Autumn Term Newsletter No. 10 Friday 15th November 2019
Our week began on the 11th November with many classes holding Remembrance liturgies in the hall. The children’s beautiful poppies are covered with messages and prayers to fallen and injured heroes. School councillors sold poppies and poppy items for the Royal British Legion. Well done and thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.
Our youngest children impressed us all with their aspirations during ‘When I grow up day.’ We saw beauticians, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, policemen and a tooth fairy. Thank you to all the parents who visited Nursery for the ‘Stay and Play’ sessions on Thursday and to those who escorted Year 1 and Year 3 children to the local library.
On Tuesday, Year 1 visited the Postal Museum in London and had a great day learning about the history of the Royal Mail and the different types of letters you are able to post. The children were very excited to be able to take part in some role play where they practised sorting parcels and letters and delivering them to houses. Another highlight of the day was seeing some of the trains that used to run under London delivering post as well as learning about the people who used to fix them. A great day was had by everyone!
On Monday, Year 6 went on a trip to the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge where they visited Fighter Command’s No.11 Operations Room. This was used during the war as a secret weapon to resist the assault on the RAF by the Luftwaffe. The children got to spend the day as plotters, RAF pilots and WAAFs. They thoroughly enjoyed their day.
Today Mrs Evans’ class performed a brilliant assembly all about the Amazon Rainforest and told us the important message of how to look after the precious natural resources we have. The children all came in fantastic animal costumes and did some excellent singing and dancing which the whole school enjoyed. Thank you to Mrs Evans’ class for sharing such an important message and all the hard work you put into today.
Teachers look forward to meeting with you next week. If you have not yet received your Parents’ Evening appointment, please speak to your child’s class teacher to confirm a time. As usual, our chef will be offering school food tasting in the dining room. Everyone is welcome; however, it is mainly aimed at our new Reception families.
I thank our dedicated staff for the wonderful opportunities and day trips they plan for our children; many of these experiences will form happy memories for them. Thank you parents for providing wonderful costumes, taking a day out of your busy schedules to make all our trips possible and watching assemblies. I also thank our dedicated PTA who are busy preparing for our Family Disco on 22nd November and for our Christmas fair on 7th December.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.
Monday 18th November Week 1 of Menu
Y5 STEM Day
Y2 Mrs Green Library visit 1.30pm
Y5/6 Girls’ County Cup Football Matches at St Mary’s and All Saints School, Reading
Tuesday 19th November Year 1 and Year 4 Pop Up Art Exhibition
Faith Formation Club Postponed today
Compulsory Parents’ Evening 4pm – 7pm and SEN Surgery 4pm – 7pm (& food tasting in dining room)
Wednesday 20th November Reception Height and Weight School Nurse
Thursday 21st November Compulsory Parent’s Evening 4pm – 7pm and SEN Surgery 4pm -7pm (& food tasting in dining room)
Friday 22nd November Y2 St Cecilia Mass at Church 9.30am
Y6 Swimming (Week 9)
Sunday 24th November Y5/6 Berkshire Sports Hall Athletics at ACS Egham
Monday 25th November Week 2 of Menu
Y6 World War II Day
Y5 Mrs Subramaniam Library Visit 1.30pm
Y5/6 Boys County Cup Football Match at St Pauls C of E Wokingham 1.45 – 3.45
Academic mass for staff in Slough Schools, St Joseph’s 5pm
Tuesday 26th November Y4 Kew Gardens Trip
Y5 Brazil Day
Y6 Christmas Unwrapped at Langley Free Church 1.30pm
Friday 29th November Y6 Swimming (Week 10)
Monday 2nd December Week 3 of Menu
Tuesday 3rd December EYFS Nativity for Parents 2pm
Y5/6 Faith Ambassadors 3.30pm
Wednesday 4th December EYFS Nativity for Parents 10am
Thursday 5th December KS1 Nativity for Parents 2pm
KS1 Nativity for Parents 6.30pm ( no under 5s please)
Friday 6th December KS1 rolling start/register closes at 10am
MUFTI Day in exchange for Tombola Prizes for Christmas Fair
SSSN KS1/KS2 Gymnastics Competition
Saturday 7th December PTA Christmas Fair 11am – 2pm
Sunday 8th December Y5/6 Sports hall Athletics
Please note Dance Club, Friday mornings, has been postponed until the New
Year. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience, the dance tutor is
unwell but hopes to resume Dance Club in the New Year.
