Weekly Newsletter

Autumn Term Newsletter No. 10 Friday 17th November 2017

Dear Parents,
This was certainly one of our busier weeks – especially for Year 1!

Year 1 and Year 4 jointly hosted a wonderful art exhibition. Their creativity was enjoyed by other families at Parents’ Evenings. Year 1 also visited the London Postal Museum on Wednesday; where they had the opportunity to post, sort and deliver mail in addition to visiting the museum.

Children were delighted to represent the school in athletics and at a football match. Staff who escorted the children reported how beautifully they behaved and how proud Holy Family children made them feel. Also, some keen footballers took part in an advanced coaching session from a coach affiliated to QPR ( I know a few are hoping to be scouted!).

This week is national anti-bullying week and the focus this year is on empowering young people. Our amazing school councillors led two Friendship assemblies about celebrating difference and what bullying is and isn’t.

In addition to all of the above, one Year 6 class visited a World War II bunker in Hillingdon and we hosted two overwhelmingly positive Parents’ Evenings. Please see the feedback request in your child’s book bag.

I thank our dedicated teaching team for the wonderful opportunities and experiences they plan for our children, and for all their enthusiasm and hard work every day.

On behalf of the staff, thank you to all parents who help their children complete creative homework, accompany trips, remember extra sports kit and packed lunches, read with your children daily and much more. We are very lucky to have such supportive parents.

I wish all the families attending tonight’s PTA disco a marvellous evening and wish you all a restful weekend.
God bless
Mrs Benn

Friday 17th November PTA Disco/Fish and chip supper (6.30pm St Anne’s Hall) SOLD OUT
Sunday 19th November Thames Valley Indoor Athletics Championships 12 noon – 4.15pm
Monday 20th November Week 1 of Menu
Reception Miss Delaloye Library visit 1.30pm
Y5/6 Girls’ County Cup Football Match at Claycots Kick off 3.15pm
Father Kevin signing school forms 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th 3.30 – 6.30pm
Tuesday 21st November Y6 Christmas Unwrapped at Langley Free Church 1.30 – 3.00pm
PTA Wrap Night 7.30pm Venue details from Sharon Chatyoka
Wednesday 22nd November Y3 Egyptian Day
Y5 Brazilian Day
Y6 Trip to WWII Bunker – Uxbridge – Mrs Ragg
Thursday 23rd November Y4 Miss Brophy Library visit 1.30pm
Friday 24th November PTA Helpers 8.45am
Saturday 25th November Parish – Caribbean Party at St Anne’s Hall 7pm – 10pm
Monday 27th November Week 2 of Menu
Y5 Mrs Fox Library visit 1.30pm
Wednesday 29th November Y5/6 Boys’ Football League match v Ryvers at HFS 3.30pm
Y4,5,6 Choir Concert at St John the Baptist, Windsor Parish Church 5.45pm
Thursday 30th November Nursery and Reception wear Blue for St Andrew’s Day
Monday 4th December Week 3 of Menu
Y5/6 Girls’ Football League Match v Ryvers at HFS 3.30pm
Tuesday 5th December Nursery and Reception Nativity – Parents welcome 2pm
Wednesday 6th December Nursery and Reception Nativity – Parents welcome 10am
Y5/6 Girls’ County Cup Football match v South Lake at HFS 3.00pm
Thursday 7th December Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1) Nativity – Parents welcome 2pm
Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1) Nativity – Parents welcome 7pm
Friday 8th December Mufti Day – Tombola prizes to PTA
Saturday 9th December PTA Christmas Fair 11am – 2pm

Amazing Achievements
This week we were delighted to hear the achievements of two children:
Amellia Pace (Year 3) Amellia is a member of the St John Ambulance Badger group who at just eight years old saved her mum’s life when she began to choke. Seeing her mum choking, Amellia had the confidence to know what to do in an emergency and put her life saving training into action. Wow, an amazing achievement Amellia.
Sofie Chong (Year 5) did superbly well this weekend, winning 4 medals in one day at the badminton tournament in Reading. Sofie won Gold in U11 Girls’ Singles, Silver in U11 Girls’ Doubles, Gold in U13 Mixed Doubles (partnering with her brother) and Silver in U13 Girls’ Doubles. Wow, what a busy weekend, marvellous achievements Sofie.

