Weekly Newsletter


Summer Term                    Newsletter No.26                        Friday 20th April 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed celebrating Easter and managed to keep children entertained during the holiday despite not having the lovely weather we have all enjoyed this week. It’s nice to see boys in their comfortable blue t-shirts and girls in their summer dresses already.

We have had a lovely calm start to term. Children continue to reflect on the meaning of Easter, on the ABC of mercy (inspired by Divine Mercy Sunday) and what it means to forgive.

Ask for God’s mercy

Be merciful with others through our actions, words and prayers

Completely trust in Jesus

Also this week, children from Y1-Y6 listened to visiting speakers from the NSPCC; there is more information about this later in the newsletter.

Today, Fr Kevin celebrated Mass for the start of the summer term – and what a lovely day to celebrate Mass for The Good Shepherd as a whole school.  Despite it being the warmest April day in 79 years the children sat beautifully throughout. Year 4 responded to my call on Monday for some greeters, readers and psalmists – and what wonderful children were sent to me! Rosa read the introduction in such a beautiful way that Fr Kevin commented on it, Nicolas read the first reading by himself, Katrina, Diya, Jennifer and Aliana sang the response to the psalm followed by William, Keisha, Dominik O and Shivonne reading the prayer of the faithful.  As ever we had many children from Year 5 and 6 serving. Mass itself was lovely (even if I say so myself) and we ended with Mr Allen and Mrs Euden leading the choir in ‘Hallelujah’. Thanks go to Mr Allen, Mrs Euden, Mr Seymour and Kieran leading the music.

Today’s homily was about the Good Shepherd, and Fr Kevin’s homily reminded us all that we can sometimes be scared of something – however big or small. Fr Kevin reminded us that the shepherd never leaves one of his sheep – especially if you ask for help. At Mass we prayed for Daragh Byrne, with Fr Kevin taking time to ask everyone to “Pray extra hard and keep Daragh, his parents, sisters and family in your prayers”.  We did, and we ask our school community to join us in a daily prayer for Daragh and his family as he undergoes treatment. God bless Mrs Bowler

I hope this beautiful weather continues through to July and you all have a lovely weekend,

God bless

Mrs Benn


Monday 23rd April                  Week 2 of Menu

                                                       EYFS St George’s Day – wear red

Reception Miss Delaloye Library visit 1.30pm

NSPCC fundraising all week £1 Donation

Y5/6 Football League Match v Langley Hall at HFS 3.30pm

Extra-Curricular Activities commence

Tuesday 24th April                Y3/4 Football League Match v Langley Hall at HFS 3.30pm

Wednesday 25th April        NSPCC Year 5 and Year 6 workshops

Y5/6 Rounders Match v Langley Hall at HFS 3.30pm

Thursday 26th April             Y4 Miss Brophy Library visit 1.30pm

Friday 27th April                   Reception Mrs Kalisz Class Assembly

Y5/6 County Cup Semi final Football match v Long Lane (Reading)  at Long Lane with Mr Woodward 12.20pm

Monday 30th April            Week 3 of Menu

Y5 Mrs Fox Library visit 1.30pm

Tuesday 1st May                Nursery Stay and Play 11.00 – 11.30 and 2.30 – 3.00pm

New Nursery Parents meetings with Mrs Benn

Wednesday 2nd May      Reception Stay and Play 2.30pm

Thursday 3rd May         School closed for Polling Day

Monday 7th May            BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 8th May           Week 1 of Menu

Friday 11th May                Y4 Miss Maini Class Assembly 9am

Y3 Grandparents Tea 2pm – 3pm

Saturday 12th May          Y3 First Holy Communion 11am and 2pm

Sunday 13th May              Y3 First Holy Communion 2pm

Amazing Achievements

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

Tamara Kamenos – Campbell (Year 3) was awarded a Merit in I.S.T.D Modern theatre Dance Grade 1. She was also the only child from her swim group to move up this term to the next group and is now swimming towards Octopus level Gold. Excellent news. Well done Tamara.

Sofie Chong (Year 5) represented Berkshire in the U12 National County Finals and managed to help Berkshire win Gold. Then Sofie competed in the England U11 Nationals and came away with Silver in Singles and a Bronze in Doubles. Gold, Silver and Bronze – all in a week’s work! Amazing, Sofie you are a superstar.