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.’
Word of the Week
This week’s Words of the Week are as follows:
EYFS/KS1: perform (to do a task or action).
KS2: abrupt (an action or change that is very sudden, often in a way which is unpleasant).
Please discuss these words with your children, and encourage them to use them.
Mrs Doyle Assistant Headteacher/ Y6 Class Teacher/ Literacy Lead
This week’s sports update brings you news of how the Year 4 boy’s football squad got on against Langley Hall in their annual friendly match on Monday. It also brings news of how the Year 3/4 Athletics squad did at the SSSN Sports Hall Athletics competition at Herschel Grammar on Tuesday and how the Year 5/6 girls and boys football squads got on in their respective Berkshire Schools County Cup matches against Lynch Hill on Thursday. It’s been a very busy week.
Monday saw the Year 4 boys (Olek, Oscar, Eoin, William, John, Jamie, Luca, Jenson, Thomas and Gero) take on Langley Hall in their first match of the school year. Although it was only a friendly the message from Mr Woodward was that he wanted to start the season well and gain some confidence going into the league fixtures after Christmas. Holy Family started well and were playing some excellent passing football which was very pleasing on the eye. Despite their early dominance the boys couldn’t find a goal that their play deserved and had to settle for a 0-0 score-line going into half time. Mr Woodward was full of praise at half time as the boys were playing well, the one message he did have was to make sure they were more clinical when chances to score came along. The second half proved to be much more of an even affair with Langley Hall coming back into the game. Both teams were now creating chances to score but not finding that final piece of quality to take the lead, both goalkeepers doing really well and making some good saves to keep the score 0-0. Despite the best efforts of both teams the final whistle blew with the boys having to settle for a 0-0 in a very entertaining game. All the team played really well so are all deserving of the player of the match. Well done to all the boys.
Tuesday saw the Year 3/4 athletics squad head over to Herschel Grammar to take part in the SSSN Sports Hall Athletics competition. After 2 ½ hours of intense competition between the 11 schools taking part in the event Holy Family would eventually finish in 4th place overall. Special mentions go to Remi and Luana as well as Ben and Chibbs for winning their 1+1 lap relays very convincingly, and to the boys who won their Chest Push and Standing Long Jump events respectively. A big well done to all that took part. The Year 5/6 squad were due to take part in their event during the afternoon but unfortunately were unable to do so due to a power cut happening at Herschel shortly after they arrived. Their event will now be taking place in January instead.
Thursday saw both the boys and girls football squads from Year 5/6 head over to Lynch Hill to take part in their respective County Cup matches. The girls (Kerry, Scarlett, Aliana, Ellen-Mae, Erin, Sienna, Connie and Isla) began proceedings for the afternoon and were very quick to take control of the game, forcing the Lynch Hill goalkeeper into three excellent saves early on. Despite all of the early pressure coming from Holy Family it was Lynch Hill who went in front, completely against the run of play, when their striker picked the ball up 15 yards and hit an excellent shot into the top corner. That goal was the first that the girls had conceded in ANY game they’ve played this year so it was a shock to the system to say the least. Holy Family weren’t behind for very long however as Sienna levelled the scores almost instantly from a very acute angle. With the way the game had gone up to that point it seemed like only a matter of time until Holy Family would get themselves in front…………but following a very uncharacteristic mix-up in the Holy Family defence the Lynch Hill striker was able to put the home side 2-1 just before half time. The message from Mr Woodward to the girls at half time is that they simply had to be more clinical with the chances they would undoubtedly create in the second half to ensure that their dominance was rewarded.
The pattern of the game stayed the same in the second half, with Holy Family pretty much camped in Lynch Hill’s half of the pitch. But as the half wore on the girls simply could not find an equaliser due to poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping. With a few minutes remaining Aliana stormed out of defence with the ball and hit a rocket of a shot that hit one post, rolled across the goal-line, hit the other post and rolled straight into the goalkeeper’s hands………..it was at this point that Holy Family knew it was going to be one of them days unfortunately. The final whistle blew shortly afterwards with Holy Family somehow losing the game 2-1. Due to this result the girls will now have to win their match against Westende on Monday to have any chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition. The girls all played well and were by far and away the better team, which the manager of Lynch Hill admitted to his credit, but the tough lesson for them is that they must take their chances when they are as dominant as they were.
