Weekly Newsletter

Summer Term                             Newsletter No.23                Friday 12th July 2019

Dear Parents,

This week we have held two fabulous sports days in glorious sunshine. We were well supported by parents, siblings and grandparents.  There was a lovely atmosphere and much laughter at both Sports Days.  Thank you to all our visitors for your support and to Mr Woodward, his enthusiastic helpers and the staff.

Also this week, Year 1 enjoyed their UK day, our girls’ football team represented us well at Arbour Park, the fabulous Faith Ambassadors threw a surprise party one lunch time for Mrs Bowler, we welcomed our new Reception intake, Year 6 attended a retreat at Holy Family Church and we were celebrating the high standards achieved by our children.

The highlight of today was Mrs Bowler’s final class assembly – staff expected it to be something special and we were not disappointed. Year 3 wrote this morning’s assembly themselves and performed beautifully with only a few short rehearsals. They reminded us we are exactly as God wanted us to be, how we should live out the gospel values and that we can look after our world by recycling, reusing and reducing. Their ‘Zero Hero’s’ made us all giggle as did Mrs Bowler leading the singing of her favourite hymn, ‘If I were a butterfly..’

Today, children have been given their annual reports. Please find them in their bags. Year 6 pupils’ comments are incredible and value staff hugely. A typical comment:

“Throughout Year 6 I had an amazing time. I really enjoyed: Activity week, The Talent Show, WWII day, the trip to the bunker at the start of the year and The Mayan Exhibition.

I have improved my literacy, maths and R.E throughout the year. I have also enjoyed doing Magazine Club. I have done it every term while I have been in Year 6. It has been an amazing time and I would highly recommend doing it. My favourite subject is P.E.

I want to also thank all my teachers who I have been with throughout my time here at Holy Family Catholic School. Some of them including: Mrs Doyle, Miss Caswell and Mrs Brennan. I would sum-up my time at Holy Family Catholic School as a great and amazing time. Thank you everyone who made my time here an amazing 8 years!” by Jakub Smigielski.

As we aspire to live out our vision statement of valuing, inspiring and challenging every child and adult, the above is certainly an example of a child valuing all the adults in school. The impact of such kind words are immeasurable. Thank you Jakub and Year 6.

This evening between 3.30 and 5.45, the PTA hosts their final social event of the year – a picnic on the field, so please join us if you can.

On Monday, children will meet their new teachers and find out who is in their class next year.

Next week, we look forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements of our Year 6 children as they say their farewells to friends, teachers and their favourite primary school – Holy Family!  They have produced a super summer term magazine which contains more photographs and less text than usual – due to the busy term we have had! You should receive the Summer 2019 magazine next Thursday.

This afternoon we received our OUTSTANDING Ofsted report. Today it has been posted on our website and a hard copy will be circulated to parents on Monday. I am extremely proud of our highly professional staff, our delightful children and thank you all for your partnership that enables us to achieve so much.

Wishing you all a lovely sunny weekend.

God bless

Mrs Benn

 

DIARY DATES

Friday 12th July                               PTA Picnic on school field 3.30pm

All Summer Term clubs finished until September

Monday 15th July                      Week 3 of Menu

Tuesday 16th July                           Y6 Leavers’ Mass at church 9.30am

Art Club exhibition in hall – all day

Optional Parents’ meetings 1.30 – 3.30pm   

Wednesday 17th July                     Optional Parents’ meeting 8.40 – 10.00am  

Thursday 18th July                    Free Picnic Lunch/Party Day for all (Wear shorts and T shirts)

Nursery closes for summer at end of the day

Final Sunset Owls

Y6 Presentation evening and disco 7pm

Friday 19th July                        Term ends 12.15pm

Breakfast Club is open as normal on Friday 19th July. 

Sunset Owls will be closed on this day.

