Spring Term Newsletter No. 23 Friday 6th March 2020
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our World Book Day celebrations by decorating spoons, providing costumes, visiting our book fair and supporting children to complete their book quest activities.
Today, children took part in a creative book project which involved staff working with mixed age groups of children. It was wonderful to see the kindness shown by our older children as they helped younger children. The whole school was painting, sticking and colouring all morning. This afternoon, their Fairy Tale creations arrived in the hall for our exhibition. My favourite creation is Rapunzel in her tower. Well done to all staff, especially Mrs Doyle who has co-ordinated the week’s activities. Please do take time to come in and see children’s beautiful collaborative work and their amazing wooden spoons. The exhibition is open after school today and before school on Monday morning.
Monday is also the last day of the Book Fair. It will be open before and after school. Book Quests should be returned by Friday 13th March.
There isn’t any sports news this week as two events were cancelled due to bad weather. Today, Mr Flisher and Mr Woodward have accompanied our KS2 rugby enthusiasts to Slough Rugby Club in the glorious sunshine.
This morning, our Faith Ambassadors led a brilliant assembly highlighting the important international charity work that CAFOD do. They explained how CAFOD are supporting local people in nine countries to defend the rainforests from destruction. They reminded us of Pope Francis’ message that we must all protect our common home and invited each class to fundraise for CAFOD during Lent. Well done to Mrs O’Reilly and our Faith Ambassador team.
Let us hope today’s weather stays with us through the weekend. I wish you all a lovely weekend.
Monday 9th March Week 3 of Menu
Book Fair closes 3.45pm
Y4 Living Eggs arrive
Y4, 5 & 6 Community Sports Day, Royal Holloway
PTA Meeting 6.45pm
Thursday 12th March Y5 Mrs Ragg Library Visit 1.30pm
Friday 13th March Reception Mrs Harris/Forrest Class Assembly 9am CHANGED DATE
Reading Quests in by today
Y4 Swimming Week 8
Monday 16th March Week 1 of Menu
Y5 Mrs Subramaniam Library Visit 1.30pm
Tuesday 17th March Y4 Trip to Verulanium
Reading Quest extra play
Wednesday 18th March Year 5 STEM Day
Y5/6 Catholic Schools Football/Netball Tournament
Thursday 19th March Mothers’ Day Coffee morning
Bishop Elect David Oakley’s Ordination
Y4 Mrs Evans Library Visit 1.30pm
Friday 20th March Year 1 Ms Iqbal Class Assembly 9am
Y4 Swimming Week 9
Monday 23rd March Week 2 of Menu
Last week of after school clubs
Y3 Mrs Hendy Library Visit 1.30pm
Music Assembly 1.30pm
Tuesday 24th March Y3/Y4 Reconciliation Service 1.30pm
Wednesday 25th March Y5/Y6 Reconciliation Service 1.30pm
Friday 27th March Year 4 Mrs O’Reilly Class Assembly 9am
Mufti-Day in exchange for chocolate donations
PTA Easter Egg Tombola 3.30pm in hall
During half term, Joe Griffin (Y5) attended a football training day at Slough Town’s ground, Arbour Park. He had an amazing day, being coached by three of the Slough Town players, and he did so well that he was awarded a trophy at the end of the day, which was for showing the most improvement, having a positive attitude and being helpful. Well done Joe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 our ‘Wall of Fame.’
Book Week and World Book Day
We have had a fantastic week in school with your children, enjoying and sharing a love of books. There have been reading partners, quizzes and alternative writing opportunities, as well as our creative class swap that took place this morning. The children came to school in such a wide variety of costumes yesterday and loved discussing their characters with their friends. Thank you to our families for supporting us this week – we know we are very lucky to have such parental support and your children have really enjoyed the experiences.
Our creative class swap today culminated in a pop-up exhibition in the hall, which will take place after school today (Friday) and will stay up until Monday morning. Please try and pop in to see what your children have worked on today, as well as the collection of more than four hundred wooden spoons that were decorated over half term!
There is another week for Reading Quests to be completed; please ensure they are handed in to class teachers by Friday 13th March.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Mrs Doyle, Deputy Headteacher Designate
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
Please find attached the link to the DFE information leaflet for parents. Please do continue to practise times tables up to x12 with your child in preparation for this new national assessment.
Mothers’ Day Raffle Tickets
School councillors will be selling raffle tickets in school on behalf of the PTA next week.
School has been receiving regular updates from the DFE on the latest advice in relation to Coronavirus. It seems health officials have moved from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase; they are hoping to push the peak of the outbreak to the warmer summer months. Fortunately, children do not appear to suffer the severe symptoms that some people with existing medical conditions may have to cope with.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and your children please reinforce these simple messages:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol based sanitiser gel.
- Regular and thorough hand washing is considered crucial in the fight to avoid picking up the disease. This is particularly important before eating.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Symptoms are a cough, high temp and, in severe cases, shortness of breath. Severe cases develop into pneumonia.
DFE are currently expecting schools to stay open even if they have confirmed cases so we are currently operating as normal. I will continue to communicate any updates via our weekly newsletter, or more frequently via email if necessary. Thank you for your support in reinforcing hand hygiene messages.
7th May 2020 Local elections- School Closed
School will be used as a Polling Station on Thursday 7th May. School will be closed to pupils on that day. I apologise for any inconvenience this causes. However, as the May Bank Holiday has been moved to Friday 8th May this year it will give everyone a lovely long weekend.
PTA NEWS (Parent Teacher Association)
Next meeting: Monday 9th March 6.45 pm School Hall – All welcome
Mothers’ Day Hamper Donations
If you can think of something you would like to receive and are able to donate that item to our Mothers’ Day Hamper we would be very grateful. Raffle tickets will be on sale straight after half term.
19th March Mothers’ Day hamper
27th March Chocolate Tombola
3rd April Easter Egg Hunt
1st May Family Disco
20th June Summer Fair/ Fathers’ Day hamper
10th July PTA picnic on the field
Please keep supporting our meetings and events. Volunteering is a great way to get to know some parents and make friends across the school. Please consider helping at just one event. Do not worry if you can’t make meetings, feel free to chat to me at drop off/pick up or email me on email@example.com
Emma Oakes Chair of PTA
Thursday Night Quiz Night at Holy Family Parish Centre.
7pm start with an entrance fee of £1.
There will be a cash bar and nibbles on the table.
There will be a cash prize. So come on, get your team of four together. It’ll be a fun night.
All monies raised will go to the refurbishment of the Parish Centre.
Young Minds Charity Marathon
In April this year I will be running the London Marathon for a charity called Young Minds. This charity supports school children and young adults with their mental health. Mental health in schools is a very current issue which needs to be addressed.
As it is a charity place I need to raise £2000!!!! If you feel you are able to donate – however big or small – or even share my giving page with your friends and family through social media/email etc. I would be extremely grateful. Please find the link below which also explains my personal reasons for raising money for this charity. Alternatively any donations given to me personally I can pay into the giving page.
Thank you so much for your support in advance!!!
Clare Forrest, Reception teacher