Weekly Newsletter

Spring Term Newsletter No. 21 Friday 23rd February 2018

Dear Parents,
Welcome back and we hope you all enjoyed last week’s break from the hectic term time routine.
On the 10th February, Dalia, Mia, Lexie and Jake joined children from across Slough to represent Berkshire at a South Region Athletics competition. We proudly share that they all brought home silver medals as both the boys and girls teams came second. Well done all, including parents who gave up a whole day to support the event.
During half term, the final toilet renovations took place under Mr Hourican’s watchful eye. The KS1 and second set of KS2 toilets were completed to schedule and the modern décor enhances the environment for our children. As a Catholic school, whose buildings are owned by the diocese, we must generate 10% of any new build or renovation costs and we are very grateful to our wonderful PTA for the money they have allocated towards this costly project.
As church and prayer tables are adorned in purple to mark the season of Lent, we welcomed Father Kevin on Thursday and he led a beautiful reflection on the Stations of the Cross. He commented that parishioners loved having Y2 and Y6 join them for mass on Tuesday. All children should have been given a prayer card to mark the Year of Prayer and Vocation; the prayer is quite adult so please read it with your child.
This week began as it has ended – with an uplifting assembly. On Monday, Mr Seymour and Eva Haymonds focused on self-motivation; energising us all to think about how we can help ourselves by having a positive attitude to learning and the importance of visualising our targets. This morning, Mrs Hendy’s Year 3 class were delighted to sing powerful songs throughout their assembly about ‘Happiness’. They pointed out the importance of doing things that make us feel happy; they referred to the ‘domino effect’ cheerful friends have on us, how the joy in giving is greater than receiving, they thought about children who have far less than us and the comfort in knowing we will always be forgiven by God for the times when we are grumpy. Thank you to Mrs Hendy and the Year 3 team for all the hard work that resulted in such a beautiful assembly.
Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket for tonight’s PTA family night. We wish you all good luck at the bingo!
If you left school via the main entrance today, you might have noticed six large wooden carrots. Why do you think they have appeared?
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
God bless
Mrs Benn

DIARY DATES
Monday 26th February Week 2 of Menu
Y3 Mrs Bowler Library visit 1.30pm
Y4 Living Eggs arrive into school
Y5/6 Boys County Cup Football v Manor Primary at Manor School 2pm
Tuesday 27th February Y1 and Y5 Mass for Lent at Holy Family Church 9.30am
PTA meeting 7.30pm (Venue to be confirmed)
Wednesday 28th February Y3 Hampton Court Palace trip
Y5/6 Football league Match v Langley Hall at Holy Family 3.30pm
Thursday 1st March World Book Day (Dress up as your favourite character)
Friday 2nd March Y3/4 Tag Rugby at Slough Rugby Club
Monday 5th March Week 3 of Menu
Y4 Trip to Verulamium Museum
Y2 Mrs Green Library visit 1.30pm
Tuesday 6th March Y1 and Y5 Mass for Lent at Holy Family Church 9.30am
Thursday 8th March Mother’s Day Coffee Morning 9-10am
Y2 Mrs Powell Library visit 1.30pm
Friday 9th March Miss Delaloye’s Reception Class Assembly 9am
Monday 12th March Week 1 of Menu
Y1 Mr Seymour Library visit 1.30pm
Y5/6 Netball Rally
Tuesday 13th March Y5 Stone Age Exhibition for parents from 2.50pm
Wednesday 14th March Y3 Tudor day
Thursday 15th March Y1 Mrs Hume Library visit 1.30pm
St Bernard’s Prep Football and Netball Festival
Friday 16th March St Patrick’s Day EYFS wear green

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.’