Nathalie Fouquet (Year 6) was awarded 4th place in an Ice Skating competition in Bracknell, A marvellous achievement. Well done Nathalie.

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.’

School Self- Evaluation

School leaders constantly reflect on what we do well and what we could do better. This week Mrs Linda Doucet (a member of the governing body) sought parent’s views of school at the school gates. This was a very useful exercise and one that will be repeated termly. There will be a further opportunity for parents to feedback via a survey during the second half of the summer term.

Year 6 La Fosca

If any Y6 parents have not yet sent in their consent forms, please complete and return by Monday 23rd April and payments to be received by the end of April. Final details and instructions will be issued shortly. Thank you Mrs Tushingham.


Children and staff were visited on Wednesday by Kelly, Senem and Miranda from the NSPCC to raise awareness of the right of every child to be safe. Early Years and Upper Years children received information about keeping safe in two slightly different, age appropriate assemblies. Both assemblies were excellent, Kelly and the NSPCC mascot ‘Buddy’ explained how children can stay safe and what to do if they feel worried about anything. They learnt what they should do if they are ever worried, about safe adults who can help them and people they can talk to. They learnt about Childline – a free service for any child to use should they feel they haven’t got anyone to talk to. Whilst some of the messages might seem a little unnerving, the children responded really well to the information and it would be good to let them talk to you about what they have heard. So, please take some time to have a chat about their assembly and ask them about: trusted adults, the Childline number, what the NSPCC does and different things they worry about -the children mentioned breaking up with friends, cyber bullying, bullying, moving to new schools, parents separating, walking home on their own and being hurt. Children were left with a couple of key messages: ‘If  you are being hurt speak out’, ‘Tell an adult if you are being hurt’, ‘Abuse is not okay’ and ‘Abuse is never a child’s fault – even if an adult tells them it is’.

As mentioned previously, the NSPCC is a charity and can only provide these assemblies and resources with the generosity of their supporters.

Next week during PE lessons, all children will be taking the physical challenge of ‘Super Circuits’. There is a suggested donation of £1 per pupil to complete the activity and this money will be donated to the NSPCC. Please could you complete the sponsorship form and include name, address, Post Code and tick the gift aid box. If you are in a position to gain more sponsorship for this, please add the relevant information on the form. Can all sponsor forms be returned to school by Monday 30th April 2018.

Thank you for your continued support with outside charities.

Debbie Powell (PSHE Lead)


Extra-Curricular Activities Summer 2018 recommence Monday 23rd April 2018.


Summer Uniform can be worn from Easter, but must be worn after May half term.

Please refer to the Uniform Policy under the Parents tab on the school website for further information.

If you are purchasing new uniform items, please may we remind everyone – all school uniform, including PE kits and shoes, should have your child’s name on.

Sunshine at last!

As it is getting warmer and sunnier, could children be sent to school with a sun hat to wear at break times as we have had a few hot heads this week; if you send one in we will remind your child to wear it!

Please make sure it is labelled. Thank you.

New Uniform Ordering Process

We are changing the way in which school uniform is purchased. Our personalised school uniform is now available to purchase online.

 We ask that you check with the school first as we have some residual stock. The sizes of items that we have sufficient stock of will not be available online until we run out.

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


Alternatively, go to the main website at www.leonardhudson.co.uk and then click on Parents at the top and enter the word family into the FindMySchool name search.

Delivery will cost £4.95 per order placed and can take 2-4 weeks due to logo embroidery. It is advisable that you place orders as early as possible to ensure they arrive on time, especially over the summer.

Refunds and exchanges are possible but postage costs to return items are at the expense of the customer. Size guidelines are available on the website with measurements so it would be useful to have your child’s measurements at hand.


Letters will be going out to students next week with regard to lateness, persistent absence and attendance falling below 95%- our school target. We ask that you take the information on board and we hope to see improvements this term. Melanie Tyrone, Attendance officer.

Lost and Found

A purse was found in the school playground this week, and we have also been handed in some rosary beads and two necklaces. If any of these items belong to you or your child, please see Mrs Gonoud on Main Reception.   Thank you


We currently wish to appoint a Food Service Assistant to commence on Monday 14th May 2018. Hours of work: 11.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday, 15 hours per week. Term time only. The salary on offer is £8.30 per hour, £5498 per annum.

If you wish to apply for this position, please email Janice.Broderick@holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk

PTA Contact

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


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