governor and I can honestly say that is has been a wonderful journey. Both my children enjoyed every minute at Holy Family and we all felt part of a very special family.

After our recent Ofsted inspection, the school is in a strong position and with Mrs Benn, all our wonderful staff and Governing body, this feels like the right time to handover.

The school is flourishing and all our staff work so hard to ensure its continued success. Mrs Maura Appelbe, our Vice Chair of Governors, was recently voted as Chair, I would like to thank her for her continued dedication and commitment.

I would also like to thank all our wonderful children and parents for all their support and hard work, together with our close links with church, school and home I am sure Holy Family School will continue to excel.

I wish the whole school community a wonderful summer.

God Bless

Doreen Ann Donovan

Chair of Governors

 Parent Pay

Please may we remind parents to clear parent pay balances or top up their parent pay accounts as necessary. Thank you, Miss Tyrone (Attendance Officer and Finance)

 Lost Property

Please take a look in our lost property box before the end of term. Any items not collected by 20th July will be taken to the local charity shop.

 Second Hand Uniform

We still have many items left to sell, all in good quality, please speak to a member of staff in the school office should you wish to replace any items of school uniform and save a few pounds.

Year 5 Parents – Year 6 Residential to La Fosca and Transition

Please let the school office know whether your child is or isn’t attending our Y6 residential trip to Spain.

The email address Ven Miller (LA Admissions Officer) advised parents to use regarding queries about admission to Secondary Schools September 2019 was admissionshelpline@slough.gov.uk

Uniform 2018/2019

Online uniform orders should be placed as early as possible to ensure delivery in time for the new school year. Guidelines are 2-4 weeks. Size guidelines are clearly listed on the webpage.

To order, please use the direct link to our supplier Leonard Hudson:

http://www.leonardhudson.co.uk/parents/uniform/Holy_Family_Catholic_School_SL3_8NF

The school still has some limited stock left so please check availability before purchasing online.

If you are purchasing new uniform over the summer please refer to the school uniform policy which is on the school website. Nothing has changed, however, there seem to be more variations creeping into children’s uniform and an increasing number of items that are not on the uniform list.

Teaching staff should not have to spend precious teaching time addressing non-compliance with the uniform policy; their time is better spent on teaching and learning. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure their child’s/children’s uniform adheres to policy.

  • Boys shorts must be shorts , not cropped long trousers
  • Girls summer dresses must be blue and white checked, not white T-shirt tops and checked skirts
  • PE T-shirts must have the school crest on or be plain white, there should be none with named sports brands
  • PE tracksuits must be the school royal blue or plain navy, no other colour

Thank you for your support.

Assembly DVD Order Form

Class Assembly DVD forms are available to purchase for the sum of £5.00. Go to our school website www.holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk to download an order form. Navigate to School 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.

PTA News

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

OTHER NEWS

Delaford Colts- Football

Delaford Colts is based at Iver Recreation Ground and the U7’s, U8’s, U10’s, U11’s and U12’s are all looking for new players to strengthen their existing squads for the new season.  If you’re interested please contact them as they would love you to join them for the summer training sessions, training is usually on Saturday mornings and matches are usually played on a Sunday.  Please see link for each team’s contact information  https://www.delafordcoltsfc.com/single-post/2018/05/09/Delaford-Colts-Teams-searching-for-New-Players

Active Movement, the pioneering programme designed to increase activity and reduce obesity, will soon be seen in the majority of primary schools in Slough.

As part of the launch, a special Active Movement walk has been created at this year’s Playday at Salt Hill Park on August 1st.The walk will take you through Salt Hill and Baylis park with a competition to win Decathlon walking trainers for 4 family members. The walk is open throughout the event from 12 till 3pm and will be attended by many of Slough’s Active Movement schools.

Best of all, it’s your chance to see how being active is just a walk in the park!

I look forward to seeing you on the 1st at Play Day!

Tim Howells,Public Health Programme Officer – Physical Activity and Obesity

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