 

Autumn Term 2019

Wednesday 4th September           INSET DAY – closed to children

Thursday 5th September               Term Starts  for the Autumn Term

                                                            Week 1 of Menu

                                                            Breakfast and Sunset Owls open as usual

 Amazing Achievement

This week we were delighted to hear the achievements of one child:

Francesca Caruso (Year 1) Every Saturday Francesca attends the PQA Performing arts school in Windsor. Last week she moved up to the next group and attended all new classes for the first time. At the end of the session she was awarded “Filmmaker of the week” by her new teacher for taking direction excellently and remembering all her cues and lines. It was quite an achievement for her as she was in the class with older students who’ve been there for some time. Well done Francesca.

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@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.’

Words of the Week

This week’s Words of the Week are as follows:

EYFS/KS1: agile (to move quickly and easily).

KS2: ungainly (an animal or person who looks awkward or clumsy, often because they are big).

Please discuss these words with your children, and encourage them to use them.

Summer Reading Challenge:

For homework this summer holiday, all children are encouraged to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, which is run by the library service. Children can join either by going to their local library and receiving a Reading Agency Passport, or by creating an account online at readingagency.org.uk. (Searching for Summer Reading Challenge 2019 will lead you to where you need to be in order to create both children’s and parent’s accounts.) Stickers, awards, certificates and prizes all form part of the incentive to take part and complete the challenge, and some of our children in the past have gained Bronze and Silver awards. It is a fantastic scheme aimed at getting children reading for pleasure, and keeping up their vital skills in the long summer break. Due to it being accessible online, there is no need to attend the library in person, which was a challenge faced previously by families who are away from home for prolonged periods during the holiday. We hope you will encourage your children to take part and support us in our endeavours to help all of our children love reading!

Mrs Doyle, English Lead

Sports News

This week’s update brings news of how each of the three Sports Days went as well as news of how the Year 4 (Erin, Kerry, Isla, Scarlett, Ellen-Mae & Lucianna) and Year 5 (Joey, Rosa, Sienna, Aliana, Connie & Keisha) Girls Football teams got on at the Active Slough Girls Football Festival.

The first Sports Day took place last Thursday morning, with the EYFS & KS1 children being the first age group to compete against each other for the coveted Sports Day trophy. After a hectic (in a good way), energetic and very loud morning it was the red team that took the spoils ahead of the blue, white & yellow teams respectively. All the children involved deserve praise for the way that they competed to win but did so with great respect and sportsmanship throughout.

The second Sports Day took place on Wednesday morning, with the Year 3/4 children stepping up to see who would walk away with their trophy this year. In a very closely run affair it was the red team who continued their winning streak, pipping the yellow team to the win by the narrowest of margins, with the blue and white teams in 3rd and 4th respectively.

The third Sports Day took place on Thursday morning, with the Year 5/6 completing the trilogy this year. This event saw the red team’s winning streak come to an end as the yellow team were the team that walked away as comprehensive winners, the blue & white teams finishing joint second and the red team fourth.

I would like to take this opportunity that thank all of the Year 4, 5 & 6 children who were asked to run events as Sports Day helpers over the three days. Each Sports Day couldn’t have happened without them and they did an amazing job assisting me each morning.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Woodward and Mr Flisher took the Year 4 & Year 5 Girls football teams over to Slough Town Football Club to take part in a football festival organised and run by Active Slough. After taking part in some football related station areas during the first part of the morning the girls took part in some matches against each other as well as teams from Marish, Willow & Lynch Hill. With some very good football being played by both of our teams the final standings saw the Year 5 team finish top of the table and the Year 4 team finish in 3rd place behind Year 5 and Lynch Hill. All the girls deserve special praise for the way that they played with a smile on their faces throughout and for the quality of the football that they produced. Very promising signs for next year where they will have the chance to compete in numerous events.

Mr Woodward

 

Optional Parents’ Meetings- Tuesday 16th/Wednesday 17th

Teachers and Mr Seymour (SENDCO) will be available to meet with parents between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday 16th July or 8.40-10am on Wednesday 17th July.