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.

Girls’ U11 County Cup Football Group Stage
On Wednesday 7th November, the Holy Family Girls’ Football Team played against St Peters. After we changed into our boots we went out for some last minute training and set up the pitch. Moments later the St Peter’s team arrived. Within the first minutes of the match, we scored making it 1-0 to us. They put up a strong defence but we managed to score another goal which made it 2-0. Even though we put up a fierce fight, they managed to get one goal back to make it 2-1 at half time. After a quick pep talk and swapping players, we went out for the second half. We quickly gained an upper hand and scored making 3-1. Even though we kept the play in their half, their defenders worked hard to stop us from adding another. We were really pleased when the whistle went for full time because we had won 3-1.
By Zuzanna Borowska

It’s been a very busy week with a vast amount of children from Year 3-6 taking part in football and athletics matches and events.

Last Friday, I took the Year 5/6 Boys football team to Finchampstead to take part in two of their County Cup matches against Finchampstead and Shinfield St Mary’s schools respectively. The first match was a match that Holy Family dominated throughout with goals from Michael (3), Rhys, Tyler and Jacob giving them an impressive 6-0 win. After a short break to re-energise the boys then took on Shinfield St Mary’s in what proved to be a much tighter affair. Holy Family were not at their best but dug in deep to claim a hard fought 2-1 win against a decent Shinfield side, with the goals both coming from Michael. Two wins out of two is all you can ask for and now the team must wait to see if they have qualified for the next stage. Well done boys.

Tuesday saw 37 children from Years 3/4 and 5/6 head to Herschel Grammar School at different points of the day to take part in the Slough Schools Sports Hall Athletics event.

The Year 3/4 children competed very well going by the feedback I received from Mr Flisher and can be proud of their 5th place finish overall. With Holy Family being the only school who took more than one Year 3 child to the event that is an achievement not to be scoffed at.

The Year 5/6 children were very competitive in each event that they took part in and came away finishing in a very respectable 3rd place. Each child that took part should be very proud of what they achieved. Well done to all 37 children that took part in the morning or afternoon.

The final piece of sporting action saw the Year 4 Boys football team take on their Langley Hall counterparts in a friendly after school on Wednesday. After taking the lead in the first 30 seconds of the match Holy Family went on to control the first half with a hat-trick from Harry giving them a deserved 3-0 lead. Langley Hall did pull a goal back early in the second half but Harry came up with an absolutely magnificent 4th goal to put the game beyond doubt…………it was so good that even the opposition manager applauded it. The final whistle blew with Holy Family running out 4-1 winners.

Special mentions to Kenedy for his performance in goal and Emmanuel for his strong defensive performance but Harry was the recipient of the man of the match award for his 4 goals and all round excellent performance. He really does have the potential to go on and become a potential superstar in the future in my opinion. A big well done to Harry and the entire team.
Mr Woodward, Sports Teacher

Congratulations to Mrs English
Last Saturday, Mrs English welcomed to the world her beautiful daughter. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs English on the safe arrival of their first child, Emilia.

Comprehension Homework
Each child is set comprehension homework from Year 2 to Year 6, and I would like to take this opportunity to clarify how this subject is taught and marked. Before the homework is sent home, teachers go through the text with the children – discussing tricky vocabulary, sentence structures and the questions themselves. Once the homework has been completed, the children go through their answers with their teacher as a whole class. When children are involved in the marking of their work, research tells us that it is much more beneficial to the children as they have the opportunity to discuss what they have put and why they have put it, and the teacher gets a good idea of the reasoning behind their answers. They would not receive this feedback if the teacher took their books and marked them without involving the children in this process. We are currently considering a variety of ways regarding how we can best get feedback and the answers to parents, in order that you may best support your child with their homework.