The boys team (Kenedy, Alex, Fabian, Dylan, Loris, Zac and Raphael) got their game underway shortly afterwards, and like the girls were on the front foot from the first whistle. The early pressure eventually told as Raphael put Holy Family in front following some good work from Dylan and Zac. Holy Family continued to control proceedings and went 2-0 ahead from a fine free kick from Zac. Chances continued to come for the visitors with Dylan, Zac, Loris and Raphael all being denied by an incredibly defiant Lynch Hill goalkeeper………..if not for him it could quite easily have been a cricket score going into half time. As it was the half time whistle blew with Holy Family in a commanding 2-0 lead. Although in command of the game 2-0 is never a comfortable lead and all it takes is one defensive error to let the opposition back into the game. Therefore the message from Mr Woodward was simply not to allow that to happen by being more clinical in front of goal………………….sounds familiar from the girls match doesn’t it!
Within a minute of the restart Holy Family should really have put the match beyond any doubt. Some excellent play from Zac led to the ball being tantalisingly played across the penalty area, all it needed was a touch for a certain goal……………….but nobody was able to get the foot on the ball meaning yet another chance was wasted. Holy Family would eventually go 3-0 up when Loris was on hand to tuck the ball home after a goalmouth scramble. Despite a number of further chances for the visitors, Zac hitting the post with the best chance, it would take until the final minute of the match to make it 4-0. Raphael with a well taken left footed finish. The final whistle blew and the boys ran out very comfortable winners. A good start for the team in their bid to qualify for the next round. My player of the match goes to Dylan for his tireless work in midfield and his ability to create chances for others. Well done to Dylan and all the boys involved.
Parents’ Evening Appointments Nursery – Year 1 and Year 2 – Year 6
This is the only Parents’ Evening during the academic year when teachers meet with all parents.
Nursery to Year 1 will be traditional parent/teacher meetings and children are not expected to attend. Children from Year 2 to Year 6 are expected to attend with a parent and they will be prepared to share their work with you. Please visit the dining room to meet our school chef and taste some of the dishes the children enjoy on our three week rolling menu.
Year 2- Year 6 Parents’ Evenings (Tuesday 19th November and Thursday 21st November)
As you will be aware, we would like you to bring your child to the forthcoming Parents’ Evenings.
The benefits of bringing children along are: the partnership between pupil, parents and teachers and the fact that children are required to take increased ownership of their work.
The disadvantages are: the lack of opportunity for parents to share confidential information and the fact that there will be many children in school. Teachers are available at the beginning and end of every day to speak to parents, so I suggest you speak to them before Parents’ Evening about anything confidential. If it is possible to make arrangements not to bring children younger than Year 2 pupils, that would be appreciated. If not, please take them into the meeting with you. Siblings from Year 2- Year 6 may attend siblings’ appointments if you wish or preferably wait in the reading area of the classroom parents are in. Please bring a book or a quiet activity for them to do during the 15-minute appointment. Siblings must be supervised by their parents at all times and may not wander away from you.
Children will be showing you their books and you will be given some prompt questions to ask your child.Year 3 and older have experienced this once before, Year 2 children may be a bit nervous but with patience and encouragement they will develop the language and skills necessary to converse with you about their work.
January Staffing Update
At the end of this term we will be saying ‘happy retirement’ to Mrs Broderick (PA to Mrs Benn and Mr Seymour) and to Mr Seymour – ‘congratulations and good luck in your first headship.’ Mrs Broderick was an excellent PA to Mrs O’Connor and more recently to Mrs Benn. She has cheerfully welcomed hundreds of families every day, collated information for weekly staff briefings and weekly parents’ newsletters, celebrated children’s achievements on her wall of fame, been clerk to the governors and generally helped Mrs Benn in so many ways. Please join staff in wishing her health and happiness in the future. Mr Seymour commences his first post as headteacher in a new Special School in January. He takes with him all he has learned as SENCO at Holy Family and we welcome back Mrs Wasley as an interim SENCO until Easter in the first instance.
