Weekly Newsletter

Summer Term                            Newsletter No. 38     Friday 14th July 2017

Dear Parents,

At the end of our final full week the excitement for the summer holidays is mounting.

This week, Year 2 had a successful trip to Iver Nature Centre while Year 1 celebrated UK day and Year 5 finished this terms history topic with Viking day. Mrs English held a music creative homework exhibition, one Year 5 class visited the local library and the whole school were introduced to the Summer Reading Challenge by a local librarian. In addition to the above, Mr Flisher and Mrs Pearmaine accompanied our Year 5/6 basket ballers and Year 5/6 girls footballers to tournaments. We saw Mr Flisher in a new light when he returned to school with even more face paints than the footballers!

Next week, the focus will most certainly be on our Year 6 Leavers as they say their farewells. We are extremely proud of all they have achieved personally and academically. They are ready for the new challenges that secondary school will bring and we wish them every happiness in the future.

Thank you all for supporting your child and our numerous school events throughout the year. Before the end of the term our Year 6 reporters will distribute their Summer Term magazine – we hope you like it!

On behalf of all staff and governors I wish you a happy, peaceful and safe summer break and look forward to working with you again in the new year.

God bless

Mrs Benn

Diary Dates

Monday 17th July                            Week 1 of Menu

Wednesday 19th July                     Leavers’ Mass at Church 9.30am

Nursery closes for Summer at end of day

Y6 Production to whole school 2pm (Grandparents  welcome)

Y6 Leavers’ Presentation/Production and Disco 6pm – 10pm

Thursday 20th July                        Close for Summer 12.15pm

Friday 21st July                               STAFF INSET – SCHOOL CLOSED


Autumn Term 2017

Monday 4th September                  STAFF INSET – SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 5th September                 Start of Term for school  


Amazing Achievements

This week we were delighted to hear the achievements of 7 children:

Jasmine Joseph, Sofia Morris, Emily De Oliveira Alves (Year 1) and Maria Charlton (Year 2) participated in ‘A Time to Dance’ ballet and tap show at Maidenhead Town Hall last weekend with the Sholen Academy of Dance. All the girls presented a beautiful ballet and tap performance of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver. Well done girls, keep on dancing!

Sofie Chong (Year 4) and her brother Dillon Chong (Year 6) competed in the Inter-county team tournament involving county teams from Berkshire, Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Dillon won Gold in the boys individual tournament and as a team, the Berkshire Boys won Silver. Sofie received silver in the girls individual tournament and the Berkshire Girls Team won Gold for their county. Excellent achievements, well done Sofie and Dillon.

Jayden Meghoma, (Year 6 ) together with his mum and aunt, took part in the Bristol muddy run. The run was in aid of Cancer research. Jayden thoroughly enjoyed the muddy challenge and managed to complete the course in one of the quickest times. Together they managed to raise over £500. Thank you to all who made a donation to such a worthy cause.

2017 Standards

This year our children achieved well at the end of Reception, in Year 1 phonics, at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.


Good Level of Development: 68%

Year 1 Phonics:


KS1 SATs (Year 2)

Reading: 78% at national, 30% at greater depth.

Writing: 80% at national, 25% at greater depth.

Maths: 80% at national, 23% at greater depth.

KS2 SATs (Year 6)

Reading: 85% at national, 40% at higher level.

Writing: 85% at national, 29% at higher level. (Teacher assessment)

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar: 84% at national, 44% at higher level.

Maths: 92% at national, 47% at higher level.

81% achieved the national standard in all three tests reading, writing and maths.

23% achieved the higher level in all three.

Staff and governors are delighted with the high standards achieved across the school. Children, staff and parents have worked hard to achieve the results above – well done everyone!

Goodbye and thank you

Next Thursday, we will be very sad to say goodbye to Mrs Clark (Reception teacher /EYFS Leader), Mrs Bolsover (Support teacher/Library Leader), Miss Gilliver (Year 1 teacher) and Mrs Wiltshire (Year 6 teacher/Y5&6 Leader). In addition to the teachers above we also thank Mrs Athappilly and Mrs Caren, members of our support staff team, for all their hard work and support.

We also thank Kim O’Keeffe for all her hard work keeping our school clean for many years.

They will all be missed by children and colleagues alike – we thank them for caring for our children and wish them every success in the future.

Parents Views

Please complete the Parental Survey that children brought home today. Please post in the box in our school reception area. Thank you.

Report Feedback

Teachers have heard a lot of children saying their parents response to their reports. If you have a spare few minutes over the weekend teachers would really appreciate you completing and returning the report feedback forms.