Reading books
We have recently taken order of some additional books for our KS2 reading scheme, as our supplies are depleting. Could you please take a few minutes this weekend to search for any reading books that may be at home and return them to school next week. It costs a lot of money to replace lost books, and we would really appreciate any ‘missing’ books being returned!

Many thanks, Mrs Doyle, Literacy Leader

National Nursery Rhyme Week
This week Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in National Nursery Rhyme week, learning a new nursery rhyme each day including; Incy Wincy Spider, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Dr Foster, 2 Little Dickie Birds and Hey Diddle Diddle. The children have had such fun exploring these through lots of exciting creative work such as printing, collaging and music making. The use of nursery rhymes in children’s development really helps their early literacy and communication skills so we encourage you to ask your children about all the rhymes they have learnt this week; we hope you enjoy them as much as the children have!
Miss Delaloye, EYFS Leader

School Council
The new School Council have been elected and we would like to introduce ourselves: Evie Tidd (Year 3 Mrs Hendy’s class), Enzo Martini (Year 3 Mrs Bowler’s class), Jennifer Joseph (Year 4 Miss Brophy), Dylan McCarthy (Year 4 Miss Maini), Itohan Ogiamien (Year 5 Mr McInerney’s class), Naomi Mwaura (Year 5 Mrs Fox), Rochelle Perera (Year 6 Mrs Caswell/Mrs Doyle) and Thea D’Amaro (Year 6 Mrs Ragg). We have had a busy few weeks organising an important assembly for KS1 and KS2. On Monday 13th November, we introduced ‘Friendship Week’ by performing an assembly about friendship and anti-bullying to KS2. We showed KS2 what bullying was and how you can tell if someone is bullying you. We told them about the three different types of bullying: cyber bullying, physical and verbal. We also shared the message with children if you are bullied, you must TELL someone. We also shared our ‘Friendship’ assembly with KS1 showing the importance of our differences and how special our friends are.
From School Council and Mrs Powell.

School Lunches
Please top up your Parent Pay accounts if necessary. Thank you Mrs Tushingham, Business Manager.

Volunteers welcomed
If there are any parents who have a morning or an afternoon free and are interested in volunteering, please contact Janice Broderick. Teachers are always looking for regular volunteers to help listen to children read and assist with displays. Please note volunteers do not generally work in the same year group as their child/children.

Also, on Mondays and Thursdays we are sometimes short of adults to escort children to the local library. If you are able to help us keep this initiative going, we would be very grateful.
Mrs Broderick can be contacted by email Janice.Broderick@holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk

Nursery Parents
If you are a practicing Catholic family applying for a place at Holy Family School, please make an appointment next week to obtain a signed Priest’s reference. Father Kevin will be available at the presbytery between3.30 and 6.30pm on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th.
Please call 01753 543770 to make an appointment.

Your Priest’s reference forms parts of your school application and must be submitted to the school office before 15th January 2018.

We seek to appoint a Finance Assistant/Attendance Office to support our administration team to commence January 2018. Hours of work Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm per week, term time only plus 5 inset days. Closing date to receive applications is Friday 24th November 2017.

If anyone is interested in this vacancy, please email Janice.Broderick@holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk for an application form and job description. You may also download this information from the school vacancies section on the webpage.

Matched Funding
Does your company offer a charitable match funding scheme? Some schools are able to boost their PTA income through such schemes. Barclays for example offer their employees the opportunity to match funds they raise for their chosen charity up to £750 per year and this is available for three activities a year! Aviva have introduced a similar ‘£Plus’ matching scheme. Generally, banks and building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utilities providers, phone companies and car manufacturers offer to match money raised by employees, doubling their contribution to their chosen charity.