We have been advised by Tan Dhesi, an election candidate, that between now and the election on the 12th December he will be canvasing before or after school in the slip road outside school.
Two of our Year 6 boys were approached by three men outside Langley library on Monday evening; one was asked his age and what school he went to. The boys were not distressed and did not feel threatened. The local police were contacted and visited school the following day to ask detailed descriptions of the adults. Our boys coped with the situation and police questions very well. Sadly, you will have heard and read about ‘county lines’ drug dealing in the national news. This is not written to shock or frighten you just to raise awareness that nowhere is immune from adults looking to entice children to make bad choices. Next week, Mrs Benn will discuss this incident with all Y5 and Y6 pupils. They will be told never to engage with strangers, never to accept anything from strangers and always to tell parents and teachers immediately if they are approached. Please reinforce these messages particularly with Holy Family children who walk home alone.
We are delighted to tell you about the 8 children who have been elected for Holy Family School Council, they will bring colourful personality to the school and make the school and world a better place. We promise to value, inspire and challenge every pupil and make this school the best it can be! We made campaign promises that would be better for our school. Here is a bit about us:
Sinead: Hello! I’m Sinead and I love helping out and I’m very passionate about creative writing.
Kenedy: Hello, I’m Kenedy and I love football and karate. I will be here to listen to all your concerns and bring them to School Council.
Giovanni: Hi I am Giovanni and I love sports and my friends.
Jared: Hello my name is Jared and my favourite thing to do is play sports.
Livvie: Hello I am Livvie I like drawing at school and at home wherever I go.
Natalie: I like playing football and drawing.
Dominic: Hello my name is Dominic and I like to make people laugh.
Nicole: I enjoy art and also like dancing.
You will also recognise us by our gold School Council badges, please come and talk to us if you have any problems. We are looking forward to listening to all the pupils ideas and trying to make our school a better place.
New School Council Team
The School Council Team would like to thank everyone helping so generously to raise money for the Poppy Appeal last week.
Nursery Parents: Admission to School September 2020
You must apply via your local authority website for a place in a Reception class before 15th January 2020.
If you are applying for a place at Holy Family School, you must also obtain a priest’s reference form from your parish priest and return it to school by 15th January 2020. (Forms can be obtained from school or downloaded from our website.) Your priest’s reference must not be more than three months old.
PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS CONSIST OF TWO PARTS
- Online Common Application Form to your Local Authority
- Supplementary Forms A and B returned to school.
BOTH MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE 15TH JANUARY 2020.
Admission to Nursery September 2020
The Nursery 2020 admission round is now open and also closes on the 15th January 2020. Nursery application and priest’s reference forms can be obtained from the school website or office.
Mrs Helen Mynett, Admissions Officer
PTA NEWS (Parent Teacher Association)
PTA Family Disco and Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 22nd November 2019 6.30 – 10pm at St Anne’s Hall.
Please return slips and payment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment if you wish to attend the PTA Family Disco. Any donations of chocolates and wine for the raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Emma Oakes PTA Chair.
PTA Pantomime – Thursday 12th December 2019 Evening performance 7pm
PTA Pantomime – Thursday 12th December 2019 Evening performance of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal Windsor 7pm – Panto tickets are selling fast! Please book now to avoid disappointment.
They are priced at £15.75 each and you may purchase up to 6 per family. Your child must be a current pupil at Holy Family or you must be a current member of staff. As soon as you have made payment, please email me at HFPantotickets@outlook.com to let me know you have paid, as this is how seats will be allocated, on a first come, first serve basis. Please could you also let me know your child’s name and what year they are in. I will contact you to ask before issuing tickets if this information isn’t provided.
Tickets can be purchased by following this link. https://holyfamilycatholicschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7aa2bcd83fa08a86845991809&id=f8aaf254e2&e=dac6c7700a
Please note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay, as you can select “continue as guest” If you have any problems, please just let me know.
Please also let me know if you have any special requirements.
Melanie White (Jude’s Mum, Year 1)
Sasha Grimes (Yr2 Mrs Powell) has decided he would like to help a charity called Boots 2 Africa. They collect used football boots and kits to send to children in Africa wanting to play football. If you have any boots or kits that are in good condition and wish to donate then please drop them to Sasha in Mrs Powell’s class. Thank you.