Today, you should have received your child’s written report. It is not expected that parents attend next week’s Optional Parents’ Meetings. Teachers have communicated with parents as necessary during the year and there should be no surprises in your child’s annual written report. Please only make an appointment if you have new concerns as a result of your child’s report or concerns that have as yet not been addressed.

Teachers will hold a transition meeting with your child’s new teacher who you will have the opportunity to meet in September at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ events.

If you would like to attend, please contact your child’s class teacher, in person or via the school office, in order to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.  Please note staff will not be available for appointments outside the school day.

 

2019 Standards

 We are very pleased with the Standards achieved this year.

Reception Good Level of Development   83 %

Year 1 Phonics Screening Test    97 %

KS1 SATs (End of Year 2)

76% achieved the expected level in Reading

28% achieved the higher level in Reading

70% achieved the expected level in Writing

27% achieved the higher level in Writing

80% achieved the expected level in Maths

25% achieved the higher level in Maths

KS2 SATs (End of Year 6)

84% working at the expected standard in Reading

38% working at the higher level in Reading

95% working at the expected standard in Writing

36% working at the higher level in Writing

92% working at the expected standard in SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

51% working at the higher level in SPAG

92% working at the expected standard in Maths

51% working at the higher level in Maths

 

Well done staff, parents and pupils!

 

We have so much to celebrate! Let’s have a party day!

We would like to invite all our children to wear shorts and T-shirts next Thursday, 18th July, when staff will host a party day to celebrate our wonderful achievements this year. We will provide a free picnic lunch for all children which will be eaten on the field and we have a few other surprises planned too.

We are celebrating: the high standards of attainment outlined above, our amazing Jungle Book performance, the success of our PTA and gardening club, the constant support from parents and grandparents, our children’s exemplary behaviour and hard work, the high standard of class assemblies, masses and liturgies, our strong links with Holy Family Parish, our expert teaching and learning, effective support to remove children’s barriers to learning…..and an OUTSTANDING Ofsted report.

Our Section 48 RE Inspection report may be published next week or in September. As soon as we receive this report it will be distributed to all parents.

Year 6 Leavers’ Destinations

St Joseph’s                                                   32

St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School                 13

Langley Academy                                            7

Burnham Grammar School                                2

Upton Court Grammar School                                      1

Wexham School                                              1

Chalfonts                                                       1

St Edward’s Royal Free                                                1

Clares Court                                                   1

Oak Wood School, Hillingdon                                                1

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe               1

School Meals

When school returns after the summer break all current menu selections will continue as they are now.  The only exception is current Year 2 children whose parents received a letter last week explaining the transition from Universal Free School Meals to paid for meals.

For children in KS2, if you wish to change, cancel or start meals please let us know by sending an email to:  school.admin@HFCS.org.uk

For children in our current Reception and Year 1, if you wish to make any changes to your meal selections please let us know.

Since September 2015, we have been able to maintain the cost of £2.30 per day.  Our providing school have had to implement a small price increase.  From September the cost per meal will rise to £2.35 which I hope you feel is still very good value.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Tushingham, Business Manager

RWInc/Reading Scheme book amnesty

As we approach the end of this academic year, please can I ask that you have a good look at home for any RWInc. books and could they be returned to the class teacher next week.  It is important that we get these books back so that they can be used again next year.  No more RWInc. books will be brought home this school year.

Similarly, if KS2 children have any Oxford Reading Tree books at home please return them.

Mrs Hume, RWI manager

Year 3 – 6 Pencil cases

When Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 return to school in September we request they bring a flat pencil case to school; school will provide everything they need to go in their cases. In addition, Year 4, 5 and 6 need to provide a handwriting or cartridge pen. In Year 3 children’s pencil cases must be clear and until they earn their pen licence a pen does not need to come to school. Children’s pencil cases must be able to fit inside their trays once they have been given all their equipment. Thank you for your co-operation. Mrs Evans, Y3/4 Lead.

 Lost Property

 Please take a look in our lost property box before the end of term.  Any items not collected by 19th July will be taken to the local charity shop.