This could really help our school and ultimately your children. If you were able to do a shift on a stall at the Christmas fair and approach your company to match the proceeds of the stall, this would boost the fundraising efforts of our hard working PTA. Please consider asking your employer if this is available to you.
Please contact Tina Tushingham if you are able to help in this way. Thank you.

Slough Grammar Schools
During Parents’ Evenings a few Year 5 parents asked teachers about the 11+ process. There is a Slough Consortium website www.Sloughconsortium.org.uk which will publish information about applying for grammar school places September 2019 from March 2018.
There is a document called Slough Consortium Grammar Schools – Guide to 11+ test for entry 2018. This can be found on St Bernard’s Grammar School website under School Information/Admissions.

Dangerous Driving
Last Friday, a member of staff witnessed a large black car parked in the slip road drive across the grass and pavement to join the main road.
We have 450 children leaving school at 3.50pm daily expecting the grass and pavement to be safe. I’m sure everyone would agree the manoeuvre was reckless and selfish. We often remind parents to park and walk rather than attempt to park in the slip road. If you do decide to park in the slip road then you must expect to wait in the queue to join the main road.

Please be vigilant and keep your children close to you as you walk home.

PTA News
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to the ‘Family disco’ on Friday evening. Please arrive by
6.45pm as this is when food will be served; doors will open at 6.30pm. Please note that you will not receive any tickets as this is ‘a book in on arrival’ checklist at the entrance door.

I would personally like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets making my first PTA event a ‘sell out’. There will be a tuck shop, face painting and fabulous raffle prizes too. There is also the bar in the hall, please note this is a cash only bar.

Thank you and I’m looking forward to seeing lots of you tonight.

Wrap Night Tuesday 21st November 7.30pm
We are looking for help on Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm to help prepare and wrap items. This is a lovely evening and really helps us to get things prepared in advance. Everyone welcome, so if you would like to join us, please email me, and I will forward details of Marian’s address.

Helpers required Friday 24th November 8.45am
We are also looking for help on Friday 24th November, after school drop off, to help wrap wine bottles ready for our ‘Water to Wine’ stall. Please wait in main reception if you are happy to volunteer for an hour.

Christmas fair, Saturday 9th December 11am – 2pm
The date is getting close now, so I will be looking for anyone who would like to come and join us on the day to help set up, clear away or participate on a stall, please do get in touch.

Selling raffle tickets at Holy Family Church
I would like some volunteers please to help sell raffle tickets at each mass on Saturday 18th November, Sunday 19th November, Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November. If you can help on any of these dates, please let me know.

Newspapers and empty toilet tissue rolls for PTA events to wrap wine and make Christmas crackers.
Please leave by the PTA container or by main reception. Thank you.

Reduced rate ticket sales have gone very well as usual for this this year’s pantomime at Theatre Royal Windsor to see SLEEPING BEAUTY! We now have only 7 tickets available, so if you would like to book these then do so very soon to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £15 per head and include a £1 donation to our school to help towards our funding goals of 2017. Tickets can be booked at www.mydonate.bt.com/events/panto2017 . Full details of the show are available at www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk.
Thank you
Sharon Chatyoka PTA Chair Email shazbignold@aol.com Telephone/text 07852 268552

Parish News
Tickets are now on sale for the ‘Caribbean Party’ on Saturday 25th November 2017 – 7pm – 10pm,
At St Ann’s Parish Hall, Holy Family Church – Part proceeds for Hurricane Relief.
Tickets cost £7 per adult and £5 per child. Please see Mrs Woodley if you wish to purchase tickets, or at Holy Family Church at the weekend.

Other News
Oh yay…Oh yay…Oh yay…have you missed out on the PTA panto at Windsor this year? Mrs Euden’s pantomime by Concorde Productions, for its 70th year is performing Dick Whittington & his Cat in Egham. The pantomime runs from Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm with a matinee performance at 2pm. This year I am able to offer a reduced group rate for Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th December…sounds like a deal too good to be missed! Come and find me at the end of the day in Mrs Green’s class in Year 2 to book your tickets. Mrs Euden