Spring Term Newsletter No. 21 Friday 14th February 2020
I cannot believe a half term has passed. It seems not a moment since we returned from the Christmas break!
Thank you for all your support this half term. This week alone Mrs Powell and Ms Iqbal’s classes were well supported on their library visits, Year 1 parents provided an array of dinosaur inspired costumes with many visiting to see all the children have learnt this half term, Year 3 parents provided Tudor costumes which ranged from paupers to princes/princesses of the era, Miss Brophy’s parents all joined us for a super assembly this morning, we welcomed parents to both SEN surgery and Optional Parents’ Evening and from 3pm today many Year 2 parents visited the children’s classrooms for their China exhibition. Also this week, I have been impressed with the speedy return of some beautifully decorated book related spoons! We really do appreciate your support and would not be able to offer the exciting curriculum that we do without your help.
This morning, the whole school were entertained by our youngest children as they presented their first ever assembly. Children sang and recited poems about LOVE beautifully on Valentine’s Day. Speaking in front of hundreds of people can be quite overwhelming for some children yet they supported each other well and we look forward to seeing their confidence develop over the next six years. All the adults smiled broadly throughout the assembly and it was lovely so many parents joined us. Well done to Miss Brophy and her class.
Well done to our School Council who led two brilliant assemblies, held a successful cake sale on Monday and sold friendship bracelets throughout Friendship Week. They raised a total of £238 to share between school and Young Minds Charity. Well done everyone.
Huge congratulations to Miss Delaloye who first designed the new Nursery playground three years ago! Despite not being able to secure the grant funding she applied for on two occasions, she never gave up. Our new playground was funded partly through the school budget and partly by money raised by our parents and our hardworking PTA. It has been a great team effort to accumulate the funding. Risk assessments have been completed and Nursery children will be taught how to play safely on their new equipment when they return after half term. At HFS our leadership approach is to dream of how we want things to be, talk about it and reflect on it repeatedly, then take all the necessary steps to make it happen. Well done Mrs Delaloye, I am sure our youngest children will enjoy this equipment for years to come.
Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day, safety during storm Dennis and a good half term break.
HALF TERM 17th - 21st February
Monday 24th February Return to Nursery and School
Week 1 of Menu
Y2 Mrs Powell Library visit 1.30pm
Y5/6 Girls Football Quarter Cup Final 2.30-3.30pm
Tuesday 25th February Y2 Windsor Castle Visit
Y3 Hampton Court Visit
Y6 Magazine Club starts 3.30pm
Wednesday 26th February Ash Wednesday Services in school
Y5/6 Badminton Competition
Y5/6 Boys Football Tournament at Long Close 1-3.30pm
Thursday 27th February Y2 Mrs Green Library visit 1.30pm
Friday 28th February Y4 Swimming Week 6
Monday 2nd March Week 2 of Menu
Rec Mrs Harris/Mrs Forrest Library visit 1.30pm
Tuesday 3rd March Book Fair opens 8.20-8.40, 3.15-3.45pm
Thursday 5th March World Book Day
Friday 6th March CAFOD Family Fast Day
Y3/4 & Y5/6 Rugby Festival 10-2.30pm
Y4 Swimming Week 7
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 Y1 Ms Iqbal’s Class Assembly 9am
Reading Quests in by today
Y4 Swimming Week 8
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 email@example.com 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.’
This week’s sports update brings you news of how the Year 5/6 Boys football team (Kenedy, Zac, Dominik O, Harry, Alex, Fabian, Raphael and Hamza) got on in their latest league match of the season against Langley Hall on Monday.
The boys went into the match looking to build on their win against Ryvers in their previous game and started this game well, with Harry and Alex both going close in the opening stages. Despite a good start to proceedings Holy Family went 1-0 down against the run of play, a defensive mix up allowing the Langley Hall striker to put his team in front with a well hit shot into the top corner of Kenedy’s net. The setback looked like it affected the home side, as for the remainder of the half they struggled to find any real rhythm in their play and allowed Langley Hall to take control of proceedings. Langley Hall went 2-0 in front just before half time, and again it was a goal that could quite easily have been prevented from a Holy Family defensive point of view. The half time whistle blew with Holy Family having it all to do at 2-0 down.
Following a relatively stern team talk at half time Holy Family flew out of the blocks and were very quickly back in the game at 2-1 following some excellent work and a fine finish from Harry. Holy Family were now the better team and should really have equalised, and even gone in front, after squandering numerous chances to score. Not being clinical enough in front of goal came back to bite the home team as Langley Hall extended their lead following quite possibly the most bizarre own goal I’ve ever seen. At 3-1 down Holy Family now had it all to do. To their credit the boys didn’t let the own goal affect them too much and were back in the game immediately, Harry scoring an excellent individual goal to make it 3-2 with 5 minutes remaining. Again missed chances proved to be a big problem for Holy Family as two further chances to make it 3-3 were squandered, meaning Langley Hall ran out 3-2 winners in the end. Unfortunately it was another one of those ‘what if’ games for the boys as the result really could, and should, have been a lot different. This will be something to build on for future matches. Well done to all involved.
7th May 2020 Local elections- School Closed
We have just been notified by the local authority that 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.
Key Stage 2 Reading Books
Please, please, please can all KS2 children check for any books from our reading scheme that may have been left at home! We spent lots of money on our books to ensure that we had plenty to go round, and some of the levels are running low, meaning that there are some children going without an appropriate reading book. Any books found at home need to be returned to the boxes outside Year 4. Thank you.
Mrs Doyle, Deputy Headteacher Designate
Book Week, World Book Day and Half-Term Homework
During the week commencing Monday 2nd March, we will be celebrating Book Week in school and there will be various activities happening in school throughout the week. We will be focusing on Fairy Tales all week. We will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday 3rd – Monday 9th March, and this will be available for you to visit between 8:20 and 8:40 each morning and 3:15 and 3:45 each afternoon. Each book purchased from the book fair raises vital funds for books for our school.
On World Book Day itself (Thursday 5th March), we ask that children come to school dressed up as a book character. This does not need to be an expensive shop-bought costume – a prop or mask/hat etc. is more than adequate.
Last week, all children from Nursery to Y6 were sent home with a wooden spoon. We ask that, as creative homework, children decorate these wooden spoons to represent a favourite book – either a character, a prop or the cover etc. The spoons can be decorated in any way you choose; felt-tip pens work really well, or extra pieces of collage can be added too. There are lots of ideas online that might get creative juices flowing, and children have had the opportunity to look at some examples already in school. This homework needs to be returned to your child’s class by Friday 28th February. Don’t forget to put names on somewhere discreet!
Mrs Doyle, Deputy Headteacher Designate
Viruses and Health and Safety
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 a sanitiser gel.
Ash Wednesday Menu
Ash Wednesday falls on the 26th February. If your child has a school lunch on a Wednesday but you would prefer your child to have fish fingers instead of their current choice please let school know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the half term break.
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 beginning on Thursday 27th February.
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