Music display

As advised last week, there is a display of music homework in the hall. We had said it would be taken down on Friday, however, some people haven’t had the chance to pop in and take a look. If you would like to see the inspiring work produced by the children we will be keeping it up until Monday afternoon and all exhibits will be returned to children on Tuesday. Please pop in and take a look. Mrs English

Sports Kit

Please have a look around for any school football kit and return them before the end of the school year. Thanks to all the children who represented the school so well in so many different events this year and thanks to all the parents, grandparents and others who have assisted in transporting and collecting the children.

Summer Camp is back!

School Camp dates for the summer holiday are 24th July – 4th August. Mrs Ragg and other staff will host two weeks of fun activities on site for children aged 5-11. If you wish your child/children to attend kindly complete the booking form and return to the school office with either cash or cheque payment to Holy Family Catholic School as soon as possible. Thank you. Mrs Ragg

Asthma Action Plan


If your child has an Asthma Inhaler in school, please complete and return the Asthma Action Plan form that was sent out previously. It is vital we have this information for our school records. If you need a new form please come in and ask at Reception. Thank you if you have already returned your child’s form to me.


Flu Nasal Vaccination Nursery, Reception, Year 1, 2 & 3

An information letter from Berkshire Healthcare NHS regarding the Flu vaccine is in your child’s book bag today. Please read it carefully.  You will receive further details and a consent form after the summer holidays. Thank you, Carole Gonoud.

School Lunches for the Autumn Term

Parents with children in the current Reception to Year 5 Classes.  Any menu choices we currently hold for your child will continue as they are for the September term.  You do not need to do anything if you wish your child to continue having lunches.  If you wish to make changes please let me know by Tuesday 18th July.

Parents with children in Year 2 who are moving up to Year 3 will need to start paying for meals from September.  Please see the letter I have sent home with your child, may I ask you to respond by Tuesday 18th July.  I can then make any adjustments over the summer break.  If you require a reminder of your ParentPay login please contact me on school.admin@holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk

Parent Pay

I will write to parents of new Reception children in the first week of term with unique Logins and Passwords to enable you to set up a ParentPay account.  Although your child will be having a Universal Free School Meal, there will be times when we ask you to pay for trips etc.

If any parents need a reminder of their ParentPay login details, please contact me on the email address above.

Dear Year 6 Parents, Please ensure that you clear your child’s school lunch account before the 18th July. If your balance falls below the minimum payment of £23.00 please be so kind as to send it in by cash or cheque.

Please may we remind all other year groups to top up your Parent Pay account. Thank you in advance, Tina Tushingham, Business Manager

School Uniform orders

If you have recently placed an order for new school uniform, this is now ready to be collected from the school office. Thank you Mrs Condron.


July 2017

Dear Parents,

As the 2016/2017 academic year draws to a close, the Governors’ would like to thank you for the enthusiasm and support you continue to show our school.

It is also an opportunity to take a step back and see all that has been achieved this year.

First, it is great to see us maintain our high standards in Religious Education through the catholic ethos of our school. We are so fortunate to have such close links with our Parish and with Father Kevin, Kieran and Mrs Bowler. Our Community continues to grow and supports our vision of ‘Trying to make the world a better place through creating a learning environment based on gospel values where all adults and children become better people’.

Secondly, the school continues to achieve high standards in teaching and learning and I hope that you can see this through reading the termly school magazine showing all the hard work that your children are doing. None of this would be possible if we did not have the dedication of all the teachers, teaching assistants and all the support staff. We really appreciate the care they take to make sure our children know their value.

Finance continues to be a focus for us as a Governing body and although our budget is tighter than last year it will be monitored closely throughout the year and governors are very confident that the quality of the overall education and experiences of our children will continue to be as high as it has always been. However, we cannot be complacent and we are always looking at ingenious ways of saving money.

I would also like to take the opportunity to say goodbye to all our Year 6 children – we wish them well as they move on to secondary education with a solid foundation of knowledge and who are confident, able young people. Embrace the next stage of your learning journey and I hope you will always have fond memories of your time at Holy Family.

The Governors would like to thank you all for your continuing support of the school. We would also like to thank the PTA for their continuing hard work in organising successful social events to raise extra funds. The governors would also like to thank our dedicated and hard working staff team for their continuing efforts. We would like to close by wishing all our Leavers this year every success in their future endeavours and forthcoming challenges and we would like to extend a warm welcome to those families and staff joining us in September.

God Bless

Doreen Ann

Chair of Governors