Weekly Newsletter

Summer Term                             Newsletter No.17               Friday 24th May 2019

Dear Parents,

It might have been another short week but we’ve certainly packed a lot in to it. It started on Monday with Mrs Bowler and Miss Delaloye leading a reflective and prayerful May Procession to Our Lady. The children all brought a spectacular array of flowers which has created a beautiful display around Our Lady outside of school. What a wonderful sight it was to see all the children singing and placing their flowers around Mary. Please take the time to look and reflect on the joyful mysteries of Mary, if you have not already done so.

On Tuesday, the Year 3 children looked lovely in their First Holy Communion clothes to have their photos taken. Thank you for ensuring that they looked smart and beautiful for this. Also on Tuesday, the Year 1s had a great day at The Look Out Discovery Centre, where they spent the day getting hands on with science. On Wednesday, our Year 6s had a great day out at Salthill Park and bravely tried some new and different activities.

The highlight this morning was Mrs Evans amazing class assembly. They explored how we can build bridges with each other and fix friendships when we fall out. The ‘Friendship Fixer’ turned up and gave us many great ideas about how we could reach out to others. They also reminded us that through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we can take our mistakes to God and ask for his forgiveness; allowing us to start anew.   Well done again Mrs Evans’ class for a really super assembly.

We have also been visited by African drummers today, who have helped the Year 3 children discover how music plays an important part in the lives of so many African people. The whole school was lucky enough to experience Year 3s musical experience which was most entertaining. Many thanks to Mrs Bowler and Mrs Hendy for organising this for us. It was a great way to end the half term.

This afternoon, Year 6 will return from Shropshire. We cannot wait to hear all about their adventures and their time away. We wish them a safe journey home.

I hope that you and your families have a restful half term.

Mrs Hume

Assistant Headteacher


Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May HALF TERM

Monday 3rd June                            SCHOOL CLOSED STAFF INSET

                                                                  Week 3 of Menu

Tuesday 4th June                             Term Starts for School and Nursery

PTA Summer Fair Planning Meeting 7pm at school

Y6 Magazine Club commences 3.30 – 4.30pm

Mad Science Club starts 3.40 – 4.40pm

Wednesday 5th June                    Y6 Digital Schoolhouse at Langley Grammar

Thursday 6th June                        Y3 Mrs Bowler Library visit 1.30pm

Friday 7th June                              Y4 Swimming 6/10

Monday 10th June                     Week 1 of Menu

                                                            Y3 Mrs Hendy Library visit 1.30pm

Y5-6 Parents’ Transition meeting re Applying to Secondary School, Y6 Residential trip 2020 6pm

Tuesday 11th June                       Class Photographs 8.45am

Faith Formation commences 3.30 – 4.30pm

New Nursery Parents’ Meeting 7pm

Wednesday 12th June                 Year 4 Victorian Day

Year 5 Trip to HOAC Outdoor Activity Centre 8.30 – 4pm

Y6 visit Digital School house at Langley Grammar

Thursday 13th June                    Y2 Mrs Green Library visit 1.30pm TBC

Maundy Competition children visit Windsor Castle

Friday 14th June                          Reception Miss Delaloye Class Assembly 9am

Y4 Swimming 7/10

Monday 17th June                    Week 2 of Menu

Y6 Mrs Doyle/Miss Caswell Library visit 1.30pm

Tuesday 18th June                       Whole School Feast Day

Whole School Mass at Church 9.30am

Wednesday 19th June                Year 4 trip to Milestones

Thursday 20th June                     Y1 Mrs Hume Library visit 1.30pm

Friday 21st June                           MUFTI DAY – wear own clothes in exchange for items for the Summer Fair

Year 5 Mrs Fox Class Assembly 9am

Year 4 Swimming 8/10

Saturday 22nd June                  PTA Summer Fair 11am – 2pm  

 Amazing Achievements

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

Nicole Schembri (Year 4) took part in the UK Gymnastics competition in Milton Keynes and she won gold medals on bars and on the floor, and a silver medal on the beam. Fantastic achievement Nicole.

Sofie Chong (Year 6) took part in the Glasgow International Youth Badminton tournament where players came from all around Europe and from as far away as India to compete in a 3 day event. Sofie managed a Bronze medal in the U13 mixed doubles event and  Gold medal in the U13 women’s doubles event – and all this a year younger than her fellow competitors! Wow, fantastic achievement 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@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: interest (if you have an interest in something, you want to hear more about it.).

KS2: scapegoat (someone who has been blamed for something, usually bad, even though it is not their fault.)

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

Mrs Doyle, English Lead

Year 5 – Year 6 Transition to Secondary School and Year 6 Residential Trip

On Monday 10th June, Year 5 parents are invited to attend a meeting which will be attended by Ven Miller (Slough Admissions and Transport Manager). She will fully explain the admissions process, the Common Application Form and answer any questions you may have about applying for a secondary school place. The meeting is scheduled for 6pm in the school hall. The headteachers of St Joseph’s and St Bernard’s will also talk to parents about their schools. This is a great opportunity to ask them questions as it is often difficult to speak to headteachers’ on open evenings due to the large number of families attending.