 Parent Pay

 Please may we remind parents to clear parent pay balances, especially Year 6, or top up their parent pay accounts as necessary. Thank you, Mrs O’Brien (Attendance Officer and Finance)

Summer Activity Camp

Summer Activity Camp for children from Reception – Year 6 will run during the first two weeks of the summer holiday – 22nd July to 2nd August. Booking forms have been sent out, so please book by Thursday 18th Julyif you wish your child to attend our Summer Camp.

 Uniform 2019/2020

Online uniform orders should be placed as early as possible to ensure delivery in time for the new school year. Guidelines are 2-4 weeks. Size guidelines are clearly listed on the webpage.

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

http://www.leonardhudson.co.uk/parents/uniform/Holy_Family_Catholic_School_SL3_8NF

If you are purchasing new uniform over the summer please refer to the school uniform policy which is on the school website.  Nothing has changed, however, there seem to be more variations creeping into children’s uniform and an increasing number of items that are not on the uniform list.

Teaching staff should not have to spend precious teaching time addressing non-compliance with the uniform policy; their time is better spent on teaching and learning. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure their child’s/children’s uniform adheres to policy.

  • Boys shorts must be shorts , not cropped long trousers
  • Girls summer dresses must be blue and white checked, not white T-shirt tops and checked skirts
  • PE T-shirts must have the school crest on or be plain white, there should be none with named sports brands
  • PE tracksuits must be the school royal blue or plain navy, no other colour

Year 5 moving to Year 6

  • When our current Year 5 joins us as Year 6 in September, we ask them to wear black plimsolls in school rather than their choice of slippers. We would be very grateful if parents purchase black plimsolls during the summer break.
  • Year 5 should return in September wearing a school shirt and their blue tie. During our welcome back assembly, on the first day of the new school year, our new Year 6s will be presented with a gold tie.
  • Black plimsolls and gold ties mark Year 6 out as our oldest children who younger children can look to for support or help if necessary.

Thank you for your support.

Second Hand Uniform

 We have many second hand uniform items, all in good quality, which will be left on tables near the main entrance next week.  We ask for a small donation for any item you may require.

Vacancy – School Cleaner

The governors are seeking to appoint a cleaner to join our team. Hours: 2 hours per day, 4pm to 6pm Monday – Friday: 10 hours per week for 52 weeks of the year.  Pay: £5037 per annum.  Holidays: 25 days holiday plus Bank holidays      To commence:  As soon as possible.   Please contact Mrs Tushingham, Business Manager, and email school.admin@hfcs.org.uk if you are interested. Interviews held before the end of term and on receipt of application.

DVD order form

We take in house videos of most assemblies and performances. DVDs of last term’s assemblies, Early Years’ nativities and the Year 6 WW2 Christmas Show are available to order. Go to our school website www.holyfamilycatholicschool.org.uk to download an order form.  Navigate to Parent’s Information/Recent Correspondence/Class Assembly DVD order form.  You must complete your order form with the correct payment and return in a sealed envelope to Mrs Gonoud at Main Reception.  DVD’s may only be purchased with the correct order form. Thank you, Mrs Brennan.

PTA News

END OF YEAR PTA PICNIC TODAY: FRIDAY 12TH JULY from 3.30pm onwards
Please all join us for an end of year picnic on the school field (weather permitting) bring along your own picnic, drinks and blankets/ chairs and join us for an end of year picnic after school today. It is a lovely time for all parents and children to get together to celebrate a fantastic year of fundraising. Please bring along any outdoor games so we can all have some fun with some family games. Looking forward to seeing you all.

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

Other

Local Football Holiday Camp – Football Icon Academy

Adam Cash (ex – Holy Family pupil) runs high quality local football training based at a few venues, our closest being Langley Grammar. Six dates in August: 5th,6th,12th,13th,19th,20th.

Follow the link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-term-holiday-camps-football-icon-academy-langley-tickets-64227547323?ref=eios

 

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