Weekly Sports Update
With the scheduled Year 5 & 6 football and netball matches both having to be unfortunately postponed the only sporting update I have to bring you is news of how Dalia, Lexie, Mia and Jake got on when they represented Team Berkshire at the South Regional Sports Hall Athletics Championships on the Saturday before half term.
All four children involved contributed significantly to both of their teams finishing in second place, with the girls finishing just 5 points behind Team Surrey. On looking at the individual results of each athlete I was delighted to see that both Lexie and Jake were the top performers in the whole competition in their individual field events, meaning that they are the most talented child in those particular events (Balance Test and Chest Push respectively) in the entire South of England Region. When you think of how many children have taken part in both the Berkshire and then the South Regional events (I would think well over 350-400 children at least) that is an unbelievably special achievement which both of them should rightly be proud of. Well done to Lexie, Jake, Dalia and Mia for first of all doing so well to be selected for the Berkshire team and then for contributing to both teams finishing in second place.
Next week sees four separate sporting fixtures or events taking place for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 so it promises to be a busy one. I, of course will keep you updated with how all the children involved get on.
Mr Woodward

Book Week
To coincide with World Book Day, next week we will be having a Book Week. The children’s lessons will be centred around a book, and there will be exciting book-related activities taking place throughout school to encourage a love of reading.

On World Book Day itself (Thursday1st March), we are asking all children to come to school dressed as a favourite book character. Please encourage your children to be imaginative and creative, and to get into the spirit of the occasion!
There is still plenty of time for children to complete book quest activities and we ask that you encourage your child to complete as many as possible. The deadline for returning book quests has been extended until Monday 5th March. Any child that completes and returns the book quest by Monday 5th March will receive an extra playtime on Tuesday the 6th March, as a reward for their efforts.

Scholastic Book Fair
Thank you for all your support for our Book Fair this year. Monday 26th February will be the last day of the Fair in the school hall. The books will be on sale between 8:20 and 8:45 in the morning and 3:20 and 3:45 in the afternoon.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Clare Doyle, Literacy Lead

Parent Pay
Please continue to top up your Parent Pay accounts. If you have any queries, please speak to Miss Tyrone, Finance Assistant

Weather Warning
Next week looks set to be bitterly cold. Please wrap children up as it is likely we will still be outside at playtimes.

School Photographs
We respectfully remind parents that they must only post their own children on social media sites. No class/assembly photos must be posted as not everyone wishes their children to be viewed online. You must only post group photos if you have permission from other parents.

PTA News
Family Bingo/Disco Night Friday 23rd February 6.30 – 10pm SOLD OUT!
St Anne’s Hall at Holy Family Church 6-30pm the doors open food served at approx 6-45pm. Please note there are no tickets issued for this event it is check in on door entry. I would like to personally thank everyone for their support in buying tickets and I’m pleased to say that it is a sold out event. I look forward to welcoming you all tonight for an evening of fun and laughter. There will be a few games of bingo, a tuck shop, face painting, Irish dancing and a disco. Get ready to shout full house!
Donations
We would appreciate items for our PTA Mother’s Day raffle, so if you have any unwanted new items, please hand into the main office.
Does anybody work for a company or have family or friends that would be willing to support us with our PTA events, with a view to donating raffle prizes, silent auction prizes etc.,
Please forward on any details to me and I will send out a letter from the PTA.
Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday 27th February at 7.30pm, at the Toby.
Thank you.
God bless and have a great weekend
Sharon
Sharon Chatyoka PTA Chair Email shazbignold@aol.com Telephone/text 07852 268552

Other Information

Change 4 Life Sports Club
Helping parents create more active families. See more at www.nhs.uk/c3lsportsclubs and www.change4lifesportsclubs.co.uk
View the new Change4Life School Zone at www.nhs.uk/c4lschools

Beginners Ashtanga Yoga Classes
To commence Monday 19th February at 9.30am – 11.00am at Holy Family Church in St Joseph’s room.
Ashtanga Yoga is flow yoga/dynamic yoga. Strengthens and detoxifies body and mind and offers a bit of a workout! These sessions are catered to beginners. The cost is either £10 each session if you are attending a course of 5 or 6 weeks, depending on the length of half term, or you may wish to attend on an adhoc basis costing £12.00 per session.
Please contact Tania via email or text ttkamenos@hotmail.com 07958512580. Please bring a yoga mat and water.

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