The online ‘Admission to Slough Secondary School’ booklet is usually available during the school summer holidays. However, all schools have information about admissions on their websites and some hold open days in the summer term in addition to the autumn term. Now is a good time to start looking at your preferred schools online and start thinking about which open days you may wish to attend.

Y5 Registration for 11+ Year 7 entry 2020

Registration for the 11+ entrance exam to be taken in September 2019 for admission to Year 7 September 2020 opened on 1st May and closes on Friday 14th June 2019. No applications for testing will be accepted after this date. The registration form is online and can be accessed from the link on any of the Consortium grammar school websites or directly at www.sloughconsortium.org

New ‘Mad Science Club’ After School

We will be hosting a new ‘Mad Science Club’ on Tuesdays between 4th June – 9th July. The club is open to pupils from Year 1 – Year 6 and will take place on Tuesdays between 3.40 – 4.40pm, cost £45.00 for 6 sessions. Due to an overwhelming response, the Mad Science club is now full. We have a waiting list for those children who were not successful for this six week session.

Holy Family Catholic School club details:

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 3.40-4.40pm

Age: Year 1 – Year 6

Start Date: 4th June 2019

End Date: 9th July 2019

Intake: 22 spaces – Club Full

Cost: £45 for 6 sessions

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Mrs Bavington and Mrs Uka have kindly offered to organise a second hand uniform sale on the morning and afternoon of Thursday 6th June. Thank you ladies

Summer Activity Camp

There will be a two week Summer Activity Camp for children from Reception – Year 6 during the first two weeks of the summer holiday – 22nd July to 2nd August. More information to follow soon.

Can you help us recruit a teacher?

We are seeking to recruit an effective teacher to join our KS2 team from September. Do you know anyone approaching the end of a teacher training course? Are you a qualified teacher on a career break? Do you know any local teachers who have a long journey to work and may be interested in our vacancy?

There is an advert for a class teacher on our website. (Alternatively, please let Mrs Benn or Janice.broderick@hfcs.org.uk know if you have any information that might help us recruit.) Please share our vacancy with friends and family members as recently our most successful recruitment has been via the school and parish newsletters. Thank you. Mrs Benn.

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 PTA Summer Fair Saturday 22nd June 2019 11am – 2pm

The next PTA Meeting is at Holy Family School on Tuesday 4th June at 7pm

Games stalls

We would like everyone to get involved and help us to run several stalls at the Summer Fair. If you can offer just an hour or two to support us please contact Sharon.

If you are going out for the day or going to a local restaurant, pub, activity centre like Jump In or any local shops, please help us by taking some headed donation letters from main reception and asking them if they would be able to donate and support our summer fair. Our auction has always been a very popular stall however we may not be able to run it this year as many regular donations are not available this year. Please consider asking your employer if they would be willing to donate a gift or service. Thank you.

Teddy tombola

If you have any unused teddies that your children no longer need, then these would be greatly appreciated for our tombola .Please could we ask that these are freshly washed ready to make the work load easier as these need to be freshly cleaned ready to wrap and this is very time consuming for our team of helpers. These can be left at main reception or left outside the PTA container if the weather forecast is dry. Please do not leave outside container if it is raining or the forecast is not looking good.

We need your help with our Summer Fair setting up stalls on Friday 21st June all day and all day on Saturday 22nd June. Please come along to our next meeting and get involved.

We need help with contacting companies and requesting donations and support from local companies – can you help with this? If this is something you can help with then please email me.

Do you have any new unused items that are just sitting in your cupboard? We will happily take any items as these will be used in our raffle or tombola’s - Any bottles of Wine, Champagne, and Prosecco are very welcome too. Why not have a clear out of your cupboards for children’s toys, books, fancy dress etc. we will happily accept any of these donations.

The day before the fair, Friday 21st June, children may wear their own clothes in exchange for a donation of new toiletries, wine, boxed chocolates or a washed teddy brought in on that day.

Do you know anyone who would like a stall? We invite outside vendors too, so please get them to email me for more details.

Like last year, we are raising money for a new Nursery outside play area which we hope to install this summer holiday.

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



takes You 

 Step Back in Time with Memories of the 80’s

Saturday 8th June 2019

7 pm till 11.30 pm

Disco & 80’s Buffet, Raffle

Prize for best 80s Outfit

Fundraiser for Holy Family Church

Adults £10

Children £5, under 5s free

Tickets available from Holy Family Church

Any enquires contact Sam Rojow

07581 314 395 hfpclangley@gmail.com  


Other News

Lighthouse Langley

‘Lighthouse Langley which provides Christian education for children from 5 – 11 years in a fun and interactive way will be launching at The Langley Academy from 5th to 9th August.  Lighthouse has run locally in Burnham for a number of years and is amazingly popular and locally proven – a great opportunity for outreach to our community. Registration for children will begin in May, but meanwhile we need volunteers, both adults and teenagers to help run the event. Please consider registering as a volunteer and play your part in order to make this August’s event a success.  If you have other children who are teenagers, please encourage them to register too. To register, please visit www.lighthousecentral.org - if you are unsure which role would suit you best, please sign up as an Extra Helper when you register and your skills will be used in the most suitable way. Should you have any queries, please e mail langley@lighthousecentral.org’ Thank you. Graham Jones (Foundation Governor at Holy Family and Trustee of ‘Lighthouse Langley’.)



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